17 July 2013 GPWA Times Newsletter

GPWA TIMES July 17, 2013
Industry News
Barton, PPA believe time is now for online poker
Despite repeated failed attempts over the past several Congressional sessions, Rep. Joe Barton (R-Texas) and the Poker Players Alliance (PPA) believe that now is the time to regulate Internet poker at the federal level.

Ultimate Poker passes regulator's test
The company said the Gaming Control Board approved its continued offering of real money online poker through UltimatePoker.com.

New online poker bill introduced in Washington
The bill, titled the Internet Poker Freedom Act of 2013, marks the second time Rep. Joe Barton (R-Texas) has tried to push federal Internet poker legislation through Congress.

Bally Technologies signs deal with William Hill
Under the terms of the agreement, Bally's games will be available for players on William Hill Online.

EiG Early Bird cut-off draws closer
Early Bird rates, which offer savings of up to 400 euros on the cost of a Full Conference Pass, end on July 19.

Bold move has Caesars on top
Two years after Caesars Entertainment perplexed Wall Street by acquiring social gaming operation Playtika, the casino giant has moved past rival Zynga to the top of the business model.

New AGA President to attend at EiG
EiG is set to be the first official engagement outside the United States for new American Gaming Association President and Chief Executive Geoff Freeman.

Lucky247 Casino now on Facebook and Twitter
These will be places for players to get the latest online casino news, enjoy promotions and bonuses exclusive to social players, and to have a say in their casino experience.

New Red Flush Casino player wins big in one hour
A Red Flush online casino player won over 35,000 euros less than an hour after signing up for an account.

Casino La Vida heats up with La Fiesta Grande
The online casino's Passport to Paradise campaign has its members taking Europe by storm.

SkillOnNet first to release four new NextGen slots
The Codfather was released on July 12, with Spanish Eyes scheduled for a July 19 premier and Emperors Garden and Teddybear's Picnic soon to follow.

Bally Technologies to acquire SHFL entertainment
Bally, one of the gaming industry's largest slot machine developers, will pay $1.3 billion for the acquisition.

Fisticuffs now available on mobile
Gamers can continue the fight on mobile as Net Entertainment adds the offering to its Touch catalog.

Sheriff Gaming wins court case against Betsoft
The Court of Appeal concluded that there was no evidence to support Betsoft's claim that Sheriff Gaming had infringed its intellectual property rights.

Punters backing Alexandra as name of royal baby
As the Duchess of Cambridge's expected due date approaches, Alexandra is the odds-on favorite to be the name selected by William and Kate.

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Did You Know?
Google sites led the U.S. explicit core search market in June, 2013 with 66.7 percent market share, while Microsoft sites were second with 17.9 percent. Yahoo! sites were third with 11.4 percent, down from 11.9 percent in May.

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