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Betfair To License CryptoLogic Slot Games – 04-30-09

April 30, 2009 Leave a comment

April 30 – CryptoLogic Limited, a world leader in Internet casino and branded gaming software, has signed a multi-year agreement to provide at least 10 of its top branded and non-branded slot games to Betfair, the world’s largest online betting community. The first five games will be available to Betfair’s two million registered customers before the end of the second quarter, with the remaining games to follow in the third and fourth quarters of 2009.

The games will be made available to Betfair through Orbis Technology’s Fixed Odds Games (FOG) platform. CryptoLogic announced a deal with Orbis in December 2008 as part of its successful strategy to expand its channels to the Internet gaming market.

"CryptoLogic’s new relationship with Betfair is excellent proof of the potential of our ?build once, license often’ business strategy," said Brian Hadfield, CryptoLogic’s President and CEO. "CryptoLogic’s branded slot games are both popular and profitable, and today that leads yet another top global gaming brand to join CryptoLogic’s growing list of customers."

Since pioneering the first successful online betting exchange in 2000, Betfair has grown to process more than six million transactions a day. Betfair enables its two million customers to choose their own odds and bet even after an event has started. The company’s portfolio of innovative products includes casino games, exchange games and poker. Betfair is also highly accomplished in signature platform development and exchange technology, having launched three applications: Betfair Poker, Tradefair and Betfair Predicts.

Betfair has been very pleased with its partnership with Orbis, through which it has delivered the increasingly popular Betfairarcade.com and Quickplay games. The CryptoLogic products will sit online beside the 75 games already delivered in the Arcade. Over ?7m is currently paid out to customers in winnings every week.

"Betfair is excited to make CryptoLogic’s casino games available to our two million registered customers," said Albert Tapper Head of Arcade / XG. "Betfair is all about offering customers unprecedented choice, value and control, and CryptoLogic’s market-leading slot games will add to that experience."

CryptoLogic and Betfair have worked together in the past, dating back to 2004 when Betfair launched http://www.betfairpoker.com using software licensed from CryptoLogic’s subsidiary, WagerLogic Limited.

Betfair has twice been named the United Kingdom’s "Company of the Year" by the Confederation of British Industry and remains the only betting companies to win two Queen’s Award for Enterprise.

"This deal strengthens CryptoLogic’s leadership in slot games, and illustrates why we’re the partner of choice for so many of the world’s largest gaming operators," said Justin Thouin, CryptoLogic’s Vice President.

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Playtech Responds with Sports Betting

April 30, 2009 Leave a comment

Just this past week, Cryptologic signed an exclusive deal with Paramount Pictures to develop slot games based on popular movies. It seems like the ongoing battle between Playtech and Cryptologic never ends. Just as fast as Cryptologic signed their deal with Paramount, Playtech was back at it in the hopes of counteracting the deal.  

Playtech has announced that they will be adding sports betting to their already extensive list of casino features available to clients. This announcement allows Playtech to offer a complete online casino package to potential clients. Not only will they offer slots and classic table games, now they are able to offer a sports betting feature which is a huge component of all online casinos.  

“Playtech has put themselves in the position to really take over and be the leader when it comes to online gambling software,” noted one outside source. “It will be hard for other companies to keep up if the sports betting software is top quality.”  

In addition to being able to offer a complete casino platform to new clients, Playtech will extend the offer to existing clients. Those who currently use Playtech software will have the option to add sports betting to their existing casinos if they wish. This will give online casinos another platform for players to visit and gamble. 

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French poker pro plays 62 SnG games in one hour

April 29, 2009 Leave a comment

Internet poker star Bertrand ‘ElkY’ Grospellier could have established a new multi-tabling sit ‘n go record this week whilst in Monte Carlo for the PokerStars European Poker Tour’s Grand Final.

The French Internet poker whizz played 62 PokerStars S’n’Gs in sixty minutes, taking the action across four monitors and watched by an avid crowd of appreciative webcast railbirds.

The Frenchman more than met the record requirements of turning a profit, and he won the tournament to boot after an exciting heads up battle.

His achievement was made all the more remarkable by the knowledge that he fought off jetlag, having only flown into Las Vegas the previous evening.

Fellow Internet pro Hevad Khan, who once managed to play 26 tables at once, said that turning a profit whilst playing 62 tables was a difficult and impressive achievement that demanded both discipline and talent.

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Minnesota authorities order ISPs to block gambling sites

April 29, 2009 Leave a comment

In a move reminiscent of recent Australian attempts to censor the Internet at ISP level, the Minnesota Department of Public Safety (DPS) Alcohol and Gambling Enforcement Division (AGED)
today announced that it has served written notice to 11 national and regional telephone and Internet service providers (ISPs) instructing them to prohibit access of all Minnesota-based computers to nearly 200 online gambling websites.

Apparently the notification includes an assertion that online gambling is illegal in all US states. The sites banned are not identified in initial reports on the ban.

AT&T Internet Services, San Antonio; Charter Communications, St. Louis; Comcast Cable, Moorestown, N.J.; Direct TV, Los Angeles; Dish Network, Englewood., Colo.; Embarq and Sprint/Nextel, both of Overland Park, Kan.; Frontier Communications, Stamford, Conn.; Qwest, Denver; Verizon Wireless, Bedminster, N.J.; and Wildblue Communications, Greenwood Village, Colo. are among the sites served with the notice.

John Willems, director of AGED said: “We are putting site operators and Minnesota online gamblers on notice and in advance. Disruption of these sites’ cash flow will negatively impact their business models. State residents with online escrow accounts should be aware that access to their accounts may be jeopardized and their funds in peril.”

Believed the first attempt by a state to employ this federal statute to restrict access to online gambling sites, the letters cites U.S. Code, Title 18, Section 1084, (d); notices were delivered Monday April 27, 2009. Congress enacted the “Wire Act” statute in 1961, and its use has hitherto been confined to sportsbetting issues, although the Department of Justice has claimed it applies to all online gambling – something yet to be fully tested in the courts, although a contrary ruling was issued by the Fifth Circuit Court some years ago.

Response from the notified ISPs is expected within two to three weeks, at which time issues of non-compliance will be referred to the Federal Communications Commission (FCC). This is presumably a veiled threat against licenses.

Acknowledging the effort as an initial sample, Willems anticipates the program expanding to address thousands of sites, depending on compliance. He notes that the required technology to restrict geographic access to particular sites is a relatively straightforward procedure on the part of service providers.

In the written notices, AGED also provided the sites’ telephone numbers and requested access to those numbers by Minnesotans to be prohibited. For more than two decades, telecoms have shut down telephone numbers at the request of law enforcement agencies when believed to be involved in illegal activities, such as sports book-making telephone numbers.

“In Minnesota, and for Minnesotans, the primary issues are legality, state self-governance and accountability,” says Willems. “In broader context, the long-running debate on online gambling continues to raise significant issues, including absence of policy and regulation, individual rights, societal impact, international fair-trade practices, and funding for criminal and terrorist organizations.”

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Online Casino JackpotCapital Give Free $800 to Make Millions – Online Casino News

April 28, 2009 Leave a comment

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International: WillHill, Blue Square suspend books

April 28, 2009 Leave a comment

Monday, U.K. bookmakers William Hill and Blue Square said they will not pay out bets made on last weekend’s football match between Grays Athletic and Forest Green Rovers. The companies said they are suspending their books because "suspicious betting activity" took place during the match.

According to the bookmakers, several punters backed the Grays to win at the end of the first half when the club trailed Forest Green 0-1. The two companies labeled the bets suspicious when the Grays scored twice in 50 seconds in the second half and went on to win the match.

Both books said they have reported the incident to the Football Association. However, GamblingIntelligence.com noted as late as Tuesday morning that the organization had not yet commented on the suspected match fixing.

"We saw a most unusual betting pattern on this match involving a large number of requests for bets on Grays to be losing at half time and winning at full time,” William Hill spokesman Graham Sharpe said. “The odds for that eventuality were cut from 22/1 to under half of that price yet still people wanted to back that outcome.

“We closed our book and reported our actions to the relevant authorities. We have no intention of paying out, pending any potential inquiries which may be undertaken.”

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Business: Cryptologic and Betfair sign multi-year games deal

April 27, 2009 Leave a comment

CryptoLogic Ltd. announced today that the signing of a multi-year agreement with online betting exchange Betfair. As a result of the deal, Cryptologic will provide at least ten of its top-branded and non-branded slot games to the 2 million customers registered at Betfair.

CryptoLogic’s online games will be made available alongside the 75 games already delivered in at Betfairarcade.com. The games are available through Orbis Technology’s Open Bet Fixed Odds Games (FOG) platform, the result of a strategic partnership agreed in December 2008 between CryptoLogic and Orbis.

CryptoLogic’s President and CEO, Brian Hadfield: "CryptoLogic’s new relationship with Betfair is excellent proof of the potential of our ‘build once, license often’ business strategy. CryptoLogic’s branded slot games are both popular and profitable, and today that leads yet another top global gaming brand to join CryptoLogic’s growing list of customers.

"Betfair is excited to make CryptoLogic’s casino games available to our 2 million registered customers," said Albert Tapper Head of Arcade / XG. "Betfair is all about offering customers unprecedented choice, value and control, and CryptoLogic’s market-leading slot games will add to that experience."

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