The Borgata is the first NJ casino to receive an online gambling license, while some are speculating 2014 could be the year for California Internet gambling legislation could pass. Questions are being asked about the legality of New York’s casino referendum; while Maryland Casinos are performing well but Ohio and Atlantic City continue to slide, Vince Martin asks the question Is the US land-based gambling market now saturated? Martin also looks at Twitter’s upcoming IPO and reviews the 3rd quarter performance of the top gambling stocks. PurePlay the subscription poker site could come under regulatory scrutiny; Full Tilt Poker is closer to repaying US based customers; while in Vegas our crew caught up with Antonio Esfandiari for his thoughts on regulated poker and WSOP November 9er Jay Farber on reaching the WSOP main event final table. Vice-Admiral Timothy Giadina was demoted for using fake casino chips and Legendz operative Phil Gurian plead guilty for his role with the Panamanian sportsbook. After the Bitcoin black market site Silk Road was shutdown, we asked some experts their thoughts on the future of the crypto-currency.
The crew was at the EiG Totally Gaming conference this week, you can read and watch their recaps for Day 1 and Day 2. Watch Esteve Calzada talk at the Sports Marketing 360 conference about the importance of team sponsorships. David Martin takes over at Ladbrokes as a mystery investor, presumably PlayTech founder Tedy Sagi, took a 37m stake in the British bookmaker; Gibraltar executives are voicing their displeasure with the UK’s 15% point of consumption tax on gambling firms. The EPT was in London; Awards were given and the Germans dominated the tables; Robert Bull took the UKIPT London Title; Jason Kirk looks at 5 WSOP trends to watch as we approach the start of the WSOP Europe.
The team was at Resorts World in Manila to cover the Asian Poker Tour’s High-Roller tournament; Travellers cut their IPO price to Php11.88 per share; Entertainment City’s upcoming Belle Grande is now “The City of Dreams Manila”; The Philippines is expected to move to second behind Macau but only if the tax situations are right; South African casino mogul Sol Kerzner is making a bet on China’s Hainan Island; Our Becky Liggero interviews Mr. Yuiga Sano on the Japanese affiliate gambling market.