Archive for 2017

Crown Resorts Accused of Tampering with Poker Machines
October 17th, 2017 By April Bergman

Crown Resorts Accused of Tampering with Poker Machines

Crown Resorts Limited faces charges from former employees and an Austrac investigation, as claims that Crown tampered with poker machines are being made. One Australian MP called the charges “chilling”. The three former Crown employees are being called whistle-blowers in the Australia press. Meanwhile, Crown Resorts rejected the claims of “illegal and improper conduct” at […]

North Koreans Bet on Horse Races at Mirim Riding Club
October 16th, 2017 By April Bergman

North Koreans Bet on Horse Races at Mirim Riding Club

North Korean leader Kim Jong Un recently legalized racetrack betting in an attempt to generate revenues, with gamblers as young as 12 years old allowed to bet on races. At a time in the not-so-distant past, North Koreans received 3-year prison sentences for gambling. Korean Central Television reported on Friday that races would be held […]

Delhi Police Notice Increase in Illegal Online Gambling
October 15th, 2017 By April Bergman

Delhi Police Notice Increase in Illegal Online Gambling

The Delhi National Capital Region began a crackdown on land-based illegal gambling dens recently. “Common gaming houses” are illegal and police have made headway in catching the operators, who collect winnings or a rake from organized real money gaming. In response, those illegal gaming operators have taken their games online. The Daily Mail reports that […]

Gaming Association Criticizes Australian Poker Machine Laws
October 14th, 2017 By April Bergman

Gaming Association Criticizes Australian Poker Machine Laws

The Gaming Technologies Association of Australia opposes a new rule which would limit poker machines to $5 spin limits. The GTA’s chief executive, Ross Ferrar, says the proposed new rules are neither viable nor feasible. The Australian Capital Territory (ACT) wants to pass a law capping the poker machine bet-per-spin to $5 at Canberra Casino. […]

Oklahoma’s Iowa Tribe Sells PokerTribe.com to Monster Inc
October 13th, 2017 By April Bergman

Oklahoma’s Iowa Tribe Sells PokerTribe.com to Monster Inc

The Iowa Tribe of Oklahoma is now partners with Monster Cable, the famous headphone and audio company, on its online poker site, PokerTribe.com. Monster’s poker site recently was licensed by the Isle of Man, becoming the first legal real money online gambling site by a Native American tribe. The Iowa Tribe will continue to hold […]

Switzerland Passes Online Gaming Law: 2017 Money Gaming Act
October 12th, 2017 By April Bergman

Switzerland Passes Online Gaming Law: 2017 Money Gaming Act

Switzerland’s parliament legalized online gambling on October 10. The Money Gaming Act of 2017 revised 20th Century gambling laws and approved Swiss iGaming for the first time ever. The Money Gaming Act replaced laws which were passed in 1923 and 1998, so the land-based and online gambling laws were updated. Mobile casinos did not exist […]

Paraguayan Regulator: Illegal Gaming Is a Titanic Struggle
October 11th, 2017 By April Bergman

Paraguayan Regulator: Illegal Gaming Is a Titanic Struggle

Paraguay’s chief gambling regulator, La Comision Nacional de Juegos de Azar (CONAJZAR), declared that it faces a “titanic struggle” to police illegal gambling in the small South American country. CONAJZAR’s declaration was part of a call for more government funding. Javier Balbuena of CONAJZAR said that his agency regularly closes illegal gaming operators that reopen […]

Increased Discretionary Spending Could Boost Macau’s Growth
October 10th, 2017 By April Bergman

Increased Discretionary Spending Could Boost Macau’s Growth

The Sanford C Bernstein and Company brokerage firm released a study recently about the likely trends in Chinese discretionary spending over the next 10 years. GGRAsia cited the Bernstein report as a evidence that mass market tourism (“high-intensity premium consumers”) could increase by a factor of seven. The report noted that the number of Chinese […]

Lawrence Ho Predicts June 2018 for Japanese Casino Licensing Date
October 9th, 2017 By April Bergman

Lawrence Ho Predicts June 2018 for Japanese Casino Licensing Date

Melco Resorts & Entertainment CEO Lawrence Ho Yau-lung has set June 2018 as the pivotal month in Japanese casino licensing plans. June 2018 is the month Melco’s chief executive expects licenses to be awarded to international casino operators from China, United States, and elsewhere. South China Morning Post reported the 40-year old gaming executive saying, […]

What Poker Players Can Learn from Libratus: Card Playing AI
October 8th, 2017 By April Bergman

What Poker Players Can Learn from Libratus: Card Playing AI

Earlier this year, the Libratus poker playing AI defeated a team of professional card players soundly in “Brains vs. AI”, a Texas Hold’em demonstration at Rivers Casino near Pittsburgh. The competition was organized by a team of artificial intelligence researchers from Pittsburgh’s Carnegie Mellon University. Josh Wardini recently published a graphical analysis of the AI […]

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