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Can PA casinos thrive with online gambling?
posted 8/19/2017  |  source: Play USA
Parx Casino CEO fears local casino industry to suffer from gambling expansion like internet games and VGTs in Pennsylvania; Cannibalization fears pertaining to online gambling already debunked by facts but VGTs remain uncertain entity
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UltimateBet-Absolute Poker players to get millions
posted 8/19/2017  |  source: US Poker
Garden City Group says refunds of almost $33.5 million to begin for UltimateBet and Absolute Poker customers; First round of payments approved for approximately 7,400 petitioners; Players can still claim funds through September 7 as about $10 million remains to be dispersed in coming months
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New Jerey as online gaming mecca puzzling
posted 8/18/2017  |  source: OSGA
Attempt by New Jersey Senator Ray Lesniak to create mecca of online gambling warrants questions of how international companies could benefit from NJ partnership; New Jersey has nothing unique to offer foreign bettors
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Jao Poker exhibits questionable behavior
posted 8/18/2017  |  source: Professional Rakeback
Jao Poker accepts PayPal deposits from online poker customers despite UIGEA stipulations, risking customer funds and accounts; Spam marketing techniques and costly affiliate program also indicate questionable decisions from startup company
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Full Tilt class action lawsuit refiled in California
posted 8/18/2017  |  source: Flushdraw
Class action lawsuit targeting Full Tilt Poker and former company representatives re-filed in California court after federal case dismissal; Lawsuit seeks $900 million in damages plus interest for injuries caused by rake collection via illegal gambling business
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 New Jersey lotto game mis-ranks poker hands
posted 8/17/2017  |  source: CardPlayer
New Jersey Lottery pulls new poker scratch-off game after three days due to customers pointing out poker hands were ranked erroneously; Lottery says players misunderstood game's win scenarios but hands clearly not ranked correctly; Only one million games distributed out of 4.3 million printed thus far
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PokerStars announces WCOOP schedule
posted 8/17/2017  |  source: PokerNews
PokerStars releases schedule for upcoming World Championship of Online Poker set for September 3-26; Total of 81 tournaments to conclude with $5200 Main Event with $10 million guaranteed
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Former PokerStars Pro criticizes site for defrauding players
posted 8/17/2017  |  source: Casino News Daily
Former PokerStars Pro Online player Isaac Haxton accuses PokerStars outreach as attempt to lay groundwork for next con on players; Says rewards system changes defrauded formerly loyal players by erasing Supernova and Supernova Elite VIP rewards
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Dutch crack down on online gaming affiliate marketing
posted 8/17/2017  |  source: Casino News Daily
Dutch gambling regulator issues cease and desist order to Catena Media for advertising online gaming brands in violation of Netherlands regulations; Failure to comply could result in fine up to €21,000
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PokerStars reveals WCOOP Low series details
posted 8/17/2017  |  source: Poker Strategy
PokerStars announces details of low buy-in events for World Championship of Online Poker scheduled to begin September 3; Series will replace MiniWCOOP from last year; Tournaments will offer buy-ins at 1/24th High buy-ins with $11 million in total guarantees
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Australia online gaming ban completes final step
posted 8/17/2017  |  source: Casino News Daily
Interactive Gambling Amendment Bill receives Royal Assent from Australian Governor-General Cosgrove; Final step needed to become law puts online gambling ban on track for mid-September effective date
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 Dwan involved in $700K pot on Poker After Dark
posted 8/16/2017  |  source: US Poker
Poker After Dark show offered $200/$400 cash game with $100K minimum buy-in for players like Tom Dwan, Daniel Negreanu, Antonio Esfandiari; Pot between three grew to $697,100, Dwan and Esfandiari ran it twice, and Dwan won massive pot with pocket aces
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GambleAware eyes new software for problem gambling
posted 8/16/2017  |  source: Casinopedia
GambleAware could soon launch surveillance software tool to identify problem gamblers sooner than ever before; Some concerned about using encrypted data of online gambling sites to identify and target individuals creates security risk, raises ethical questions
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Online gambling contributes millions to New Jersey
posted 8/16/2017  |  source: NJ Spotlight
New Jersey online gambling not up to some expectations but is reliable source for cash in annual state budget; Gross revenue from online gaming sites totaling at least $20 million in last five months, now over $600 million since 2013 launch
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PokerStars extends olive branch to poker players
posted 8/16/2017  |  source: US Poker
PokerStars tries to rehabilitate image through rebranding, bringing back PCA in 2018, meeting with players, reimbursing PKR players; Longtime players still dismayed by catering to recreational players at their expense, removing grinder games, increasing rake, implementing new rewards program
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