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

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

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

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

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

Rockford City Officials Extend Casino Proposals Deadline to August 30

The City of Rockford, Illinois has extended the deadline for an ongoing request for proposals process for the development of a casino in the city.

City officials previously gave developers up to August 16 to submit their interest in building a casino in Rockford. However, interested companies now have through August 30 to participate in the request for proposals process. read more

BoyleSports to Make UK Retail Betting Debut Next Week

Irish bookmaker BoyleSports is set to enter the UK retail betting market next week through the recently announced acquisition of indie bookmaker Wilf Gilbert, the Racing Post reports.

It also became known that BoyleSports has tapped John Haddock, a gambling industry veteran with more than three decades of experience, to oversee the Irish operator’s UK betting shops. Mr. Haddock had previously served as CEO of Betfred. read more

Kester Capital Adds Gambling Compliance Owner to Investment Portfolio

Buy-out specialist Kester Capital has backed the management buy-out of provider of global gambling and payments regulatory intelligence ComplianceOnline, news emerged today.

ComplianceOnline is known to be the owner of Gambling Compliance and Payments Compliance, which provide in-depth insight, analysis, research and commentary on topics related to the growth and development of the sectors they cover. read more

GiG Gets Affiliate Marketing License in Romania

Online gambling company Gaming Innovation Group today announced that it has obtained a license by Romania’s gambling regulator to provide affiliate marketing services.

News about GiG’s Romanian expansion arrive shortly after it became known that the company got regulatory approval to enter the Spanish online betting and gaming market. read more

Hard Rock’s Hollywood Casino Resort Seeks Staff for $1.5 Billion Expansion

Seminole Hard Rock Hotel & Casino Hollywood is looking to fill 600 job positions as it is entering the final stages of a massive $1.5 billion expansion project that, among other things, includes the world’s first guitar-shaped hotel.

Hard Rock International, parent company of the South Florida-based property, has announced that the hotel and casino resort will host a three-day job fair from July 7-9. This will be the second event of this kind to take place at the property in as many months. A job fair that took place last month attracted 2,500 job applicants and saw more than 500 positions being filled. read more

Evolution Gaming Expands in Italy with Planetwin365 Deal

Live Casino supplier Evolution Gaming today announced that it has extended its footprint in the Italian online gambling market through a recent supply deal with locally licensed operator Planetwin365, a brand of SKS365 Group.

Under the terms of the agreement between Evolution and the iGaming operation, Planetwin365 has gone live with the provider’s full range of Live Casino games in Italy. Planetwin365 is among the leaders in the provision of sports betting and online gaming services in the lucrative Italian market. Aside from its digital operation, the brand also runs betting shops around Italy. read more

888 Given the Go-Ahead for Shared Poker Liquidity in Portugal

Portugal’s gambling regulator SRIJ has recently authorized 888 to share poker liquidity with Spain. News about the operator receiving regulatory green light to join the shared online poker liquidity project arrive a little over five months after 888 received a license to operate in the Portuguese market.

The shared liquidity project was launched early in 2018 and was the result of prolonged negotiations between the gambling regulators of France, Spain, Italy, and Portugal. The project was introduced in a bid to revitalize Europe’s underperforming online poker segment. Italy later on dropped out from the scheme, but France, Spain, and Portugal have moved on to its materialization. read more