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Gaming Industry News Weekly Recap – Stories You Might Have Missed

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weekly-news-recap-oct.15Happy birthday, UIGEA
Hard to believe the little scamp is now five years old. Seems only yesterday he was still shitting on himself (and others). To celebrate the date, South Carolina seized $2.1m in online poker cash.

Ladbrokes and Sportingbet acquisition talks die
It’s official. Nobody wants to be acquired by Ladbrokes. In April, Ladbrokes’ bid to acquire 888 Holdings came to naught, and six month later it’s Sportingbet leaving Lads at the altar. Note to CEO Richard Glynn: time for a new aftershave?

Sportingbet sheds Turkish operation, acquires Danish firms
While it couldn’t make nice with Ladbrokes, Sportingbet made deals to sell its Turkish operation to GVC Holdings, then for good measure, Sportingbet acquired two Danish bookmakers.

Merge Gaming Network welcomes new US players
After several months of performing CPR on their eCom, Merge poker sites once again roll out the welcome mat to new US players, but please, don’t tell anyone about it.

Blame Canada! Genting Poker bid 10 countries goodbye
Genting Poker pulls out of a number of markets, including Canada, for reasons known only to itself. Did some drunken hockey player urinate on a pagoda during a recent visit to Malaysia or what?

Alderney Gambling Control Commissioner caught on film
With Full Tilt Poker having imploded under the AGCC’s noses, commish Andre Wilsenach was playing hard to get at this year’s G2E confab in Vegas, but the APCW’s intrepid J. Todd ran him to ground. Next up for J? Finding Bigfoot.

California tribes start free-play online poker site
Getting their ducks in a row for that magical day when the Golden State legalizes intrastate online poker, the California Online Poker Association launches free-play site CalShak.com.

Zynga goes beyond poker with Zynga Casino
Social games developer Zynga announced a new Bingo product as part of its Zynga Casino offering. If the list of domains they’ve registered is any indication, baccarat, roulette and craps (not to mention, a good deal of fucking) are in the pipeline.

Massachusetts approves casino bill
While Florida hems and haws over whether to introduce legislation, Massachusetts’ Senate moves one step closer to horning in on Atlantic City’s action. Now if they can just sort out that Happy Hour thing, we can rename the region Brew England.

Calvin Ayre’s privates on display
Our man Calvin takes issue with the conclusions of a recent eGR Magazine article on the public v. private company debate.

VIDEO PICKS
Because all work and no play makes people more likely to axe murder their relatives, we’ll give you two vids that cover both bases. First eat your veggies by listening to two industry reps discuss their plans for a future regulated US market, then loosen your tie at the Bodog Live Dealer casino launch party.

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