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Social Media Games Aren’t Gambling…in Michigan Anyways

When does a friendly game cross the line between fun and gambling? That’s a question that’s been debated non-stop since games and gambling have been regulated by governmental agencies. It’s also a question whose answer has become exponentially more complex with the dawn of social media and social casinos in …

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New Jersey Sports Betting Battle About to Go ‘Nuclear’

The State of New Jersey has truly been fighting the good fight when it comes to their efforts to legalize sports betting and, maybe, alter the fate of Atlantic City. But now that it seems unlikely that the Supreme Court will be hearing their pleas, the state’s lawmakers are getting …

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Ireland Considering Major Gambling Tax Reforms

The Irish Department of Finance is taking a hard look at how it taxes the gambling industry. In particular, the Department is reviewing how the gambling tax reforms it introduced in 2015 are holding up. Reports indicate that the review is part of the normal workflow at the Department, but …

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2017 Kentucky Derby Betting Hits All-Time High

Cold and rainy weather may have dampened the enthusiasm of 2017 Kentucky Derby attendees, but it did not to halt the enthusiasm of Kentucky Derby betting. This year’s race set an an all-time record for Derby wagering, and much of that wagering was done online. Attendance at the United States’ …

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Amaya Gaming Changes Name to The Stars Group Inc.

Amaya Gaming, one of the best known brands in the gaming business, is re-branding itself as The Stars Group, Inc. Company officials say the name change is part of a greater mission to change the company’s image. The Stars Group’s efforts to shed Amaya Gaming’s recent legal troubles and disappointing …

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Political Turmoil Drives Down South Korean Casino Revenue

The South Korean casino industry is feeling the impact of worldwide political turmoil in the form of lower revenue for Q1 2017. It’s a challenging situation that could get a lot worse as relations between South Korea, North Korea, and China deteriorate. One of the biggest challenges for South Korean …

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UK Ad Regulators Ban StarWins Ad for ‘Objectifying Women’

The UK Advertising Standards Authority (ASA) is banning a StarWins.com ad for “objectifying women” and generally embracing a sexist attitude. It’s another example of how gambling operators work under the glare of incredible regulatory scrutiny.  It’s an atmosphere where even a single complaint to the ASA can completely derail massive …

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FanDuel Partners with WNBA for First Women’s DFS Action

FanDuel is partnering up with the Women’s National Basketball Association (WNBA) on what’s being described as the first-ever one-day DFS leagues involving a professional women’s sports league. It’s a big step for both the WNBA and FanDuel, but will there be enough fan support to keep the idea afloat? The …

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Paddy Power Betfair Diving into US DFS Market with DRAFT Acquisition

Paddy Power Betfair, the Ireland-based operator, is dipping its toes into the US daily fantasy sports market with its recent acquisition of an American DFS site called DRAFT. It’s a gutsy move that puts Paddy Power Betfair in direct competition with the industry’s biggest players, Draft Kings and FanDuel. The …

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Legal Gambling Yields Huge Dividends for South Korean Government

Regulated gambling is a big business is a massive business in South Korea and the government is benefiting from it to the tune of $ 3,6 billion a year. That’s the gist of an analysis of National Gambling Control Commission records by the Korean Taxpayers Association. The numbers paint a picture …

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