Online Casino News From Around the Globe

UK Gambling Commission Grants Amaya Gaming Continuation Licenses
Oct31

UK Gambling Commission Grants Amaya Gaming Continuation Licenses

The PokerStars and Full Tilt brands are continuing to consolidate their global base. On Friday the new owners of PokerStars and Full Tilt Brands, Amaya gaming announced that the UK Gambling Commission had granted them a continuation licenses to operate in the United Kingdom. In a statement from Amaya Gaming they said the UK Gambling Commission had granted them the continuation license in recognition of their existing licenses which are held in the Isle of Man. In practice this means that there will be no disruptions for UK players both on the PokerStars and Full Tilt Poker websites. A company spokesperson went on to explain that both Full Tilt and PokerStars were classified as a “whit e listed” company which was allowed to operate in the UK based on their Isle of Man licensing agreement. In addition Amaya’s B2B online business have obtained the required continuation licenses which will enable them to continue supplying UK based online gaming operators utilizing Amaya’s online technology and gaming content. Amaya acquired the Rational Group which owned and operated PokerStars and Full Tilt Poker earlier this year for a record $4.9 billion. PokerStars and Full Tilt are continuously adding to their industry- leading portfolio of 12 locally licensed jurisdictions which include Italy, France and Spain. The US is of course a major part of their expansion plans after years of them being persona non...

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Shellshock Bug Serious Threat To Online Gambling Sites
Oct30

Shellshock Bug Serious Threat To Online Gambling Sites

The threat of DDoS attacks on online gambling sites is real and is a growing problem. Earlier in the year we discussed a report from Incapsula’s research team which warned that DDoS Attacks were set to increase in volume in 2014. A recent report released by cloud services firm Akamai shows yet again that any device connected to the internet is a potential target for hackers. According to Akamai the bug called Shellshock in present in nearly 70 percent of all internet connected devices. This bug allows hackers to create botnets which are capable of bringing down any system as well as lifting data of devices connected to the internet line phones, computers etc. Not surprising the main focus of the hackers are online gambling sites according to the report released today. Akamai concluded that there were more than 22,000 unique IP addresses exploiting this weakness with over two thirds of them in the US. As a result of the Shellshock bug many Android and mac devices were at serious risk. Despite earlier efforts to fix the Shellshock bug last month there are still vulnerabilities existing which are enabling hackers entry into online sites. As an indication of just how serious the threat is, the National Institute of Standards & Technology rated the threat as 10 out of 10. The damage malicious attacks can do to online gambling sites cannot be underestimated as we all remember that even Sheldon Adelson was the victim of a cyber-attack which saw some of his websites down for...

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New Jersey Sitting On Potential $11 Billion Sports Betting Market
Oct29

New Jersey Sitting On Potential $11 Billion Sports Betting Market

The state of New Jersey is holding its breath as they await the outcome of the legal battle regarding legalizing sports betting. As it stands U.S. District Court Judge Michael Shipp issued a temporary order banning Gov. Christie’s earlier bid which would have meant legal sports betting at state casinos and racetracks from October 26. Both parties will have to submit oral arguments in court on November 20 in addition to other filings that will have to be submitted by the end of next week. The stakes could not be higher both for New Jersey and the entire U.S. gambling industry. The struggling Atlantic City Casino industry has seen four of the twelve state casino close this year with possible more to come. . It is estimated that with these annual revenues the Garden State could benefit be up to $600 million in annual revenues which would go a long way towards rejuvenating the struggling casinos and racetracks. Chief Executive of William Hill, Joe Asher estimated that $11 billion would be generated in sports betting in New Jersey given the fact that it has three times the population of Nevada. New Jersey is also geographically well located in that it would be able to draw residents from neighboring states like Pennsylvania and New York, Added to that is the sports crazy culture which includes brands like the Yankees and Giants. Taking these factors into account, Asher believes that when the Super Bowl and March Madness are in full swing, New Jersey racetracks and casinos will almost certainly draw many tourists as in Nevada. The upcoming conclusion of New Jersey’s legal battle has got major ramifications for what potentially could be one of the largest sports betting markets on the...

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Atari Launches Social Casino Offering With Flowplay
Oct28

Atari Launches Social Casino Offering With Flowplay

One of the most competitive and lucrative sectors in the gaming market is that of the social casino genre. While other sectors in the gaming sector have been under pressure to perform, the free-to play casino games are enjoying a period of growth both in the real money world and the social gaming markets. With over $2 billion generated last year and with forecasts expected to rise drastically, social casino companies are experiencing boom times. In order to stand out in such a competitive division of gaming you have to come up with something that is entirely original. Earlier this year we reported on the iconic 80’s gaming brand Atari who disappeared many years ago. They made a comeback in 2013 when chief executive Fred Chesnais bought back the company after bankruptcy proceedings. They partnered up with social casino developer Flowplay to work on casino based games with classic Atari themes. This has now come to life as Atari Jackpots has been released which includes all the iconic brands like Tempest, Breakout, Lunar Lander, Missile Command, Asteroids, Centipede, Gravitar and others. Atari Jackpots was able to launch quickly as it utilizes the online gaming platform of Flowplay’s Vegas World which is the core engine for multiple titles. Atari has plan to add additional titles to their Atari Jackpots in the next few months. Atari Jackpot includes video poker, blackjack, bingo and solitaire and is available globally in multiple languages including English, French, Romanian and Portuguese. Chief executive Fred Chesnais commented on the launch,” This first release of Atari Jackpots is a step into online casinos, leveraging the rapidly growing interest in social casinos to offer a fun experience. We wanted to engage rapidly with our loyal fans, get their feedback in order to decide upon the additional features to be released to further improve the Atari Jackpots experience.” CEO of Flowplay Derrick Mortin expressed their delight with their partnership with Atari,” The entrance of an iconic gaming company like Atari into the social casino space speaks volumes to the direction of the gaming industry. Millions of people around the world are engaging in casino-style games through a virtual world environment. With Atari Jackpots, users can play the casino games they love, branded with the games they grew up playing.” It will be fascinating to see if such an iconic brand like Atari can make a serious impact in the real money world with their Pariplay partnership as well as the free-to-play version with...

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Aussies Spend $26 Billion Annually On Sports and Race Betting Alone
Oct27

Aussies Spend $26 Billion Annually On Sports and Race Betting Alone

Earlier this year we reported on a study by H2 Gambling Capital which gave some intriguing insights into the global gambling market. In the study is was shown that Australians are indeed keen punters as they topped the list of the most money lost per resident per year with $1144. A report in the Daily Telegraph continues this theme with a detailed breakdown of just how bet-crazy Australians are. According to figures obtained by the Telegraph Aussies will bet over $26 billion on race and sports betting alone this year. This translated to an average of about $1200 per resident. Sports betting includes the NRL Premiership, soccer, basketball, AFL and horse racing like the Melbourne Cup. The proliferation of mobile devices such as laptops, tablets and smartphones are fueling the betting boom as up to 45% of wagers on the TAB are taken outside of retail outlets. Profits from the TAB and bookies are expected to exceed $2 billion from the $26 billion wagered. On the Melbourne Cup alone $300 million is expected to be generated as many non-gamblers fancy their chances at a flutter. Australian’s largest online gaming operator TAB has grown their business from $42 million sixteen years ago to $4.2 billion today. They make up about 42 percent of the local market with European bookmakers like William Hill, Ladbrokes and Paddy Power making up the rest. The average wager from TAB on a sporting event is $43 with 90% of bets under $50. This figure sums up the story of sports betting. It is a market which captures both real gamblers as well as most of us that enjoy a harmless social flutter to add some excitement to our sports viewing...

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