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Google’s DDoS Project Shield Good News For Online Gambling Sites

Distributed denial of service attacks or DDOS attacks as they are better known are a major threat to all online websites. With billions of dollars changing hands in a virtual world, the idea that a website could be deliberately taken down by hackers is as serious a threat as armed robbers hijacking a multi-billion dollar store. To recap the idea behind a DDoS attack is simple. The way it works is that a targeted site is flooded with millions of unwanted traffic connections which ultimately slows down the site or more often cause it to crash. Needless to say this type of disruption of service can cripple any online website. We reported on the worrying phenomenon of online gambling sites actually paying protection money to hackers who threaten the operators with a DDOS attacks should they not pay them not to do so. What makes it even more alarming as we pointed out is the fact that many online gaming operators will factor this “protection money” in as a business expense like any other. Many times it seems it is worth the online gambling operator’s time to pay a vast sum of money rather than have their site go down at a critical time. The problem with DDOS attacks are now getting the attention of Google who have launched their Project Shield. This new DDoS mitigation service is aimed at protecting free expression online by keeping the websites themselves online. Currently this service is only available by invitation only and what it calls “trusted testers”. The ways it works is that Project Shield will enable websites to serve their content via Google which will offer them increased protection from DDoS attacks. Google are accepting applications from websites that serve news, human rights or elections-related content. While online gambling sites do not fall under these early requirements, the fact that the world’s most important online company is addressing the growing problem of DDoS attacks means that industries like online gambling are not alone. It is almost a sure bet that more global internet companies will start to offer DDoS protection as a paid option to online operators who are having to contend with a virtual online mafia who have exchanged guns for computers to get their...

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Bookmakers Cashing In On Prince George Christening

Following the betting frenzy in July with the Royal Birth of the Duchess of Cambridge and Prince William, there is another reason why bookmakers are cashing in on the royal couple. Wednesday see’s the royal christening of Prince George and punters are already placing bets on just about anything related to Princess Kate and Prince William. The color of Princess Kate’s dress being blue has received over 500 bets by a bookmaker. Other bets include what color the hat the Queen will wear and who will carry Prince George as the Royal couple leave the Chapel Royal at St James’s Palace. Leading bookmaker Coral’s Nicola McGeady commented on the betting frenzy.” Betting on the Royal Baby has reached fever pitch once again, and we are seeing massive interest in our Royal Christening odds. Kate wore a blue dress when she left the hospital with Prince George in July, and punters are convinced that the Duchess will wear a similar shade on Wednesday.” For those still wanting to place bet before Wednesday the hot bet is for Kate to carry Prince George out of the Chapel at 8-13 with Prince William offering odds of 6-5. Wherever bets are offered there will always be excellent odds at some outrageous bets like that of the Duchess of Cambridge wearing a gold dress for the christening. For this unrealistic scenario you can get odds of...

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New Zealand Debates Risk And Rewards Of Expanding Gambling

Problem gambling is a topic in the headlines a lot recently due largely to the emerging global markets opening up. Whether it be gambling addiction down under or anywhere else in the global village the common thread is how the governments intend on handling this contentious issue. New Zealand is currently an excellent case to look at as it is facing the same dilemma that many other countries are facing when deciding to expand gambling online or in land casinos. There is currently a heated debate underway in response to what is called the International Convention Centre Bill. In a nutshell the bill see the casino owner SkyCity build a $400 million convention centre in return for them being allowed to add an additional 230 pokie machines as well as getting their licence extended till 2048.This at first glance looks like an ideal situation with  jobs being created and no new casinos built. However critics like the Green Party are insisting that special mandatory measures be enforced which would limit problematic gamblers from spending cash they do not have. Co-leader Metiria Turei believes that these measures should be a pre-requisite before the SkyCity deal is allowed to move forward. One of the measures talked about are the introduction of the “pre-commitment cards”. In essence the way it works is that players before playing their pokies will have a credit card like card which contains the player’s information as well as a pre-determined playing limit. Should the player exceed the limit, they will no longer be able to play. The problem lies in the fact that that these programs are dependent on the goodwill of the problem gambler who are less likely to impose limits on themselves. Other concerns raised are the public’s general disliking of big brother telling them what to do. Turei like many gambling opponents is skeptical of the intentions of the casinos who always are quick to point out the advantages of job employment and forget about the real social problems a casino could create. She made this clear in a statement,” The Green Party intends to implement sensible and pragmatic measures that reassert the role of public health as the primary driver of gambling regulation, rather than economic development and convention centres.” New Zealand Prime Minister John Key responded to the Green Party’s proposal by stating what many pragmatic policy makers have pointed out since the inception of online and mobile gambling,” There are no restrictions on that. I can’t even fathom to work out how you would restrict online gambling, & so it’s a bit farcical to say that you could only go to...

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Trump Casinos Latest To Obtain Online Gambling Permits In New Jersey

The launch of online gambling in New Jersey is set for Nov.26 with Boyd’s Borgata Hotel Casino & Spa being the first to attain the coveted internet gambling permit followed by the Golden Nugget. Donald Trump is of course heavily vested in gambling and with his many casino resorts intends to be one of the major players in the emerging U.S. online gambling market. Back in July we reported on his partnership with Ultimate Gaming in New Jersey in which Ultimate Gaming will offer a variety of real money casino games in partnership with Trumps’ Taj Mahal Casino. Today it was announced that both Trump casinos in Atlantic City have received their internet gambling permits. The Trump Plaza and Trump Taj Mahal will join the Borgata and Golden Nugget in New Jersey which is considered a more lucrative market than that of the operating Nevada which was the first U.S. state to offer real money gambling. While scheduled to go live on Nov.26 there will be a five day invitation only trial period for online gambling in New...

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Caesars Maintains Top Spot In Social Casino Gaming Market

Social casino gaming is one of the more interesting sectors to watch in the gaming and gambling markets as the last 18 months have seen some pretty dramatic changes in the leader-board when it comes to the gaming powerhouses. While growth rates have been impressive for the likes of IGT with their DoubleDown Casino the overall sector has seen a flat quarter. According to market research firm Eilers Research the current leader for the third quarter is still Caesars Interactive Entertainment with a 15% market share. Despite the growth in the mobile devices sector, there was still a reported 7% decline in Facebook social casino game revenues. According to Eilers Research IGT with their DoubleDown Casino managed to overtake Zynga during the third quarter to become the second largest social casino gaming publisher with a 13.6% market share. This impressive achievement is noteworthy as the overall sector did not report high earnings. DoubleDown also reported a 5% increase in revenues due largely to their growth on Mobile apps and Facebook. IGT’s gain in the third quarter added salt to Zynga’s wounds as they continued to report another double-digit decline for a quarter. They now have a 11.5% market share. When it comes to mobile Big Fish Games comes up trumps with their Big Fish Casino which holds the title for the biggest stand-alone social casino app which generated $35.1 million in revenues for the quarter. They now own 7.4% of the market...

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