Foreign gaming firms are rejoicing after the Italian Gaming Authority announced it was banning public gaming terminals, known as ‘totems’, which allow coffee shop patrons to connect to remote gaming sites. The move is a serious blow to Microgame, which has a large network of totems that enabled it to claim nearly a third of the country’s domestic online poker turnover. However, Microgame and other established totem operators are expected to challenge the ruling in court. Totem? Damn near ruined ’em! Read more.
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