- Gambling Update
- Yogonet International
- This Week in Gambling
- The Gamblest
- Slots Strategies Beginners - Tips For Betting To Win On Video Slot Machines
- Gambling With An Edge
- Gambling Archives | Vital Vegas
- Professional Roulette Systems & Strategies
- Beasts of Poker
- Casino Player Magazine | Strictly Slots Magazine | Casino Gambling Tips
- Weekly Slots News
- Poker Guru Blog
- Blackjack Review
- Jackpot Mobile Casino
- American Casino Guide Book
- Top Rank Casinos
- Blog | The Florida Council on Compulsive Gambling, Inc
- Gambling | The Guardian
- Rocknrolla's Gambling Channel
- Brian Christopher Slots
- Albert's Slot Channel - Slot Machine Videos
The introduction of Fox Bet marked a pivotal moment in News Corp’s venture into the betting industry. Lachlan struck a deal with The Stars Group (TSG) to establish Fox Bet as a joint venture, leveraging the influence of Fox Sports coverage to create a robust sports betting platform. Lachlan’s personal investment in the project underscored his steadfast belief in its potential. Nevertheless, critics wasted no time pointing out some glaring flaws in Fox Bet’s technology that could potentially impede its growth prospects.
News Corp’s betting aspirations have been plagued by financial woes, with an estimated pre-tax loss of approximately $70 million in Australian dollars. To compound matters, News Corp reported a $US33 million equity loss from affiliates in the December half-year, followed by an additional $US10 million loss in the March quarter. These staggering figures vividly illustrate the formidable challenges faced by the company in the fiercely competitive betting market.
While Fox Bet struggled to gain traction, its formidable competitor, FanDuel, swooped in and claimed a dominant share of the US online betting market. FanDuel’s meteoric rise prompted Flutter, the parent company of FanDuel, to acquire The Stars Group, effectively gaining control of Fox Bet. Adding fuel to the fire, Flutter now possesses a valid 10-year option to purchase 18.6% of FanDuel, intensifying the rivalry between the two platforms.
With only limited availability in four states, Fox Bet has failed to make a significant impact, capturing less than 1% of the US market. This uncertain future raises doubts about whether Fox Bet can weather the storm or face imminent cancellation. Lachlan Murdoch now finds himself at a crossroads, grappling with tough decisions about the future of News Corp’s betting empire.
To compound News Corp’s troubles, the Judicial Arbitration and Mediation Services dealt another blow by rejecting Fox’s claim, suggesting that Flutter may have favored FanDuel over Fox Bet. This decision further complicates the already strained dynamics between the two platforms, potentially influencing their future relationship.
Amidst this tumultuous landscape, a sliding option deal emerged, valuing FanDuel at a staggering $US22 billion. This valuation serves as a stark reminder of the immense profitability that a successful betting platform can bring. However, the burning question remains: can Fox Bet seize this opportunity to reverse its fortunes?
Toney has been banned from all football-related activities for eight months after pleading guilty to over 200 betting charges.
Following confirmation of his ban, the FA have published their written reasons behind the ban in which they noted that the one-time England international did not appear in any of the games he placed a bet against his own team, including 11 while playing for Newcastle United.
A statement from the governing body on Friday said: “There were 13 bets on Mr Toney’s own team to lose in 7 different matches between 22 August 2017 and 3 March 2018.
“Mr Toney did not play in any of those matches where he placed bets against his loan club as he was not in the match squad or against his parent club as he was on loan.
“Of the 13 bets 11 were against Newcastle whilst Mr Toney was on loan at another club. The other 2 bets related to a game between Wigan v Aston Villa whilst the player was on loan at Wigan but he was not part of the squad.
“A further 15 of the 126 bets or instructions to bet were placed by Mr Toney to score in 9 different matches all of which he played in.”
The FA initially wanted the 27-year-old to be banned for 15 months but opted to reduce the suspension after Toney had pleaded guilty and was formally diagnosed with a gambling addiction.
They added: “The commission finds that a significant reduction should be made to reflect the diagnosed gambling addiction identified by [psychiatrist] Dr [Philip] Hopley. The lack of control the player has in respect of gambling is clearly a reflection of his diagnosed gambling addiction.”
Brentford have accepted the charges and offered their support to the striker. They said that they would “be doing everything possible to provide support to Ivan and his family to deal with the issues raised in this case” and “look forward to welcoming Ivan back to training in September.”
PPB Counterparty Services Limited, which trades as the Paddy Power and Betfair sports betting brands, was the subject of UKGC enforcement for sending promotional push notifications to devices linked with self-excluded customers.
Customers either directly self-excluded with PPB or via the GAMSTOP sector-wide exclusion scheme were sent offers for enhanced odds on a Premier League match on 21 November 2021.
Kay Roberts, UKGC Executive Director of Operations, said: “Although there is no evidence the marketing was intentional, nor that all the people with apps saw the notification or that self-excluded customers were allowed to gamble, we take such breaches seriously.
“We would advise all operators to learn from the operator’s failures and ensure their systems are robust enough to always prevent self-excluded customers from being sent promotional material.”
In its assessment, the Commission maintained that PPB’s actions reached regulatory rules requiring operators to take ‘all reasonable steps’ to prevent marketing material being sent to self-excluded customers.
Additionally, firms are required to take steps to remove the names and details of self-excluded customers from marketing databases within two days of receiving a completed self-exclusion notification.
The UKGC’s initial decision against Malta-based PPB was initially made on 9 May, but the company launched an appeal against the penalty. However, the operator and regulator later agreed to dispose of the appeal.
As well as accepting the £490,000 charge, PPB has also agreed to a third party audit of its marketing communication processes and procedures, at the FLutter Entertainment-held company’s own expense.
However, the UKGC has acknowledged that no complaints were received from customers regarding the aforementioned promotions.
Additionally, the UKGC has noted that it was ‘proactively notified’ of the incident after it occured by the operator, which subsequently took ‘immediate remedial action’ and was compliant throughout the investigation.
In the aftermath of the White Paper publication, UKGC executives have made it clear that the regulator will continue to ensure that non-compliant operators face repercussions for licence breaches.
This summer is expected to see a vote passed by the 20 clubs to prohibit betting companies from appearing on the front of shirts once a three-year phasing-out period has concluded in 2026.
Sleeve sponsorships are still expected to be permitted under revised laws but this is the Premier League’s best attempt to appease the UK government before a long-awaited review of gambling laws coming later this month. Compromise, it has concluded, is key.
That means eight of the current 20 top-flight clubs — Bournemouth, Brentford, Everton, Fulham, Leeds United, Newcastle United, Southampton and West Ham United — must look elsewhere for a primary commercial partner for the 2026-27 season. Aston Villa, too, will join the search after teaming up with online casino BK8 for next term. The length of that new deal, coincidentally, was three years.
Premier League clubs’ commercial teams will now have to diversify in pursuit of their biggest sponsorship deals. The traditional ‘Big Six’ have found other sectors offering vast financial support, but many of the mid-to-lower-end clubs will have to rethink their strategy.
Fulham, for example, have had a betting sponsor for seven of the past 10 seasons, a run that has included five brands. Include Betfair, which became the first betting company to appear on a Premier League club shirt in 2002-03, and they have teamed up with half a dozen. They, though, are only one of 25 Premier League clubs to have had a shirt sponsored by a company from the gambling industry.
There are concerns the visibility of betting brands — and the means for cashing in — will remain in an arrangement that falls short of the blanket ban sought by campaigners. Heavy advertising, it has been made clear, routinely exposes vulnerable people to a harmful and addictive product. But English football is not alone in facing up to commercial restrictions.
In the coming weeks, the long-awaited white paper is expected to outline new restrictions on gambling adverts and the Premier League hopes its proposals will be enough to avert the outright ban that has been forced upon other major European leagues. The EFL, too, hopes it can continue with partnerships that include all three leagues being sponsored by Skybet.
Serie A clubs have not been permitted to carry betting brands since the Italian government tightened laws in 2019. Those in La Liga found the same limitations come their way ahead of the 2021-22 season.
In Belgium, there are protests against change but their government has spoken. Justice minister Vincent Van Quickenborne last month lamented “the tsunami of gambling advertising” when announcing a national crackdown that will see sporting clubs curbed from 2025.
There is nothing close to uniformity across Europe. French clubs remain free to carry the names of betting partners on the front of their shirts. Montpellier (Partouche), Troyes and Strasbourg (both Winamax) have visible backing from the gambling industry this season, and Paris Saint-Germain agreed to make Parions Sport a “premium partner” in a three-year deal struck last summer.
The French FA (FFF), meanwhile, is midway through a five-year deal with Betclic, the French betting group. Kylian Mbappe has taken a stand against that branding, opting out of a photoshoot to promote the company last year.
In the Netherlands, too, its FA (KNVB) has made clear it opposes the proposed ban on gambling advertising slated to come in from January 2025. The KNVB, with the support of clubs, says it goes “too far” by halting revenues estimated to be worth between €40million and €70million (£35m and £61m) a year. AZ Alkmaar, Volendam and Fortuna Sittard all have shirt sponsorships with betting firms.
Disruption to the marketplace is unavoidable but, in retaining reduced advertising opportunities, Premier League clubs know it could have been worse.
Counterparts in Italy and Spain will attest to that.
Serie A has long pushed back against the ban on gambling-related advertising introduced by Giuseppe Conte’s government at the end of 2018. Italy’s top-flight spoke of its “extreme worry” at the measures, highlighting the potential for millions of euros to be lost.
As of December 31, 2018, Serie A clubs had 15 sponsorship deals with betting companies, amounting to two per cent of the league’s total arrangements. Among those were Roma’s reported €15.5million (£13.6m, $17m) deal with Betway for the sponsorship of training kit and Lazio’s front-of-shirt deal with Marathonbet. Torino and Chievo also had back-of-shirt sponsors.
The Italian Football Association (IFF) lobbied for the ban to be suspended once the COVID-19 pandemic hit, arguing clubs had lost out on an estimated €100million in potential commercial revenue, but met resistance from the state.
Serie A has always argued a ban on gambling-related ads would handicap its clubs against others in Europe, particularly in the Premier League, but since 2021, the same restrictions have befallen clubs in Spain.
Alberto Garzon, minister of consumer affairs, wrote to all clubs in October 2020 to say the promotion of gambling firms would be prohibited from the start of the next season. La Liga president Javier Tebas forecast it would cost clubs €90million and the limited timeframe for legislation to come into force ensured eight clubs were left without a sponsor when the 2021-22 campaign began.
Premier League clubs will face neither that hurried search for new partners nor the outright ban that has impacted clubs in Italy and Spain. They are not permitted sleeve sponsors or allowed to show the branding of betting websites on pitchside advertising boards to a domestic audience.
There are loopholes still being exploited, though. The technology used in both Serie A and La Liga allows broadcasters to cater output to individual territories by superimposing advertising on top of pitchside boards. That allows an audience in the Far East, for example, to still see betting ads when watching games in Serie A. Such tech has not yet been introduced by the Premier League.
Italian clubs such as Inter Milan have had to find non-betting sponsors
Italian clubs are also free to team up with betting partners. Juventus have struck agreements with Betera, Parimatch and 10Bet since the gambling ad ban was introduced four years ago and only last month signed up with Khelraja and Ekings, the Asian gambling platforms. Each announcement ended with the disclaimer: “As per Italian law, partnership not performed in Italy”.
Real Madrid are in the same boat. They list Asian firm Kok Sports and African group SportyBet among their regional sponsors, as well as the Spanish-based Codere, which operates across Europe and Latin America.
That inability to strike shirt sponsorship deals with gambling companies, though, has altered the landscape and hastened football’s potentially short-lived relationship with the cryptocurrency and blockchain sector.
Spanish clubs Valencia (fan-token Socios) and Cadiz (Bitci) swapped betting brands for crypto in 2021-22 only to quickly sever ties and find new partners for this season. Atletico Madrid have run into their own problems with crypto platform WhaleFin, the outgoing sleeve sponsor of Chelsea, which cancelled a €40million-per-season deal in February.
Premier League clubs at least have time on their side to fill any void that comes from a gambling shirt sponsorship ban.
The expectation is that this will likely bring a short-term financial hit as the market readjusts to life without the inflated sums offered by betting companies, but, unlike in Italy and Spain, the Premier League’s global appeal will help limit the damage.
“It would be disruptive,” says Dan Haddad, head of commercial strategy at Octagon, a sports, music and entertainment agency. “Broadly what you might see is that it corrects itself a little bit. If this halfway measure happens and they have to do without front-of-shirt, it might be that other entry points, like sleeve sponsorships and ad boards, become more valuable. You might see a drop in front-of-shirt sponsorships, for example, but the sleeve sponsorship might double.”
The mid-to-lower tier of Premier League clubs is traditionally the most fertile ground for gambling-related sponsors. Those deals tend to be valued between £6million and £10million per season, with the betting companies often the ones offering the most.
Everton are sponsored by ‘crypto betting’ company Stake.comIt would be disingenuous to say that income will be lost given there will be brands willing to fill the void, but the disappearance of gambling companies from the marketplace removes what has become an easy and lucrative option.
Has there been too great a dependency? “It was where the largest revenue opportunity was for many Premier League clubs,” argues Haddad. “It would be hindsight to say they became too dependent on it because what was the other option?
“A lot of Premier League clubs just maximised the opportunity while it existed. I don’t think any of those clubs will suffer from being involved with a betting brand. These clubs have just chased revenue as a means of coping with a high cost base.
“It’ll be disruptive in terms of front-of-shirt value. It’s tricky. You look at Nottingham Forest as a club that has held out for a certain value and it’s gone to show this year that it’s not the easiest thing to sell. They weren’t willing to take a hit on their perception of value.”
It is worth retaining context. If a lower-end Premier League club can command £8million a season from a gambling firm in return for carrying their branding on shirts, that might roughly amount to five per cent of an overall £160million turnover. Replace it with a sponsorship deal worth £6million and the losses are negligible even before there is the chance to recoup the shortfall with a sleeve sponsorship.
Richard Masters, the Premier League’s chief executive, once said his clubs were “not sniffy” about teaming up with the gambling industry but as recently as last summer could foresee what was coming.
“The clubs will adapt, they always do,” he said. “If the future means having no gambling sponsors on shirts, we’ll find a way of dealing with that.”
The Premier League’s strength can avert financial black holes, but a hit is coming.
Local news outlets say that once President Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva returns from his official state visit from China next week he will sign into law the new tax regime along with increasing the fee to operate in the country to almost $6 million.
It is hoped that the government will reap in some $2.9 billion a year from the new tax and operating levy.
The executive order on the increase will be signed by the President and Finance Minister Fernando Haddad it is said and will require any betting firm who wishes to operate to be based in Brazil. The increase in fee and tax it is hoped will help offset the increased amount spent on public spending.
On Wednesday this week the government released its draft law on internet gambling in an attempt to ensure there are no illegal unauthorised gambling within the country.
Some of the details for allowing online gambling include, only accepting digital payments no third party payments accepted or direct payments to the operator, must be a registered, recognised supplier of payments.
All data on players registering must be kept for a minimum of three years and only pre-registered players can gamble. The storing and keeping of personnel data must be in accordance of laws to be set down at a later date.
No cash is allowed to be accepted by an agent or operator of online gambling, to accept cash would breach licensing regulations, this has been placed within the regulations to stop money laundering.
All operators must deposit in a recognised bank a sum of €1.5 million to ensure payments for customers, this deposit must be equivalent of 5% of all deposits made, so can be more than mentioned but not less. This holding account is regulated by the Finance Ministry.
A further €450,000 must be kept in a separate bank account to ensure licensing and regulation payments to the government. All registered companies wishing to run and operate online gambling must be a joint-stock company headquartered in Albania and registered with the National Business Centre.
A set limit of 15% corporate tax has been announced for all operators, the regulations will now be checked and placed into law by the National Agency of Information Society with any amendments made.
The timeline for passing the laws needed to restore online gambling have not been mentioned and could take the remainder of this year to allow for the creation of online gambling to start in 2024.
The company, which hasn’t been named by the German regulator Gemeinsamen Glücksspielbehörde der Länder (GGL), was issued with a “severe fine” of five digits at the beginning of the month.
It’s the first fine since the Fourth State Treaty on Gambling was introduced in July 2021 that a gambling licence holder has been given a financial penalty for failing to comply with advertising regulations. Back in July last year GGL was created to oversee illegal gambling and advertising via IP and payment blocking. In January this year it was given complete control of gambling regulation in the country. In the past gambling enforcement was carried out by individual states.
This new breach of the State Treaty on Gambling was committed after the licence holder deliberately advertised their services on affiliate websites which also permitted unregulated gambling adverts.
A spokesman for the GGL said: “A five-digit administrative offense notice was issued to a provider of games of chance on the Internet who, after receiving the state gambling license from the GGL, deliberately advertised his offer on websites that also advertised illegal offers.”
The GGL’s CEO, Ronald Benter, warned that the enforcer has no hesitation in revoking a license from a betting services provider who continued to flout the regulations with repeated violations.
He added: “The withdrawal of the permit in the event of repeated violations of the provisions of the State Treaty on Gambling is a measure that we do not shy away from.”
The desire to advertise on illegal sites made no sense anyway, Benter said, since it only served to damage the license holder’s reputation within the sector.
Germany isn’t the only European country to come down hard on gambling license holders who breach rules. The Netherlands Gaming Authority de Kansspelautoriteit (KSA) has upped it is enforcement activities this year, giving on the spot fines to both gambling license holders and illegal gambling providers.
Only two ago, for instance, Bet365 received a €400,000 from KSA for breaching the country’s advertising guidelines. The operator, Hillside New Media Malta was found guilty of publishing adverts which were deliberately targeted at young adults (aged 18 to 24). The regulator was alerted after an 18-year-old received several emails from Bet365 encouraging them to join and offering various bonuses. Following an investigation, it was discovered other youngsters had received similar communication.
This is Minnesota bar culture, distilled perfectly into a set of communal rituals. At the center are 2-inch-by- 1-inch tickets with little perforated tearaway strips called pull-tabs. They work like a scratch ticket or a little cardboard slot machine. The goal is to rip away the strips and uncover a set of matching symbols. The tearing of the pull tabs establishes a rhythm that underscores the rest of the activity in the bar.
As the night bores on, the spent cards pile up in red plastic fry baskets, strips curled away from the card in defeat. The game manager — in this case, a saintly older woman with Martin Scorsese glasses — sits at the front of the room, surrounded by clear boxes of unclaimed tabs. Some call her stand the “jar bar.” Prizes, some as high as $700, are labeled on the outside. Every once in a while, that cadence of ripping and shuffling is interrupted by a triumphant yelp. Someone’s pulled a winner. They hand the lucky card to the manager, who blots out the prize on a sign with a big orange dot, and takes a tip for her trouble.
Thirty-eight other states sell pull-tabs, including Minnesota’s neighboring rival Wisconsin, which is more often lauded for its dive bar traditions. But this scene is purely Minnesotan.
According to 2019 data from the National Association of Fundraising Ticket Manufacturers (NAFTM), a trade organization for pull-tabs manufacturers, Minnesota raked in $1.97 billion in gross receipts from pull-tabs that year, 533 percent more than the average of the 13 other states polled. In 2012, Minnesota became the first state to legalize electronic pull-tabs in an effort to offset the cost of building the Minnesota Vikings’ new home field, U.S. Bank Stadium. Minnesotans responded with so much gusto that the stadium is nearly debt free, 20 years ahead of schedule. In 2022, electronic and paper pull-tabs brought $4.02 billion in wagers, netting the state over $425 million in revenue.
Nowhere in the world are pull-tabs such an ingrained part of a night out as they are here in Eagles #34 and the thousands of other bars between the St. Croix and Red Rivers. But how did the North Star State rise so high above its peers and become the pull-tabs capital of the universe?
Barnstorming for Bingo
It’s no coincidence that bingo and pull-tabs are often found in the same bar. It was in the 1970s that bingo halls, veterans’ organizations, and fraternal orders first started to expand into the “instant bingo” cards known today as pull-tabs. These games were, at the time, illegal.
Even though Minnesota had legalized bingo games for charitable gambling in 1945, pull-tabs were expressly disallowed. But the decades after saw a gradual expansion of acceptable bingo games. In 1978, the state legislature expanded the types of bingo allowed to include things like raffles and paddle wheels. According to a history written by the Minnesota House Research Department, sanctioning these games was merely “a recognition of a form of gambling that was already widespread despite being illegal,” but even so, pull-tabs were seen as “a minor part of the gambling picture.”
In 1981, pull-tabs finally got added to the list of legal bingo games. But there was a variable the legislature hadn’t calculated. In the 1978 law change, they’d allowed for any business with a liquor license to hold such games. The intention was to keep them at private clubs, but because pull-tabs were played out of a very portable booth with a small footprint, charities began to rent space in public bars.
In states like Texas and California, pull-tabs could only be sold at official bingo games, and often bars were not eligible to host. Even in Wisconsin, there was a raging debate about the legality of pull-tabs that kept them from ubiquity. But Minnesota took the restrictor plates off — even if that wasn’t the legislature’s intention — and the game exploded out of small fraternal clubs and into mainstream life.
“Most clubs [where pull-tabs are found] around the country are closed clubs, only open to members and guests,” explains NAFTM president Mary Magnuson. “Minnesota is odd by comparison, because ours tend to be public.”
In 1984, responsibility for regulating pull-tabs was transferred to the state, and the Gambling Control Board was founded. Games were so prevalent that Attorney General Hubert H. Humphrey III wrote that Minnesota was “on a gambling binge,” and by 1989, charitable gambling surpassed $1 billion in gross receipts for the first time.
Pull-tabs are now available at everyday bars in states like Nebraska, Ohio, Massachusetts, Alaska, and North Dakota, Magnuson says. And others, like Washington and Indiana, now allow for pull-tabs that have no charitable purpose. But as more states have brought on the old model, Minnesota has innovated new ways to bring the game to larger audiences.
In 2012, Minnesota became the first state to legalize electronic versions, further embedding the pop-and-win sensation into bar life in the Gopher State. Played via touchscreen terminals like video poker, e-tabs allow players to gamble at the bar rail, without any of the waste or the pageantry.
Minnesota’s gusto for pull-tabs may be mostly due to sheer exposure — in no other state is the game of chance so common — but Magnuson, a St. Paulite, supposes that there is something of a social X-factor. Minnesota consistently ranks as one of the most charitable states in America. Proceeds of pull-tabs once benefited local church parishes, but now they’re more likely to support causes close to Minnesotans’ hearts, like affordable housing programs and youth hockey teams. When you combine that philanthropic nature with the ubiquitous opportunity to exercise it, you arrive at a cultural touchstone.
“It’s embedded in Minnesota,” Magnuson says. “I think people have a sense that, even though they’re spending money, and they may actually be losing money, that money goes to a good cause, anyway.”
Take a Chance at the Dive
Bill Lindeke, a lecturer of Urban Studies at the University of Minnesota and MinnPost columnist, has maintained the loving, ground-level blog Twin Cities Sidewalks since 2005. He’s also produced several booklets profiling the dives of both Minneapolis and St. Paul, and in each he lays out the trappings of the aesthetic: greasy food, drop ceilings, and pull-tabs.
Borne in the fraternal clubs and veterans organizations, pull-tabs have thrived in dives and down-home neighborhood places where regulars come to sip and tear. Lindeke’s booklets and his 2019 tome “Closing Time: Saloons, Taverns, Dives and Watering Holes of the Twin Cities,” written with Andy Sturdevant, are littered with references to Minnesota’s favorite game, telling the lore of places like Half Time Rec, once embroiled in a pull-tab profit-skimming scandal, and the windowless Vogel’s Lounge.
“I would put pull-tabs in [the] category of vernacular, idiosyncratic, cultural bar traditions,” Lindeke says. “It’s one of those things that if you see it, you know you’re in an old-school, very local, kind of place.”
When local restaurateur Doug Flicker and his wife Amy Greeley took over the notorious Sunrise Inn, they inherited a piece of Twin Cities dive bar history. Flicker called the place “a drinking bar,” a no-frills hole in the wall embedded in a neighborhood that dreaded the derelicts it attracted.
Flicker wanted his new pub to pay homage to this classic piece of drinking culture. Opened in Sunrise’s former location in 2017, Bull’s Horn Food and Drink not only honors its forebear, but the countless other lowbrow spots littered across the Minnesota landscape. There’s greasy food, a weathered wood bar, cheap beer, a jukebox, bubble hockey, and, right at the back, straight down from the doors, a pull-tab booth stacked with clear boxes.
Flicker admits he could probably make a lot more money by putting a table in place of the booth, and says he barely makes any money from renting the space to the pull-tabs vendor. But his commitment to the dive bar aesthetic would not be complete without the game on site. It takes him back to his days as a kid, watching his parents drink in his uncle’s bar, Flicker’s Liquors in the northern town of Pierz.
“It’s just one of those things that I never questioned really where it came from or what it was,” Flicker says. “It was something they would do, and they would have fun doing it, and every once in a while, they would win a couple bucks.”
Lindeke prizes the communal aspect of pull-tabs, something that becomes a fabric of a night in a place like Bull’s Horn. There are certain traditions Minnesotans have, and if you’re bellied up with some regulars, you need to know the etiquette.
You purchase tabs in rounds. Maybe everyone puts in a couple bucks per round, or maybe each person puts down a $20 bill for the table. But you buy together, rip together, and win together. If you pull a $200 or $500 winner, that’s not your money — it’s everyone’s, and everyone celebrates with you. You may pocket some cash, but you’d be better served buying some pitchers and a couple Heggies frozen pizzas for the table. Oh, and always tip the game manager for your good fortune.
There are also customs for losing tickets. Some discard them in piles around their barstools, a careless gesture that isn’t seen as rude but as a monument to misfortune. Most people collect spent cards in fry baskets. Others fiddle with them, building houses of cards or folding them together in slapdash origami.
If you’re lucky, you’ll be playing on a night where there’s a run on the box. That’s when the supply of tickets in the plexiglass gets low without the big jackpot being claimed. The excitement in the air starts to percolate. Lines form at the counter, with patrons throwing down bills to try and turn the average night into a legendary evening. If it goes well, the whole box gets bought out, and whenever that big winner gets pulled — whoever in the bar pulls it — the whole place erupts.
“I was at a bar called Shadey’s [in St. Paul] one afternoon, and a bunch of the regulars started just pulling out hundreds of dollars out of the ATM and buying all the pull-tabs,” Lindeke says. “They saw there were a bunch of winners left, and there were only so many to go. Somebody made some serious money that day.”
Pulling for a Future
When e-tabs debuted a decade ago, Lindeke was concerned that the “kitschy, interesting, almost innocuous” traditions around pull-tabs would be lost, effectively turning a communal game into an iPad casino app. In 2012, when e-tabs first appeared, he wrote they would “ruin everything.” Lindeke’s concern, though bombastic, was shared by many, who feared cheaper operations would make paper pull-tabs obsolete.
“These are endangered species, really,” Lindeke says. “Drinking culture today is less social and more individualistic. Pull-tabs are part of this disappearing social world of the local bar, where it’s people from the neighborhood, and pull-tabs are dependent on those sorts of local connections and communities.”
Lindeke’s concerns have not yet come to fruition. E-tabs now represent over 47 percent of all pull-tabs receipts but both forms of the game are on the rise. Despite concerns that the pandemic would put 45 years of pull-tabs to an end, betting in 2022 was up 37.4 percent over 2021 and 104 percent over 2020.
“I don’t think we’re going to see a change in people’s interest in either paper or electronic gaming,” Magnusaon says. “I’ve heard from bars who will say that, even though they may not participate in the proceeds, they are very interested in having [pull-tabs] to be competitive with the bar down the street that also has them.”
Over pull-tabs’ 45-year legal history, the bar landscape has changed dramatically. Fraternal and veterans organizations struggle with membership now more than ever, as the Vietnam War generation dies off and younger people find their community online. The pandemic laid waste to the bar scene, with low-rent dives being particularly affected. In the Twin Cities, long-tenured bars like Liquor Lyle’s, Williams Uptown Pub & Peanut Bar, and the Unofficial have all closed, leaving fewer homes for physical pull-tabs counters to operate in.
Magnuson is careful to attribute a rise in gross receipts to an increase in people playing. Ticket prices have increased over the years, from the standard $1 to as high as $5, so it could be a smaller percentage of people spending more money.
But Flicker isn’t the only establishment owner who was raised to a soundtrack of pull-tabs tearing, and the next generation of Twin Cities proprietors are the first to live full lives in a legal pull-tabs system.
Murphy Johnson’s father was a beer distributor, and he and his brother Cooper spent a lot of time in local bars, breathing the atmosphere. When the family opened BlackStack Brewing in St. Paul in 2017, they resolved to incorporate those traditions. The taproom features a pull-tabs vending machine, which despite not being as classic as a booth, still gives the same ephemeral nostalgia of those old rural dives in their airy, hypebeast-y brewery.
“As a kid, it was kind of mysterious,” Johnson says. “Once I got older, it was something where, sometimes you have a few, and you play, and sometimes you get in trouble. You almost never win, but occasionally you hit big. Sometimes you win, sometimes you lose, but they’re always there.”
Murphy memorialized the comforting ubiquity of the game in Pull Tabs, a 6 percent ABV hazy pale ale that BlackStack released in 2022. The beer is an emblem of how the craft brewing industry has taken up the cause of their forebears, bringing pull-tabs to the modern Minnesota drinker.
Craft beer was once at odds with the pull-tabs ethos (one of Lindeke’s criteria for a dive bar is a dearth of microbrews). But now, as breweries rise to fill the role of third places in modern society, destinations like BlackStack, Plymouth’s Luce Line Brewing, Eagan’s Bald Man Brewing, Robbinsdale’s Wicked Wort Brewing Company, and St. Cloud’s Pantown Brewing are becoming bastions of pull-tabs preservation — and they’re doing it for the same reasons the game rose to prominence 45 years ago.
“When you do win, it’s [the] bonding that comes from it that I love,” Johnson says. “You’re in it together, up or down. It’s about the camaraderie more than the money.”
Brazil is introducing a new sports betting regime under the leadership of its President, Lula da Silva. Politicians expected the move to generate significant tax revenue for the country in the coming years.
Tax Revenue will Increase
The Treasury has estimated that the sector could bring between $385M and $1.1B annually. Those funds are used to help offset an increase in income tax exemptions in Brazil resulting from recent legislation changes.
The legislation won’t include online casinos but will provide ordinances explaining how companies can legalise their operations within this new framework. To ensure that all aspects are considered, Deputy Felipe Carreras has been authorised to collect 171 signatures for an investigative commission (CPI) to analyse the bill and provide any potential issues or concerns that are carefully addressed during its drafting phase.
Match-fixing and Manipulation Issues
Moreover, particular attention will be paid to match-fixing and manipulation, as these have been essential discussion topics regarding sports betting in recent months across international forums and debates.
Ultimately, this move by Brazil’s Presidency is set to bring significant financial benefits to the country while also providing a more secure landscape for placing bets on various sporting events both domestically and internationally – something many bettors desire regardless of where they are located around the world today.
With this new regulation being implemented sooner rather than later, we could see considerable changes within Brazilian society over the next few years as more people feel comfortable engaging in sports betting activities due to these new laws being passed down by their government officials here at home.
The Bottom Line
Fixing the bottom line is high on the agenda for Brazil’s President Lula da Silva, and sports betting is one of the key strategies he has chosen to achieve this goal. The legislation will not include online casinos but will provide ordinances to ensure a safe environment for bettors in the country. Moreover, steps are being taken to avoid potential manipulation and match-fixing issues.
This move could bring significant revenues to the country while providing a more secure landscape for bettors. It will be illuminating to see the impact of this legislation on Brazilian society in the coming years.
There she was plied with “free” bets and gained VIP status from the companies she gambled with. They incentivised her to keep playing even when her losses were heavy. Hers is a not unfamiliar story – Public Health England estimates there are 409 gambling-related suicides each year in England – but she is a reminder that gambling addiction is not an exclusively male affliction.
On Friday and Saturday, Kimberly’s mother, Kay, will join recovering gambling addicts and other families who have lost loved ones to gambling-related suicide in walking to five Yorkshire football grounds, starting with an early appointment at Sheffield Wednesday’s Hillsborough. From there the group of more than 30 will visit Sheffield United’s Bramall Lane, Rotherham’s New York Stadium and Barnsley’s Oakwell.
On Saturday, the group take the 19 miles from Barnsley to Leeds to complete 41 miles over two days. They have been allowed by club officials to take pictures inside Elland Road. “I am proud to walk in Kimberly’s memory with people who have suffered the harm and devastation that gambling addiction brings,” said Kay. “These harmful gambling products are designed to hook people in, regardless of their background, so we are calling on football to stop promoting them to millions of young fans.”
The event is the latest organised by the Big Step, a campaign to end gambling advertising and sponsorship in football, led by people harmed by gambling. Previous events include July’s 70-person walk from Manchester to Liverpool in memory of Ryan Myers, a 27-year-old Liverpool-supporting carpenter. In February, a three-day hike took in Scottish stadiums on the route from Edinburgh to Glasgow in remembrance of Lewis Keogh, a 34-year-old Sheffield Wednesday fan.
This weekend’s walk’s aim is highlighting, in the words of James Grimes, the organiser and Big Step founder, that “this is not just a male issue. Although football was a part of Kimberly’s addiction so were other parts of gambling that you wouldn’t necessarily associate with a young, male football fan.”
Football club shirts, websites, social media, pitchside banners and in particular TV advertising continue to be awash with gambling, despite lobbying that aims to protect young eyes from being enticed. Grimes is a recovering addict whose 12-year journey from football betting as a 16-year-old Tottenham fan took in about 50 gambling companies across myriad betting products including online casinos to the point of being “basically suicidal” after a heavy losing run on a fixed-odds betting terminal.
“Spurs had a casino on the front of their shirts at that time: Mansion. That was a company I went on to use and it quickly consumed all of my life. Football was a constant in it. Whenever I saw new companies pop up on shirts or the side of the pitch, I would use those sites. It sucked everything away from me. I turned from a happy, normal boy into a hopeless, helpless wreck of a man.
“The thing I try to emphasise is that it was only gambling that did that. I had a great upbringing, there was no trauma, I never had an addiction to anything else.”
Grimes believes he fell victim to the liberalised 2005 Gambling Act that opened up the flood of betting advertising. From there, the 18-25 market, especially vulnerable, was exposed to a cornucopia of gambling products in which football bets became a gateway drug towards becoming the VIP clients companies take heavy profit from.
Could things be changing? Of the five Yorkshire clubs visited by the Big Step this weekend, only one, Leeds, has a betting shirt sponsor, the Manx-based SBOTOP. Barnsley began the season with a rapidly curtailed cryptocurrency deal, a reminder of clubs’ eternal attraction to easy money. When the Big Step campaign began in 2019, 28 of 44 Premier League and Championship clubs had betting shirt sponsors, a number now reduced to 14.
Despite heavy lobbying and growing resistance among fans, betting advertising pervades on TV, radio and the web. A government white paper on gambling reform was postponed for a fourth time in July. The presence in government of the anti-gambling advocate Chris Philp, chief secretary to the Treasury, and the influence of Iain Duncan Smith, similarly minded, in Liz Truss’s leadership campaign are yet to be brought to bear. For now, football clubs continue to act as advertising boards for an industry held responsible for the loss of Kimberly and many others.
Sisal will develop and manage a ‘comprehensive product portfolio’ in Tunisia, including the provision of sports betting, online games, instant lotteries and number games (lottery draws).
Promosport’s licence will cover an initial period of 10 years, and will allow management of all betting and gaming products across both retail points of sale and online channels throughout the country.
“Winning the tender in Tunisia is a significant achievement for Sisal,” remarked Marco Caccavale, Managing Director, Sisal International.
“Not only does it showcase our lottery expertise and leadership at a local and international level, it demonstrates execution against our strategic ambition to enter into regions which have considerable growth opportunities and development prospects in the future.”
Occurring just a few months after the Italian firm’s acquisition by Flutter Entertainment, the Tunisian tender – lauded as an ‘important milestone’ – broadens the reach of the FTSE100 gambling group’s operations in Europe and North Africa.
As well as strengthening Flutter’s standing, the development marks another step in Sisal’s ‘internationalisation strategy’, building on pre-Flutter market entries into other Mediterranean markets.
This has included a lottery licence in Morocco secured in January 2019, an online licence in Spain gained in July 2019, and another lottery management licence awarded in Turkey in August 2020.
Flutter’s acquisition of Sisal back in August for €1.9 bn (£1.6/$2.2bn) substantially bolstered the company’s European presence, taking over the 39,000 strong Sisal Matchpoint Italian retail network and SuperEnalotto lottery business.
Additionally, the takeover further strengthened the company’s status in the aforementioned Medietteriaan markets in both Europe and North Africa, a region in which its foothold has now been further strengthened via the Tunisia tender.
In August, Flutter finalised the completion of its corporate integration of Sisal’s business units, which resulted in a further reorganisation of its group’s UK and European structure to account for the brands of Paddy Power, Betfair, Sky Bet, Tombola, PokerStars, Sisal Matchpoint and Adjarabet EE.
This means that the sluggish mechanism to block payments will be discarded and it will be easier for the Swedish Gambling Authority to execute payment blocks. Furthermore, under the new measures, the Swedish Gambling Authority will be able to investigate payment service providers in Sweden that are not abiding by the Payment Services Act when they are processing payments in connection with gambling. The other focus of the proposed measures is on preventing match-fixing. Increased opportunities are being put forward so that licensees and sports federations can process personal data in order to uncover match-fixing. It is also suggested that licensees should be obliged to provide, at the request of the Police, all necessary information when the investigation is underway into crimes in connection with gambling games.
The Swedish Gambling Authority is responsible for the supervision of all gambling and lottery activities in Sweden and ensures the safety, reliability, and lawfulness of the gambling market in the country. The Swedish Gambling Authority reports to Sweden’s Ministry of Finance, while the Swedish government is responsible for appointing its board.
Half of the Premier League's 20 teams have betting firms on their shirts, with the government set to update gambling laws next month.
Campaigners have welcomed the idea, but believe a ban would be "incoherent" if not also applicable to teams in the English Football League and for other adverts.
The move would follow a recommendation by a House of Lords select committee in 2020, which said Premier League clubs should face a shirt sponsorship ban, but Championship clubs should be given time to phase out their partnerships.
A Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport (DCMS) spokesperson told BBC Sport: "We are undertaking the most comprehensive review of gambling laws in 15 years to make sure they are fit for the digital age.
"We will publish a white paper which sets out our vision for the sector in the coming weeks."
Delays to the government white paper being published mean clubs might already be negotiating contracts for next season onwards.
That could mean any ban is likely to be applied for the 2023-24 season at the earliest, but there have also been discussions about whether Premier League clubs could offer to remove gambling sponsorship from shirts voluntarily.
The Premier League has previously said that "a self-regulatory approach would provide a practical and flexible alternative to legislation or outright prohibition."
The EFL, which is sponsored by Sky Bet, says a gambling sponsorship ban would cost clubs £40m a year.
James Grimes of campaign group, The Big Step, told BBC Sport: "This is welcome, but to remove gambling from shirts while allowing pitch-side advertising, league sponsorship and club partnerships to continue would be massively incoherent.
"Every young fan should be able to watch their club - in the ground and on TV - without being bombarded by ads for gambling, which we know harms millions, and takes hundreds of lives every year.
"If the government recognises gambling can be harmful, as this step suggests, then it must end all gambling advertising and sponsorship in football at all levels, not just on shirts."
A recent YouGov survey said 1.4m people in Britain are being harmed by gambling with a further 1.5m at risk.
But the Premier League and EFL believe there is no evidence to show a causal link between gambling sponsorship and problem gambling.
The Betting and Gaming Council spokesperson says that all sponsorships "must comply with strict guidelines and safer gambling messaging is regularly and prominently displayed".
It has also said it "strongly supports the gambling review as a further opportunity to raise standards".
888 have announced that the deal should reach completion by the end of June, which should align with the timing of their permission to trade as a premium listing on the London Stock Exchange. This approval is currently pending, with the FCA (Financial Conduct Authority) expected to declare their decision imminently.
The organization’s non-executive Chairman, Lord Mendelsohn, welcomed the news, suggesting that the merger represented a major step forward for the gambling giant. He said, ‘’we look forward to completing this transformational acquisition at the end of June, creating a global online betting and gaming leader through the combination of two highly complementary businesses and two of the industry’s leading brands’’.
The Gibraltar-based operator is certainly optimistic about its future success. It’s recently undertaken a rapid expansion plan, targeting the UK as a key market in its business roadmap. Furthermore, the firm projected that if the William Hill acquisition had been secured before the commencement of 2021, last year’s gross gaming revenue figure would have eclipsed $2bn, with an EBITDA of $437m.
This has been a protracted deal, with Caesar’s initially accepting 888’s proposal a full eight months ago. Key changes were made on the detail of the deal last month in respect of new regulatory guidance; this resulted in all parties agreeing a £250m reduction in the sale price.
Should 888 Holdings get this one across the line, which is looking increasingly likely, they will assume control of all William Hill’s UK and European online and retail interests.
Under the agreement, which DAZN believes will signal the future of the casual betting landscape, a new group of companies has been established to operate a betting service under the DAZN BET brand headquartered in Gibraltar. To be developed over the next few years, it will see the development of what is claimed as the world’s first service combining over-the-top (OTT) live sports viewing and betting, creating a more engaging and interactive experience for fans.
DAZN BET will use the DAZN customer base and brand under a licensing agreement with DAZN Group and Pragmatic Group will supply the underlying platform and content and be responsible for the ongoing product development. DAZN says it chose Pragmatic Group, a leading platform technology and content provider for the betting and gaming industry, as its partner due to its “innovative and entrepreneurial spirit.”
The service is expected to soft launch a beta product to coincide with the start of the new football season.
Commenting on the deal, Shay Segev, CEO of DAZN Group, said: “The convergence of sports media and betting is the future. This historic partnership brings together the leading sports media company and a technology partner who is committed to developing innovative experiences for fans. It underscores DAZN’s commitment to revitalise the sports viewing experience by offering a broader spectrum of digital entertainment for fans.”
Ashley Lang, CEO of Pragmatic Solutions, added, “It’s an honour for us to partner with DAZN. We know that fans want more integrated, immersive, and interactive experiences, and through our exclusive partnership with DAZN, we can deliver this.”
Doping of Animals and Lack of Regulation
Activists from Scotland Against Greyhound Exploitation (SAGE) referred to the Scottish Parliament’s Rural Affairs, Islands and Natural Environment Committee to issue a complete ban on greyhound racing due to the lack of regulation to protect the animals from injuries and doping.
According to them, drug testing is conducted at the country’s regulated track Shawfield Stadium in Rutherglen near Glasgow but in less than 2% of the races.
Tests at the racetrack in the period from 2018 to 2019 revealed worrying results as 13 of the dogs were found positive for doping, with five of them with Class A drug cocaine but doping was often not revealed by the Greyhound Board of Great Britain (GBGB) for several months and was going unreported to police and the Scottish Society for Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (SSPCA), signaling non-functioning regulation.
According to GBGB’s statistics, there were more than 3,000 deaths and an estimated 18,345 dogs injured from racing in the UK between 2017 and 2020 but as there was no regulation at Scotland’s other greyhound racetrack, Thornton in Kirkcaldy, Fife, the real death toll of dogs was higher. The lack of a vet at the racetrack also means if a dog suffers a catastrophic injury, it cannot be euthanized immediately.
The petition to put an end for good to greyhound racing in Scotland received more than 130,000 signatures and was backed by Scottish Greens MSP Mark Ruskell who openly stated the greyhound racing industry was “beyond reform.”
Ruskell further claimed that the duty placed on animal owners under The Animal Welfare Act 2006 to protect their animals from suffering did not extend far enough to prevent harm caused to greyhounds.
Animal Welfare Is ‘Paramount’
GBGB’s chief executive Mark Bird outlined greyhounds require much more in terms of protection as compared to domestic dogs in the UK and stated that the welfare of the animals is a paramount objective in licensed greyhound racing.
He further noted that each greyhound is being checked by a vet before and after the race and their trainers’ kennels are being subjected to regular “inspections by vets, stipendiary stewards and independent auditors” to ensure compliance with welfare standards.
There are also strict anti-doping policies in place and any violations could result in a lifetime ban for trainers while all instances are being reported to the appropriate authorities, Bird concluded.
Members of the committee will seek clarity on regulation enforcement from relevant stakeholders, including the Animal Welfare Commission, before taking the petition forward.
A month has passed since Allwyn Entertainment has been awarded a license to operate the National Lottery, promising sweeping changes in the sector, and making sure that the lottery will be “resuscitated” and enjoy some significant advantages. Allwyn will reduce the minimum lottery ticket cost to £1 and add more games while ensuring better profitability and more money committed to good causes.
The bid is now contested by at least one entity with Camelot, the incumbent, revealing that it would seek to challenge the selection process and argue that the UKGC has not been entirely fair in pronouncing Allwyn Entertainment as the winner. Camelot has been the incumbent since the first lottery selection process in 1994 but this may now come to an end.
Now, the other bidder in the process, Sisal, may be looking to challenge the decision, joining a potential lawsuit by Camelot lodged with the High Court. Camelot contends that the UKGC has favored Allwyn Entertainment awarding it the new contract beginning in 2024. The regulator has denied wrongdoing and issued a rebuttal arguing that its process has been based on merit only.
However, Sisal and Camelot tend to disagree it seems, as a slight change in the tender rules may now give the pair legal grounds to challenge the outcome of the bid. Sisal has made no official move just yet, but it may try to do so. Flutter Entertainment, the company that acquired sisal for a total of £1.6 billion ($2.10 billion) in 2021, is eager to make its latest asset have a shot at one of the biggest lottery markets, hence why it might choose to challenge the move.
The UKGC has said that it’s confident that its selection process was based on transparent criteria that guided the entire process and expressed regret that Camelot had chosen to settle matters in a court of law. The regulator further added that it had been able to apply all prerequisites to ensure a level playing field. Therefore, its decision was predicated based on the individual merit of individual companies.
The UKGC may be challenged with some success, though, as it has just transpired over the weekend that the watchdog has taken money from good cause charities to meet a budget deficit.
Deputies voted 246-202 in favour of Bill 442/1191, bringing various forms of gambling to Brazil for the first time since a wide-reaching ban came into effect in 1946.
Bill 442/1191 was first introduced more than 30 years ago, initially as a jogo de bicho bill, and has been subject to various amendments throughout the years, adding more channels and types of gaming.
The bill would bring casino, online gaming, horse racing, slot machines, bingo and jogo de bicho operations to Brazil.
Casinos can now be established in each of Brazil’s 26 states, in the form of integrated resorts. Under the bill, the state of São Paulo could have up to three casinos, while Rio de Janeiro, Minas Gerais and Bahia could have up to 2 casinos each. All other states could have one integrated resort each.
Casino licences will be available through a tender process, where the highest bid will obtain the licence.
No operator will receive two licenses in the same state, or over five in total.
Casino operators must pay a licence fee of BRL$600,000 (£89,100/€106,800/$119,700) per licensed establishment. Online gaming operators will be subject to a BRL$600,000 fee for each licensed domain. Bingo operators must pay BRL$20,000 per establishment while jogo de bicho operators must pay BRL$20,000 quarterly per licensed entity.
Online games of chance – though not betting which is being regulated separately – would be permitted, with both the federal government and states permitted to offer licences.
While licensed online gambling would be permitted, unlicensed foreign websites would be blocked, and servers for locally licensed igaming operators must be located in Brazil.
Gambling on credit will be prohibited and tax on winnings will stand at 15%.
The bill will also allow for the creation of SINAJ, a a gambling supervisory authority in Brazil. It will consist of a federal registry, a supervisory body and betting agents.
A service that would identify and block problem gamblers, titled National Register of the Prohibited (RENAPRO), will also be established.
The bill will now go to the Senate, which will vote on it today (24 February).
If approved, it must then be ratified by President Jair Bolsonaro before it is passed into law. Bolsonaro has the power to veto the bill, and has indicated that he would do so, but the Senate may override a veto. The Senate is expected to have the votes required to override a veto if needed.
The investigation and regulatory review, which covered the period from 1 January 2019 to 12 March 2020, found failings related to the implementation of anti-money laundering (AML) policies, procedures and controls.
In addition, the GC said there were deficiencies in BV Gaming’s responsible gambling policies, procedures, controls and practices, including weaknesses in implementation, as well as breaches of fairness rules.
BV Gaming operates the betvictor.com, betvictor.mobi, hbingo.co.uk, heartbingo.co.uk and parimatch.co.uk brands in Britain.
“As a gambling regulator our focus is on ensuring that gambling in Britain is fair, safe and crime-free, and BetVictor failed consumers by breaching rules aimed at achieving these objectives,” the Commission’s director of enforcement Leanne Oxley said.
“Non-compliance – no matter what the reason – will never be a viable business option for gambling businesses. We will always be tough on operators who fail in this way.”
Specific breaches included licence condition 7.1.1(1), which states all licensees must ensure terms are fair as per the Consumer Rights Act 2015.
The Commission said this was an isolated failing and not systemic, but BV Gaming accepted that, at the time, it was not in full compliance with the Competition and Markets Authority (CMA) principles in regard to its terms and conditions for promotions.
In addition, the Committee ruled that it was not clear in its terms and conditions whether the operator would try to repay any deposit balance to the last payment method used by a customer when an account is inactive for 12 months, as required by the Act.
A further breach was identified in relation to licence condition 12.1.1(1), which says licensees must assess of the risks of their business being used for money laundering and terrorist financing, and update this when needed.
BV Gaming admitted its AML risk assessment did not “sufficiently” meet the Commission’s expectations or fully comply with its AML risk assessment.
The assessment also flagged licence condition 12.1.1 (2), which says that after completing the risk assessment, licensees must ensure they have appropriate policies, procedures and controls to prevent money laundering and terrorist financing.
Again, BV Gaming accepted at the time, its policies and processes were not fully compliant, and it was in breach of the condition.
The Commission said it did not find evidence of effective due diligence in the majority of the customer accounts reviewed. In addition, certain customers were able to deposit and spend large sums of money before source of funds and affordability were established.
Customers were also able to continue gambling after hitting the initial trigger as they would not hit further triggers for significant periods.
Another breach related to licence condition 12.1.1(3), which says these policies, procedures and controls must be implemented effectively, kept under review and revised appropriately. BV Gaming admitted its processes were not fully compliant and it needed a more coordinated approach.
Here, the Commission again said there was no evidence of effective due diligence in the majority of the customer accounts reviewed, nor were there controls to ensure restrictions were placed on accounts when requested.
The regulator also noted an “overreliance” on automated thresholds for source-of-funds checks.
The Commission said there was some evidence of regular meetings with customers, particularly looking at the top 25 high-risk customers, but there was no evidence of ongoing monitoring unless they hit the thresholds.
Meanwhile, the regulator also identified a breach of paragraph 1 of licence condition 12.1.2, which requires licensees based abroad to comply with the Money Laundering Regulations 2007.
Furthermore, the Commission noted paragraphs one and two of social responsibility code provision (SRCP) 3.4.1 (Customer Interaction). This licence condition requires operators to have in place policies and procedures for customer interaction where they have concerns about a player’s behaviour.
These policies must include a specific provision for making use of all relevant information to guide and deliver effective customer interaction.
BV Gaming agreed it was not fully in compliance as it failed to implement and follow its policies to ensure ‘at risk’ customers were protected from harm, nor did it make use of all relevant sources of information to ensure effective decision making.
Finally, the Commission identified a breach of SRCP 5.1.9(2), which requires licensees to ensure conditions that apply to marketing incentives are provided “transparently and prominently”.
BV Gaming accepted that significant conditions of a welcome offer were not displayed with sufficient prominence at the point of promotion, despite there being sufficient space to do so.
Analysing its findings, the Commission took into account the serious nature of the breaches, impact on the licensing objectives and the fact that similar cases have been identified with other operators, and so BV Gaming’s management should have been aware of such issues.
The regulator did, however, note a number of mitigating factors including BV Gaming’s early recognition of failings and that it was co-operative throughout the review. The Commission also recognised the steps BV Gaming took to address the issues, including putting in place a remedial action plan within two days of receiving the notice commencing the licence review.
The Commission and BV Gaming reached a regulatory settlement worth £2.0m, including a £1.7m payment in lieu of a financial penalty, £352,000 divestment of gross gaming yield gained as a result of the failings, and £11,000 towards the costs of investigation.
Shortcomings were identified in the areas of risk assessment, procedures and guidelines, customer due diligence and monitoring and reporting.
The investigation revealed that Trustly had failed to include a “large portion” of its customers in anti-money laundering and anti-terrorist financing measures, violating the Anti-Money Laundering Act.
Trustly had not carried out a risk assessment on these customers, it said, nor had the payment provider considered them in terms of its procedures and guidelines. These customers have also not been monitored in general.
Trustly was also found to have violated Finansinspektionen’s own anti-money laundering regulations when it came to transaction monitoring, while many of the above Anti-Money Laundering Act failings were also classed as violations of Finansinspektionen’ rules.
Finansinspektionen described Trustly as being in an “industry associated with a high risk of money laundering and terrorist financing”, in which it acted in a position “that can almost be described as a hub” between banks and gambling operators.
Finansinspektionen decided that the violations of the Anti-Money Laundering Act and the authority’s own regulations needed to be dealt with separately.
It ruled that the Anti-Money Laundering Act infringements were not as serious as the infringements of the authority’s own money laundering regulations, and a warning is sufficient for these.
For the violation of its rules, however, it was handed a SEK130m fine, accompanied by a warning.
“Trustly’s role in the payment chain between the gambling industry and a large number of banks makes it possible for the company to see flows that are not available to other market participants,” said Erik Thedéen, director general of Finansinspektionen.
“A company that has chosen fast and simple as its business concept in the gambling industry needs to be very thorough in its work to prevent money laundering. We have identified in our investigation that this has not been the case.”
The fine comes days after Trustly announced that it would lay off 120 employees as part of restructuring efforts. It did not detail how many of these layoffs would affect its gaming division.
Most of the affected employees, however, are based its Stockholm office. Speaking to iGB, a spokesperson stated that Trustly was “reducing structural complexities” in its refocusing of geographical reach and product offerings.
Due to its unregulated nature, estimating the amount of illegal sports bets wagered each year is tricky. However a United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC) Report recently estimated that 1.7 trillion dollars is wagered on illegal sports betting markets each year.
In other words, the value of the illegal sports betting market is over three times that of the regulated market. As the UNODC Report notes, organised crime’s involvement in illegal betting is equivalent in value to its involvement in drug, human, or arms trafficking.
Of course, the FAPL wants nothing to do with the illegal betting market, or its connections to criminality. But as we approach the third year of the Covid-19 pandemic, clubs are increasingly desperate for revenue. As such, many could be forgiven for being hypnotised by dollar signs.
Rule J.5 of the FAPL Handbook requires its clubs to notify the league about betting partnerships, but the League doesn’t regulate such partnerships. It also doesn’t regulate which betting companies can advertise at its grounds. This is a concern, as the dividing lines between legal and illegal betting are becoming increasingly blurred.
Jingle BallsTwenty six sports betting websites appeared at the 20 FAPL stadiums over the Christmas period. Nine of these 23 betting companies advertised at more than one FAPL game, resulting in 63 separate sports betting company adverts on LED perimeter boards during the 20 game period.
As most LED boards feature a rolling display involving under 15 companies, at some games this involved an almost constant display of gambling advertising during the 90 minutes of on-field play. Some games featured doubly-stacked LED boards equivalent to the height of a player on the TV screen.
At Aston Villa versus Chelsea on Boxing Day, five gambling companies advertised on perimeter LED boards in a near constant parade. In addition, OB Sports received extra coverage as Villa’s Sleeve Sponsor and Parimatch received match day branding due to its partnership with the club.
The level of betting company advertising during FAPL games makes a mockery of a ‘whistle to whistle’ TV ban voluntarily agreed by betting companies in 2019, and hailed as a success by the Betting and Gaming Council. It also calls in to question whether proposed UK Government crackdowns on betting sponsorship in football will be effective, unless they include LED perimeter boards.
Blurred linesAs well as appearing in English, OB Sport’s perimeter advertising at Villa Park also advertised OB.com in Mandarin. The advertised link redirects to www.obao76.com, which is entirely in Mandarin. Online gambling is illegal in China, however it is possible that the site may targeting Mandarin speakers in other countries.
According to a Mandarin disclaimer at the bottom of its homepage, OB.com – or obao76.com – is licensed by the Malta Gaming Authority (MGA), the British Virgin Islands Financial Services Commission, and the Philippine Amusement and Gaming Corporation (PAGCOR). According to the disclaimer, the OB.com brand is owned by Opel Entertainment.
A search through the MGA and PAGCOR internet sites doesn’t reveal any licences granted to OB.com or Opel Entertainment. None of the OB.com domains are listed on the MGA’s list of licensees. This raises questions as to whether the site is licensed at all.
Information about Opel Entertainment is hard to come by. However a popular Chinese singer, Jeff Chang, was recently forced to defend himself after it was reported that he had agreed a contract to promote a sports betting company. In a 30 December post on Chinese social media platform Weibo, Chang clarified that he had terminated the contract in March 2021, which was limited to local use in The Philippines.
The sports betting company concerned with Chang’s faux pas? Opel Entertainment. The company also owns Oub121.com, again in Mandarin, which has exactly the same site layout as obao76.com and proudly displays its sponsorship deal with Aston Villa at the bottom of the page.
Accessing this website outside of Asia isn’t easy. Once registered using a Chinese mobile phone number, Oub121.com allows users to create a virtual wallet, which can be recharged using crypto currencies, many of which also advertised at FAPL grounds over the Christmas period. Once this is done, a betting window appears which allows users to both watch, and bet on, live sporting events.
As perviously mentioned, online gambling is illegal in China. It would therefore appear that in this particular case, FAPL perimeter LED boards have been used to advertise an application that allows Chinese residents to illegally place online wagers on sporting events.
Opel Entertainment isn’t the only company advertising sports betting to Asian audiences. W88.com is Crystal Palace’s betting partner, and also appeared on the LED perimeter boards at Crystal Palace vs. Norwich and Leicester City vs. Liverpool on 28 December. 12bet also appeared on the LED perimeter boards during Palace’s game against Watford on 28 December, advertising in both English and Mandarin.
At Wolves’ foggy 19 December game against Chelsea, MX128.vip was advertised in Mandarin in doubly-stacked LED boards, with static advertising boards promoting gambling companies appearing above this. The MX128.vip site appears to be inaccessible from the UK, where it redirects to ManBetx.uk.
The reason for advertising the .vip domain in Mandarin is unclear. However in September 2020, the British Gambling Commission warned that it would consider banning ‘VIP customer’ schemes seeking to attract high value customers, as operators were failing to protect them from overspending.
ManBetx is owned by Vivaro, which operates a number of domains including Lovebet, which advertised at the Leicester City vs. Liverpool game on 28 December. Could ManBetx.uk be seeking VIP Asian customers through advertising at FAPL grounds? The company failed to respond to questions.
The licence roulette wheelSo how are companies such as Opel Entertainment allowed to advertise their sports betting OB.com brand in Great Britain if they aren’t licensed there? For nine of the 23 betting brands advertised over the Christmas period, the answer lies with a company based on the Isle of Man.
OB.com’s UK-facing site, www.oubao.co.uk, mentioned that it is ‘powered by’ TGP Europe, which is regulated by Great Britain’s Gambling Commission. The same is true for Fun88.co.uk; SBOtop.co.uk; SportsBetio.co.uk; Stake.uk.com; 12Bet.uk; HTHBet.co.uk; LeyuBet.co.uk; and i8Bet.co.uk.
TGP stands for The Gaming Platform (TGP), its internet site reveals. TGP Europe is not a gambling company, but a technology company that builds websites for clients. Its client page doesn’t mention its involvement with HTHBet, LeyuBet, or i8Bet, however its Gambling Commission licence page does.
This lists 31 domains, 14 of which are afforded ‘White Label’ status. This includes the nine betting operators powered by TGP Europe that advertised at Premier League grounds over the Christmas period. ‘White Label’ status allows a company licensed by the Gambling Commission to contract provisions of its licensed activities to third parties.
Under Article 1.1.2 of the Gambling Commission’s Licensing Conditions and Code of Practice, licensees are responsible for ensuring that third parties are ‘bound by the same licence conditions and subject to the same codes of practice as the licensee’. TGP Europe may have done this for the UK-facing domains listed on the Gambling Commission site, however not all sites connected to the nine TGP Europe brands are UK facing.
As previously mentioned there are questions about whether OB Sports’ Mandarin site, which featured on FAPL LED perimeter boards over the Christmas period, is licensed at all. At Everton’s game against Brighton on 2 January, i8Bet advertised in English, Thai, and Mandarin. Its UK site has yet to launch, but it was able to promote the Thai version of its site, which mentions that it is based in Costa Rica.
Online gambling is illegal in Thailand. Yet as the screenshot on the right shows, the Thai language version of its internet site offers odds on FAPL games, including on events such as corners and bookings. A disclaimer on its internet site mentions that it is the customer’s responsibility to ensure that gambling is legal at their location. Of course like OB.com, another brand in the TGP Europe stable, i8Bet may just be advertising to speakers of Mandarin and Thai.
HTHBet.co.uk is another gambling brand powered by TGP Europe. However at Leicester vs. Liverpool on 28 December and at Manchester United vs. Burnley on 30 December, HTH367.com also advertised in Mandarin. The site now redirects to HTHBet.co.uk but at the time of the match, redirected to a Mandarin version of the site that features the same interface as the Mandarin version of OB Sport’s site[Picture HTH2].
The HTH367.com internet site is geoblocked in the UK, however it mentions that HTH is the Global Official Partner of Manchester United; the Official Partner of Leicester City; the Official Regional Partner of AC Milan; the Official Regional Partner of Wolfsburg; and the Official Asian Sponsor of Lille. An ‘About Us’ section of the website mentions that the site is owned by a company called China Experience Technology (华体会). Its corporate website lists its address as RCBC Plaza, Tower 2, Manila, Philippines. The building confirmed that it doesn’t have China Experience Technology, 华体会, or HTH registered as holding offices in any of its buildings.
Like obao76.com, HTH367.com mentions that it is licensed by the MGA, PAGCOR, and the BVI Financial Services Commission. Like obao76.com, a search through the MGA and PAGCOR internet sites doesn’t reveal any licences granted to China Experience Technology or HGH. None of the HTH domains are listed on the MGA’s list of licensees.
Fun88 is another gambling brand powered by TGP Europe. At Tottenham vs. Crystal Palace on Boxing Day it advertised Fun369.com, which redirects to J9.com, the international basketball federation’s (FIBA) new betting partner. As previously reported, there are serious questions about whether this site is licensed at all.
However at Chelsea’s victory over Tottenham in the Carabao EFL Cup semi-final on 12 January, the Mandarin advertised Fun88 domain had changed to Fun279.com. This links to a Mandarin sports betting application listing Fun88’s shirt sponsorship with Newcastle United and an Asian betting partnership with Tottenham.
In November, Tottenham renewed its partnership with Fun88. We asked the club if it was aware that adverts at its Stadium were used to promote J9.com.
Ghost chasingTGP Europe’s registered address is a small office above a betting shop on the Isle of Man. Google maps reveals that this is an address for a bookmaker.
From such a small base, can TGP Europe be expected to have effective oversight of all the gambling brands promoted by its partners at FAPL grounds? It doesn’t even appear to have effective oversight of its partners.
Yabo Sports, a TGP Europe client, boasts Manchester United; Hertha Berlin, AS Monaco, Leicester City and Bayern Munich amongst its partners, which also include the Argentina national team; Italy’s Serie A; and the Copa América. It appears that its site has now been rebranded as Betvision.com, another site ‘powered by’ TGP Europe, after questions were raised about the identity of executives that appeared at sponsorship launches.
There appears to be no mention of Yabo Sports on Manchester United’s internet site or on Serie A’s list of partners. However, Hertha Berlin lists YaYu.com on its partner list, which is geoblocked from UK access. A media statement mentions that YaYu is a ‘leading provider of online sports entertainment services’. however the site can be accessed through Google Translate which shows that it is a gambling site that has connections to OB Sports, which appears to offer sports betting opportunities.
Another new arrival on the scene is Midnight Gaming, whose W88 brand is Crystal Palace’s sleeve sponsor. As mentioned, it appeared on LED perimeter boards at the London club’s 28 December game against Norwich City; and at Leicester City’s game against Liverpool on the same day.
The Gambling Commission lists an address in Poole, Dorset, as the company’s head office. This is also the address of another company licensed by the Gambling Commission to supply remote gambling software, AliQuantam Gaming Limited. The same Poole address is also listed as an office by gambling payment platform Hexopay.
A search on Google Maps reveals that AliQuantam Gaming is the only company registered at this address. AliQuantam’s internet site reveals that it is a gaming platform provider, similar to TGP Europe. However, the UK government’s Companies House lists AliQuantam Gaming as dissolved in 2010.
Companies House lists Midnight Gaming as owned by AliQuantam and a previous company name, Sporting Black Limited. It also shows that Midnight Gaming transferred its address from London to Poole in September 2020. It also confirms that the main company Director is Alan Hilliard Ehrlich.
Analysis of Companies House documents reveals that Ehrlich resides in Israel and in 2013, was Head of Poker Networks at PartyGaming. In 2011, PartyGaming merged with Bwin, and is now operated by Entain.
A ‘Hilly Ehrlich’ was mentioned as the Business Development Manager of W88.com by Wolverhampton Wanderers, when it announced its partnership with the betting brand in 2018. This interview confirms that ‘Hilly Ehrlich’ was also Head of Poker Networks at PartyGaming.
In addition, AliQuantam Gaming appears to be behind an old website linked to both W88 and BR88. Again, the Poole address of AliQuantam Gaming is listed. BR88 was confirmed as Villa’s sleeve sponsor in 2019. Hilly Ehrlich was also mentioned when the club agreed a separate deal with W88 in June 2019.
AliQuantam’s internet site mentions that it is licensed in Malta. However a search of the MGA’s internet site for either AliQuantam, Midnight Gaming, or BR88 again yields no results. An internet search suggests that W88 may be owned by Marquee Holdings, whose shareholders are listed in the Panama Papers.
W88 isn’t the only company connected to FAPL advertising mentioned in the Panama Papers. Vivaro, which operates ManBetX and LoveBet, is also listed. Of course, being listed in the Panama Papers only shows that companies hold offshore bank accounts and doesn’t suggest any criminal activity.
The analysis above is designed to show the difficulty that FAPL clubs have in establishing who is behind the betting brands that advertise on their shirts and at their grounds. And if top FAPL clubs have difficulty, it can be assumed that the problem is likely to be worse further down the football pyramid. So what do the FAPL and the Gambling Commission have to say about the situation?
Not my jobThe FAPL only regulates the visual aspects of LED perimeter boards, and advised The Sports Integrity Initiative that it is up to clubs to ensure that they remain within the law. There are no restrictions on use of double LED boards, as utilised for Wolves vs. Chelsea through the home club’s partnership with ADI. The FAPL said it doesn’t permit use of virtual technology to replace advertising featured on LED boards with other brands in non-UK TV markets, although this appears to be contradicted by observers.
LED boards are not sold centrally, but some FAPL clubs use third party agencies to sell aggregated minutes via multi-club packages. This perhaps explains why LED perimeter advertising at some stadiums appears to be very similar.
‘Online gambling operators are required to hold a Gambling Commission licence to transact with British based consumers’, read a reply from a Gambling Commission spokesperson to a series of questions. ‘If we find an unlicensed operator acting illegally we will take action. A sports body engaging in sponsorship arrangements with an unlicensed remote operator may be liable for the offence of advertising unlawful gambling if the remote gambling activity isn’t blocked to consumers in Great Britain and that this is clear to consumers.
We’re of the view that the best way for sports bodies to protect themselves against this risk is to ensure that they only promote gambling operators licensed by us. It is for the owner of the advertising space to satisfy themselves that they are not committing the offence of advertising unlawful gambling.’
Most of the betting brands that featured at FAPL stadiums over the Christmas period have a UK-facing site, often licensed through a White Label agreement with a third party. However as shown above, many of these also have overseas facing websites and mobile applications.
Who is responsible for ensuring that all of these overseas facing websites, often advertised in languages other than English, are legitimate? According to the FAPL, the Gambling Commission is responsible. According to the Gambling Commission, the FAPL clubs are responsible.
The opaque situation that surrounds White Label domains perhaps explains why the UK Government is reviewing their status as part of its Gambling Review. Concerned about gambling’s relationship with sport and football in particular, UK Gambling Minister Chris Philp will meet with sporting bodies next week. England’s Football Association has already prohibited betting companies from streaming FA Cup games after Bet365.com’s current deal expires at the end of the 2024/5 season.
Of course, it’s perfectly legitimate for FAPL clubs to have legal, regulated Asian betting partners. However this article demonstrates the difficulty that clubs face in assessing who is behind such companies, and in ensuring that such partners are not advertising illegal services in foreign languages. And until the FAPL and British Gambling Commission reassert control over this area, draconian restrictions are a real possibility.
1. AstroPay, which advertises in a video on its gaming page that it is an expert in ‘hard to reach’ markets such as Brazil and India, advertises on FAPL LED boards. BitCi also advertises on FAPL LED boards, as did Socios.com at Crystal Palace’s 28 December game against Norwich, despite a 22 December Advertising Standards Authority ruling that an Arsenal advert for the company breached its Social Responsibility Code. Kyber Network, Alchemy Markets, CorPay and other cryptocurrency products also featured on FAPL LED perimeter boards.
2. We could only find one third party agency used to sell LED perimeter boards at FAPL grounds – Project11.
A few hours earlier, on the very same day, Wednesday 1 December, Everton FC announced on its website that it had “further expanded its international partnership portfolio by signing up i8.BET as a new commercial partner”.
The statement read: “The deal will see i8.BET become the Club’s exclusive Official Betting Partner in Asia, as the gaming brand continues to expand its trusted and innovative platform in the online betting market across Asia and beyond”.
The news was barely shared outside of the specialist betting media, which satisfied themselves with publishing quotes from the original statement without adding detail or comment. No British newspaper or website of note thought it worthy of a mention.
This was understandable. This type of partnership is commonplace in the Premier League, where drawing money from opaque e-Gambling operators has long been accepted as a fait accompli, regardless of the inconvenient questions which could be raised about the problematic nature of these businesses. English football chose to look the other way, as legislators have done until now. When Josimar contacted eleven Premier League clubs about their existing, lucrative relationships with various online foreign bookmakers, only two, Wolves and Manchester United, replied to our enquiries, both of them telling us in substance: “no comment”.
That some of these operators, whose beneficial owners are unknown to all, the clubs they do deals with included, are probably complicit in money-laundering, labour-trafficking and other criminal activities is not speculation, but taken as fact by national and international law enforcement agencies (see Josimar’s 18-month long investigation into the matter, The trillion-dollar gambling game). Yet, despite recent talk of reforming the UK gambling laws, the links between elite English football and mysterious e-Gambling platforms is as strong as it’s ever been, and fresh deals are still being brokered, as was shown by Everton’s acquisition of a new ‘Official Asian Betting Partner’ (*).
Everton FC could be expected to be extra careful when choosing new betting partners. SportPesa, a Kenyan bookmaker founded by exiled Bulgarian casino owner Guerassim Nikolov, had become their main sponsor in June 2017. The five-year deal, the biggest in the club’s history, worth an estimated 62.5 million US dollars, was supposed to run until June 2022, but the club had to cut its partnership short in February 2020. An investigation by The Guardian’s David Conn revealed that the company did not pay tax on the huge profits it made in the African country and beyond, and had its activities suspended by the Kenyan government in 2019. Nikolov was also suspected of credit card fraud on a massive scale, racketeering, and even, in a surreal twist, the hijacking of 14 trucks in Serbia. Interestingly, SportPesa had acquired its UK gambling licence through the services of TGP Europe Ltd, a company based in the Isle of Man which specialises in providing so-called ‘white label’ licences to foreign operators. It is a name we’ll come across again.
«Promotions in key brand territories»So, what of i8.BET, the ‘trusted and innovative platform’ which is referred to in Everton’s statement?
A certain ‘Darren Wang’, Chief Marketing Officer of the club’s new Asian partner, is quoted in the same statement as saying: “In line with our global tagline of ‘Choose The Best’, we are excited to exclusively partner with such an iconic Premier League team as Everton Football Club; a partnership that will see us working with the club on a number of exciting and innovative initiatives and promotions in key brand territories in support of our ongoing brand expansion and trust building efforts.”
Josimar set out to find out what exactly this ‘ongoing brand expansion’ consisted of. The truth is that i8.BET has a long way to go before establishing its presence and ‘building trust’ on markets where – it bears repeating – gambling on sports is illegal. Why? Because, strictly speaking, i8.BET is not a bookmaker.
As is commonplace with other Asian e-Gambling platforms which have acquired ‘white label’ licences in Great Britain, visiting i8.BET’s UK website leads to a dead-end. It is not operational.
A question of time? Perhaps. But it should be remembered that, for Asian operators, the one real purpose of acquiring a UK licence is to use their virtual presence in Britain as a springboard for the genuine markets where they will make their money. Linking up with prestigious partners such as Everton FC and, by extension, the world’s most popular football league, the Premier League, is the most efficient way to promote the gambling brands at “home” – in China, Thailand, Indonesia, Malaysia – where advertising sportsbooks is just as illegal as placing bets on what they offer.
The story is quite different when avoiding geo-restriction and accessing i8.BET from Indonesia, Thailand, China and Malaysia, as Josimar has done.
These are just a few examples of the imagery used by all of i8.BET’s Asian websites, complete with the usual ‘suggestive’, borderline pornographic pictures of very young women, plus a photograph of male supermodel David Gandy lifted from an advertisement for Johnny Walker whisky for good measure. One thing is sure: i8.BET is not holding back on using Everton FC’s name and crest, or likenesses of its players.
The real problem, however, does not lie with these images, repulsive as they may be for many.
Josimar could find no mention whatsoever of i8.BET, its tagline ‘Choose the best’ or of its ‘Chief Marketing Officer’ Darren Wang anywhere on the web prior to the announcement of the bookmaker’s deal with Everton on 1 December, even when using search engines from countries where the brand is supposed to be present. It was as if i8.BET had been created ex nihilo.
The domain name itself is the property of a Chinese national named Lin Yunfei, domiciled in Zhengzhou, who has registered hundreds of other names, but about whom no other details can be found. As to the brand itself, which claims to hold a Filipino licence on its Malaysian website, no company of that name can be found on the official Filipino registry of licensed gambling operators, which suggests that either i8.BET is the avatar of another company, or was only registered very recently, if one sets aside the possibility that it does not even exist.
Josimar tried to register as a client and place an actual bet on the Malaysian, Thai and Chinese versions of the i8.BET website. What happened then was highly unusual – and suspect: we were not taken to a dedicated, unique sportsbook as expected, but redirected to other e-Gambling websites, namely those of M8BET, MAXBET, NOVA88 and SBOBET.
Due diligence?In other words, it was impossible to place a bet on i8.BET itself, which appears to be nothing but an agent for other bookmakers; yet, to place that bet with SBOBET or any of the other promoted brands, the customer first had to register with i8.BET, which raised the question: could this be a way to harvest personal data from customers? Does i8.BET actually exist? Is there even really someone called ‘Darren Wang’? And is Everton FC aware of all this?
What is more, none of the bookmakers which i8.BET is a portal to is licensed in the UK. This means that the UK Gambling Commission, by granting the i8.BET brand a licence, has enabled unregulated operators to benefit, at least indirectly, from its stamp of approval.
Josimar approached Everton FC with a list of detailed questions, and asked the club to provide contact details for their new partners, since, apart from a ‘chat’ function for customers, none of these details appear anywhere on any of the various Asian versions of the i8.BET website. No response was forthcoming.
Josimar also contacted the UK Gambling Commission, which replied: “We do not talk about individual operators or cases”, referred us to its online registry of licensed companies, and told us, that “Where an operator contracts with a third party, we expect the operators that we licence to carry out all necessary due diligence to satisfy themselves that the proposed relationship will not in any way compromise the operator’s own compliance.”
The operator in question is TGP Europe Ltd – the very same Isle of Man company which acquired a UK licence for Everton FC’s previous – and disgraced – betting partner SportPesa, and has done the same for a number of e-Gambling sponsors of English football clubs, including FUN88 (Newcastle), SBOTOP (Leeds United, which has direct links with SBOBET, one of the websites i8.BET redirects to), Yabo (formerly associated with Manchester United) and a number of others.
Josimar contacted TGP Europe Ltd and put a number of questions to the Douglas-based company, namely:
Would you be able to provide Josimar with a point of contact with i8.bet and, in particular, Mr Darren Wang, its Chief Marketing Officer, who is quoted in Everton FC’s press release?
When do you expect i8.bet to start operating in the UK?
is i8.bet a genuine e-Gambling platform, or does it act as an agent for other Asian bookmakers?
As regards TGP Europe Ltd and its parent company TGP Holdings Ltd, is it correct, as has been mentioned in numerous media reports, that it was originally founded and is ultimately owned by the Macau-based group SunCity?
The last of these questions was of particular interest, as the billionaire owner of the SunCity group, Alvin Chau (pictured below), was arrested along with ten other individuals by Chinese authorities in late November, under suspicion of being part of a criminal gang and of “establishing gambling platforms overseas and soliciting residents in mainland China to engage in illicit gambling activities online”, to quote Chong Kam Leong, a spokesman for Macau’s Judiciary Police (*). According to media reports, the individuals who were arrested admitted “establishing overseas gambling platforms and conducting illegal virtual betting activities” in China.
TGP Europe did not respond to our questions.
And on this Monday night, as Everton welcomes Arsenal in its grand old stadium for the 15th round of the Premier League campaign, the name and the promotional messages of i8.BET will be shown to hundreds of millions of spectators across the globe. Who they are, what they actually do, who might be hiding behind them, no-one knows, aside from a handful of individuals who are neither seen nor heard, nor scrutinised. What kind of due diligence process, if any, was conducted before TGP, the UK Gambling Commission and Everton welcomed the newcomer is anyone’s guess.
In 21st century football, it’s business as unusual.
(*) Everton FC already had two ‘official betting partners’: Cyprus-based Parimatch, also a partner of Juventus and Leicester City, which signed a two-year deal with the club in September 2020, and operates primarily in Eastern Europe; and Rushbet.co, a partner since December 2020, which is active in Colombia.
(*) SunCity shares plunged by 10% when the arrests were announced.
MV Wertfen, whose German manufacturing bases produce ships for its parent company, were subject to crippling debts of around HK$2.77billion ($355.6million). The collapse was catalysed by their failure to acquire a substantial sum in order to construct the planned ‘Global One Cruise Liner’.
GHK desperately attempted to salvage its ailing subsidiary business, even seeking credit support from the region of Mecklenburg-Vorpommern, the north-east German state who plays host to the company’s main construction sites. However, this request was rejected on Monday, spelling the end of the road for MV Wertfen.
Yesterday, Genting Hong Kong filed a winding-up order at the Court of Bermuda, and submitted a proposal for liquidators to take control. The firm are keen for those conducting liquidation activity to explore whether enough income can be generated to remain in existence. However, the court will decide if that’s a viable option at a hearing scheduled for later today.
The development saw a raft of non-executive director resignations, with Alan Smith, Lam Wai Hon Ambrose, and Justin Tan Wah Joo all stepping down. Genting have announced that these exits have been positioned in preparation for liquidators to freely conduct business operations in the short to medium term.
Since Tuesday, a hold on Genting HK shares has been in place. The company’s fortunes remain in the balance.
Rising Omicron infections continue to present challenges to the global gambling industry. A combination of stringent travel stipulations and government sensitivity towards increased betting activity, have both conspired to become tricky obstacles to navigate in recent months.
When the pandemic initially arrived on Scandinavian shores, Sweden moved to increase limits on play time, and curtail the volume of bonuses offered by operators. Furthermore, maximum deposit levels were held at 5,000 Krona (U.S $496) per week, a component that will be further tightened to 4,000 Krona (U.S $444) in the latest round of restrictions. However, the play time and bonus approach will be simply re-installed as opposed to being subjected to further control.
The new rules, which are set to commence from 7th February and continue to at least 30th June, have been sponsored heavily by the Minister for Health & Social Affairs, ArdalanShekarbi. Although Shekarbi believes increased regulation is required, there is currently no clear mandate to support this decision. The review into Sweden’s public gaming activity, initiated on the minister’s orders, is yet to be concluded. Moreover, it’s likely findings will not even be ready prior to the February re-launch.
This is a development that the Swedish Trade Association for Online Gambling (BOS) have actively challenged in recent days. Apart from the apparent lack of evidence for increased regulation, BOS suggest that these sorts of measures often drive punters to offshore offerings. GustaffHoffstedt, the General Secretary of BOS, has also stated that the number of gaming operators used per player, on average, significantly increased when deposit limits were initially introduced.
For the time being at least, Sweden looks set to revert back to tighter regulation in the wake of recent COVID upsurges.
The gaming giant, who operates in various territories throughout Europe, overlooked particularly favourable performance in the UK, Italy, Romania and Portugal. Although its numbers in Germany were slightly disappointing, this shortfall was more than made up by those making up the rest of its European sphere of influence.
The firm also experienced exponential growth in its BTC endeavours, with results up 15 points and revenue sitting at a colossal $934m. Within this, casino performance registered at a 24% uplift on last year, with sports growth slightly behind the curve at +4%.
888.com closed out the year with a -16% Q4 return on 2020’s revenue, but, given current market conditions, this sat broadly in line with the firm’s projections. Chief Executive Itai Pazner heralded ‘a year of outstanding strategic progress,’ a notion evidenced by the group’s tactical sale of its BTC and BTB bingo platform for upwards of $50m. This is further underlined by the firm’s pursuit of William Hill’s non-US assets, which, despite its protracted progress, looks set to complete in the next financial quarter.
Pazner will undoubtedly be pleased to see the business delivering these sorts of numbers, with performance only set to strengthen in 2022 as it chases down its ambitious roadmap.
Stocks are slumping this month with gaming equities caught up in the downdraft, but some market observers believe that weakness could create buying opportunities in select growth stocks. That group includes DraftKings (NASDAQ: DKNG) and Las Vegas Sands (NYSE: LVS). In a recent report to clients, Citi US equity strategist Scott Chronert examined the widely […]
The post DraftKings, Sands Among Beaten Up Growth Stocks to Consider, Says Citi appeared first on Casino.org.
Federal regulators have closed the door on a Congressional betting market, but the fight is likely to continue in federal court. The Commodity Futures Trading Commission on Friday announced that it was rejecting a proposal from KalshiEX LLC to offer a political event contract based on which party controls Congress. “After reviewing the complete record, […]
It's anyone's guess as to who would win in another President Joe Biden vs. former President Donald Trump general election.
The post ABC-Washington Post Poll Puts Trump 10 Points Ahead, Oddsmakers Have It Tighter appeared first on Casino.org.
Los Angeles Chargers wide receiver Mike Williams sustained a season-ending knee injury against the Minnesota Vikings in Week 3. Ian Rapoport from the NFL Network reported that Williams underwent an MRI on Monday morning to gauge the severity of the injury. The MRI confirmed a torn ACL. Williams will undergo surgery and miss the remainder […]
The post Los Angeles Chargers Wide Receiver Mike Williams Out for Season appeared first on Casino.org.
Buoyed by a streamlined business model and a robust research and development budget, Light & Wonder (NASDAQ: LNW) stock could deliver significant gains. That’s the take of Morningstar analyst Angus Hewitt, who in new coverage of the gaming device manufacturer, placed a price target of $87 on the stock. That implies upside of almost 21% […]
The post Light & Wonder Stock Has Upside Potential, Says Analyst appeared first on Casino.org.
UPDATE: The Clark County Coroner’s office on Monday identified the construction worker killed on duty as Tizoc Antonio, 37. His cause of death was determined to be an incised wound of the neck, with the manner of death ruled an accident, the coroner’s office said. EARLIER: A construction worker has died while setting up for the […]
The post UPDATE: Coroner IDs Worker Killed While Building F1 Bellagio Grandstand appeared first on Casino.org.
Hard Rock Cincinnati has terminated a contract with a Florida-based company that provided the casino with cleaning and maintenance services.
The post Hard Rock Cincinnati Trashes Cleaning Crew, Results in 70 Layoffs appeared first on Casino.org.
Entain Plc (OTC: GMVHY) is among Monday’s worst-performing gaming equities after the Ladbrokes owner issued a disappointing 2023 net gaming revenue (NGR) forecast, citing softness in online gaming. The company, which owns half of BetMGM, also told investors that regulatory headwinds persisted longer than expected in the UK, while growth in Australia and Italy is […]
The post Entain Shares Plunge on Tepid iGaming Revenue Forecast appeared first on Casino.org.
Quarterback Joe Burrow is nursing a calf injury, and he will be a game-time decision for the Cincinnati Bengals tonight against the Los Angeles Rams on Monday Night Football. The Rams (1-1) and Bengals (0-2) square off in a rematch of Super Bowl LVI. The Bengals got hot in the playoffs two years ago and […]
The post Cincinnati Bengals QB Joe Burrow Questionable for ‘Monday Night Football’ appeared first on Casino.org.
There will be no more than 50 junket groups operating in Macau next year.
The post Macau Junket Concessions Capped at 50 for 2024, Casino Partners Limited appeared first on Casino.org.
The Soloviev Group, one of New York City's casino hopefuls, is installing a public art display where it one day hopes to build its gaming resort.
The post Soloviev Group Ready to Light Up East Side of Manhattan, Where It Hopes to Build Casino appeared first on Casino.org.
Sorry, Barry Manilow. You didn’t beat Elvis Presley’s record for consecutive sell-outs at the Westgate in Las Vegas this weekend. According to a plaque on display at that very casino resort, you still have 200 concerts left to play there. Just kidding, Barry. The figure on the plaque is a hunka hunka burning crap. On […]
The post VEGAS MYTHS BUSTED: Elvis Performed 837 Sold-Out Vegas Shows appeared first on Casino.org.
A fire at the Ramada Hotel & Casino in Guyana over the weekend caused considerable damage but no loss of life. The hotel was reportedly filled to capacity at the time, andwith the exception of one guest, only minor injuries were reported. Guyana, a South American country bordering Brazil, Venezuela, and others, is currently hosting […]
The post Guyana’s Ramada Hotel & Casino Extensively Damaged by Fire appeared first on Casino.org.
One of the masterminds behind the recent money laundering scandal in Singapore reportedly has an extensive history in the gambling space. Wang Bingang is a Chinese national and an illegal gambling entrepreneur who is now trying to avoid capture for his alleged involvement in the massive scheme, according to The Straits Times. Wang is the […]
The post Chinese Gambling Boss Reported Behind Singapore Money Laundering Ring appeared first on Casino.org.
Police in Thailand went after one of their own on Monday morning, when officers from the Cyber Crime Investigation Bureau (CCIB) paid a visit to the residence of Deputy National Police Chief Surachate Hakparn in Bangkok. The operation is tied to Surachate’s suspected involvement in illicit online gambling activities. The Bangkok Post reported that “Operation […]
The post Thai Police Question Police Chief Allegedly Tied to Illegal Online Gambling appeared first on Casino.org.
The Koi Nation of Northern California is seeking federal approval to build a $600 million casino in Santa Rosa.
The post California Wine Country Tribal Casino Proposal to Receive Public Hearing appeared first on Casino.org.
Usher will headline the Super Bowl LVIII halftime show in Las Vegas on Feb. 11, 2024, it was announced by Apple Music and the NFL on Sunday. Usher, 44, has eight Grammy awards, four No. 1 albums, and nine Billboard No. 1 hits, including “U Got It Bad,” “U Don’t Have to Call,” and “Nice & […]
Jason Ader’s 26 Capital (NASDAQ: ADER) will liquidate after the special purpose acquisition company (SPAC) lost a recent court case related to efforts to merge with Okada Manila. The blank check company announced plans to liquidate a trust account on Sept. 21 and noted that a final monthly installment payment of $275,000 to extend the […]
The post 26 Capital to Liquidate Following Failed Okada Manila Merger appeared first on Casino.org.
President Joe Biden wants to require hotels to include resort fees in their advertised rates.
The post President Joe Biden Doubles Down on Combatting Junk Fees, as Federal Legislation Stalls appeared first on Casino.org.
Chris Rock is the new face of BetMGM in the United Kingdom.
The post BetMGM Taps Chris Rock to Bring iGaming and Online Sportsbook Platform to UK appeared first on Casino.org.
The Powerball jackpot for the game's next drawing on Monday, Sept. 25, 2023, is an estimated $785 million.
The post Powerball Jackpot Grows to $785M, Fourth-Largest in Game History appeared first on Casino.org.
He’s never going to loom as large over Las Vegas as Elvis Presley still does. But Barry Manilow has beaten one of the King’s famous records. After 38 years of headlining the showroom that Elvis built, Manilow — a Grammy, Tony, and Emmy winner with 12 US No. 1 singles — officially broke the King’s […]
MGM Resorts guests can now book hotel rooms online through a third-party booking site.
The post MGM Resorts Online Room Reservations Return, Company Denies IT Job Posting appeared first on Casino.org.
As tenant diversification increases, corporate debt issued by Gaming and Leisure Properties (NASDAQ: GLPI) could be attractive to some fixed-income investors, though upside could be limited. That’s the take of Gimme Credit analyst Kim Noland, who, in a new report to clients, rated the gaming real estate investment trust’s (REIT) bonds maturing in 2030 “outperform” […]
The post Gaming and Leisure Properties Bonds Steady, Says Research Firm appeared first on Casino.org.
Nevada Gaming Commissioner Brian Krolicki wants answers from MGM and Caesars about their recent cyberattacks.
The post Nevada Gaming Commissioner Wants Answers About MGM, Caesars Cyberattacks appeared first on Casino.org.
Macau casino stocks have been sliding since early August thanks to fears regarding China’s slumping economy and a recent short closure of gaming venues owing to a typhoon. But at least one analyst believes stocks have reached the point that the group merits revisiting. In a new report to clients, Stifel analyst Steven Wieczynski says […]
The post Macau Casino Stocks Worth Revisiting After Declines, Says Analyst appeared first on Casino.org.
A lakefront Lake Tahoe estate built by disgraced casino billionaire Steve Wynn could set a record for the region if it fetches its $76 million asking price. In 1993, Wynn paid $6.5 million for five acres in Incline Village on the Nevada portion of the lake. Then he built the house, which he named Old […]
In Pac-12 college football action, Colorado two-way star Travis Hunter won’t play for the Buffs on Saturday against the Oregon Ducks. That’s because of a liver injury, which occurred last weekend on a late hit against Colorado State. Hunter emerged as a Heisman Trophy candidate for his iron-man play with Colorado as a cornerback on […]
The post Colorado Buffs CB/WR Travis Hunter Not Playing Against Oregon, Could Miss Three Games appeared first on Casino.org.
Rookie quarterback Bryce Young is nursing an ankle injury and he’s not expected to start for the Carolina Panthers against the Seattle Seahawks in Week 3. Veteran quarterback Andy Dalton will start for the Panthers if Young doesn’t suit up against the Seahawks. The Panthers traded up in the 2023 NFL Draft to acquire the […]
The post Carolina Panthers Rookie Quarterback Bryce Young to Miss Week 3 appeared first on Casino.org.
EDITOR’S NOTE: “Vegas Myths Busted” publishes new entries every Monday, with a bonus Flashback Friday edition. Today’s entry in our ongoing series originally ran on Jan. 27, 2023. Despite the fond memories shared over the decades by many former visitors and even some employees, the restaurant atop the Landmark Hotel didn’t revolve. It was as stationary as […]
The post VEGAS MYTHS RE-BUSTED: The Restaurant Atop the Landmark Hotel Revolved appeared first on Casino.org.
Sweden’s Finance Ministry has presented a new budget for the upcoming fiscal year, throwing a curve ball at the country’s online gambling operators. With no previous conversation, it included a tax rate increase that would lead to a considerable impact on revenues. In the 413-page budget proposal, the gross gaming revenue (GGR) tax would jump […]
The post Sweden Wants Online Gaming Operators To Pay More Taxes appeared first on Casino.org.
In August, authorities in Singapore began dismantling a money laundering ring with ties to illegal gambling. As the case unfolded, they seized SGD1 billion (US$740.4 million). But each day uncovers an even larger network, with more Chinese nationals coming under fire. The authorities have now seized more than SGD2.4 billion (US$1.75 billion) in cash and […]
The post Singapore Banks Eye Chinese Clients as Money Laundering Investigation Grows appeared first on Casino.org.
Spain’s gaming industry has enjoyed several periods of strong growth, and the second quarter of 2023 was no different. Casinos and sportsbooks are welcoming more customers, and Q2 was one of the best for the sector since the COVID-19 pandemic. Gross gaming revenue (GGR) for the quarter was €312.61 million (US$333 million), according to the […]
The post Spain’s Gambling Market Revenue Continues to Reach New Heights appeared first on Casino.org.
On Thursday, the new owner of the historic Huntridge Theater in downtown Las Vegas released the first renderings of how his venue’s theater, cabaret space, and lobby will look once $15M-$18M renovations are complete in about two years. The Huntridge, located at Charleston Boulevard and Maryland Parkway, was purchased for $4M in March 2021 by […]
The post Downtown Las Vegas’ Huntridge Theater Offers A Peek Inside After Renovations appeared first on Casino.org.
Inflation bites and Formula One Group (NASDAQ: FWONA) is finding that out the hard way in Las Vegas. Scheduled for November 18, the company has reportedly spent more than $400 million to make the Las Vegas Grand Prix happen. That means costs associated with F1’s third U.S. race are fast approaching double initial projections of […]
Following a recent ransomware attack, Caesars Entertainment (NASDAQ: CZR) announced in a regulatory filing that an unidentified insurance provider will cover the costs of a payment to cyber criminals. Analysts widely expect rival MGM Resorts International (NYSE: MGM) to soon make a similar proclamation. The bad news is that it could lead to high cyber […]
The post Casino Ransomware Attacks Could Stoke Higher Insurance Costs appeared first on Casino.org.
Global business travel isn’t all the way back to pre-coronavirus levels. But it could get there as soon as next year, potentially providing a catalyst for Las Vegas casino hotel operators, particularly those with convention space on the Strip. In a recent report, the Global Business Travel Association (GBTA) noted the business travel industry is […]
The post Las Vegas Casino Could See Boost as Business Travel Rebounds appeared first on Casino.org.
Kareem Hunt returns to the Cleveland Browns after their former running back inked a one-year deal that could be worth up to $4 million. Hunt was the top free-agent running back on the open market who had yet to sign with a new team. He took meetings with the New Orleans Saints and Indianapolis Colts […]
The post Cleveland Browns Sign Free Agent Running Back Kareem Hunt appeared first on Casino.org.
A Vallejo, California man has admitted that he lied about having terminal colon cancer to raise the $10K buy-in to the World Series of Poker Main Event. Poker player Rob Mercer, 37, made $12,500 from a GoFundMe page and is believed to have received an additional $18K from private donations. And in an extraordinary interview […]
The post Poker Player Bluffed Terminal Cancer to Get WSOP Buy-In appeared first on Casino.org.
The Los Angeles Rams sent running back Cam Akers to the Minnesota Vikings in a trade that involves pick swaps in the 2026 NFL Draft, plus conditional draft picks. The Vikings are the worst-rushing team in the NFL through the first two weeks of the season, averaging just 69 rushing yards per game. The Vikings […]
The post Los Angeles Rams Trade Running Back Cam Akers to Minnesota Vikings appeared first on Casino.org.
Since the Vegas cyber attacks threw the city for a loop last week, there have been a lot of public cries to not only catch those responsible, but to ensure that the methods they used do not expose peoples private data int he future. So far, the FBI has been handling the primary investigation, with some help from the Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency, as well as San Francisco based identity and access management company Okta. Now, the Nevada Gaming Commission is getting involved with the Vegas cyber attacks carried out against MGM and Caesars. Not so much to try...
It’Sugar Las Vegas is chain of specialty candy stores with multiple locations around Las Vegas and the country! If you get a sweet tooth while walking the Strip (or perhaps the munchies?) and need some candy, It’Sugar has you covered at the Grand Bazaar Shops by Horseshoe, at The Venetian, and at the Fashion Show Mall! There are also shops at Town Square Las Vegas and in Summerlin! It’Sugar specializes in all things candy! From innovative sweets and fun novelty gifts to giant candy! Shop on the It’Sugar website for candy and novelty gifts from Hershey’s, Sour Patch Kids, Chupa...
We have a look at the Golden Dragon Inferno, a five reel, three row game comes with medium volatility and 243 paylines from Betsoft! This game comes with over a 96.4% Return to Player, Wilds, Scatters, and a Hold & Win Bonus! But the real key to this game is the Stacked Mystery Symbols, which can really open doors to riches! Plus, there are also four jackpot prizes! The Golden Dragon Inferno online slot is a ‘243 ways’ game that promises winning combinations every time you play! Players will enjoy the games soothing Asian music, thrilling bonus features, stacked mystery...
The long and arduous fight over Florida sports betting has been dragging on for over two years, and it is no where near the end. But with so much at stake, is it any wonder that things are moving so slow? And that folks are fighting so hard? It’s a complicated issue. Some of you may be wondering why you should care about betting on sports in a state where you don’t live. Fortunately for you, we’re here to fill you in on why this is so important, and why you should definitely care about the outcome. Let’s take a...
Players looking for higher stakes and better rewards should check out the Palazzo High Limit Gaming Lounge! With more than 15,000 square feet is devoted to a lavish slots and table games, this new room solidifies the Venetian Resort as a leader in luxury gaming. A dedicated cashier offers unmatched service in a first-class gaming setting. First for our slots fans, paradise has arrived! The Palazzo High Limit Gaming Lounge offers 67 of the latest slot. whether you prefer traditional or video, single or multi-hand poker! Palazzo has an extensive collection to choose from, with some of their games offer...
This past week saw both Caesars and MGM hacked. Each company responded in very different ways, but several questions remain unanswered. Most importantly, should players be worried that their private data is now in the hands of criminals? It was the best of times, it was the worst of times, as Las Vegas was hit by two cyber attacks over the past week, compromising the data of millions of players, and damn near shutting down the city. With both Caesars and MGM hacked, it was their responses to the situation that really was A Tale of Two Cities. First up,...
Few performers are so synonymous with Las Vegas as Wayne Newton. And say what you will about the aging icon, but few have as much staying power. Now, Mr. Newton has extended his Sin City residency all the way to June of next year. He was just a teenager when he began singing, and he was a headliner in Las Vegas by 1963, playing at the Flamingo. Since then, he has never left the Strip. His old-school style of nostalgia has held up well over the years, and today he’s still going strong. Now, Wayne Newton has extend his shows...
Konami Gaming has launch the Ocean Spin Pirate’s Riches slot machine, a premium linked progressive game series on the Dimension 49J game cabinet. It is the second premium series released on this cabinet, which comes with a 49-inch, curved display in 4K Ultra High-Definition. This linked progressive series utilizes synchronized animation effects across multiple game cabinets. At the top of each of the Ocean Spin game screens, animated bubbles float across every connected machine, filled with bonus opportunities. Whenever any three or more clam symbols are collected, the Ocean Spin feature is awarded and players are invited to spin the...
Just days after MGM Resorts was the target of hackers, officials have admitted that a Caesars cyber attack took place in the aftermath. Not only did the thieves get a copy of their entire loyalty program database, but other data was stolen as well… and Caesars has not said what that data was. Included in the loyalty program data stolen during the Caesars cyber attack were numerous player driver license and Social Security numbers. We say numerous, because Caesars seems to have no idea of the exact number of persons victimized. A Caesars spokesperson told the Securities and Exchange Commission...
We have a quick look at the Madam Lucky online slot which is a five reel game from Synot that comes with ten paylines, medium to high volatility, and a higher than average return to player of over 98%! It comes with Wild Symbols which are Madam Lucky herself, plus a gamble feature and multipliers! Landing 3 or more scatters will also trigger the free spins bonus! The Madam Lucky online slot is a five-reel, three-row game played with 243 ways. The base game is simple, with beautiful Asian-themed symbols and a soft glow. But what makes the Madam Lucky...
Reports of a massive MGM cyber attack spread quickly across social media platforms yesterday, as the company faced major outages at its resorts. The outages were not restricted to Las Vegas and took down slot machines, ATM’s, electronic room key access, guest services, the ability to process credit cards, and the company website. The company seemed reluctant to label this an “attack”, and instead are calling it an “issue”. And it’s a large issue at that. The MGM cyber attack that wasn’t resulted in the company feeling that their best course of action was to completely shut down their systems…...
An infamous landmark on the south end of The Strip has finally been scheduled for demolition. Plus, Las Vegas prices are going up, thanks to recent changes at Wynn and Encore that could leave guests paying more! Plus, a giant tennis ball has been seen in town! Hello friends! And welcome to This Week in Gambling! And before this goes any further, I wanted to take a moment right now and apologize for my actions at the Adele concert a couple of weeks ago. All I wanted was a damn selfie… but whatever. This week we have news about a...
The price of having a car is headed up in Sin City. Additional Las Vegas resorts have decided to follow the lead of others and bring back paid parking… and more will surely follow. Is this pure greed? Is this a cash grab? Well, yes and no. First of all, the latest Las Vegas resorts to put this plan into action are the Wynn and Encore. Their decision to charge folks for the privileged of parking in their garages follows the announcement of the Venetian and Palazzo just a few days ago. And that decision was attributed to The Sphere...
We’re up close and personal with the Lightning Fortune online slot! This is a 6-reel game with an asymmetric reel layout and a Return to Player of over 96%! This game features Scatter and Wild Symbols, Multipliers, and Bonus Spins! Plus, Kalamba has thrown in their K-Cash and K-Bonus features! The Lightning Fortune online slot has a classic theme and a non-standard 3-3-4-4-5-5 grid. Lightning Fortune uses the K-Cash feature, which offers players the opportunity to win a large. Whenever the lightning symbols on the first two reels match those on the other reels, players will receive the cash value...
The Bellagio Fountains, Fremont Street, and the Strat are all famous Las Vegas landmarks. When people visit town, they want to see things like the Mirage Volcano and the Sphere in all it’s glory. But not all attractions garner so much attention, and one is famous for all the wrong reasons: The Skyvue observation wheel towers. These infamous Las Vegas landmarks are just two monolithic concrete structures that stand in a vacant lot across from Mandalay Bay. They are reminders of a grand idea that began in 2011 but never made it. And while many projects in Sin City are...
Betting enthusiasts often find themselves in situations where they need to reactivate an old betting account. The process can be ...
The post How to Verify and Reactivate an Old Betting Account appeared first on BettingGods.com.
RSS Error: A feed could not be found at `https://www.legitgamblingsites.com/feed/`; the status code is `403` and content-type is `text/html;charset=utf-8`
Boyd Gaming casinos in Las Vegas have implemented a system that lets players use TITO (ticket-in, ticket-out) vouchers to buy in at table games. Cash is always an option, of course, it’s Vegas. Players can also get TITO vouchers when they “color up” (cash out) at a table, allowing them to easily move to slots […]
The post Boyd Casinos Roll Out TITO Voucher Tech at Table Games appeared first on Vital Vegas.
Just when some said poker is on the wane, the World Series of Poker (WSOP) says, “Hold our beer.” Or possibly Red Bull. The Vegas-hosted poker tournament has broken an all-time entrant record with 10,042 people taking part in the WSOP’s Main Event. A record number of entrants means historic payouts: The first place finisher […]
The post World Series of Poker 2023 Breaks All-Time Records appeared first on Vital Vegas.
It seems like everyone has a gripe about casinos lately, and many are valid given recent increases in prices, fees and changes to games that give the house an even bigger advantage. Recently, MGM Resorts, one of the biggest casino companies in the world, tweaked the roulette policies at some of its Las Vegas casinos. […]
The post Some Vegas Casinos Are Quietly Eliminating $1 Roulette Chips appeared first on Vital Vegas.
Resorts World has teased a rebrand of its players club, Genting Rewards. Possibly because nobody in America knows what a “Genting” is or how to remove one without damaging the skin underneath. Resorts World is owned by Genting Group, a Malaysian company. Genting Rewards will launch its loyalty club rebrand on June 1, 2023. An […]
The post Resorts World Set to Rebrand Genting Rewards Loyalty Program appeared first on Vital Vegas.
If you needed further proof the off-Strip Ellis Island is wired differently, you’ll want to check out its new high limit room. We are declaring it the “Smallest High Limit Room in the World,” until proven otherwise. The new high limit slot room has nine machines, and it’s absolutely adorable. We were invited to the […]
The post Ellis Island Opens Most Adorable High Limit Room, Ever appeared first on Vital Vegas.
Penn Entertainment is rebranding the loyalty club at its casinos, including M Resort in Las Vegas. The current MyChoice (technically, “mychoice,” but all lower case is nearly as annoying as all upper case) players club will be Penn Play starting April 24, 2023. Penn National Gaming was rebranded to Penn Entertainment in mid-2022. Penn Entertainment […]
Paris Las Vegas has quietly unveiled its refreshed sportsbook. The main sportsbook reopened in mid-February (right after the Super Bowl, don’t ask questions), and the adjoining bar opened a month later. Here’s a look at the sportsbook. We haven’t visited since the sportsbook reopened, so thanks to our friend @JamesinLasVegas for the pics. Let’s just […]
We love a slow news day, as it gives us an opportunity to obsess over things others would just breeze by as if their brain need not explode. We are not they. Today, we’re sharing something both hysterical and tragic. You know, like Criss Angel without a shirt. This item was pointed out by an […]
Under new management, Mirage has unceremoniously stamped out its smoke-free slot room. Hard Rock International took over operations of Mirage from MGM Resorts in Dec. 2022. Before it was a smokeless slot space, the room in question was the Mirage’s poker room. The high limit slots apparently generated even less revenue than the poker room, […]
Downtown Grand recently added a stadium table games area, and we figured it was about time we got all up in the business of what is arguably the future of casino dice. Specifically, Interblock’s Stadium Live Craps. Here, we’ll dive into the features of the game, and list some negatives and positives. We were going […]
The post Deep Dive: Hybrid Stadium Craps Rolls Into Downtown Grand appeared first on Vital Vegas.
In the digital age, entertainment has shifted online, and gambling is no exception. Estonia, known for its tech-savvy population, boasts a thriving online casino industry. ...The post Rolling the Dice: A Guide to Selecting the Best Online Casino in Estonia first appeared on GamerLimit.
List of Quality Gambling blogs that Accept Guest Posts [Updated List of gambling related blogs on 2023] This list contains list of best Gambling blogs ...The post List of Gambling blogs that Accept Guest Posts (Updated 2023) first appeared on GamerLimit.
With the development of technology and the internet, it is now very easy to pay at online casinos in cryptocurrencies. These cryptocurrencies have recently become ...The post How Logical Is It to Pay with Cryptocurrency at Sportsbooks? first appeared on GamerLimit.
Embark on a digital odyssey through Romania’s virtual casino wonderland, where limitless thrills await avid gamers and betting enthusiasts alike. Discover an immersive realm of ...The post Romania’s Virtual Casino Wonderland: Where Thrills Know No Bounds first appeared on GamerLimit.
Nestled in the heart of Europe, Slovenia is a picturesque gem that boasts stunning landscapes, rich history and a vibrant cultural scene. In recent years, ...The post Slovenian Delights: Online Casinos and the Thrills They Bring to Slovenia first appeared on GamerLimit.
Brazil’s burgeoning gambling market, reflecting an estimated whopping BRL 50 billion annual spend, exhibits a fascinating spectrum of preferences. Amidst an expansive landscape that sees Brazil as the globe’s 5th largest gambling hub, the diversified tastes of Brazilian betters are worthy of note, with sports betting, lotteries, and online casinos boasting sizable fandoms. The quick […]
The post Brazil’s Love for Gambling: A Dive into Trends & Tastes appeared first on Professional Roulette Systems & Strategies.
There is no excerpt because this is a protected post.
There is no excerpt because this is a protected post.
There is no excerpt because this is a protected post.
The post Protected: Artificial Intelligence in Online Casinos: Progress or Peril? appeared first on Professional Roulette Systems & Strategies.
Casinos have always been synonymous with excitement, anticipation, and the adrenaline rush that comes with hitting the jackpot. While slot machines may take center stage in most casinos, it’s the table games that attract a loyal fan base of enthusiastic players. From the classic games like blackjack and roulette to the more modern offerings like […]
The gambling world has seen a remarkable transformation with the advent of online casinos. Once confined to brick-and-mortar establishments, classic casino games are now available at the click of a button. While there are several types of roulette games, the game has transitioned into two distinct forms: online roulette and live roulette. While both variations […]
The post Online Roulette vs Live Roulette: A Comprehensive Comparison appeared first on Professional Roulette Systems & Strategies.
The world of online casinos offers plenty of thrills. Yet, beyond the excitement of the games, there’s a hidden gem: the chance to earn bountiful rewards. If you’re looking to make the most of your online gambling experience, it’s essential to understand how to maximize these rewards. So, let’s dive right in and uncover the […]
Soccer is, without a doubt, one of the most popular and favorite sports in the world. This game is played by people in every single corner of the earth. Besides, some of the greatest events in the world are the cups played in soccer. One of them is definitely the World Cup. The magic of […]
The post How Offshore Betting Platforms Provide Unique Advantages appeared first on Professional Roulette Systems & Strategies.
With the emergence of online platforms, classic casino games, which have been a popular pastime already for centuries, have made their way into the digital age of today. Nowadays, players can easily access all types of casino games, both table games and slots, on the web to play whenever and wherever they please. But as […]
When it comes to casino games, few are as iconic and universally recognized as roulette. This classic game has been a staple in casinos around the world for centuries, captivating players with its simple yet elegant gameplay and the chance to win big. At the heart of every roulette game lies the roulette wheel, a […]
The post Roulette Wheel Manufacturing: The Art Behind the Casino’s Iconic Game appeared first on Professional Roulette Systems & Strategies.
There is a heavily contested debate among punters on which gambling means is better between Bitcoin casinos and traditional gambling platforms. The online gambling industry has different factions: those who like using cryptocurrencies like Bitcoin to gamble and fiat currency enthusiasts. However, it is no hidden fact that Bitcoin casinos have had the upper hand […]
Are you yearning to enter the world of online casino gaming but unsure what might work best for you? You’re in luck! Gambling has been around for centuries and it doesn’t take long to learn its fundamentals — but learning how to become an expert can be a bit tricky. With that said, we have […]
The post Sneak Peek Inside the Online Casino Playbooks: 6 Game-Changing Tips appeared first on Professional Roulette Systems & Strategies.
New online roulette players will surely be delighted to learn that there are so many exciting game options. In recent years, the number of roulette tables increased exponentially, and new names are being added to the list every year. As a result, a new challenge has emerged, namely the paradox of choice which pits players […]
Spin the wheels and indulge in the best game of chance. Roulette is known worldwide as a chance-based casino game that people love to play to hit jackpots. However, there is so much more to this game apart from simply relying on luck. As one of the longest-standing classic casino games, people flock to the […]
The post Four Necessary Tips For Playing Online Roulette Games appeared first on Professional Roulette Systems & Strategies.
Do you want to make money online but are unsure of the best, most secure way to get started? This blog post has you covered! No need to worry about any potential scams or anything going wrong – these eight methods have been proven over time by a large number of successful entrepreneurs. You’ll have […]
The rise of the slot machine and the internet took place in two very different eras. When Americans first began to enjoy slot machines and how they operated back at the end of the 19th Century. When the first design came about, it was a far cry from the superior technology we witness today. It […]
There is no excerpt because this is a protected post.
The post Protected: Understand the Rules and Odds of Roulette appeared first on Professional Roulette Systems & Strategies.
When choosing a gaming venue, many Singaporean gamblers frequently ignore one important aspect: the supported deposit and withdrawal alternatives. However, online gambling sites provide various payment options, unlike physical ones. Due to the abundance of alternatives, it might be challenging to decide, especially if you are new to online gaming. Choosing the appropriate payment option […]
The post Payment Methods Available on Singapore Gambling Sites appeared first on Professional Roulette Systems & Strategies.
Millions of players worldwide enjoy roulette, a popular casino title that offers the chance to win big using a small bet. This thrilling game comes in different versions, each with its unique features. The most common version is the European variety, which has a wheel with 37 numbered pockets, including a single zero pocket. The […]
The post How Is European Roulette Different From Other Roulette Versions? appeared first on Professional Roulette Systems & Strategies.
Roulette is a classic casino game that has been enjoyed by players for centuries. The game is played on a wheel, which has 38 slots in total, with half of them colored red and half colored black. Moreover, the wheel also has a green slot for the number 0, and in American roulette, there is […]
Gambling on the web is an international industry that makes huge amounts of money for operators, and serves audiences in countries across the planet. If you’ve not yet dipped your toe in this scene, we’ve put together a primer that will bring you into the online casino ecosystem and explain some of its more surprising […]
The post A Simple Guide to Online Casinos – What’s Legitimate? Who Really Pays Out? appeared first on Professional Roulette Systems & Strategies.
Roulette is a timeless casino game that shows no indication of slowing down in popularity. Players have been spinning the wheel for hundreds of years, with early versions of the game dating back to the 17th century. These days many online casinos tend to attract new customers by offering free spins like the free spins […]
Think casino, and you’ll likely conjure images of a spinning roulette wheel surrounded by an excited pack of bettors. They eagerly anticipate where the ball will fall and if their predictions will prove profitable. The nerves, drama, and expectations. You could cut the atmosphere with a knife. It’s little wonder Roulette is the most famous, […]
A rich and storied spectacle, roulette is one of the most beloved casino games in gaming history, featuring high payouts and uniquely structured betting options. Few games compare to the thrill of watching the ball spin around the roulette. Fewer yet allow players to craft complex strategies to build their bankrolls. This article discusses live […]
Roulette has been considered one of the most engaging casino games ever since it first emerged in 18th century France. The game maintained its incredible popularity up to this day, and it also expanded to modern online casinos. Since roulette is now available both in online and offline establishments, it is important to compare the […]
Online casinos have quickly become some of the most popular entertainment online. These are filled with fun games that can be played by anyone over the legal gambling age in their area, and are fun platforms to have when you need a thrilling game in your life. Before you can start to gamble, you need […]
The post Here is how you can find the best online casino in Canada appeared first on Professional Roulette Systems & Strategies.
Are you looking to make extra money? If so, you may wonder how to win at gambling. While there is no guaranteed way to come out on top every time, there are a few tips that the experts recommend following. This blog post discusses eight of them. Keep reading for advice that could help you […]
Playing roulette is all about taking chances. The roulette wheel has 37 or 38 numbered pockets on it. The dealer spins the wheel one way while sending the ball in the opposite direction to play the game. This is true for both physical casinos and online ones, the latter of which features live roulette. If […]
As technology advances, the new payment method using crypto in casinos starts to dominate even more. Now there are plenty of online casinos that offer to gamble using cryptocurrencies like Bitcoin, Ethereum, or others, and many casino lovers are transferring from traditional FIAT casinos to crypto casinos. With roulette being one of the most popular […]
The post <strong>Why roulette players are turning to crypto?</strong> appeared first on Professional Roulette Systems & Strategies.
Any good roulette strategy starts with testing. But it’s important to know most strategies are guaranteed to eventually lose. The Internet is a minefield when it comes to getting accurate advice for anything. I find this is especially the case when it comes to gambling strategies, because most websites only want you to click links […]
The strategies used by professional and novice players are different, to say the least. But almost every professional player started with the same nonsensical systems, which ultimately guarantee failure. This article delves into some of the systems and strategies used by professional players. However, you may want to familiarise yourself with the top five systems […]
The post 5 Roulette Strategies You’ve Probably Never Heard Of appeared first on Professional Roulette Systems & Strategies.
Ireland was one of the early pioneers when it came to online roulette. It was one of the first jurisdictions to offer live roulette via webcam. And this wasn’t just a typical online casino, because it was live video from a real casino. This gave players confidence in the fairness of online gambling. Times have […]
LeoVegas funds top medical university to monitor and find ways to prevent any compulsive gambling behavior. The LeoVegas Group has joined forces with one of the world’s leading medical universities in Sweden on a four-year project to understand problem gambling. The collaboration, which will begin before the end of the year, is set to study […]
The post Research Into iGaming Industry Aims To Reduce Gambling Harm appeared first on Professional Roulette Systems & Strategies.
The game of roulette has been around for centuries — and it changed very little over the years. This means that the initial concept was a success and there was no need to alter the roulette wheel or the basics of the game. The versions that are played today are based on the classic, with […]
One of the best places to play real-life roulette is, without a doubt, Las Vegas. The desert gambling capital isn’t replete with massive casinos, it’s also home to a wealth of tourist attractions, restaurants, bars, and entertainment offerings. If you’re as obsessed with roulette as we are, visiting Sin City and playing the sweet game […]
Being relatively easy and exciting to play, roulette has been on the top of the list as a gamblers’ favorite. The game was invented a very long time ago, and has developed numerous variations ever since. Obviously, everyone knows that there is a wheel with numbers, and the chips, but the majority of betting options […]
The post How to Understand Different Types of Roulette Casino Games appeared first on Professional Roulette Systems & Strategies.
If you’re thinking about giving online gambling a try, but you’re not quite sure where to start, then this article is for you! We’ve put together a few tips to help absolute beginners get started with online gambling. Choose The Right Casino The first step is to find an online casino that’s right for you. […]
Roulette is one of the most famous casino games in which a ball is tossed into a wheel with numbered holes and spun around. Before the wheel stops spinning, the participants bet on which spot the ball will land. The roulette table is divided into two parts: inside and outside. The interior area is divided […]
Roulette is a very popular casino game that you’re bound to find in all of the best Australian casinos on the internet and in real life. Whenever you enter a casino, one of the first things that people hear is the spinning of a roulette wheel along with the collective cheers or groans of a […]
People often debate bingo vs roulette – which is more fun? Both games have their own unique appeal, and it can be tough to decide which one is the better option. The reality is that it depends on your tastes, especially when it comes to environment, gameplay and other factors which we will continue to […]
RSS Error: A feed could not be found at `https://www.blackjacktheforum.com/external.php?type=RSS2`; the status code is `403` and content-type is `text/html; charset=UTF-8`
★★★★★ 4.6/5 €100 + 100 FS bonus 100% Welcome bonus up to €100 + 100 FS 50% High Roller bonus up to €2,000 Weekly reload & free spin bonuses Claim €100 to €2,000 T&Cs WeGotGame Casino Review WeGotGame is a new kid in the block of casino niche. Launched in 2023 with a flashy brand and design, […]
Poker is one of the most popular card games that migrated from land-based to online casinos, which gained an even larger audience. Online poker attracts millions of fans worldwide due to its convenience, the ability to use different strategies to win, various betting options and formats, and more. About 100 million players enjoy poker. At […]
The post Responsible Poker Gaming: A Guide for GamStop Users appeared first on Beasts of Poker and is written by JTsuited
Playing poker delivers an adrenaline rush that is hard to beat with any other activity. The thrill of taking a big risk with your chips, the anticipation of the cards being turned on the river, and the ecstasy of getting one over a rival bring people back to the game every few weeks. If you have […]
The post 4 Interesting Online Poker Tournaments Rated in 2023 appeared first on Beasts of Poker and is written by JTsuited
Canada remains a leading country for top entertainment in gambling, especially poker. It’s evident in the number of best poker players it has produced, like Daniel Negreanu, Mike Leah, etc. Beyond these popular names, it seems more people enjoy wagering at one or more casino games. The reason may not be far away. Several top […]
There are estimated to be over 20,000 distinct online gaming platforms offering real-money experiences online today. That’s a lot of choice – no bad thing, of course – but it can make choosing the platform that’s right for your requirements a little more of a challenge. Fortunately, there are some simple steps anybody can take […]
The largest hotel complex in the world when it opened in 1993, the MGM Grand has enjoyed a number of refurbishments over the years. But it has continued to loom over the Las Vegas Strip for three decades now and is one of the most consistent destination hotel and casino resorts in Las Vegas. Online […]
★★★★★ 4.6/5 100% deposit guarantee Rakeback: Personalized Extra: 100% Deposit guarantee Sign up Highlights Mobile poker app established in 2014 Access to private real money clubs Multiple game formats Poker room details Network: Independent License: None Founded in: 2014 pokerrrapp.com email@example.com Payment methods Games and formats HOLDEM PLO MTT 6+ SNG OFC Pokerrrr 2 Review […]
The post Pokerrr 2 Review: Is This Poker App Worth Your Time? appeared first on Beasts of Poker and is written by JTsuited
Poker is one of the oldest games in the world and it never loses its popularity. Nowadays many people, including women, try out their luck in poker gambling. It is a very popular game in dozens of countries and Hungary is no exception. With games available in the US, ,many European countries using the license […]
In the past I have heard sportsmen claim that since they became a professional in their chosen sport they have never really worked a day in their life. To be fair, being so good at anything from soccer to basketball, baseball to hockey and any other sport you can think of takes a lot of […]
The post Poker Professionals: How Players Took The Game From Fun To Full Time Careers appeared first on Beasts of Poker and is written by JTsuited
There have been significant changes for the online gambling scene in the United States in recent times. One of the major changes has been the accessibility of online casino games for people who live in states where real money casino gaming is illegal. The introduction of sweepstakes casinos has caused a huge stir in the […]
The post How the Sweepstake Model is Changing Online Poker in the US appeared first on Beasts of Poker and is written by JTsuited
RSS Error: A feed could not be found at `https://www.onlinecasinoselite.org/callback/rss.xml`; the status code is `500` and content-type is `text/html; charset=iso-8859-1`
Dragon Link Pokie Review: Play Dragon Link Online Pokies Dragon Link pokie machine by Aristocrat is available online for free with no download, no registration, with free spins, features, and progressive jackpots. The gameplay is anchored by a hold & spin function, presenting four distinct jackpots: minor, mini, major, and grand. Short Data Summary: Game: […]
The post Dragon Link Pokie Review: Play Dragon Link Online Pokies appeared first on BetRoll.
Esports, or competitive video gaming, has already had a significant influence on the entertainment and sports industries, and its impact is likely to continue growing in the future. Here are some ways in which esports is expected to influence the future: Mainstream Entertainment: Esports is gradually becoming a mainstream form of entertainment. It has a […]
The post Future of eSport: Influence of eSport in Years to Come appeared first on BetRoll.
Online slots offer an exciting and accessible way to enjoy casino gaming, with various benefits that make them a popular choice among players. We will examine the numerous benefits associated with playing online slots for real money, ranging from entertainment and convenience to financial rewards and personal growth. Understanding What it Means to Play Online […]
The post The Benefit of Playing Online Slots for Real Money appeared first on BetRoll.
The Thrill of Online Casino Real Money Betting While free money bets can provide a casual and risk-free introduction to the world of online gambling, nothing compares to the adrenaline rush and excitement of making real money bets. When wagering real money, players can win tangible rewards that can significantly enhance their gaming experience. Additionally, […]
The post The Benefit of Playing Online Casino Real Money Gambling appeared first on BetRoll.
Online casinos are the most profitable and convenient businesses on the Internet. Now they are here with a major transformation that has never been seen before. This transformation is all about cryptocurrencies, and more specifically Ethereum, which is widely called ETH. For example, it’s not too hard to find an online casino where you can […]
To check if the online casino has a license and where is probably not the first step you take when signing up for one. Even though that is understandable, it can still be a big mistake. One of the most important parts of starting to gamble at an online casino is to know that your […]
The post Casino licenses: What is that and how can you recognize it? appeared first on BetRoll.
Nothing beats being able to sit back in your pajamas at home or on-the-go and enjoy your favorite slot machine. Software developers are continually creating and releasing brand-new slot machines for online play. That’s why our specialists spend hours trying out new games and compiling the best ones to play for real money. Keep reading […]
If you’re looking to add a little excitement to your next party, why not try a casino-themed bash? It’s the perfect way to add a touch of glamour and glitz, and it’s sure to get your guests in the mood for some fun! Also, with a little creativity, you can easily turn your home into […]
The post Win Big at Your Next Party: Tips for Throwing the Perfect Casino-Themed Party appeared first on BetRoll.
Gambling online can be great fun as long as you know how to keep safe at the same time. You should know how to keep all your information secure while you gamble online – that way you can play slot games without a worry. To ensure your safety while you play online casino games, here […]
The post Tips to Stay Safe and Have Fun When You Gamble Online appeared first on BetRoll.
If you are anything like us, then you will probably have a number of favourite slots that you like to return to when you sit down for a gambling session. Now, the main problem with this is that you could end up missing out on games that you will like even more, especially if said […]
Scobe’s New Baseball Slots By Frank Scoblete Baseball is (or was) the American pastime since it started in the 1800s but there have been very few baseball slot machines. I’ve decided to ﬁx that and oﬀer you a new machine that will put baseball back in its primary position in the world of slots/sports. […]
The post SWINGING FOR SLOTS first appeared on Casino Player Magazine | Strictly Slots Magazine | Casino Gambling Tips.
Small tips can make a big difference for players By John Grochowski Sometimes it’s the little things that count. A small strategy adjustment. A tiny tip on what to look for in a slot machine. A wee wrinkle in comp conditions. There are literally dozens of little things to look for and keep in […]
The post TEN FOR THE MONEY first appeared on Casino Player Magazine | Strictly Slots Magazine | Casino Gambling Tips.
How experienced players navigate games, strategies and house edge By Frank Scoblete People who rarely go to casinos probably do not get themselves into a true routine. They go into the casinos, head for the slot machines or stand near a table game to see what’s going on. They could play a slot here, […]
The post UNVEILING THE CASINO ROUTINE first appeared on Casino Player Magazine | Strictly Slots Magazine | Casino Gambling Tips.
The top casino resorts to explore for an end-of-summer delight By Karrie L Zukowski As the sun-kissed days of summer gradually give way to the cool embrace of autumn, the allure of adventure beckons one last time. For those who ﬁnd themselves drawn to the thrill of gaming and the opulence of casino resorts, […]
The post UNWIND AND EXPLORE first appeared on Casino Player Magazine | Strictly Slots Magazine | Casino Gambling Tips.
Strictly Slots Magazine August 2023 UNWIND AND EXPLORE The top casino resorts to explore for an end-of-summer delight By Karrie L Zukowski UNVEILING THE CASINO ROUTINE How experienced players navigate games, strategies and house edge By Frank Scoblete TEN FOR THE MONEY Small tips can make a big difference for players By John Grochowski SWINGING […]
The post Strictly Slots first appeared on Casino Player Magazine | Strictly Slots Magazine | Casino Gambling Tips.
Walking the walk on the casino floor By Frank Scoblete In Shakespeare’s great play, The Tragedy of Macbeth, Macbeth states that “nothing is but what is not.” He is confused and can’t ﬁgure out what is going on in his world and the world in general. But he is on his way to hell; […]
The post NOTHING IS BUT WHAT IS NOT! first appeared on Casino Player Magazine | Strictly Slots Magazine | Casino Gambling Tips.
By John Grochowski Many table and slot players are switching to video poker because it’s possible for average players to have an advantage over the casino when they play. What follows are the most frequently asked questions about video poker that I’ve received and my responses. Isn’t playing a video poker machine the same […]
The post VIDEO POKER FAQ first appeared on Casino Player Magazine | Strictly Slots Magazine | Casino Gambling Tips.
Celebrating Excellence, Exceptional Customer Service & Exceeding Expectations Heading out for a few hours at a casino has never been easier with commercial and tribal casinos now located in all parts of the country. Many American gamblers can hop in the car and head to the local gambling house for a few hours of slot […]
The post The 28th Annual Best of Gaming Awards first appeared on Casino Player Magazine | Strictly Slots Magazine | Casino Gambling Tips.
Casino Player Magazine July 2023 BIG MONEY AGS table-game progressives add a new level of excitement to the pit By Frank Legato DEFINING PAYBACK Payback percentage, and its effect on overall play remains misunderstood By Frank Legato BIG NAMES, BIG PLAYS WSOP underway with some famous names chalking up wins By Sean Chaffin BLACKJACKED How […]
The post Casino Player Magazine July 2023 first appeared on Casino Player Magazine | Strictly Slots Magazine | Casino Gambling Tips.
Strictly Slots Magazine July 2023 TRIPLE TREASURES The Triple Coin Treasures family of games from AGS stacks up the bonus wins By Frank Legato KEEPING THE RHYTHM Escaping reality can be a costly mistake By Jerry “Stickman” Stich LOOK FOR THE EXTRAS Slot makers copy each other on the trendy bonus features, but the best […]
The post Strictly Slots Magazine July 2023 first appeared on Casino Player Magazine | Strictly Slots Magazine | Casino Gambling Tips.
A small bet of just 75 cents turned into a life-changing windfall for a fortunate gambler named Andre at Main Street Station in Downtown Las Vegas on July 26. With nothing more than a bit of hope, Andre defied the odds and hit the jackpot, walking away with an impressive $91,404.25 in his pocket. […]
One New Jersey online slot player recently found quite a payday in June. While playing on BetMGM’s Borgata Online Casino, the new millionaire scored $2.4 million on a $25 bet while playing Luck O’ The Jackpot. This was the second-largest jackpot awarded by BetMGM this year. During the first half of 2023, BetMGM awarded […]
On July 27, casino enthusiast Lisa H. achieved an extraordinary milestone as she secured an impressive $546,386 jackpot while playing the Wheel of Fortune Ultimate 7s Slots at the renowned Seneca Allegany Resort & Casino.
The post Lucky Player Strikes Gold first appeared on Casino Player Magazine | Strictly Slots Magazine | Casino Gambling Tips.
On an August day, a visitor had been enjoying the slot machines at the Seminole Hard Rock Hotel & Casino in Tampa, FL. As the guest was preparing to depart, a spontaneous impulse led her to take one more spin before heading home. Remarkably, she chose to raise her wager from $5 to $12.50 […]
The post Lucky Day first appeared on Casino Player Magazine | Strictly Slots Magazine | Casino Gambling Tips.
Sometimes waiting on a plane isn’t always a bad thing. That was the case for one slot player on July 27. This Las Vegas traveler took a shot on a Wheel of Fortune machine in Terminal 3 and cashed in for a $1.3 million jackpot. Quite a turn of events—book a whole vacation in […]
The post Wait on a Plane, Win Seven Figures first appeared on Casino Player Magazine | Strictly Slots Magazine | Casino Gambling Tips.
Home to downtown Las Vegas’ only bingo room, the Plaza Hotel & Casino is introducing a $20,000 Super Bingo Giveaway. To qualify for the $20,000 Super Bingo Giveaway, players receive 10 drawing tickets for every Super Bingo 2-day tournament played from now until June 2024. Upcoming tournament dates in 2023 are: Sept. 11-13, Oct. 9-11, and […]
Long considered the unofficial end to the summer season, Labor Day Weekend always promises an exciting lineup of entertainment and activities in Las Vegas. For a convenient transportation option over the busy weekend, visitors can hop on the Las Vegas Monorail, which offers seven stations throughout the Strip. Incredible Concerts from the Music Industry’s Finest […]
There are many reasons to head off on a Norwegian Cruise Line getaway—the soft ocean breezes, trips to exotic locations,excellent entertainment, great culinary and cocktail experiences, and so much more. A major part of that can also be the casino on board and that includes some interesting options for slot players. One of the biggest […]
Snoqualmie Casino has taken the sports betting scene in Washington to new heights with the launch of the state’s first-ever Las Vegas-style large progressive point spread contest. As the pioneer in bringing sportsbooks to the region, the casino is now offering an exciting 2023 football season-long competition called the “Beat the Spread Pigskin Challenge.” […]
Sphere’s fully-programmable exterior – the world’s largest LED screen – transforms the Las Vegas skyline July 4 marked a remarkable moment as Sphere took the global stage in Las Vegas, illuminating the venue’s exterior—the Exosphere—with a captivating presentation. This exterior presentation showcased a captivating array of dynamic and animated content, marking a pivotal juncture where architectural innovation […]
Rooms for the newly renovated Silverton Casino Lodge are now on sale for hotel reservations beginning Oct. 2. The hotel, which is undergoing a complete renovation, has been closed to create a new boutique hotel experience to anchor the casino resort. The remodeled hotel features 300 “luxe-lodge” guest rooms and suites including three distinct […]
The post Cowboy Up: Silverton Casino unveils stunning new hotel remodel, elevating the guest experience to new heights first appeared on Casino Player Magazine | Strictly Slots Magazine | Casino Gambling Tips.
Rivers Casino Philadelphia is set to make waves with the announcement of its ambitious hotel expansion. The casino revealed plans to open a 62-suite boutique luxury hotel, named “Riversuites,” within The Battery, a dynamic mixed-use lifestyle campus located on Beach Street in the vibrant Fishtown neighborhood. Positioned as a high-end destination, Riversuites will occupy […]
Are You Ready For Some Football (Slots)?!! Aristocrat Gaming and the National Football League (NFL) have teamed up to create an exciting and innovative gaming experience for millions of NFL fans with the release of NFL Super Bowl Jackpots, set to hit casino floors across the United States at the beginning of the 2023 […]
Potawatomi Casino Hotel in Milwaukee, WI, opened the all new Rock & Brews restaurant with Rock & Roll Hall of Famers Paul Stanley and Gene Simmons of KISS on Aug. 1. The 6,000 square-foot restaurant will seat up to 200 guests with private dining capabilities, offer 48 taps pouring the best domestic and import […]
Discover the excitement at Graton Resort & Casino, the Bay Area’s premier gaming destination, nestled in beautiful Rohnert Park, CA. Graton Resort & Casino is excited to host the $1 Million Life of Luxury Slot Tournament. Prepare for an unforgettable experience on Sept. 2, 16, 30 and Oct. 14 and 28, with two qualifying tournament […]
By Frank Legato The rise of online gaming in the U.S. has given players in six states—so far—a new place to play. Studies have shown that for the most part, players who use their phones or PCs to play slots are not taking business away from the physical casinos. Players in those six states […]
The post The Omnichannel Wheel: IGT links casino and online versions of its venerable Wheel of Fortune game to a single jackpot, a U.S. first first appeared on Casino Player Magazine | Strictly Slots Magazine | Casino Gambling Tips.
As the sun sets on another glorious summer, music enthusiasts are in for a treat like no other at the Hard Rock Live at Etess Arena. Nestled within the iconic expanse of Hard Rock Atlantic City, the Hard Rock Live at Etess Arena stands as a beacon of entertainment excellence. With a reputation for […]
Casino Player Magazine August 2023 THE 28th ANNUAL BEST OF GAMING AWARDS Celebrating Excellence, Exceptional Customer Service & Exceeding Expectation VIDEO POKER FAQ By John Grochowski NOTHING IS BUT WHAT IS NOT! Walking the walk on the casino floor By Frank Scoblete Make the most of every visit to your favorite casino by reading Casino […]
The post Casino Player first appeared on Casino Player Magazine | Strictly Slots Magazine | Casino Gambling Tips.
There are many benefits to playing in an online casino. From the accessibility afforded by playing anywhere to the vast game libraries to search through, online casinos make gambling more enjoyable to all players. Another feature that sets online casinos apart is their promotions. While physical casinos also run multiple promotions, these often don’t come […]
By Frank Legato The big-money jackpot. For more than three decades—since the 1986 launch of Megabucks—that phrase has been most associated with the slot machine. For the past decade, however, it has gained attention in the pit as never before. Table-game side bets have been common for some time, often with set pay schedules […]
By John Grochowski No matter how dedicated the video poker player, it’s all but impossible to memorize the ins and outs of strategy for every game and every pay table. If you’re going to flip back and forth among Jacks or Better, Double Bonus Poker, Double Double Bonus Poker and Deuces Wild, you’re bound […]
Meet Tony, the fortunate gambler who experienced a life-changing moment at Saratoga Casino in New York. On July 27, Tony placed a simple $5 wager while playing Bally’s Quick Hits, and luck smiled upon him as the reels aligned, rewarding him with an astonishing $94,716 jackpot!
A small bet of just 75 cents turned into a life-changing windfall for a fortunate gambler named Andre at Main Street Station in Downtown Las Vegas on July 26. With nothing more than a bit of hope, Andre defied the odds and hit the jackpot, walking away with an impressive $91,404.25 in his pocket. […]
A visit to Ameristar Casino Resort Spa St. Charles turned into an extraordinary stroke of luck for one fortunate Boyd Rewards member. On Wednesday, July 5, the lucky guest tried their hand on the thrilling IGT $10 denomination Triple Diamond Strike machine. As the reels spun, fortune favored the daring player, aligning the symbols […]
The post Big Bets, Big Return first appeared on Casino Player Magazine | Strictly Slots Magazine | Casino Gambling Tips.
A memorable Independence Day turned into an extraordinary windfall for a fortunate player from LaPlace, LA, at Treasure Chest Casino located in Kenner, LA. The anonymous winner, seeking a thrilling gaming experience, tried their luck on the popular IGT’s Red, White and Blue slot machine during their visit on Tuesday, July 4. With a […]
The South Point Hotel, Casino & Spa witnessed double the luck on July 18 as one fortunate local player struck gold not once, but twice, taking home an impressive windfall of winnings. In a stroke of sheer luck and skill, the lucky individual managed to hit a remarkable seven-card straight flush with no joker, […]
Interview with the slot machine By Frank Scoblete Slot machines have come a long way. Yesterday’s slots were merely mechanical devices with three reels of 10 stops each with only a thousand possible combinations (10 X 10 X 10 = 1,000) and they were primarily located in bars. Now they are almost sentient computer-driven […]
The post TELL ALL first appeared on Casino Player Magazine | Strictly Slots Magazine | Casino Gambling Tips.
Slot makers copy each other on the trendy bonus features, but the best add a unique touch that defines a game By Frank Legato In the business of developing slot machines, imitation has always been a sincere form of ﬂattery. Put another way, it is a normal occurrence that once a slot-maker comes up […]
The post LOOK FOR THE EXTRAS first appeared on Casino Player Magazine | Strictly Slots Magazine | Casino Gambling Tips.
Escaping reality can be a costly mistake By Jerry “Stickman” Stich If you are an average gambler on a multiple-day trip to Las Vegas, you arrive at your hotel, drop your bags oﬀ in your room and immediately head to the casino. You then plop yourself down at the ﬁrst open machine or at […]
The post KEEPING THE RHYTHM first appeared on Casino Player Magazine | Strictly Slots Magazine | Casino Gambling Tips.
The Triple Coin Treasures family of games from AGS stacks up the bonus wins By Frank Legato These days, there are many player-favorite features you’ll ﬁnd in a lot of new slot games. The ones that stand out are the games that serve up clever ways of combining popular features and presenting them in […]
The post TRIPLE TREASURES first appeared on Casino Player Magazine | Strictly Slots Magazine | Casino Gambling Tips.
Vegas is not only famous for its significant gambling scene, but also for the vast amount of hotels that line its streets, particularly on The Strip. All competing for top dog status, it’s difficult to differentiate the good hotels from the bad, and it can be easy to […]
Gambling is the betting of money or a valuable thing on an event (e.g. tossing a dice) with an unpredictable outcome, to win money or material things. Whatever it means to different people, one indisputable fact is gambling is a flourishing industry. For some people, gambling is a fun past-time, […]
The post Why Do People Gamble? A Quick Psychological Guide. appeared first on Weekly Slots News.
If you walk into any brick and motor casino, one of the most games you will find people playing are classic fruit machines popularly known as slots. The internet has made work easier for gamblers because using a smartphone, tablet or PC, slot machines can be played at the comfort […]
The next big thing in gambling is expected to be the Internet of Things (IoT), which has the potential to revolutionize the gaming industry, particularly slots. One of the key drivers for the popularity of slots is their entertainment value; integration with IoT could set the stage for a massive […]
Las Vegas is undoubtedly the world’s biggest gambling hub, welcoming around 42 million gamblers every year. The Vegas gambling economy is equally massive, with the casinos in the Sin City collectively raking in more than a whopping $11 billion in 2018 alone. Considering this, it’s only natural for the rest […]
If you are planning on traveling to Singapore and experience the gambling nightlife, you have come to the right place. The Singaporean government is not terribly fond of gambling, even though the country is home to two of the best casino resorts in all of Asia. While tourists can gamble […]
Established in 2013, Slots.lv boasts a large range of games, casino favorites, and benefits requiring only an internet connection and a smartphone to get started. There’s countless games to get involved with from the slots you’d expect to the table games and scratchcards that you wouldn’t – there’s plenty […]
Slots of Vegas is another online casino that uses Vegas in its name. However, while Vegas is synonymous with great times and entertainment, Slots of Vegas online casino is far from such a thing. In fact, it has been blacklisted due to unethical business practices and should be avoided at […]
The post Slots of Vegas Casino Review: Bonus Codes and Tips appeared first on Weekly Slots News.
Gambling tattoos come in many forms but they all have one thing in common: the love of the game. Designs range from the demonstration of luck and representing their favorite game to showing off their biggest win at the tables. Common examples include 21 from blackjack and a lucky number […]
Penny slots are simply defined as slot machines that can be played at 1 cent per line although have evolved to often require a minimum number of lines that must be played per spin. Instead of costing the minimum you’d expect, as we would have seen in the past, […]
The post The Essential Penny Slots Guide: How They Work and Where to Play Online appeared first on Weekly Slots News.
With a groundbreaking turnout of nearly 2000 contenders, the CEP Main Event has shattered records and ignited excitement.
An 88-foot luxury yacht, purportedly belonging to Spanish poker pro Diego Gomez Gonzalez, turned into a blazing inferno amidst the tranquil waters of the Mediterranean.
GGPoker recently signed a new poker ambassador, the controversial influencer True Geordie. We look at the brand’s ambassadors and their histories in poker.
The WSOP tournament is among the most significant annual poker tournaments. The 2023 event is set to break records, and we are looking into how it’s doing.
Unibet Open is back in Bucharest with its giant poker festival. We have a look at what this tournament offers and what tourist attractions players can enjoy.
We look at how poker Sit and Go tables have fared over the last few years. An iconic game for many poker players, but it might be on its last legs. Or is it?
Learn about the exciting WPT Voyage in 2024 and what it offers. We look at the events, destinations, and packages you can purchase for this at-sea event.
Doyle Brunson was The Godfather of Poker who has done much for the poker world. Join us as we say farewell and remember his many accomplishments.
Try out GGPoker’s new features, available after a recent software update. Prop bets and voice messages are now available - read more to see how they work.
By Mark Stein. Skill-based gaming options are casino games that reward players based on their strategy and expertise. As a result, every decision you make during the gameplay influences the outcome rather than pure luck. Among these games, blackjack is the most prominent in land-based and online casinos. It aims to have a hand with … Continue reading Unveiling the Best Blackjack Strategies in 2023 →
By Mario Petkovski. In the world of gambling, the most common question bettors ask is which method is best for making money. The short answer? There isn’t a sport or a casino game that can guarantee you profits, therefore we cannot pick just one. Additionally, making some money on casino games or horse racing isn’t … Continue reading Blackjack Vs. Horse Racing: Which One Is More Profitable? →
The post Blackjack Vs. Horse Racing: Which One Is More Profitable? appeared first on Blackjack Review.
By Marcus Marius. Blackjack, a game that perfectly melds chance with strategy, offers players numerous decisions that can influence the outcome of each hand. One such decision is whether to split a pair. But when is the right time to do so? Whether you prefer to play blackjack online or at the table, this is … Continue reading When to Split a Pair in Blackjack →
By Aleks Souschuk. Introduction to a New, Bold World The world of gambling, including the bloom of casinos and the spells of card games, has experienced monumental transitions since its inception- from mere card game sessions between nobles in the Renaissance era to the neon buzz of Las Vegas’ luxurious gambling hubs. As electrifying as … Continue reading Blackjack’s Digital Deal: Exploring the Game in Bitcoin Casinos →
The post Blackjack’s Digital Deal: Exploring the Game in Bitcoin Casinos appeared first on Blackjack Review.
By Staff Writer. In online casinos, live dealer games have become immensely popular. They offer players the opportunity to enjoy a realistic casino experience from the comfort of their own homes. Among these live dealer games, live blackjack is one of the most beloved and enduring card games. But have you ever wondered what goes … Continue reading Behind the Scenes: The Technology and Talent Powering Live Blackjack →
The post Behind the Scenes: The Technology and Talent Powering Live Blackjack appeared first on Blackjack Review.
By Chip Green. You’ve heard it before, anyone with enough desire combined with an iron will and proper training (also, assuming a full size brain) can learn to play winning blackjack. I define winning blackjack as average-units-per-win greater than average-units-per-loss, coupled with winning more frequently than losing. Think of it as a batting average >0.500 … Continue reading The Long Road to Playing Winning Blackjack →
By Ellie Walker. Gambling has always been a popular pastime that draws people in with the allure of chance and the possibility of big payouts. Blackjack and sports betting are prevalent forms of gambling, each possessing unique appeal and probabilities. Grasping the differentiating factors between these two gambling modalities and finding top-tier promo codes like … Continue reading Sports Betting Vs Blackjack: Which Offers Better Odds for Gamblers? →
The post Sports Betting Vs Blackjack: Which Offers Better Odds for Gamblers? appeared first on Blackjack Review.
By Luke Windsor. Technology has been hugely influential for a number of industries. For many of them, it has been the driving force that has allowed them to expand and grow to the size that they are today. The gaming sector is one such example where technology’s presence has been felt significantly. The introduction and … Continue reading The Impact of Technology on Online Blackjack: VR and Beyond →
The post The Impact of Technology on Online Blackjack: VR and Beyond appeared first on Blackjack Review.
By Adam Gray. Blackjack stands out as one of Canada’s most beloved online casino games, and its appeal is immediately evident. Various factors fuel its popularity. First and foremost, Canadian players have the opportunity to explore their preferred blackjack variants through Slotozilla. Furthermore, the game is enjoyable and easy to grasp, making it an enticing … Continue reading The 5 Best Blackjack Strategies for Canadian Players →
The post The 5 Best Blackjack Strategies for Canadian Players appeared first on Blackjack Review.
By Jason Underwood. Blackjack is among the simplest and most exciting casino games for players looking to unwind and have fun with different betting strategies. In this casino game, the player’s main aim is to get a hand that totals 21 without exceeding (or going bust) to get the win. That’s easily achieved by getting … Continue reading What Distinguishes Pro Blackjack Players from Amateurs →
The post What Distinguishes Pro Blackjack Players from Amateurs appeared first on Blackjack Review.
By Lua Mawate. The world of casinos is light and glitzy and this, in combination with the thrill of winning, has a big allure for the millions of gamblers online. Now that it’s also an option online, the allure is even fiercer. And while all players have different preferences in terms of what they prefer … Continue reading Card Counting: Myth vs. Reality →
By Eric Affleck. Poker comes in many styles, each with its own special tactics. This article explores the various poker games and what makes them unique for players. From the exciting Texas Hold’em to the strategic Omaha. There’s the classic Seven Card Stud and Crazy Pineapple Poker. Each game offers a tailor-made experience to choose … Continue reading The Unique World of Poker →
By Roimadhan. The world of online blackjack holds an undeniable allure, transporting the thrill of the casino floor directly into the comfort of your own home. As players seek not only the enjoyment of the game but also the tantalizing potential of substantial winnings, the quest for effective strategies takes center stage. Among the myriad … Continue reading Unveiling the Quantum Strategy: A Paradigm Shift in Online Blackjack Mastery →
The post Unveiling the Quantum Strategy: A Paradigm Shift in Online Blackjack Mastery appeared first on Blackjack Review.
By Roimadhan. Step into the captivating world of Bitcoin blackjack at online casinos, where strategy meets innovation. This all-encompassing guide equips you with essential tactics and expert insights, enhancing your gaming journey and elevating your chances of emerging victorious. A Timeless Classic Meets Modern Crypto Blackjack, renowned for its simplicity and popularity in casinos, has … Continue reading Mastering Bitcoin Blackjack: A Comprehensive Guide for Cryptocurrency Players →
The post Mastering Bitcoin Blackjack: A Comprehensive Guide for Cryptocurrency Players appeared first on Blackjack Review.
By Samuel Okunsolavo. Today, modern mobile phone casinos in the US are breaking stereotypes. It is commonly believed that the casino is an industry that makes money on what players lose. Every game has an advantage in favor of the casino. It means that in the long run, the casino will always win and the … Continue reading Do you need a strategy to win at casinos? →
By Zeynab Nasibova. The thrill of playing blackjack with real money online parallels that of playing at a brick-and-mortar casino. Top-notch online gambling platforms offer an array of game variations you can enjoy and profit from, all from the comfort of your home. Options range from single deck to multi-hand, European, Pirate 21, Spanish, and … Continue reading Engaging in Blackjack Online with Real Cash →
By Dan Cormac. Card games have a rich history, dating back centuries, and have been a popular form of entertainment in various cultures across the entire world. New Zealand is no exception to this rule, and in some ways, its history is even more interesting than others. As the nation has witnessed the evolution of … Continue reading The Evolution of Card Games and Blackjack in New Zealand →
The post The Evolution of Card Games and Blackjack in New Zealand appeared first on Blackjack Review.
By Joicy Carolina. Unlike other casino games, blackjack combines skills, strategy, and a bit of luck. Every avid gambler understands why finding the best online blackjack casino is crucial to the entire experience. Most times, it takes a lot of planning because you must have a clear picture of your ideal platform. Different players come … Continue reading The Ultimate Guide to Finding the Best Blackjack Casinos in Australia →
The post The Ultimate Guide to Finding the Best Blackjack Casinos in Australia appeared first on Blackjack Review.
By John Peter. Blackjack is a popular card game known for its blend of skill, strategy, and luck. One of the most intriguing moves a player can make in blackjack is the “double down.” Doubling down allows players to increase their initial wager in exchange for receiving just one additional card. However, this move comes … Continue reading When Should You Double Down In Blackjack? →
By Preston Davis. Twenty-one, universally recognized as blackjack, seizes the crown as one of the globe’s most adored betting endeavors. It owes much of its celebrity to its accessible elegance. That simplicity, akin to a welcoming handshake, readily invites novices into its folds. Yet, beneath this approach-ability, it hides an intricate dance of strategy, a … Continue reading The Mathematics Behind Blackjack →
By Rusdiana Ari. When it comes to online gambling, finding a top-rated casino is crucial to ensure a safe and enjoyable experience. With the abundance of options available, it can be overwhelming to determine which casinos are trustworthy and provide the best gaming environment. Thankfully, there are key factors to consider that can help you … Continue reading How To Find A Top Rated Online Casino? →
By Laura. There’s more to blackjack than knowing the rules of the game and adopting beneficial playing decisions. Every successful and experienced blackjack player knows it is equally important to have a solid understanding of basic blackjack strategy. This can help you increase your chances of winning. At the same time, it reduces a casino … Continue reading Enhancing Blackjack Strategy with Artificial Intelligence: A Game-Changer for Players →
The post Enhancing Blackjack Strategy with Artificial Intelligence: A Game-Changer for Players appeared first on Blackjack Review.
By Yamaoka Ayumi. 1. Introduction to Blackjack Blackjack, also known as ’21’, is a popular card game that marries the thrill of chance with the use of strategic decision-making. As a player, your primary goal is to beat the dealer. You can do this by having a hand total that is closer to 21 than … Continue reading How to Play Online Blackjack: A Comprehensive Guide for Beginners →
The post How to Play Online Blackjack: A Comprehensive Guide for Beginners appeared first on Blackjack Review.
By Mary Cole. Betwinner casino has been operating since 2018. The casino is owned by Marikit Holdings Ltd. and holds a license from Curacao. Casino offers, who advises download Betwinner app to your phone, a wide range of games, multiple options for deposit and withdrawal, and a mobile application, creating a favorable environment for gamblers. … Continue reading What casino games are available on Betwinner? →
By Julie Mayers. Blackjack is one of the best table games for casino players to target for two simple reasons. First, the game moves quickly and dynamically and allows players to try out a variety of strategies. Two, it has one of the most advantageous house edges for players. But most players stick to a … Continue reading A Look at the Best Blackjack Variations Available Online →
The post A Look at the Best Blackjack Variations Available Online appeared first on Blackjack Review.
Blackjack is one of the most exciting and thrilling games. The core aim of online blackjack is to beat the dealer by getting as close to 21 as possible without going over it. For that, you can leverage several strategies like stand, hit, blackjack double down, or blackjack split. If you are a regular player... Read More
Amidst the hectic work schedules, many people enjoy spending time playing different casino games to relax their minds. However, not everyone takes the game seriously. They believe that it is only a game and meant for fun and entertainment. But to your surprise, there are players who actually consider that playing at the online casino... Read More
Have you ever tried your hands on casino? If yes, then you must have heard about Blackjack. Blackjack is one of the oldest and classic casino games that attracts a special crowd of beginners and experienced players. The game can be quickly learned as it has some basic blackjack rule with high chances of winning.... Read More
Have you ever tried your hands on poker games? If yes, you must be familiar with the poker chips However, if you are new to the world of casinos, you need to have an idea of the poker chips and their different types. So, what exactly are poker chips? Well, they are tiny, round discs... Read More
The post A Detailed Guide to the Different Poker Chips Types appeared first on Jackpot Mobile Casino.
Slot machines made their way to the casino gaming world in the late 19th century. Since then, they’ve been a popular choice for hundreds of thousands of casino goers across the globe. Today, slot players have the option to choose from several different slot types, including classic online slots, 3D slots, progressive slots, jackpot slots... Read More
It goes without saying that slot games are a highly popular choice among casino players. When playing slots online, slot players have the option to try their luck at a variety of slot variations, including 3D slots, progressive jackpots, and multi-line slots, amongst others. Along with that, online slot games are further categorised based on... Read More
The post The Best Adventure-Themed Slot Games to Try Online appeared first on Jackpot Mobile Casino.
It goes without saying that casino dice games are popular in several regions of the world. The six-sided dice that’s an integral part of modern dice-based casino games was invented in China around two millennia ago. In the past, dice were primarily used by fortune tellers to predict the future. But with time, dice began... Read More
The post Top Casino Dice Games You Should Definitely Give A Try appeared first on Jackpot Mobile Casino.
Imagine yourself in a grand casino hall, surrounded by the clinking of chips and the excited murmurs of the players huddled around the roulette table. As you watch the spinning wheel come to a stop, you can’t help but wonder: What secrets lie behind the strategies that players use to try and beat this classic... Read More
The post A Comprehensive Guide to the Fisher Roulette Strategy appeared first on Jackpot Mobile Casino.
Craps is an interesting dice-based casino classic that is enjoyed by hundreds of thousands of casino players worldwide. The game of Craps offers ultimate fun and excitement and has a vast selection of wagering options to choose from. Along with the standard wagers, many Craps games offer players the chance to place side bets. Side... Read More
Slot machines are the go-to choice for hundreds of thousands of casino goers worldwide. In the past, slot machines featured a simple layout and had a limited number of slot symbols. But with the recent technological advances, slot games have become more sophisticated and come with a variety of different symbol types. We start this... Read More
The post Understanding the Different Types of Slot Wild Symbols appeared first on Jackpot Mobile Casino.
Look for a New Vegas Values Reports on the FIRST Sunday of each month. The next report will be available on Sunday, October 1, 2023. See the best Las Vegas casino promotions! Come back the second Sunday of each month to find the best values in Las Vegas. Updated by Scot Krause, our Las Vegas [...]
The post Vegas Values Report September 3, 2023 – Updated Monthly on the FIRST Sunday of Each Month appeared first on American Casino Guide Book.
Price Range: To be determined
Casino Size: 40,000 Square Feet
Games Offered: Slots, Video Poker, Blackjack, Craps, Roulette, Sports Book, Mini-Baccarat, Ultimate Texas Hold'em, Three Card Poker
Special Features: Opened August 25, 2023 with 650 electronic machines and 14 table games.
Casino Size: 34,000 Square Feet
Games Offered: Slots, Video Poker, Blackjack, Craps, Roulette, Sports Book, Race Book, Mini-Baccarat, Pai Gow Poker, Three Card Poker
Special Features: Temporary casino located in Medinah Temple with 800 electronic gaming machines and 56 table games. A permanent facility is expected to open by 2026 at the site of the former Chicago Tribune publishing center.
Casino Size: 40,000 Square Feet
Games Offered: Slot Machines, Video Poker, Blackjack, Craps, Roulette, Mini-Baccarat, Three Card Poker, Ultimate Texas Hold'em, Sports Book
Overnight RV Parking: Free
RV Dump: No
Special Features: Food court with 3 fast food locations.
EXPECTED TO OPEN NOVEMBER 20, 2023
Toll-Free Number: (888) 899-7770
Rooms/Suites: 200 Price Range: To Be Determined
Casino Size: 83,000 Square Feet
Games Offered: Slots, Video Poker, Blackjack, Craps, Roulette, Sports Book, Race Book, Mini-Baccarat, Pai Gow Poker, Three Card Poker
Special Features: Affiliated with Station Casinos.
EXPECTED TO OPEN DECEMBER 2023
Price Range: To Be Determined
Casino Size: 150,000 Square Feet
Games Offered: Slots, Video Poker, Blackjack, Craps, Roulette, Sports Book, Race Book, Baccarat, Mini-Baccarat, Poker Room, Pai Gow, Casino War, Pai Gow Poker, Caribbean Stud Poker, Let It Ride, Three Card Poker, Big Six Wheel
Special Features: 3,000-seat theater for live performances.
Look for a New Vegas Values Reports on the FIRST Sunday of each month. The next report will be available on Sunday, September 3, 2023. See the best Las Vegas casino promotions! Come back the second Sunday of each month to find the best values in Las Vegas. Updated by Scot Krause, our Las Vegas [...]
The post Vegas Values Report August 6, 2023 – Updated Monthly on the FIRST Sunday of Each Month appeared first on American Casino Guide Book.
by Matt Bourie Are you ready to try your luck at slot machines? With their flashing lights, spinning reels, and enticing jackpots, these iconic casino games have captivated players for decades. But have you ever wondered if there's a way to tell when a slot machine is ready to hit that elusive jackpot? In this [...]
The post Can You Tell When a Slot Machine is Ready to Hit a Jackpot? appeared first on American Casino Guide Book.
by Matt Bourie Casinos have long been synonymous with excitement, entertainment, and high-stakes gambling. In the United States, several colossal casino resorts have gained international acclaim for their opulence, grandeur, and extensive gaming options. This article delves into the five largest casinos in the United States, showcasing their impressive offerings and exploring what makes them [...]
The post Exploring the Five Largest Casinos in the United States appeared first on American Casino Guide Book.
Hours: 9am - 1am Daily
Gambling Age: 21
Games Offered: Only electronic gaming machines.
Special Features: Temporary casino with more than 200 slot machines, video poker and electronic table games. New casino expected to open in same location by mid-2024.
Look for a New Vegas Values Reports on the FIRST Sunday of each month. The next report will be available on Sunday, August 6, 2023. See the best Las Vegas casino promotions! Come back the second Sunday of each month to find the best values in Las Vegas. Updated by Scot Krause, our Las Vegas [...]
The post Vegas Values Report July 2, 2023 – Updated Monthly on the FIRST Sunday of Each Month appeared first on American Casino Guide Book.
By John Grochowski Practically every craps system has an internal logic that makes sense to the people who use it in casinos. If you place 6 and 8 at the same time, you have 10 ways to win and only six ways to lose, right? If you bet pass and don’t pass at the same [...]
The post The Flawed Logic of Craps Systems: Uncovering the Reality of the House Edge appeared first on American Casino Guide Book.
By John Grochowski When casinos change pay tables on video poker games, they not only change the payback percentage players can get, they change optimal strategy. If you’re playing Double Double Bonus Poker in an online casino and you see a 9-6 pay table where full houses pay 9 for 1 and flushes 6 for [...]
The post Flushes and Full Houses: Key Strategy Shifts in Video Poker Pay Table Adjustments appeared first on American Casino Guide Book.
May 2023 Newsletter FREE Educational Gambling Videos! Get FREE Money at Internet Casinos! Matt & Steve are Now The Jackpot Gents! Play in FREE Monthly Slot Tournaments and win CASH PRIZES! Greetings! Watch us on YouTube this Thursday as we play live in a casino! Matt and Steve will be playing slot machines at [...]
April 2023 Newsletter FREE Educational Gambling Videos! Get FREE Money at Internet Casinos! Matt & Steve are Now The Jackpot Gents! Play in FREE Monthly Slot Tournaments and win CASH PRIZES! Greetings! Come meet us in person this weekend! Look below for details on our first meet & greet in South Florida on Sunday, [...]
March 2023 Newsletter FREE Educational Gambling Videos! Get FREE Money at Internet Casinos! Matt & Steve are Now The Jackpot Gents! Play in FREE Monthly Slot Tournaments and win CASH PRIZES! Greetings! Come meet us in person in April! We are having our first meet & greet in South Florida on April 23. Look [...]
By Jerry Stich Craps is the only game where the casino gives you the means of winning and the outcome is quite literally in your hands (sort of). The casino gives you two dice and actually allows you to throw them. There is no other casino game where the player has control. He can’t shuffle [...]
Winning Tips For Playing Five Popular Casino Games! by Matt Bourie Step right up and let's talk about the art of making money in casinos! Whether you're a seasoned gambler or a newbie looking to try your luck, there are plenty of opportunities to win big. But where should you start? In this blog post, [...]
The post Winning Tips For Playing Five Popular Casino Games! appeared first on American Casino Guide Book.
By Nicholas Colon Tells aren't just for the poker table. Tells are part of the blackjack card counting world, and avoiding telegraphing your play is crucial to having a successful advantage blackjack career. Here I’m going to discuss some common counter tells. One clear sign that gives away card counters is their bet spreads. This [...]
Look for a New Vegas Values Reports on the FIRST Sunday of each month. The next report will be available on Sunday, July 2, 2023. See the best Las Vegas casino promotions! Come back the second Sunday of each month to find the best values in Las Vegas. Updated by Scot Krause, our Las Vegas [...]
The post Vegas Values Report June 4, 2023 – Updated Monthly on the FIRST Sunday of Each Month appeared first on American Casino Guide Book.
Ever since the first series launched in 2011, Black Mirror’s often thought-provoking and topical episodes have dominated our screens. Following the release of the sixth series of the hit show last month, we set out on a nationwide hunt to find the biggest Black Mirror superfan, and employ them as our first professional Black Mirror Binge-Watcher.Read More »
The post VegasSlotsOnline Reveals Black Mirror Inevitability Index appeared first on Top Rank Casinos.
A brawl involving four women in the Wynn Las Vegas hotel and casino disrupted a World Poker Tour (WTP) tournament, with one woman particularly scantily clad. Video footage shows the fight in full flow at the five-star property on Sunday night: Tearing Strips off each other: Moment vicious cat fight erupts in #LasVegas, Sin City'sRead More »
The post WPT Tournament Disrupted by Brawl Involving Four Women in Las Vegas appeared first on Top Rank Casinos.
City of Dreams Mediterranean officially opened for business this week after five years of planning, building, and outfitting guests for the high-end adventure of a lifetime in Europe’s largest and only integrated casino resort. The sheer mass and design elements of the building seem to indicate it would be visible from several miles away with aRead More »
The post City of Dreams Mediterranean is Open in Cyprus – Only Integrated Casino Resort in Europe appeared first on Top Rank Casinos.
Yesterday, July 10, it was revealed that the Kentucky Horse Racing Commission (KHRC) has validated the introduction of sports wagering. In addition, it will go into effect when the NFL season officially starts in September. Pari-mutuel betting: The Kentucky racing officials validated pari-mutuel betting starting September 7 for retail at in-person sites like extension facilities, tracksRead More »
The post Sports Betting For Retail In Kentucky in September appeared first on Top Rank Casinos.
Sports Illustrated has shared further detail and insight into the University of Alabama baseball betting scandal, citing sources close to the investigation. According to SI, youth-league coach Bert Eugene Neff Jr. walked into a Cincinnati BetMGM in late April hoping to place $100,000+ on Alabama vs Louisiana State University. When the sportsbook refused the bet,Read More »
The post Alabama Baseball Scandal Culprit Told BetMGM Staff He Had Inside Info, Say Sources appeared first on Top Rank Casinos.
“I would really like to have [sports betting] ahead of that first NFL game,” said Kentucky Governor Andy Beshear back in April. Just over three months later, Beshear’s wish looks set to come true after the Kentucky Horse Racing Commission (KHRC) met in Lexington Monday and approved the September 7 launch of retail sports betting.Read More »
The post Kentucky Gov. Beshear Gets Wish as Sports Betting to Launch in Time for NFL appeared first on Top Rank Casinos.
When you hear the term, G.O.A.T., who comes to mind? The G.O.A.T. aka Greatest of All Time is an acronym that’s used to praise exceptional public figures, like athletes, musicians, and celebrities. Some would argue that Michael Jordan is the G.O.A.T. for basketball, Michael Jackson for singing, or dare we say…Messi for soccer? We’re putting anRead More »
The post The Greatest of All Time celebrities, according to A.I. appeared first on Top Rank Casinos.
According to a report on CTV National News, the owners of the Great Blue Heron Casino, the Mississaugas of Scugog Island First Nation (MSIFN), north of Toronto, believe they got a raw deal from the government with the launch of iGaming in Ontario and new land-based operations in the area. The Great Blue Heron CasinoRead More »
Although formed only last year, a special unit of the Las Vegas Metropolitan Police (LVMPD) formed to tackle illegal street racing has made 185 arrests. The latest came after a man rode his dirt bike through Las Vegas casinos. The LVMPD Traffic Bureau took to Twitter to share an image of the unnamed man trackedRead More »
The post Man Rides Dirt Bike Into Las Vegas Casinos Before Popping Wheelies Along Boulevard appeared first on Top Rank Casinos.
Australian citizens facing any sort of problem gambling will soon be able to exclude themselves before the things get too far. All they would need to do will be to sign up to a national self-exclusion register that will prevent them from placing bets on sports and racing events. As Asian Gaming Brief reports (AGB),Read More »
The post BetStop Launches to Support Problem Gambler Self-Exclusion appeared first on Top Rank Casinos.
Maine has two casinos. In Bangor, Hollywood Casino opened in 2005, and Oxford Casino opened in 2012. Although, they were unfortunately, reopening after the pandemic was not a positive experience for the Maine casino industry. As a result, Maine Casinos Lead New England in Revenue Decline. Related Posts – Gambling in Maine-The Pine Tree State...
¡No estás solo! Muchas familias, seres queridos y amigos de jugadores problemáticos pueden verse gravemente afectados mental, física y financieramente por esta adicción oculta. Es crucial que establezcas límites y cuides de ti mismo. Al igual que cuando escuchas las instrucciones de seguridad en un avión, dicen que te pongas tu propia máscara primero, porque…
You are not alone! So many families, loved ones, and friends of problem gamblers can be severely mentally, physically, and financially impacted by this hidden addiction. It is crucial that you set boundaries and take care of yourself. Much like when you are watching the safety presentation on an airplane, they say for you to…
The post Coping Skills for Loved Ones of Compulsive Gamblers first appeared on The Florida Council on Compulsive Gambling, Inc.
September is National Suicide Prevention Awareness Month. Sadly, provisional data for 2022 revealed the highest number of annual deaths by suicide on record. After adjusting for population growth and age, the suicide rate has risen by a shocking 16% since 2011.  FCCG is raising awareness about the relation to disordered gambling, which has the…
Septiembre es el Mes Nacional de Concientización sobre la Prevención del Suicidio. Lamentablemente, los datos provisionales de 2022 revelaron la cifra más alta de muertes anuales por suicidio registrada. Tras ajustarla por el crecimiento de la población y la edad, la tasa de suicidios ha aumentado en un impactante 16% desde 2011 . El FCCG…
The post Septiembre es el Mes Nacional de Concientización sobre la Prevención del Suicidio: Examinando el Juego Compulsivo como una Causa Raíz first appeared on The Florida Council on Compulsive Gambling, Inc.
Society has taught us unhealthy false beliefs and values about our attachments to and misuse of money, to the point that it becomes shaming. We are taught not to talk about money: it’s personal business. We have been taught beliefs and values about money since childhood from those close to us, often without fully comprehending…
The post The Emotional Meaning of Money and a Tragic Cycle in Disguise first appeared on The Florida Council on Compulsive Gambling, Inc.
La sociedad nos ha inculcado creencias y valores falsos e insanos sobre nuestra relación y mal uso del dinero, llegando al punto de avergonzarnos. Nos enseñan a no hablar de dinero: es un asunto personal. Desde la infancia, nos transmiten creencias y valores sobre el dinero por parte de quienes nos rodean, a menudo sin…
The post El Significado Emocional del Dinero y un Ciclo Trágico Disfrazado first appeared on The Florida Council on Compulsive Gambling, Inc.
When we think of codependency, many relate it to an addiction like drugs and alcohol. Problem gambling is another addiction that can lead to codependency, and a family may find themselves behaving in ways to support the gambler and pushing their own wants and needs aside. It is important to know that the 888-ADMIT-IT Problem…
Cuando pensamos en la codependencia, muchas personas la asocian con adicciones como las drogas y el alcohol. Sin embargo, el juego problemático es otra adicción que puede llevar a la codependencia, donde una familia puede encontrarse actuando de maneras que apoyan al jugador y dejando de lado sus propios deseos y necesidades. Es importante saber…
Easily accessible, illegal gambling disguised as arcade gaming has spread to thousands of strip malls and stand-alone storefronts all over Florida. As a result, the FCCG’s 888-ADMIT-IT Problem Gambling HelpLine is experiencing a surge in contacts related to these shady establishments, sometimes referred to as “game rooms” or “gambling houses.” Download our August 2023 Web…
El 24 de julio, celebramos el Día Internacional del Autocuidado, elegido para subrayar ante nuestra comunidad global que el autocuidado es una piedra angular del bienestar general. A medida que continuamos descubriendo más y más cuán importante es el autocuidado hoy en día, aprendemos que es más que lo que hacemos por nosotros mismos. Cuidar…
Exclusive: Brentford owner made money on bets in own name through secretive FA agreementBetting in football: players struggle with addiction but owners play by different rules
The Football Association is facing claims of double standards after a Guardian investigation revealed that the owner of a Premier League club may have benefited from bets on the game placed in his own name.
The disclosures involve Matthew Benham, the owner of the Premier League club Brentford FC, whose star striker, Ivan Toney, is serving an eight-month suspension for breaking the FA’s strict gambling rules.Continue reading...
Footballers face tough penalties but FA has created exemption for club proprietorsFA accused of double standards after Brentford owner appears to have made money from bets in own name
As Cardiff City’s Michael Chopra glanced around the dressing room, it was a painful reminder of his own private struggle with addiction, as well as a temptation to bet more: every one of his teammates was flaunting a betting company logo on their shirt.
Chopra, who spoke of his gambling problems this week, is among a number of well-known footballers – including Michael Owen, Wayne Rooney, Paul Merson, Peter Shilton, Andros Townsend and Dietmar Hamann – who have spoken of their struggles with gambling.Continue reading...
Phil Mickelson said in a lengthy social media post on Monday that he has stopped betting after crossing the line from moderation into addiction.
“Most of you will enjoy this football season with moderation while having lots of fun and entertainment,” Mickelson wrote. “The fantasy leagues will provide banter amongst friends and money won or lost betting won’t affect you. I won’t be betting this year.Continue reading...
Study for 5 News warns of ‘overwhelming and inescapable’ betting imagery in the game
Football fans were bombarded with 11,000 gambling messages during the opening weekend of the latest Premier League season, according to a study that warns of “overwhelming and inescapable” betting imagery in the game.
Clubs in the top flight agreed earlier this year to ban gambling firms from sponsoring the front of players’ shirts from 2025, but the research – which analysed social media posts alongside hours of TV and radio – cast doubt on the likely effect of that measure, given the saturation of football with other gambling messages.
the sheer volume of gambling messages;
social media content not clearly labelled as ads; and
insufficient safer gambling messaging.Continue reading...
Golf’s potentially troublesome relationship with gambling has come to the fore again after Robert MacIntyre revealed a spectator at Wentworth’s PGA Championship made plain how much he had riding on the Scot’s performance.
The topic has been a hot one on the PGA Tour after the Masters champion, Jon Rahm, said he hears shouts relating to betting outcomes at every tournament. Now MacIntyre, who added a 69 to Thursday’s 72 on the West Course, has detailed a similar theme on the DP World Tour.Continue reading...
The Football Association has denied it was secretive about an investigation into an unnamed manager for breaching betting rules.
A report in the Athletic said the manager, who cannot be named for legal reasons unconnected to the gambling issue and is said to be still working in the top four divisions of English football, received a formal warning that was never made public.Continue reading...
Harry Toffolo has been handed a five-month suspended ban after admitting to breaking betting rules, allowing Nottingham Forest to name the defender in their revised 25-man Premier League squad.
In July the Football Association charged Toffolo with breaching betting regulations on 375 occasions, across a three-year period while contracted to Norwich. Toffolo was found to be in breach of FA rule E8, which prohibits players from betting on games, asking others to do so on their behalf or sharing privileged information for betting purposes.Continue reading...
The government has been criticised for claiming it took a decision to step back from a ban on gambling advertising because there was “little evidence” that it led to harm among users.
Speaking in front of the culture, media and sport committee on Tuesday, the minister for sport, gambling and civil society, Stuart Andrew, told MPs that the government had taken an “evidence-led” approach to reform. He also admitted, however, that there was a need for “much better” research on the effects of gambling and its harms.Continue reading...
Explosion of sports betting in US represents a rising threat, with PGA Tour needing to fiercely protect integrity of competition
Jay Monahan speaks so sparingly that the PGA Tour commissioner had plenty of time to plot and plan precisely what his message would be during traditional end-of-season media duties in Atlanta last Tuesday. When pressed on even light detail of how a framework agreement between the PGA Tour, the DP World Tour and Saudi Arabia’s Public Investment Group may take on more formal status, Monahan was completely noncommittal. The 53-year-old may soon realise, if he has not already, that Saudis bearing billions do so with more than a passing interest in how their buck is being deployed. He who pays the piper, and all that.
What Monahan appears very keen to stress is that he is working for the good of the PGA Tour. This is fair enough, in theory – the organisation pays him $14m a year, according to the most recent report – but belies the sense that elite golf is now all about a collective good. Monahan at least left the impression the DP World Tour, LIV and various other related parties have to fall into line.Continue reading...
Bank data analysis suggests lenders could be unwittingly fuelling gambling problems by extending credit
Financial institutions in the UK may be lending more than £174m a week to people who are using a risky proportion of their income on gambling, an analysis of the spending patterns of loan customers suggests.
The credit technology firm Abound looked at the open banking data of people who applied for its loans and used artificial intelligence to assess all their financial transactions over a six-month period.Continue reading...
Exclusive: Oliver Dowden and Keir Starmer among those who enjoyed free tickets to events including the Chelsea flower show and the Derby
More than 100 MPs have enjoyed free hospitality to concerts and sporting events worth more than £180,000 this summer, with tickets given away by banks, oil companies, the gambling industry and media firms.
The chancellor, Jeremy Hunt, the deputy prime minister, Oliver Dowden, and the Labour leader, Keir Starmer, are among those who have benefited from a growing trend for politicians accepting giveaways.
Jeremy Hunt, chancellor: £600 Chelsea flower show visit from Lloyds Banking Group, plus theatre and opera tickets.
Oliver Dowden, deputy prime minister and Cabinet Office minister: £1,210 Chelsea flower show hospitality from Fenchurch Advisory, plus trips to Ascot, the Royal Opera House and Formula One.
Keir Starmer, leader of the Labour party: £3,716 Epsom Derby box and hospitality from the Jockey Club, plus £698 Coldplay concert tickets in Manchester.
Wes Streeting, shadow health secretary: £1,050 Hay festival hospitality from Sky. £600 Glyndebourne tickets from FGS Global.
Andrew Griffith, economic secretary to the Treasury: £2,000 of hospitality at Silverstone from Sky; £400 ticket to the Ashes.
Laura Trott, pensions and financial inclusion minister: free tickets and hospitality at Glastonbury worth more than £3,000 from Google.
Paul Scully, science and technology minister: £1,560 of Wimbledon hospitality from BP and £1,100 Billy Joel concert tickets from the Betting and Gaming Council.
Tulip Siddiq, shadow economic secretary to the Treasury: £370 Chelsea flower show tickets from Lloyds Banking Group.
Jonathan Reynolds, shadow business secretary: £3,000 worth of Glastonbury tickets and hospitality from Google.
Rory McIlroy has warned that golf has to remain vigilant to the rise in sports betting in the US. He also confirmed the issue has been up for regular discussion at PGA Tour board level.
Jon Rahm claimed on Tuesday that the Tour will find it “extremely difficult” to stop fans with gambling interests from affecting events. At the BMW Championship on Saturday, two individuals were ejected after shouting at Max Homa as he putted out on the 17th hole. The calls related to a bet between friends.Continue reading...
Serving up gambling advertising with sports journalism can have damaging consequences. It’s something we at the Guardian want to avoid – and give our readers the chance to avoid, tooSupport the Guardian today from as little as £1
You will no doubt have heard the gambling industry’s famous slogan: “When the fun stops: stop.” This has never seemed like a very good motto, even for the gambling industry, which has somehow managed to wheedle the word “fun” into its own public health warning.
For one thing it puts a full stop on pretty much every form of human activity. Nothing is ever unstoppably fun. Rolling inside a giant soap bubble down a mountainside made entirely from parmesan cheese while being served high-end savoury canapés by a team of elite stand up comedians. Fine for a while, but it’s probably going to start feeling a little awkward and forced after the first five hours or so.Continue reading...
Jon Rahm believes the PGA Tour will find it “extremely difficult” to prevent fans who have gambled on golf tournaments from trying to directly affect the outcome.
Two fans were ejected from last week’s BMW Championship for shouting at Max Homa as he took a putt on the 17th green during the third round of the second FedEx Cup play-off event, which boasted a first prize of $3.6m (£2.8m).Continue reading...
The biggest name in US sports broadcasting has graduated from covering gambling to promoting it in an about-face for Bob Iger and a sign of turbulent times
Disney’s dim view of betting changed little in the decades since the 1940 film of Pinocchio, when the puppet visits the cursed Pleasure Island and gambling is one of the vices seducing children who turn into donkeys.
As recently as 2019, the CEO, Bob Iger, declared: “I don’t see The Walt Disney Company, certainly in the near term, getting involved in the business of gambling, in effect, by facilitating gambling in any way.”Continue reading...
Entain says it is close to ‘drawing a line’ under scandal at Turkish-facing online betting firm it owned
The owner of Ladbrokes and Coral bookmakers has said it is close to “drawing a line” under a scandal at one of its former Turkish business, as it sets aside £585m to settle an investigation over alleged bribery.
Entain has put aside the cash in anticipation of a settlement with UK authorities, who entered negotiations over a deferred prosecution agreement with the international betting and gaming group this year.Continue reading...
Gamblers Consumer Forum aims to derail planned betting reforms and claims to act on behalf of ordinary punters
The company behind a lobby group that wants to derail planned overhaul of UK gambling laws and claims to act on behalf of ordinary punters is co-owned by a consultant for the betting industry.
Ministers proposed a series of changes in April that they said would make gambling safer by imposing tighter regulations on online betting firms, though they added that further consultation was needed before a bill could be put before parliament.Continue reading...
Tyson Fury weighs in on marriage, mental health and life as a multimillionaire in Morecambe (23m57s); John Crace looks on as the PM gaslights the UK with his North Sea plan while the world burns (1m30s); and Michelle Brasier explains why she befriended her scammer (8m42s)Continue reading...
Flutter’s safer gambling tools ‘do not amount to any meaningful interaction’ with customers, says coroner in suicide of gambler
More deaths could occur unless the parent company of the betting exchange Betfair does more to protect customers, the coroner in the gambling-related suicide of Luke Ashton has warned.
Ivan Cartwright said Flutter Entertainment’s controls “were and are inadequate” to protect people with a gambling problem. He accused the company of doing only what was necessary to meet regulatory requirements, rather that following best practice to prevent harm. Flutter has 56 days to respond.Continue reading...
Gaming is a huge force for good, but developers using gambling industry tactics are causing nothing but harm
Over the weekend, the Guardian published a trio of stories about video game addiction. One was about the 850 people referred to an NHS treatment clinic in the last three years (of whom 227 were under 18). Another was on developers’ use of tactics from the gambling industry to keep people spending on games. The third was by the director of the National Centre for Gaming Disorders, calling for industry regulation to better protect young people.
These stories concern a problem that is certainly real, especially so for people affected by compulsive gaming behaviour, whose stories are no less affecting than those of gambling addicts. They also highlight a need for mechanisms to help struggling people. For adults, it is possible to exclude yourself from casinos and lock yourself out of online gambling accounts, should you request it; no such possibility exists if you’re finding yourself dropping thousands on a free-to-play mobile game instead. For under-18s, the paucity of help available to families and young people struggling with social isolation or destructive behaviour at home, of which compulsive gaming can be a part, is one fact of a youth mental health crisis across the UK, where 250,000 young people are going without help.Continue reading...
RSS Error: A feed could not be found at `https://www.youtube.com/feeds/videos.xml?channel_id=UCGaf1sYnOiZf9onNMv_yIWw`; the status code is `404` and content-type is `text/html; charset=UTF-8`