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SPIN GAMES AND NYX GAMING IN CONTENT DEAL
NYX Gaming Group through its Golf Betting Online Bingo Madden Betting Pandemonia subsidiary NYX interactive has signed a content distribution deal with Reno-based game developer Spin Games LLC.
The games will be delivered to regulated online gambling markets internationally using NYX's OGS platform, giving OGS clients access to Spins portfolio of content including its popular poker, keno, bingo and slot games.
Matt Davey, CEO of NYX Gaming Group said that Spin's regulatory focus and innovative design capabilities makes them an ideal partner for NYX, whilst Kent Young of Spin Games said the deal would give his company access to blue chip operators, enabling Spin to build more market share.
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.
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.