GPWA Times Magazine - Issue 19 - February 2012

WEBMASTER NEWS William Hill fires seven managers, resumes online operations in Israel “Indian tribes can compete and be as successful as anyone else.” – Bruce Boszum, chairman of the Mohegan Tribe, who said that Internet gaming is of “critical importance” to his people “I am willing to not include it in the bill, only because I want to get into court as soon as possible to have the federal law declared unconstitutional.” – New Jersey Sen. Ray Lesniak, who said he would drop Internet gaming provisions from a new sports betting law in order to get Gov. Chris Christie to sign it “The U.K. is the largest regulated market in the world today and we want to be part of that. The decision was not taken on market share. The key thing is to develop trust with the U.K. customer. This is one of the most important things for the industry.” – Bodog Chief Marketing Officer Dee Dutta in explaining his company’s new marketing push in the U.K. “MGM is proud to have bwin. party as our partner as they have the assets and experience that, combined with our brands, can ensure a secure, fair and entertaining online poker experience.” – Jim Murren, Chairman and CEO of MGM Resorts “Testimony heard today and other testimony presented in writing, such as ours, demonstrates that new technology and processes used in ecommerce have been successfully adapted in jurisdictions where Internet gambling is legal, such as Great Britain, France, Italy and provinces in Canada, to keep minors from betting online and prevent illegal activities, such as money laundering and fraud.” – AGA President Frank Fahrenkopf “Internet gaming makes total sense. . . . There is so much money leaving the U.S. and the country is losing potential revenues.” – Donald Trump Quotables “Full Tilt was not a legitimate poker company, but a global Ponzi scheme. Full Tilt insiders lined their own pockets with funds picked from the pockets of their most loyal customers while blithely lying to both players and the public alike about the safety and security of the money deposited.” – Preet Bharara, U.S. Attorney for the Southern District of New York “We’re well behind the rest of the world. If we do nothing, [the problems] will grow and we will have no opportunity to fix it.” – Poker Players Alliance Chairman Alfonse D’Amato on regulating online poker in the U.S. By Aaron Todd William Hill fired seven senior managers of its online operations and the company is back to business as usual after remain- ing employees returned to work following a walkout last fall. “The group can now confirm that nor- mal operations have resumed and that William Hill Online remains committed to its operation in Tel Aviv,” the company said in a statement. The Telegraph reported that Ralph Topping, William Hill’s chief executive, fired the managers after ex-Israeli intel- ligence officers “found plans for a rival business and that a rabbi, fish feeder and hairdresser were on the books.” William Hill has reportedly agreed to pay £2 million in severance to dismissed staff. The severance pay is part of a deal that saw the dismissed staff sign non-compete agreements, according to The Guardian . The rift appeared to begin with Eyal Sanoff’s alleged refusal to share William Hill Online (WHO) accounting informa- tion with William Hill executives. Sanoff is a friend of Teddy Sagi, the founder and 40 percent shareholder of Playtech, which in turn owns 29 percent of WHO. Sanoff resigned in late September. In mid-October, nearly all of the WHO employees in Tel Aviv walked out, ap- parently worried that their office would be shut down and moved to Gibraltar. William Hill responded by offering em- ployees who returned to work by October 23 an extra month’s pay in November and another month of bonus pay in June 2012. Employees were also given assur- ances that they would have at least six months’ notice if William Hill decided to terminate their position for any reason other than poor performance. The Telegraph reported that several William Hill executives stayed behind in Tel Aviv to supervise the office for a few months. Webmaster News