Online Casino News From Around the Globe

Woolworths Admits To Liquoring Up Gamblers To Keep Them Playing

Our regular readers will be well aware that Australians are the biggest gamblers on the planet so it comes as no surprise that gaming companies will do just about anything to maintain this status quo. After whistleblowers aired allegations earlier this year, Woolworths has admitted to using dubious operating methods to ensure their cash paying customers continue to lose their money. The company confirmed that high value gambling players were often plied with liquor to keep them spinning on the pokie machines. In addition they also admitted that personal details were kept about the regular customers in order to ensure that revenues were boosted. This data according to insiders included everything that the from gamblers’ favorite football team to their playing times. This sensitive information was then shared across the company’s 400 pubs. This behavior has been described by whistleblowers as “unethical and predatory.” Details of the investigation were confirmed on Monday in a statement from the ALH which is owned by Woolworths.  The ALH said in a statement that employees recording descriptive information about gamblers was contrary to their polices and fell below ALH’s expectations. Following the investigation various employees have been fired and ALH has vowed to implement a range of measures that include enhanced staff...

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FanDuel Partners With Boyd Gaming To Further Expand US Sports Betting Reach

FanDuel and Boyd Gaming have announced their strategic partnership which see them pursuing sports betting and online gaming opportunities in the US. Anyone following the US gambling industry will know the frenzied pace at which the newly legalized sports betting market is being divided up. The largest US based and European based gaming companies are all vying for a major share of this burgeoning market. In terms of this latest partnership Boyd Gaming will build a presence both in the sports betting and igaming industry by leveraging FanDuel’s technology which will operated Boyd Gaming’s igaming and sports betting services. From FanDuel’s side they will utilize Boyd Gaming’s licenses in various states to operate both mobile sports betting and gaming. As part so the deal Boyd Gaming will take a 4% equity in FanDuel Group with an option to acquire another 1%. Both companies will undertake co-branding and cross-promote each other’s product, Boyd Gamings reach is extensive and includes their market-access agreement with MGM Resorts international. FanDuel CEo Matt King commented on the partnership and said,” With more than 40 years of experience, Boyd Gaming is a leader in the gaming and entertainment space, and a natural partner as we continue to build a leading position in the sports betting market. There is incredible momentum in the sports betting space and we look forward to partnering with Boyd Gaming to bring the FanDuel Sportsbook to more customers across the United States.” Boyd President and CEO Keith Smith was equally delighted at the deal and said,” Through this partnership, Boyd Gaming and FanDuel Group will be in excellent position to successfully capitalise as sports betting and online gaming expand across the...

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UK Gambling Commission Threatens Unlimited Fines For Operators Targeting Underage Gamblers

The UK gambling Commission is continuing their crackdown of gambling firms who target children. According to research over 450,000 children are gambling in England and Wales on a weekly basis which has set off alarm bells. The commission plans to punish companies that glamorize gambling in their adverts or use adverts that appeal to children in their ads and could face unlimited fines. Companies like Coral which were proven to target children will now face even tougher penalties. As of October operators will also face tougher penalties for sending spam or texts to players while also been compelled to solve customer complaints within an eight week deadline. This follows years of complaints from players about difficulties withdrawing their money and misleading bonus offers. CEO of the Gambling Commission Neil MacArthur re-iterated the Commission’s obligation to the consumers and said,” Protecting the interests of consumers is priority for us. These changes will protect consumers from irresponsible advertising and misleading promotions, ensure that consumers can withdraw their money more easily and will mean that consumer complaints are dealt with more swiftly.’ Gambling operators have already face the wrath of the Advertising Standards Authority and firms like Coral have seen numerous adverts for their animated games been banned. These include figures with childlike appeal that included Rainbow Riches, Fishin Frenzy and Lucky Wizard which were all deemed to appeal to under...

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MGM Poised To Be First Operator to Take Mobile Sports Betting Wager in New Jersey

MGM has in the space of a week cemented itself as one of the leading players in the emerging US sports betting market. Their landmark partnership with GVC Holdings was followed by the announcement of their partnership with the NBA. In terms of the deal MGM will become the first gambling company to form a partnership with a US sports league. The deal is set to be worth $25 m and will include mobile sports betting. The fact that the NBA has got to the point of partnering with a real money gambling entity is far from a given as many will be quick to remind NBA commissioner Adam Silver of their once fierce opposition to any association with gambling. However money talks and no one can stop the progress of an industry that is worth billions. MGM CEO Jim Murren announced via their website that mobile sports betting will be coming to New Jersey via their playMGM platform. On their website he said,” It won’t be long now! Coming to soon, mobile sports betting will be more convenient than ever, thanks to the playMGM NJ Sports betting app. It’s just a matter of time until you’ll be able to place wagers from the bar, the dinner table or anywhere in New Jersey, simply by using your own personal mobile device. Stay tuned for more details. Bet on sports now at Borgata Race & Sports Book.” Murren went on to say following his announcement regarding the NBA partnership that MGM has a running start as they already run the largest operation in Las Vegas with their 10 resorts. He added that their playMGM app has been active for a while and is quite popular, He added,” Closer to home here, of course we own Borgata, and at the end of this week, we’ll be taking mobile bets from Borgata and playMGM in New...

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Caesars Set To Launch Sports Betting In New Jersey and Mississippi

Following the major joint venture between MGM Resorts and GVC Holdings, Caesars Entertainment has announced it’s joining the sports betting party by starting sports betting operations in New Jersey this week. The move by Caesars is the latest by the biggest gambling companies in the market following the US Supreme Court decision in May that cleared the way for all 50 US states to offer legal sports betting if they decided to do so. As we have reported the last few months have been hectic as technology companies and gambling powerhouses battle to get the lion’s share in what many see as the biggest opportunity in real money gambling. Caesars-owned Bally Casino already started taking sports bets on Monday morning while Harrah’s will start on Wednesday. Mobile sport betting will also be offered at a later stage. In New Jersey the Borgata and Ocean Resort casinos are already offering sports betting. This is in addition to the two state horse racing tracks Monmouth park and Meadowlands. The plan is also to start offering sports betting in August at Harrah’s Golf Coast in Biloxi and Horseshoe Tunica in Mississippi. CEO of Caesars Entertainment Mark Frissora commented on the development sand said,” The recent Supreme Court ruling allows us to expand our sports betting digital and mobile offerings into new markets. We recognize that our customers expect exciting new experiences, which is why we will continue to offer new products through our mobile and digital platforms and inside our...

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GVC Shares Hit Record High Following Confirmation Of MGM Resorts Landmark Deal

It has now been confirmed that the agreement reported over the weekend between GVC Holdings and MGM Resorts International has been inked. In terms of the deal GVC Holdings will supply the online betting platform for MGM resorts International who are the largest casino operator in the US. GVC has been looking to capitalize on the PASPA Supreme Court decision in May which has presented massive opportunities for British betting companies looking to offset the effects on increased restrictions at home. The major UK bookmakers like Ladbrokes Coral could be severely affected as a result of the planned crackdown on fixed odds betting terminals. At the time of this article going to publication GVC shares were up over 7 percent to reach 1.178 pence. As we reported earlier the joint venture will see each company invest $100 million initially with a US headquarters. The deal will grant GVC access to MGM Resorts’ International properties across 15 U.S. states with a population at over 90 million. MGM resorts CEO Jim Murren commented on the deal and said,” We are proud to join forces with GVC, the largest and most dynamic global online betting operator, with existing reputable and trusted operations in the U.S.” GVC Holdings CEO Kenneth Alexander commented on the landmark deal and said,” MGM Resorts is a world-leading entertainment business and the most trusted name in gaming, with the highest quality brands and management, and strong sports connectivity. This combined with GVC’s technology and experience in successfully building online gaming businesses across multiple markets presents a truly exciting opportunity for US players and our respective...

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