Gaming Industry News Weekly Recap – Stories You Might Have Missed

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weekly-news-recap-April-2>Nyet, nyet, Soviet! Russian online casino Goldfishska gets the sickle
Russia’s ongoing patriotic war against all forms of non-Siberian gambling continues with the shutdown of the Microgaming-powered Goldfishka online casino.

Costa Rica abandons plans to tax gaming industry
Online gaming companies with call centers in Costa Rica are celebrating news that the government has (for the moment) abandoned plans to impose a $50k charge on them, ditto for the 15% gross revenue tax on land-based casinos. We imagine that the Del Rey saw a noticeable uptick in business that night.

The Netherlands asks banks to block unlicensed gambling sites
In advance of their market liberalization, the Dutch government is sending lists of unlicensed online gaming companies to its country’s banks. However, this being Holland, they’re asking, not ordering, banks to refuse to process transactions with these companies. God bless ‘em.

Poland bans all online gambling except sports betting
In choosing to ban every form of online gambling except sports betting, Poland is proving itself to be the polar opposite of the United States, where sports betting is routinely equated with sodomizing old age pensioners without having the dignity to offer them a reacharound.

Iowa intrastate online poker plans die of neglect
Iowa’s plan to institute an intrastate online poker regime dies without coming up for a vote, joining New Jersey’s vetoed bill in the coroner’s cold storage lockers. That leaves Florida, Nevada, California and Hawaii still alive in this game of intrastate whack-a-mole.

Bodog Europe’s Keith McDonnell’s footie fetish
Bodog Europe MD Keith McDonnell checks out the Soccerex European Forum in Manchester.

Full Tilt Poker partners with Fertitta Interactive
Following Caesars/888 and Wynn/PokerStars, comes the pairing of Full Tilt Poker with Fertitta Interactive, a company run by the Fertitta brothers of Station Casinos and UFC fame, plus Travelscape founders Tom Breitling and Tim Poster.

888 and Ladbrokes still talking … and talking… and … ZZZzzzzzz….
888 and Ladbrokes let it slip that they’re still talking about… something. Frankly, 888 would have claimed to be talking to Elvis in order to change the subject from its woeful 2010 earnings figures.

Calvin Ayre hands control of his baby to Scott Longley… PSYCH!
Calvin Ayre’s latest April Fool’s joke provokes good laughs but fools few who realize that Calvin is enjoying his media mogul status far too much to relinquish control of to anyone – let alone a public company fanboy.

Our Rebecca Liggero gets all ooh la la in Paris for the 2011 iGaming France Conference. Question of the day: Is that a baguette in your pantalons, or are you just happy to see her?


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