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BRITISH ELECTION IS BIG BUSINESS FOR BOOKIES
NEW LIVE DEALER SIC BO LAUNCHED
Manila-based live dealer provider EntwineTech Football Live Betting Lines Online Bingo NFL Lines has launched the traditional Chinese game of Sic Bo to its clients.
Company spokesman Ian Dunning said that the company had taken note that Sic Bo players like variety, and it has accordingly provided the traditional Chinese game with all the excitement and betting options that players have called for.
EntwineTech now offers four variants of Baccarat across 24 tables, four versions of Roulette, Blackjack, Multi-gate Dragon and Tiger and now two Sicbo Games," Dunning said.
PENNSYLVANIAN ONLINE GAMBLING LEGALISATION BILL INTRODUCED (Update)
Comment around a proposed online gambling legalisation bill prepared by Pennsylvanian state Senator Edwin Erickson (see previous InfoPowa reports) intensified Tuesday when the senator introduced SB 1386 to the state Senate.
The bill is supported by Senator Bob Mensch but there was some speculation on what it actually covers; the preamble suggests a focus on internet poker, but references in the draft to any online activity approved by state authorities could enable the measure to more widely embrace online gambling at some point.
The preamble reads: Developments in technology and recent legal decisions have created an opportunity to legalize interactive poker as a means to further enhance and complement the benefits delivered by casino gaming, licensed facilities and the communities in which they operate.
The bill as introduced is little changed from a draft circulated earlier this month and given wide media exposure.
It covers agreements on shared player pools with like-minded states; license fees of $5 million, along with a tax rate of 14 percent of GGR.
Licensing will be confined to currently licensed land gambling operators, who must use the same branding, a clearly commercially protective clause that is extended by the addition of extensive "bad actor" provisions designed to exclude companies that may present serious commercial competition.
The bill comes after a study of gambling in the state concluded that online poker could lead to revenues of around $129 million annually (see previous InfoPowa reports).
With a population 50 percent greater than New Jersey, hitherto the most populous state to legalise, Pennsylvania offers significant online poker business potential that should far outrun Nevada. Observers have already noted that a Pennsylvania - New Jersey partnership could create a player pool seven times that of the combined players in Delaware and Nevada.
TIPICO RENEWS TSG HOFFENHEIM PARTNERSHIP
Bundesliga football club TSG 1899 Hoffenheim has extended its partnership with German betting firm Tipico.
Under the terms of the contract, Tipico will remain Hoffenheim's official betting partner for another four-years with the option to extend for another season.
UNIBET TO SPONSOR MARTIAL ARTS OUTFIT
In a 2-year sponsorship deal covering Britain, Ireland, Scandinavia, Belgium, Netherlands, France and Australia, online gambling group Unibet has signed up with the Ultimate Fighting Championship MMA (mixed martial arts) organisation.
Unibet will immediately become the official betting partner of the UFC in terms of the deal, offering fight fans special promos
Nils Anden, chief marketing officer at Unibet said Friday: As part of this exclusive partnership, we are currently working on a wide range of exciting new bet offers for UFC events; markets that will take the betting experience of fight night to a whole new level.
UFC managing director Garry Cook said: We are delighted to partner with one if the worlds fastest growing online betting companies. The UFC is hosting more events than ever internationally in 2014 allowing us to reach more potential fans across the globe.
Zuffa LLC, a company owned by Frank and Lorenzo Ferttita, the siblings behind Ultimate Gaming owners Station Casinos is the American owner of the UFC, which has been used extensively in the promotion of the brothers' Ultimate Poker brand in the Nevada online poker market.
GAMING REALMS POSTS QUARTERLY
First quarter revenues at Gaming Realms, a UK developer and provider of online gaming products, rose by 64 percent to GBP 1.43 million, the company reports
New depositing players increased 55 percent to 29,291, (Q4 2013: 18,881), whilst daily average depositors increased 156 percent to 3,504 (Q4 2013: 1,370).
Preliminary results for the period from 2 July 2012 to the end of September 2013 show revenues of GBP 881,060 but a pre-tax loss of GBP 3.3m.
Chairman Michael Buckley commented:
"The group achieved significant progress in 2013, following the integration of its three principle businesses and subsequent Admission to AIM.
"Having made substantial investment in technology and product marketing, we are now focused on growing the customer base of our unique gaming offering.
"After the reassuring progress made in the first months as a listed business, the company has achieved excellent growth in customer numbers, with new and daily depositors up 334 percent and 155 percent respectively in the first financial quarter of 2014.
"Customer numbers have continued to accelerate as we develop and enhance our products.
"It is encouraging to see that 50 percent of our gambling revenues came from mobile, which, together with tablet, reflects online gaming trends and is a significant focus for the business."