Tasmania Declares War on Pokies

Posted by admin | Casino Affiliates | Thursday 14 December 2017 3:15 pm

The Tasmanian Labor Party has a pretty ambitious goal in its war on gambling; remove all pokies from most public places in the Australian state by the year 2023. The announcement from the party, made earlier this week, marks a major escalation in the ongoing war on gambling that’s been picking up steam over the last year.

Representatives of the Tasmanian Labor Party announced their plan, which would impact about 2,300 pokies across the state, as part of broader effort to clamp down on what they see as out of control gambling and problem gambling. Labor leader Rebecca White did not mince words when describing the impact of the machines saying:

They affect an individual’s health, their family, relationships and work. For every person who is harmed by their own gambling, seven other people are affected.

White and her Labor colleagues also took advantage of the announcement to throw a little shade at their political enemies by also mentioning that:

The Liberals are not willing to make this decision, which is the right one for the economy and the right decision for Tasmanians.

Under the plan proposed by the Labor Party, about 2,300 Tasmanian pokies would be out of commission by 2023. To help ease the transition for businesses that would be impacted by the loss of pokie revenue, the party proposed a $ 55 million package of incentives and programs. This package includes money to help businesses come up with alternative revenue models and would offer consultants to help with the transition away from gambling.

While the move certainly won’t be popular with businesses that rely on pokie revenue, Labor Party officials say that 80 percent of Tasmanians support the move.

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Feds Bust Massive US Football Pick ‘Em

Posted by admin | Casino Affiliates | Tuesday 12 December 2017 3:16 pm

Two New York state men are looking at a mountain of legal troubles after their massive football pick ‘em was shut down by the US Department of Justice last week for promoting illegal gambling.

Ron Kronengold and Mike Bernstein are the organizers of a long-running, and pretty massive, football pick ‘em site called, “Ron & Mike’s Football Pool.” The site featured a number of pools in the survivor format, wherein players can only choose a team once per season and are eliminated completely if they miss a single pick.

According to a report on ESPN.com, the site has been around for at least eight years; hosted thousands of players; and features a prize pool of nearly $ 2.5 million (USD).

None of this would really be a problem for Kronengold and Bernstein save one little, the Feds believe that they were skimming roughly ten percent of the prize money for their own use. Under New York State and Federal law, that moves the football pick ‘em from a friendly wager between friends to a serious violation of the laws regarding illegal gambling.

According to ESPN.com, Kronengold and Bernstein seemed to vacillate between hiding their operation from view and bringing it into the public light. For example, while the men had no problem trademarking the term, “Ron and Mike’s Football Pool,” they also had players make out checks to the name of a non-existent mortgage company while sending those same checks to an anonymous PO box.

So far the men haven’t been formally charged, but it’s likely they’ll face charges of bookmaking and profiting from a gambling activity.

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Ladbrokes Loses Australian Advertising Battle

Posted by admin | Casino Affiliates | Friday 8 December 2017 3:16 pm

Ladbrokes Australia is looking at paying around $ 70,000 in fines for violating New South Wales (NSW) advertising regulations after a judge rejected their appeal in the matter.

Judge Martin Blackmore upheld a lower court’s decision to fine Ladbrokes approximately $ 25,000 for violating NSW advertising standards, as well as an additional $ 38,000 in court costs and legal fees in the matter.

Under NSW law, gaming operators such as Ladbrokes are strictly prohibited from inducing players to gamble and/or open an account for wagering. In the layman’s eyes, this law would seemingly prohibit all forms of advertising, but that’s not a realistic option for operators who need to continuously promote their goods and services through promotions such as deposit bonuses. That leaves them treading a fine line between legitimate promotions and incurring the wrath of local gaming regulators.

For NSW-facing operators, this challenge becomes particularly difficult as NSW is one of Australia’s least-gambling friendly states. Over the years, it’s been home to stringent regulation and rather vocal anti-gambling faction which includes local lawmakers.

To make matters even more challenging, after the decision announced Ladbrokes was chided by Sean Goodchild, director of compliance operations at the Liquor and Gaming NSW who said that the company was not doing enough to, “…minimize the possible negative effects of gambling on vulnerable individuals,” according to a report on CalvinAyre.com.

Representatives of the The Liquor and Gaming NSW reiterated their warning that they are watching gambling operators quite closely and will continue issuing fines for advertisements that violate local standards.

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UKGC Comes Down on Broadway Gaming for Misleading Bonus Offer

Posted by admin | Casino Affiliates | Wednesday 6 December 2017 3:14 pm

Deposit bonus offers have long been a mainstay of marketing operations for online gambling operators worldwide. But while these offers look great on paper, most players know that actually earning their promised bonus can be incredibly difficult or even impossible.

It’s an issue that’s not currently sitting well with the regulators at the United Kingdom Gambling Commission (UKGC) who earlier this week issued a £100,000 penalty to Broadway Gaming for promoting a misleading bonus offer to its UK customers.

At issue is an advertisement that ran in June of 2016 that gave players the chance to, “Deposit £10. Play £35.” While most experienced players know that this sort of offer is always mired in terms and conditions, some apparently were not wise to this fact. And that’s where the UKGC comes into the picture.

By advertising the bonus offer without clearly stating the terms and conditions that went along with it, the UKGC said that Broadway Gaming had violated the UK Code of Non-broadcast Advertising and Direct & Promotional Marketing (CAP Code). This is the code that governs advertising by UK-facing gaming operators.

Officials at Broadway Gaming acknowledged their error and agreed to pull the advertisement from the UK advertising space and from their gaming affiliate networks. The company also agreed to pay a £100,000 fine. Representatives for the company have also stated they will be working closely with the UKGC in the future to insure that their advertising and marketing materials are compliant with UK laws and regulations.

The UKGC had promised that it would be cracking down on bonus offers and this action against Broadway Gaming is proof that they should be taken at their word.

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US Senators Threaten to Revive Long Dead RAWA

Posted by admin | Casino Affiliates | Saturday 2 December 2017 3:14 pm

Two US senators are so outraged over the recent legalization of online gambling in Pennsylvania that they’re threatening to revive the long dead Restoration of America’s Wire Act (RAWA). It’s a move that could both set off a major battle over states rights and/or crush the US online gambling business.

RAWA’s resurrection came earlier this week when senators Dianne Feinstein (D-CA) and Lindsey Graham (R-SC) sent a letter to the Department of Justice investigate online gambling at the state level and reverse its decision to not enforce key elements of the 1961 Wire Act.

The letter itself outlined some common arguments against online gambling that are both dated and inaccurate and was quickly torn apart by gaming sites such as Calvinayre.com and OnlinePokerReport.com. Writers at both sites correctly pointed out a number of factual errors in the letter, starting with the fact that the senators suggested that the 1961 Act was written with the intention of stamping out online gambling. Online gambling would not, in fact, even exist for more than three decades after the Act was written.

The senators also suggested that the spread of regulated online would bring an influx of organized crime and gambling addiction and that only RAWA could stop it. Their claim was presented without any evidence, although a study of the impact of online gambling in New Jersey would certainly provide hard data to back up or, more likely, disprove their claims.

While the senators are happy to rage against online gambling, their chances of pushing RAWA through Congress seem quite slim. The bill never gained much traction during more functional eras of US politics and seems unlikely to grasp a foothold in a time when lawmakers are struggling to pass bills of any kind.

Regardless of whether this current RAWA revival succeeds or not, it stands as a stark warning that regardless of the gains made by the online gambling industry in the US, there are always those powerful folks who want to see the entire industry eliminated.

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