Online Casino News Roundup: It’s The End of 2011!
DOJ Changes Stance On Online Gambling: On the Friday before Christmas, the United States Department of Justice announced it changed its stance on online gambling, stating that the federal Wire Act of 1961 only applies to sportsbetting, as opposed to the previous perspective including lottery and online poker.
Betfair Horseracing “Error” Gets Ugly: 2011 is closing quite unfavorably for Betfair, after the company was forced to void over £1.6 million of running wagers on a horse in Leopardstown this week. Voler la Vedette was bet at 28-1 odds, despite the mare being a 13-8 second favorite. Betfair allegedly offered the odds even after it the horse was a shoe-in during its race. Betfair suspended the market following the race.
888 Applies For Online Poker License in Nevada: With Nevada passing online poker regulation last week, 888 looks poised to be eligible for one of the first gaming licenses next week.
Arrests Made in Jonathan Duhamel Case: Four people have been arrested by the Quebec Police in connection with the home invasion and assault of 2010 World Series of Poker champion Jonathan Duhamel. One of Duhamel’s former girlfriends was among the four arrested.
Bloomberg Supports Online Gambling: New York City mayor Michael Bloomberg has backed a new casino business in the city. Bloomberg told the New York Daily News, “The governor has the problem of trying to come up with ways to provide the services that people want and are getting harder and harder to afford — and whatever he decides to do, we’ll be supporting him.”