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Italian online gaming market grows
posted 8/22/2017  |  source: Focus Gaming News
Italians spent US$113 billion on all gaming entertainment in 2016, boosted by online gaming; Online poker reported July decline of 2.9% but looks to liquidity with Spain, France, and Portugal to improve numbers
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Calvin Ayre, Bitcoin Cash and Online Poker
posted 8/22/2017  |  source: Professional Rakeback
Calvin Ayre appointment to oversee cryptocurrency in Antigua and Barbuda likely to impact virtual marketplace and online gaming sites; Poker players using Bitcoin may see fluctuations, changes in future of Bodog brands and offshoots like Ignition Poker
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PokerStars to enter social gaming market with Play
posted 8/22/2017  |  source: CardsChat
PokerStars pushes out new social app Play across regulated markets to increase brand presence, stay active in international markets; Game set for release in US and Australia before global release
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Swedish sees continued regulated online gaming drop
posted 8/22/2017  |  source: Casino News Daily
Swedish regulator reveals greater demand for online gambling services by customers but geared toward unregulated sites; Unregulated sites accounted for 23% of online gambling market in 2016
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Analyzing New Jersey online gaming by brand
posted 8/22/2017  |  source: Online Poker Report
Breakdown of New Jersey online gaming market by brand shows Golden Nugget the far-and-away leader, brand analysis shows tightly-packed market; Golden Nugget partner Betfair is only foreign-based gaming operator to leadership, others struggle to gain traction
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GVC to remove PartyPoker from Australian market
posted 8/22/2017  |  source: SBC News
GVC makes decision to withdraw PartyPoker from Australian market on August 31 due to new laws; PartyPoker begins refunding customer accounts in preparation from complete exit by end of August, before effective date of new online gambling ban
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 California poker room lacks enough cash
posted 8/21/2017  |  source: CardPlayer
California poker room 500 Club Casino shut down after Attorney General's office accused owners of not having enough cash to cover poker chips in circulation; Twelve-table card room contests reasons for raid, claims to reopen soon
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New Jersey online gaming revenue surpasses $600M
posted 8/21/2017  |  source: AC Online Casinos
New Jersey online gaming revenue officially surpasses $600 million in all-time industry revenue; Golden Nugget tops all other brands with $6.25 million revenue in July as other sites struggle and decline; Online poker still struggles with Caesars-WSOP showing toughest month
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888poker offers Flopomania jackpot promotion
posted 8/21/2017  |  source: Poker Listings
888poker offers incentives to try new Flopomania game with $100K jackpot promotion; Completing daily challenges garners scratch cards with cash prizes of $1 to $100K
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Absolute Bet and UltimateBet claims near payment
posted 8/21/2017  |  source: Poker Industry PRO
Players filing claims for UltimateBet and Absolute Poker funds asked to submit banking details; Nearly 7400 petitioners to receive payment within 4-6 weeks of submitting requested payment information as part of $33.5 million of first-round payments
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 Vegas takes $880K on Mayweather fight
posted 8/20/2017  |  source: CardPlayer
Former NBA owners Gavin and Joe Maloof wager $880K on Floyd Mayweather to beat Conor McGregor in upcoming fight; Bet placed on Mayweather as minus-550 favorite, earning them $160K if he reaches 50-0, going against most betting trends
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PokerStars slots hit jackpots twice in two days
posted 8/20/2017  |  source: InterGame Online
PokerStars progressive jackpot on Millionaires Island game strikes twice on consecutive days; Two players won $3.8 million, with one's $2.4 million as PokerStars record; Online casino finds game popular with more than 100 million spins so far
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Australia online gaming ban followed by revolt
posted 8/20/2017  |  source: Gambling Insider
Passage of Australia Interactive Gambling Amendment Bill 2016 this month prompts cashless gaming revolt; Anti-gambling groups in Victoria want to extend ban to stop implementation of cashless casino machine systems in Victoria
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Flopomania ups luck factor in poker at 888
posted 8/20/2017  |  source: Casinopedia
New 888poker game Flopomania continues trend of simplifying poker and increasing luck factor over skill components; New game could bring more players to tables to increase numbers, inject new life into game
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888poker shows full XL Eclipse series schedule
posted 8/20/2017  |  source: PocketFives
888poker reveals upcoming XL Eclipse online poker series to run 15 days with 197 events and $9.1 million guaranteed; Nearly half XL schedule (93 events) boasts of buy-ins between $55 and $109 and Champion of Champions returning to lineup
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