Thursday, March 29, 2007

Lord No No to Super Casinos

A bunch of old unelected grey-haired blokes with nothing better to do have said no to the government plans for a super casino - and the additional 16 casinos.

Isn't democracy a great thing?


From the Beeb: Lords scupper super-casino plan


Thursday, March 01, 2007

Betfair $600 Sign Up Bonus

I don't usually do a straightforward promotion, but I like Betfair and what they're trying to do in this industry, so its good to give them a plug every so often.

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Tuesday, January 30, 2007

And the Super Casino Goes To....

....Manchester.

Contrary to speculation and expectation, Manchester beat out London and Blackpool to win the race to build the UK's first 'super casino'- the close, but not quite Las Vegas style casino.

The 'super' that makes it a super casino is that it will be allowed to have 1250 slots with unlimited jackpot prizes - instead of the restricted 2000GBP machines allowed currently.

A number of 'large' casinos were also named in: Great Yarmouth, Hull, Newham, Middlesbrough, Solihull, Milton Keynes, Leeds and Southampton and 'small' casino licenses in: Bath and North East Somerset, Dumfries and Galloway, East Lindsey, Luton, Scarborough, Swansea, Torbay and Wolverhampton

Of course every politician is now freaking out. They would never go to Vegas. Never. Never. Never.

Source: Manchester wins super-casino race


Tuesday, October 03, 2006

The US Finally Pulls the Plug on Online Gambling

wow - I go away for a few days and everything goes to pot.

The bill to ban online gambling has finally been put through in the US - albeit in a sneaky underhanded way - then again, what do you expect from this US government these days? So the mighty 'free world' across the pond once again works its magic and brings in a mix of prohibition, protectionism, nannying and moralistic craziness - in which its own online poker playing people don't even get a say - so much for democracy.

The bill was put through at the last minute as the Senate takes a break - and stuck onto a completely unrelated bill about Port Security. In effect, it bans the transfer of funds via financial institutions such as credit cards and banks - something the banks did voluntarily a few years ago anyway. It doesn't modernise the Wire Act whatsoever and causes legitimate companies to scurry out of the US market - leaving in their place the dubious, shady companies the bill was trying to stop in the first place as they no doubt will find a way to collect from US players

Bill Frist - who took the anti-online gambling bill on the road amidst Right-Wing Christian moral and ethical concerns (stop smirking please) and no doubt some interference from 'interested parties' (there are exemptions to the Bill which include lotteries and online horse racing amongst others). Frist himself is a potential presidential candidate in 2008. For those Republican voters out there - lucky you.

The ban obviously took its toll on the huge gaming companies listed in the UK as their shares nosedived on the announcement.

Here's some media reports:
- UK gamers hit by US online crackdown - Times Online

- Bad Luck for Online Gaming - LA Times

- Online Gaming: Good or Evil? - National Ledger


Friday, July 21, 2006

The USA vs BetonSports: The Story So Far

As the US Conservatives seem desperate to create a new era of prohibition - this time using online gambling as its sorry excuse, they seem to be doing as much as possible, as quickly as possible to show the world how stupid strong...they really are

Here's a quick rundown of whats happened so far

- The House of Representatives agree to a bill to outlaw online-gambling - except horse racing and state sponsored lotteries.

- David Carruthers, CEO of BetonSports.com, gets arrested during a stopover in Dallas. He and 10 others are charged with racketeering

- UK online gambling stocks take a beating on the stock market

- Betonsports.com shuts down its website

- Antigua complains to the WTO about the US's behaviour claiming the US is violating International free trade laws. The WTO set up a committee to study the claims. The US no doubt couldn't care less.

- Bodog gets nervous and cancels postpones its annual online gambling conference in Vegas

- David Carruthers remains in jail after his lawyer asks to postpone a bail meeting

- Partygaming ignores everything and reports huge increases in revenue. It maybe too late because they'd already lost a fifth of their value following the betonsports fiasco


Wednesday, May 24, 2006

UK's Super Casino Shortlist

'Super-casino' shortlist set out

8 sites have been shortlisted for the UK's first foray into Las Vegas style Super Casinos.

From 27 applicants, the following made the cut:
Wembley Stadium
The Millenium Dome
Cardiff
Blackpool
Manchester
Newcastle
Sheffield
Glasgow

Only one gets the greenlight and there's 16 more licenses available that allows casinos to have jackpots over £4000. 60 councils have applied for these


Tuesday, March 21, 2006

British Punters Fleeced by Credit Cards

The Sun Online - News: New 'tax' on web gaming

If there's a way to make money on gambling, then you can be sure it'll be found - and the credit card companies have decided they don't make enough from consumers - they have to create a new invisible tax just for online gamblers

From May 1 anyone who uses their credit card to put money into an account will be charged as if they made a cash advance. MBNA already adds an extra 2%

A 'spokesperson' from RBS has tried to justify themselves to call it a cash advance - but since RBS has been involved in online gambling from the beginning - offering their services and trying to capture the market - it smacks of pure greed.

It sounds as if they sniffed through their little book of definitions trying to find a way to profit even further from the cash heavy online gambling industry - and this is what they came up with.

So if the punter wins - do we charge the credit companies interest on our winning? No - thought not

Time to use your debit card - and any other legit card that doesn't impose obscene taxes