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No More Bets on Qatar World Cup Loss

Concerns about FIFA’s bidding process have led to Gala’s decision to stop taking bets on Qatar’s World Cup hosting outcome.Qatar Hosting Wager Activity CanceledIn light of the more allegations regarding FIFA’s bidding process, the Gala Coral Group Ltd….

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Bet Live on the World Cup Group D: England vs. Italy

Bet Live on the World Cup Group D: England vs. ItalyEngland vs. Italy, Group D, 11pm UK time.

The Area Amazonia at Manaus is the venue for today’s match between England and Italy for the World Cup’s Group D (11pm UK time). The last time these two teams met was in the Euro 2012 quarter-final, a game which saw the Three Lions traditionally losing a penalty shootout at another big tournament after 120 minutes. Tonight the Lions seek revenge against a very strong Italian team.

Italy

The Italians will be encouraged by their performance against Brazilian club Fluminese which ended a 5-3 win, with striker Ciro Immobile sending the English a warning shot after he scored a hat-trick. The Italians are covered in the midfield with experienced players like Motta, Pirlo and De Rossi, linked to a strong attack with Immobile who will be supported by Mario Balotelli. Azzurri defense conceded three goals in their last match, and this seems to be their weakest link for today.

England

England is looking to make an impact on their first game and their fixture against Italy presents them with a great opportunity to avenge the penalty knockout from two years ago. But it’s not just that- the English will find themselves fighting a tough uphill battle if they don’t squeeze any points at all out of this game. England’s young squad has displayed promising performance so far, while striker Wayne Rooney has drawn fire from critics who doubted his necessity in the starting line-up.  

Bet Live

Today’s fixture presents punters with some great betting opportunities. Winner Sports is offering over 84 markets for the game including popular choices like correct score, half-time/full-time bets, double chance and goal scorer markets. In full time result, Winner has 37/20 on England, 17/10 on Italy and 2/1 for a draw. 

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New President and CEO For Scientific Games Corporation

New President and CEO For Scientific Games CorporationAfter six months as President and CEO of Scientific Games Corporation, David Kennedy is moving across to an Executive Vice Chairman position, leaving new appointee Gavin Isaacs to take on the role.

Scientific Games Corporation have just released details of a new appointment to the position of President and CEO. Gavin Isaacs, formerly at SHFL entertainment has joined the company, replacing David Kennedy who stood in as interim CEO following the exit of twenty-year veteran Lorne Weil at the end of 2013.

Experience is Key

Kennedy steered the company through an important period in its history and worked closely with the board of directors to find and recruit a successor. In Gavin Isaacs they have appointed an experienced industry figure who has worked at a number of the biggest games developers and suppliers for many years. His work history includes positions as President of Aristocrat Technologies in Las Vegas, Head of Global Marketing and Business Development and Managing Director at the European headquarters of Aristocrat Leisure, and then from 2006- 2011 he was Executive Vice President and CEO of Bally Technologies.

His most recent position was as CEO of SHFL Entertainment, which he held until the company was taken over by his old employer, Bally Technologies, in 2013. In total, Isaacs has some 15 years of experience at the top levels of the gaming business.

Strategic Thinker

Commenting on the appointment, Scientific Games’ chairman Ronald Perelman said ”We were fortunate to have a leader of David’s stature and experience at such an important time, and we are pleased that he will continue to serve the company and our stockholders as executive vice chairman.” He added that Gavin’s’ focus on strategic thinking, customer relationships and experience in growing similar businesses make him an ideal choice to improve the bottom line and improve cash flow at Scientific Games.

Speaking about his new position, Gavin said he was looking forward to working with the team at Scientific Games, as they ”concentrate on creating and distributing innovative products and services to our customers, completing the integration of WMS and enhancing stockholder value.”

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Marijuana and Gambling: What’s the Connection?

Marijuana and Gambling: What's the Connection?South Carolina Democrats have recently been discussing future proposals with their voters. Among the topics raised were the legalization of Marijuana, and the liberalization of the states’ gambling laws, making this a rare occasion when drugs and gambling can mix.

In the USA, political parties seek the opinions of voters in ‘Primaries’, where the future direction of each party is guided by what the people want. Under this system, voters get their say on non-binding questions and the ones deemed most important can become policy.

Just Say Casino

South Carolina Democrats are this month to ask local voters their opinions on a number of subjects, and on this occasion, both the legalization of Marijuana and the relaxation of gambling laws are to be raised. It’s long been recognised that drugs and gambling make a terrible mix, as irresponsible decisions are made by the affected players, so this is one of those rare occasions that the two subjects can be grouped together.

A major reason for wanting to change the laws is to raise tax revenues for the state, and it has been estimated that 2 or 3 casinos on Myrtle Beach along the Atlantic coast could bring in hundreds of millions of Dollars each year. It has been suggested that the extra money be put towards fixing the highways across the state. The question says ”The S.C. Department of Transportation estimates more than $20 billion is required to fix South Carolina’s crumbling roads and bridges. Should gaming laws be modernized to fund the repairs instead of a tax increase?”

Online gambling is also being looked at, with Democrats asking whether individual states or Congress should decide what can be allowed, while the Marijuana connection comes from the question of whether it can be permitted on medical grounds.

Local Laws

The results of the primary ballot will not change the local laws, but will certainly be watched closely by lawmakers, who will have a clear idea of the subjects that are important to the citizens of South Carolina.

Todd Rutherford, House Minority Leader” has said of the vote ”Those people that oppose it on moral grounds, don’t have to gamble. I don’t gamble. But if you don’t like it, don’t do it. But also, if you don’t like it, come out and vote no. That’s what a referendum is about; it’s about telling politicians what we think as citizens, rather than having the politicians tell us what to do,”

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11 Rollovers, Still No Winner: Euromillions Lottery Ready to Burst

11 Rollovers, Still No Winner: Euromillions Lottery Ready to BurstMore than 2.9 million players won a prize in the last draw but grand prize is still up for grabs. Drawing tonight!

For an amazing 11th time straight the Euromillions lottery draw has rolled over and the jackpot has become one of the biggest of all time. After the June 10th draw worth €118 million came up without a first place winner, the famed European lottery game grew to €135 million. 

Pick Your Winning Numbers

The winning numbers from the last draw were 12, 18, 21, 32, 33, 1, 11, so if you plan to get your hands on a ticket for Friday Night be sure you take that into account.

Next draw is a spooky Friday the 13th draw and this mega-jackpot could be gone come Saturday morning.

How to Play

To play the Euromillions lottery game there are a number of ways to do so. Interested lottery aficionados can stop by a local retailer and take the time to fill out a ticket with the 5 numbers and 2 lucky stars needed to win. 

Alternatively, people wanting to play this game don’t actually need to leave their own home to play as there are online lottery tickets available from a wide-range of online lottery ticket brokers like online-lottery-tickets.com.

Where to Buy Online Lottery Tickets

To get an online lottery ticket all that one must do is register a free account at a trusted agent and choose the lottery draw you wish to play. Choose your numbers or use the automated number generator to choose for you. 

One paid for a local European agent will go to a ticket retailer for you and buy a ticket, sign your name and scan and send you a copy of the original. Players that do not live in Europe can still play and win the prizes available with the Euromillions lottery draw.

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2014 World Cup: Game of the Day

2014 World Cup: Game of the DayChile could be without their star player, but Australia is still weary about the rest of their lineup.

The Group B opener of the 2014 World Cup gets underway tonight at midnight live from Cuiaba and Chile is looking to make a statement against Australia. One of the key players for Chile, depending on his inflamed knee, Vidal the star from Juventus could be out for the opener and even more games as well.  Chile doesn’t seem like they are too worried for the game against Australia as they have many other dangerous midfielders like Aranguiz, Diaz, and Gutierrez.

Jedinak, the captain of the Australian national men’s team and Crystal Palace in the Premier League has nothing but respect for the Chilean side and understands that they will have a tough time to overcome and succeed in tonight’s match.  “They’re very strong. We have to prepare for whether he’s (Vidal) playing or not, we have to prepare for both scenarios,” said Jedinak. 

Australia went into their training on Monday with a more relaxed feel to it.  The team will need to give it their all if they are to hit the back of the net tonight.  These teams don’t have a lot of history between them and have only met 4 times in which Chile has won 3 and they had 1 draw.  In total Chile leads in goals for and against 6-1.  

Live In-Play 

To watch all of the world cup action this year, interested punters can check everything out at bet365 online sportsbook. The UK-based operator has a large selection of World Cup lines in a variety of categories including live in-play bets that can be played during the game.  They have posted the lines which drastically favor Chile (1.45) over Australia (9.00) but there are other bets too.

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New Poll Shows US Public Favors Casino Gambling

New Poll Shows US Public Favors Casino GamblingNew poll shows that most American voters are in favor of casino gambling, recognizing that casinos create jobs and boost local economies.

A new nationwide poll was released on June 10, 2014, which shows that American voters across the vast political spectrum view casino gaming more favorably than ever before, recognizing that the casino industry generates jobs and strengthens local businesses and communities. The poll wasa bipartisan effort, conducted by Democratic pollster Mark Mellman, CEO of the Mellman Group, and Republican pollster Glen Bolger, founder and partner of Public Opinion Strategies. 

The results of the poll have been released at an opportune time, when state policymakers are poised to reconsider punitive gaming taxes, inefficient regulations and other threats to casinos. 

Main Findings

The main findings of the poll are:

  • American voters view casino gaming favorably in a 2:1 ratio
  • More than 70% of voters recognize that casinos generate jobs
  • Almost 60% of voters recognize that casinos boost economies
  • A majority of voters polled say that casinos should NOT pay more taxes than any other businesses

Mellman commented on the findings, “Across partisan, ideological and geographic divisions, the vast majority agree that gaming is acceptable.” 

Geoff Freeman, president and CEO of the AGA, also commented, “Voters recognize that casinos are a mainstream form of entertainment and an economic driver that supports jobs and boosts growth in communities across the nation.” 

The Typical Casino Visitor

The poll also depicted what the typical casino visitor looks like – and some of the findings are surprising. The results show that the typical visitor is:

  • A homeowner
  • Aged 21-59
  • Middle class (earning $60-$99k/year)
  • A college graduate
  • Religious

“Casino visitors are a portrait of the American electorate, and voters are giving policy-makers permission to treat casinos like any other business,” Freeman elaborated. “The AGA will aggressively pave the way for policies that reflect voters’ favorable view of gaming, protects jobs and promotes innovation.”

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Change at the Top for William Hill

Change at the Top for William HillIndustry insiders believe that gaming giant William Hill will promote from within.

William Hill has travelled a long way in the 80 years of its existence – from a bookmaker in an uninspiring North London suburb to an industry leader with a turnover in 2013 of over £4bn. The current CEO, Ralph Topping, is due to step down in 2015 – but that hasn’t stopped the rumour-mill going into overdrive as to who will be his likely replacement.

Promotion from within?

William Hill is a venerable institution, but unlike those who refuse to move with the times and who eventually get caught-up and surpassed by younger and more thrusting competition, they have taken on their rivals and continue to be in an industry-leader. They could also be compared favorably with two of the most successful sporting institutions in the world; Liverpool FC and the New York Yankees. 

Perhaps more in times past, those two great sporting clubs would promote their top lieutenants from within – people with an affinity for and understanding of the institution that they would one day lead. So it is with William Hill, as the smart money on Topping’s replacement seems to be to on career-William Hill man, James Henderson. He has been with the company for 29 years and has worked his way up (like Topping) from bookmaker to the high echelons of the firm.

Jumping the gun?

William Hill has not made an official announcement regarding the successor to Topping, nor even when exactly that might take place. The gaming industry seems to be one where insiders’ feelings and thoughts about movements in companies seems to be suspiciously well-researched and accurate. Observers of the William Hill say that an external search for a new CEO did not provide a figure with any more outstanding qualities than the pool of talent currently at their disposal. Just as in Game of Thrones, it seems that the William Hill crown will pass to the next-in-line ­­- from within.

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Prestigious Speakers at Bullet Business’ Online Gaming Summit

Vivo Interactive CEO Martin Reiner has been added to the list of speakers at the Online Gaming Summit taking place at the opulent Bellagio Las Vegas this weekend June 12-13.
The Online Gaming Summit kicks of this weekend. The two-day conference brings …

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Can Croatia Pull Off a World Cup Shock Against Hosts Brazil?

Can Croatia Pull Off a World Cup Shock Against Hosts Brazil?While a Croatia win is long shot, if you bet on the football club for their opening game the odds will reward you.

The eyes of the world will be glued to the action in Sao Paulo as hosts Brazil take on Croatia in the opening World Cup fixture. The Brazilians will be huge favourites going into the match, but will the pressure get to them? Do Croatia have the quality to cause a surprise?

Brazilian Powerhouse

On the face of things, Luis Felipe Scolari’s side have this game sewn up. Not only do they have superstar Neymar to torment the Croatian defence, but impressive midfielder Oscar will be pulling the strings. Unlike Brazilian teams of World Cups gone by, Scolari’s side boasts not only flair going forward, but also solidity at the back. So much so that Scolari will need to leave one of David Luiz, Thiago Silva or Dante out of his starting line-up.

Odds for Croatia

The odds are certainly stacked against Croatia. However, do not discount Niko Kovac’s side. In fact, at the moment, you can get incredible 9/1 odds on a Croatia victory at WilliamHill, which is well worth a flutter. The generous odds might have something to do with the suspension for this game of star striker Mario Mandzukic, who has been so influential for Bayern Munich. Nonetheless, even without their talisman, Croatia still pose a threat with the likes of Eduardo and Nikita Jelavic in attack and Real Madrid’s Luka Modric patrolling the midfield.

If Brazil fail to score early on, expect the pressure to build. If that happens, an upset could be on the cards. 

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Two Turkish Clubs Banned by UEFA for Match-Fixing

Two Turkish Clubs Banned by UEFA for Match-FixingThe UEFA European club championships have been closed to two Turkish football clubs for match-fixing allegations in Turkish league games.

Allegations of Match-Fixing have arisen and resulted in two Turkish clubs being banned. The allegations stem from the play of the two clubs in games against Fenerbahçe during the 2010-11 season of the Turkish league, when the two clubs were found to have intentionally lost their games against the eventual league champion. 

Regulations Violated

The final decision of the Appeals Body cited Articles 2(07)g, 2(08) and 2(09) of the Regulations of the UEFA Europa League 2014-15 competition, declaring that Eskisehirspor and Sivasspor did not meet the admission criteria for participation in UEFA competition.

The violated eligibility clause calls for any and all participant clubs “not have been directly and/or indirectly involved, since the entry into force of Article 50(3) of the UEFA Statutes, in any activity aimed at arranging or influencing the outcome of a match at national or international level and must confirm this to the UEFA administration in writing.”

One More Appeal Possible

Within the next ten days, the clubs do have the opportunity for one more appeal – to the higher sporting authority of the court of the Court of Arbitration for Sport (CAS).

Disturbing Trend

This is the latest in string of Turkish club controversies, as last year UEFA had banned Fenerbahce from European competition for three seasons, and Turkish club Besiktas was from last year’s Europa League. It remains to be seen if the zero tolerance policy for match fixing has discouraged all further match-fixing attempts.

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$257 Million Up For Grabs in Tonight’s Powerball Draw

Take a shot at the US Powerball’s $257 million jackpot tonight (23:00 EST, 04:00 GMT).
With no jackpot winner in Saturday’s US Powerball draw, the lottery’s top prize has soared to $257 million for which it will draw tonight at 23:00 EST (04:00 GMT). T…

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$257 Million Up For Grabs in Tonight’s Powerball Draw

Take a shot at the US Powerball’s $257 million jackpot tonight (23:00 EST, 04:00 GMT).
With no jackpot winner in Saturday’s US Powerball draw, the lottery’s top prize has soared to $257 million for which it will draw tonight at 23:00 EST (04:00 GMT). T…

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Get Ready for a Month of World Cup Fever

Germany and Spain are Europe’s powerhouses, but can they compete against Brazil and Argentina?
If you’re a football fan and to be honest, even if you’re not, June 12 sees the beginning of a magical month ahead as the World Cup in Brazil kicks off. The …

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Gaming Awards Gala Benefits Charity

Gaming Awards Gala Benefits CharityThe growing and valuable influence of women in the gaming industry was recognized and celebrated at the WIG awards.

The Women in Gaming Awards and Gala Dinner took place last Friday, June 6 at the Jumeirah Carlton Tower Hotel in Knightsbridge, UK. 

Benefiting the Breakthrough Breast Cancer charity, the 5th annual WiG event welcomed, embraced and celebrated international female business talent from the Gaming industry for an evening of fun, fundraising, and networking as well.

Created in 2010, The International Woman in Gaming Awards ongoing mission is to highlight exceptional women working in the gaming industry.

Pride Award

As for the latest achievers, the Pride of the Year, awarded to the woman “whose vision, innovative approach and success make her an outstanding role model that will inspire more women to choose a career in Land based Gaming or iGaming industry,” was shared by Michaela Michaylova of Unibet and Hodan Fourie of Poker Stars.

Networking and Promoting Opportunities for Women in Gaming

The gala has turned into a true platform for networking, resources and opportunities for male and female professionals alike to confer and diversify their networks.  The event helps bring recognition to the achievements of women in the gaming industry and paves the way for increasing opportunities for women as well.

Britt Boeskov, Unibet COO, asserted that “the calibre of the female influencers throughout the industry blew me away, the day provided amazing networking and great new contacts for doing business with.”

The WiG Organization

The WiG is an organization committed to increasing awareness of careers available in the gaming industry, and seeks to encourage girls and young women to choose careers in gaming development.  To this end, the organization is committed to investigating and promoting methods of increasing the numbers of women in the game industry, and this event is the pinnacle step in that direction.

Other Awards

Other awards handed out included Affiliate Manger of the Year, which went to Melanie Hainzer of Leo Vegas; Affiliate Team of the Year; which went to Carly Sawers of PokerStars; and Excellence in Customer Service, which went to Melissa Zalbeigi of Betsson.

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New Game Release: Terminator 2 Video Slot is Back

All Slots Casino has launched Microgaming’s highly anticipated new video slot Terminator 2.
Terminator 2, the highly anticipated video slot from Microgaming, has been launched in All Slots Casino. Terminator 2 is a 243-ways-to-win video slot themed on …

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Sheldon Adelson’s War Against Online Gambling

Sheldon Adelson's War Against Online GamblingSheldon Adelson’s most recent victory in his war against online gaming: convincing the AGA to change their position from supporting legalization to not supporting it.

When Sheldon Adelson, staunch Republican and wealthy casino magnate, launched his campaign against the federal legalization of online gambling earlier this year, many dismissed his efforts as naïve and misguided. People even thought it somewhat comical when he argued about the immorality of internet gambling, given the fact that he made his own fortune from land-based casinos! 

But half a year later, with only three states having passed legislation for online gambling, Adelson has seized the drop in momentum by getting the American Gaming Association (AGA) to stop supporting online gambling.  

The AGA had been actively supporting online gambling since March 2010, but their position had created a rift within the organization, with Adelson’s Las Vegas Sands on one side and Caesars Entertainment and MGM Resorts on the other side. 

Now, Adelson has been able to get them to change their position, and has recruited high-profile retired politicians Richard Gephardt and Alphonse D’Amato to his cause. Adelson has also managed to recruit fellow casino billionaire Steve Wynn, former New York governor George Pataki and former San Francisco Mayor Willie Brown.

Setbacks to State Online Gambling

Concurrently, New Jersey’s gambling numbers as of late have been disappointing, and California, one of the biggest states now considering online gambling, is facing considerable setbacks. Tribal casinos have been joining the fray in promotion of their own interests, which has essentially frozen any forward movement in the State.

While Adelson cannot be blamed for such setbacks as tribal interests, it is obvious that his role in the debate over internet gambling has put proponents of the issue on the defensive, and has pushed to the public forum issues such as cheating, underage gambling and gambling addiction.

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Turn of Luck: Man Wins $1 Million Jackpot

Turn of Luck: Man Wins $1 Million JackpotHarry W., A retiree from New Jersey, won a $1 million jackpot in IGT’s Wheel of Fortune slot just days after being diagnosed with cancer.

What happened to Harry W. from New Jersey last week could have been easily taken out from the scripts of a successful five-season prime time American TV show. Two weeks ago, the retired New Jersey resident was diagnosed with cancer, a thing which prompted him to travel to an Atlantic City casino in an attempt to get his mind off the bad news.

From $20 to $1 Million

Harry W. went to the Harrah’s Park Place Casino in Atlantic City where he decided to sit down at the slot machine section, planning to play with a limited budget of $20 for 20 minutes. His plan foiled when he racked up wins: He started going from one machine to the next, seeing his initial investment of $20 increasing rapidly. When he had finally accumulated a sum of $415, Harry decided he will pull the lever on IGT’s Wheel of Fortune slot one last time.

It took a more knowledgeable player who sat next to Harry W. to explain to him that he had just won the slot’s progressive jackpot, when the lights started flashing. Harry W. pocketed a whopping jackpot worth $1,055,732.

Some Relief

Harry and his wife lost their home during Hurricane Sandy. When the new millionaire returned home to his wife, the two decided that they will use the jackpot to pay off their home mortgage and move back to renovate and re-build their lost home. With the money they have left, the couple plan to invest some and aid any of their family members in need, and to spend their retired life at ease with Harry hopefully fully recovering from the disease. 

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California Chrome Chases History at Belmont Stakes

Horse racing enthusiasts celebrate today in light of the Triple Crown chases conclusion taking place at Belmont Park in Elmont, New York. This is the final stage in the Triple Crown, an event which sees three year old horses racing three chases consis…

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Casino Mate and Maple Casino Launch Mobile

It was just a matter of time. Casino Mate and Maple Casino – the two most popular Australian and Canadian casinos respectively – have launched mobile platforms for their casinos. Whether it’s on an iPhone, Android smartphone, or a tablet or an iPad, A…