30 December 2015 GPWA Times Newsletter

GPWA TIMES 30 December 2015
Industry News
Illinois AG: DFS constitutes gambling
Attorney General Lisa Madigan determined daily fantasy sports is illegal under state law, saying that it does not matter whether it is luck or skill, since both are unlawful in Illinois.

Amaya to appeal ruling by Kentucky trial court
The litigation was filed by the Commonwealth of Kentucky in 2010 and sought recovery of alleged losses by residents who played on PokerStars between 2006 and 2011.

Inside Gaming: PokerStars penalty is 'egregious'
Amaya's general counsel calls the judge's request for $870 million "notable only for its absurdity," and said the case relies on a centuries-old law.

bet365 Games rings in New Year with 10% rebate
This weekend, players receive the rebate on whatever the house takes in total, up to £100, and provides more funds to play top title Fireworks.

Five massive jackpots hit on IGT slots
IGT awarded five jackpots in five weeks totaling more than £3.6 million on MegaJackpots Siberian Storm and Cleopatra Mega Jackpots, two of its online, interactive themes.

Yggdrasil Gaming awarded U.K. licenses
The European provider received the licenses required by the U.K. Gambling Commission to offer its proprietary gaming platform and games to British residents.

Top 10 poker stories from 2015
The GPWA's Dan Podheiser ranks the biggest poker stories from 2015, including news surrounding PokerStars, Bitcoin and the World Series of Poker.

New Vegas-inspired games at Slots.LV
Just in time for New Year's Eve, Slots.LV has introduced the glitzy Mr. Vegas and Vintage Vegas games.

Bodog Casino releases Puppy Love 3-D slot
The cute, new slot from BetSoft Gaming is perfect for new players with limited experience playing online slots.

U.S. patent approved for alphanumeric lottery game
The inventors of the new game system, which is called SCRATCHEZZ, have received notice of allowance on their second patent application.

Luxury cruise up for grabs at Casino Room
Casino Room's New Year's promotion will award six players an all-inclusive Western Caribbean cruise package for two on the largest ship in the world.

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Did You Know?
Mobile gaming industry sales revenue in China reached 51.5 billion yuan ($7.94 billion) in 2015, an 87.2% year-over-year increase, according to a report released by China Game Industry Conference last week.

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Buzzy's World
The BuzzBuzzy has been hard at work this week chasing down the latest industry rumors and gossip. Here's a quick look at Buzzy's top finds:
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