One thing I strongly believe in is fully understanding the business
your involved with. As casino gamblers it is crucial that you have a
knowledgebase on which to form your decisions. You don't want to be that
guy who follows the pack, trusting that what is told to him is 100%
Instead, research the field on which you are playing ball. By
learning about the casino industry and what is happening to the
individual companies within the industry you'll be much better prepared
to make the proper decisions on where to gamble and which games to play.
In this area of our website we provide current news articles that we
feel you should know about. By checking back here often you will easily
stay informed with industry changes and events that can affect your roll
as a casino gambler. Just remember, do your research and make your own
Processor in Trouble
Having a reliable online payment processor is very
important to gamblers that chose to wager at online casinos. Most online
casinos offer a long list of options when it comes to payment processing. There
are several payment processing options out their, many with great reputations.
However, one particular online payment processor is beginning to lose
credibility very quickly.
Not so long ago the most a player could do when
selecting a new online casinos was to research the casino, read a couple
of review, then hope for the best. Now, a few government has taken
consumer protection at online casinos very seriously and many online
casinos have been regulated by major countries on the world stage,
including the United Kingdom and members of the European Union.
Advantage of Online Casinos
If you choose to gamble at online casinos, be sure
you are taking full advantage of the convention. Online casinos have
been significantly out performing brick and mortar casinos. This is no
accident. One thing that online casinos apart from brick and mortar
casinos is the fact that they are relatively inexpensive to operate.
Most online casinos take the money they save and give it right back to
Big Slot Plans
The duality of slot machines is that while they
can certainly generate much needed income into a state, before they are
legalized they can certainly be a divisive issue. That is exactly what
New Hampshire is facing right now as they stand on the brink of serious
While it is generally true that brick and mortar gambling
establishments have suffered serious losses in revenue in month leading
up to and during the recession, it has not always proven true. Some
gambling venues are experiencing health business growth and are looking
to expand. Batavia Downs in New York is a prime example of a thriving
Machines Make a Dent
New Hampshire Senator Lou D’Allesandro is very
excited about the prospect of bringing slot machines to the state. Just
last week the Senate Budget Committee approved a plan to operate slot
machines in dog and horse racing venues as well as build two new slot
parlors. The plan is awaiting the final approval of the full Senate.
Machines Worth Cost
The New Hampshire Senate Budget Committee voted in
favor of brining slot machines to state horse and dog racing tracks. The
proposal will also bring two brand new parlors full of slot machines to the
Impulses and gambling do not mix. We are not
talking about compulsive gambling although that is a very serious
problem that gamblers want to avoid if they can. We are talking about
the search for new online casino. There are hundreds of online casinos
on the Internet and many of them are honest business with a lot to
offer. The real difficulty is picking the online casino that is best
suited to your gambling needs.
Know Your Wallet
Online casinos differ greatly from their brick and
mortar counterparts. That being said there are a few things that a
gambler needs to know in order to safely navigate the world of online
gambling. Until the United States government sees fit to protect their
consumers by regulating online casinos, American gamblers are on their
own. Even after that day, there are still a few tips that all player
should know in order to get the most out of gambling online.
Spel Online Casinos
Svenska Spel has been in the news a lot, but rarely for the
purpose of praise. Svenska Spel is the company owned by the Swedish government
that has notoriously been given the monopoly on online casinos and Internet
gambling in the country. However, the European Lotteries and Toto Association
have seen fit to give Svenska Spel a service award.
Legalizes Online Gambling
As individual states in the United States examine ways of
expanding gambling, the flaws of the Unlawful Internet Gambling Enforcement Act
become glaringly obvious. The law was designed to obstruct payments to and from
online casinos, but states are finding that it causes many more problems than
Online casinos are not the only gambling business
making big bucks online. Apparently, the lottery in the United Kingdom
is enjoying a boost in revenue. According to the company which operates
the United Kingdom’s National Lottery, Camelot, ticket sales have
improved by more than four percent over last year’s sales. The increase
in revenue comes from a combination of wise business moves, including
refiguring prize methods and sales promotions. Lottery sales in the
Unite Kingdom are better than they have been in over a decade.
Slot machines are primarily responsible for the $653 million dollar fortune
that Len Ainsworth has accumulate over his life. Ainsworth did not win his
money by playing slot machines; he was on the other side of the industry,
manufacturing slot machines. Unfortunately, despite all of his hard work, the
85 year old Australian slot machine tycoon cannot take his fortune with him when
Foviance is a hi-tech research company with a very unique niche. The
focus of Foviance, is to examine the user experience of online surfers.
Among other unique accomplishments, Foviance has managed to develop
technology designed to identify the subconscious decisions made by
gamblers at online casinos. Emotional Engagement Measurement allows
researchers to examine the habits of online gamblers and explore the
reasons as to why the make particular decisions at online casinos.
As government continue to
move forward with the regulation and legalization of online casinos, one
issue continues to resurface; finding a solution to underage gambling.
No one will contest, whether they support or protest online casinos,
that preventing minors from accessing online casinos is a very important
Online Casinos Not Enough
The online gambling bill recently introduced by Barney Frank has not yet been
reviewed, negotiated upon, or revised; the standard phases every bill must
encounter before passing into law. However, as it stands, it has raised the
eyebrows of a few gambling experts.
Harrah's Joins the Club
Harrah’s Entertainment sent shockwaves through the gambling industry when it
announced the official creation of its new subsidiary Harrah’s Interactive
Entertainment. The new company is Harrah’s way of committing to the development
of online casinos and other forms of interactive entertainment. While this may
have been a big surprised for other United States based gambling operators, it
cannot have been a shock to the rest of the world.
Casinos are the Problem
Illinois may be legalizing online gambling. This is exciting news
for the state lottery but not so much for online casinos. The problem
in the United States has never really been online gambling so much as it
has been online casinos. There are several forms of online gambling
that are permitted in the United States.
Machines of Steel
Several states in recent years have followed up on plans to expand
gambling, usually by legalizing slot machines, to increase revenues for
state coffers. Maryland is an example of how that plan is not always a
guaranteed success. Most states are hoping their slot machines have an
outcome similar to that of Pennsylvania. Since Pennsylvania legalized
slot machine back in 2006 only eight of the fourteen approved slot
machine venues have opened and the state has already raked in $1.86
Machines a Must in Kentucky
It seems that a part of the Kentucky culture is the
mindset that if what you want is not given to you, you take it.
Racetracks in Kentucky, like racing industries all across the globe, are
in financial trouble and slot machines are their chosen remedy. But,
much like Governor Steve Beshear’s attempt to seize the domain name of
141 online casinos, the tracks are not sitting around and waiting for
their wish to be granted by some fairy godmother.
Budget issues facing New Hampshire may be an
indicator of the sort of trouble facing states all over the country.
Last night the New Hampshire Finance Committee passed a plan to bring
slot machines to state racing venues with a 4 -3 vote. But the night
was long and the process intense.
Machines Pass Committee
Senate Finance Chairman Lou D’Allesandro’s
plan to repair the New Hampshire state budget with slot machines passed
its first test just last night. With a 4 to 3 vote, the Senate Finance
Committee approved using slot machines to help the state’s 2010 and 2011
Arguments against the legalizing online casinos are perhaps as diverse as the
people that make the arguments. The bottom line as to whether one thinks online
casinos are dangerous or not, the industry is truly made less dangerous by
having some sort of regulatory body to protect consumers. However, some people
not only disagree with legalizing online casinos, they think gambling in general
is a dangerous activity.
Poker got its start as a game on the riverboats floating up and down the
Mississippi river in the 1800s. Then the all-American game found its way into
saloons and eventually casinos. Now, in this current century, poker is
attempting to disassociate itself with casinos, particularly online casinos.
Online Casinos in Courtroom
The Interactive Media Entertainment and Gaming Association is not the
only organization fighting in the court rooms for online casinos. The
group has done wonders for online casinos in both Kentucky and Minnesota
by arguing against state instituted bans that would set a dangerous
precedent for the future of ecommerce. But also doing battle on the
legal front is the Poker Players Alliance.
Although the entire gambling community celebrated Barney Frank’s
introduction of a bill to legalize online casinos, poker advocates are
not yet ready to allow the fate of their game to lay in bed with online
casinos. It comes down to the old skill versus chance argument. Poker
has already been declared a game of skill in a few court cases across
the country, but there is still much more work to be done.
Suicide Leads to Ban
Recently, news spread through the Thai community
that a 12 year old boy committed suicide by throwing himself off of a
balcony on the sixth floor of the building where he lived. The
horrifying action has led to an aggressive ban on online casinos in the
country. The connection may not be immediately clear, but the story
itself is inherently bizarre.
Bangkok law enforcement is working actively to stamp out
illegal gambling in the city and its neighboring provinces; particularly
illegally operated slot machines. The full scale assault on illegal slot
machines began back in May 20th. It is the belief of law enforcement
that within 40 days they will be able to route out and seize all illegal slot
machines in the area.
Can't Make Them Happy
It seems that there is very little that can be done to appease the opponents
of online gambling. Many things have changed since Barney Frank attempted to
regulate online casinos, the first time, back in 2007. The most important
change is the language of the bill. Another important change is the technology
associated with today’s online casinos.
Opposition to Barney Frank’s bill that would regulate and legalize
online casinos come from different groups and all have very different
reasons. However, opponents have yet to come up with a complaint that
supports do not feel will be resolved or better handled by regulating
online casinos. The brunt of the opposition is coming from sports
leagues and social conservatives.
Class System for Slot Machines
It is time for some slot machine education. Thanks to the Indian
Gaming Regulatory Act slot machines have been divided into two classes;
Class II slot machines and Class III slot machines. There are not any
Class I slot machines because the Class system has less to do directly
with slot machines than how types of gambling games are split up.
Online casinos exist and they are not going
anywhere. Online casinos will still be around even if the United States
does not succeed in legalizing and regulating the industry. When looked
at from that point of view, it becomes apparent that regulation is the
only option to help problem gamblers when it comes to the online casino
Casinos in Office Space
Online casinos allow access to full casino action
at any time anywhere. That is the perhaps the best feature about online
casinos and the reason that the online gambling industry has the brick
and mortar gambling industry sweating bullets. It is also the reason
why online casinos have family centered groups sweating just as much.
The accessibility of online casinos allows those that do not have such a
healthy control over their gambling habits access to online casinos
during the most in appropriate hours of the day; at work for instance.
Harrah's Makes It Official
Competition in any industry is all about staying relevant to your
client base. It is not as if land based casinos do not see the trend
emerging in favor of online casinos, but not many seem to be doing
anything about it except lobbying against online casinos legally.
However, one company, already an industry leader, is not willing to be
left behind and has taken a decisive step forward.
The Interactive Media Entertainment and Gaming Association seem
confident that their two major legal battles in defense of online
casinos will have a positive outcome. The case involving the
commonwealth of Kentucky is about to be tried in front of a Supreme
Court, but according the iMEGA Chairman, Joe Brennan, the state do not
have any new arguments and the victory won in the Appeals case should
By introducing a bill that will regulate online casinos in the United
States, Representative Barney Frank has done a lot to protect the rights
of online casino operators. Franks real battle lies ahead as he
campaigns for votes to get the law passed.
Mass Loses Slot
It seems ironic that Massachusetts, the state represented by online
casino crusader Barney Frank, will not be enjoying any further gambling
expansion on a state level.
Go Beyond Slots
Las Vegas Sands Corp has several concerns on the
horizon, both big and small. The international gaming provider just celebrated
the opening of the Sands Casino Resort Bethlehem in Pennsylvania. It has been
four years since the state legalized slot machines and the company successful
bid for one of he limited gambling licenses.
The grand opening of the Sands Casino
Resort Bethlehem was filled with character and celebration. The $743
million gambling complex finally brought gambling to a town where
hardworking steel workers once toiled for their earnings. Many of the
locals in and around Bethlehem welcomed the slot machines, both old and
Morning for Slot Machines
Opening day for the Sands Casino Resort
Bethlehem was packed with anticipation manifested in several different
emotions. Starting as early as 3:30 am, patrons lined up outside the
new casino with one goal in mind: to be the very first to get a spin on
the 3,000 brand new slot machines on the casino gaming floor.
Life is not easy for online casinos operators.
Just when they thought the major headache of online gambling prohibition
in the United States was close to being lifted, they get very bad news
from one of the biggest banks in the world.
Regulation and Legislation
Perhaps the best out come for Internet gambling is
that online casinos are regulated on a federal basis but legalized on a
state to state basis. There is no question that the industry needs
tough regulations in place to protect consumers from those online
casinos that are not completely on the up and up. However, within the
United States, there are quite a few state that do not believe gambling
is right for their citizens. When considering the 50 states that make
up the United States, it is sometimes like dealing with 50 different
Online casinos still seem to be increasing in popularity.
Unlike many of the claims from opponents of online casinos, there is significant
evidence to back up the claim. The United Kingdom Gambling Commission has
reported statistics that show an increase in the people that prefer to do their
gambling at online casinos or at other Internet based gambling sites.
NFL Set to
Sack Online Casinos
The National Football League may prove to be an
even bigger opponent for Barney Frank that Christian Conservatives. The
National Football League is doing everything they can to resist the
legalization and regulation of online casinos or any other form of
online gambling. Well funded and extremely popular, the league has a
lot of political sway. According to the National Football League, their
opposition to legalized online casinos is an effort to, at all costs,
maintain “the integrity of our game.”
The Old GOP
After the 2008 election season, the Republican Party was left in
shambles. Sure the successful historic campaign of Barack Obama had
something to do with it, with his unmatched ability to appear relevant
and in touch with the needs and wants of the American people. But more
than any other cause, the Republicans need only blame themselves. To
this day, several months after the election, the Grand Old Party cannot
seem to get on board with a coherent message and maintains the
appearance of a party desperately seeking relevance.
Casinos Savings Plan
Although the intentions behind groups that oppose
online casinos are often good, their reasoning still appears to be
strongly misguided. Statistics just do not seem to line up with their
Bars and private clubs in Ohio want
in on the gambling action. These organizations, partnered with slot machine
manufactures are doing there best to get a piece of the pie currently being
devoured by racing venues and Las Vegas styled casinos. Their could be slot
machines spinning in the local bars without a constitutional amendment or a vote
Kentucky Push for Slot
Now Kentucky is searching for a way to get slot machines are their
racetracks. There is a law in the state that gives the government the
right to seize illegal gambling machines. That is the law Governor
Steve Beshear has attempted to use in order to give him the right to
seize the domain names of 141 online casinos and gambling sites.
Baseball is a Sure Bet
When most people think about online gambling they
think of online casinos. Likewise, they think that the only way to make
a lot of money is hitting a progressive jackpot at one of many online
casinos. There are no sure things in online gambling, but there are
games and activities that improve a player’s odds of winning. Betting
on baseball games may prove more fruitful to more players than wagering
on any game found at online casinos.
iPhone Changes Game
For both patrons and casinos alike, the name of the
game is technology when it comes to staying ahead of the competition.
Some may argue that technology has almost spurred an escalation battle
in the world of online gambling. Patrons have used the latest
technology to stay a step ahead of the online casinos and online casinos
have utilized technology to stay ahead of each other.
Although it remains to be seen exactly how far
Barney Frank will get with his legislation to regulate online casinos,
the most important thing the bill did was make the legalizing online
gambling argument in the United States real. Both sides are coming out
in strong numbers to either support or thwart legalized online casinos.
However, no surprise, there are a few dissenters claiming to be against
online casinos because of concerns of how it will effect the families of
compulsive gamblers that in truth are concerned about their own profits.
It is becoming clearer and clearer that in a few years a
majority of people will be doing most of their gambling at online casinos and
perhaps mobile casinos. Gambling like all other businesses is well on its way
to functioning primarily on the Internet.
Gambling at online casinos has become popular for a
few simple reasons. Online casinos are easy to access. There is no
long drive all a person must do is hope on their computer offer some
personal information and BAM you are getting casino level entertainment
from your own home.
More than just online casinos are watching and hoping
that Barney Frank’s latest legislation makes it all the way. Not only
did Frank introduce the Internet Gambling Regulation Consumer Protection
and Enforcement Act but he also introduced legislation that will put a
hold on enforcement of the Unlawful Internet Gambling Enforcement Act.
Very recently Poker Daily News landed a sit down with Chad Hills.
Hills is the spokesperson for Focus on the Family for all things
gambling and has been very vocal against online casinos. The interview
proved to be very insightful as to what exactly the conservative
Christian organization has against online casinos and how little fact
comes into play in their opinions about the Internet gambling industry.
Focus on the Family, the social conservative organization that has
been very vocal about its opposition to online casinos, has mostly
attempted to dissuade support for online casinos with fears. In an
interview with Poker New Daily, Chad Hills, gambling analyst for Focus
on the Family, disclosed what exactly the group is so afraid of.
Everything in the horse racing industry is in a state of
flux. Calvin Borel, the jockey that rode the Kentucky Derby winner
“Mine That Bird” all the way to victory is about to make history. His
change to Kentucky Oaks winner “Rachel Alexandra” for the Preakness
Stakes marks the first time in history that a Kentucky Derby winning
jockey changed horses for the Preakness Stakes.
New Slots in
A plan is brewing in Illinois that will create a massive
expansion of gambling in the state. One part of the plan was passed
this week. A controversial amendment has arranged for racetracks in the
state to carry slot machines, courtesy of riverboat casinos. The
riverboats would still own and operate the slot machines being housed by
Illinois, like many other states, is in the process of
expanding their gambling laws. The only problem is that that some of
the cities and villages in the state that are scheduled to host venues
that operate slot machines, want nothing to do with slot machines.
Machines Like It or Not
It appears that if local racetracks are determined
enough to get slot machines and they have state legislators on their
side, they will find a way to get slot machines; even if the town they
are in does not want them. Such is the case with Arlington Park
racetrack in Illinois.
Two Sides of
When dealing with luck, one can expect great highs and great lows.
Two very different displays of luck at online casinos were made public
recently. Both involve big wins but one ends in dreams fulfilled and
the other in pure heartbreak.
There are still questions surrounding the why Churchill Downs has
requested that the Kentucky Horse Racing Commission allow them to reduce
their spring meet live racing format from five days to four. Track
operators have insisted the cut backs are a reaction to the recession
and the shrinking horse racing industry. While that may be partially
true, there are some that suspect the cuts may be a sign of how
important online gambling has really become to track operators.
Following the policies of the United States under the Bush
administration has gotten Holland in to hot water with the international
community. Not only has the European Commission warned Holland that
their ban that restricts banks from processing transactions from online
casinos is in violation of the European treaty, leading online gambling
operator Betfair is now suing the country.
Opponents of legalizing online casinos have
attempted to take the moral high ground in the argument. Their argument
comes from the belief that gambling is the source of all sorts of social
ill and that the wide accessibility of online casinos will only
exacerbate those problems.
Two Against Online Casinos
It is a general understanding the online casinos
are illegal in the United States. However, there are no laws in the
books that clearly state the online casinos or internet gambling is
illegal. Hopefully, if Congressman Barney Frank is successful, there
will be a bill by the end of the year that expressly states that online
casinos are a legal and regulated industry in the United States.
Frank's Second Attempt
This is Congressman
Barney Frank’s second attempt at passing legislation for the
legalization of online casinos and Internet gambling. Last time Frank
failed to get his bill out of committee. This time around things have
changed a great deal in Frank’s favor. Along with the significant
disempowerment of the Republican Party, corporate support and a grass
roots campaign may help Frank get his bill passed into law.
The Seneca Nation of Indians is making
every effort to bring slot machines to the Catskill region of
New York State. Now that the Seneca Nation Legislative
Council has agreed upon a compact with Sullivan County and
surrounding municipalities, the tribe is one big step closer to
beginning construction on their ambitions 2 million square foot
Machines Arrive at Rivers
Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania has been waiting in white knuckled
anticipation for the opening of the Rivers Casino. While the official
opening date for the casino is more than three months off, there was
buzz about the casino this week as the very first of what is to be many
slot machines arrived for installation.
Machines, No Races
Churchill Downs is blaming a lack of revenue from additional gaming,
such as slot machines as the reason they have decided to cut the number
of race days and purse sizes for their spring season.
Machines for Texas
Well, it looks like Texas will not be welcoming any new slot machines
for the time being. After a very valiant effort to introduce slot
machines to state race tracks and to build all new resort casinos,
lawmakers pushing for such legislation in Texas were forced to admit
defeat yesterday. The sand ran out on any such legislation to be
considered during this session.
Newport News Bust Up
Law enforcement officers in Newport News, Virginia
discovered an illegal Internet gambling setup, very similar to online
casinos, in a check cashing business. The Cash Express business was not
a store from for illegal operations, but they also offered Internet
Sweepstakes. Law enforcement took their time building a case against
the business and sent undercover officers into the establishment three
times in the month of April. A search warrant was obtained in the
Newport News Circuit Court.
Delaware Threatens Online Casinos
It is not often that online casinos are given a
reason to sweat, but when online casinos are made to sweat it typically
comes out of the United States; such is the case with the latest
development in sport betting.
Other Online Casinos Bill
Last weeks introduction of legislation to regulate
online casinos on the part of Representative Barney Frank was certainly
very exciting; so exciting in fact that many people do not realize that
he introduced more than one bill that has to do with the future of
online casinos in the United States. As a matter of fact the secondary
bill that has gone unpublicized may have more to do with the immediate
future of online casinos than the regulation bill.
Machine Mega Payout
Not every story that comes out of online casinos is
a success story. In truth, most are not, but that is just the nature of
gambling and the house edge. But when a success story or a story of a
hitting a major jackpot does surface, it is enough to inspire every
gambler that is already on line trying to try a little harder; at least
to keep the dream alive.
The celebrations seem short lived now that the online gambling
industry is attempting to digest the bill introduced by Congressman
Barney Frank. Certainly the industry considers it a step forward and is
excited about the prospect of online casinos being legalized in the
United States; however, the tax measures being proposed by Barney Frank
and Jim McDermott have caused a few eyebrows to rise.
Online Casinos Create Divide
As to be expected, sides are being picked in regards to the
introduction of Barney Franks online casinos bill. The highly
anticipated bill sent shockwaves throughout the country and the gambling
industry when it was introduced last week. The bill is designed to give
authority to the United States Treasury Department to regulate online
casinos and Internet gambling in the United States.
Frank New Deal
Yes, this is not the first time that Representative Barney Frank has
introduced legislation aimed at legalizing online casinos. As with any
bill, supporters should not celebrate too early for many things can
through it off the track of becoming a law. However, this new bill
introduced by the Chairman of the House Financial Services Committee is
far from being a shot in the dark and holds real promise of success.
As Delaware considers introducing legalized slot
machines there is of course a great debate as to where all those tax
dollars will go. In other states, such as Florida, revenue from slot
machines has largely been used to help fund public schools and higher
learning scholarships. Dedicating gambling dollars to education seems
to appease the concerns of those opposed to gambling enough to get
gambling legislature passed.
Step Towards New Seminole
The Florida House and Senate has finally passed SB 788, bringing
Governor Charlie Crist one step closer to closing a gaming deal with the
Seminole Tribe. Governor Crist has been delayed for some time with the
negotiating the details of allowing the Tribe to operate both blackjack
tables and slot machines at their various casinos throughout the state.
Tragedy strikes a Ukrainian gambling hall full of slot machines when
a fire broke out earlier this week. The flames took the lives of 9
patrons, 11more were wounded. According to officials the fire started
in the late evening but the gambling hall was fully engulfed with flames
just before 1 a.m. The gambling hall was located in the city of
Stuck on Slot Machines
Ohio legislators know one thing and one thing for sure; they need new
ways of generating funds. Week after week Ohio residents are hearing
about the state’s lack of revenue and how it continues to shrink. Tax
revenues are at an all time low in Ohio and the government needs a
The religious right has never been a friend to gambling, but they are
fighting with a particular fury against online casinos. Recently,
Representative Barney Frank introduced legislation to both regulate and
license online casinos in the United States as well as place a hold on
compliance with the Unlawful Internet Gambling Enforcement Act.
Bone with Right
There is no doubt that the battle between those in support of legal online
casino in the United States and those against has been cranked up a notch after
Congressman Barney Frank introduced his legislation to regulate online casinos
last week. The legislation was the weapon that pro online casino advocates have
been waiting for. In response it seems the anti online gambling community has
increased the use of their secret weapon; lies and misleading comments about
You Bet Barney
Often times being a congressman can be a thankless job. Youbet.com
has made sure that Barney Frank does not feel this way, at least this
time around. Youbet.com, by far the largest legal pure play betting
site in the United States, took time out to make sure the Chairman of
the House Financial Services Committee new how much he was appreciated
for his role in protecting personal freedom. Congressman Frank’s bill
to regulate and legalize online casinos is more than just great news for
the Internet gambling industry, it represents a member of the government
going out on a limb to fight for rights to which he feels all American
citizens are entitled.
The United States may soon be able to separate
themselves from the list of countries resisting online casinos and the
expansion of online gambling. The Dutch government is still fighting
the uphill battle. Despite the clearly stated principals of the
European Union which allows free movement of goods and services across
the boarders of member countries, the Dutch are determined to protect
state run gambling monopolies against online casinos from foreign
Draws Wrath of iMEGA
Minnesota may have bitten of more than they can
chew when the Alcohol and Gambling Enforcement Division of the Minnesota
Department of Public Safety sent a notice to 11 major Internet service
providers and asked them to block nearly 200 online casinos and online
Big Day For
The wait is over and the promise has been fulfilled. Today,
Congressman Barney Frank, Chairman of the U.S House Financial Service
Committee introduced legislation that would regulate online casinos in
the United States. There was a lot of rumor and speculation leading up
to this highly anticipated introduction. Many were not sure if the bill
would do anything more than eliminate the Unlawful Internet Gambling
Machines More Money
Casinos all across the United States are suffering
serious revenue losses. There are some that blame the current
recession, but brick and mortar casinos have been losing money for
months before the recession. Typically, the only portion of the gaming
industry that is making profits is online casinos. One slot machine
parlor in Maine is the exception to the rule.
Slot machines can be
addictive, that is no secret anymore. It is the responsibility of the
player to learn self and financial discipline so that the game does not
get the better of you. Stories of problem gamblers that go through
extreme lengths in order to alleviate slot machines of their jackpots
are not rare, but every once in a while stories on this topic grab the
attention and send a warning to gamblers everywhere.
Minnesota, like many other states in the country, is considering slot
machines as a source of additional revenues that will help the state meet its
budget demands. It has been proposed that the state should allow Canterbury
Park and Running Aces horse racing tracks to operate slot machines. It comes as
no surprise that local gaming tribes do not want the tracks offering slot
machines and getting involved in the gaming business. Certainly there is some
element of the tribes protecting their corner of the gaming market but the tribe
also has reasons for opposing slot machines at state race tracks that will
affect the state as a whole.
Weathered Slot Machines
Slot machines come in all shapes and sizes and are themed after an
infinite number of subjects. There are at least two major reasons for
the diversity of slot machines, the first is that whether online or on
land, slot machines are the major money makers for most casinos. The
second reason is that studies have shown that most gamblers flock to
slot machines that carry a theme that resonates with them on sum
personal level. That being said, slot machines are as diverse as the
gamblers that love them.
Rainy Day Derby
All over the United States and the world, to be perfectly honest, the
horse racing industry is dwindling. In order to save horse racing many
politicians and venue owners are turning to slot machines. However, it
is well known that that is not the route Kentucky Governor Steve Beshear
chose to pursue. When he saw horse racing revenues dropping of more and
more each year, he decided to place the blame on online casinos and the
rest of the Internet gambling industry.
The news seems too good to be true. The House Financial Services
Committee released a press release this week that clarified not only
when Chairman Barney Frank intends to release his bill related to online
casinos, but what the legal intentions of the bill will be. Online
casinos and Internet gambling operators have been waiting patiently for
Sun for MD Slot Machines
When Maryland voted to legalize slot machines, hopes were high for
the revenue that these machines would generate. Sadly, from the very
beginning the state had trouble with the process of licensing the slot
machines. The legislation that passed allowed for 15,000 slot machines
operating in Maryland and all of the projections for how much tax
revenue slot machines would bring in were based on those 15,000
According to John Morris Minnesota is going to have a tough
time executing its plan to use major Internet service provider to block online
casinos state wide. Morris is the general counsel for the Center for Democracy
and Technology, a digital rights group.
Against Online Casinos
States attempting to ban
online casinos are running in to significant legal troubles. Not every
state is resorting to the same drastic measures as Kentucky. Kentucky
is in the middle of a legal battle to seize the domain name 141 online
casinos and internet gambling site because under Kentucky law the state
can seize illegal gambling device. A brilliant plan on the part of the
Kentucky Governor Steve Beshear, except he has been hard pressed to
reduce multibillion dollar, international companies like online casinos
to nothing more than a gambling device.
There are at least two sides to every argument. Online casinos have
no doubt created a divide in the country, especially as signs point
toward regulation in the near future. Unfortunately for the dissenting
opinion, many of the loudest voices voicing their point of view are
coming from unfounded places. Professor John Kindt, Professor Earl
Gringols, and Reverend James Dobson, all opposed to regulating online
casinos, have been known to spout a few argument that are sometimes
little more than out and out lies.
Suncoast Keeps Rising
The Suncoast Casino is generating a lot of business in Durban, South
Africa. The casino has only been operating for five years but since
that time it has hardly allowed the town to sleep. Each day an average
of 20,000 to 25,000 people patronize the casino and you can bet a large
percentage of those gamblers have come in search of slot machines.
Slot Machines in Budget
The budget passed by Ohio House Democrats may have smuggled in the ability to
legalize slot machines in the state. Many states are turning to slot machines
as a means of brining in more revenue. Many states across the nation have had
trouble meeting the demands of their budget since the country fell into economic
Philly Tax Break
According to figures projected by the Pennsylvania
government, for the second year in a row, tax revenues from slot
machines reached a threshold for use for tax relief in Philadelphia.
The amount of tax relief this year will be similar to relief offered
last year, only a little bit less.
Canada Rejects UIGEA
The UIGEA needs to go ASAP. It has come to a point
where the Unlawful Internet Gambling Enforcement Act has started to
negatively affect our allies to the North. The Unlawful Internet
Gambling Enforcement Act has saddled financial institutions with the
responsibility of determining what transactions are linked to unlawful
Internet gambling and what exactly is to be determined unlawful Internet
Professor Doom on Online Casinos
With all the resistance to online gambling in the United States, one
would think that regulating online casinos might bring about the end of
the world. Well, it is clear that some gambling experts believe this to
be true on some level. Professor of business and legal policy, John W.
Kindt has offered doomsday like prediction of how regulating online
casinos would affect the United States’ citizens, stock markets,
financial system, and national security.
Minnesota has decided that it wants nothing to do with online
casinos. It has gone the route of Kentucky without being nearly as
controversial. Minnesota is appealing to the major Internet service
providers in the state to block a long list of online casinos and
Internet gambling sites. The list has gone public and of course raised a
few eyebrows. The list of over 200 online casinos and internet gambling
site seems strangely selective or suspiciously incomplete.
Tied Over Online Casinos
It appears that the United States is standing in the way of progress
for online casinos in more ways than initially thought. The ban on
online casinos in the United States may be the reason Canada is dragging
its feet to regulate the online gambling industry. The Canadian Gaming
Summit held in Ontario failed to make head way toward regulation
possibly due to the politics between the United States and Canada.
One of the arguments against online casinos is its vulnerability as a
tool to launder money. The Isle of Man is one of the biggest online
gambling licensing jurisdictions in the world. Now the territory is
working on establishing guidelines for the Prevention of Money
Laundering and Countering of Terrorist Financing. This comes about due
to the requirements of the Criminal Justice Code 2008.
Level Playing Field
Part of what makes the regulation system for online casinos held in place by
the British government is that they spend a significant portion of that tax
money on fighting problem gambling. However, the minister of sports, Gerry
Sutcliffe, does not believe the government is receiving enough money from online
casinos, particularly online casinos operated by offshore companies.
Earlier this week, competition between competing
producers of slot machines, Bally Technologies and International Gaming
Technology really heated up. IGT accused Bally Technologies and its
affiliates Bally Game International and Bally Gaming Inc., of infringing
upon two it existing patents.
The Belgian gambling minister, Secretary of State Carl Devlies
announced the countries plans for regulating online casinos. Typically
when a country decides to regulate the online gambling industry it is
cause to celebrate and at the very least a strong move in the favor of
There are two major problems facing countries that allow gambling but
prohibit gambling at online casinos. The first problem is that it is
incredibly difficult for the countries to hide the overtly protectionist
nature of these policies. The second major problem is that most laws
prohibiting gambling online are notoriously hard to enforce.
Blocks Online Casinos
The United States does not have a clear point of view on online
casinos. That is the reason that gambling has always been a state
issue. Thankfully, Barney Frank intends to repeal the Unlawful Internet
Gambling Enforcement Act. A law like the Unlawful Internet Gambling
Enforcement Act really has no place in the federal law books. Gambling,
whether at brick and mortar casinos or at online casinos, should be the
prerogative of the various state governments.
Make the List
The Internet has long been seen as a vehicle that
offers almost endless entrepreneurial opportunities. Even after the
burst of the .com bubble several thrifty business men have found ways of
making their millions, even billions online. Online casinos seem to be
one of the top way that people have found fortune online, according to
the Sunday Times Internet Rich List.
The waiting continues, but if his own word is any
sign of a light at the end of a tunnel, Barney Frank is closer than ever
to finally introducing legislature that will overturn the Unlawful
Internet Gambling Enforcement Act and regulating online casinos. Last
week, Barney Frank gave us nothing more than a tease by mentioning
online casinos in passing when discussing rights that he feels all
Americans should have.
The Internet sweepstakes storefront operations in
North Carolina are causing quite a stir. The games appear to be
Internet based slot machine parlors, but the games offered at these
locations operate very differently from slot machines. Slot machines
operate on a random number generator. These games have predetermined
results and anything resembling slot machines are just for the purpose
of and entertaining aesthetic.
The Cherokee reservation in North Carolina is
supposed to be the only place in the state where slot machines are
legal. That is technically the case, but business owners in Garner,
North Carolina have found a loophole that legally allows them to offer
an experience to patrons that is very similar to slot machines…but not
Incredible Technologies is one of those companies that most people
have never heard of but are intimately familiar with their product. It
is highly likely that if you have a favorite bar in you town that bar
carries either Golden Tee Golf or Silver Strike Bowling, both are
Incredible Technology products.
Gov Wary of Slot
Ever since the nation’s economy began to tank, states have been
scrambling to find new ways of generating revenues. Several states have
turned to gambling expansion, specifically slot machines, to bring in
more money for the state budget. The results have varied.
Like many states, Ohio is strongly debating as to whether gambling
should be expanded with slot machines. Recently a brand new voice has
emerged in the argument. Tavern owners would like to operate slot
machines but the machines face major opposition from many angles, even
the State Governor himself. However, a group representing bar owners
has come up with a plan to bring slot machines to Ohio that would not
require an amendment to the state constitution.
Oh Barney, you tease. The gambling community across the world has
been waiting with baited breath to for Barney Frank to introduce
legislation that will begin the regulation process for online casinos.
Many industry analysts predicted that April would be the deciding month
for online casinos and the Frank would introduce his legislation before
May. However, most of the month goes by without Frank even mentioning
online casinos and when he finally does it is not exactly in the way
that most wanted or expected.
The Unlawful Internet Gambling Enforcement Act did not outlaw online
casinos, it simply made it difficult for online gamblers to use
particular payment methods to fund online gambling activities.
Regardless, the law has been completely ineffective it prevent gambling
at online casinos. That is why many legislators are now working toward
legalizing and regulating online casinos on both a state and national
The gambling industry, brick and mortar casinos and online casinos
alike, are convinced that regulation of online casinos in the United
States is just around the corner. Although it has yet to happen,
industry analyst believe it is only a matter of days now before Chairman
of the House Financial Services Committee Representative Barney Frank
introduces legislation that will legalize online casinos in the United
Europe Eyes US Online Casinos
Europe has high hopes for online casinos in the United States. A lot
has changed in the online gambling industry and the world markets since
the Unlawful Internet Gambling Enforcement Act went into affect back in
2006; changes that make it more and more likely that a legal market for
online casinos will soon emerge in the United States once more.
Prepares for the Future
As country after country regulates online casinos
and legislators in the United States call for the domestic legalization
of Internet gambling is appears beyond likely that a legal market for
online casinos will soon return to the United States. Harrah’s
Entertainment, one of Las Vegas’ most influential casino operators is
making preparations for the inevitable invasion of online casinos.
Swiss Online Casinos
The world still seems divided on online casinos.
Half of the world’s governments unfortunately seem content with taking
the lead of the United States and attempting prohibition. However
prohibition only seems to leave citizens, insistent on gambling online
at online casinos regardless of their legal status, vulnerable to
predatory and unregulated online casinos operators.
Representative Barney Frank, the chairman of the
House Financial Services Committee, has received a reputation of being
an extreme liberal because of his unique and outspoken position on many
controversial matters. He has been heralded as a champion by the
Internet gambling industry because of his intention to introduce a bill
that will regulate online casinos in the United States. Online casinos
are not the only ones that celebrate him, Frank also believes that
marijuana should be legalized.
Health Over Slot Machines
Many local governments have repealed smoking bans because they
apparently injure business in the gambling industry. Nevada, home of
Las Vegas and thousands upon thousands of slot machines, is the first
state to consider a revision of a smoking ban on a state level.
The brick and mortar gambling industry apparently requires a very
delicate balance for success. It has long been known that slot machines
are the real work horse at any casino. Slot machines undeniably bring
in more revenue than any other game typically found on the gaming floor.
Slot Machines Suffer Clean
Revenues in Nevada’s brick and mortar casinos have been falling for
quite some time, even before the economic recession. Many people trace
it back to the passing of the Nevada Clean Indoor Air Act, a law that
banned smokers from lighting up inside of public buildings where there
is food being served or where minors are present.
Against Slot Machines
A separation of church and state, so to speak, has occurred
in the United Kingdom as a result of the minimum stakes on slot machines being
officially raised to £1. Just this week the House of Lords approved the motion
to raise minimum stakes on slot machines; meanwhile church groups are shouting
Church groups in the United Kingdom are highly
outrage by the latest development in gambling legislation. Parliament
recently gave approval to gambling operators raising the minimum stakes
on slot machines. Church organizers, long time foes of slot machines
and the gambling industry, are convince families in the United Kingdom
are going to be hurt.
If the new legislations with regards to regulating
online casinos in South Africa pass, South Africa may soon set a new
international standard for player protection at online gambling sites.
Some critics say that the regulations are way to strict for online
casinos to operate successfully in the South African market, but no one
can accuse the South African government of neglecting the safety of
their citizens gambling online.
Online Casinos Play It Safe
The fact that South Africa is in the process of drafting an
amendment to finally regulate and legalize online casinos in the country is
fantastic news. South Africa has had a problem control illegal online casinos
for quite some time and their choice to regulate now as an attempt at getting
the illegal element in check. The problem is that the regulations that early
drafts of the legislation may be too strict.
After the bitter defeat of John McCain last year in an electoral race
charged with the message of Unity, Barack Obama has had a hard time
getting the two parties in Washington to put aside their differences.
Online casinos are not expected to do much better because the GOP came
out and blatantly opposed online casinos in their party platform.
NFL Offense Seems Misplaced
The reasoning coming from the National Football League as to why they
are so adamant against online casinos does not add up. The National
Football Leagues continues to voice its fear that regulated online
casinos in the United States would increase sports betting and thereby
endanger the integrity of professional match ups in the league.
This most recent business period has not been very for giving for one
of biggest owner/operators of slot machine. Talarius has reported a
pre-tax loss of £1.9million for the year to June.
Slot Machine Contract
Slot machines are coming to the Aqueduct Race Track in New York. That is, as
soon as New York can find a contractor to develop the racino project. Many
companies took part in the very competitive bidding process. Delaware North
Companies Gaming and Entertainment actually walked away with the winning bid,
but now Delaware North is facing its own problems.
Slot Machines Seized in Bama
Slot machines are not legal in Alabama.
Unfortunately, in Alabama and other states, game designers often create
games that too closely resemble slot machines. This leaves it up to the
interpretation of the state as to whether these games are operating
legally. Most of the time these slot machine like games lose. That is
the case for a particular set of bingo machines in Alabama.
New Navajo Slot Machines
Virtually every game found in casinos have die hard fans, but nothing
racks of the dollars like slot machines. That is abundantly clear to
the Navajo Nation. Only four months after the grand open of their Fire
Rock Navajo Casino, casino operators have used a portion of their bingo
hall to expand the amount of slot machines offered on the gaming floor.
iMEGA vs DOJ
The Unlawful Internet Gambling Enforcement Act is a vague
and ineffective law that has affected more than online casinos and the Internet
gambling industry. That is what the Interactive Media Entertainment and Gaming
Association intends to prove before the United States Third Circuit Court of
Appeal in a few months.
Casinos Under Bus
In the face of new tighter restriction on their
poker machines, bars and clubs in Australia are not content with
pleading their own case, they apparently feel compelled to sabotage
online casinos as well. Unfortunately, scientific study is not on their
For those that still cannot see why it is important for online casinos to
receive regulation and why the government cannot just slap prohibition on like a
band aid forget about, the Chinese have offered a stellar example.
It looks like Australia is prepared to proceed with its
plans to censor the Internet. Censorship of the Internet is perhaps on of the
most awful things a government can do to its people. The virtue of the Internet
is the access to unfiltered information, giving the masses for the first time in
history the ability to make up their own mind on a subject. None the less,
Australia seems to be moving forward with a filtering process to remove unwanted
content from reach of Australian.
South Africa was once among the several nations
trying in vain to prohibit its residence from gambling at online
casinos. All of that is about to change as the South African government
is prepared to implement regulation that will finally give the country
the control they have desired over Internet gambling activity within
Another Defense of Online
While all the talk rages about how
socially irresponsible it is to regulate online casinos and how
Internet gambling will supposedly create a army of problem
gamblers, all the statistics seem to indicate otherwise.
Must Step Up
There have been several studies that indicate regulating
online casinos will not increase problem gambling rates. That does not stop
family group from asserting that legalizing online casinos in the United States
from being socially irresponsible. It may be likely that many of these “family
groups” are being backed by brick and mortar gambling establishments, hiding
behind the family cause to achieve their very separate agenda of weeding out
competition. However, in order for online casinos to get the legislation needed
to bring the industry back to the United States the industry will need to make
protecting teens online a priority.
Casinos Still in Danger
They’re baaaack. As much as people would have like
for the IMEGA victory last year to be the end of Kentucky’s mad
scientist like effort to seize 141 domain names belonging to online
casinos and Internet gambling sites it was safely predicted that the
state would come back for an appeals case.
It has become apparent, through the release of legal
documents, that PartyGaming used elaborate measures to continue offering
gambling actions to players in the United States, until they fled the US market,
like many online casinos, after the passage of the Unlawful Internet Gambling
David Carruthers, the former CEO of BetOnSports has pled guilty to
“federal racketeering conspiracy charges. Not only that, but he has
also agreed to cooperating with law enforcement against Gary Kaplan, the
founder of BetOnSports.
Casinos in the Clear
Regulating online casinos is bound to create an
irreversible problem gambling epidemic and innocent children will
develop the habits of compulsive gamblers due to the easy accessibility
of gambling activity.
The South African government is being progressive
enough to allow for the regulation of online casinos in the country.
That does not mean the country has any intention of being lenient on
companies that have been operating illegally in the country before the
legalization and regulation of online casinos.
Online Casinos Change Game
Lotteries in the United States are fighting
desperately to retain its relevance in an age of virtual gambling and
online casinos. Lotteries hold the potential to increase revenue by 127
percent if they can retain their customer base and draw in new players.
However they must contend with online casinos that could take away as
much as $7 billion.
Vs Online Casinos
A new study shows that they gambling establishments in the
United States may have proper cause to fear the draw of online casinos and
Internet gambling. According to a study conducted by Frost & Sullivan, lottery
sales have the potential to increase by a the remarkable margin of 127 percent.
However, the increasing popularity of slot machines has the potential to take
away as much as $7 billion in gambling revenue.
Pachislo machines are currently all the rage in
Japan. Pachislo machines are essentially like slot machines, the one
main difference being is that players have the power to stop the
spinning reels on these slot machines with a button usually placed on
the front of the consoles. That is the objective of the game.
Uneven Tax Cut
Many people stand to gain from the slot machines in Pennsylvania in
the way of tax relief. Although slot machines are churning out less tax
revenues than expected several residents of the state stand to benefit
from tax cuts in the 2009/2010 budget year; although not everyone will
Slot Machines Fall Short
Although slot machines are not generating the $1
billion in tax revenues promised by Governor Ed Rendell when they were
first legalized in Pennsylvania, the tax revenue accumulated by slot
machines has still managed to produce a decent level of tax cuts for
Machine Tax Cuts
When Pennsylvania Governor Ed Rendell sought to legalize slot
machines in his state he promised that revenue from the popular
casino activity would generate tax relief for millions of
residents. Unfortunately, it appears that Pennsylvania’s
second year of gains from slot machine revenues will only be
enough to provide tax cuts for millions of Pennsylvania
residents that resembles the current year’s tax cuts.
Appeal of Penny Slot Machines
Penny slot machines can be deceiving in name. These
increasingly popular rendition of the worlds most popular casino past time are
not as small time as people think. Granted you are not likely to win as much
from penny slot machines as you are from major progressive slot machines, but
gamblers can still walk away with a “pretty penny.”
Penny slot machines are doing surprisingly well in
Atlantic City, despite the lack of any sign that economic recover is
near at hand of brick and mortar casinos. Before 2002 there were no
penny slot machines in the town. Now, there are more penny slot
machines than any other type of slot machine in Atlantic City, excluding
multidenominationl and quarter slot machines.
New Slots Craze
Penny slot machines seem to be all the rage in
Atlantic City, most likely as a direct result of the economic
recession. Interestingly enough, with an 8 percent increase in revenue
from penny slot machines, these low denomination terminals have
materialized as yet another way that slot machines manage keep the doors
of casinos open.
Machines to the Rescue
It is no secret that brick and mortar casinos have
suffered greatly during the current financial crisis. The steady loss
of revenue is only made glaringly more obvious when compared to the
success of the online casino industry that has managed to flourish in
the face of a global recession.
Norway has joined Sweden, Australia, and the United
States on the list of countries desperately fighting against the
inevitable tide of regulated online casinos. Norway is currently
proposing legislation that is horrifically similar to the American
Unlawful Internet Gambling Enforcement Act. The law would forbid
financial institutions from processing transactions from online casinos
and Internet gambling sites that are not approved by the government.
This will essentially give the government owned Norske Tipping the
monopoly over online casinos in the country.
Sign of the Times
Signs that the Unlawful Internet Gambling Enforcement Act is on the chopping
block are now more obvious than ever. Although talk of Barney Frank introducing
legislation this month that will overturn the law is getting louder than ever,
that is not the tell tale sign that online casinos are about to etch a permanent
niche in the American gambling market. The recent actions of a major brick and
mortar gambling operator is the dead give away.
CryptoLogic is emerging as one of the most successful software
companies in online casinos; it has certainly taken the title of most
innovative. CryptoLogic, once based out of Toronto is now publicly
traded on several different stock exchanges, including the Toronto Stock
exchange and the Nasdaq.
Supports Sports Betting
Two teams in Major League Baseball have struck a
deal with very popular provider of online casinos and Internet gambling
entertainment. The match up is odd to say the least, as most
professional sporting leagues in the United States are lobbying against
online casinos. The American sporting leagues claim the regulating
online casinos in the United States runs the risk of endangering the
integrity of sports match ups.
Casinos Called to Duty
CryptoLogic continues to give the United States
reasons to mourn our country’s backward approach to dealing with online
casinos. Once the Unlawful Internet Gambling Enforcement Act was passed
into law in October of 2006, several online casinos and software
providers fled the United States market in fear of prosecution.
CryptoLogic was one of those lost software providers. And though many
gamblers mourned the loss of CryptoLogic products back then, as the
years go by the company continues to renew the injury with its insanely
innovative product line.
As if it were not bad enough that the United States passed
protectionist laws to weed out competition from off shore online
casinos, it now appears that some state governments in the United States
may be extorting money from online casinos with threats of prosecution.
Sides of In Play Betting
Voices from all sides are coming out for and against Australian
allowing in play betting during professional sporting matches. The
fight led by the BetFair and the Australian Football League may prove to
be an uphill battle in a country notorious for attempting to band online
casinos. Not only that, Australia once grouped online casinos in with
child pornography as items detrimental to the public good.
Australia is not the friendliest country to online
casinos and Internet gambling, but it is very loyal to its professional
sporting leagues. That is why the Australian Football League is hoping
the government can overcome their differences with online casinos and
make and amendment to the Interactive Gambling Law.
Test Helps Community
It is not always easy for casino operators and
politicians to get communities to welcome slot machines into their
midst. So slot machines are always pitched by informing the community
how they stand to benefit from them. Often times governments promise
that a large potion of casino tax dollars will be contributed to schools
or college scholarships.
Sands Set to Open
The Sands Casino Resort Bethlehem is coming closer
and closer to opening, but not quite yet. But in a few weeks gamblers
will be able to get a taste of the new slot machines before the casino
New Valley Forge Slot Machines
The competition for gamblers in the Northeastern
corridor of the United States continues. While some casinos in New
Jersey are attempting to appeal to player nostalgia by offering hard to
find coin based slot machines, other states are simply adding more
machines in new locations.
Rebirth of Coin Slot Machines
When it comes to slot machines, the past may very
well be the future of the industry. It has only been a little over five
years now since Borgata Hotel Casino & Spa debuted in Atlantic City as
the first coin free casino. After that, coin free slot machines swept
the nation until now more than 90 percent of slot machines on the
continent are coin free.
Death to Old Slot Machines
Atlantic City’s oldest casino is fighting for patrons that miss the
days of the noisy, coin-spewing slot machines. Resorts Casino just
opened eight coin based slot machines this past weekend. If the
backward trend picks up they will of course unveil more.
Resort to New Measures
Resorts Atlantic City is the first legal casino outside of Las Vegas,
so the company certainly has a sense of tradition. That may be the
reason for its new experiment involving slot machines.
Congressman Barney Frank’s promise to introduce
legislation this month that will regulate online casinos may be the only
thing that can save the United States from being devoured by the World
Two Wrongs Don't Make a Right
Internet gambling proponents may feel like Congressman Barney Frank is being
a bit of a tease with his promise to introduce legislation that will regulate
online casinos. At first he promised to introduce his bill some time in March,
but now it seems more likely that the big moment will happen during the week of
PartyGaming Loses Out
PartyGaming Plc was once a force to be reckoned with in online
casinos. Although they are still a highly successful provider of
popular sites like PartyPoker.com, they no longer hold nearly the same
amount of influence over the online gambling scene as they did before
the Unlawful Internet Gambling Enforcement Act made it difficult for
online casinos to operate effectively in the United States.
Slot Machines Replace Horses
There was a time when horse racing tracks were built with grace and
elegance in an effort to make the track itself an attraction. Those
days seem to be long gone. More and more race tracks seem to be less
about racing and more about slot machines and other casinos games.
Florida Has Options on the Table
It is a strange time for gambling in the United
States. The gambling industry is receiving an unprecedented amount of
new opportunities as local and federal governments seek to expand
gambling, often by bringing slot machines, to increase revenues. This
trend is likely due to the fact that gambling has always tended to
thrive in times of economic hardship. But no scene is more bizarre than
Florida. That is not an uncommon superlative for the Sunshine State,
but the best word for the sudden rash of new gambling legislation may be
Illegal Slot Machines Steal
An illegal gambling operation recently busted up in
Orlando was either ingenious or insidious. Residents in the low income
area of Pine Hills were taken by a scam that stole both their time and
money. The operation was a mixture of online gambling, wagering at slot
machines, and buying into a sweepstakes.
Gambling Balancing Act
The Florida Senate predicted that revenues from slot machines and
gambling would bring the state over $1 billion. This does not seem to
be the case. The number seems to be more like $400 million. This new
estimate from state economist include the profit that would be made if
the Seminoles take the state up on a deal that would allow them to
monopolize slot machines everywhere in the state, except in Broward and
Safer Slot Machines
Although slot machines are problematic in there temptation of problem
gamblers, they are not nearly as problematic as video lottery
terminals. At least that seems to be the case in Alberta, Canada.
While Europe is try to make sure the United States
reopens its market to European online casinos with threats of carrying
them before the World Trade Organization, the issue does not seem
resolve in Europe itself.
Told You So
Many people new this day was coming. An
investigation by the European Commission has led to the accusation the
United States is in violation of World Trade Organization rules by
banning online casinos. Unless the European Commission can strike some
sort of deal with the United States, the case will be brought before the
World Trade Organization.
Slot Machine Saturation
Video lottery terminals in Alberta, Canada have been capped at 6,000
since 1996. The number of slot machines have continued to grow since
that time and currently stand at 12,386. It is safe to say that the
government of Alberta has a loyalty to slot machines.
No Cap on Slot Machines
A simple look at number shows that the government of Alberta Canada
has not been exactly unbiased when it comes to slot machines and the
Video Lottery Terminals. Over the last 14 years, the number of slot
machines in the province has continued to grow while the number of video
lottery terminals has remained capped at 6,000.
Against Online Casinos
The versatility and profitability of online casinos
has repeatedly proven that it is the undeniable future of gambling, not
only in the country but across the world. The United States is putting
up surprising resistance to this inevitable trend despite the recent
development that individual states are now acting independent of the
federal government to regulate online casinos and other forms of
It is the start of a new week. Hopefully it means
that the stubborn slot machines that Americans are being forced to
suffer will loosen up. Over the entire weekend not one major slots
jackpot was hit at online casinos still accepting wagers from the United
States. Unfortunately, this is not the first time this has happened
during the month of March.
Many feel that at this point, with building
pressure from the recession and international trade partners, it is no
longer a matter of if online casinos will be regulated its more a
question of when. There is, however, a big question mark on what
particular regulations will be imposed on licensed online casinos. Even
matters that seem to have an obvious answer may be a little tricky when
dealing with the international Internet gambling community.
Florida’s Seminole Indian Tribe has a very interesting offer on the
table. A new House bill would give the tribes exclusive rights to
offering slot machines all across the state. The major catch is that
the Tribe would have to cease offering classic table games like
roulette, blackjack, and baccarat.
Seminole Slot Monopoly
It has long been said that slot machines are the real money makers at
casinos. A new piece of legislation challenges the Seminole Indian
Tribe in Florida to put that notion to the test. Under a brand new
piece of legislation recently unveiled by the House, the Seminole Indian
tribe would gain exclusive rights to large payout slot machines across
the state if only they are willing to give up casino table games.
Indian gaming is a very important institution to the native people of
this continent. Gambling is one of the most lucrative industries in the
world and many states Native Americans have exclusive rights to offer
casino style gaming to generate revenue for their tribesmen.
More Slot Machines
The Navajo Nation’s Fire Rock Navajo Casino has only been open since
this past fall, however ever since the venue expanded their collection
of slot machines recently business has been on a serious upswing.
Threatens Slot Machines
The countries gaming mecca Nevada, home to Las
Vegas, may be getting a lottery. A Nevada State Assembly voted in favor
of supporting a plan that would create a lottery in the state. Critics
of the plan are concerned that a lottery would become unwanted
competition for slot machines and other chance based games found in
EC to Hold US Accountable
As expected a study on United States policy toward
online casinos has lead the European Commission to the conclusion that
the country stands in violation of international trade agreements. It
is the opinion of the European Commission that the ban on online casinos
in the United States is discriminatory and lacks legal justification.
Studies indicate that young people
are experimenting with gambling from an earlier age. One Canadian study
idicated that roughly 79 percent of children between the seventh and
ninth grade have gambled and 83 percent of children in the eleventh
grade have gambled. Although many of these kids are not gambling for
money, they are exchanging other things of value to them at that age
such as trading cards or in some cases cigarettes.
As the Internet gambling industry becomes more and
more successful the number of people visiting online casino is of course
on the rise. Perhaps the fastest rising demographic is college
students. Many online casinos only have a minimum age requirement of
18, so online casinos see a lot of college traffic.
Casinos Abuse Cyprus
At the moment, the European Union may be forcing
the Mediterranean island of Cyprus to lose millions of dollars. Several
cash processing companies for online casinos have set up shop on the
little island, but thanks to European Union trade agreements their may
be very little the can do about it.
Underage Gambling Fines
More money more problems seems to be the lesson that racetracks in
Pennsylvania are learning now that they can offer slot machines. The
Pennsylvania Gaming Control Board hit a slot machine operator in the
state with fines totaling $29,000 for violating gambling laws.
UIGEA Big Trick
The biggest success of the Unlawful Internet Gambling Enforcement Act
over the past two years has been its ability to make both gamblers and
online casinos alike think that Internet gambling is illegal in the
United States. It should be stated, beyond a shadow of a doubt that the
Unlwaful Internet Gambling Enforcement Act of 2006 did not outlaw online
casinos in the United States. The purpose of the law is to make
financial transactions between online casinos and American gamblers
incredibly difficult by outlawing popular payment methods.
In order to continue its protest of online casinos,
the National Football League has hired Jeff Miller to be a lobbyist for
their cause. Miller is the top aide to Senator Herb Kohl, his new
mission is to do everything in his power to help the National Football
League maintain their hypocritical image by making sure Congress leaves
the Unlawful Internet Gambling Enforcement Act intact.
Is South America Ready
Online casinos are turning a very interested eye toward Latin
America. The region holds a lot of potential as a market prime for
expansion. However, not all that glisters is gold. There are some
problems that still plague Latin America that may not make it quite the
payday that online casinos expect.
iPhone Offers Card Counting App
Ever since the emergence of card counting, the
brick and mortar casino have dreaded the thinking blackjack player.
Card counting, without the aid of a machine, is not illegal. It can
however get you pretty rude treatment at a casino. You will be thrown
out if you are lucky, worse treatment has been known to follow in places
Washington Preserves Gambling Law
Starting back in 2008, Attorney Lee Rousso has been
trying to get the a 2006 amendment to the 1973 Gambling Act stricken
from Washington State law books. The road has been thus far
unsuccessful. His first attempt was shot down by a King County Judge.
According to that ruling Russo failed to prove that the law was
protectionist, discriminatory and in direct violation of the United
Details of Alabama Siezure
More details have come out about the seizure of 101
slot machines seized from the White Hall Gaming Center. The scene was
apparently very exciting on Thursday as law enforcement entered the
establishment with weapons drawn. The raid was staged at about 5 am
local time. The team of law enforcement was made up of officer from the
Alabama Bureau of Investigation and State Police from the ABC Board.
Slot Machines Siezed
A police raid in Alabama led to the seizure of 101
slot machines out of the White Hall Gaming Center. The following day,
the White Hall Gaming Center remained close for business. In addition
to the illegal slot machines, police also seized over $560,000 in cash.
Mass Mini Slot Machine
Many Massachusetts citizens looked on with a
smirk as House Speaker Robert DeLeo handed Governor Deval Patrick a
miniature slot machine during a St. Patrick’s Day breakfast in Boston.
Though the gag gift got a good laugh, it represents a much more serious
issue currently being debated in Massachusetts.
Slot machines started off as very simple gaming devices, but now it
seems like individual slot machines have more lights and electronics
attached to them than the billboards in Times Square. With all of these
complicated electronics, it is not surprising that a slot machine will
malfunction, alerting a player that he is now a multimillionaire; as was
the unfortunate case of an Ontario man this week.
Machine False Alarm
When it rains it not only pours on unlucky lottery winner Paul
Kusznirewicz, the heavens seem to laugh at him as well. Slot machines
do not malfunction often, but when they do it’s a serious problem for
everyone involved. Many people would like to think that when slot
machines malfunction they will perhaps spit out an endless number of
coins onto the floor of the casino sending everyone into a craze…Kusznirewicz
was not that lucky.
in the US
Overall, news this week for online casinos was
greatly positive; unfortunately the United States was once again left
out the celebration. Playtech and Cryptologic, two of the mega software
giants in online casinos, both made exciting announcements that are sure
to excite even the occasional visitor to online casinos. Good news for
online casinos that still accept wagers from American players was
Very recently online casinos hit an impressive land
mark that proved to the world the lasting power and incredible
versatility of the industry. International revenues for online casinos
broke the $20 billion mark despite the global recession. However still
waiting in the wings to reach its full potential are mobile online
Online casinos are under attack in the United
States, again; big surprises. Most of the country has been moved to
support the idea of regulating online casinos, giving individual
citizens their constitutional right to choose how to spend there money
and enjoy their pastime. As this is the United States there are groups
that opposed the regulation of online casinos. Unfortunately these
groups have resorted to spreading unfounded myths about the social ills
that would be caused by legalizing and regulating online casinos in the
CryptoLogic has become
rather unpredictable in their innovative spirit. It has become so that
the only thing you can predict is that CryptoLogic will continue to push
the envelope and create revolutionary new ways of making online casinos
more exciting. This leading software provider for online casinos is
publicly traded on both the London Stock Exchange and the NASDAQ.
for Horse Racing
Kentucky prides itself on horse racing. So much so
in fact that its governor was willing to destroy the entire Internet as
we know it just to preserve the dominance the horseracing industry holds
in Kentucky gaming.
Kentucky Slot Machines
The hypocrisy in Kentucky apparently knows no
bounds. After the long drawn out battle to ruin online casinos in the
state, Kentucky is now making efforts to introduce slot machines at its
local racetracks. This move toward gambling expansion show that
Kentucky does not have a problem with gambling, they just have problem
with outside competition and will do anything to preserves its own, such
as horse racing and now slot machines.
Greece seems insistent on being hostile toward the gaming industry.
Once again, the European Court of Justice is threatening Greece with
serious fines, this time the offence is the Greek ban on slot machines.
According to Commissioner Thomas M. Zaino Ohio
racetracks will not have to seek a statewide referendum in order to
operate as many as 2,000 slot machines per venue. Zaino, the
former tax commissioner who currently serves on the Ohio Racing
Commission, believes no referendum is necessary as long as the
state legislature passes a law and either the Ohio Racing
Commission or the Ohio Lottery Commission regulates the slot
Easy for Ohio
A former Ohio tax commissioner who currently sits
on the Ohio Racing Commission says the seven commercial racetracks in
the state are closer to operating slot machines than previously
believed. It is his opinion that the seven racetracks need only
approach the Ohio Legislature and that seeking a statewide ballot
referendum will not be necessary to legalize slot machines in the state
Einstein Backs Online Casinos
It is possible that, were the great man alive today, Albert Einstein
may have supported online casinos. If not, he has certainly left
advocates for online casinos with a heck of a slogan and some really
Law for Online Casinos
It is very ironic that the conservatives in the government are the
main force protesting online casinos. Historically, Republicans have
always stood for personal responsibility and smaller government. The
Unlawful Internet Gambling Enforcement Act shows just how far away from
that the party stepped during the Bush administration.
Earlier this week, Indiana Downs opened the door of
their $200 million casino. The event was highly anticipated and people
lined up just to be the first to hit the gaming floor.
Future is Now
To say that online casinos are the next big thing
seems to be speaking in the past or, perhaps worst, living in the past.
That seems to be where the United States government is most comfortable
these days, one step behind. Recently online casinos and the Internet
gambling industry generated revenue well above the $20 billion mark. If
it was not clear before that such a powerful industry need regulation
before, it is now.
Defeated by Online Casinos
Some may describe the efforts of the Bush
administration’s efforts to push online casinos out of the United States
with the Unlawful Internet Gambling Enforcement Act as swimming against
the tide. Only three years after the act was passed it seems to have
backfired almost completely, not to mention that there is a big push in
the government to get rid of the law all together.
Jersey to Regulate
The nation may not have to wait for a Congress to
regulate online casinos. While Barney Frank is doing his best to repeal
the Unlawful Internet Gambling Enforcement Act, states may take the
matter into their own hands. The precedent in the United States is that
gambling is a state issue, not to be federally regulated. With that in
mind California is already actively pursuing the legalization and
regulation of online poker within the state. New Jersey may take it one
step further. A gaming expert has put forth the idea of licensing
online casinos within the state.
PPA Makes an
The appearance of the Poker Player’s Alliance at the Conservative
Political Action Conference last month is a sure sign that efforts to
regulate online casinos in the United States is getting serious. The
Poker Players Alliance appearance in Washington is until know
While promotions and bonus may be the key draw to many online
casinos, security seems to be what makes patrons stay with online
casinos. Bit by bit, each day as the Internet becomes more important to
our everyday lives, people are starting to overcome their fear of
ecommerce. The average consumer just wants to make sure that their
money and personal information remains safe while doing business online.
Bigger Than Online Casinos
The controversy involving the United States and online casinos has
ramifications well beyond Internet gambling. As the economy continues
to slow down and no clear sign of recovery is yet evident, workers in
the United Kingdom are seeking service jobs on the Internet. Bans on
online casinos just seem to be one symptom of the protectionist disease
that has spread across the globe when it comes to the online sector.
The European Union is trying desperately to fight these policies with
its trade partners.
Port Irene Still Open for Online Casinos
Under the jurisdiction of the Cagayan Export Zone, brick and mortar
casino operators in the Cagayan province of the Philippines have the
“right to operate or own directly, indirectly or through a third party
any tourism related activities including gambling casinos.” This law
does not include online casinos.
Online Casinos Smart Business
In many countries across the globe online casinos
are still considered illegal. One certainly does not have to look far,
especially if you live in the United States. The Unlawful Internet
Gambling Enforcement Act does not technically outlaw online casinos but
it certainly makes it difficult for online casinos to cater to an
American customer base.
Free Money Revolution
One of the reasons people love online casinos so
much is the endless free money options that online casinos always seem
to offer. Awesome bonus opportunities are likely a strong contributor
to the success online casinos continue to enjoy despite the dismal
performance of brick and mortar casinos in the past few months.
March Madness for Online
As we approach the middle of March it is business as usual for online
casinos. Online casinos are a part of an industry that never ceases to
dish out new and exciting ways of pulling in new customers.
Dikshit Gets a Break
It is believed by many that the intention of the
Untied States government was to break Party Gaming as a message to other
online casinos. However, it does not look as though this most recent
law suit will be enough to do the trick. Although 2008 saw Party Gaming
co-founder Anurag Dikshit plead guilty to breaking online gambling laws
in the United States, Party Gaming still enjoyed a revenue increase of 3
percent over last year. The performance of Party Gaming online casinos
largely contributed to the success of the company.
Online casinos have for the most part been thriving recently despite
the struggle of many other industries, due to the current lack of money
flow in the shrinking economy. Although online casinos have certainly
done better than brick and mortar casinos it does not mean that they
have not suffered their own losses.
Smokescreen of Slot Machines
Earlier this month, Massachusetts Treasurer Timothy Cahill introduced
a new piece of legislation that would bring slot machines to the state.
However, many believe that Cahill is only using the slot machines a
means of diverting attention from more important issues.
EBingo for the Disabled
Tribal casino operators in California are frustrated with the
presence of electronic bingo machines. They argue that the machines,
which resemble slot machines in more ways than one, violate their
exclusive right to offer casino style gambling in the state of
California. Tribes are concerned that the machines are cutting into
profits that could be made by their slot machines.
Tribe Threatens Online Casinos
While the state of California is locked up in a legal battle with
bingo parlors and charitable organizations over an electronic bingo
terminal that closely resembles slot machines, tribal casino operators
are becoming increasingly frustrated.
Tribe Slot Machines Fight Bingo
Electronic bingo machines at charitable bingo parlors are being
called a direct threat by the tribal casinos of California. That may
sound strange but according to tribes the bingo terminals are more like
slot machines than anything else. Tribes warn the state of California
risks losing out on tens of millions in tribal casino revenues if the
charitable “slot machines” are not shut down.
Big Oregon Slots Win
Day after day people return to slot machines with
the hopes of a big win. There is nothing wrong with that as long as the
impulses to gamble remain healthy. And with stories like the one that
just came out of Oregon, its hard not to believe that one day you will
be the lucky person that plays the right slot machine at the right
moment and be the recipient of an insane jackpot.
Cahill Plan Questioned
Treasurer Timothy P. Cahill believes the solution to many of the
financial problems currently choking the state of Massachusetts is slot
machines. Each day the state seems to face more and more bad budget
Mass Slot Machines or Casinos
Massachusetts Treasurer Timothy P. Cahill is convinced that slot
machines can help the state conquer economic woes that appear in the
form of drastic budget cuts and threaten increased taxes. However,
Governor Deval Patrick is not so easily sold on the idea of creating
three slot machine parlors across the state.
Casinos Encourage Theft
The United Kingdom has been praised as one of the
first countries to truly regulate online casinos on a federal level.
Most credit the regulation process a success and hold the United Kingdom
as an example of how well a country can effectively oversee online
casinos and Internet gambling
Postal for Online Casinos
Gambling addictions to online casinos have caused
postal workers in the United Kingdom to resort to desperate measures.
An employee of the Royal Mail stole more than GBP 75,000 from special
delivery posts at the Norwich sorting office. Apparently cases like this
are no longer unique. There appears to be a rise in everyday people,
wives and students, stealing in order to fund their addiction to online
The sluggish economy could indeed be the savior of
online casinos and online casinos may be the savior of the economy. A
bill introduced by Barney Frank, the Chairmen of the House of
Representatives Financial Services Committee, may overturn the Unlawful
Internet Gambling Enforcement Act. This repeal will not only appease
the demands of the European Union but, perhaps, help stimulate the
economy. According to a spokes person for Rep. Barney Frank “The bill
introduction should happen in the next month.”
Las Vegas, Nevada has also been called Sin City. The city has a
historic reputation of providing any vice a person desires to indulge
themselves with. Casino action is perhaps what Las Vegas in most known
for. The Las Vegas strip is chaotic with the flash of bright lights,
the tumble of dices, and the ring of slot machines.
IAG Slot Machines in Peru
InterAmerican Gaming, Inc will be expanding their gambling operation
in the country of Peru. IAG Peru S.A.C., the wholly owned subsidiary of
InterAmerican Gaming will soon be installing 80 slot machines its
popular Fantasy Club Del Peru SA venues all across the country.
MD Frats Want Slot Machines
Slot machines seem to be a hot commodity for all
sorts of groups. While Maryland is working out the details of getting
slot machines arranged for their racing venues, Fraternal organizations
in the state would like to operate slot machines to help cover
operational expenses and help fund charitable programs.
The Eastern Shore
Fraternal organizations operating low stakes slot machines for the
sake of raising funds is nothing new and it certainly is not a novel
idea in Maryland. As a matter of fact, the fraternal organizations in
the Maryland Eastern Shore fully depend on slot machines for their
Slot machine opponents are receiving a lot of fuel
in Maryland. The state just cannot seem to get things right with
bringing in slot machines. After the vote on the November referendum,
nothing seems to have gone right.
Gambling has often been considered a recession
proof industry. That is partially true. During this current economic
strain the big Las Vegas casinos have suffered losses month after
month. On the other hand online casinos have managed to prosper.
Texas race tracks may get their slot machines if
the state Legislature files a bill this that would make slot machines
legal. The bill could be filed as early as this week. The presence of
slot machines at these venues would create what is known as racinos.
Frank Battles On
The mess regarding the Untied States and online
casinos has been played down as if it were only an industry related
issue. Luckily, there is still one man in Congress that knows the
import of the issue and continues to fight to rectify the wrongs
committed by the Bush Administration.
Texas Prime for
As their revenues continue to decline, the horse racing industry in
Texas has decided it is prime time to push for slot machines. Within
the last five years horse breeders have lost a significant percentage of
their business, some as much as 40 percent. They have been experiencing
such loses long before the recession.
New Arrivals at Sands
Years after Pennsylvania passed a referendum that
allowed slot machines into the state, the process of installing slot
machines continues. It was a big day for the Sands Bethlehem casino
recently when they received their very first shipment of slot machines.
The first shipment included 363 slot machines total.
Valor of Slot
Valor Farm is a great representation of what is
being felt throughout the horse racing industry in Texas. Things look
wonderful on the farm. The stallions are at the peak of health. The
mares are happy and ready to birth the next great Triple Crown winner.
But that is merely an illusion as Texas horse breeders are not sure
there is a future industry for the next generation to participate in.
Online Casino Issues
The European Parliament is about to vote on two reports on the topic
of online casinos. Votes will take place next month in March. A small
group of Members of the European Parliament are fighting against the
ability for members states of the European Union to regulate online
casinos. They would prefer internal market rules on freedom of service
to prevail. Essentially, they are trying to put an end to protectionist
actions of countries like Finland that hold a monopoly over the Internet
gambling in their territory.
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Bell Would Be Proud
There is no way Alexander Bell could have foreseen
where his invention would be in the 21 century. Not so long ago, the
extent of a phone’s ability was to allow one person to communicate to
another. Now people can do almost anything on what is now referred to
as a mobile device. Online casinos are at the forefront of seizing on
to the potential of this new technology.
Bingo Solution for Slot Machines
As a way of helping bingo promoters in Missouri, the state is
considering passing legislation that would give them the right to
operate low jackpot slot machines. However, there are of course quite a
few people that do not support slot machine in Missouri, even as a way
of helping fraternal organizations raise money for charitable projects.
As a matter of fact, some think the best way to help bingo promoters is
improve the legislation restricting their bingo games.
Split on Frat Slots
The position of those in support of fraternal organizations operating
slot machines is relatively straight forward and easy to understand.
Fraternal organizations were once allowed to organize bingo games to
raise money for charitable projects. Bingo no longer draws as much
money, so they wish to bring in slot machines.
Opposition to Frat Slot
It is very possible that Missouri will soon pass House Bill 566.
The new bill would allow fraternal and veteran organization all
around the state to operate slot machines as a means of raising
funds. At one point in time these groups were given Bingo
in order to raise money, but as Bingo is losing its draw, slot
machines are now on the table.
Maryland is trying desperately to get its act
together as they set up slot machines in the state. Recently an idea
surfaced, perhaps as a way of making up for the lack of bids on slot
machines, to place slot machines in the Baltimore airport. That is
correct; passengers may soon be vying for jackpots on slot machines in
the Baltimore/Washington International Thurgood Marshall Airport. But,
not if one, powerful politician has anything to say about it.
New Mexico is strongly considering a very controversial piece of
legislation. Current law requires automated teller machines – ATMs –
and slot machines to be in separate rooms. As a matter of fact
automated tellers are supposed to be outside of secure gambling areas.
Slot Machine Woes
A lot is being asked of slot machine in Maryland, perhaps too much.
Slot machines were brought in to help Maryland deal with a budget
deficit and as a means of preserving the horseracing industry. The way
things are currently going with establishing slot machine parlors, most
of these goals do not seem likely.
Baltimore for a Spin
Maryland has yet to get slot machines on their feet in the state, but
there are some that see potential for new gambling venues. A new bill
from a group of legislators is trying to push for 3,000 slot machines in
the Baltimore/Washington International Thurgood Marshall Airport. Most
of the lawmakers are from Baltimore.
Machines in BWI
It may be possible that
the long standing love-hate relationship between the state of Maryland
and slot machines is the reason slot machines are having such a hard
time getting off the ground.
Resolves Online Casino Issues
The European Parliament is about to vote on two reports on the topic
of online casinos. Votes will take place next month in March. A small
group of Members of the European Parliament are fighting against the
ability for members states of the European Union to regulate online
casinos. They would prefer internal market rules on freedom of service
to prevail. Essentially, they are trying to put an end to protectionist
actions of countries like Finland that hold a monopoly over the Internet
gambling in their territory.
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Gambling establishments tend to do well during
times of economic hardship. It seems that when money gets tight people
continue to hit the tables and the slot machines in hopes of turning
around their luck. It goes without saying that it does not happen that
way for most people, but it certainly happens.
Would Be Proud
There is no way Alexander Bell could have foreseen
where his invention would be in the 21 century. Not so long ago, the
extent of a phone’s ability was to allow one person to communicate to
another. Now people can do almost anything on what is now referred to
as a mobile device. Online casinos are at the forefront of seizing on
to the potential of this new technology.
Kentucky Needs More Brief Support
The Kentucky nightmare began back in September. Governor Steve
Beshear decided to take on 141 online casinos by threatening to seize
their domain names if they did not block Kentucky IP addresses from
their websites. The Governor moved forward based on the law in the
Kentucky constitution that the state had the right to seize any and all
illegal gambling devices in the state. A lot rides on the case. If
Beshear and Kentucky win it will set the precedent that online casinos
are gambling devices that can be seized by any government and no longer
considered international businesses.
Slot Machines Won't Hurt
Counselor Jack Gilroy of Vernon, British Columbia is fighting to help
Lake City Casinos and the British Columbia Lottery Corporation 100
additional slot machines. According to the bylaw put in place last
fall, gambling establishments are limited to have 300 slot machines.
Lake City Casinos and the British Columbia Lottery Corporation would
like to install 400 slot machines in a new casino planned for the
Online Casinos Study
The debate continues as to whether online casinos actually curb or
increase the occurrence of problem gambling cases. Either way it is
important that any and all cases of problem gambling, stemming from
online casinos or brick and mortar casinos, need proper attention.
Gambling expansion has always been a popular topic, but ever since
the beginning of the global economic recession is seems more and more
government are trying to either bring in slot machines or up the number
of slot machines operating in their communities with hopes of benefiting
Slot machines are of to rocky start in Maryland; it seems the state
cannot even get the bidding process down. Two bids for slot machines
were rejected by the Maryland commission because they did not include
the as much as $33 million in mandatory upfront license fees.
Fraternal Slot Machines
Yes, it is highly likely that Missouri will approve slot machines for
the untaxed use of fraternal organizations. However, that does not mean
people should expect striking enormous wealth at a church fundraiser.
Church Threat to
Casino Slot Machines
It is highly likely that Missouri will pass a measure that allows
fraternal organizations to operate slot machines. The measure is not
receive a lot of protest but it is stirring up a good deal of
Missouri Brotherly Love
It seems that fraternal organization in Missouri will get there way
with regards to slot machines. Legislation that will allow lodges to
carry slot machines is making its way very quickly through the Missouri
General Assembly. Before you know it the fraternal lodges in the state
could become untaxed miniature casinos.
Champions of Online Casinos
Online casinos are not short of champions that continue to fight for
regulation and legalization. Representative Barney Frank, Chairman of
the House Financial Services Committee, has made it a part of his agenda
to overturn the Unlawful Internet Gambling Enforcement Act within the
next few months.
Industries to Benefit
Regulating Internet gambling and online casinos would help more
industries than just gambling in the United States. Advertising
agencies and public relations firms could get a lot of great business
from online casinos.
DeLeo Pushes for
It appears that the move toward bringing slot
machines to the Massachusetts racing venues has become a nonstop express
train. Most want to see slot machines up an running before the end of
What About the Town?
The owners of Plainridge Racecourse in Plainville
are fighting hard to bring slot machines to horse racing venues in
Massachusetts. Massachusetts continues to lose gambling revenues to the
slot machines and in Connecticut. Track owners are convinced that
bringing slot machines to the race course will return those missing
gambling dollars to Massachusetts quicker than investing in full
casinos. Casinos would take several years to develop, while the tracks
could be ready for slot machines in only months.
Ready to Strike
Minnesota may become the newest state to bring in
slot machines for the particular purpose of helping the state government
through the awful recession currently dragging down the economy. Slot
machines have been proposed and even legalized in many states within the
past few months. Although slot machines can be a very controversial
topic when government decide to introduce them to a community, there is
now question that slot machines certainly raise a great deal of taxable
Capt. Ahab Pursues Online Casinos
There is clearly a disconnect in Kentucky. The
state, like the rest of the world, is suffering the effects of an
economic recession. Many lawmakers have decided that the economy is the
most important issue at hand and all other concerns must be placed on
the back burner, including a plan to bring slot machines to local
The commonwealth of Kentucky is sending mixed
signals to its residents. While the Governor is hell bent on riding the
state of online casinos, the legislature has made it a priority to put
the state’s gambling agenda aside in order to focus on helping the
Slot Machine Revenue
Many in Maryland were disappointed and discouraged by the low number
of bids for slot machines, including Senate President Thomas V. Mike
Miller. Senator Miller was an outspoken supporter of slot machines for
the purpose of helping the state meet obligations lift uncertain by a $2
million budget deficit. Miller was especially annoyed by the failure of
companies like Magna Entertainment Inc. and Empire resorts to come up
with their license fees.
Slot machines do not appear to be the merry budget deficit solution
the Maryland had hoped for. The state allowed for 15,000 slot machines
to be operated in the state. If all those slot machines were spoken
for, the state would have received $90 million in fees to help them
battle a $2 billion budget deficit. In stead the state has only
received a fraction of that amount with $39.9 million.
Shaky Slot Machines
Maryland is experiencing a rude awakening regarding their big plans
for slot machines. Requests for slot machines fell well below the
number anticipated by the state. Equally disturbing is that two of the
six potential operators bidding for slot machines failed to come up with
the required $22.5 million in upfront fees.
Machines By Any Means Necessary
Law enforcement officers in Nebraska continue to
find slot machines in local bars. The problem with illegal slot
machines is that they steal gambling dollars from legal, charitable
games, like keno. When officers seize slot machines, they are typically
Illegal Slot Machines
Nebraska continues to experience illegal gambling
in bars all across the state, made evident by the recent seizure of slot
machines in bars located in at three Nebraskan cities. The Nebraska
State Patrol is frustrated.
Raynham Park in Massachusetts seems to be getting a second wind since
odd of a new train station and new slot machines have greatly improved.
for Slot Machines
Nebraska, like many other states around the nation,
is trying to preserve its horse racing industry and slot machines seem
to be the stock solution for this problem. As a matter of fact,
Nebraska seems to be the only state in the nation without some mode of
subsidy for its horse racing industry. In other states if slot machines
and casino action does not provide supporting revenue, the money appears
in the form of tax dollars.
Splits Up Slots Dollars
Nebraska is considering bring in slot machines to
it state horse racing venues under a proposal introduced by General
Affairs committee chairman Senator Russ Karpisek. The proposal was
introduced under two pieces of legislation: LR 6CA would grant
permission for the seven Thoroughbred racing venues in the Nebraska to
operate as many as 3,500 slot machines each. The second, LB 266,
explains how the constitutional amendment would be executed upon receiving
Not So Fast
All of the excitement about slot machines coming to
Nebraska may have been a touch premature. At this point it is not even
certain if the proposal that would allow state racetracks to operate
slot machines will even be debated on the floor of the Nebraska
New IGT Team
International Game Technology, one of the world’s leading
manufacturer of slot machines has made a change in it board of
directors. The newest member to the International Game Technology board
of directors is Phil Satre.
Judge Rules With Reason
While only in baby steps, legislation regarding
online casinos is moving forward. It has long been predicted that if
online casinos were to be legalized that it may happen with online poker
first. That may indeed be the case.
Debates Slot Machines
New Hampshire is torn on the prospect of expanding
gambling in the state with slot machines at local racetracks. Although
the New Hampshire Police association is on board with bringing slot
machines into the state, there is still quite a divide on the issue and
Club World Casinos is doing their part to keep
online casinos and online gambling patrons safe. The company that, of
course, operates Club USA Casino, has warned patrons to disregard any
e-mail claiming to be from their online casinos soliciting signups at a
new online casino. Steve Morgan, Manager of Club World Casino, has made
it clear that the Club World brand is being abused by spammers steal
personal information from Internet users in a phishing scam.
The push toward expanding gambling in New Hampshire
by legalizing slot machines took an unexpected turn. Police do not
typically support slot machines and gambling expansion, but that is
apparently not the case in New Hampshire.
Machines Nebraska Style
Perhaps it is the state of the national economy. What was once a
steady trickle of states legalizing slot machines has become a flood.
Now, expanding gambling to include slot machines is on the legislative
table in Nebraska. A hearing is to be held very soon in regards to
possibly changing the state constitution.
Puts Online Casinos in Spotlight
Emmy award winning talk show host Montel Williams
may have a hand in legalizing online casinos. No, Williams is not using
his celebrity to run for government office. He is, instead, doing what
he does best, hosting another television show. This new show however,
the International Team Poker League, will involve Internet gambling.
Online casinos and Internet gambling are not exactly illegal in the
United States, but laws like the Unlawful Internet Gambling Enforcement
Act imply that it is.
Casinos May Harm Canada
Online casinos are doing incredibly well in Canada. As a matter of
fact some studies show that online casinos are attracting more players
that brick and mortar casinos. Robert Williams, an academic from
Lethbridge Univeristy has dedicated an extensive amount of time to
studying the growing popularity of online casinos. Williams is
convinced that the increased interest in the pastime will lead to higher
incidences of problem gambling in Canada.
EC Let Down
Antigua’s dissatisfaction with the investigation
being pursued by European Commission regarding the online casinos and
the protectionist United State policy was voiced by attorney Mark
Irish Tax Online Casino
Apparently the United States horse racing industry
is not the only one in need of assistance these days. All throughout
the nation, horse racing tracks are seeking the aid of slot machines and
table games to boost revenue. In Ireland, the horse racing industry is
requesting something different. The Irish racing industry is calling
for taxation on Internet gambling and online casinos.
Suffers in Economy
Things continue to be rough for the brick and
mortar side of gambling. Not even slot machine manufacturers seem to be
making what they once did. The sluggish economy is taking affect.
International Game Technology, based in Reno and the world’s largest
maker of slot machines, reported dismal earnings for the first quarter.
Net first quarter earnings plunged 42 percent. The poor earnings have
been, of course attributed to the poor economy.
Keeps Up Slots Fight
Slot machines seem to be on the tongue of ever
horse racing track in the nation; assuming horse racing tracks had
tongues. Plainridge Racecourse continues the fight in Massachusetts by
once again pushing its Legislature to reconsider bringing slot machines
to the state’s racing venues.
Ready to Move
Scarborough Downs is determined to offer slot
machines to its guests and the company is not taking no for an answer;
even if that means they have to pack their bags. It has not yet been
three months since Scarborough Downs lost a bid to operate slot machines
at it venue, but now the company is considering York County, Maine as a
possible new home for a harness racing venue with slot machines.
Newly elected House Speaker Greg Stumbo is pushing for slot machines
to help preserve Kentucky’s legendary place in the horse racing
industry. Under the bill he has proposed, slot machines would be
administered by the Kentucky Lottery. Stumbo also reasons that there
would be no reason for a constitutional amendment if the slot machine
are operated at racetracks as people already gamble in these venues.
Considers Slot Machines
Kentucky is at the center of much gambling expansion controversy as a
legislative hearing acted as the stage for open discussion of what slot
machines could bring to the state and what negative effects might slot
Georgia, Not Atlanta
Officials are strongly considering introducing slot machines to
downtown Atlanta, Georgia as a part of a major development project.
Although people in the tourism and hospitality industry are excited
about the potential new business that slot machines would create, there
are of course those that oppose the idea and feel that slot machines are
a bad investment for the city.
Machines Go Downtown
Not every business suffers from hard times and economic rough spots.
Pawn shops, for examples tend to do more business as more people are
forced to sell valuables for a little extra cash. Then there are also
lottery tickets sales. Perhaps several people cling to the same get
rich quick ambition as times get desperate. Some would argue this is a
proper analogy for lawmakers and slot machines.
Oggs.com is a well respected review site for online
casinos. In fact, Oggs.com is so revered that it was even recognized be
eCOGRA. The mission of the website is to keep players as informed about
online casinos as possible. With that in mind Oggs.com has recently
added an additional page to their already vast and informative site
dedicated to the latest sites and games to hit the Internet.
Pennsylvania Closing In
President and General Manager of Wheeling Island racetrack in West
Virginia, Jim Simms, has no regrets about supplementing his slot
machines with table game offerings.
Machines Not the Only Money Makers
Racing and casino venues Wheeling Island and Mountaineer casino in
West Virginia did great in 2007 and fairly well in 2008. During 2007,
slot machines at the venues brought in significant revenue. By 2008,
they were seeing stiff competition from Pennsylvania slot machines.
However table games, brought in during December of 2007, allowed the
West Virginia venues to compete successfully throughout 2008.
Backs Slot Machines
Although slot machines have been labeled the money makers at most
casinos, table games certainly carry their weight as well. Since
Wheeling Island Hotel Casino Racetrack and Mountaineer Casino Racetrack
and Resort brought in table games the two gambling venues have earned
combined gambling revenue of $455.1 million in 2008.
CryptoLogic, the leading software provider for
online casinos, has made efforts, starting back in 2008, to improve the
profitability of the company in the future. Their plan is detailed and
specific. It is likely they have made their strategy public to put
investors at ease after making little to no income in 2008. 2008 is
mostly looked at as a rebuilding year for the promising software
Cryptologic is determined to turn things around.
Last year CryptoLogic, a leading software provider for online casinos,
did not have great numbers to report, only promises of the future. Most
of last year was spent restructuring the company to position itself for
big profits in the future.
Toll, or Slot Machines
Massachusetts like many other states is facing
massive revenue shortfalls in the next year. A proposal to raise state
gas tax as a means of making up the difference is being rejected by
Representative David Flynn, the Dean of the House. Flynn refuses to
support such a measure until alternative options, such as legalizing
slot machines, have at least been considered.
Listen to Flynn
As in every state there are sure to be opponents of
slot machines in Massachusetts. However, Dean of the House,
Representative David Flynn, has several strong reasons to introduce his
slot machine bill that are difficult to argue with.
Alternatives to Slot Machines
Dean of the House, David Flynn has proposed that
Massachusetts respond to their revenue shortfall by legalizing slot
machines. Unfortunately, slot machines are not getting any serious
consideration on Beacon Hill. Not surprising since the state has not
taken kindly to the idea of slot machines in recent history. A bill to
legalize slot machines was approved by the Senate back in 2005, only to
meet its overwhelming defeat in the House.
Online casinos seem to be getting lost in the wave
of panic and crashing economies. Though many believe that Barack Obama
is the perfect president to overturn the Unlawful Internet Gambling
Enforcement Act, it is not likely that a bill related to online casinos
will ever cross his desk. There is just too much on his plate.
Online Casinos Start Second Civil War
Online casinos seem to be igniting a civil war in
the United States. States seem only to be able to agree one thing, that
they should have the right to decide the fate of online casinos in their
country and that gambling has never been a federal issue and that should
be no different for online casinos.
Richard One More Problem
Progress for online casinos in the United States,
seems to have once again hit an ugly bump in the road. Many in the
Internet gambling industry still believe that online casinos will
approach legalization and regulation during the Obama administration.
However, many people also believe that the man that would usher in that
new age for online casinos would be Bill Richardson in the role of
Were Slot Machines
After casinos changed about the rules of blackjack to counteract the
slim player advantage of card counting, blackjack quickly went from the
mega giant of the card table to simply the most popular card game at
online casinos. Blackjack player simply saw that the house advantage
became even more enormous and that they were losing more money so they
stopped playing the game.
Although slot machines are by far the most popular game at any
casino, blackjack is the most popular card table game and its been that
way since at least the 1960s. When player’s found out that skilled card
counting could beat blackjack, the game received a huge boost in
Center of Russian Murders
The world is a scary place, but sometimes things tend to seem just a
little scarier in Russia. Problem gambling and addiction to slot
machines is an old topic. It is not uncommon to hear tales of people
endangering their loved ones to feed this disorder, which scientists are
discovering may be a physiological issue. But, this is usually
something along the lines of a parent gambling away their kids lunch
money or selling the family mini van for coins to pop into slot
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Opponents of slot machines have often
protested their presence because they are believe to attract more crime
to areas where they operate. Not to create an argument that sound
sickeningly like the NRA “people kill people line”, but slot machines
cannot be blamed for people that use them dishonestly. There are
several credible and decent products that can be perverted and abused by
the criminally minded.
House Speaker Greg Stumbo has officially commenced efforts to expand
gambling in Kentucky with slot machines by filing his anticipated bill
this week. The bill, meant to bring slot machines to state racetracks,
will be voted on in the house with legislators reconvene in February.
eBay Slot Machines
Branding is everything. A basic rule of marketing
is to establish a trust with consumers so strong that product with you
brand name on it will receive business. eBay seems to have put that
theory to the test and passed with flying colors. That is the only way
to explain the success of the eBay slot machines that have emerged in
United States casinos.
Utah is not exactly for online casinos but it is certainly against
the Unlawful Internet Gambling Enforcement Act. Although most forms of
gambling in the state have been outlawed, state legislators do not like
the idea that the federal government has any say in their relationship
to gambling after all, states like Nevada and New Jersey have adopted
gambling as a center piece of their economy. It seems unfair that an
option like online casinos should be completely of the table.
Casinos on the World Stage
Part of the reason online casinos is such
a big national issue is because it is a huge international
issue. The United States was once the world’s largest
market for online casinos until the black day in October 2006
when the Unlawful Internet Gambling Enforcement Act was passed.
That law severely damaged the online casino industry for a while
and received the attention of the world stage.
Escalation in Northeast
This past November, Maryland voters approved a referendum to permit
slot machines in the state. According to legislative analysts, slot
machines are expected to generate $1.36 billion in revenues by 2013.
Half of those revenue dollars are designated for public schools. Oddly
enough, none of the revenues from slot machines are earmarked
specifically to mend the projected $2 billion budget deficit for the
coming fiscal year.
Deleware Competes with Maryland Slot Machines
There are new concerns that Maryland’s newly
legalized slot machines will not pull in as much revenue as projected.
Delaware, in an attempt to keep their own gambling industry competitive,
may takes the wind out of the sails of Maryland slot machines by
legalizing sports betting at three of racinos as early as this year.
Stumbo Ready for Slot Machines
Greg Stumbo, Kentucky’s newly elected House Speaker
will attempt to preserve racetracks in a much healthier way than the
attempts of Governor Steve Beshear. Stumbo would like to expand
gambling in the state but has pledged not to do so unless he gets
majority support from no less than 60 of 100 house members.
Regulation for the Kids
Online casinos received yet another endorsement
from respectable research groups. The US National Gambling Impact Study
Commission and the American Psychiatric Association have concluded that
regulation of online casinos will be necessary in order to protect
problem gamblers. The groups considered it dangerous to problem
gamblers and teenagers that online casinos remain unregulated.
on Online Casinos Irrelevant
The final ruling on the Kentucky Court of Appeals
case regarding online casinos is expected to be decided in the next few
weeks. It is a common feeling among legal minds that the outcome may be
irrelevant because even if the court rules in favor of Governor Steve
Beshear, the ruling will be unenforceable.
Differ From Electronic Bingo
Wind Creek Casino in Alabama, property of the Poarch Band of Creek
Indians, holds 1,600 electronic bingo games. Alabama has been
notoriously known as one of those states with the philosophy that “if
they look like slot machines and sound like slot machines, then they
are probably slot machines.”
Without Slot Machines
Slot machines are still illegal in Alabama, but that has not stopped
tribes within the state from exercising their right to operate casinos.
The Poarch Band of Creek Indians’ just spent $240 million on their Wind
Creek Casino and Hotel. This marks the tribes first adventure into the
Endangers Online Casinos
Once again short sightedness on the part of local
government is threatening to have far reaching effects that will harm
others and their way of life. New York is currently having a dispute
with Amazon, that could have serious adverse effects on online casinos.
For the most part, when American players hear about
the island nation of Antigua in the news it is about how the United
States has yet to pay them for damages instigated by the Unlawful
Internet Gambling Enforcement Act. Just recently there were rumors
floating that the United States was negotiating positioning a military
based on the island in order to avoid paying the multimillion dollar
annual fee agreed upon at the World Trade Organization.
The secret seems to be out. Horse racing in the United States would
die without slot machine. Sports Darwinists believe the ailing sport
should be taken out to pasture or that nature should be allowed to take
Chester Downs is a race track and casino located only 20 miles from
Philadelphia. Many patrons still come for the racino’s initial draw of
simulcast races; as many as 200 bettors each day gather to place wagers
and shot at television screens.
Snip Slot Machines
Governor Bob Riley is determined to get gambling
out of Alabama. He sees the Instant Racing terminals recently approved
to operate at the Birmingham Race Course as a back handed way of getting
slot machines into Alabama.
Debate Slot Machines
The new Instant Races consoles at the Birmingham
Race Course is causing a stir as many are convinced that it is the
tracks way of sneaking slot machines into Alabama. Among those convince
are Governor Bob Riley. Expanding gambling in Alabama with slot
machines has been on the table in the Alabama legislature for at least
two years and has made absolutely no progress.
The world’s second largest manufacturer of slot machines has made a
change in its top operations. Paul O’Neile stepped down in September
from the positions of managing director and chief executive officer of
Aristocrat Leisure Ltd. The new managing director and CEO is Jamie
Odell. O’Neile was not supposed to leave office until the end of the
year but choose to step down a full three month early.
= Nazi Germany
The United States is fighting online casinos like
it resembles the spread of Nazi Germany. To be more specific this is
the policy of the United States under the Bush Administration. Many
people expect that President-elect Barack Obama will be much friendlier
to online casino.
Times are strange for online casinos. One of the
biggest stories in Internet gambling recently was the guilty plea of
Anurag Dikshit. The co-founder the very successful Partygaming site
agreed to pay $300 million in penalties for violating the US Wire Act.
Not only that, Dikshit also faces possible prison time.
Slots Oasis seems to be the new kid on the block on
the neighborhood of online casinos. Like all online casinos, Slots
Oasis has their sights set on a particular niche market; in this case
Slots Oasis is going after the hardcore slots enthusiasts.
Machines Prop Up Race Tracks
Louisiana can be held as a prime example
of how slot machines can act as a life line for horse racing
tracks. It is not uncommon for many people to get the idea
that horse racing is an outmoded form of entertainment that
needs to be protected from advancements like online casinos.
That simply is not the case. If anything is outmoded about
race tracks it is the management and the legislation in some
Not a Threat
It is really very silly when you think about it;
the idea that horse racing tracks need to be protected from online
casinos. There are many people in the horse racing business that believe
that if online casinos are allowed to operate in states that offer
traditional horse race wagering that patrons will be to glued to the
computer screen to get out of the house and enjoy a good horse race. At
the core, this is the very argument being posed by Governor Steve
Beshear in Kentucky as he threatens to seize the domain name of 141
online casinos unless they bar access to Kentucky residents.
Not Slots But
Birmingham Race Course is looking for a way to stay afloat, like many
gambling venues these days. It is clear that owner Milton McGregor
would ideally like to bring in slot machines, but the best he can do
right now are Instant Racing consoles.
on Slot Machines
Milton McGregor is determined to bring some sort of electronic
gambling to the Birmingham Race Course if not actual slot machines. The
new electronic gambling devices that he has brought to the track is seen
by many as an underhanded attempt to get slot machines spinning at his
Tim Solobay, a Pennsylvania State Representative, recently toured the
still under construction Meadows Racetrack and Casino. He saw first
hand the mammoth gaming floor, the length of two football fields,
equipped to hold 4,000 slot machines.
Slot Machines for New Meadow
The Meadows Racetrack & Casino will be something to behold when it
finally reopens in 2009. The fact that it will hold about one fifth of
the slot machines in the entire state of Pennsylvania is only the first
of several very impressive features promised upon reopening.
Barack Obama’s appointment of Eric Holder as
Attorney General has many people worried about the possible future for
online casino in the United States. Holder has a few alliances in the
past with overtly anti online casinos groups, including the National
Football League. The National Football League is perhaps the most
powerful lobbying group opposing the legalization of online casinos.
Many have celebrated the election of Barack Obama
as the next president of the United States of America. Perhaps none
have celebrated his election more than that Internet gambling industry,
hoping to bring online casinos back to the US market. A motion was
already set in congress to repeal the much hated Unlawful Internet
Gambling Enforcement Act. Now with Democrats gaining much more of a
majority in the Congress and Barack as the President, it seemed like
Christmas for online casinos.
All I Want for
“All I want for Christmas is Regulation in the
United States,” said the little online casino to the United States
Congress. It would only make sense for online casinos, an already well
established industry internationally, would be legalized and regulated
in the United States. All that is need now is for the majority online
casino friendly Congress to introduce and pass a bill making the dream
of all little online casinos come true.
Cigarettes Sell Slot Machines
Slot machines and cigarettes seem to have intertwined destinies. The
theory that many players prefer to play slot machines at online casinos
because it means they do not have to be subjected to smoky casino halls
may not have a leg to stand on.
Slot Machines at InterCasino
InterCasino.com, one of the best names in the
online casino business, has undoubtedly brought smiles to the faces of
their members this holiday season by releasing their two hot new slot
machines. The latest additions to the InterCasino collection of slot
machines are Spiderman II: Revelations and Dragon Sword. In addition to
the new slot machines, InterCasino.com also introduced and improved
version of their Atlantic City Blackjack game.
for Maryland Slot Machines
The Video Lottery Facility Location Commission has
been tasked with issuing five licenses to operate slot machine in the
state of Maryland. Last week they finally got the ball rolling with its
first public meeting on the matter. Slot machines are being
reintroduced to Maryland after decades of absence. Voters legalized a
set amount of slot machines in the state on Election Day 2008.
Background Check for Slot Machines
Slot machines are a somewhat legendary point of
debate in Maryland. Now that voters have chosen to bring slot machines
back into the state as a means to supplement the state budget, it seems
all the proper steps are being taken to ensure that slot machines are
brought into the state the right way and as quickly as possible.
Slot machines and electronic gaming consoles are
returning in the United States in a big way. The trend has been
apparent for years as state after state has either approved laws to
allow slot machines into their territory or amended laws allowing for
the expansion of slot machine operations.
Machines to Out Perform Casinos
The gambling industry has reported losses due to tough economic
times. Casinos from Las Vegas to Atlantic City are underperforming when
compared to numbers from prior years. But not every one is doing as
poorly as brick and mortar casinos; slot machines are actually doing
quite well. As a matter of fact, manufacturers of slot machines are
expected to out perform casino operators due to their low balance sheet
risk and an increase in demand.
Machines Needed Now
Momentum is building behind slot machines in New Hampshire. Although
there are a number of people that would prefer not to expand gambling in
the territory for fear of increase in crime and problem gambling, there
seem to be much more potential positives that will come from slot
Rockingham Back to Basics
Rockingham Park in New Hampshire would like to reunite its racing
venue with thoroughbred racing. In order to do that the track must
first find a unity between slot machines and the state of New
Hampshire. The track currently only offers betting on harness races
that are simulcast from other tracks. Slot machines would give the
track the ability to compete with other, more popular, racing venues in
the United States.
and Cons of Slot Machines
Gambling proponents in New Hampshire are calling for slot machines at
Rockingham Park. According to them, slot machines have the potential to
bring as much as $200 million into state coffers each year.
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Slot machines are money makers. The legendary ‘one
armed bandit’ has been used to raise funds by casinos, online casinos,
governments, bars, and even fraternal organizations. People are drawn
to slot machines because of their simplicity and low skill
requirements. Businesses are drawn to slot machines because of their
ability to quickly amass large sums of money.
Belmont Slot Machines
When ever people have spoken about slot
machines in New Hampshire, the focus of late has been on Rockingham Park
and its deal with Millennium Gaming. But there are other racing venues
in New Hampshire that could use help from slot machines. Senator Lou
D’Allesandro is determined to reintroduce a bill that would allow slot
machines at all of the state’s major racing venues.
Slot Machines Plan in New Hampshire
Even though the economic climate is poor, New
Hampshire is not quite ready to jump into bed with Millennium Gaming and
slot machines. Proponents of slot machines are have trouble convincing
many member of the state legislature. At the top of the food chain,
Governor John Lynch has hardly supported slot machines as a means of
generating more revenue to make up for the shortage of funds in the
budget. According to Lynch, before approving slot machines he would
need “overwhelming evidence” the gambling would not bring harm to the
quality of living in New Hampshire.
Millennium to Reinvent Rockingham
Las Vegas based casino operators Millennium
Gaming is serious about reinventing Rockingham Park if New Hampshire
legalizes slot machines. Though the group is convinced of the parks
potential success with slot machines, there are also a lot of doubt
coming from people who sound just as certain.
Millennium Interest in Slot Machines
Millennium Gaming is serious about bringing
slot machines to New Hampshire’s Rockingham Park. The Las Vegas based
casino operator is ready to spend close to half a billion dollars.
Slot Machines Fix
Certain factions in
New Hampshire are determined to bring slot machines to the state. “Fix
it now New Hampshire” has to be the best organized effort to attain slot
machines in the state today. , “We have joined forces with Millennium
gaming, of Las Vegas, Nevada, and have formed a coalition for the sole
purpose of bringing limited gaming to Rockingham Park.” said Chuck
Rolecek, the “Fix it now New Hampshire” chairman.
Online Casinos Problematic
Censorship is a threat to any civilization. Most
people believe that only places like China censor their citizens.
Unfortunately that is not true. Censorship lives in the United States
in the form of the Unlawful Internet Gambling Enforcement Act where the
federal government feels justified in telling people that online casinos
are not a place where they can spend their hard earned dollars.
Slays Virgin Killer
Censorship has no gray area. Censorship is just
plain out censorship. There are quite a few government bodies in the
western world attempting to filter the free flow of information provided
by the Internet. These governments have inappropriately assumed the
role of deciding what is best for citizens to view. Of all places,
Great Britain, the first home of regulated online casinos, has seen it
fit to filter or block certain content.
in Giving Mood
The Holiday season is about giving and online casinos agree.
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Palace on the Move
Apparently mobile is the new online. At one point it was only smart
for your business to evolve from physical locations and go online. Now
people are demanding mobile services; service on the go. Online casinos
are no fools. Online casinos got to where they are because they took
brick and mortar gambling to the convenient Internet. Now, in order to
avoid becoming new dinosaurs, many online casinos have gone mobile.
Problem, Not Symptom
Many opponents of online casinos are convinced that
the availability of a gambling in the home will create more cases of
problem gambling. A study published in the Archives of Neurology offers
a contradicting point of view. The study has found evidence that
problem gambling is a symptom of a physiological problem within the
brain. It is a disorder related to a dysfunctional reward related
neuron system. The findings in the study corroborate the results of
scientific studies all across the globe.
Spin at Slotland
Slot machines have
been making a lot of head lines recently in the gambling world. A
couple of slot machines, at both land based and online casinos, have
been producing record breaking jackpots and changing the lives of
Brick and Mortar Too Expensive
Big time brick and mortar casino operators show why online casinos
are likely to be the future of their business. In order for land based
casinos to expand, a lot of money is required for construction and
employees. Expanding the virtual environment of an online casino is not
that expensive. Slot machines are a simple example. As opposed to
bringing new software for virtual slot machines, brick and mortar
casinos must lease new slot machines, construct space for the mammoth
machines, and then there is maintenance and security.
It is no secret that brick and mortar casino have received the short
end of the stick during this economic down turn. Brick and mortar
casinos, from Las Vegas to Atlantic City, are reporting decreases in
revenue month after month. Not even slot machines are pulling their
weight at these gambling venues. Slot machines usually make the most
money for casino. Only one state has managed to see business grow and
shake of the trend suffered across the nation. Pennsylvania.
Slot Machines for Trekkies
Trekkies have more than one reason to celebrate these days. While
many are anticipating the release of the all new Star Trek film which
shows the beginning of the Stark Trek Enterprise, Trekkies that like to
wager have a surprise in the way of slot machines. Harrah’s
Entertainment casinos in Las Vegas have begun rolling out slot machines
themed after Star Trek. The slot machines are designed by WMS
Slot Machine Deal for AC Coin
Slot machines are the backbone of any casino,
whether brick and mortar or online casino. They have been considered
that because they are the main way casinos bring in revenue, no table
game can compete with the amount of money brought in by slot machines.
So when AC Coin and Slot signed a deal with the new Sands Casino Resort
to supply the land based casino with its entire slot base, you can
imagine the company had a reason to celebrate. The new Sands Casino
Resort is to be the largest casino property opening on the East Coast
Appointment Over Maryland Slot Machines
Bit by bit Maryland is assembling the committee that will make all
the tough decisions about the new slot machines coming to the state.
Recently named by House Speaker Michael E. Busch to the committee is
Democrat D. Bruce Poole, an attorney from Hagerstown, Maryland. Poole
was once a Washington County state delegate.
Mobile Online Casinos Reach Potential
Mobile gaming is fast approaching the audience
level of online casinos. In Japan, the very first major mobile gaming
event transpired with great success. The Japanese new year’s lottery
led to several entrepreneurs testing out the new technology. Now online
casinos and sports gambling are all available on mobile devices.
Legislation Affects Server Games
One reoccurring theme at this year’s Global Gaming
Expo in Las Vegas was the future of gambling. Many have recognized
server based gambling, like online casinos and mobile casinos, will be
around for quite some time. That becomes increasingly clear as the
credit freeze makes it almost important for brick and mortar casinos to
secure capital for a building project. Slot machines that allow players
to play more than one game at a time also seem to have a long shelf
Pulls Out of Kentucky
It is not clear who is winning the Kentucky court
case, online casinos or the commonwealth. Though it is apparent to all
involved, Kentucky has committed an outrageous action in seizing the
domain names of 141 online casinos, online casino companies continue to
pull out of Kentucky, thereby validating the threats.
Tribe Cancels Slot Machine Plans
The economy is hitting land based casinos very
hard. Part of the reason is that the very nature of brick and mortar
casinos makes it almost impossible to flourish in poor economic
conditions. It is almost impossible for brick and mortar casinos to
expand when banks are reluctant to give out loans. It takes extra
capital for casinos to make any additions to their operations. Even to
add slot machines most casinos will have to at least build new floor
Organizations Demand Slot Machines
After a history of being one of the most sorely
disputed topics in the states history slot machines have returned to
Maryland. Slot machines have been absent from the state for decades
after a first go around when it was blamed for many social ills in
Conflict of Interest in Maryland
As Donald C. Fry prepares to head up the committee that will decide
which bidders get to operate slot machines in Maryland, some have
questioned whether his role as head of the Greater Baltimore Committee
will affect his judgment. Fry claims he will openly disclose any
current of past relationship he or the Greater Baltimore Committee has
had with any of the applicants for the slot machine licenses. He cites
that he has had now conflicts of interests while serving as an adviser
to the Baltimore Development Corporation.
Machines to Test Fry
Maryland is getting their ducks in a row as appointing the governing
bodies that will oversee the future of slot machines in the state.
Donald C. Fry, head of the Greater Baltimore Committee has been
recruited by Governor Martin O’Malley to head up the special commission
that will distribute the licenses to operate slot machines in Maryland.
Chair Slot Machines Commission
Now that Maryland has welcomed slot
machines into the state, legislators are saddled with the responsibility
of working out the details. Governor Martin O’Malley has been in search
of a person to head up the commission that will distribute operating
licenses for slot machines. After a wide search and the job being
turned down by a few prominent universities, it seems the leader of a
business advocacy group will take on the role.
Slot Machines at Online Casinos
Many players in the United States may still be upset at Microgaming
for pulling their online casinos out of the American market, but it is
undeniable that Microgaming has always made great games, especially slot
machines. The latest innovation from the gaming giant is freedom;
freedom to customize you own gaming experience, thanks to the latest
invention in their long line of awesome slot machines.
Difficult times traditionally lead to escapism. Some unhappy readers
are accusing the Sun-Sentinel, a Florida newspaper of just that. Last
Friday the Sun published a full spread about the latest and greatest in
slot machines in their entertainment magazine. They received a lot of
criticism for this as the story came across more like an advertisement
for slot machines than anything else. The subheading for “Slot of Fun”
was “Stereo sound, 3-D graphics, LED lighting ... today's machines will
make your head spin.”
New Slot Machines at Global Gaming
The Global Gaming Expo is the largest trade show on the North
American continent for brick and mortar casinos.
Struggle of the Little Guy
According to the American Gaming Association brick and mortar casinos
are suffering in the grips of a poor economy. Slot machines are no
longer enough to keep doors open. The group suffering worst of all are
the smaller casino operations.
Online Casinos and Ireland BFF
After seeing what online casinos did for the
economy of the small island nation that embraced them from the
beginning, many countries are trying to accommodate online casinos and
become another major base for the industry. Ireland is determined to do
just that and has decided to uphold its no tax policy toward online
casinos. Many online casino operators were nervous about the potential
of a new tax as the country recently introduced a tax on brick and
mortar betting parlors.
Rise of Norton and Kahnawake
Joe Norton and the Kahnawake are well known in the online casino
industry, but the story of how the group came to control a huge portion
of an $18 billion industry is very unlikely.
Loose Wheel Slot Machines
It seems like Wheel of Fortune slot machines are in the Holiday
spirit. It was just this month that a woman in Florida won
the biggest slot machine jackpot in the state’s history from the
Wheel of Fortune slot machine. Now a 24 year old baby
sitter visiting Las Vegas wins similar sized jackpot from the
same family of slot machines.
Machine Rumors in New Hampshire
Sometime this month, rumors began to surface
in New Hampshire that the House Ways and Means Committee voted in favor
of a bill that would bring slot machines to casinos in the state. The
vote was in fact is support of further considering the issue in the next
Foxwoods Slot Machines Not Pulling Weight
Brick and mortar casinos are going to have to be creative. As the
economy continues to struggle, so do revenues at brick and mortar
casinos. Even though Sherman Bradley has revoked his own theory that
online casinos are recession proof, online casino business continues to
grow in the face of economic hardship.
Machines Update at Money Casino
It is important to remember that slot machines are
like the skeletal structure for both brick and mortar and online
casinos. Casinos are only able to have fancy table games because slot
machines bring in so much money. That seems to be the place established
for slot machines all across the gambling world, as racetrack now use
slot machines as both financial support and a means to sweeten purses.
Machines Shower Moore
The wonderful thing about slot machines is that you never quite know
what they will yield. Slot machines are games of pure and random chance
so you could always be one spin away from a whole new lifestyle.
Gambling Stats in UK
The United Kingdom continues there progressive
attitude toward gambling and online casinos. The have created yet
another first in the form of the National Problem Gambling Clinic. At
this clinic problem gamblers can receive proper therapy and necessary
debt management advice.
First National Clinic for Problem Gambling
The United Kingdom is perhaps the world leader in
regulating online casinos. Not only did they legalize and regulate
online casinos successfully, a United Kingdom Health initiative was put
forward to provide advice and treatment compulsive gamblers. That
initiative finally matured in the form of the very first National
Problem Gambling Clinic.
Slot Machines Unclear in NY
In the State of New York rules pertaining to slot
machines are drafted by the State Liquor Authority. Unfortunately the
State Liquor Authority is being a touch unclear about the legality of a
new machine that is very similar to slot machines. After approving the
game as a game of skill, the State Liquor Authority has changed their
Casinos Create Jobs on Isle
Licensing of Fastbet and NYX Interactive on the Island of Man could
lead to the creation of 100 new jobs. Online casinos have brought
significant wealth and jobs to many island nations.
Commission on Isle
Island nations got involved in online casinos very early in the game;
that is why many online casinos are based in places like Isle of Man
and Antigua. Because of its popularity as a hot bed for online casinos,
the Isle of Man Treasury has put forward the Gambling Supervision Bill
of 2008. The purpose of the Gambling Supervision Bill is to elevate the
Gambling Supervision Commission to a statutory board.
Machines Lack Bling and Cling
Brick and mortar casinos have been suffering badly from a loss of
revenues. Casinos from Las Vegas to Atlantic City have been trying to
stop the bleeding. The Denver Post has reported a decline in casino
revenues for almost a year now. Several reasons have been suggested as
to why casinos in Colorado are losing business; first it was the ban on
smoking cigarettes, next it was the hike in gas prices, and finally the
global economic crisis.
Sneaks Slot Machines
Slot machines have become a necessity for almost
all gambling establishments. Many raceways, especially horse racing
tracks have installed slot machines just as a way to pay the bills.
Slot machines give gamblers a reason to come to the track when there are
not any big races at hand. When there are big races, revenues from slot
machines have been used to sweeten the purse to attract more big name
River Demands More
Slot machines have been good to the Elora, Ontario. They have been
operating at the Grand River Raceway since 2003. Since then the Ontario
Lottery and Gaming Corp have collected nearly $150 million is slot
machine revenue. Now the raceway would like to add an extra 20 to 30
slot machines to collect more profit. A date has yet to be set for
Centre Wellington to vote on the issue.
Drops Guard to Slot Machines
Something has changed significantly in Elora, Ontario. Seven years
ago, slot machines were a hotly contested topic so much so that 1,500
people turned out to a public meeting debating slot machine expansion at
the Grand River Raceway in Elora. The debate over slot machines divided
the community and led to a legal battle in the Superior Court and the
Ontario Municipal Board. Now, in 2008, placing additional slot machines
in the raceway in Elora was only enough of an issue to draw 12 people to
Slot Machine Pays Out Big
It is the gamblers dream. You are having a bad day as you cruise
down the highway. You see the sign for a casino at the upcoming exist.
Why not? Things cannot go much worse. May as well kill some time and
find a new adventure.
Online Casinos Plot Return to US
Online casinos are gambling on the near return of
the United States market. Odds are good that during the incoming
administration, online casinos and Internet gambling will be legalized
and regulated. Not only is President-elect Obama a proponent of online
casinos but Democrats, which have pushed for legalized online casinos,
have a majority of both the house and Senate.
Blackberry Fight for Dominance
It has been decided. There are officially two
clear cut leaders of the smart phone revolution. Like Coca-Cola and
Pepsi in the cola wars, the iPhone and the Blackberry have emerged as
the super powers. Online casinos have taken note. Many online casinos
have chosen to expand operations by introducing mobile casinos.
Does Nothing for Problem Gambling
The Unlawful Internet Gambling Enforcement Act is
not favored for many reasons and dissatisfaction for the poorly planned
law goes well beyond online casinos and Internet gambling operators.
Keith Whyte, Executive Director of the National Council on Problem
Gaming, has a problem with the Unlawful Internet Gambling Enforcement
Act because it executes one of its supposed primary purposes very
poorly. The law did little to nothing to actually prevent problem
Casino-Online Unites Online Casinos
Technology for online casinos develops at a
fantastically quick rate. According to its Vice President of Marketing,
Don Barnes, Casino-Online.com will be taking online casinos another step
forward with its launch. For the first time in history gamblers will be
able to play all of their favorite casino games at top online casinos
without downloading separate casino software. Casino-Online.com
provides web 2.0 marketing tools and other widgets that further enhance
Historic Win at All Jackpot
It not really a surprises anymore when you hear
that online casinos shell out huge life changing jackpots, especially
from online casinos like All Jackpot. However, it is still a lot of fun
Smartphones Split Online Casinos
The holidays are around the corner and the winter
celebrations have become synonymous with release dates for the latest
generation of smartphones. Gift lists will be sure to include brand
names like Blackberry and iPhone. But, smartphone owners will be
treated to an additional gift this year as more games for online casinos
are being formatted for smartphone use. The Blackberry is the leading
smartphone for business professionals and the iPhone has dominated the
market for young people between the ages of 18 and 25.
Games Except the Challenge
BringIt.com is truly one of the more innovative
creations to come to the Internet since online casinos first hit the
scene. The site enables players to make wagers on match ups at the most
popular video games on the market. BringIt.com is compatible with all
of the top selling consoles, like Xbox 360, PlayStation 2 &3, as well as
the Nintendo Wii. At the moment the game titles are limited, but the
list can be expected to grow as the popularity of the site grows.
Netherlands Follow the US Lead
Usually a bad idea in one country is still a bad idea in another.
The United States, in what many see as a failed effort to implement the
Unlawful Internet Gambling Enforcement Act, has saddled financial
institutions in the United States with the nearly impossible task of
tracking which transactions come from online casinos. Dutch Justice
Minister Hirsch Ballin attempted just the same tactic to stop online
casinos in the Netherlands. The response from the Netherlands Bankers
Association was that it is neither practical nor legal for the financial
institutions of the Netherlands to police transactions from online
casinos and Internet gambling sites.
Netherlands Regulations Disappoint
There has been some concern about the handling of online casino
regulation in the Netherlands. The Dutch financial community has raised
questions about tax regulations for online casinos. The regulations,
passed this past September, show favor to national gaming providers;
which is in violation of European Union law.
Online Casinos to Take Front Seat
Online casinos are
gearing up to take a front seat in 2009. Internet gambling providers
are not the only groups taking special interest in online casinos.
Interest is now coming from legislatures and brick and mortar casino
operators as well.
CryptoLogic and GigaMedia Work it Out
Online gamblers have sincere cause to be excited
about the exclusive contract recently signed between CryptoLogic and
GigaMedia; when to big names like this join forces it can only mean that
very awesome things are about to hit online casinos. Both CryptoLogic
and GigaMedia are independently strong forces in software for online
casino. Players can expect great and exciting things in the near
Interactive Enters Asia
NYX Interactive has announced a new sales
initiative into the Asian market. The announcement come so the heels of
the companies successful acquisition of a sub-licensor imprimatur from
the Isle of Man jurisdiction.
Online Casinos Rise Above It All
Times are tough in today’s economy. The economy
has not seen as bad a low point since the Great Depression. Businesses
are failing left and right, that is if they are not bailed out by the
federal government. Those that manage to survive are suffering
significant loses in business. The story has been very different for
online casinos who have not only managed to survive but thrive in the
storms of a failing economy.
Online Casinos to Surpass Brick and Mortars
For many years brick and mortar casinos dominated
the gambling industry. Online casinos came on the seen as an
alternative to smoky gambling halls and distant traveling. Brick and
mortar casinos always considered online casinos competition and many
analysts considered online casinos as the future of casino gambling.
The current economic crisis has seen brick and mortar casinos lose more
and more business while online casinos have thrived. The stage may be
set for online casino to assume the mantel of “future of the business”.
Games Say Bring It
Online gambling has limitless potential. When most
people think gambling online they think of online casinos. The truth is
there are several place and reasons for a people to make wagers; which
bring us to BringIt!. BringIt.com is a unique gambling site for video
gamers. BringIt gives players the chance to challenge other video
gamers to matches and earn prize money for winning. It is just the
place for video gamers that like the intensity of raising the stakes
with a wager but is not necessarily interested in gambling at online
casinos. Also, most online casino do not offer Halo 3.
Casinos Unsafe in Europe
Online casinos are legal in the United Kingdom and
some parts of Europe. Now there are people that want online casinos out
of Europe. Danish Socialist MEP Christel Schaldemose released a report
recently reviewed by the European Parliament Internal Market and
Consumer Protection Division. The report itself will not directly lead
to the ban of online casinos in Europe, but Schaldemose certainly is not
doing the industry any favors.
Casinos Get Stay
Online casinos experienced a positive ray of light
during the storm of the Kentucky domain name case. The Kentucky Court
of Appeals a stay of forfeiture hearing. The official date set for
forfeiture was December 3, 2008. The stay means attorneys opposing the
order will be able to present arguments against the decision without the
seizure actually taking place.
Report on Online Casinos
Online casinos are under fire in the European
Union. Danish Socialist MEP Christel Schaldemose drafted a report on
Internet Gambling that was recently reviewed by the European
Parliament’s Internal Market and Consumer Protection Committee. Online
casinos are not represented in the best of lights.
Africa Taxes Online Casinos
South Africa continues on their road to regulating
online casinos. The country has steadily implemented sound measures
that will hopefully fully regulate the profitable industry. Recently
the South African Minister of Finance proposed the Internet Gaming Tax
Bill. Taxation is on of the factors that have attracted many countries
to the regulation of online casinos.
Fights for Online Casinos
Momentum is continuing to build against the
censorship ruling in Kentucky. Many groups, even those not involved in
online casinos are attempting to convince the Kentucky appeals court to
throw out the ruling of the lower Kentucky circuit court to seize the
domain name of 141 online casinos. Even the American Civil Liberties
Union has got involved. The American Civil Liberties Union has teamed
up with the Electronic Frontier Foundation and the Center for Democracy
Swedish Online Casino
Online casinos are a relatively small community.
Though there are certainly hundreds of online casinos, there are only a
handful of legitimate operators out there. So when an online casino is
recognized by their colleges it is rightfully taken as a point of great
Crypto Sets Sight on Next Year
CryptoLogic ran into quite a rough patch in 2008, then again, that is
true for most companies no matter what industry you consider. The
saving grace for CryptoLogic is that it is a major software provider for
online casinos. Recognizing its success in that area, CryptoLogic has
chosen to further develop it branded gaming products.
Crypto Software on the Rise
CryptoLogic is looking to preserve its future as a software provider
for online casinos, and strictly a software provider. On October 20,
2008, the software provider made its new strategic game plan and
business model known to the world.
Evolution of Online Casinos
Evolution Gaming is a major part of a movement that
is revolutionizing online casinos. The Alderney licensed software
provider has had a successful run of equipping online casinos and
Internet gambling sites with live dealer action. The latest addition to
the list is the German online casino, poker, and sportsbetting company
Bet-at-home.com. Evolution now serves 15 online casinos from its
gambling studio in Riga, Latvia.
Affiliates Fill in the Gap
Affiliate websites have become a very useful source
of information to bridge the communication between online casinos and
players. When big changes happen in the world of online casinos most
players turn affiliates as a consolidated source of Internet gambling
news. Message boards and affiliate programs have been the main
communicators of the Microgaming issue. Microgaming has decided
withdraw its services from the United States market.
Outrage Spreads Beyond Online Casinos
Outrage over the Kentucky domain name case has spread. Although many
people have blown this case off as yet another problem for online
casinos to deal with, the threat posed by the actions of Governor Steve
Beshear extends beyond online casinos to the very existence of the
Internet as we know it; a source of free and unfiltered information.
Feds Get Last Laugh
He who laughs last, laughs best. Steve Beshear may be feeling the
pinch of this old adage at the moment. Governor Steve Beshear of
Kentucky convinced a circuit court judge to allow him to seize the
domain name of 141 online casinos. The intention of Governor Beshear
was to protect the tax revenues from Kentucky’s gambling
establishments. But his solution to the problem may be short lived.
Online Casinos Playing Catch Up
Nothing is out of bounds for online casinos.
Although they seem poised to take gambling beyond Las Vegas brick and
mortar casinos and into the future, they have some catching up to do.
Las Vegas has mastered the art of luring gamblers to their city in the
desert. Money, yes, plays a big part, but few things are as alluring as
a beautiful woman; thus the long history of showgirls and dancers in Las
Obama May Take Online Casinos as a Way Out
Barack Obama is the first black president-elect of
the United States of America. His administration could be historic for
more reasons than just his skin color. He comes to power at an
interesting time in American history. The country is currently involved
in two wars and the economy seems to be getting worse every day. It
will be on the shoulders of President Obama to mend these problems.
Do Not Cry for Microgaming
The heart of thousands of online casino gamblers
broke when Microgaming announced that its online casinos would no longer
accept wagers from players in the United States. The decision was a
result of the big Kentucky controversy. Microgaming was on the list of
online casinos and Internet gambling companies threatened by Kentucky
Governor Steve Beshear. So while mourning is understood – Microgaming
produced some awesome online casinos – time must march forward. There
are many great online casinos that can fill the vacuum left by the
software company. Here are a few.
Sky Opens on Online Casinos
Out with the old and in with the new. Current economic
struggles have hit land based casinos much harder than it has
affected online casinos. Brick and mortar casinos are
barely keeping their doors open, it would be a far stretch for
them to even dream of opening new venues. As a matter of
fact some brick and mortar casinos are realigning their lobbying
ambitions in hopes that online casinos will be legalized in the
United States so that they can open their own profitable online
Hill Having Credit Problems
CEO Ralph Topping inherited many problems when he
took the reigns of the United Kingdom online casinos and land based
betting giant William Hill plc. Among those many problems is the
enormous debt burden carried by the firm. Now the company is in even
more trouble because of the international credit crunch that has yet to
be alleviated. The company is currently in negotiations with both
American and British banks for a GBP 1.2 billion refinancing.
PressMyBet Adds More RTG Online Casinos
PressMyBet has been an amazing resource for all online players
especially those seeking online casinos that still accept wagers from
the United States of America. The news about Microgaming has changed a
lot for player from the United States. After being targeted by the
outrageous Kentucky seizures, Microgaming fully withdrew itself from the
US market. Online casinos powered by Microgaming were once a huge part
of the US friendly list compiled by PressMyBet.
Online Casinos Fill Void
Ever since the United States passed the Unlawful Internet Gambling
Enforcement Act, PressMyBet has dedicated its pages to helping gamblers
from the United States find online casinos that will still accept their
wagers. For a long time many of those sites were powered by Microgaming.
Unfortunately, Microgaming officially pulled out of the US market after
being targeted by Governor Steve Beshear in Kentucky.
My Bet Soldiers On
The key to PressMyBet’s success is reliable information. A major
part of the site dedicated to helping player find online casinos that
suit their gambling needs are in depth reviews on several online casinos
and gambling sites. PressMyBet is staffed with reporters that create
wonderfully accessible reviews on the top online casinos on the
Internet. PressMyBet would be nothing without these well informed
contributors. Steve Smokalott, a PressMyBet spokesperson, said, “Our
commitment to our guests remains the same. Provide visitors with the
best options for online gambling sites, along with finding the absolute
best bonus values available.”
and Mortar Change Tune
Times have certainly changed. As the economy
struggles to recover from it worst since the Great Depression, brick and
mortar casinos are getting a harsh reminder that we are living in the 21st
Century. While brick and mortar online casinos are struggling to make
ends meet, online casinos are seeing growth and enormous profits. The
overhead for maintaining brick and mortar casinos dwarf the relatively
modest costs of maintaining the virtual world of online casinos.
Casinos Attract Harrah's
Gary Loveman, CEO of Harrah’s Entertainment, has
his finger on the pulse of the gambling world. He is certain that the
new administration will usher in legalized and regulated online casinos
and Internet poker. He is well aware that the Bush Treasury is doing
its best to implement the Unlawful Internet Gambling Enforcement Act in
the last days of the administration, but Loveman sees the great
possibility of change when Barack Obama officially begins running the
show in January of 2009.
Dooms Online Casinos
Just as victory was in site, online casinos are
getting a raw deal. President-Elect Barack Obama is overtly technology
friendly. As a matter of fact at the official website for the
President-Elect, he outlines his policy toward technology and sciences.
In that outline he expresses his admiration for the Internet and the
necessity to protect it as an unfiltered source of information and
education. The Internet has been the single most influential piece of
technology in the last decade.
Beshear Plans Backfire
Kentucky Governor Steve Beshear has found himself
in an unpredictably awkward situation. Fans of online casinos are
simply calling it karma. It has been a major story in the world of
online gambling that Governor Beshear organized the seizure of the
domain names of 141 online casinos. The decision has been protested
well outside of the online gambling world in recognition of threat to
free speech and the future of the Internet.
Online Casino Stock Unstable
Stocks for online casinos have not had it easy in
the past two years. They have been almost completely ejected from both
the NASDAQ and the New York Stock Exchange.
Bally Technologies Still Selling Slot
Bally Technologies seems to be making
profit despite obvious market trends. Casinos seem to be
reporting decreasing revenues month after month, not many of
them seem to be spending money on purchasing new slot machines.
In spite of that profits and revenues seem to have grown in
Bally’s recently completed first quarter.
News for Online Casinos After Election Day
November 4, 2008 was a day of change in the United
States, but will it translate into a day of change for online casinos.
Not only did the election oust an notoriously anti-online casino
administration and welcome who is likely to be a much friendlier
Commander in Chief, but House of Representatives and a third of the
Senate under went a little remodeling. On a positive note, most of the
incumbents that supported the legalization of online casinos were able
to keep their seats.
for Online Casinos After Election Day
November 4, 2008 was a day of change in the United
States, but will it translate into a day of change for online casinos?
Not only did the election oust an notoriously anti-online casino
administration and welcome who is likely to be a much friendlier
Commander in Chief, but House of Representatives and a third of the
Senate under went a little remodeling. On a positive note, most of the
incumbents that supported the legalization of online casinos were able
to keep their seats.
Record Numbers in Maryland
Election Day 2008 was historic on many levels. Not only did the
country elect its first Black President, voter turn out was at an all
time high. In Prince George’s County, Maryland for example, voters
waited in record setting lines for hours. Not even a constant down poor
of rain could deter voters.
Online Casinos Recover Beyond Belief
It is funny how things have a way of working out.
Back in 2006, the United States nearly destroyed online casinos when it
passed the Unlawful Internet Gambling Enforcement Act. The act did not
outlaw online casinos, but it did effectively make it illegal for
financial institutions like banks and credit card companies to process
transactions to and from online casinos.
Maine Rejects Slot Machines
Slot machines suffered a defeat in Maine on Election Day. By a very
narrow margin, voters rejected a proposal that would allow slot machines
to operate at the Scarborough Down race track. Voters did not know the
fate of slot machines at the race track immediately as results were
delayed by a voting machine error.
Big Money Beats Slot Machine Opponents
Maryland voters finally approved a referendum to legalize slot
machines. The revenues from slot machines will go to improving the
Maryland school system. According to George L. Leventhal, a Montgomery
County Councilman, Maryland’s poor fiscal out look influenced the vote.
One Armed Bandit Take Maryland
After years and years of debate, slot machines are finally legal in
Maryland. On Tuesday a constitutional amendment was approved by voters
to legalize the one armed bandit. The purpose of legalizing slot
machines was to add millions of dollars to the Maryland state coffers to
Winds of Change in Maryland
Many people are speculating as what cause Maryland to suddenly change
its largely negative point of view about slot machines. The state had a
brief flirtation with slot machine back in the 50s and 60s. The ending
result was a bankrupt families and a sorely bruised reputation for
Southern Maryland. But things have changed.
Zoning Focus Post Election Day
Slot machines are coming to Maryland. The time for debate has passed
as Maryland voters approved the amendment by overwhelming margins. Now
the state must shift its focus to putting these 15,000 slot machines in
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