Archive for 2017

New Zealand Officials Rule That Loot Boxes Are Not Gambling
December 28th, 2017 By April Bergman

New Zealand Officials Rule That Loot Boxes Are Not Gambling

Gaming regulators around the globe are scrutinizing video game loot boxes, to determine whether they are a form of gambling or not. Loot boxes, also known as booster packs or loot crates, are in-game purchases in many video games. The random nature of what’s inside a loot box has caused some game enthusiasts and parents […]

Ray Lesniak Champions Player Liquidity Sharing Bill (S3536)
December 23rd, 2017 By April Bergman

Ray Lesniak Champions Player Liquidity Sharing Bill (S3536)

Retiring New Jersey State Senator Ray Lesniak wants to help the state’s online poker industry’s player liquidity laws before ending his 40-year career in legislation. Sen. Lesniak, a former mayor of Atlantic City, has been a long-time advocate for New Jersey’s gambling industry. The veteran state senator believes changes to New Jersey’s laws on online […]

First Steamship Co. Invests in Tigre de Cristal Casino
December 18th, 2017 By April Bergman

First Steamship Co. Invests in Tigre de Cristal Casino

First Steamship Co. Ltd, a Taiwanese Shipping firm, is buying shares in the Tigre de Cristal, a Russian Far East casino in the Primorsky Krai district near Vladivostok. Tigre de Cristal has been in operation since 2015 and was designed to lure gamblers from northeast China. Hong Kong billionaire Lawrence Ho, the owner of Tigre […]

British Colombia Imposes New Casino Money Laundering Laws
December 12th, 2017 By April Bergman

British Colombia Imposes New Casino Money Laundering Laws

Changes are coming for British Colombia’s high rollers, as casinos in the Canadian province will soon face new anti-money laundering policies. British Columbia has had ongoing issues with money-laundering over the past couple of years, with several high-profile transfer of funds through Vancouver gambling venues and other BC casinos. In one infamous situation, a high […]

Kenyan Gamblers Grapple with Problem Gambling
December 8th, 2017 By April Bergman

Kenyan Gamblers Grapple with Problem Gambling

In the past few years, Kenyans have embraced sports betting on smartphones. As mobile coverage increases and a variety of payment methods have expanded service in East Africa, the mobile bookmaker market has grown significantly. Kenya’s sports bettors are struggling with problem gambling in unprecedented numbers. Researchers who focus on the region have begun to […]

Turkey Cracks Down on Land-Based and Online Gambling
December 4th, 2017 By April Bergman

Turkey Cracks Down on Land-Based and Online Gambling

Back in July, Turkey announced that they would be launching a two-year anti-online gambling campaign. That announced crackdown now appears to be in full force. President Recep Tayyip Erdogan’s stated goal is to combat illegal gambling. Authorities now are pursuing brick-and-mortar gambling operations, while arresting those suspected of organizing illegal online gambling operations. The state-run […]

SunCity Group Announces Coastal Town Casino in Vietnam
December 1st, 2017 By April Bergman

SunCity Group Announces Coastal Town Casino in Vietnam

Suncity Group, a Philippine gaming company, is teaming up with Vietnam-based VinaCapital and Hong Kong-based conglomerate Chow Tai Fook to build their US$ 4 billion integrated resort and casino in the coastal Vietnamese resort town, Hoi An. The Coastal Town Casino is scheduled to open in 2019. Under terms of the deal, SunCity will own […]

Las Vegas Casinos Try to Solve “The Millennial Problem”
November 28th, 2017 By April Bergman

Las Vegas Casinos Try to Solve “The Millennial Problem”

The first skill-based slot machines in Las Vegas can now be played at Planet Hollywood. Las Vegas casino operators are now trying to figuring out millennials. Better put, Las Vegas casinos are trying to figure out how to draw more millennial gamblers into their resorts. As the United States’ largest demographic now, all businesses are […]

Limpopo Gambling Board the 2nd South African State Regulator
November 24th, 2017 By April Bergman

Limpopo Gambling Board the 2nd South African State Regulator

The State of Limpopo in South Africa now regulates and licenses gambling operations, making it the second South African state with a gaming regulator. For years, the National Gambling Board (NGB) was the only regulator, but the Limpopo Gambling Board joins the West Cape Gambling and Racing Board as a state licensing commission now. Gambling […]

Victoria Regulators Consider Legality of Video Game Loot Boxes
November 21st, 2017 By April Bergman

Victoria Regulators Consider Legality of Video Game Loot Boxes

Australian gambling regulators are considering a ban on loot boxes in video games as a form of gambling. The legality of loot boxes have been hotly debate in a number of countries, including in the United Kingdom, New Zealand, Belgium, and the United States. Loot boxes have many different names in the gaming industry, including […]

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