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Google Blocked in Russia as Part of Online Gambling Dispute

Russian telecom authorities briefly blocked access to Google.ru last week as part of an ongoing dispute with the search giant over links to online gambling sites. Though service was restored after just a few hours, the incident points out the increasingly hard line the country is taking in its battle …

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Major Changes Approved at Amaya Gaming Shareholder Meeting

Amaya Gaming’s efforts to rebrand into the Stars Group, Inc. won the approval of the company’s shareholders at a recent general meeting. The name change is just one piece of a major effort by the online gambling giant to shed the impact of recent scandals and refocus its branding. That …

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EU Slaps Down Hungarian Online Gambling Taxes

The European Union’s top court has ruled that Hungary’s draconian online gambling licensing and tax scheme is in violation of the Union’s laws regarding competition. In a ruling that came down late Thursday, the Court of Justice for the European Union (CJEU) determined that Hungary’s rules were not transparent and would prevent …

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FTC Puts Brakes on DraftKings, FanDuel Merger

The US Federal Trade Commission (FTC) has filed suit in an effort to block the proposed merger of daily fantasy sports giants DraftKings and FanDuel. This is very bad news for the beleaguered US-facing daily fantasy sports industry. In filings associated with the lawsuit, FTC lawyers stated that their efforts …

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Black Friday Drags On as Scott Tom Strikes a Deal

Absolute Poker co-founder, Scott Tom has struck a deal with US federal prosecutors for his role in the Black Friday scandal of 2011. It’s a pretty good hand for Tom, who has successfully negotiated felony fraud charges down to a single misdemeanor. Tom was indicted on a number of felony …

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DraftKings and FanDuel Merger Dreams in Serious Jeapordy

The proposed merger between daily fantasy sports giants FanDuel and DraftKings could be in jeopardy because of objections from the Federal Trade Commission (FTC). It’s just the latest headache for a US-facing daily fantasy sports business that’s already fighting for its life across the nation. According to a report on …

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Major US Sports Unions Discuss Likelihood of Legal Sports Betting

Representatives of the United States’ four big players unions representing the NBA, NFL, NJL and MLB are quietly getting ready for the day when regulated sports betting comes to America. According to a recent report on MMBQ.si.com (a division of Sports Illustrated magazine) representatives of these groups have been meeting …

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Betfair Inks Deal with Professional Drone Racing League

Betfair, one of the UK’s largest betting exchanges, will be breaking new ground in the sports betting world when it offers wagers on professional drone racing later this month. The company recently signed a deal with the Drone Racing League (DRL) to provide wagering services for its Allianz World Championship. …

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Pennsylvania Inches Toward Online Gambling and VGTs

Lawmakers in Pennsylvania are inching their way towards a consensus on regulated online gambling, but the contentious issue of land-based video gaming terminals (VGT) could derail the entire process. As it stands today, the Pennsylvania legislature is working on two different bill that both legalize online gambling in the Keystone …

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