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Thousands of Brits conned in lottery scams

November 30, 2009 Leave a comment

The British media are carrying a warning from the Office of Fair Trading, which reports that hundreds of thousands of Brits have been conned by fake lottery scams. Officials say that about 140,000 people fall victim to this type of fraud each year, costing the public up to a staggering £260 million. The average loss is around £1,900 per person, but through embarrassment or other causes only six percent of victims report incidents to the authorities.

A spokesman said that the scams often start with a promise of cash winnings and visions of a millionaire lifestyle in a letter, e-mail or telephone call.

“We never advise players that they have won a prize via an unsolicited letter, email or telephone call.” warned Paul Jay, of Camelot, operator of the UK’s National Lottery. “And we never ask for up-front fees or personal information,” he added.

“If you haven’t purchased a ticket for The UK National Lottery, you won’t have won a prize – and we urge players to treat letters, e-mails and phone calls telling you otherwise with absolute caution.”

Consumer Minister Kevin Brennan said the UK government was working to stamp out the scam. “We already have “Scambusters” teams throughout the country and, as we announced earlier this year, we are planning to set up new internet enforcement teams to target online scams to protect consumers,” he told reporters.

For information on avoiding lottery scams, visit Consumer Direct.

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Parlay Entertainment reports $600k q3 loss

November 29, 2009 Leave a comment

Online gambling software developer, Parlay Entertainment which is focused mainly on the online bingo market, has reported disappointing third quarter 2009 losses, with revenues declining to $800,000 compared to Q3,2008 when these were $2.5 million, generating a $600,000 loss (Q3,2008: net income of $600,000).

The quarter, which ended September 30,2009, was characterised by chief excutive Scott White as one in which the company continued to make a significant investment in the establishment, development and organisation of its managed solutions offering in Alderney and Canada through Parlay Game Services.

“Parlay Game Services is now operational with the first brand launched in the quarter with a number of additional launches scheduled for Q4,2009 and Q1,2010. As we noted in our previous disclosures, it is Parlay’s intention to aggressively expand our managed solutions offering to accommodate the addition of new customers and brands across multiple languages and currencies,” said White.

White revealed that expenses in Q3,2009 were $1.5 million, down from $1.7 million in Q3,2008, representing reduced compensation expenses and lower foreign exchange losses together with the absence of certain non-recurring expenses from Q3,2008 offset by restructuring expenses in Q3,2009.

Looking at the nine months YTD performance, consolidated revenues were markedly down at $2.6 million for the first three quarters of 2009 compared to $7.3 million in the first three quarters of 2008.

YTD 2009 expenses were $4.3 million, down from $6.3 million in the first three quarters of 2008.

Net loss for the first three quarters of 2009 was $1.3 million, compared to a net income of $600,000, in the first three quarters of 2008.

Parlay remains debt free, with a cash balance at September 30, 2009 of $1.0 million.

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£10 absolutely free with Jackpot City Casino, no deposit required!

November 29, 2009 Leave a comment

Jackpot City Casino are joining in with the free cash frenzy by offering all new players £10 absolutely free, no deposit required, straight to your playing account after a simple registration to the casino!

You might be wondering why you should choose to play at Jackpot City casino? Well the clue’s in the title! Right now, the total jackpot figure ticking away is £2,400,473 – an incredible amount of cash just waiting to be won!

Among these mega jackpots are popular game titles such as ‘Megah Moolah’ and ‘Tomb Raider’ – what’s even better is that when you decide to deposit your own cash to really start playing for real, you can get a first deposit bonus of up to £500!

That’s £500 towards your bankroll to really kick start your winnings on which ever games you prefer!

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Win Free Gambling For A Year At Vegas Palms Casino – 11-27-09

November 28, 2009 Leave a comment

November 27 – As a member of the Fortune Lounge Group. one of the oldest and most established online casino operators, Vegas Palms Casino has always been home to some huge promotions.

Over and above the 200% sign up bonus, the casino has come up with a gem of a promo –  "FREE gambling for a year in the You Play…We Pay!".

The "free Gambling for a year" promotion has $80,000 in cash prizes, as well as more than 140,000 credits on offer. So far, six players have already each won $1000 per month during the course of 2010.

The promotion kicked off in October and runs until January 3. Players are invited to exclusive tournaments to participate and play one of the ultimate prizes, of which there is one a week, so there is still a lot of time to win.

During the course of the promotion, the casino will keep inviting you to tournaments where you can win your share of the $140,000 prize pool, and you also have the chance of winning extra credits that increase your chances once you play in a weekly final.

Vegas Palms in a member of Fortune Lounge, winner of "Best Customer Service 2009" Award.

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BetUs Posts Odds on Sarah Palin Book – Going Rogue – 11-28-09

November 28, 2009 Leave a comment

November 28 – With all of the hype surrounding the release of Sarah Palin’s book "Going Rogue" over the past week the public has taken notice of reports of other book releases on the horizon. Speculation is hitting a fever pitch regarding four Ps (or peons) of publicity, Palin, Carrie Prejean, Spencer and Heidi Pratt and Perez Hilton and upcoming releases of their books. This being the case the largest most successful sportsbook on the web, BetUS.com posted odds on the confluence of their book releases.

Analysts at BetUS.com posted the following odds on Book Releases:

Who sells most:
– Prejean 2/1
– Pratts 5/1
– Palin 2/1
– Perez 1/3

Most likely to run for office next:
– Prejean 8/1
– Pratts 5/1
– Palin 1/3
– Perez 2/1

Most likely to answer a political question incorrectly in a beauty pageant:
– Prejean 1/4
– Pratts 3/1
– Palin 8/1
– Perez 7/1

Most likely to star in a reality show next:
– Prejean 1/2
– Pratts 5/2
– Palin 4/1
– Perez 3/1

Most likely to get divorced or married next:
– Prejean 1/1
– Pratts 3/2
– Palin 3/1
– Perez 4/1

Book to have most spelling mistakes:
– Prejean 1/2
– Pratts 2/1
– Palin 5/1
– Perez 4/1

Most likely not to know the capital of their state:
– Prejean 1/2
– Pratts 2/1
– Palin 5/1
– Perez 4/1

We rate BetUS.com Sportsbook as one of the leading offshore sportsbooks. In fact, they are the winner of our 2009 Best Gambling Suite Award.

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Card Gang $3200 freeroll this weekend – Online Casino News

November 28, 2009 Leave a comment

Bluff Europe, one of Europe’s most popular poker magazines, is teaming up with online casino 32Red.com this weekend to host a freeroll tournament with $3,200 in cash up for grabs.

The competition is the latest in the Card Gang Freeroll series and will begin on Sunday from six o’clock in the evening London time. Players wanting to take part should visit BluffEurope.com and follow the onscreen instructions in the ‘Card Gang’ section before registering using the password ‘32Nov09’.

Prizes will be awarded to the top ten percent of finishers with the winner guaranteed to walk away with at least $700 off an investment of nothing.

“Once again we have a great opportunity for Bluff Europe readers to join in on the action courtesy of Card Gang and Bluff Europe,” said Michael Caselli, Editor-In-Chief for Bluff Europe.

“Players should keep their eyes peeled at BluffEurope.com/CardGang for monthly free-rolls and exclusive high-value tournaments. They rock.”

Bluff Europe is the largest poker publication in the UK and one of the most widely read in Europe. It is distributed through European card rooms and poker clubs as well as on newsstands in the UK, Germany and Scandinavia and features regular contributions from Phil Laak and Paul Jackson among others. It is also the first magazine to be available by subscription through SMS and poker enthusiasts in the UK can subscribe by texting ‘Poker’ to 60155.  

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Online Gaming Industry Gears Up for Annual Awards

November 27, 2009 Leave a comment

The 2009 EGR Awards take place on Monday at London’s Old Billingsgate to celebrate all things online gaming.

The leading lights of the online betting business will grace the lavish ceremony which is being billed as the Oscars of the online gaming world.

The awards are being sponsored by the some of the industry’s biggest software providers including Realtime Gaming, Playtech, and Microgaming.  Also sponsoring the event are payment processors Entropay and ClickandBuy.

Awards will be given in 18 categories including Operator of the Year (32Red, 888, Betsson, Ladbrokes, PartyCasino, and William Hill), best sports betting operator, best poker operator, bingo operator, mobile gaming operator, and live gaming operator.

The most coveted award is for Operator of the Year which covers excellence in all fields of online gaming. The nominations for this category are: 888, Bet365, Betclick, Betfair, BWIN, PartyGaming and William Hill Online.

There are also awards for innovation, online marketing campaigns, and rising stars.  Ladbrokes has the most nominations with  seven, followed closely by 888, with six, and then Betsson and BetFair with five each.

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