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PokerStars and Full Tilt exit Portuguese market
posted 7/3/2015  |  source: iGaming Business
Amaya-owned PokerStars and Full Tilt confirm withdrawal of services to Portuguese players "until further notice"; Affiliates instructed to remove marketing materials; New licensing process expected to begin in September
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Romania posts online gaming site blacklist
posted 7/3/2015  |  source: iGaming Business
Romania’s National Gambling Office publishes list of online gaming sites operating unlawfully in Romanian market; Stanley Bet, NetBet and Winmasters are said to have interim licenses to offer online gambling in 2015
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PokerStars launches California Team Pro tour
posted 7/3/2015  |  source: PokerNews
PokerStars prepares to kick off "Let California Play! PokerStars Pro Tour" to promote online poker; Two Indian tribes and two California card rooms in partnership with PokerStars for promotion; Schedule starts in San Diego July 17, runs through Turlock on August 9; Features pros like Daniel Negreanu and Chris Moneymaker
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New York ignoring online gaming tax dollars
posted 7/3/2015  |  source: Rochester Business Journal
New York ambivalent toward online gambling, ignoring potential of tax dollars generated by industry; MGM estimates up to $80 million in taxes for New York with online gambling with wide support
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Seven states for possible online gaming by 2020
posted 7/3/2015  |  source: US Poker
Pennsylvania, California, and New York likely to pass online gaming legislation by 2016 or 2017; Second wave of states may include Connecticut, Rhode Island, Illinois, and Ohio
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New codes bring online gaming credit card improvements
posted 7/3/2015  |  source: Online Poker Report
Codes recently issued by MasterCard and Visa for online gambling transactions help legitimize industry with financial institutions; WSOP experiences minor improvements, PartyPoker has mixed experience, Pala optimistic
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Gatto cancels California online poker hearing
posted 7/3/2015  |  source: Online Poker Report
California Assemblyman Mike Gatto cancels hearing on AB 9 to regulate online poker; Says "right thing to do" since no consensus reached; Urgency clause in bill allows it to be resuscitated at any time
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 Devil caused billionaire millions in casino debt
posted 7/2/2015  |  source: UK Mirror
Business mogul Safa Abdulla Al Geabury loses £2 million at London's Ritz Casino but refuses to pay debts; Billionaire tells High Court, "The devil made me gamble."; Says casino should have intervened instead of offering £5 million credit line
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PocketFives rankings: Prebzzz enters at six spot
posted 7/2/2015  |  source: PocketFives
Norway's prebzzz jumps to highest spot ever with #6 in PocketFives online poker rankings with big PokerStars scores, but Nico "PokerKaiser" Fierro still dominates rankings in top spot
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Recreational players avoiding online poker?
posted 7/2/2015  |  source: Poker Update
Online poker player traffic down 14% overall in past year, likely due to lack of recreational players; Losing money, feeling the game is not fair, or fear of another Black Friday may keep players away from online tables
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Gloves off in lobbying war for online gambling
posted 7/2/2015  |  source: The Hill
NACS lobbying firm hires Sands lobbyist and RAWA author to lobby for bill; PPA lobbies against bill with help from IGT and GeoComply, arguing states motivated to regulate appropriately
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Mark Frissora takes over as Caesars CEO
posted 7/2/2015  |  source: iGaming Business
Caesars Entertainment names Mark Frissora as new President and Chief Executive Officer; Frissora is former Chairman and CEO of Hertz Global
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Federal i-gaming ban gains prominence with Rubio
posted 7/2/2015  |  source: Vegas Inc.
US Senator Lindsey Graham's RAWA co-sponsored by Senator and presidential hopeful Marco Rubio; Rubio was long predicted as frontrunner for Adelson campaign help
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 How $12,500 cocktail covered $32M heist
posted 7/1/2015  |  source: Sydney Morning Herald
Much-publicized purchase of $12,500 drink at Joe Hachem-owned Aussie bar in Crown Casino faked to cover up $32 million heist; Cocktail purchaser went on $32M winning streak at tables but cameras detected cheating team
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Details of trading law behind Amaya investigation
posted 7/1/2015  |  source: Poker Update
Quebec's AMF investigation into Amaya insider trading allegations centers around Quebec Securities Act; Such cases in Canada are rare, prosecutions mostly unsuccessful
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