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No More Standalone Poker for Ladbrokes

August 7, 2008 (InfoPowa News) -- The managing director for online gambling operations at UK gambling group Ladbrokes, John O'Reilly, revealed this week that the company is to change its poker strategy from being a standalone Internet poker room powered by Microgaming, to being a full member of the Microgaming Poker Network, joining more than 40 other tier-one poker operations and enhancing player liquidity. "Most of the poker rake is generated by the high stakes players and we have taken the ... Read more
 

FTOPS 9 Starts This Week

August 6, 2008 (InfoPowa News) -- If it's anything like previous seasons, thousands of players will this week be clicking over to the giant Full Tilt online poker site to take their chances in the ninth season of the Full Tilt Online Poker Series. The 25-event FTOPS IX schedule will commence this evening (August 6th) with a $200+$16 NL Hold'em event hosted by Full Tilt Pro Allen Cunningham that guarantees a minimum of $1 000 000 in the prize pool ... Read more
 

Fox TV Deal for Club WPT

August 6, 2008 (InfoPowa News) -- ClubWPT, the ingenious UIGEA workaround for America's estimated 60 million poker fans, is to be featured in a Fox Sports Net television series following an agreement with World Poker Tour Enterprises. ClubWPT was launched at the beginning of 2008 as a membership-by-subscription organisation operating under US sweepstakes rules, and offers daily poker and blackjack events. In return for a monthly subscription of $19.95, players receive points to play in over 4,000 live tournaments, sit-n-go's and ... Read more
 

PPA Won't Support HR 6663

August 6, 2008 (InfoPowa News) -- The chairman of the million-member Poker Players Alliance, former New York Senator Alphonse D'Amato, says that the Alliance cannot support Texas Representative Pete Session's Bill HR6663 because it confuses a clear judicial understanding of the status quo of online poker. HR6663 is designed primarily to determine what is legal and illegal under the confusing UIGEA, and grant amnesty from prosecution to those companies that ceased providing Internet gambling services in the USA (other than ... Read more
 

Bet2Go Goes Wandering

August 6, 2008 (InfoPowa News) -- Cellectivity subsidiary Bet2Go.com, a mobile betting operation, has signed up as an official betting partner with the Bolton Wanderers, an English Premier League club.  The agreement is to initially run for two football seasons. The mobile betting nature of Bet2Go's offering will enable punters to enjoy some in-game wagering from the stands, on the move and whilst on the Internet at home. Cellectivity boss Marcel Puyk says: "Mobile betting is ideal for football supporters who, whilst ... Read more
 

Vietnam Officials Asked to Check Online Games

August 6, 2008 (InfoPowa News) -- The Ho Chi Minh City department of Information and Communications has asked its controlling structure, the Vietnamese Ministry of Information and Communications, to examine eight online games which have been generating massive interest in Internet cafes and other outlets among students and citizens alike.   The games in question have raised concerns about offerings that provide gambling or violence and overly consume the time and interest of the young. The department asked the Ministry to review ... Read more
 

Still No Explanation for US/EU Trade Meeting Stall

August 6, 2008 (InfoPowa News) -- Last week's surprise announcement that U.S. Trade Representative Susan Schwab had postponed key meetings with European Union officials on a Remote Gambling Association (RGA) complaint accusing the US of discriminatory and protectionist practices in violation of World Trade Organisation (WTO) rules (see previous news report) has still not been justified ... or a new date set. With her hands full with negotiations with Antigua and Barbuda on another Internet gambling issue, Doha trade arguments ... Read more
 

More "Poker in the Park" Details

August 6, 2008 (InfoPowa News) -- London's Leicester Square will again be the centre of UK poker action next week as a reprise of last year's popular "Poker in the Park" festival is presented each evening between August 15 and 16. The event will undoubtedly heighten the profile of the game in preparation for the World Series of Poker Europe, which takes place at the Empire casino on the square between September 19 and October 2. Poker in the Park will ... Read more
 

North Carolina Bans Internet Gambling Terminals

August 5, 2008 (iGamingBusiness.com) -- North Carolina has outlawed Internet terminals offering gaming using pre-paid telephone cards, a popular pastime which took the place of video poker in convenience stores and restaurants following its banning in 2006.Democrat Governor Mike Easley signed the bill last week outlawing the machines that were similar to casino slots and businesses must get rid of any terminals by December with the sole exception of Harrah's Cherokee Casino near the Great Smoky Mountains National Park in ... Read more
 

Republican Seeks to Clarify UIGEA

Pete Sessions, long-time Republican Congressman from Texas, has introduced a bill in the House of Representatives that attempts to "bring clarity" to the Unlawful Internet Gambling Enforcement Act (UIGEA).  According to an article on CasinoGamblingWeb.com, the new bill "would also grant companies who willingly left the US market amnesty, as well, it may allow them to re-enter the US market."The current language of the UIGEA states that banks must stop allowing transactions to illegal Internet gambling sites. However, it does ... Read more
 
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