UK REGULATOR PLEASED WITH GAMBLER HOT LINE PERFORMANCE
12th December, 2010 at 03:41:57
120 confidential calls received in first six months of operation
The UK Gambling Commission
's confidential intelligence line designed to allow gamblers, licensed operators and sports people alike to 'tip-off' the authorities on questionable gambling practices has apparently been effective during its first quarter of operation.
A statement from the Commission this week reveals that in its first six months of operation the line has received over 120 calls, a significant number of which contributed to ongoing criminal and regulatory investigations.
The new line (0121 230 6655) was formally launched in May 2010 and allows individuals to make anonymous reports to help the Commission tackle both illegal unlicensed gambling and non-compliant licensed gambling.
The line is staffed by the Commission's existing intelligence experts between 8am and 6pm Monday to Friday (a message can be left outside of these hours) and to date calls have been received on almost every day the line has been open.
The Commission's Director of Regulation, Nick Tofiluk said: "The Gambling Commission's Confidential Intelligence Line (0121) 230 6655 is actively helping keep gambling fair and safe for all."
EXCITEMENT BUILDING IN NEW JERSEY (Update)
Unanimous approval of Lesniak bill could see an Assembly vote on Monday December 13
The continued progress of Senator Ray Lesniak's bill legalising online gambling in the state of New Jersey (see previous reports) continues to generate excitement that the industry may be about to witness a major breakthrough...a US legalisation initiative at state level that may be followed by other state governments.
The bill has already been passed by the state Senate, and the unanimous approval of the bill by the Assembly Regulatory Oversight Committee on Friday (see previous reports) clears the way for an Assembly vote, with political analysts indicating that the desire to get this done could see it on the Assembly floor as early as Monday December 13. Forty one votes are all that is needed to pass.
After that, only Governor Chris Christie's vote - and a 45 day deadline - stands in its way. Although concerned about the implications of the bill and its insistence on state's rights for passage, the governor has indicated that he has no "philosophical objections" to its intent.
Lesniak's Bill S490 will permit the land casinos in Atlantic City to offer online casino and poker games exclusively to residents of New Jersey, generating additional revenue streams and tax income for the state through a 20% of gross gaming revenues taxation provision.
The Interactive Media Entertainment and Gaming Association (iMEGA), has been closely involved in the drafting process of S490 and is on record as claiming that an intra-state internet gambling business could generate up to $250 million and $55 million in taxes on an annual basis. H2 Gambling Capital has also taken a bullish outlook, predicting that annual casino gross win of up to $290 million and poker gross win of $270 million could be achieved within five years.
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