It’s been another exciting week in the iGaming world as the news from Black Friday continues to dominate the headlines. We’re looking ahead to the massive iGaming Super Show in Dublin Ireland and of course the Seven Deadly Sins party on May 25th to celebrate the official one year anniversary of CalvinAyre.com. Let’s look at some of the top headlines and a few you might have missed in the past seven days.
The AGA gives their opinion on US regulation
The American Gaming Association releases a white paper on Internet gambling and it states the obvious, American’s like to gamble. Also to no one’s surprise they are recommending Congress enact federal pro-online poker legislation that allows the AGA members to offer services while excluding non-US companies from competing.
France and Italy agree to Memorandum of understanding.
Two countries with the newest gambling regulation in the EU, Italy and France have decided to work together as they navigate their way through uncharted waters.
The Sun sets on the Sahara and Rises In Macau
In a contrast of eras, this week we saw the closing of a Las Vegas landmark the Sahara casino and the opening of Galaxy in Macau. The Sahara was a frequent haunt of Frank Sinatra and the rest of the rat pack, Macau has become the new playground for the rich.
Have you heard of the Melty Man?
Steven continues his fantastic coverage of the Black Friday Poker Indictments. He draws an excellent comparison between Full Tilt Pokers announcement that they will be making an announcement about players funds and the scourge of the dreaded Melty Man.
Bet365 looks down under
One of the best run shops servicing the UK, Bet365 has signalled their intentions to apply for a gaming licence in Australia’s northern territory. It will be the first time the company has applied for a licence outside the UK.
Another reason to love the Aussies
The Australians enjoy a good time, they have huge beers, beautiful fun loving women, great beaches and according to Interlot, the Aussies gamble more per capita than the rest of the world.
Caesars tries to be sociable
Caesars Entertainment has dropped $80-$90m to purchase 51% of Playtika ltd. Caesars’ willingness to acquire the company is unusual in that Playtika was only incorporated a year ago and so far generates a monthly turnover of only about $100k.
Facebook relaxes their market restrictions but can’t shake the Winklevoss Twins
Facebook is eliminating prohibitions against such formerly controversial items as “alcohol, dairy, gambling & gasoline.” Meanwhile the Winklevoss twins continue to look for a count sympathetic to their case against Mark Zuckerberg.
It’s not just Drinkin’ Gamblin’ and Carryin’ On
Jamie gives us a look back on some of the big boss’s charitable efforts through the Calvin Ayre Foundation. We all know about the parties but did you know Calvin fights to save bears and ensure less fortunate children have an education.
OK, back to the Drinkin’ and Carryin’ On
With the Seven Deadly Sins party around the corner, iGaming socialite Rebecca Liggero gives us her top iGaming parties of all time. I think you’ll notice a constant in all of the parties, a certain bad boy billionaire has had a hand in most of them.
Calvin kicks it with the Wu-Tang Clan in a Classic Calvin Clip