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Betting and Gaming industry reaction (and opinion) to the Trump win.

So – what’s the betting & gaming industry’s initial reaction to the news that Donald Trump is the President elect? (Like most people – I’ve been consumed by the political media over the last 36 hours – and it got me to me drafting this, early this morning, when a Trump win started to look … Continue reading

Green buttons. Coming soon to a website near you. I bet.

Slightly random post this, as I was looking at a beta version of a new product vertical that we’re launching on Monday. Where have all the green buttons come from? It’s been a little while since I haven’t had to be 100% hands on with all the bells & whistles in terms of getting a … Continue reading

Is social gaming the future of online gambling?

I’m still waiting to see how the US shakes out with its ongoing struggle to work out what it wants to do with online gambling. It’ll happen. My take is that poker will be first and it’ll regulated on a state by state basis. It’ll be for US companies, and as each state regulates, the … Continue reading

Memo about (alleged) Absolute Poker layoffs.

Another prediction hits the mark. I’m sorry it has. Well, things have moved on since yesterday’s post – and today a leaked memo has been published over at Two Plus Two that basically says that 95% of Absolute Poker’s staff is going to be laid off. You can see the full text of the memo … Continue reading

Microgaming pulls out of the US. Great product, will be missed.

Microgaming announced today that its pulling its software from US facing operators and the US market “for the time being”. They’ve driven the online casino market for many years now, and I’ve recently had a commercial presentation from them, when looking at some of their products. Their casino and flash products are still top-notch, and … Continue reading

Judge orders end to NFL lockout. $9 billion still up for grabs. Ouch.

So, for those of you that aren’t into American sport – you may not be aware that one of the biggest commercial cases in terms of player power VS owner power has been playing out over the last few months. It’s the NFL lockout, and there are a lot of dollars involved. (And I’ve put … Continue reading

Canadian media does in-depth profile on elusive Pokerstars founder

The Canadian broadsheet “The Globe and Mail” has put together a piece on the founder of Pokerstars, Isai Scheinberg. It’s not particularly in-depth, but the the fact that they’ve managed to find out much at all, shows the level of mainstream media interest in the current Poker case. The Globe and Mail compares the Scheinberg … Continue reading

Full Tilt, PokerStars and Absolute Poker: Domain update

Breaking news: The DoJ is going to return the suspended domain names, in the recent FTP/Pokerstars/UB case. It’s supposedly to allow the companies to facilitate withdrawals and payments back to US players that are looking like they could be waiting until the case is resolved – before they’d get their funds. A full news release … Continue reading

My take on the Full Tilt / PokerStars / Absolute Poker ban for US players.

If Pokerstars and Full Tilt Poker (in particular) weren’t so focused on world domination, and trying to one-up each other in terms of player volumes, I think that the events of Friday the 15th of April may not have happened. Why? In the race to keep maintaining player deposits from US customers, and given that … Continue reading

Full Tilt, PokerStars and Absolute Poker owners arrested & charged by feds

Big news. On Friday, two (as yet unnamed) owners, out of 11, from PokerStars, Full Tilt and Absolute Poker were arrested and  all 11 charged with violating U.S. anti-Internet gambling laws, according to charges filed by federal prosecutors in Manhattan. One of the others is due to turn himself in later today. The domain names … Continue reading

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