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Russia implements new online gaming restrictions
posted 2/24/2017  |  source: Casino Global
Russian President Vladimir Putin enacts bill to fine all who disregard access restrictions on illegal gambling sites; Online gaming operators to face fines if communications providers fail in ability to restrict access
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Two online poker operators focus on Latin America
posted 2/24/2017  |  source: Pokerfuse
New focus on Latin America sees PokerStars and Bodog attempt very different strategies; PokerStars announces new Festival stops to return to popular Latin American Poker Tour casinos; Bodog announces return of online poker to more than 12 Central and South American countries
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 Las Vegas casinos fail to collect $110M markers
posted 2/23/2017  |  source: CardPlayer
Las Vegas casinos fail to collect $110.2 million in markers (open credit) to gamblers in 2016, representing 2% of gaming revenue; Number down from $132.7 million written off in 2015
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Playtech 2016 results show record growth
posted 2/23/2017  |  source: Gambling Insider
Playtech reports 2016 full-year results showing growth of 20% revenue led by "flagship casino offering"; Says future growth secured with 10 new clients, including PokerStars and Mr Green
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Kindred acquires smaller UK rival 32Red
posted 2/23/2017  |  source: Gambling Insider
Kindred (formerly Unibet) acquires UK rival and online gaming operator 32Red for £175.6 million; Kindred CEO says move is part of multi-brand strategy, desire to grow business in regulated markets
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Aussie Senator: Get VPN, play on offshore sites
posted 2/23/2017  |  source: Poker News Report
Australian Senator David Leyonhjelm plans to support amendment to exempt online poker from upcoming online gambling law changes; Says "if none of this works, screw the government. Get yourself a VPN and an offshore account"
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Lawsuit against Full Tilt dismissed by Court of Appeals
posted 2/23/2017  |  source: MetNews
Los Angeles Superior Court Judge affirms dismissal of lawsuit by poker players claiming mistreatment by Full Tilt Poker; Players accused Full Tilt, Tiltware, Ray Bitar, and others of making false promises to induce play, lied about bots, falsely accused player of using a bot, confiscating $80K of player money
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Zynga Poker thrives but real-money online poker struggles
posted 2/23/2017  |  source: Poker Update
Social poker like Zynga free-play game finds continual success while real-money online poker struggles for new customers; No-commitment social games easier to market than real-money risky games that require time and skill components for success
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PokerStars Power Up may be a hard sell
posted 2/23/2017  |  source: Part Time Poker
PokerStars new Power Up game represents marketing challenge for three-player SNGs; Past PokerStars efforts show simplicity offers more chance of success; Spin & Go and Card Hunt found success but Duel, No-Stacks, and Courchevel failed
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 Trump nominates Cantu for US Treasury
posted 2/22/2017  |  source: Bonus Code Poker
US President Donald Trump nominates Brandon Cantu for Secretary of US Treasury; Jason Mercier recently exposed Cantu for unpaid poker loans; Committee to vote on Cantu nomination to include Erick Lindgren, Chino Rheem, Brad Booth, and Ray Bitar
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AbsolutePoker exec rumored to join BetOnline
posted 2/22/2017  |  source: Flushdraw
Convicted AbsolutePoker executive Brent Beckley rumored to be employed by BetOnline; News surfaces at same time as video surfaces showing live dealer blackjack cheating
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Can California online poker pass in 2017?
posted 2/22/2017  |  source: Poker Update
New California online poker bill leaves suitability/bad actor decisions to regulator; Tribal factions, cardrooms, and PokerStars likely unwilling to allow regulator to decide if PokerStars can operate in California, rendering bill not viable as it stands
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Unibet signs three poker ambassadors
posted 2/22/2017  |  source: PokerNews UK
Unibet signs sponsorship deals with Ian Simpson, Dara O’Kearney and David Lappin as poker ambassadors; All players active on social media, skilled in poker, fit with Unibet ethos of fun and friendly poker site
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Possible Pennsylvania online gaming partnerships
posted 2/22/2017  |  source: Online Poker Report
Parx Casino in Pennsylvania has social gaming deal with GAN and connections with Betfair; Mount Airy Casino has partnership with 888 through All American Poker Network, and Harrah's most likely to sign with 888 also; Many possibilities open when state legalizes online gaming
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PokerStars NJ targets less casual players
posted 2/22/2017  |  source: US Poker
PokerStars New Jersey now offers Cash Game Quests, new promotion rewarding players with randomized payouts; New site direction encourages players to grind significant cash game hands
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