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UK Gambling Commission Spotlights In-Running Betting Concerns 20 May, 2008

The Gambling Commission has published a consultation document on in-running (in-play) betting. The consultation is essentially an evidence and opinion gathering exercise, designed to assist the Commission in deciding whether in-running wagering requires further, specific regulation above other forms of betting due to perceived integrity and player protection concerns.

Ohio Slot Machine Scourge Faces Impeachment 14 May, 2008
An investigation into the affairs of Ohio attorney general Marc Dann has widened to include his links with gambling interests. Dann, who is under pressure to resign after revelations of sexual harassment and unprofessional behaviour at his office, made an apparent u-turn over the enforcement of a ban of controversial Tic Tac Fruit “skill games” in the state.
Ireland’s Casino Report Lost In The Shuffle 13 May, 2008
The publication of the report by Ireland’s Casino Review Committee has been delayed yet again; this time by new Taioseach Brian Cowen’s government reshuffle.
Irish Minister Moves To Defuse FOBT Row 22 Apr, 2008
Justice Minister Brian Lenihan has stepped back from the controversial issue of fixed-odds betting terminals in Ireland’s betting shops, saying that a decision on the issue will be taken by the soon-to-be-formed cross party committee. He has conceded, however, that a report into the future of gambling in the Republic by the casino review committee has recommended that FOBTs be prohibited.
Maine Lawmakers Pass On New Slot Plans 18 Apr, 2008
A bill to allow Maine’s Penobscot Indians to operate 100 slot machines on their reservation has been vetoed by governor John Baldacci. Baldacci’s veto was then endorsed by the House, which voted 94-49 against the bill, leaving future gambling expansion plans in the state very much at the mercy of voter referenda.
Flush With Cash, Norsk Tipping Debuts Player Registration Plan 17 Apr, 2008
Norwegian monopoly gaming operator Norsk Tipping has announced record revenues and profits for 2007, with revenues up 9.2 percent and profits up by 8 percent. The state-owned company also confirmed its plans to introduce compulsory player registration across its business as a means of halting underage gambling and money laundering.
Guam Dogs Chase Casino Dream 16 Apr, 2008
The owners of Guam’s Greyhound Park have submitted new plans for expanded gambling at the track, the third such proposal in two years. This proposal, however, goes much further than previous calls to allow the installation of slot machines and proposes a full portfolio of casino games including card games, dice, roulette, baccarat and video versions of those games, plus traditional slot machines.
Irish Casino Report Nears Publication 04 Apr, 2008
Ireland’s Justice Minister Brian Lenihan has announced the creation of a dedicated cross party parliamentary committee to formulate new gambling legislation and establish a new regulator, however claims that Finance Minister Brian Cowen has already “given the nod” to bookmakers who wish to install fixed odds betting terminals in their shops have been denied. The committee is now set to consider the report by the Casino Review Committee, which is due to published within the next two weeks.
Casino Legislation Fails In Kentucky 31 Mar, 2008
Kentucky state Governor Steve Beshear has finally admitted that there is no chance that legislation to legalize casinos will be passed in the current legislative session. The horseracing state is the second to reject new gambling proposals this month, and the issue must now wait until 2010 for further consideration.
Maryland Court Of Appeal Upholds Slots Referendum 14 Mar, 2008
The Maryland court of appeal has rejected a Republican lawsuit that would have scrapped a referendum on licensing up to 15,000 slot machines in the state. The Republicans had argued that technical and procedural irregularities meant that the vote enabling the referendum in the General Assembly last year should be invalidated.