Amaya Gaming Confirms Entry into Fantasy Sports Market

Amaya Gaming has confirmed its intention to enter the fast-growing, and lucrative, fantasy sports market. According to multiple published reports, the Montreal-based igaming giant will have its daily/weekly fantasy sports platform ready to go in time for the 2015 NFL season. Amaya's fantasy sports expansion is part of the company's aggressive strategy to diversify its…

Amaya Gaming Earnings Report a Tale of Good News, Bad News

Amaya Gaming released its Q4 earnings report this week and, despite some pretty big losses, the future looks very bright for the Canadian igaming giant. On the bright side of the report Amaya Gaming clocked in revenue of $368.6 million ($291.57 million USD) that's a whopping ten-fold increase over the previous year, which was a…

PokerStars Italy Target of Italian Tax Fraud Probe

PokerStars' Italy has been accused by country's financial authority of tax fraud to the tune of €300 million. The accusations were leveled at a PokerStars' subsidiary called, Halfords Media Italy S.r.l., which handles marketing for the Italian operation and include formal charges of tax fraud against the company's CEO. According to a report on PokerNews.com,…

Bovada Blocking New Jersey Signups

Bovada will no longer be accepting new players from New Jersey, according to an announcement from Betting Partners, their affiliate network. The move comes just days after New Jersey gaming officials sent letters to six major poker affiliates warning them to remove links to unauthorized offshore gaming sites or face legal action. In a press…

PokerStars New Jersey Effort Hits the Wall

New Jersey gaming officials dealt PokerStars' bid to enter the NJ gaming market a serious blow this week. According to a report in the Wall Street Journal, the Division of Gaming Enforcement told company officials that it would be a minimum of two years before they could hope to do business in the Garden State.…

Does PokerStars Close Inactive Affiliate Accounts?

Are poker affiliate partners like PokerStars too quick to shut down supposedly inactive accounts? That's the suggestion making the rounds on affiliate forums recently, and it's being asked about several poker operators, not just PokerStars. The issue bubbled up this week in a posting on AffiliateGuardDog.com titled, PokerStars now also close (sic) your account if…

Is New Jersey Blackballing PokerStars?

New Jersey gaming regulators will be passing on PokerStars' attempts to break into the US online gambling market because of ongoing Black Friday-related litigation. According to a recently published report in Poker Player Newspaper, NJ's Division of Gaming Enforcement is reluctant to grant a license to the company because of an outstanding case against its…

Bwin.party Management Shake-Up

[caption id="attachment_36029" align="alignright" width="256" caption="Jeffrey Haas (left)"][/caption] The executives at Bwin.party and PokerStars are playing a game of musical chairs that could help Bwin recapture its flagging poker fortunes. According to a report in EGR Magazine, poker industry veteran Jeffrey Haas will step into the position of Head of Online Poker at Bwin.party in the…

Rise of the Celebrity Endorsement

[caption id="attachment_35978" align="aligncenter" width="282" caption="Jackpotjoy's Barbara Windsor"][/caption] For a long time, it seemed that celebrity endorsements were for big brands and big budgets. That isn’t to say that brand ambassadors like Pokerstars' Rafa Nadal, 888’s Shane Warne and Jackpotjoy’s Barbara Windsor come particularly cheap, but there are other options out there. In recent years, this…

Social SEO for the Asian Market: AAC Recap

At AAC 2013, I covered basic to intermediate SEO techniques for the search engines, Baidu and Naver. With Baidu having the majority market share in China and Naver dominating the South Korean they have become key areas in Asian search. The Asian market is becoming more and more enticing as the western space becomes increasingly…