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CASINO NEWS
US states eye Internet News in brief
gaming, but Vegas is divided
Comma component
Quixant will show a PC
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010 could be the deciding year for online gaming in the U.S., according motherboard designed specially for
to analyst GamblingCompliance. A report from the firm says: “More the Italian Comma 6a market at the
than three years after the passage of the Unlawful Internet Gambling Enada show in Rimini this month.
Enforcement Act, restrictions on Internet gaming are facing crucial tests in The QXi-106, based on an AMD
2010, with federal and state governments making moves that will have a chipset and including game storage,
significant impact on the future of the U.S. gaming industry.” is compliant with requirements of
the Italian regulator AAMS. “This is
State budget deficits are forcing legislators to consider permitting online the first PC-based product designed
gaming, mindful of the tax revenues it would bring. from the ground up to comply with
the special Italian gaming
And GamblingCompliance believes that the state lotteries, already proven requirements,” said Sales Director
revenue earners, “will lead the next wave of U.S. development toward Gary Mullins.
regulated online gambling in 2010”.
Online launch
There are still hurdles, however. The owners of land-based casinos in Las Greek firm Centric Multimedia
Vegas are divided on the merits of going online, despite the potential for and Britain’s Dragonfish are
leveraging their powerful brands on the Internet; the U.S. Justice Department partnering on a new online casino
is intensifying its investigations into offshore online gambling; and attempts aimed at southern and eastern
to legalise online Poker in California have foundered thanks to the reluctance European consumers. Dragonfish
of some Indian tribes to support legislation which might limit their will supply the online casino and
sovereignty. Poker technology to Centric’s
subsidiary Lex Online
New Russian casino has to bus in customers Entertainment, as well as providing
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new casino has opened in the Rostov region of Russia just seven risk-management services, payment
months after the government sequestered all gambling into four remote processing and customer support.
zones. The Oracle is about 60 miles from Rostov-on-Don, near the Black Sea Athens-listed Centric will handle
and Russia’s border with Ukraine. marketing. Said Dragonfish MD Gabi
Campos: “Dragonfish has a strong
It has 200 slots and ten gaming tables, but currently no hotel – though track record in launching localised
construction is hoped to begin this summer, and owner Royal Time Company gaming solutions tailored for
says it plans to invest around $150m over three to four years to upgrade the emerging markets.”
site to a fully-featured resort.
Winning wallet
For now, buses are bringing gamblers in from Rostov-on-Don and New customers for Neovia
Krasnodar. Financial’s Neteller e-wallet include
Malta-registered BeatYa! and Uwin,
Slot server set to tighten
Austrian bookmaker GWBet, and
Sega Games. The Neteller
tax collection in Peru
technology was recently named best
payment system for affiliates for a
third consecutive year at the
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uthorities in Peru hope that the introduction this year of a central iGaming Affiliate Awards.
server linking all the country’s slot machines will make it impossible
for gaming operators to avoid paying tax. Bally bonus
Bally Technologies has extended
Peru levies a 12 percent tax on gross gaming revenues. But until a 2006 its contract to supply video gaming
law tightening the regulation of gaming came into force, most gaming terminals to the New York Lottery
businesses were unlicensed and the government was collecting less than for a further seven years. The
$1m a year. terminals, supplied by Bally to the
lottery since 2004, are deployed in
That figure climbed to $56m last year following a crackdown on licensing, the state’s eight racinos, where it
and the government hopes it could reach $103m in 2011 after the central currently has more than 6400 units
slot server goes live. installed. New York Lottery Director
Gordon Medenica said: “Bally’s
The government says that 650 gaming businesses, equating to 95 percent video game content has proven to
of all those known to it, are now licensed. be very popular with our customers
and is helping us deliver increases
Last year alone, 2690 illegal slots were destroyed. in net win across our casino
network.”
4 MARCH 2010
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