Habanero Marks Colombian iGaming Market Entry with Codere

Supplier of slots and table games for the global online casino sector Habanero has entered Colombia’s regulated iGaming market as part of an extended content delivery deal with Spanish gambling giant Codere.

Under its partnership with Codere, Habanero has been able to provide Colombian players with access to its content for the very first time. read more

Yggdrasil Partners Black Cow to Enhance New Publishing Division’s Capabilities

Yggdrasil has teamed up with open gaming architecture specialist Black Cow in a deal that will see the casino content supplier integrate its partner’s GDK (Game Development Kit) platform into its newly launched GATI solution.

Yggdrasil’s GATI (Game Adaptation, Tools, and Interface) solution was launched as part of and as the power behind its YG Masters Program. read more

Japan Ruling Party Lawmaker Faces New Indictment in Snowballing Casino Bribery Case

Japan’s widening casino bribery scandal just got worse as news that the senior ruling lawmaker at the heart of the case was indicted on a new charge hit the headlines earlier today.

According to the latest of a series of indictments, former Liberal Democratic Party (LDP) member Tsukasa Akimoto allegedly received JPY2 million from Chinese online sports lottery firm 500.com, despite being well aware of the fact that the company was seeking preferential treatment in Japan’s casino bidding process. read more

500.com Bought Arrested Japanese Lawmaker Luxury Items During Macau Trip in Widening Casino Bribery Scandal

The senior Japanese ruling party lawmaker who got arrested in a widening bribery scandal accepted luxury items from a Chinese gambling company during his trip to Macau, which he made at the said company’s invitation in late 2017, Japanese news outlets report.

Tsukasa Akimoto, a former member of the ruling Liberal Democratic Party, was arrested late last year on suspicion of accepting bribes from Chinese online sports lottery operator 500.com to spearhead the company’s bid to win a casino license in Japan. read more

PokerStars Founder Isai Scheinberg Voluntarily Surrenders to U.S. Authorities

PokerStars founder Isai Scheinberg is on United States soil for the first time in a couple decades after turning himself in to federal authorities to face charges stemming from the Black Friday indictments.

Writing was on the wall

According to Forbes.com, Scheinberg was visiting Switzerland a few months ago when federal prosecutors attempted to have him extradited to the U.S. He fought it, but at some point realized that it was pointless. He wasn’t going to win. Thus, he voluntarily traveled to New York on Friday, January 17th, to surrender himself to federal agents. read more

Who’s Next for Sports Betting? Would You Believe Kentucky?

Since the surprise passage of online gaming and poker legislation in the state of Michigan to close 2019, there has been a great deal of talk regarding who might be next to broach the expansion of gaming. There are some usual suspects in the mix, including California (for the umpteenth year in a row) and even Illinois. But would you believe that the Commonwealth of Kentucky currently has the inside track?

2019 Elections Bring Changes read more

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
Ban
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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.

Andrew Yang Voices Support read more

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