Gambling Group Aspire Global Settles Dispute with Israeli Taxman

Online gambling group Aspire Global has settled a tax dispute with the Israel Tax Authority (ITA) and has agreed to pay €13.7 million in retroactive taxes as part of the recently reached settlement.

The tax dispute stemmed from a previously disclosed tax audit relating to management and control jurisdiction, permanent establishment, and transfer pricing among the group entities. read more

DraftKings Signs Betting Marketing Deal with The Madison Square Garden Company

Sports betting and daily fantasy sports operator DraftKings has extended its partnership with The Madison Square Garden Company (MSG) to become the Official and Exclusive Sports Betting and Daily Fantasy Sports Partner of the New York Knicks and Rangers as well as of Madison Square Garden, which is widely recognized as the world’s most famous arena.

The extended marketing partnership will provide DraftKings with brand integration across MSG’s assets, including the company’s digital platforms as well as in-game promotion and out-of-home signage. read more

Japanese Lawmaker’s Detention Extended as Casino Bribery Scandal Brews On

A Tokyo court earlier today gave the nod to a request from city prosecutors to extend the detention of Japanese lawmaker Tsukasa Akimoto through January 14.

Mr. Akimoto, a former member of Japan’s ruling Liberal Democratic Party (LDP) who served in the lower house of the country’s government, was arrested late in December over allegations that he had received bribes from a Chinese gambling firm to back its bid to build a casino resort in Hokkaido. read more

MaxEnt Leaves UK to Explore Well-Regulated European Gambling Markets

Malta-based online gambling operator Max Entertainment this week announced that it has decided, albeit “with a heavy heart”, to leave the UK gambling market citing Brexit concerns and shift in corporate focus to other well-regulated markets.

In June 2019, MaxEnt had its UK license revoked by the country’s Gambling Commission. The UK watchdog said back then that its decision was prompted by concerns “relating to the operator’s finances and information supplied to the Commission.” read more

Five More Lawmakers Named in Japan Casino Bribery Scandal

An adviser to Chinese online sports lottery operator 500.com, which is currently under investigation for allegedly bribing a Japanese lawmaker to back and boost its bid to build a casino resort in the country, told investigators that the company also gave money to five more lawmakers.

Katsunori Nakazado, an adviser to 500.com, said that he personally handed JPY1 million to each of five Japanese lawmakers around September 2017 when the country’s Prime Minister Shinzo Abe called a snap election. read more

Ukraine Cracks Down on Gambling in Massive Raids

The country of Ukraine is once again
finding itself in the news and not for some of the other things that have been
floating around over the past couple of years. In a massive raid ordered by the
President of the country, Ukrainian law enforcement has cracked down on “illegal”
gambling in the country, resulting in hundreds of gaming establishments being
shut down and gaming paraphernalia being seized.

President Zelensky Orders Raids, 10 Year
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Michigan Legalizes Online Poker

We are approaching seven years since online poker first went live in Nevada. Since then, just three other states – New Jersey, Delaware, and Pennsylvania – have sprouted online poker rooms.* It’s sad, really. At least a fifth state will soon be added to that list, as Michigan Governor Gretchen Whitmer signed legislation on Friday that legalizes sports betting and online gambling, including poker.

According to the Detroit Free Press, state lawmakers are hoping that sports betting and online gambling can get underway by NCAA basketball’s March Madness, which is in, well, March. Considering the bills were just signed last week and the licensing process still needs to start, that seems like a very optimistic timeline. read more

Relax Gaming Concocts and Serves Up Wildchemy Slot

During medieval times, alchemy was a science shrouded in mystery and secrecy. Online gaming provider Relax Gaming is transporting players to that turbulent era with Wildchemy, the latest addition to its library.

Wildchemy is a 5×5 medium volatility online slot with state-of-the-art graphics, pleasant artwork, and exciting features that combined serve up thrilling gaming experience brimming with references to a world of unknown and evoking the tingling feeling of anticipation for a big win. read more

NetEnt’s Live Casino Arm Wraps Busy Year with Auto Roulette Studio Launch

Swedish online casino content supplier NetEnt presented earlier today its new Auto Roulette Studio, the latest enhancement to its live roulette portfolio in a year that saw the company pay special attention to its live casino product.

Auto Roulette Studio merges a Classic Auto-Roulette, Rapid Auto-Roulette, and VIP Auto-Roulette experience into a single immersive environment. read more

Rick Salomon Loses Fight to Reclaim $2.8 Million Poker Debt from Saudi Sheikh

US poker pro Rick Salomon was denied a $2.8 million payday he sought to reclaim in a lawsuit filed in a French court against a member of one of Saudi Arabia’s richest families.

Salomon argued that the defendant in the lawsuit, Saudi sheikh Raad al-Khereiji, owed him $2.8 million he won during a private game of poker the two of them as well as several other individuals took part in the French Riviera in 2014. read more

MGA Games, Paddy Power Betfair Clinch Casino Content Supply Deal

A few days after one of the busiest events on the iGaming calendar wrapped up with a bang, Paddy Power Betfair and MGA Games announced today that they have penned a content supply deal namely during the latest edition of the SiGMA iGaming Show in Malta.

Under the terms of the deal the major Irish online gambling operator will be able to launch titles by the Spanish content studio. The roll-out of MGA Games across Paddy Power Betfair’s platform is expected to take place in the very near future. read more

Is Michigan Again On Pace to Pass Online Gaming Regulations?

Over the past few years, there have been
several states that have teased people with the potential to pass online gaming
regulations. Pennsylvania did it for some time before pushing it through in
2017, now they’ve opened full online casino gaming and online poker with PokerStars.
There isn’t another state on the horizon at this time…or is there?

Michigan Taking Another Shot read more

WSOP Circuit Harveys Lake Tahoe Main Event Day 2 Kicks Off with 71 Hopefuls

The poker room at Harveys Lake Tahoe is currently serving as arena for WSOP Circuit Main Event action and as many as 71 hopefuls from the $1,700 buy-in tournament’s two starting flights are set to return to the gambling venue at noon Northern Nevada time to continue their run for the title and a coveted WSOP Circuit gold ring.

Day 1B of the tournament ended late Saturday night. The second of two starting flights drew 251 entries, but only 45 of them made it through all the levels played. It was Israel’s Alon Eldar who bagged the largest chip stack at the end of the night with 374,000. Hot on his heels were Joe Burke with 357,000 and William Chao with 319,000. read more

DraftKings Eyes Nov. 4 Pennsylvania Mobile Betting Soft-Launch

This coming Monday, November 4, will be an eventful day for Pennsylvania’s online gambling market as it will see two major brands enter it – one bringing digital sports betting experience, while the other debuting the state’s first online poker website under its new gambling regulatory regime.

Major sports betting operator DraftKings announced this week that it is gearing up preparations to soft-launch its mobile betting app in the Keystone State on November 4. That same day will see PokerStars’ entry into Pennsylvania’s online poker space. read more

Presidential Candidate Andrew Yang Voices Support for Nationwide Legalized Online Poker

The political side of online poker has
languished in the background for several years now. At this moment, it is
currently getting about as much attention on the national political scene as what
position a candidate has regarding eradicating Athlete’s Foot. But one Tweet
can change the conversations completely and that Tweet came out yesterday.

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DraftKings Launches Mobile Betting in Indiana, Pennsylvania Next in Line

In one of the most eventful weeks for the global gambling industry in a while, DraftKings had a fair share of headlines dedicated to its US sports betting expansion.

It became known over the past few days that the daily fantasy sports turned sports betting operator will go live in Indiana later today and will probably be able to enter Pennsylvania’s athletic gambling mix in November through a partnership with The Meadows Racetrack & Casino. read more

Nitis Udornpim Takes Down WPT Maryland for $319,415

Nitis Udornpim entered the stacked final table of the WPT Maryland at Live! Casino Main Event as one of the short stacks. However, with laughs and smiles and smart moves, the player managed to fight his way back and eventually take down the tournament for his best live poker accomplishment.

Udornpim collected a $319,415 payday for his victory in the prestigious event and had his name etched on the one and only WPT Champions Cup. He also joined the elite WPT Champions Club that includes some of poker’s brightest talents. read more

Wind Creek Pitches Suburban Chicago Casino Plan

Wind Creek Hospitality, the gaming and hospitality arm of Alabama’s Poarch Band of Creek Indians, is looking to tap into suburban Chicago’s market with a multi-million dollar proposal for the development of a casino resort in East Hazel Crest and Homewood.

A massive gambling expansion package passed in the Illinois Legislature earlier this year authorized the development of up to six casinos around the state, including one in Chicago’s south suburbs. read more

Oregon Gets Ready to Embrace Mobile Betting

It was a long wait for mobile wagering to arrive to Oregon, but it is finally almost over. According to recent reports, the state Lottery is gearing up final preparations for the long-anticipated launch of a mobile app on October 7.

The lottery agency is understood to have completed testing on its Scoreboard mobile wagering app last week and that it is awaiting final approval on banking options. If it secures the necessary approval from Visa, Mastercard and other banking partners, Scoreboard is expected to go live next week. read more

Future of Kentucky Gaming Hinges on 2019 Gubernatorial Election

There are many things that hinge on the
future in the 2020 elections, both nationally and for each state. In Kentucky, a
state that has embraced thoroughbred racing and betting on those races, there
are thoughts about expanding the state’s offering beyond betting the ponies.
Those future plans, however, will hinge on the 2019 vote for Governor of the
Bluegrass State.

Pro-Gaming Democrats Proposing Legislation read more

Jeremy Joseph, Kimbo Ung Share Chip Lead after WPT Legends of Poker Day 2

Day 2 of this year’s WPT Legends of Poker $5,000 Main Event is now in the books. And it was quite an eventful day at the host venue The Bicycle Casino in Bell Gardens, California.

Action kicked off with 200 survivors from the two starting flights. They were joined by 27 players who took advantage of the late registration option and entered into the event before the start of Day 2. After ten levels of play, the tournament’s Day 2 field was whittled down to just 37 players. read more

Ukrainian President Wants Government to Pass Casino Bill by December

Ukraine’s President, Volodymyr Zelensky, has tasked his Cabinet of Ministers with drafting and passing a bill that would reorganize the nation’s gambling industry by this coming December.

After winning a big victory in Ukraine’s presidential elections, Mr. Zelensky, a former comedian, was inaugurated as the country’s top official in May. About two and a half months into his presidency, he announced plans to legalize some forms of gambling in the country and it seems now that he wants that to happen as quickly as possible. read more

Melco to Boost Japan Presence with Yokohama Office

Casino resort developer and operator Melco International Development is gearing up preparations for the opening of its third office in Japan, casino news outlet GGRAsia reports.

The move comes as part of the company’s bid to win a license for the establishment of one of the country’s first integrated resorts with dedicated casino-style gaming areas. read more

Royal Panda to Roll Out Relax Gaming Slots Titles

Online casino content supplier Relax Gaming has expanded its ever-growing network of operators through a recently penned supply deal with Royal Panda.

Under the terms of this latest commercial deal, the online casino operator will be able to roll out a vast range of online slot titles delivered by Relax Gaming. The agreement between Royal Panda and the content supplier covers both proprietary titles by Relax Gaming and content by third-party industry suppliers. read more

DOJ to Appeal Wire Act Lawsuit Defeat

We all hoped they would just go away. Just stop. But we knew they would be back. On Friday, the Department of Justice filed a Notice of Appeal of the US District Court for the District of New Hampshire’s Wire Act ruling from June. In that ruling, US District Judge Paul J. Barbadoro said that the DOJ’s 2018 opinion on the Wire Act was invalid.

The issue goes back to late 2011, when the DOJ’s Office of Legal Counsel (OLC) issued an opinion on the Wire Act, saying that it only made interstate online sports betting illegal, not all online gambling. Before then, though any reasonable person would read the Wire Act as only applying to sports betting, the DOJ had operated as if all internet gambling was illegal. This revised opinion opened the doors for states to launch their own online gambling industries. Last year, somewhat out of the blue, the DOJ, now under the Trump Administration, issued a new opinion, saying that all online gambling was illegal. read more

Standoff Continues Over Future of Michigan Online Gaming and Poker

After once getting to the point where all it needed was one person’s signature, the state of online gaming and poker in Michigan has plummeted precipitously. Now, there is a definitive standoff between the representatives pushing for the Wolverine State to adopt regulations for the industry and the state’s new Governor over whether or not it will ever happen.

All About the Benjamins – and Who Gets
Them
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