October 2018 - Master Gambling Bonuses

Wednesday, October 31, 2018

I Called It mobile game -- MGM RESORTS

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I Called It mobile game -- MGM RESORTS

The New York Jets recently announced they have joined with MGM Resorts International in a first-of-its-kind partnership making MGM Resorts the official gaming partner of the New York Jets. 

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New York Jets Join Forces with Casino Giant MGM in “First-of-Its-Kind” Deal

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New York Jets Join Forces with Casino Giant MGM in “First-of-Its-Kind” Deal

The Jets pen landmark deal with casino operator MGM Resorts International shortly after 888 advertising tie-up

The New York Jets and MGM Resorts International today announced a “first-of-its-kind” integrated gaming partnership that makes the casino and hospitality operator the official gaming partner of the NFL team.

The announcement about the Jets/MGM tie-up arrives shortly after reports emerged that the team has joined forces with online gambling operator 888 Holdings in a sponsorship deal that is yet to be announced officially.

In addition to a traditional casino sponsorship, the Jets’ deal with MGM also involves the I Called It mobile game which allows fans of the NFL team to answer questions about Jets games. The game is sponsored by MGM’s mobile app Play MGM and is available exclusively in the Official New York Jets App. It is free to play and provides Jets fans with the chance to win different prizes. However, it does not allow them to wager money on Jets games.

As part of the deal, MGM will be designated as the official gaming partner of the NFL team. In addition, the casino operator will sponsor and be offered access to the Jets 360 Production Studio, where the team films dedicated digital media and television content. The Jets’ home stadium, MetLife Stadium in East Rutherford, New Jersey, will feature MGM signage.

Jets season holders and members of the Jets’ rewards program will be treated to entertainment experiences and hotel rooms at MGM resorts around the nation, including Atlantic City’s Borgata, as part of the newly penned partnership between the football team and the gaming and hospitality giant.

888 Partnership Draws Ire

It also became known earlier this week that the Jets have secured a sponsorship agreement with online gambling operator 888. While an official announcement about the tie-up is yet to be made, 888 banners can now be spotted at MetLife Stadium.

The NFL changed its advertising policies in early September to allow teams to join forces with casino companies and thus boost their advertising revenues. However, under the new rules, the sponsorships should not promote and involve sports betting in any way.

888 currently offers online casino, poker, and sports betting services, and its wagering offering was what drew criticism as the company’s tie-up with the Jets was unveiled. Supporters of the partnership have pointed out that it does not violate the NFL’s advertising rules as 888’s sports betting business is not directly promoted. However, opponents have argued that the deal definitely crosses the line.

The New York Jets are not the only team to have partnered with gambling companies since the NFL relaxed its rules. The Dallas Cowboys joined forces with WinStar World Casino in Oklahoma in early September, while the Baltimore Ravens inked a deal with Horseshoe Casino Baltimore.

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Macau casino entry ban to affect 54,000 gaming workers

Evolution Gaming Group AB inks New Jersey supply agreement

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Evolution Gaming Group AB inks New Jersey supply agreement

Live-dealer online casino games provider Evolution Gaming Group AB has announced the signing of a deal that is to see it provide its products to players in New Jersey via the domain at PokerStarsCasinoNJ.com. Powering the live casino action: The Stockholm-listed firm used an official Monday press release (pdf) to reveal that the agreement will involve […]
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Tuesday, October 30, 2018

New York Jets Partner Online Gambling Operator 888, Face Backlash from Football Purists

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New York Jets Partner Online Gambling Operator 888, Face Backlash from Football Purists

Yet another NFL team joins forces with a casino operator as the league relaxes gambling advertising rules

The New York Jets have penned a sponsorship deal with online gambling operator 888 and football purists are not happy about it, news outlet the New York Post reported on Monday. The deal is set to be officially announced later this week, but 888 banners have already appeared outside MetLife Stadium in East Rutherford, New Jersey, the home stadium of the New York Jets.

Following the mid-May ruling of the US Supreme Court that struck down a federal ban on sports betting, the NFL reversed ahead of the new season a long-standing ban on casino advertising, allowing teams to partner with casino operators and advertise those in exchange for financial contributions.

However, the NFL rules still prohibit sports betting operations from being advertised by football teams. Aside from casino games, 888 also offers poker and sports betting services. Critics of the partnership between the Jets and the online gambling operator have argued that the fact that it offers wagering products crosses the line and violates NFL’s gambling advertising rules.

As mentioned earlier, the tie-up between the Jets and 888 has already manifested itself in the form of several orange banners displaying the 888.com logo outside MetLife Stadium. Sources familiar with the deal have told the New York Post that the banners do not violate league advertising rules as they do not specifically refer to 888sport, the gambling operator’s online sports betting operation.

However, critics have pointed out that the banners were “dangerously close to flouting the rules.” The deal is expected to be announced later this week, which means that more details about its scope are to emerge.

Normalization of Gambling through Ads

According to Keith Whyte, Executive Director of the National Council of Problem Gambling, advertising partnerships of this kind can have a big and lasting impact on young fans of football who go to the games. He told the New York Post that children and young people “will become much more inclined to see gambling as being part of the game.”

The four major sports leagues – MLB, NBA, NFL, and NHL – were long opposed to sports gambling, arguing that the activity threatened the integrity of sports. However, the US Supreme Court ruled this past May against the leagues and annulled the long-standing federal sports betting ban. Since the ruling, league officials have softened their stance on the wagering issue and have been seeking a share of the proceeds generated from sports betting in the form of an integrity fee and advertising revenue, among other things.

The NFL decided to relax its advertising rules ahead of the new season, allowing teams to take advertising money from casinos. The Dallas Cowboys became the first team to align itself with a casino operator in early September, thus making history. It joined forces with Oklahoma-based WinStar World Casino.

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This Week in Gambling: NHL and MGM reach sports betting deal

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This Week in Gambling: NHL and MGM reach sports betting deal
The National Hockey League now joins the National Basketball Association in working with MGM and embracing betting on sports.
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Greentube live on Mr Green

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Greentube live on Mr Green

The Novomatic Interactive division, Greentube, has launched its premier casino content with Swedish iGaming operator Mr Green. According to the official press release… The seamless integration, via the Greentube NRGS platform, of a selection of top-performing slot games are now available to players on www.mrgreen.com. Mr Greens’ players in the Nordics (Denmark, Finland, Iceland, Norway, and Sweden) now have access to […]
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Top 10 ways to visit Las Vegas on the cheap

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Top 10 ways to visit Las Vegas on the cheap
Follow the tips from Gary Trask on ways to visit Las Vegas, and your visit won't be cheapened and may even be enhanced.
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Monday, October 29, 2018

Bernard Lee Wins $400 Buy-In Event in WSOP Circuit Harveys Lake Tahoe for Second Gold Ring

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Bernard Lee Wins $400 Buy-In Event in WSOP Circuit Harveys Lake Tahoe for Second Gold Ring

Poker columnist and commentator Bernard Lee captures second WSOP Circuit gold ring at Harveys Lake Tahoe

A 13th-place finish in the 2005 WSOP Main Event was pivotal for Bernard Lee as it rocketed him into a successful career as a poker columnist, commentator, and player. Lee captured over the weekend his second WSOP Circuit gold ring after besting a 124-strong field in a $400 No-Limit Hold’em event at Harveys Lake Tahoe Casino, where the latest stop on the series’ calendar is currently taking place.

The tournament took place over a single day and featured 20-minute levels which provided for a speedy action at the tables of the host venue.

As mentioned earlier, the $400 buy-in event drew 124 entries. They created a prize pool of $40,920. The top 15 spots received a share of the money, min-cashes starting from $691. Aside from the shiny gold ring, Lee also claimed a cash prize of $11,456 for finishing first in the tournament.

While Lee might have had his ups and downs over the initial stages of play, he managed to overcome the challenges and build a solid stack of 303,000 when the unofficial final table of ten was set. The player held the second largest stack at the time, topped only by Paul Miller, who had 400,000 in chips.

Final Table Action

Surviving the final table was a challenging task. Lee lost some of his momentum early into that stage of the game, but remained patient. The player said in his post-victory interview that he played for the title and that he claimed it by playing carefully, building a stack slowly but steadily.

The champion eventually faced Miller heads-up. Lee began the duel as the chip leader and maintained his advantage until the very end. He applied pressure in the right spots, and it looked as if he was making the right move on every hand dealt. Miller was eventually eliminated for a cash prize of $7,082, his second one from the WSOP Circuit series.

As for Lee, this was his third tournament victory in the past few months. The player took down a Rio Daily Deepstack in June and another event earlier this month. As mentioned above, he has also performed quite well in the WSOP, finishing 13th in the 2005 WSOP Main Event and scoring a runner-up finish in a bracelet event in the summer of 2017. Lee has also previously won one more gold ring from the WSOP Circuit.

He told WSOP staff over the weekend that the support from his family meant the world to him. Lee had dedicated his first ring to his daughter, Maya. His second piece of WSOP Circuit jewelry, the player dedicated to his son, Noah.

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SoulCycle to open first studio in Las Vegas

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SoulCycle to open first studio in Las Vegas
The studio will be located in the new Wynn Plaza, the resort's unique new 70,000-square-foot retail destination located directly on Las Vegas Boulevard and is set to open Saturday, 10 November.
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Las Vegas Sands to invest in Macau

Sunday, October 28, 2018

Realistic Games announces new Shuffle Bots slot game

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Realistic Games announces new Shuffle Bots slot game

Top content developer Realistic Games has announced yet another new online slot game, this time creating a title based on dancing robots. Shuffle bots is a 5-reel, 20 payline slot game that uses the newest HTML5 technology, allowing players to enjoy the game on desktop, smartphone and tablet. The new game has a disco theme, […]
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Saturday, October 27, 2018

ProgressPlay selects Groove Gaming Limited

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ProgressPlay selects Groove Gaming Limited

iGaming content aggregator Groove Gaming Limited has announced the signing of a ‘white-label’ deal that is set to see it supply a portfolio of over 1,500 HTML5-friendly video slots and live casino games to Maltese platform provider ProgressPlay. Long list of developers: The Israeli firm used an official Friday press release published by European Gaming […]
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Pragmatic Play announces new Ancient Egypt Classic slot game

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Pragmatic Play announces new Ancient Egypt Classic slot game

Top online gaming developer, Pragmatic Play, has announced their newest blockbuster slot, Ancient Egypt Classic. This new game is a video slot with a 3×5 grid, set to go live on Halloween, October 31st. The online slot game includes many symbols that are found in ancient Egyptian culture including the Eye of Ra, ankhs, Anubis the […]
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Friday, October 26, 2018

Steven Wright returns to Treasure Island

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Steven Wright returns to Treasure Island
The deadpan comic will headline the Treasure Island Theatre in Las Vegas on 30 November.
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Ukraine’s Illegal Gambling Market Thrives as Government Fails to Set Regulations

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Ukraine’s Illegal Gambling Market Thrives as Government Fails to Set Regulations

The lack of solid regulation in the Ukrainian gambling and betting industry has resulted in a booming underground gambling business while millions of dollars are going down the drain. According to local media reports, hundreds of gambling facilities disguised as lottery offices, are freely operating across the country.

Officially, almost all forms of gambling are banned in Ukraine with only licensed lotteries allowed to operate. Since 2009, when the Verkhovna Rada (the name of the Parliament) passed the ban into law, however, there have been multiple reports of existing underground gaming facilities. By July 2009, more than 6,000 illegal slot machines had been confiscated from dozens of illegal establishments. Investigations led to over 200 criminal charges. Things have not changed a lot since then.

In an article, the Kyiv Post uncovers what turns out to be a widespread scheme for illegal gambling operations that are carried out freely under the guise of lottery offices. The newspaper describes in details that the lack of clear regulation of the sector has allowed illegal businesses to thrive, nurturing organized crime and corruption. In 2012, according to the publication, the Rada loosened the gambling ban, allowing lottery operators to run gambling activities. During that time, the majority in the Parliament was held by the Party of Regions, the party of former president Viktor Yanukovych who is currently in exile in Russia and wanted by Ukraine for high treason.

As a result of the unfinished reforms in the sector – special legislation and gambling zones were initially considered, operators of underground gaming facilities are now offering slot-like games under their lottery licenses. There are lottery offices in every city and town across the country and many of them only pretend to offer lottery tickets. Although logos of the Ukrainian National Lottery can be seen, there are no lottery products on sale. Interestingly, there are no slot machines visible, as well.

The facilities are, actually, packed with computers – their keyboards are specifically customized to work like classic slot machines. Customers purchase plastic cards that are placed into special slots on the keyboard and the computer instantly turns into a Vegas-style casino game, the Kyiv Post reveals. Only cash is accepted, of course. And authorities seem to be clueless about this simple, yet extremely effective scheme, the paper suggests.

Revenues from Illegal Gambling Reach $1 Billion

It is impossible to estimate the exact cost of the black market gambling industry to Ukraine’s economy but it is certainly within the six and seven-figure range. The Kyiv Post spoke to Agia Zagrebelska of the Anti-Monopoly Committee who says that the revenues from illegal gambling reach $1 billion a year. According to other foreign experts, underground gaming operators generate much more from their unregulated activity.

Every year, Ukrainian lotteries pay around $2 million in taxes. The tax revenue that comes from lottery winners, on the other hand, is approximately $4 million, which is, by all standards, bizarre. In fact, most things related to gambling in Ukraine is out of the ordinary – there are three operators which held licenses granted by the state, namely MSL, Patriot, and the Ukrainian National Lottery. Their licenses have expired in 2014 but due to a legal loophole, they can operate until new licenses are issued.

Each of the three operators is allowed to run up to 5,000 lottery shops, which suggests that there must be up to 15,000 lottery offices on the territory of Ukraine. In addition, these three operators have extended their permits via franchise to some 180 retailing companies that can sell lottery tickets. As a result, the actual number of lottery offices could not be estimated. At the same time, the Anti-Monopoly Committee says that only 19 percent of them sell lottery products, while the rest functioning like gaming facilities or betting shops. Overall, the underground gambling scene seems to be thriving in Ukraine and the state is losing millions of dollars due to the lack of oversight and resolution to come up with a new legal frame.

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Macau drives Las Vegas Sands growth in 3Q18

Full House Resorts Incorporated rejects takeover approach

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Full House Resorts Incorporated rejects takeover approach

American regional casino operator, Full House Resorts Incorporated, has rejected a proposal from Z Capital Partners that would have seen the private equity management firm pay approximately $132.5 million in order to acquire all of its issued stock. Unanimous refusal: In an official Tuesday letter sent to James Zenni, Chief Executive Officer for Z Capital Partners, […]
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Thursday, October 25, 2018

BCLC hires auditor to monitor three casinos

Dark Vortex online slot -- YGGDRASIL

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Dark Vortex online slot -- YGGDRASIL

Yggdrasil's new slot, Dark Vortex, delivers unique features and launches just in time for operators’ Halloween campaigns.

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GSA welcomes industry to Technology Summit: Focus on Blockchain

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GSA welcomes industry to Technology Summit: Focus on Blockchain
The Gaming Standards Association will hold the first conference of its kind 8-9 November at the Nevada Museum of Art in Reno, Nevada.
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Indian Police Arrests 500 Offenders for Gambling on Occasion of Hindu Festival

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Indian Police Arrests 500 Offenders for Gambling on Occasion of Hindu Festival

Police in the Indian state of Odisha has arrested more than 500 individuals for illegal gambling in the Ganjam and Jajpur districts. The arrests were a result of police raids in gambling dens organized on occasion of a popular Hindu festival, the Kumar Purnima.

Authorities have raided several underground gambling dens in Odisha, arresting over 500 people, they announced on Wednesday. Only in the Ganjam district, the arrested gamblers are more than 500. This week alone, the police in Ganjam has seized Rs6 lakh, which is approximately US$8,190. Another 11 individuals were arrested on the charge of gambling after a raid in an illegal gaming facility in the Bharatpur area. The Jaipur police have also found three bikes, six mobile phones and Rs5,325 (approx. $73) in cash.

Gambling is extremely restricted in India, although laws vary between states and cities. Some forms of gambling are allowed or at least tolerated, while casino-style gaming can be conducted only in Goa, Daman, and Sikkim. In Odisha, however, gambling is illegal, although it is considered a tradition during the celebrations for Kumar Purnima, according to Rakesh Kumar Tripathy, inspector-in-charge of Balichandrapur police station in Jajpur district.

He explained that policemen acted on a tip-off and on Tuesday night, they raided a gambling den in the village of Bharatpur. Although the money used for the gaming activity was not a lot, the deed is still considered a serious offense under the law.

Gambling as Part of the Religious Celebrations

The state of Odisha is located on the Bay of Bengal and is widely known for its rich religious history and tribal culture. It is home to a large number of ancient Hindu temples and has the highest concentration of Hindus among other states. There are plenty of holidays and festivals during the year and each is associated with different traditions and customs. Interestingly, gambling is extremely popular during the festive season in October and November.

Millions of Odisha residents take part in gambling activities from Dussehra to Diwali. There are no fixed dates for the two festivals, but Dussehra (also called Dasahara, Dasara, Dashain or Vijayadashami) is usually celebrated in late September or October. Diwali, on the other hand, or the festival of light is the largest and most important holiday of the year and it is usually in November. Along with good food, family gatherings, and other customs, people love to gamble in this part of the year.

Kumar Purnima is yet another Hindu holiday and it is known as the harvest festival. Every year, the local police try to clamp down on gambling with raids on illegal gambling dens and arrests of gamblers. While 500 people being arrested may sound like a massive operation, it is insignificant compared to the size of underground gambling that happens in reality. During the festive season, people gamble for entertainment and in the hopes to make a little extra money.

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GAN extends Simulated Gaming agreement with JACK Entertainment

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GAN extends Simulated Gaming agreement with JACK Entertainment
Delivering GAN's U.S.-patented iBridge Framework links the GameSTACK internet gaming system to JACK Entertainment's existing casino management system deployed in Ohio and Michigan.
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Wednesday, October 24, 2018

Greentube inks further British supply deal with LeoVegas AB

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Greentube inks further British supply deal with LeoVegas AB

The Greentube online and mobile software technologies subsidiary of Austrian gambling giant, Novomatic, has announced the signing of an agreement that is to see its games made available to players in the United Kingdom via domains operated by LeoVegas AB. Video slots provision: The Vienna-based innovator used a short press release to detail that the arrangement will […]
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UKGC: New rules will better protect consumers

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UKGC: New rules will better protect consumers
Ian Angus, Program Director for Consumer Protection and Empowerment, and Pradeep Rajania, Senior Manager for Consumer Policy explain what these changes will mean for gambling operators.
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Fate of Europe’s First Integrated Casino Resort to be Decided by March 2019

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Fate of Europe’s First Integrated Casino Resort to be Decided by March 2019

As the bidding process for a Greek casino license has already started, only three American gambling companies have remained in contention for the planned €8 billion Elliniko integrated casino resort. Hard Rock, Caesars Entertainment and Mohegan Gaming and Entertainment are currently interested in winning the permit to run the facility after the redevelopment of the former Hellenikon International Airport. By March 2019, the license should be granted and a groundbreaking ceremony is expected.

The three US-based companies are some of the world’s largest developers and operators of gambling and entertainment facilities, with properties across Europe, the Americas, and beyond. They are the three final bidders for the license, which will be granted for the planned Elliniko casino resort near Athens, local daily newspaper Kathimerini reported this week.

Several other prospective bidders have withdrawn from the race following major delays and attempts to hamper the project. Among them were the French Group Barriere and the American companies Las Vegas Sands and Melco Resorts and Entertainment.

While there are three major investors that are interested in running the future casino, a single license will be granted by the government. There will be no decision until the end of the year, according to local news outlets, while construction work on the site is not expected to begin before early 2019. The developer of the project is a consortium led by the Greek company Lambda and also featuring Chinese conglomerate Fosun and another unnamed partner from Abu Dhabi.

In June, Lambda Development discussed the plans for the complex at a shareholders meeting in Athens. Then, they confirmed that construction could start at the beginning of next year, according to the Greek business publication Naftemporiki. However, the start date may be pushed back once again and it is believed that the operator will be announced by 2019. Still, the developers from Lambda have already presented their vision for the integrated resort, revealing a larger and much more ambitious plan than previously expected.

What Will the Elliniko Casino Resort Look Like?

In June 2016, Lambda Development and the Greek Government signed a €1 billion agreement for the transfer of the property of the old Hellenikon International Airport.

Negotiations have started back in 2010 but due to political, technical and environmental issues, the privatization process was delayed multiple times. The inking of the deal allowed the government to continue with preparations for the bidding process and with the implementation of a massive investment of approximately €8 billion.

According to the plans, 1500-acre seafront land where the former airport was located would be transformed into a large seaside complex with hotels and other residential facilities, parks and cultural sites, stores, convention, and retail spaces. Of course, there would be a huge casino facility that would cover 15,000 square meters.

Along with the 10,000 construction jobs created by the project, another 70,000 to 75,000 permanent jobs are expected once the complex is fully operational. However, it will be built in several stages and over a period of 10 to 12 years, according to the developer.

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Horseshoe Casino Baltimore Signs NFL Deal

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Horseshoe Casino Baltimore Signs NFL Deal

Horseshoe Casino Baltimore has entered an official partnership with the Baltimore Ravens in the second deal of this kind since September when the National Football League (NFL) allowed its teams to accept advertising from casinos. The move follows the historic partnership announced between the Dallas Cowboys and WinStar World Casino and Resort in Thackerville, Oklahoma.

For many years, the NFL did not allow its teams to sell sponsorships to casinos with sportsbooks in order to steer clear of any connection to sports betting. Last month, or in late August as Sports Business Daily reported, the NFL loosened the ban on casino advertising. Soon after that, the Dallas Cowboys teamed up with the WinStar World in the first NFL casino partnership. Now the Baltimore Ravens have joined them, extending their existing deal with Horseshoe.

The new partners are neighbors in Southern Gateway Entertainment District, an area just south of the Ravens’ home in M&T Bank Stadium. When the casino opened just a few blocks away from the sporting venue, it became a catalyst for huge investment and development in the neighborhood. Now their partnership will bring them even closer as logos of the team will be featured across the gaming venue, while the casino’s ads will be significantly more at the stadium.

The announcement for the deal was made by Baltimore Ravens Senior Vice President of Corporate Sales and Business Development Kevin Rochlitz and former Raven and NFL Hall-of-Famer Jonathan Ogden and Caesars Regional President and Horseshoe Casino General Manager Erin Chamberlin. The owner of Baltimore’s Horseshoe is the group CBAC Gaming, which gathers Caesars Entertainment, Jack Entertainment, CVPR Gaming Holdings, LLC; STRON-MD Limited Partnership and PRT TWO, LLC.

Increased Partnership between NFL and Casinos

Since 2014, when the Horseshoe Casino Baltimore opened for business, it has been an advertising sponsor at Ravens games. However, it did not have the right to use the team’s name or logos in any way. The Maryland casino was not able to use trademarks for any events, including tailgate parties and giveaways. Now, instead of referencing only Baltimore football or using purple colors, the Horseshoe Casino will be allowed to make use of the logo and name of the Ravens. But that is not all.

The three-level feature bar at Horseshoe Casino Baltimore that is currently known as 14Forty will soon be rebranded and will be a Ravens Baltimore Bar. The casino will also introduce player cards with the NFL team’s logo. M&T Bank Stadium, on the other hand, will feature Horseshoe advertising. According to Rochlitz, Horseshoe Casino Baltimore has become a popular destination for Ravens fans, especially before and after games, so the new deal will enrich the appeal and entertainment offering of the two major Baltimore brands.

The financial terms of the deal are confidential but for the time being, it remains only a marketing partnership. The State of Maryland is expected to pass a sports betting legislation, which would allow the casino to extend its cooperation with the Baltimore Ravens.

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Tuesday, October 23, 2018

Breeders' Cup to host seminar in Las Vegas

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Breeders' Cup to host seminar in Las Vegas
Professional handicapper Bob Ike returns to Rampart Casino Resort at Summerlin to share with racing fans the ins and outs of betting.
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Instant Win Gaming Limited partnering for further lottery success

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Instant Win Gaming Limited partnering for further lottery success

Online instant-win games supplier, Instant Win Gaming Limited (IWG), has announced that it is partnering with fellow British firm, Inspired Entertainment Incorporated, in order to offer American lotteries a range of new virtual sports-themed titles. Kicking off with gridiron game: According to an official Monday press release published by European Gaming Media and Events, the collaboration will see […]
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Tribal casino could still open in Connecticut

Monday, October 22, 2018

Las Vegas’ Palace Station launches revamped business

International sales help push MegaMillions jackpot to $1.6 billion

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International sales help push MegaMillions jackpot to $1.6 billion

The cash prize attached to the latest edition of the United States’ multi-jurisdictional MegaMillions lottery game now stands at a record-breaking $1.6 billion with this amount expected to rise even higher due to ‘unprecedented international sales.’ $2 billion prize a possibility: This is the opinion of theLotter.com with the global online lottery ticket purchasing service […]
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Online Money Transfer Startup WorldRemit Appoints Former Gambling Boss as New CEO

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Online Money Transfer Startup WorldRemit Appoints Former Gambling Boss as New CEO

Ambitious online money transfer company hires Paddy Power Betfair’s Breon Corcoran as new boss

UK fintech company WorldRemit today confirmed the appointment of former Paddy Power Betfair CEO Breon Corcoran as its new Chief Executive after weekend reports that he would become the new boss of the rapidly growing digital money transfer business.

WorldRemit was founded in 2010 by Somaliland entrepreneur Ismail Ahmed. Mr. Ahmed was studying in London at the time and was forced to travel across the city in search for an agent to transfer money to his family who lived in a refugee camp in Ethiopia. The transactions were extremely costly and usually required months to be completed, but Mr. Ahmed’s family needed the money.

Frustrated by the complex remittance process, he set up WorldRemit to storm the international remittance market. He spotted an opportunity in the quick growth of mobile money accounts to grow his business. Today, WorldRemit serves more than 800,000 customers from more than 50 countries who send money to millions of people in around 150 countries. Supporting migrants send money from developed countries to family and friends based in emerging economies has been the main focus of Mr. Ahmed’s company.

WorldRemit’s founder is currently its Chief Executive, but once Mr. Corcoran steps in, Mr. Ahmed will assume the post of Executive Chairman. Mr. Corcoran left major gambling operator Paddy Power Betfair this past January after sixteen years at the company and its predecessors.

He first joined Paddy Power in 2001 as Managing Director of its Non-Retail (Digital) operations. He was appointed as the company’s Chief Operating Officer in 2010, but left in 2011. In 2012, he joined rival gambling operator Betfair as its CEO. In 2016, he was appointed as the Chief Executive of the combined Paddy Power Betfair. He had an instrumental role in what was praised as a successful merger of the two major gambling companies.

Mr. Corcoran surprisingly announced his departure from Paddy Power Betfair last August and left his post in January 2018 to be replaced by Peter Jackson. Prior to stepping down, the former gambling CEO drew quite some ire from the UK retail betting industry as he supported openly the proposed cut of the maximum stake on FOBTs to £10 or less from £100.

Mr. Corcoran said in a letter to Department for Digital, Culture, Media, and Sport Minister Tracey Crouch dated September 2017 that the FOBT issue has become so toxic that

“only a substantial reduction in FOBT stake limits to £10 or less will address societal concerns. I am confident we could operate our retail business successfully and profitability under such circumstances. Other well-run operators should be able to do the same.”

Fintech Unicorn

With Mr. Corcoran now at the helm, WorldRemit is expected to soon become the UK’s newest technology unicorn, that is a start-up worth at least $1 billion. The company has received more than $200 million in funding since it was founded and some of its investors have included TriplePoint Venture Growth, Accel Partners, and Silicon Valley Bank. It most recently raised funds in a $40-million round that was led by LeapFrog Investments.

Earlier in October, the company extended its footprint across Africa by launching online bank transfers in Botswana, Chad, Zambia, Mozambique, and five more countries. WorldRemit has revealed that the transactions that it has handled to Africa this year have increased 75% year-on-year. Its fees range between 2% or 3%, which is significantly less than major banks for the same type of transactions.

The UK-based company says that its growth has accelerated in 2018 and it expects its annual revenue to top £95 million, up from £60.5 million in 2017. With the expansion of its reach and its rapid overall growth, the company believes it is in a strong position to “leverage the increasing demand for cashless payments.”

Commenting on the appointment of Mr. Corcoran as the new WorldRemit CEO, Mr. Ahmed said in a statement that with their “goal of delivering a better and safer experience for people sending money home” and the former gambling boss’ “reputation for developing a consumer-first culture makes” they will be able to build on their vision.”

Mr. Corcoran said that “with tailwinds like the global adoption of new technologies combined with growing remittance flows, there is enormous potential for WorldRemit’s global expansion.”

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Sam Miller Leads 23 Hopefuls into WSOP Circuit Horseshoe Hammond Main Event Day 3

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Sam Miller Leads 23 Hopefuls into WSOP Circuit Horseshoe Hammond Main Event Day 3

UK’s Sam Miller leads final 23, last year’s champion Blake Battaglia out of the race

The field of this year’s WSOP Circuit Horseshoe Hammond Main Event was reduced to just 23 players after Day 2. The tournament originally drew as many as 1,094 entries, but it is now just a few hours away from crowning its victor.

Day 2 was played on Sunday at the host casino. It kicked off with 236 hopefuls, who were led by Day 1A chip leader Michael Perrone with 649,000. While Perrone had a good advantage over the first stages of Day 2 action, the player could not secure a spot among the Day 3 survivors. He eventually busted in 24th place, good for a payout of $11,386.

As mentioned earlier, the Main Event attracted 1,094 contenders over its two starting flights. Its field thus generated $1,657,410 for the prize pool. The top 117 finishers will walk out with a payout, min-cashes starting from $2,718. Garrick Ballard became the unfortunate bubble boy. The player was eliminated in 118th place during Level 18.

There were a number of notables to bust on Day 2 without taking a share of the prize pool, including 11-time gold ring winner Maurice Hawkins, and WSOP gold bracelet winners Ben Keeline and Scott Bolhman.

Among those who made it to the money but failed to lock their seat into Day 3 were Ryan Phan, who finished 11th in the WSOP Main Event this summer, Ralph Massey, Will Bery, and Jeff Fielder, among others. Fielder was running pretty well over the course of Day 2 play, but eventually came in 31st.

Who Bagged the Day 2 Chip Lead?

As mentioned earlier, only 23 players will advance into the final day of action. They will be led by UK’s Sam Miller, who has just secured his first cash from the WSOP Circuit and is eyeing his first title from the series. The player built a solid stack of 3.535 million throughout Day 2, good for 88 big blinds at the beginning of Day 3 play.

Miller actually ended Day 2 of the tournament as the only player to pass the three million mark. Zachery Schneider, a one-time gold ring winner, bagged the second largest stack last night of 2.8 million. Two-time gold ring winner Nick Pupillo completed top three of the chip counts chart with 1.85 million.

Other notables that will return to the host venue later today to compete for the title and the gold ring include Giuliano Lentini, Anna Antimony (pictured), and Aaron Massey, among others. Action is set to resume at noon local time at the host venue. The remaining hopefuls will play down to a winner.

Blake Battaglia topped the event’s field this time last year for a cash prize of $332,020. The player entered this year’s edition of the tournament through Day 1A and secured a spot into Day 2. He ran pretty deep, but was eventually eliminated in 48th place, good for a payout of $5,005.

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Sunday, October 21, 2018

Horseshoe Casino Baltimore and NFL’s Ravens agree marketing deal

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Horseshoe Casino Baltimore and NFL’s Ravens agree marketing deal

In Maryland, the second partnership between a casino and an NFL team is in the books as the Horseshoe Casino Baltimore announced on Friday that it had inked a multi-year marketing deal with the Ravens. According to The Baltimore Sun, under the terms of the agreement, the casino will be able to use Baltimore Ravens logos […]
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WSOP Circuit Horseshoe Hammond Main Event Day 1B Draws 634 Entrants, 140 Progress into Day 2

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WSOP Circuit Horseshoe Hammond Main Event Day 1B Draws 634 Entrants, 140 Progress into Day 2

Day 2 to kick off with 236 survivors from the tournament’s two starting flights

The second starting flight of the WSOP Circuit Horseshoe Hammond Main Event is now in the books. It drew 634 entries, of whom only 140 survived through the 15 levels that were played at the host casino on Saturday to progress into Day 2.

Alex Triemanis ended up bagging the largest stack of the day with 479,000. However, it will be the Day 1A chip leader, Michael Perrone, who will lead the surviving hopefuls from the tournament’s two starting flights into the second day of action. Perrone scooped 649,000 on Friday night when his starting flight was played.

With Day 1B’s entries, the overall field was brought to a total of 1,094 entrants, which is down from last year’s edition of the tournament when as many as 1,247 contenders entered it to compete for the title and $332,020 in first-place prize money.

Speaking of prize money, the $1,700 buy-in Main Event generated a prize pool of $1,657,410 this year, beating the $1 million guarantee. The top 117 finishers will receive a share of the money, min-cashes starting from $2,718. Each of the players who make it to the official final table of nine will be guaranteed a minimum of $29,999, but they will all eye the first-place prize of $302,492. Along with the cash prize, the tournament’s champ will also scoop a gold ring from the series and will secure a seat into the season-ending Global Casino Championship.

Day 1B Action

As mentioned above, Day 1B was busier than the preceding starting flight as more players rushed to Horseshoe Hammond to register into the tournament. At the end of the day, there were 140 players to bag and tag. The Day 1B field will merge with the Day 1A’s today for the second day of play. A total of 96 players made it through Day 1A on Friday night, which means that as many as 236 hopefuls are expected to return to the host venue later today.

Among the Day 1B survivors were poker pro and WSOP Circuit legend Maurice Hawkins, who fired a second bullet yesterday, after failing to bag on Day 1A, Zo Karim, Aaron Massey, and Anna Antimony. They will join other notables from Day 1A, including gold bracelet winners David Pham and Tom Koral and gold ring winners Robert Hankins and Ralph Massey. Last year’s champion – Blake Battaglia – is also still in contention. The player bagged and tagged 96,500 at the end of Day 1A and will return to fight for a back-to-back title.

Day 2 action is set to resume today at 11 am local time at the host casino. The remaining players are scheduled to play ten one-hour levels. The money bubble will burst at some point in play and the field will be further whittled down to just a few players, who will return tomorrow to play the final day of the tournament.

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iSoftBet unveils The Dalai Panda slot game

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iSoftBet unveils The Dalai Panda slot game

Top-rated online casino and mobile gaming software provider iSoftBet has announced their most innovative online slot game creation, The Dalai Panda. This new game is completely original, based on Dalai Panda, a wise individual who uses mystical powers to help create wins on the reels for every player. Increasing Win Chances: The features and factors […]
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Saturday, October 20, 2018

iSoftBet announces wider Super Fast Hot Hot Respin roll-out

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iSoftBet announces wider Super Fast Hot Hot Respin roll-out

British online casino games and software innovator iSoftBet has announced that its Super Fast Hot Hot Respin video slot is being made available to even more iGaming operators following the completion of ‘a successful exclusivity period’ with industry stalwart GVC Holdings. Worldwide availability: The London-headquartered firm used an official October 11 press release to detail […]
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Michael Perrone Leads WSOP Circuit Horseshoe Hammond Main Event Day 1A Survivors

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Michael Perrone Leads WSOP Circuit Horseshoe Hammond Main Event Day 1A Survivors

Last year’s champ, Blake Battaglia, eyes a back-to-back title

Main Event action unfolded on Friday at Horseshoe Hammond where the current WSOP Circuit stop is taking place. The first of two starting flights was completed yesterday at the host casino and the names of the first players who secured a seat into Day 2 of the $1,700 buy-in tournament are now clear.

Michael Perrone, a player from Fairport, New York, finished Day 1A as the chip leader, putting 450,000 into his bag. The player is vying for his first-ever title from the series. He scored his best finish in a WSOP Circuit event early this year when he came in 6th in a $365 No-Limit Hold’em at the Choctaw Durant stop of the series. The player collected $27,156 for his run in that event.

One-time gold ring winner Ralph Massey was the player to finish the closest to the chip leader last night. He had 355,000 in chips at the end of Day 1A play. Jeffrey Fielder, a proud owner of two gold rings from the series, grabbed the third largest stack of the night, good for 320,000.

The first flight of the Main Event drew 460 entrants to the tables of Horseshoe Hammond. Of them, just 96 survived through all 15 levels scheduled to secure their spots into Day 2. They will be joined by the Day 1B survivors. The second starting flight of the tournament will start today at noon local time.

Notables Who Played Day 1A

The tournament, with its guaranteed prize pool of $1 million, attracted a number of WSOP Circuit regulars and other notables. WSOP gold bracelet winners Tom Koral and David Pham as well as gold ring winners Robert Hankins, Ryan Phan, and Ralph Massey were among those to make it through the end of the day.

Last year’s Horseshoe Hammond Main Event champion, Blake Battaglia, was, too, among the Day 1A survivors of the 2018 edition of the tournament. Battaglia outlasted 1,247 entries last fall to win the Main Event title, a gold ring, and a first-place prize of $332,020. The player will enter Day 2 of action with 96,500 for a shot at a back-to-back win.

WSOP Circuit notables such as Maurice Hawkins, Kevin Eyster, Aaron Massey, and Mukul Pahuja were among the players to register into the Main Event though Day 1A, but to fail to make it through all 15 levels.

As mentioned earlier, the tournament will feature one more starting flight that is scheduled to be played today from noon local time at the host casino. It will feature 15 levels of play and registration will remain open until the end of Level 13. The Day 1B survivors will combine with the ones who survived Day 1A on Sunday when Day 2 of the tournament will be played.

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Britney Spears to launch new Las Vegas residency

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The Grammy Award-winning superstar plans to introduce her new residency at Park MGM in Las Vegas in February 2019.
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Friday, October 19, 2018

Tyler Payne Captures First Gold Ring with WSOP Circuit Horseshoe Hammond $1,250 No-Limit Hold’em Win

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Tyler Payne Captures First Gold Ring with WSOP Circuit Horseshoe Hammond $1,250 No-Limit Hold’em Win

Payne outwits 170 entries to claim his first gold ring from the series

Tyler Payne, a 25-year-old poker pro from Fayetteville, North Carolina, scooped his career’s first gold ring from the WSOP Circuit with a victory at Horseshoe Hammond last night. The player outlasted the 170 entries of the $1,250 No-Limit Hold’em for the gold piece and a first-place prize of $45,900.

The tournament took place over two days at the host casino. As mentioned above, it drew 170 entrants keen to take a shot at the piece of WSOP Circuit jewelry and the prize money. They generated a prize pool of $170,000. The money was split into 18 payouts.

Day 1 of the tournament ended with 24 hopefuls still in the mix for the title. It was namely Payne to lead the pack of 24. The player had managed to swell his 20,000-chip starting stack to 544,500 by the end of the day. He had a massive advantage over his closest rival who happened to be Jim Carr. Carr bagged 388,500 at the end of Day 1.

Day 2 Highlights

As Day 2 action progressed, the money bubble burst and then the unofficial final table of ten was set shortly after. Payne had lost his chip lead by that time, but was actually not that far from the top. He held the second largest stack among the final ten with 772,00 in chips and was only a few big blinds behind the chip leader at the time. Stephen Song led the finalists into that closing stage of the tournament with 838,000.

Payne was part of a stacked final table of several former gold ring winners, including Mukul Pahuja and Kevin Eyster, who each hold three gold rings from the series. In addition, Eyster is also one-time WSOP gold bracelet winner.

Despite the challenging competition, Payne’s final-table ride was smooth and seamless. The player said in his post-victory interview that he felt “like it was [his] the whole time, no tough spots or bad beats.”

Eventually, the tournament’s field was whittled down to just Payne and Eyster. Despite Eyster’s larger collection of WSOP trophies, it was Payne who claimed the $1,250 No-Limit Hold’em title last night.

The two-handed duel only lasted a few hands. Payne said at the beginning of their match that his final opponent had told him he deserved to win the title, to which Eyster responded that he had said that, but that did not mean he would not try to claim the title and his fourth gold ring.

The final hand in play saw Payne’s [Ac][3d] clash into and defeat Eyster’s [As][10h] on a [7h][6s][3c][7s][Qs] board. Eyster scooped $28,366 for his runner-up finish.

While the WSOP Circuit gold ring was extremely important to Payne, he told WSOP staff that he received another, much more important ring, last month. He married his partner Korissa, who the winner revealed has been supporting him the whole way.

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Investigation into Play7777 Casino reveals BlueLions Casino using pirated software

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Late last year, the LCB Team was investigating Play7777, as the online casino had been found to be using fake games. During the investigation, the team was able to discover another site owned by the same company, WOG Network N.V., was also showing suspicious activity. Because the two sites were affiliated, LCB did some digging […]
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Albanian Parliament Considers State-Run Sports Betting Monopoly, Online Gambling Ban

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Albanian Parliament Considers State-Run Sports Betting Monopoly, Online Gambling Ban

State monopoly could assume control over sports betting operations and online gambling could be banned under new measures discussed by Albanian lawmakers

The government of Albania is considering the establishment of a state-run monopoly on the provision of sports betting services as part of a larger effort to curb the proliferation of gambling in one of Europe’s poorest countries, local news outlet the Tirana Times reports.

News about the latest measure planned by Albanian lawmakers arrive shortly after it was announced that casinos and betting shops will be forced out of residential areas and will have to relocate to city outskirts. Starting January 2019, gambling facilities will only be allowed in tourist areas, 5-star hotels, and non-residential areas under a new bill that recently received blessing by Prime Minister Edi Rama.

According to a fresh report accompanying the newly introduced legal changes on the provision of gambling, lawmakers are “considering the possibility of treating sports betting and betting on races as a state monopoly and allowing their operation by specially set up state structures.”

Gambling services in Albania are currently run exclusively by private entities. According to official data, the nation’s gambling industry generated annual income of over €130 million last year and employed around 7,000 people. However, Albania has also been found to be nurturing a booming black market that annually generates much more than its regulated counterpart.

Online Gambling Crackdown

It has also emerged that Prime Minister Rama’s administration has been preparing a new online gambling regime that would aim to prevent all international gambling websites from targeting Albanian gamblers.

It is yet to be seen what the planned crackdown on Internet gambling will look like, but according to local news outlets, the Prime Minster has provided somewhat conflicting statements on the matter over the past several weeks.

Local media outlet Exit.al reports that Prime Minsiter Rama said in the Parliament earlier today that from January 1 onwards the local gambling industry will see:

“… the shutdown of electronic casinos and sports gambling sites, from soccer matches to races of any type of quadrupeds out there in the world fauna, and [the shutdown] of online gambling.”

However, he added that the “online” part could be subject to further discussion at a later stage and that a well-studied conclusion will be reached, based on the gambling landscape in other countries.

Statements from earlier this month suggested that there will be a full ban on online gambling. The Prime Minister said in a recent tweet that “gambling and this online monopoly will both die on New Year’s Eve” as part of the country’s crackdown.

The new set of rules and measures discussed by Albanian lawmakers also includes restrictions on gambling advertising. Prime Minister Rama ordered that earlier this month all broadcasters and other media outlets remove gambling advertisements or face punitive actions.

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