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News in brief
eCogra to investigate British courts
affiliates’ claims over
Basque betting
Grand Privé payments
sentence two casino
Gaming arcades in the Basque
Country of northeast Spain can
increase their total number of type O
nline casino group Grand Privé has enlisted
eCogra to investigate claims that it betrayed
affiliates when it cancelled its affiliate-marketing
B machines from 1500 to 2500 programme in December 2008. O
ne man was jailed and another received a
suspended sentence after cheating at British
under new rules from the region’s
governing council. The regulations Internet forums have bubbled with resentment at Abdullah Toksoz, a Turkish national living in London,
now also allow bingo halls and Grand Privé apparently expressed by former affiliates, was sent to prison for 16 months after pleading guilty to
casinos to be licensed as betting making claims such as “the casino group will continue to deception, false representation and fraud.
shops. profit while tossing hundreds if not thousands of
Webmasters into the cold”. Specialising in Brag, he is believed to have earned up
Gtech printer deal to 3000 Euro ($4850) a night at casinos in London,
TransAct Technologies is to At the heart of the dispute are gamblers originally sent Liverpool and Manchester by marking cards with a
supply thermal online lottery to Grand Privé’s online casinos by affiliates who have concealed pin.
printers to Lottomatica Group continued to play there after the affiliate programme
subsidiary Gtech. The deal, ended. The total netted by Toksoz remains unknown.
expected to run for four years from
this autumn, makes TransAct Those complaining against the firm claim that affiliate Banned from British casinos more than a decade ago,
Gtech’s exclusive supplier of the agreements should cover the lifetime of the player, and he used fake Bulgarian, Italian and American IDs to gain
printers and also provides that that Grand Privé should therefore still be paying its access. He will likely be deported after his release.
TransAct will sell them only to former affiliates for providing those customers.
Gtech. A spokesperson for the UK Casino Security
The firm says that it decided to close Grand Privé Management Association was quoted as saying: “He
Cereus security Affiliates in August 2008, notified affiliates, and paid has plied his trade across the globe, and is well known
The Cereus online poker network them all money they were due, including “mutually to the International Association of Casino Security. He is
has gained certified software agreeable compensation settlements with all affiliates banned everywhere.”
accreditation from eCogra following who at that time had players considered to be
improvements to its security and reasonably active”. Somewhat luckier was 56-year-old Tyrone Pooley,
safety systems. Cereus runs on a caught by CCTV after playing an electronic roulette game
back-end platform supplied by It also points out that “management has not become for 15 straight hours at Maxims Casino in Southampton,
Korea’s Quad Dimensions. aware of one single affiliate claim for compensation a Genting venue.
being submitted directly to Grand Privé, despite a rising
Eurocoin win noise level on the Internet”. Pooley, with the aid of his wife, had been able to open
Eurocoin was named Slot Tickets’ the machine and manipulate switches inside in order to
Distributor of the Year at G2E in Las Grand Privé adds, however, that it is “prepared to void games where he had lost.
Vegas, for the fourth year running. It concede that certain smaller and relatively inactive
has the exclusive distribution rights affiliate accounts may feel prejudiced by the closure”. Pleading guilty to cheating at gaming, he received a
for Slot Tickets’ thermal gaming 45-week suspended prison sentence and was ordered to
tickets in Europe and Africa. Now eCogra will investigate the matter and examine perform 200 hours of community work.
claims that were submitted by former affiliates before a
Caesars online 31 December deadline. All affiliates who had active Meanwhile, David Carruthers, the former CEO of
Harrah’s Interactive players in the three months before the programme BetOnSports, has been sentenced to 33 months’
Entertainment has launched closed have been contacted. imprisonment by a U.S. court for racketeering
Caesars Casino Online. Based on a conspiracy. The case against him related to
Dragonfish system, it offers Grand Privé’s brands are Bella Vegas, Casino Grand BetOnSports taking sports bets from residents of the
Baccarat, Blackjack, Craps, Roulette Bay, Jupiter Club, Lake Palace and Road House Reels. U.S., both online and over the phone.
and a range of Poker types as well
as video slots.
Astro, Inspired agree to
Although BetOnSports was based outside the U.S.,
Indian leaders licence deal
and Carruthers lived in Costa Rica, he was arrested in
transit through Dallas-Fort Worth airport.
California and Oklahoma were the
most successful states for Indian A
n alliance between game design firm Astro and
server-based gaming (SBG) specialist Inspired Carruther’s sentence “should send a message to any
gaming in 2008, according to Gaming Group will see the two draw on each other’s foreign business conducting illegal activities in the
Casino City Press’s Indian Gaming technology and expertise. United States that geography does not render it
Industry Report. The two accounted Astro will produce terminals for Inspired, while untouchable”, said Assistant United States Attorney
for 38 percent of total tribal gaming Inspired in turn will supply SBG software to Astro, which Steven Holtshouser.
revenue. But Alaska and Alabama will license it to Italian customers.
saw the biggest growt BetOnSports founder Gary Kaplan had earlier received
The two will also license content to one another. a 51-month sentence on similar charges.
12 FEBRUARY 2010
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