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DFS Status Update
A state-by-state look at daily fantasy sports regulation

California online poker bill heads to Assembly
The regulation of online poker in California took a key step forward in late April when the Assembly Governmental Organization Committee unanimously passed AB 2863.

DFS industry under attack in many U.S. states
The daily fantasy sports industry was a roller-coaster ride in 2015, as a record ad spend brought in millions of new customers. But the increased scrutiny from lawmakers and state attorneys general produced a number of headaches for the rapidly growing industry.

Affactive, Revenue Jet shuttered in wake of arrests of owners
Gery Shalon and Ziv Orenstein were arrested in July at their homes in Israel. They are accused of engaging in "pump and dump" stock manipulation schemes dating back to 2011.

Nevada issues warrant for arrest of former Seals With Clubs chairman
Bryan Micon, who ran the Bitcoin-fueled poker site before moving to Antigua after his home was raided by Nevada Gaming Control Agents, was charged with operating an unlicensed interactive gaming system.

Optimal Payments agrees to buy Skrill for $1.2 billion
The two payment processing firms will combine to form the Enlarged Group following the $1.2 billion acquisition. The move helps diversify Optimal Payments' customer and affiliate base, geographic reach and product offerings.

Santa Ysabel plan to offer Internet gambling in California hits roadblock
Both state and federal authorities filed lawsuits seeking to shut down the tribe's online gambling operations.

888 CEO to step down next year
Brian Mattingly will become the company's new executive chairman in 2015.
Topic: Other

Massachusetts Internet gambling hearing focuses on geolocation, payment processing issues
The Massachusetts Gambling Commission heard from a variety of expert witnesses and discussed the early results of the three states that have regulated online gaming thus far.

Las Vegas Sands' stance called hypocritical in House hearing
Six witnesses testified in a House subcommittee hearing regarding whether the U.S. federal government should -- or could -- regulate online gambling, with Sheldon Adelson's brick-and-mortar casino corporation arguing on the anti side.

Barton, PPA believe time is now for federal online poker legislation.
The Texas representative has introduced the Internet Poker Freedom Act to Congress.

Yahoo beats Google in U.S. Web traffic
For the first time since May 2011, Yahoo had more unique visitors in a month than Google--and that's not even including Tumblr.
Topic: SEO

LAC to move to new venue in 2014
To accommodate more visitors, the London Affiliate Conference is being held in the Earls Court Exhibition Centre.
Topic: Other

PokerStars beat in court, Atlantic Club can pursue other suitors
PokerStars has lost its exclusive negotiating rights after evidence showed that its founder may have been involved in the negotiations despite the terms of the company's settlement with the DOJ.

Ultimate Poker launches first regulated real-money gaming site in Nevada
Despite some snags with the geolocation barriers, the online poker room reports a "great response."

Christie signs New Jersey online gambling bill
The governor signed the bill just 19 days after vetoing an earlier version. The signed bill incorporates several regulatory measures that Gov. Christie had insisted upon.

DOJ appoints administrator to return Full Tilt funds to U.S. players
Garden City Group will serve as Claims Administrator to refund the players who held balances with Full Tilt Poker when the DOJ seized the company.

Nevada could pool online poker players with other states
The Nevada Legislature is considering a bill that would allow the governor to create compacts with other states to combine their online poker player pools.

Roxy Affiliates relaunches program
The new version of the affiliate program features improvements that Roxy affiliate managers say will make them a better partner for affiliates.
Topic: Marketing

888 to launch real-money gaming on Facebook
888 will offer bingo, casino and slot games to Facebook users in the U.K.

Unibet signs agreement to acquire Bet24
The acquisition cost Unibet 13.5 million Euros.

Groupe Bernard Tapie acquisition of Full Tilt Poker falls through
The French investment group withdrew its plans to buy the legally troubled company when it determined it would not be able to refund all the money that Full Tilt owes its players.

7Red selects mobile platform
The online casino operator will use the cloud-based Mobile Stakes platform to take its games to the mobile market.

Bally Technologies acquires Chiligaming
The slot machine manufacturer hopes to helps its casino customers move comfortably into online gaming.

Calvin Ayre indicted, Bodog.com domain seized
Bodog execs were charged with running an illegal gambling business and money laundering.

William Hill reaches deal with Passoker
Passoker is a non-skilled sports betting game that will soon be offered as part of William Hill Online.

William Hill fires seven managers, resumes online operations in Israel
William Hill's chief executive reportedly discovered a plan by the managers to create a rival company.
Topics: Other | Sportsbook

Absolute Poker founder pleads guilty to bank fraud and money laundering
Brent Beckley entered a guilty plea in the case the U.S. DOJ has brought against Absolute Poker, Full Tilt Poker and PokerStars.

Bodog moves U.S. players to Bovada
Access to Bodog's main website is now blocked for American users.

Betsson reaches deal with Arsenal Football Club
Betsson is now Arsenal's Official Betting Partner and will provide betting services through a new brand, GunnersGaming.

Bodog to leave U.S. market at end of year
By Dan Igo. The company will not seek to renew U.S. licensing when its agreement with Morris Mohawk Gaming expires.
Topic: Marketing

Itai Zak appointed as new CEO of Sports Betting Tech
Zak comes to Sports Betting Tech from Spiral Solutions, where he served as executive VP of eGaming products.
Topic: Sportsbook

H2 revises online gambling revenue forecast downward
The modified forecast still predicts growth, but less than half of what was originally projected before Black Friday.
Topic: Other

More online gambling indictments issued in Maryland and New York
Two businesses and three people were charged with money laundering and operating an illegal business; 10 domains were seized; and 11 bank accounts were frozen.

QuickTender's wallet slams shut
The electronic wallet says it is stopping services after several bank accounts were frozen by court order following another round of DOJ indictments.

Germany to regulate online sports betting
Germany will open applications for seven online sports betting licenses and has set a tax rate for online bookmaking.

Governor's veto kills online gambling legislation in New Jersey
Gov. Chris Christie cited a number of issues he had with the bill, but insisted he was amenable to signing an online gambling bill if these issues were addressed.

Washington, D.C. becomes first U.S. jurisdiction to regulate online gambling
A provision in the Washington budget bill allows the D.C. Lottery and Charitable Games Control Board to offer games on the Internet.

Full Tilt, PokerStars leave Washington
The two companies pulled out of the Washington market following a state Supreme Court decision upholding the constitutionality of a law making Internet gambling a felony.

Efforts for federal regulation fall short in lame duck session
With the Republican takeover of the House of Representatives, conditions for federal online gaming regulation do not look favorable.

WSOP to enter Italian poker market
Caesars Interactive Entertainment has announced a partnership with Italian poker operator Microgame to bring the WSOP brand to Italy.
Topics: Marketing | Poker

Betcha.com "creamed" in Washington
The Washington Supreme Court ended Nick Jenkins' long court battle with a unanimous ruling that Betcha.com operated as an illegal bookmaker.

Legalized online gambling moves one step closer to reality in U.S.
The House Financial Services Committee, headed by Barney Frank, approved a bill to license and regulate online gambling.

Merge Gaming adds Sportsbook.com to poker network
Merge Gaming has agreed to migrate the online poker gaming activities of Jazette Enterprises to the Merge Gaming platform.
Topics: Other | Poker

Playtech launches platform for mobile gaming
The new mobile Web app is the latest cross-platform solution from Playtech, allowing players to continue playing their favorite online casino games on the go.

Cryptologic loses $35.5 million in 2009
Revenue decreased to $39.8 million from $61.5 million in 2008, a drop of 36.9 percent.

Harrah's launches long-awaited online casino
The new casino is named Caesars Casino Online and bears the unique black and gold Caesars branding.

Kaplan sentenced to 51 months in prison
BetOnSports founder Gary Kaplan was sentenced to 51 months in prison after pleading guilty to charges of conspiracy to violate the RICO statute, conspiring to violate the Wire Wager Act and violating the Wire Wager Act.

Full Tilt circumvents Kentucky case
The online poker company took pre-emptive action against the commonwealth to ensure that its domain could not be seized.

Russian gambling market takes a hit
All gambling activity in Russia is now confined to four remote areas, and poker is no longer classified as a sport, resulting in the closure of all of the poker clubs in the country.

Bing steps into search engine battle against Google
Microsoft launched Bing in an effort to revive its moribund search engine business, and one month later, Microsoft and Yahoo! reached a 10-year agreement in which Yahoo! will use Bing as its search engine.
Topic: SEO

BetOnSports founder reaches plea deal
Gary Kaplan agreed to a plea deal and will be sentenced to between 41 and 51 months in prison and forfeit $43.65 million.

PRWeb stops accepting online gambling clients
The press release distribution company had previously worked with UltimateBet, Paddy Power and Full Tilt.
Topic: Marketing

U.S. Representatives introduce online gambling legislation
The legislation would create a regulatory framework for legal online gambling in the U.S.

Bodog regains control of Bodog.com
The settlement ends a long-running patent dispute bewteen 1st Technology and Bodog.
Topic: Other

Church of England, British MPs urge Google to stop online gambling ads
While the Church has criticized Google's timing in the wake of the economic downturn, the search engine giant insists that it is following all industry best practices and that the ads can be filtered out with safe search.

Kentucky appeals court blocks seizure of online gambling domains
Kentucky courts have been split on whether the domains can be considered machines created for the purpose of gambling.

Court says Betcha.com is not gambling
The legal decision rested on the principle that since the bets were "honor-based" and not binding, they did not constitute real gambling.

Norway passes its own version of the UIGEA
The Norwegian legislation bans financial service providers from processing online gambling transactions.

Banks given until Dec. 2009 to comply with UIGEA
Financial service providers that do business in the U.S. are required to do due diligence on corporate customers to ensure they are not processing gambling transactions.

Microgaming withdraws from U.S.
The software provider's decision comes after a Kentucky ruling that would seize the domains of any gambling site that accepted Kentucky customers.

California online poker closer to reality
A bill legalizing and regulating online poker has been sent to the California State Senate Appropriations Committee.

Ivobank offering online services
Ivobank is an FSA-authorized, regulated independent bank that offers services to online gaming businesses and customers.

The GPWA sits down with Congressman Wexler and PPA chairman D'Amato
Rep. Wexler and D'Amato are working together to get the UIGEA overturned.

Everest Poker nabs World Series of Poker felt rights
The popular poker room signed a major agreement with Harrah's Entertainment that includes satellite rights and brand placement on all of the table-top felts at the World Series of Poker.
Topics: Marketing | Poker

Fun poker hand nicknames
Want to know what players mean when they say they folded "Darth Vader" when the flop came ace high? Check out our poker hand nicknames in the magazine, and see the rest at www.PokerZone.com.
Topics: Other | Poker

How do you use the World Series of Poker and other major poker events to help you attract and convert traffic?
Affiliates and affiliate managers alike chime in on how they utilize the World Series of Poker to drive and convert traffic.
Topics: Marketing | Poker

Expert: Canada not likely to ban online gaming
Gaming law expert Michael Lipton says Canadian history demonstrates that Canada is more likely to regulate rather than prohibit activities the public wants to see regulated.

UltimateBet charged with unfair play
The site was alerted to suspicions of a player exhibiting "abnormally high winning statistics" and "having an unfair advantage during play."
Topic: Poker

News analysis: Judge's ruling stacks odds against iMEGA
U.S District Court Judge Mary Cooper dismissed iMEGA's First Amendment claims on the merits, rejecting the argument that gambling is a form a free speech.