Gambling News 05th January, 2016

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MORE DETAILS RELEASED ON MAJOR TAIWAN ONLINE GAMBLING BUST (Update)

05th January, 2016 at 16:36:48
Enforcement agencies seized over US$ 60.49 million.

Taiwan's Criminal Investigation Bureau (CIB) has released more details on the major online bust over the weekend (see previous report), revealing that a total of 52 persons have now been arrested and cash valued at NT$2 billion (US$60.49 million) has been seized.

Full Story: More Details Released On Major Taiwan Online Gambling Bust (update) »

PLAYTECH AND NETBET SIGN SIX YEAR CONTRACT EXTENSION

05th January, 2016 at 16:36:48
Agreement comes after player strikes gold to claim Euro 4 million jackpot.

According to a presser from Playtech plc, a regular NetBet customer has struck it lucky by winning the progressive jackpot of Euro 4 million on Playtech favourite Gold Rally, just days after the long-term licensee agreed a six-year contract extension until 2021.

Full Story: Playtech And Netbet Sign Six Year Contract Extension »

HABANERO UNLEASHES BOMBS AWAY

05th January, 2016 at 16:36:48
Explosive HTML5 slot launched to start off the new year for developer.

Online gambling software provider Habanero has started 2016 with a bang by releasing a brand new online slot title, Bombs Away.

Full Story: Habanero Unleashes Bombs Away »

SKY BETTING AND GAMING INKS NEW DEAL WITH OPENBET

05th January, 2016 at 16:36:48
Omni-channel supplier extends partnership first formed in 2001.

The UK online gambling software provider OpenBet announced Tuesday that it has renewed its licence, development and support agreements with operator Sky Betting & Gaming.

Full Story: Sky Betting And Gaming Inks New Deal With Openbet »

DUTCH PARLIAMENTARIANS SAY TAX ON INTERNET AND LAND GAMING SHOULD BE THE SAME (Update)

05th January, 2016 at 16:36:48
Coalition parties VVD and PvdA submit a proposal to the Tweede Kamer (lower house of parliament) for a uniform tax rate for gambling.

The lugubrious progress toward online gambling legalisation in the Netherlands took another cautious step this week with the news that Coalition parties VVD and PvdA have submitted a proposal to the Tweede Kamer (lower house of parliament) for a uniform tax rate for both internet and land gambling of 29 percent of GGR.

Full Story: Dutch Parliamentarians Say Tax On Internet And Land Gaming Should Be The Same (update) »

SPORTNCO BOLSTERS FRANCE PARI SUCCESS

05th January, 2016 at 16:36:48
FY revenues up 15 percent year-on-year.

Business to business activity through subsidiary Sportnco proved to be a major contributor to the full year success of France Pari, with the group announcing a 15 percent y-o-y rise in revenues to Euro 20 million in 2015.

Full Story: Sportnco Bolsters France Pari Success »

ONLINE FEATURES IN NEW YEAR PREDICTIONS

05th January, 2016 at 16:36:48
Spectrum Gaming Group takes a look at industry trends in 2016.

The respected US Spectrum Gaming Group has issued its predictions for 2016 for the gambling industry, including several items relevant to the online environment, among them:

Full Story: Online Features In New Year Predictions »

LITHUANIAN REGULATOR TO INCREASE PRESSURE ON UNLICENSED OPERATORS

05th January, 2016 at 16:36:48
Ministry of Finance backs Lithuania Gambling Control Authority's drive against illegal online gambling operators.

Backed by the nation's Ministry of Finance, the Lithuania Gambling Control Authority has announced that it will take severe action against unlicensed gambling operators targeting Lithuanian online punters, and plans to tighten and increase monitoring within its area of authority.

Full Story: Lithuanian Regulator To Increase Pressure On Unlicensed Operators »

BIG WIN FOR ROYAL PANDA CASINO PLAYER

05th January, 2016 at 16:36:48
$122,289 win on a total deposit of $324 a great way to start the new year.

Thirty-year-old Royal Panda online casino player Harrie is celebrating the new year in style and will be making big plans for 2016 after scooping a major win of $122,289 on mobile video slot Fruit Shop Touch, casino management announced Tuesday.

Full Story: Big Win For Royal Panda Casino Player »

ONLINE GAMBLING ORGANISER EXTRADITED TO SOUTH KOREA

05th January, 2016 at 08:31:57
Philippines authorities detain South Korean national at Manila airport.

The South Korean police have revealed that a 40-year-old South Koran national identified only as Lim has been taken into custody on internet gambling charges after being extradited from the Philippines.

Full Story: Online Gambling Organiser Extradited To South Korea »

ONLINE GAMBLING DEFENDANT SURRENDERS TO POLICE

05th January, 2016 at 07:22:07
After two months on the run fugitive arrested by New York police.

After two months on the run from multi-million dollar online gambling charges in New York, Andres Arriaga (41), a resident of Valencia (an affluent neighbourhood of Santa Clarita in Los Angeles County) surrendered to New York police, a spokesman confirmed this week.

Full Story: Online Gambling Defendant Surrenders To Police »

TAIWANESE POLICE SWOOP ON INTERNET GAMBLING RING

05th January, 2016 at 07:22:07
45 arrested as $40 million illegal gambling ring broken up by police.

Taiwan police have announced the arrest of 45 individuals for operating an illegal online and mobile betting ring that allegedly generated revenues in excess of $40 million.

Full Story: Taiwanese Police Swoop On Internet Gambling Ring »

DAILY FANTASY E-SPORTS FIRM EXITS REAL-MONEY WAGERING

05th January, 2016 at 07:22:07
Heat in the real-money eSports kitchen too hot for Vulkun.

A year on from its launch, daily fantasy eSports operator Vulcun has announced that effective January 14 2016 it is to cease accepting real-money fantasy wagers on eSports events.

Full Story: Daily Fantasy E-sports Firm Exits Real-money Wagering »

RESPONSIBLE GAMBLING TRUST AND I.C.E. SHOW TO COLLABORATE

05th January, 2016 at 07:22:07
ICE 2016 to provide platform for Responsible Gambling Trust.

The Responsible Gambling Trust has confirmed that it will be taking a high profile presence at February's ICE exhibition in London between February 2-4.

Full Story: Responsible Gambling Trust And I.c.e. Show To Collaborate »