Gaming Industry News Weekly Recap – Stories You Might Have Missed

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Seventeen hopeful applicants got their bids in for a New York casino license while Pennsylvania’s annual slots revenue declined for the second straight year; Optimal Payments acquired two California-based payment processors; New Jersey allowed its online gambling operators multi-platform options; Phil Ivey’s attorneys told the Borgata their client was too skilled to cheat at baccarat and Jason Kirk looks his Ivey’s place in history; Lee Davy continued to cover the World Series of Poker, including Daniel Colman’s $15m Big One For One Drop payday while nabbing interviews with Calvin Anderson, Jean-Robert Bellande, Shaun Deeb, Will Failla, Ted Forrest, Phil Hellmuth, Mickey Petersen, Shannon Shorr, Yevgeniy Timoshenko and asking players to pause and reflect on the passing of Johannes Strassman and Chad Brown. Tatjana Pasalic is with the news team bringing you daily updates from the WSOP including the Little One for One Drop, the Big One for One Drop and of course the WSOP Main Event.

UK-licensed operators’ annual online gambling revenue topped £1b for the first time; Betfair pulled its betting exchange from the Austrian market; the Rational Group sought an Italian online casino license for Full Tilt Poker; Russia thought about legalizing online poker; the UK Gambling Commission chided Bet365 over its anti-money laundering protocols; Rebecca Liggero profiled Bitcoin poker site BurnTurn Poker and covered the ‘wind down’ event of the iGaming Super Show.

Macau posted its first monthly casino gambling revenue decline in four years thanks to the World Cup stealing VIP gamblers’ attention; Taiwan’s sports lottery is having a very good year while Peking University claimed Chinese punters wager over $96b with international online gambling sites; the Philippine taxman questioned PAGCOR’s deal with casino operators; a Shanghai student staged her own kidnapping to get money to pay World Cup betting losses; Tony Fung’s Queensland casino ambitions sparked competition concerns and Rafi Farber urged caution when it comes to Japanese casino expectations.