Gaming Industry News Weekly Recap – Stories You Might Have Missed

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weekly-news-recap-october-8Global Gaming Expo goes all-in for online poker
The Global Gaming Expo (G2E) was the place to be last week, and much of the talk centered around the chances of US politicians passing an online poker bill. Both the American Gaming Association and the land-based casino companies it represents think this is the year. Too bad it ain’t gonna happen.

Full Tilt Poker saga officially longer than Lord of the Rings
Groupe Bernard Tapie’s lawyers shed a little more light on the company’s efforts to take control of FTP, which included the appointment of a nanny to make sure Ray Bitar and Co. don’t loot the joint; the Alderney Gambling Control Commission gave players some hail-mary options for recouping their missing bankrolls; FTP (and PokerStars) was hit with lawsuits by a free-play poker software firm and the Commonwealth of Kentucky.

First legal challenge of US online gambling laws launched
Black Friday indictees Chad Elie and John Campos decided to challenge their accusers in court, and our own Alfred Dennings offered his legal opinion on the merits of their defense.

Land-based gaming suppliers look to go online
It isn’t just the huge casino companies that want a piece of the online gambling action. Bally Technologies launched Bally Interactive, Aristocrat Technologies partnered with casinos in Maryland and Michigan, and the South Point Hotel and Spa became the first Las Vegas casino to launch a branded free-play online poker site tied to its existing reward program.

Apple debuts iPhone 4S, loses Steve Jobs
The day after Apple CEO unveiled the new iPhone 4S (and not the iPhone 5), legendary Apple co-founder Steve Jobs passed away at the age of 56.

Macau gaming stocks take foolish investors on rollercoaster ride
Hard to believe that anyone could think the mighty Macau money making machine could be undone by a spot of bad weather, but news of a typhoon sent gaming stocks spiraling downward. Then Macau revealed September’s revenue figures, and stocks went up, up and away. When will investors learn…

New poker contributor reveals his cards
New contributor Jason Kirk takes a look at just what qualifies as a true Ponzi scheme, examines the law enforcement luminaries attempting to add some legitimacy to Astroturf organization FairPlayUSA, and explains why you don’t want to be That Guy at the poker table.

Piggs Peak to close after South African court ruling
Swazliland-based online operator Piggs Peak announced it will close after a South African court upheld a ruling that offering services to South African customers is verboten.

Florida moves closer to destination casinos
A court ruling opens the door for Florida legislators to authorize the construction of as many as five destination casinos, but only one in Miami, if Las Vegas Sands’ Sheldon Adelson has his way.

VIDEO PICK’s Dana Workman takes a three-day stroll through the Global Gaming Expo. Start your virtual tour here.


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