Archive for 2017

UK Gambling Commission Responds to Loot Box Petition
October 27th, 2017 By April Bergman

UK Gambling Commission Responds to Loot Box Petition

Loot boxes have become a controversial topic in the United States recently, but now several UK agencies are studying the matter. Last week, Daniel Zeichner, a Cambridge Labour MP, submitted questions on the in-game video game expansions to Karen Bradley of the UK Ministry for Culture, Media and Sport. The question is whether in-game purchases […]

Japanese PM’s Landslide Victory Helps Casino Bill’s Chances
October 26th, 2017 By April Bergman

Japanese PM’s Landslide Victory Helps Casino Bill’s Chances

Prime Minister Shinzo Abe’s landslide snap election victory on Sunday clears the way for quick passage of a new Japanese casino bill. Licensed could be awarded by mid-year 2018, with the chances for less restrictions better than before the election. On Sunday, Shinzo Abe’s Liberal Democratic Party (LDP) and its coalition partner, the Buddhist-inspired Komeito […]

Phil Ivey Loses Edge-Sorting Lawsuit in UK Supreme Court
October 25th, 2017 By April Bergman

Phil Ivey Loses Edge-Sorting Lawsuit in UK Supreme Court

US professional poker player Phil Ivey lost his UK Supreme Court appeal against Genting Group and Crockfords Mayfair Casino. The case stemmed from 2012 baccarat sessions at London’s Crockfords Casino, in which Ivey and a companion were accused of edge-sorting. In 2012, Phil Ivey and Cheung Yin Sun won £7.7 million from Crockfords from a […]

Cyprus Gaming Regulator Announces Study of Cypriot Betting
October 24th, 2017 By April Bergman

Cyprus Gaming Regulator Announces Study of Cypriot Betting

The National Betting Authority (NBA) announced on Monday it was conducting the first quantitative study of the effects of gambling in Cyprus. Chairwoman Ioanna Fiakou said that the gaming regulator wanted to devise gaming policies that will protect the public and reduce “problematic engagement” in Cypriot gambling. Ioanna Fiokou announced that the research would be […]

Did Steve Wynn Lobby Donald Trump on Behalf of China?
October 23rd, 2017 By April Bergman

Did Steve Wynn Lobby Donald Trump on Behalf of China?

The Wall Street Journal reports that the Chinese government had Las Vegas casino magnate Steve Wynn lobbied Donald Trump to have a Chinese dissident returned to China. The dissident, businessman Guo Wengui, lives in New York City. Steve Wynn has two billion-dollar casinos operating in Macau Macau: the Wynn Macau and the Wynn Palace. The […]

Poker Could Become an Olympic Sport after GAISF Recognition
October 22nd, 2017 By April Bergman

Poker Could Become an Olympic Sport after GAISF Recognition

Poker might become an Olympic sport in the nearby future, according to the Global Association of International Sports Federations (GAISF). This past week, the GAISF gave “observer status” to poker and two other sports, which means it is official recognized as a sport by the international association for Olympic sports federations. The International Federation of […]

What Catalan Independence Would Mean for Poker Liquidity Deal
October 21st, 2017 By April Bergman

What Catalan Independence Would Mean for Poker Liquidity Deal

The Spanish state of Catalonia wants full independence from Spain, which recently signed a poker liquidity deal with France, Italy, and Portugal. Catalonia is Spain’s richest province, containing 7.523 million people and the city of Barcelona. The Catalan people, who populate Catalonia and speak their own language, long have wanted independence from Spain. Barcelona is […]

Poker Lawsuit Against Leon Tsoukernik Allowed to Proceed
October 20th, 2017 By April Bergman

Poker Lawsuit Against Leon Tsoukernik Allowed to Proceed

Less than a week before the World Series of Poker Europe begins at his casino, King’s Casino Rozvadov, Leon Tsoukernik faced a $3 million lawsuit in Las Vegas. Tsoukernik appeared to have won a split decision victory in an early decision, though the plaintiffs plan to proceed with the case. The lawsuit stemmed from a […]

Macau Officials Plan Mock Attacks to Boost Casino Security
October 19th, 2017 By April Bergman

Macau Officials Plan Mock Attacks to Boost Casino Security

Following the Las Vegas casino shooting, officials in the Chinese gaming capital of Macau have boosted security measures. Macau authorities also announced they would stage several mock attacks to aid in crisis training for the world’s largest gambling destination. The new policies and training methods were announced after a closed-door Monday meeting between the Judiciary […]

Unikrn eSports Seeks Casino Partners in Macau
October 18th, 2017 By April Bergman

Unikrn eSports Seeks Casino Partners in Macau

Rahul Sood, the founder and CEO of Unikrn, said he wants to expand his company’s eSports services to the Macau casino market. Sood, who left his position at Microsoft in 2014 to found the Seattle-based Unikrn, said he is looking for local gaming operators with whom to partner. In an interview with Business Daily, Rahul […]

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