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Gaming Industry News Weekly Recap – Stories You Might Have Missed

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weekly-news-recap-march-17The week that was:

THE AMERICAS
Online poker legislation died in Mississippi and Iowa; New Jersey was told it didn’t need a referendum to pass online gambling legislation, but gambling bills stalled in both legislative bodies; New York legislators opened the door to more casinos; Ontario announced a sweeping ‘modernization’ program of its gambling industry, starting with three racetracks losing their slots concessions; Playtech applied for a Nevada online poker operator license; Churchill Downs posted year-end results and rubbished racing’s sustainability; Betfair purchased naming rights to a Los Angeles racetrack; Quebec residents got the go-ahead to bet on sports; Bodog Poker announced it would make hand histories available; the Epic Poker League’s bankruptcy documents raised questions about executive entitlements; casinos in Ecuador closed their doors for the last time; PayPal doesn’t want anything to do with March Madness and two online gambling forums fended off the grubby fingers of copyright trolls.

EUROPE
Playtech posted healthy 2011 figures while prepping for talks on the “future shape“ of its William Hill Online joint venture; good time to talk to Hills CEO Ralph Topping now that his pay packet’s been topped up; the Spanish official in charge of vetting online gambling applications walked off the job; Microgame bid France adieu; IGT and Lottomatica teamed up in Italy; Bulgaria told ISPs to block online gambling sites; TV game show producers hit back at the UK Gambling Commission’s investigations into their gambling flirtations; National Lottery operator Camelot got permission to add 8k new outlets, but that won’t stop them from seeking a judicial review of the Gambling Commission’s Health Lottery ruling; spreadbetting outfit WorldSpreads lost its CEO then suspended trading over “financial irregularities”; Betair unseated Bet365 from the Oddschecker chart and the last company not to release a Rush Poker clone is a rotten egg!

ASIA
Galaxy Entertainment had a very lucrative 2011; Kazuo Okada launched a countersuit against Wynn Resorts and called Steve Wynn a doodyhead; Las Vegas Sands was hit with a lawsuit by a former partner in Macau; Nevada regulators are increasingly unnerved by junket operators; Philippines legislators want to strip state-run Pagcor of its right to issue gaming licenses; Papua New Guinea’s deputy PM was accused of causing a commotion at Sydney’s troubled Star Casino and Vince Martin examined where an investor could best park his money outside Macau.

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