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Monaco conference to provide US view


With the interest in an open US market growing, MiE has jiggled its schedule to provide an insight into what exactly is going on across the Atlantic.


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he Monaco iGaming Exchanges (MiE) confer- ences, to be held in Monaco from 11-13 October 2010, has enhanced its conference


programme by adding an exclusive ‘high level panel’ on the perspectives and evolution of the online gaming and betting market in the US. The New York Times has recently posited that


‘Europe has opened the way to online gaming’ and there is a groundswell of opinion that the US online gaming and betting market should open soon. To reflect this MiE has decided to create an opportunity for a gathering of the players and authorities from the US and European Markets through a panel: “The Winners in the Battle for i-Gaming in America will be…” on Monday 11 October from 16.30-18.00. Prominent personalities have confirmed their par- ticipation on this panel, including Commander Wendeen Eolis, the chairman and CEO of Eolis Inter- national Group, a legal and government affairs con- sultancy with a prominent specialty in commercial and i-gaming issues. Eolis has also served as a senior advisor to Mayor Rudy Giuliani and Governor George Pataki and as a consultant to four presiden- tial administrations. In the past year she produced a major white paper on the impact of the UIGEA (Unlawful Internet Gambling Enforcement Act) for submission to the White House. Commander Eolis expects Congress to approve regulated i-gaming in America in the near future, and she sees a ‘battle royale’ for licences looming on the horizon. She will be the moderator of the panel.


Also on the panel will be Chuck Humphrey, an


attorney specialising in gambling law matters, admitted to practice law in Colorado, Michigan and Texas. He is the author and webmaster of Gambling- Law-US.com, a leading source for information on US State and Federal gambling laws. In 1999 he became the principal investor in and one of the founders of the Tournament of Champions of Poker and the manager of Team Pegasus, an association of profes- sional tournament poker players. Also speaking is Professor Nelson Rose who is an


internationally known scholar, writer and public speaker, and recognised as one of the world’s leading experts on gaming law. Rose is co-author of Internet Gaming Law and Gaming Law: Cases and Materials, and co-editor-in-chief of the Gaming Law Review and Economics. He has testified as an expert witness and acted as a consultant to governments and industry in North America, Asia and Europe. Regarding the MiE Market, a number of companies


have already confirmed their participation as exhibitors such as Mangas Gaming and its affiliate companies, Tom Horn Entreprise, Telehouse, Telecity, Continent 8, Dragonfish, Keynectis, Spiral Solutions, Inoven, Meracrest, La Representation Fiscale, Largillière-Finance, Cabinet Ulys amongst others.


Ante Post: What the bo


With the cash cow of the Champions League about to kick off proper this month, other sports will be fighting for prominence. Fortunately, there is plenty of quality for punters away from the football pitch.


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olf punters are gearing up for the Ryder Cup, which promises to be the biggest


Monaco iGaming Exchanges will be held in the city’s Grimaldi Forum


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ever in betting terms when Europe take on the USA on 1-4 October, with Colin Montgomerie’s team sure to start as favourites and recap- ture the trophy. Champions League football takes centre stage on September 14 and 15, with Tottenham joining perennial English con- tenders Arsenal, Chelsea and Manchester United. United open their campaign at home to Rangers and this latest ‘Battle of Britain’ is certain to generate huge betting turnover north and south of the border. In racing, the Ascot Festival meeting takes place from 24- 26 September, where the highlight is the Queen Eliza- beth II Stakes. Top miler Canford Cliffs will aim to stake another claim to be voted the racehorse of the


year. The following Satur- day has a treat for those who love to find the winner of a big-field handicap, as more than 30 runners should line up for the Cambridgeshire at Newmarket.


JON WILDE PR Sportswriter Betfred


The group stages of the Champions League begin in September and the draw could not be better for us. With Rangers being paired in the same group as Man- chester United, the interest is sure to be massive. Obvi- ously, Rangers will be under- dogs but it will still be a fascinating betting heat. It would be great if Rangers could qualify for the group stages but we would still have six games to make the most of it. If they don’t, the turnover will still be good because of the major English teams’ involvement.


As if the Champions League wasn’t good enough we also have the Ryder Cup from Celtic Manor. Although no Scots have made the team there will still be plenty of interest from Scottish punters, especially with Monty leading the way. Although the European team looks very strong it might not be as one-sided as the odds suggest and we could be in for a fantastic weekend of golf.


PAUL PETRIE Director McBookie


If this month doesn’t get punters excited then nothing will! Golf’s biggest team competition, the Ryder Cup, takes place in Wales for the first time, with Colin Montgomerie’s European team warm favourites to regain the trophy at Celtic Manor. Another sportsman looking to regain a title is


Lewis Hamilton, and at the time of writing the British driver was in pole position with a narrow champi- onship lead. Cricket may have grabbed the headlines for all the wrong reasons recently, but hopefully our customers will maintain confidence in the sport during England’s one-day series with Pakistan. This period also sees the start of another Champions League campaign. Barcelona are favourites to go all the way, but the usual strong Premier League challenge will ensure plenty of interest. Finally, horseracing fans will be flocking to Paris for Europe’s greatest race, the Prix de l’Arc de Triomphe. Bring it on!


DAVID STEVENS PR Manager Coral


From a horse racing per- spective, the biggest ante-


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