With a European arrest warrant issued by a French judge, Petter Nylander on the charge of money laundering and cybercrime, chief executive of Unibet was detained on this Monday at Amsterdam’s Schiphol airport.
The arrest followed the commercial complaint made by Française des Jeux running the lottery, and PMU, the national horseracing board. In accordance with it, Unibet is claimed to have breached their monopoly rights to internet gambling in France.
As for the French government, they feel embarrassed by the arrest and they have ordered the case against Unibet’s executive to be dropped down. Moreover, the case has been criticized by Unibet, the European Commission and Swedish politicians. In their opinion, all Unibet’s operations were legal under EU law.
Unibet is asking for the immediate release of its chief executive.
Being the winner of Everest Casino’s Arabian Nights Promotion, Mitsuaki K from Japan will get an expenses-paid trip (airfare, luxury accommodations in a world-class hotel, and spending cash for their vacation) to Dubai.
To enter the promotion, players had to use a coupon code when making a deposit. Then, every $250 wagered over the month of September resulted in an entry into the casino promotion.
Everest Casino offers Progressive and Instant Jackpots, and is the only online casino to offer 500-hand video poker. In addition to slots and video poker games, players can also enjoy Everest Casino’s high-quality table gaming.
A new online casino site licensed in Malta and owned by the giant British pub and entertainment group Punch Taverns – Pub-casino.co.uk – has been recently launched by Cantor Gaming.
The site offers a great variety of games including blackjack, roulette, video poker, slots and baccarat. Some more poker and bingo products are to be added in the nearest future. Besides, to attract players, the site offers matchplay bonuses up to GBP 400.
Cantor Gaming is known to have powered two other online casinos, FHM Casino and Cantor Casino, now apparently closed. “The company has taken over the gambling software provider Kismet International this year, absorbing CEO Manu Gambhir into the Cantor management structure and adding operations like Red Lounge, Toon and Private to its client list”. It has also been reported that the company is involved in developing a developing a Europe-facing online casino for the giant US land casino group Las Vegas Sands Inc.
The partnership of Cantor Gaming and Punch Taverns is exepected to be beneficial for bath parties.
Ticonderoga Ventures Inc is planning its first Casino Affiliate Convention on November 28 and 29 at the Venetian Hotel And Casino in Macau. The event is dedicated to affiliate marketing, online advertising and mobile opportunities for Asia for gaming affiliate webmasters and operators.
The first Casino Affiliate Convention took place in Europe five years ago with most of the original attending affiliates becoming super-affiliates with their programs leading affiliate programs in Europe. The same is expected to hold true for the upcoming Macau event.
Mor Weizer, Chief Executive Officer for Playtech, Jason Chan, President for Entertasia, Chen Yu, Vice-President for YeePay, John Ryott, Affiliate Director for Gaming VC, Monte Cahn, Chief Executive Officer for Moniker, and Graeme Eastman, Chief Executive Officer for AffiliateGuide – some of the most respected executives – are expected to speak at the event.
Registration for the Macau event will be over on November 22, as the attendance is limited.
The next event will be held by Ticonderoga at the end of June in Moscow.
Crandell Addington is reported to have participated in a forum, “Poker: A Game of Truth in Life and Law,” by Harvard Law Professor Charles Nesson. Nesson, an advocate of poker as a means of teaching valuable entrepreneurship and life skills such as strategic thinking, geopolitical analysis, risk assessment and money management. Professor has recently founded the Global Poker Strategic Thinking Society.
Addington founded an oil and gas exploration company and ran it for more than 30 years and is currently chairman of Gold Reef International, Inc., a Canadian public company, which he co-founded, focused on precious metals exploration. He is also CEO and chairman of Phoenix Biotechnology, Inc., another company he co-founded, which is developing a novel and promising cancer drug. As for poker, he has been a finalist of the WSOP’s main event seven times. He is a member of the Poker Hall of Fame.
In Addington’s opinion, he is a successful businessman thanks to his experience as a high-stakes poker player. He is sure that rapid strategic shifts and tactical implementations are common for both business and poker. He thinks that “successful players in poker and business must identify their preferred outcome and use their skills to affect that outcome. That’s why poker is a game of skill, not chance as many people mistakenly believe”.
“Crandell Addington had a simple message for Harvard University law students, faculty and others: Poker is a microcosm of life, and good players make their own luck in both arenas”.
The Party Poker Late Night Poker is back and is to be filmed in Cardiff from October 23rd. The tournament will be broadcast on Channel 4 in the UK and Ireland in 2008. Later on it will be internationally distributed. The event is promised to be very popular with the public.
49 players will take part in seven heats that are followed by semi-finals and the final. The buy-in is $5,000. Party poker adds $90,000 to the prize pool.
The winner will take home as much as $125,000.
Andy Black, Roland De Wolfe, Annette Obrestad, and Pascal Perrault all at 20/1 are early favorites.
A new Italian sportsbook belonging to 888.com is reported to have been launched in conjunction with Cogetch.
888.com hinted at its intention to become involved in the Italian market at the annual European Interactive Gaming Congress and Expo (EiG) in Barcelona last month. Cogetch is regarded to be a specialist in the Italian market. So, the choice of 888.com seems to be natural. Their deal is said to last more than one year. According to Gigi Levy, Chief Executive Officer for 888.com, “the Italian sports betting market will be one of the firm’s big areas of focus over the next two years”.
The new sportsbook will be restricted to sports betting with the exclusion of horseracing for the immediate future. Besides, it will offer skill games “with further products added should the Italian regulator allow”.
The launch of a new game has been recently announced by the WSOP. Battle for the Bracelets is being launched on the PlayStation 3 right in time for the Christmas rush. The game is promised to be very popular with players this year.
Not only poker pros will be able to take part in it. Poker fans will also have a chance to pit their wits against other poker fans as well as top names in the game.
The US players are able to enjoy improved slots including Future Fortunes and Hole in Won, graphics and an easier deposit system of the high quality on the new site belonging to tipablog.com
Future Fortunes is a new ‘can’t lose’ five-reel game in which every bonus round spin is a winner. Hole In Won is a 15-line i-slot with a skill-based bonus round. “Other i-slots… add characters, animated scenes and storylines to the experience of playing slot games to make it a three-dimensional adventure”.
The choice of games is really impressive: a dozen video slots, eight three-reel slot games, a blackjack interface with both single and multiple hands, popular video poker variations, baccarat, craps, Caribbean Stud poker, three-card poker, Red Dog and American and European roulette.
It’ll take a player some minutes to download the casino software and open an account. The redesigned site presents a much easier way of getting gambling experience and having fun
BigHeartBingo.co.uk is the first and only online bingo site for charities launched by Gaming Ventures.
The revenue of the site will be donated to charities and clubs. Besides, the site contains “the potential for charitable organizations, social and sports clubs to raise cash from supporters when they play at the site”.
Players who visit BigHeartBingo.co.uk are able to play bingo, slots, high-low and video poker, blackjack, scratch cards and roulette. They are also able to bet on horse races via a cell phone through Shouting Duck Casino, sister company. Clicking on the mobile banner a gamer will see a drop-down window asking to insert their cell phone number and pin. As soon as the information is submitted, a WAP push sends the casino games link direct to their cell phone.
With a smoking ban across the UK, online bingo is expected to expand.
As for the BigHeartBingo site itself, their service is claimed to be different from the service provided by other bingo halls and online bingo sites. What makes the difference is the thing that its revenues are shared all over the UK.