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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 ( -- 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, 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

Sportech Profits Up 50 Percent

August 5, 2008 (InfoPowa) -- The UK football pool group Sportech has reported positive H.1 2008 results, highlighting a healthy 50 percent rise in pre-tax profits to GBP 7.8 million, and an increase in gross win revenues to GBP 36.6 million -- up 28 percent. Online gambling interests delivered an overall operating profit unchanged at GBP1.4 million -- GBP1.2 million of this from online casino activities, but online poker operations were disappointing, with a further drop in revenues, and customer numbers ... Read more

Betterbet Acquired by Leading UK Bookie

August 5, 2008 (InfoPowa News) -- The online sportsbook division of BetterBet, the Playtech-powered white label sportsbook, poker and casino site managed by Inside Gaming appears to have enjoyed a short life despite an impressive management team experienced in the UK betting business. According to the website, the sportsbetting operation has been acquired by the respected Brit bookmaking group Stan James. It is not yet known whether the deal includes the online casino and poker operations, which appear to be still ... Read more

Fifth Deadline Set for U.S. Vs. Antigua Dispute Resolution

August 5, 2008 (InfoPowa News) -- The 1st of August 2008 saw the passing of the fourth deadline for a resolution to the agonizingly long negotiations on Internet gambling between the Antigua and Barbuda government and the United States Trade Representative, but an amicable solution to the issue continued to elude the two parties, the Antiguan Finance Minister Dr. Errol Court told regional media this week. Minister Cort revealed that a further deadline of 1st October has now been set, which ... Read more

Casino at the Empire to Host 2008 WSOP Europe

August 5, 2008 (InfoPowa News) -- The 2008 World Series of Poker Europe (WSOPE) has announced that it will be hosting this major event under one roof at the Casino at the Empire, LCI's newest club in the heart of London on Leicester Square.  Running September 19 through October 2, 2008, the tournament will feature four bracelet events, commencing with an exciting new GBP 1,500 No-Limit event that is expected to draw a major entry field.  Cash games, satellites and ... Read more

Big Staff Changes at Clarion

August 5, 2008 (InfoPowa News) -- Clarion Gaming's branch in the United States has announced major management changes that include the departure of longtime online gambling industry leader, Sue Schneider, who is stepping down from her position as CEO. Schneider's two-year commitment to remain full-time in her top management position following the July 2006 sale of River City Group to Clarion Events ended this month, although she will continue to advise Clarion as required.  Peter Rusbridge, CEO of Clarion Gaming, noted ... Read more

Asian Gambling Briefing Shaping Up for October

August 5, 2008 (InfoPowa News) -- Arrangements for the Asian Gambling Briefing in Singapore between October 21 and 23 this year are proceeding apace, with only a few days left for the $400 early bird discounts. AGB is billed as Asia's only conference dedicated to legal and regulatory issues for the gaming industry, covering everything you need to know about the different jurisdictions and the likely regulatory models to be adopted in Asia. Visit the website at for full details ... Read more
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