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 Djokovic: No sure thing in sports betting
posted 1/22/2017  |  source: CardPlayer
Las Vegas sportsbook bettor risked $8,500 on Novak Djokovic at -8,500 odds to win second round of Australian Open; Djokovic lost, leaving sure-thing bettor out $8,500 instead of netting $100 profit
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January US online poker payments report
posted 1/22/2017  |  source: Safest Poker Sites
Intertops and Ignition remain only US-facing offshore online poker sites with A+ grades for payment processing; BetOnline maintains A, Winning Poker Network improves from B+ to A-; SWC Poker reduced from C+ to C due to poor traffic and few payout options
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Online poker bot devastating humans in challenge
posted 1/22/2017  |  source: CardPlayer
Online poker bot Libratus unleashes "absolute devastation" on human opponents in Brains vs AI challenge; Doug Polk says deficit starting to look overwhelming after nearly half of hands in 120K-hand challenge dealt
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Washington state online poker unlikely to pass
posted 1/21/2017  |  source: US Poker
Online poker bill in Washington state unlikely to gain ground despite positive legislative hearing; Lawmakers need significant education about online gaming before being able to pass pro-gaming legislation
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Switzerland withdraws plan to block online gaming
posted 1/20/2017  |  source: iGaming Business
Switzerland withdraws plans for legislation to require internet service providers to block illegal online gambling websites; Legal Affairs Committee of the Swiss National Council voted 13-12 to stop plans for blocking
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Operators offer illegal online gaming in Czech Republic
posted 1/20/2017  |  source: Prague Monitor
Transparency International (TI) in Czech Republic says 25 foreign online gaming operators provide unlawful services to Czechs; "Biggest sinners" include Unibet, others in violation include Bet365 and Betfair
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GBGA dealt blow in UK tax challenge case
posted 1/20/2017  |  source: SBC News
European Court of Justice deals blow to Gibraltar Betting and Gaming Association (GBGA) legal challenge; Advocate General says Gibraltar and UK should be treated as single entity with no exemption for betting operators
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Caesars finally settles bankruptcy case
posted 1/20/2017  |  source: Gambling Insider
Caesars Entertainment receives go-ahead to finalize $18 billion bankruptcy case after two years of legal proceedings; Company now set to focus on restoring Harrah's, Caesars, and Horseshoe brands
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Amaya ups 2016 earnings, warns of 2017 impacts
posted 1/20/2017  |  source: SBC News
Amaya issues trading update predicting full-year 2016 revenues between $1.153-1.158 billion; CEO Rafi Ashkenazi warns investors of likely 2017 issues due to strengthening of US dollar against numerous international currencies
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New York online poker bill set to reemerge
posted 1/20/2017  |  source: Online Poker Report
Rumors abound of New York online poker bill set to reemerge in 2017 with State Senator John Bonacic prepared to again support through Senate; Representative J. Gary Pretlow appears more supportive, may champion bill through Assembly after meeting with New Jersey Division of Gaming Enforcement
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Massachusetts online gaming bill filed
posted 1/20/2017  |  source: Online Poker Report
Massachusetts Senate Minority Leader Bruce Tarr reintroduces legislation to legalize online gambling; Specifics of licensing, taxation, and regulations missing from SD.618 as proposal in initial stage
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 Aaron Paul wants to fight Daniel Negreanu?
posted 1/19/2017  |  source: F5 Poker
Actor Aaron Paul says (in fun) he wants to fight Daniel Negreanu in rapid fire question round from PokerStars Championship Bahamas; Also adopts host's favorite word orangutan and reveals celebrity crush as Rihanna
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Humans losing to poker bots at halfway mark
posted 1/19/2017  |  source: Poker News Daily
Libratus poker bot takes $471,600 lead over four professional poker players in competition at halfway point; Players trying to figure out AI's approach, program playing faster this time
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Washington state holds online poker hearing
posted 1/19/2017  |  source: CardPlayer
Washington State Senate committee discusses possible regulation and taxation of online poker and DFS; PPA Executive Director among those who testified about consumer protections and illegal offshore sites
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Op-ed: Why Sessions should consider online gaming
posted 1/19/2017  |  source: OSGA
US Attorney General nominee Jeff Sessions should consider facts before overturning 2011 Department of Justice decision regarding Wire Act; Intention of Wire Act was for sports betting only, confirmed by later ruling; Banning state-regulated online gambling violates 10th Amendment
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