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Online poker bill introduced in US Senate

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New York Senator Joseph Addabbo has introduced a bill in the senate to legalise online poker in the state.

The state recently set up the Senate Racing, Gaming and Wagering Committee, which has filed Senate Bill 18 with the aim of allowing citizens aged 21 and above to play poker online.

The bill proposes to issue up to 11 online poker licences, with only licensed video lottery gaming facilities and Class III (tribal) gaming licensees eligible.

Each licensee would have to pay an up-front fee $10m for a 10-year licence, as well as paying a 15 per cent tax on gross gaming revenue.

Despite the cap on the number of available licences, each entity would be permitted to operate an unlimited number of skins under its licence, provided each partner is approved by the New York State Gaming Commission.

However, the legislation also contains a so-called bad actor clause, which blocks companies that offered online gaming in the US after 31 December 2006—when the Unlawful Internet Gambling Enforcement Act of 2006 (UIGEA) was enacted— from participating in the market.

It goes further than simply looking to block sites involved, specifying that a company that has acquired a business active in the US after that date, or that employs an individual that worked for any such site, will also be ineligible.

S00018 has been referred to the Senate Racing, Gaming and Wagering Committee for further scrutiny.

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Criticism mount against casinos in Goa

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Casinos in Goa, India, continue to attract criticism. An organisation called Aam Aurat Admi Against Gambling (AAAAG), which means the organisation of common men and women against gambling, has asked the government to shut down all offshore gambling companies in the state.

“The Bharatiya Janata Party government had promised that the casinos would be removed from the Mandovi,” said Sabina Martins, the convenor of the organisation opposing gambling. “[late] Chief Minister Manohar Parrikar had categorically stated that within four years of his tenure, the casinos would be phased out. Instead of phasing them out, the term of the existing casinos has been extended by another six months.”

AAAAG main objection is against the new Big Daddy casino, which was added after the government’s assertion.

“Amendments and regulations are made to favour casinos,” co-convenor of AAAAG, Anand Madgaoncar said. “While the world over, regulations govern casinos on the percentage of money to be given back to players, in Goa the casinos are having a field day looting them as no such regulations are implemented. There are no accountability mechanisms to check whether those employed are free from exploitation and addiction.”

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Red Tiger slots go live with PokerStars in Italy

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Slots from Red Tiger, the award-winning casino game and software developer based in Malta, have gone live on PokerStars in Italy.

A number of slot titles will be introduced in the coming weeks beginning with hits Mystery Reels and Arcade Bomb.

The launch follows a similar country-specific deal with PokerStars in Denmark, with Sweden and Spain on the way.

Gavin Hamilton, CEO of Red Tiger, said: “We’re very pleased to be working with PokerStars, which is one of the biggest and most-admired brands in gaming.

We’re also pleased to be entering Italy for the first time, continuing our ambition to be the top supplier in every regulated market.”

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Tom Horn strengthens its position in Lithuania with Betsafe.lt

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Tom Horn Gaming, a Malta-based igaming software supplier, has announced its content is now available to players in Lithuania on Betsafe.lt, one of many brands owned by the leading Swedish online gaming company Betsson Group.

Betsafe.lt belongs among the most trusted online casinos, offering the best-in-class gaming content to players in Lithuania. The operator will gradually gain access to Tom Horn’s award-winning content, including its blockbusters such as Hot Blizzard, 243 Crystal Fruits, and Book of Spells.

Tom Horn Gaming was the first online casino supplier to enter the Lithuanian market. The partnership is in line with the supplier’s long-term strategy to further expand its footprint in the Baltic regulated markets, building on the popularity of its titles among players and trust and recognition it has earned among the operators and regulators in the region.

Ondrej LapidesCEO at Tom Horn Gaming said: ‘This is further evidence that our content is in high demand among players in Lithuania and we’re delighted to have joined forces with such an acclaimed brand like Betsafe.lt. I believe that with this latest partnership we will further grow our presence in the Baltics.’

Kaido UlejevManaging Director Baltics at Betsson Group added: ‘Tom Horn Gaming is a modern-thinking company that has built a reputation for developing beautifully designed games, that are packed full of intriguing features, complex math and mechanics that players love. The company has a well-established presence in Lithuania and we know that our casino offering, featuring Tom Horn games, is strongly positioned among players in the market.’

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