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                The release of financial information from 2014’s recently concluded first quarter has illustrated the success (or lack thereof) of the online gaming industry's key players. In the case of 888 Holdings, the network responsible for highly respectable poker, casino and sportsbooking sites, these statistics have shown just how well the business has performed in recent months.
                888's group revenue ($103 million USD), which broke previous records for the company, may be the most impressive of the newly posted figures. The company also made significant strides forward in other areas, though. Compared to the first quarter of 2012 888 has grown by large percentages in 2013, its number of active poker and casino customers increasing by 12%. The same year to year comparison shows 888 Poker's net revenues growing by 15% and its online casino network revenues by 13%. Brian Mattingley, 888 Holdings' CEO, said that he was pleased with the first quarter results, crediting his company's success to "our excellent product offering, supported by our constantly innovative marketing." Industry spectators, having taken the recently published first quarter figures into account, now believe that 888 Holdings is worth approximately $915 million.     
                Mattingley went on to take advantage of 888's strong financial showing by telling Reuters that his business is scheduling the launch of its Nevada, United States-based online poker site by the beginning of summer. The opening of 888's US-based site may hint at a coming trend in online gaming where some of the industry's biggest players take advantage of shifting gambling policies to expand to new markets.

888 Holdings Reveals Strong 2012 Financial Performance Figures

                888 Holdings, the parent company of popular sites like Poker and Casino, has recently released financial figures that detail its performance throughout the end of 2012. The online gaming provider has evidently had a fantastic year, its corporate strategies paying off in customer and financial growth.
                The figures show an increase in nearly every area of 888's business during the last months of 2012. The only notable exceptions came from the company's online bingo site (which saw an 11% decline that 888 attributes to "challenging and competitive market conditions", sportsbooking service (with only a 3% decrease) and the number of active casino players. Otherwise, 888 Holdings reported an outstanding level of growth in sectors ranging from the number of active customers at its poker site to overall revenue. The online gaming network's success can be partially attributed to its recent entry to markets like Italy and Spain, its concentration on expanding into mobile gaming (a trend that continues to sweep the industry) and some savvy marketing efforts.
                Brian Mattingley, 888's CEO, called the last quarter of 2012 the end of "an excellent year of performance for 888" and said that the company "achieved record revenues in both the [final] quarter and the year as a whole." Mattingly added that 888's 2013 is off to a strong start, too. January has already seen the network increasing revenue while performing well in areas such as customer acquisition, betting activity and more.

888 Holdings Reveals Strong 2012 Financial Performance Figures

888 Holdings, the parent company of popular sites like Poker and Casino, has recently released financial figures that detail its performance throughout the end of 2012. The online gaming provider has evidently had a fantastic year, its corporate strategies paying off in customer and financial growth.

The figures show an increase in nearly every area of 888's business during the last months of 2012. The only notable exceptions came from the company's online bingo site (which saw an 11% decline that 888 attributes to "challenging and competitive market conditions", sportsbooking service (with only a 3% decrease) and the number of active casino players. Otherwise, 888 Holdings reported an outstanding level of growth in sectors ranging from the number of active customers at its poker site to overall revenue. The online gaming network's success can be partially attributed to its recent entry to markets like Italy and Spain, its concentration on expanding into mobile gaming (a trend that continues to sweep the industry) and some savvy marketing efforts.

Brian Mattingley, 888's CEO, called the last quarter of 2012 the end of "an excellent year of performance for 888" and said that the company "achieved record revenues in both the [final] quarter and the year as a whole." Mattingly added that 888's 2013 is off to a strong start, too. January has already seen the network increasing revenue while performing well in areas such as customer acquisition, betting activity and more.

Virgin Games Acquired by Gamesys in Recent Deal

Virgin Games, the online gaming network that includes popular sites such as Virgin Casino, Virgin Poker and Virgin Bingo, has been acquired by Gamesys. The purchase was finalized and announced earlier this month, but occurred without much fanfare or significant changes to the Virgin Games network.

Until now Virgin Games was owned by Virgin itself, operating since 2004 as a part of Sir Richard Branson's massively successful corporation. The release of a statement from both Virgin Games and Gamesys (on 7th January, 2013) announced changes to the operation, though, revealing that software developer and online gaming provider Gamesys had acquired the business. The statement offers scant details on the acquisition, but does describe how Gamesys plans to move forward with their new gaming network. The Virgin brand will, apparently, remain associated with the network while Gamesys reconfigures the site's software to better fit with the rest of its social and real-money gaming offerings. The updates in question are likely the real reason for the site overhaul that has recently been announced at Virgin Casino.

All of the changes listed above are set to be implemented by the end of the month of March and the unveiling of the revamped Virgin Casino. Other, more precise details of Gamesys' purchase have yet to be disclosed, meaning that the purchase price involved with acquiring Virgin Games is still unknown. More information should become available in the weeks and months to come.

Paddy Power and 888 Share Strong Earnings Reports for First Half of 2012

While the global economy may not be at its strongest, online gaming networks Paddy Power and 888 have just shared figures that demonstrate that they're remaining unaffected by the recession. Reports from the two companies show that their earnings in the first half of 2012 increased, demonstrating a sunny future for two of online gaming's most popular brands.
      's 2012 has been a good one, its key financial indicators showing a 21% increase in revenue alongside boosts in other important areas. A 2% decline in 888's bingo revenue has done little to slow the company down. Brian Mattingley, 888's CEO, was happy to discuss his business' favourable first half of the year. Mattingley said that much of the success comes from a "tremendous increase in customer numbers" and credited "improvements in [888's] product offering." Paddy Power posted similarly positive figures for the first half of 2012, reporting a (pre-tax) profit increase of 21%, growth in the Australian market, a 50% increase in customer acquisition and a 41% growth in active customers. Paddy Power's CEO, Patrick Kennedy, stated that the company's 2012 success was due to a strong focus on "[promoting] our brand, products and Money-Back Specials."
                Mattingley said that 2012's earnings — "the highest revenues in the history of 888" — will be directed toward increasing investment in the United States and Spain while also improving 888's mobile and desktop software. Paddy Power's Kennedy described plans to continue focus on business expansion after its successful launch in Italy this year.

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Paddy Power Cheltenham Festival TV Adverts

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MailOnline Reports UK Gambling Addiction on the Rise

MailOnline, one of the best known UK newspapers has recently reported a rise in problem gambling as evidenced by statistics gathered through the betting addiction helpline, Gamcare. With some advocates aiming to strengthen gambling restrictions in reaction it seems that responsible gamblers may soon find themselves moving backward due to overall trends.

The newspaper article suggests that relaxed gambling legislature may be to blame as the figures seem to correlate with the Labour government’s more liberal rules from years past. MailOnline reported numbers which showed a shocking increase in problem gaming as supported by Gamcare’s figures. The statistics in question demonstrate a twenty-five percent increase in individual aid requests through the support hotline during this time period. One of the main issues identified by anti-gambling groups has been the relative ease present in modern gambling through virtual casinos, poker rooms or bingo halls’ ability to gain quick access for any players available. Some gaming opponents have spoken out that problem gambling needs to be stamped out, especially during these times of economic uncertainty and skyrocketing personal debts.

With rising problem gambling becoming an issue it is unclear how a proper solution can be reached. Increases in restrictive legislature do not always equal an appropriate, positive response as past efforts and various national policies suggest. For now, any gambler troubled by their own or someone else’s habit should get in touch with Gamcare to seek aid.

Google Repeals Gambling Advertisement Bans in the UK

Search-engine giant, Google has announced that it will soon be allowing UK gambling ads through its services in a turn against the 2004 global ban against this very practice. By effect of this new effort Google will now be able to support gambling advertisements from registered companies in England, Scotland and Wales.

UK internet users can expect to begin seeing gambling spots through their computers starting early next week as Friday marks the first day of the repeal. Google was able to allow their platform’s advertisement support through a clause which necessitates that every participating company be registered under the Gambling Commission or National Regulator (the latter for those businesses within the European Economic Area). Search-engine advertisements will be filed through Google’s filters. The powerful corporation has revealed that gambling ads will be screened as ‘not family-safe’ and will therefore only show up for users without any filters applied in their settings.

James Cashmore, Google’s entertainment and media leader told press that the decision to change their position on advertising was based on a careful review of their British policies. The repeal will allow premier gambling sites the opportunity to reach a far greater audience than ever before. Gibraltar-based companies who normally lack UK market penetration (such as 888.Com and PartyGaming) will now be able to take advantage of the Google repeal to great effect.

Turkish Gambling Websites Close Down in Droves

The future of online gambling continues to look grim for Turkey as approximately five hundred gaming sites closed today. An increasing internet censorship effort within the nation seeks to close out the possibility of any further betting avenues for its populace.

Turkey, a nation still attempting to join with the European Union, is well known for their harsh legislature regarding online access. The President (and founder) of the Republic of Turkey, Mustafa Kemal Atatűrk has publicly demonstrated internet censorship which recently went so far as to ban the immensely popular video sharing network, YouTube over a few videos which criticized his leadership.

The government is also actively working to shut down the Superbahis network, a move that generated the most attention when Superbahis' owners, Sportingbet saw two of its employees detained by Turkish police during a vacation stop in the country. It continues to be extremely difficult for any gambling companies to set up internet options within the nation which has so far banned more than eight hundred international websites from being accessed.

It seems fairly hopeless for any Turkish gamblers looking for access to their favourite games online. Although there are still a small number of websites which service Turkey, none of them actually operate within the country for fear of government prosecution.

iMega Association Challenges UIGEA Domain Seizures

The Interactive Media Entertainment and Gaming Association (or iMega) has decided to challenge the legality of the UIGEA’s seizure of several online gambling domains in Kentucky. The United States stance on internet poker, casinos and similar services is still fairly restrictive but the group hopes they can at least defeat some instances of the repression.

iMega essentially seeks to promote freedom in internet access by arguing against website restrictions that seemingly go against the American constitution. The group is currently focusing the majority of their efforts toward online gambling, hoping to come to agreements with legislative bodies that would allow for some form of controlled, real-money internet gaming. Recent UIGEA work has seen iMega challenging the government restriction of some 141 Kentucky-based gambling domains. The protest group sent an appeal to the US Court of Appeals last Thursday regarding this issue after their previous brief was thrown out by the US District Court in Trenton.

Although the foundation behind iMega’s work seeks to use its home nation’s constitution as a constant, underlying basis, headway has been pretty much nonexistent. The group has fought tirelessly against UIGEA legislature since 2006 saw the majority of online gambling sites restricted, forcing internet gamers to retreat from their then illegal pastime. Only time will tell how well iMega is able to do in their current attempt to appeal against the Kentucky domain seizures but global observers remain hopeful that they may be able to open up the American gambling trade in time.

Online Gambling Companies Remain Strong despite Faltering UK Economy

Even in the face of a suffering economy, UK online gambling companies, William Hill, Rank Group and Ladbrokes all managed to actually rise within the London stock trade. The continued success of these corporations has lead economic analysts to suggest that gambling may be one of a small number of businesses able to stay resilient in such conditions.

The early 1990s were the last major time of economic disparity in Great Britain and even then, before the internet’s ascent to mainstream popularity, gambling industries such as bingo halls, casinos and sports betting outlets continued to keep profits high within their sector. Financial analyst Dresdner Kleinwort commented on gambling’s status as a veritable ‘staple diet’ of many people, regardless of their reduced income. This observation certainly fits a climate wherein almost every business but those associated with gaming have suffered significant profit losses. Comparing last decade’s UK to contemporary times surely seems to offer a reinforcement of the very argument put forward by Kleinwort.

This is good news for those intimately associated with either the online or brick-and-mortar gambling industry. Rank (as well as its Mecca bingo halls and Grosvenor casinos), William Hill and Ladbrokes have all witnessed an increase in their trading worth within the last financial quarter rather than any kind of loss.

Indian Online Casino Gets Competitive with Cards

MyPlayWin is a recently launched site from Mumbai-based company, the Pan India Network Infravest and have just announced the launching of new gaming cards which will be used to facilitate easy and enjoyably internet gambling. The group plans to further expand their enterprise by showing the nation just how safe and easy online gambling can be.

The usage of these new cards is projected to increase business at MyPlayWin by at least ten percent in the next year. MyPlayWin’s new system is the creation of Indian media leader, Subhash Chandra (who also launched the nation’s first satellite television company, Zee TV to great success) and aims to increase traffic while stressing safe and extremely functional gaming. Chandra, with the aid of the Essel promotion group, hopes to continue the success captured by providing accessible innovations to those Indian states where gambling is legal.

Pan India Network Infravest Managing Director, Amar Sinha stated that the move into gaming cards as a method of demographic captivation has been prompted by a need to show ordinary people the possibility of large wins. If MyPlayWin is able to fully breach the Indian market, sheer population numbers may skyrocket the site into one of the most popular worldwide.

Paddy Power Earns Recognition through Oggs.Com is a renowned service which only reviews (what they consider to be) the finest of online gambling websites. With the addition of a Paddy Power review, the Irish site has received both a tremendous compliment and the potential for a massive influx of traffic from discerning internet players.

A spokesman from listed a number of Paddy Power’s business and service approaches which helped them reach the decision for inclusion. Among the many positive points listed was Paddy’s attention to responsible gambling. The site enforces a deposit policy that requires players to set their personal restrictions and wait a full week before any changes can be made toward increasing the limit. Paddy Power’s use of the solid, Wagerworks software system along with outstanding customer service also formed significant reasons for their acceptance as an reviewed site.

The process of reviewing a website for addition on can take up to two years due to careful attention regarding quality consistency. Paddy Power was able to complete the addition time quicker than many competitors which is, in itself, a remarkable feat. Paddy offers a wide array of online gambling and bookmaking options through it’s service, including poker, bingo, slots and casino gaming.

Speedpay and Sportingbet UK Announce Partnership

Sportingbet has announced a partnership with Affiliate Speedpay, currently one of the best companies dealing in electronic payment systems. The one-day, global payout technology developed by Speedpay will mean that gambling affiliate sites will be able to further ramp up business and increase productivity.

For any affiliate site hosting Paradise Poker, Sportingbet, Miapuesta or Superbahis these changes will come into effect on commissions within the next few days. Sportingbet’s decision to join with Affiliate Speedpay should have a big impact on their business, helping to drive more traffic toward their sites while improving the experience of those creating affiliate services for their network. Commission payments will now be sent and received almost instantaneously, allowing for affiliates to increase their profits and re-circulate the money into other projects without spending downtime awaiting finances. This partnership will lead the way toward better public visibility of the Affiliate Speedpay system, a process which could ultimately lead to greater efficiency and functionality within the industry for everyone involved.

Gamblers wondering how this partnership will affect their own time playing online only need to know that an increase in affiliate sites can mean an appropriately positive growth in user rewards and quality when looking into new online casinos, poker and bingo rooms or bookkeeping services. Affiliates of Sportingbet UK should notice a drastic increase in payout speed within the next few days.

LazerWagon Closes Due to Continued Problems

It can be extremely difficult for new websites to compete within the industry of online gambling, a business which is financially successful but also growing more crowded by the day. After only one year of operation, LazerWagon, a multi-faceted betting and gaming service has been forced to close down due to an inability to survive amidst tough rivals and technical issues.

The site offered an ambitious range of services, including sports betting and a casino with live dealers. Problems began to arise with financial processing systems, an issue which decreased traffic and ultimately damaged assets to the point in which continued operation was no longer financially viable. LazerWagon management staff apologized for the closure and detailed the various efforts made by administrators to keep the site alive throughout difficult times. They noted that their youth in the business kept them from being able to rebound from problems that larger, established sites have been able to bounce back from in similar situations. After technical issues cost LazerWagon relationships with affiliates, vendors and users, closure was the only possible option.

Although the casino and bookkeeping client was hoping to stay open for the lucrative fall American football season, no further registrations or transactions are scheduled to take place effective immediately. Any players with accounts at LazerWagon should visit the site immediately to have their remaining balances processed before complete closure takes effect.

Greater Number of Female Gamblers Now Playing Online

Online gambling has been enjoying a massive boost in popularity during the last few years and part of its success has been in branching out to a demographic usually put off by traditional, brick-and-mortar casinos. With a recent study’s publication it has been found that more female gamblers are logging on to play now than ever before.

The UK’s Gambling Commission conducted research during July of this year and has now come forward with their data. A similar study from last summer revealed nearly identical findings which show that a larger-than-expected percentage of online gamblers are made up of women. The Commission stated that some 8.8 percent of adults in the UK have made use of remote betting within the previous month and that 6.5 percent of British women have gambled online during the same time period (compared to last year’s 6.0 percent). The slight increase found in the above figures can mostly be attributed to the overall growth of the online gambling industry in general but it is still heartening for many observers to note the relatively large number of females making up the sample.

Most chalk up the success of attracting this demographic to the lack of traditional misogyny that many women find to still exist within the mainly male-dominated world of physical casinos and poker halls. With online play and greater anonymity many female players find a greater level of equality and respect than the real world currently offers.

London Gambling Clinic Opens Despite Financial Difficulties

As the gambling industry grows it requires a proportionate level of assistance for those individuals lacking in self-control or suffering from addiction caused by the pastime. Despite funding issues, the opening up a Soho, London-based national aid clinic is set to begin early next week for UK gamblers to help address this very issue.

The British Medical Association released figures suggesting that £10 million is required to properly run the support clinic but the £55 billion/year gambling industry has only committed a £3.5 million pledge toward the facility (which necessitates industry support for its very existence). The Soho clinic has released information stating that the funding acquired thus far will only allow for one full year of operation. Past this, the gambling industry will need to supply support that they may be unwilling to provide. The accord requires a certain level of taxation toward the Treasury and the Gambling Commission. In light of this, there may not be enough surplus left over for addiction centers.

With figures reflecting some one in five gamblers reporting ‘problem behaviour’, the UK is in desperate need of social support for those who have succumbed to mounting debt or addictive behavior. New legislature that reflects a fair compromise between businesses and non-profit organizations will have to be reached in order to ensure the health of aid clinics and gamblers alike.

CryptoLogic Sign Partnership Contract with Sky Betting and Gaming

Premier software designer and provider, CryptoLogic has signed yet another high-profile client this week which furthers their place as leaders within the industry. The company was able to outbid other competitors to secure the highly profitable BSkyB contract in question and is now hard at work developing material for their new venue.

Brian Hadfield, CryptoLogic’s CEO and President was delighted to share the news with press and ensured that his company would continue to do all they could to expand and drive profits forward for everyone involved with their business. The contract with Sky Betting and Gaming through BSkyB ensures three years of a mutually beneficial partnership and could mean a great increase in success for both sides of the new deal. Sky Vegas is set to enjoy a plethora of new casino games previously developed by CryptoLogic and tailored toward their site as well as the promise of inventive, new software exclusively developed for their internet gambling services.

Sky Betting and Gaming’s Managing Director, Richard Flint said the decision to sign with CryptoLogic was driven by the company’s proven track record and steadfast commitment to innovation within the field of software development. CryptoLogic now holds contracts with such enormous online gaming companies as, InterCasino, William Hill and Sky.

Facebook and Jeff Ma Ready Launch of Fantasy Football League

Jeff Ma and business partner, Mike Kerns have announced a new fantasy football league program to be added into the enormously popular social network, Facebook as part of a strategy to spread the pastime to younger audiences. After settling down from earlier years as an MIT card-counter, Ma went on to join with Kerns as business partners and the two have gained huge support toward their newest concept, sure to attract a lot of attention.

Citizen Sports, Kerns and Ma’s company has formed a partnership with Sports Illustrated to implement the new system and plan to have it up-and-running in time for the fall and the start of the American Football (NFL) season. Ma and Kerns are hoping to bring the fantasy football leagues which pre-occupied much of their younger years to new audiences in an exciting fashion and their proposed plan was interesting enough to snag the magazine sponsorship of Sports Illustrated. The program’s destination as a Facebook feature seemed natural to all involved as fantasy leagues are typically the domain of friends who want to heighten the fun of the typical sports season. Part of the social networking approach was also to gain popularity by targeting a massive pre-existing user-base so that the game came to them instead of vice-versa.

The recent feature film,
“21” and the accompanying, source novel, “Bringing down the House” are based on MIT graduate, Jeff Ma’s real life as a card-counter. Since then he has move on to safer ventures, enjoying considerable success and international recognition with his business partner, Kerns. Citizen Sports and Sports Illustrated’s joint venture should attract a lot of attention when it launches in about a month from now.

Meeting between US and EU on Online Gambling Regulations Postponed

The much anticipated meeting between American and European officials has been postponed by US delegates just a week before its scheduled date. As the future of the global gambling trade still stands to be determined many observers and businesses are understandably disappointed by further delays in proceedings.

The European Union requested time with American officials so their Unlawful Internet Gambling Enforcement Act, (UIGEA) passed last October could be discussed in full. The EU currently views the UIGEA as a violation of treaties established by the World Trade Organization (WTO) and seeks a reconstitution of the laws. With the enforcement of the UIGEA many premier European online gambling corporations have seen an immense revenue and market worth loss which makes the Act in high demand for address. The decision of the case will hinge on whether or not EU officials can convince the US that their legal actions circumvent treaties preventing this type of control within the World Trade Organization’s guidelines.

If a change in the UIGEA goes forth it could mean a drastic alteration of international online gambling which will inevitably impact fan’s experience in a big way. Caribbean nation, Antigua and Barbuda was awarded an annual $21 million sum and legal privileges in their dispute with the UIGEA last December but the European decision will most likely become a much larger affair with further reaching impact. A rescheduled meeting has not yet been determined.

Rapid Mobile Media and Gamesys Partner for Cell Phone Gaming

The growing industry of online gambling has been working hard to branch all available markets and with portable gaming the biggest corporations are attempting to create viable methods so that fans can enjoy playing while on the go. The announcement of a partnership between developer, Rapid Mobile Media and publisher, Gamesys is set to further revolutionize the manner by which gamblers play through their cell phones.

Rapid Mobile Media have been able to provide a software platform that can be safely accessed from all cell phones within the service area which means that all sorts of cell phone users can hop into games at their own convenience. Their partnership with the Gamesys Group (whom owns the Jackpotjoy brand, the UK’s leading online bingo/instant win/slots site) has meant that their innovative work will be able to put to good use in the near future. Users are set to enjoy all of the same gameplay that proper websites offer through their cell phones with the quality graphics and easy navigation that players expect.

As data access charges have been decreasing for mobile phone users in recent years accessing online casinos through this platform has become an increasingly viable market for business growth. With the report of this partnership players should expect even better options to come for their phones in the future.

Olympic Company, UK Sport Fights to Prevent British Doping in Beijing

In final preparation for sending off British athletes to the 2008 Olympic Games in Beijing, UK Sport has announced perhaps the most comprehensive anti-doping testing ever carried out. Through unannounced and rigorous methods the UK is hoping to be able to ensure legitimate competition as national contenders participate in the Games.

A partnership between
UK Sport, the British Olympic Association and the British Paralympic Association has been established in order to send the athletes off clean. The companies have stressed the importance of having true physical ability represented rather than any artificially induced performances especially in light of the role model status that many Olympic competitors enjoy. Tests will be set up sporadically but centered on crucial times when the participants are preparing for events, just about to start or during the mentally intense training period. Both blood and urine testing will be employed by the program with the inevitable goal of providing an international example of a successful anti-doping model.

Part of the program seeks to educate
British athletes by educating them regarding what may constitute doping so no mistakes are made during times of temptation by promising Olympic contenders. Gerry Sutcliffe, Minister for Sport has endorsed the program and commended UK Sport, BOA and BPA for their excellent work toward a drug-clean showing in Beijing.

WorldPay and 192.Com Plan to Implement Major Online ID Checking System

WorldPay represents one of the foremost online payment companies and their recent agreement to partner with anti-fraud software and e-security experts at 192.Com will soon mean even better standards for both gamers and companies involved in online gambling. Among the projects to be taken on by the team, the information surrounding a new ID checking code for internet retailers emerged as the most buzz-worthy.

The first announced project taken on by the new security team has been detailed as a comprehensive ID checking system which will keep website logins quick and simple while providing a tough defense against hackers and fraud artists. The program promises to have no visible effects on the general user experience but will greatly improve existing industry standards when fully adopted. 192. Com’s Marketing Director,
David Pope was pleased with the deal and the recognition his company is enjoying as leaders in the field of ID checking and general electronic security.

WorldPay’s affiliation with the Royal Bank of Scotland give the company a great degree of credibility and financing for their operations and this partnership only goes to show the possibilities allowed by their innovative thinking. As the team gear up to launch their system merchants will soon be able to ensure better internet gaming security than ever before.

Findabet is the GPWA Member Site of the Month

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Norwegian Gambling Enjoys Popularity in Spite of Government Restrictions

Although Norway doesn’t condone various, existing gambling methods a recent poll has shown that government restrictions and illegal status doesn’t necessarily equate a lower numbers of players. With approximately €961 million being pumped into the industry and 82.9% of these funds currently diverted to foreign businesses it may be time for the country to take a hard look at their current policies.

Norwegian Gambling Commission polled over ten thousand citizens between the ages of sixteen and seventy-four, coming to statistical evidence that the nation’s gamblers aren’t declining but rather increasing with time. Findings reflected a 6.1% increase on betting practices overall during 2007 and an estimated total of 244,000 online gamblers in Norway. A little less than half of the sample group gambles from within the legal Norwegian Lotto but the rest of the numbers were constituted of players making use of internet casino, poker and sports betters who are essentially betting from outside of national law.

Alongside these findings the Commission also reported that more than half of the phone calls received by the gambling addiction hotline are concerned with
internet poker problems. In light of the survey the Norwegian government is going to have to address current legislature and its failure to provide safe gambling venues for the population.

French Government Moves Toward Controlled Gambling

France has recently began working toward the opening of a controlled market for online gambling including poker rooms, casinos, betting services and various gaming sites. With the new bill being brought before national parliament this fall there could be great changes made and the eventual result of larger reforms in European gambling practices.

Eric Woerth, the French Budget Minister has been drawing up guidelines which would see the awarding of licenses to businesses that adhere to the proposed legislature. Woerth is working closely with Charles McCreevy, European Minister for Internal Market and Services. The pair has been instrumental in developing a realistic bill which would see the nation keeping pace with obvious and popular demand for online gambling. If the movement is passed France will develop a regulatory body with the power to watch over a highly regulated (but legal) market. This liberalized view would likely have a large effect on a more domestically centered gambling business.

If the French
gambling market opens up for business this autumn it will mean a drastic change and a standard being set for other European observers. The industry must hold their breath until a final decision is arrived upon in a few months but for now the changes being suggested by Woerth and McCreevy hold significant hope for the continent’s gamblers.

South African Parliament Regulates Online Gaming

The notoriously crime-plagued gambling industry in South Africa has finally been formally addressed by the country’s parliament in a move that seeks to regulate and profit from the popular practice.

South African officials have long recognized that internet gambling has been an area which attracts money launderers and has even led to terrorism funding. A National Gambling Amendment Bill is now attempting to ratify the situation by more carefully monitoring gaming websites and electronic funds transfers. The committee behind the revised legislature wants to improve the international reputation of South African gambling while stimulating the economy and weeding out the currently prevailing influence of dangerous criminal elements. Aside from this, the National Gambling Amendment Bill proposes programs to stop addictive gambling issues before they begin in order to promote the industry as a potentially benign (and positive) one for the future. The Bill would also require player registration with certified internet gambling providers along with the submission of an age verification affidavit.

The Amendment is still awaiting the final step of an approval signature from
President Thabo Mbeki but once this is carried out South Africa expects to see the national economy’s online gaming revenue increase by more than double its current status. Once the Bill becomes part of official law the South African National Gambling Board will begin enforcement and regulation of the new rules.

Internet Gaming Industry Addresses Problem Gambling Education

In a recent move the Responsibility in Gambling Trust or RIGT has launched a thorough campaign to provide education within the field of problem or addictive gambling. While the initiative has not yet identified any corporations or companies as the source of the problem many CEOs and upper management in the gaming industry are closely watching the RIGT’s program.

The UK-based
Responsibility in Gaming Trust has requested funding from premier physical and online casinos, bingo halls, bookkeepers and poker sites with the hope that they will be able to provide help before individuals succumb to addictive gambling. John Greenway, MP and RIGT Chairman has announced that the Trust wants to establish sufficient programs to pre-empt problem gambling behavior instead of merely treating those who have already lapsed into the mindset.

Considering the immense rise in internet
gambling’s popularity it would be a smart move for gaming corporations to fully endorse such an initiative. A side effect of the Internet casino business boom is that many visitors to these services are finding it easier than ever to gamble in excess and with the RIGT’s actions it will be hard for the industry to ignore their program. Greenway has noted that the RIGT has increased their education spending by ten times what was committed in 2000 and hopes to double this amount again within the next two years.

Happy Birthday Findabet!

Well, this blog is a year old today!

The first post titled "
Kick Off Post" was written a year ago today. The site had been running for a couple of months before I started this blog although the traffic increased the moment I started blogging, due to the updated content picked up by the search engines. I was getting around 20 visitors a day back then, and now get over 500 each and every day.

I have a lot more planned with this site as it is gaining in popularity now. I have more blog posts and full impartial reviews for all
Casino, Poker, Bingo, and Sports Betting providers planned.

Oh, and well done to Manchester United for beating AS Roma last night to reach the last 4 in the UEFA Champions League.

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Affiliate Summit West 08 Photos

vegasI have been back from the Affiliate Summit West now a few weeks and I uploaded my pictures to my Flickr account.

We had a great time in Vegas. Some new amazing
Casinos have been built since my last visit and it was good to see that Poker has really become a major part of the casinos during the Poker boom of the last few years.

Casino that we went into had a prominent Poker room. They all seemed busy and one regret is that my busy schedule whilst in Vegas kept me from playing a good game of Poker in one of the Poker rooms as I was interested to gauge the level of play in Vegas.

Had a few wins on the
slots and in the Casino, but nothing major to shout about.

Hopefully back to Vegas next year, so will have to check more out then. is Updated

Well, I am happy to say that I have eventually updated the theme that I use for this website and fixed a major annoyance that the site had in Microsoft Internet Explorer Version 6.0.

I use
RapidWeaver on the Mac to code this site. RapidWeaver takes care of the navigation and structure and leaves me with the nice HTML to do for the content. Some great plugins and a real quick way to rapidly deploy a nice looking website. The theme I had been using was limited to 800 pixels wide. I can see from my browser that over 95% of this sites viewers are running at 1024x768 or higher so I decided to manually hand crank the CSS of the site to increase the width to 900 pixels.

Along with this, I had to fix a really annoying bug with IE6 where the main content displayed below the left column, resulting in most users bouncing the site in IE6 as they could not see that content. 25% of my visitors use IE6 so I had to get this fixed. I still have a very slight issue with IE6, but it is one that is hard to notice and one I will fix another day.

I have some great things planned for the site now, with more content, up to date reviews, and regular blog postings giving all the news about
Poker, Casino, Bingo, and Sports Betting.

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Las Vegas Casino Billionaire backs the UK Conservative Party

The politicians are at it again, this time with a Casino Billionaire!

A FINNISH billionaire who inherited a small fortune from the arms trade and has extensive gambling interests in Las Vegas, USA, has emerged as one of the leader of the Conservative Party, David Cameron’s major financial backers.

Poju Zabludowicz, who lives in London, UK, has donated £70,000 to the Conservative party over the past three years. He is also one of the financial supporters of the Conservative Friends of Israel, which has also given to the party.

Zabludowicz, aged 55, heads the Tamares Group, which has its headquarters in Liechtenstein and has an international property portfolio, which includes a number of hotels and casinos in Las Vegas. Zabludowicz is calculated by The Sunday Times Rich List to be worth more than £2 billion.

Quite an interesting match really. I wonder if the Conservative party came into power the Gambling laws would be relaxed and maybe we would see some of the promised Super Casino's in the UK!

Happy New Year!

Just a quick note to wish all of my Casino, Poker, and Bingo players a very Happy and Prosperous New Years.

I am focussing more time on Findabet in 2008 so expect to see some more great reviews like my
Virgin Poker and Virgin Casino reviews.

All the best and lets start winning!

Affiliate Summit West 2008

Just booked to go to Affiliate Summit West in Vegas with my good friend from

"Affiliate Summit was founded by Missy Ward and Shawn Collins in 2003 for the purpose of providing educational sessions on the latest industry issues and fostering a productive networking environment for affiliate marketers.
Attendees at Affiliate Summit events break out into three main categories: affiliates, merchants, and networks. Each group represents approximately one third of the attendance.
The conference enables extensive networking opportunities for affiliates, merchants, and networks alike.
The attendance at Affiliate Summit has grown steadily since the inception of the conference for each location.
The first seven conferences took place in the United States, but Affiliate Summit went global in 2007 with the Affiliate Summit London conference on September 28, 2007."

Should be fun!

Merry Christmas to All!

Just a quick post to wish all my readers a very Merry Christmas and heres wishing you all a very Prosperous New Year!

I thought the picture was quite fitting really, Ho Ho Ho!

Findabet awarded the Gambling Portal Webmasters Association (GPWA) Seal of Approval

I am proud to announce that Findabet has been awarded the Seal of Approval and Approved Portal Status with the GPWA.

The Seal of Approval linked to this page signifies that the operator of the site is a current GPWA member in good standing who has agreed to abide by strict criteria designed to ensure that the highest ethical standards are upheld at all times and in all situations.
An investigative team headed by GPWA's Fair Gaming Advocate has determined that this site:

* Is managed independently of the online gambling websites it provides information about or promotes.
* Respects and upholds copyright standards.
* Does not send spam email.
* Does not use malicious search engine optimization techniques such as posting spam-like comments in forums and interactive blogs.
* Does not promote or display pornography.
* Provides consumers with information extending beyond banner advertisements and links.
* Acts professionally and respectfully in its business activities.

GPWA Approved Portal

USPGA Golf Championship - Tiger Woods Does it Again

Tiger Woods USPGA

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Tiger Woods clinched a 13th major title with a hard-fought victory in the USPGA at a steamy Southern Hills in Oklahoma.

The world number one held off a spirited challenge from Ernie Els and Woody Austin to inch to within five of Jack Nicklaus' major record.

The 31-year-old was three clear overnight but saw a five-shot lead whittled down to one before edging Austin by two and Els by three.

Woods carded 69 for -8, American Austin took 67 and South African Els shot 66.

Australian John Senden and American Arron Oberholser finished one under, while England's Simon Dyson carded a blistering 64 to rocket into a share of sixth at level par and guarantee a return next year.

Woods's victory gave him back-to-back USPGA titles for the second time - he won in 1999 and 2000 - and a fourth USPGA in all. Fellow Americans Jack Nicklaus and Walter Hagen lead the way with five apiece.

The win was built on a sensational round of 63 on Friday when Woods lipped out for birdie on the 18th to miss out by one shot on the record for the lowest score in major history.

A solid 69 on Saturday gave Woods a three-shot cushion over Stephen Ames going into Sunday's final round but the Canadian quickly melted away in the heat to end on two over after a 76.

Woods leaked a couple of wayward drives early on and his lead was cut to two after a bogey on the 2nd to journeyman Austin's birdie up ahead.

But as Woods settled down, the lead fluctuated between two and five shots as the challenges of Austin and Els ebbed and flowed.

Els, six behind overnight, missed golden birdie opportunities on the 9th and 11th but he and Austin both reconvened on six under, two back, after their 14th and 13th holes respectively.

Woods looked worried and a three-putt on 14 brought the gap down to just one.

But Els fell back again up ahead on 16 before Woods bounced back impressively with a 12 footer for birdie on the 15th.

Woods pointed at the cup as the ball dropped as if he knew that would be the death knell for his pursuers.

"I said going to 15, 'you got yourself into this mess, now get yourself out of it. That birdie was huge," said Woods, who won last week's WGC Invitational by eight shots.

From then on he strolled unchallenged to his first major title of 2007 following second at this year's Masters and US Open and tied for 12th at the Open Championship in Carnoustie.

Woods' wife Elin and two-month-old daughter Sam were beside the 18th green to watch him hole the winning putt and he admitted that was a special moment.

"That is a feeling I have never experienced before and to have her (Sam) here brings chills to me even now. It's so cool," he said.

The victory gave Woods 59 PGA Tour wins in 213 professional starts, fifth-best on the all-time list behind Arnold Palmer (62) and five off Ben Hogan in third. Sam Snead holds the career win mark at 82, nine ahead of Nicklaus.

All seven winners of majors held at Southern Hills have now led at both the 54 and 36 hole stage, while the winner of the USPGA has come from the final pairing for the past 11 years.

Els, 37, insisted he is going in the right direction following a fourth place at last month's Open.

"My putts on the 9th and the 11th holes and the drive on 16 are the three shots I'd like to have back," said the world number four.

Els won the US Open in 1994 and 1997 and the Open at Muirfield in 2002 and has had eight top 10s in majors since then.

But he missed most of 2005 after injuring his knee on a sailing holiday and is still trying to rediscover his previous form.

World number three Phil Mickelson carded 17 pars and one birdie in a closing 69 for six over as he struggles back from a wrist injury.

US Open - Won by Angel Cabrera

Congratulations to Angel Cabrera on his victory at Oakmont in the US Open Golf.

The 37-year-old Cabrera was forced to play a cruel game of wait-and-see after posting a 1-under-par 69, which made him the only player in the field to post two sub-par rounds all week and led to his eventual winning total of 5-over-par 285. Cabrera's wait was made exceptionally uncomfortable because after 2003 U.S. Open champion Jim Furyk faltered with a bogey at the 17th hole, the only player left that could catch him was the one player no one wants to be chased by -- 12-time major champ and world No.

...Life is good for Cabrera right now, a three-time winner on the European Tour, whose previous best major championship finish was a tie for fourth at the 1999 British Open -- which coincidentally was played at Carnoustie, the same course that will host the 2007 British Open in five weeks.

...Woods was looking for his first come-from-behind win in a major, but instead had to settle for the fourth runner-up/co-runner-up finish in majors of his career, including the second time in 2007.

...Australia's Aaron Baddeley had a two-shot lead after 54 holes, but saw it disappear after just one hole in the final round with a triple bogey to Woods' par at No.... The three-shot swing put an end to Baddeley, who tied for 13th after his final-round 10-over-par 80 -- his worst round of the week by eight shots.

...Just because Badds made 7 on the first hole, we still have 17 more to go; it's not like they're handing out the trophy on the first green," Woods said.

..."Considering that they softened the golf course up for us and we still shot 5 over par as a winning score, that shows you how difficult this golf course really is.

...Leading into the tournament, the talk surrounding this U.S. Open had less to do with Phil Mickelson's debacle on the 72nd hole at Winged Foot in 2006 and more to due with the left wrist he injured while practicing at brutal Oakmont a couple of weeks before the Open.

...The 10-over 148 total required to make the cut turned out to be the third-highest in relation to par since World War II, tying the 10-over 154 cut line in 1972 at Pebble Beach Golf Links.

..."You should get penalized for missing a shot, but I don't know if it should be as black and white as it is," Ogilvy said, obviously frustrated after his round on Sunday.

...While the U.S. Open didn't end with the best player in the world -- Woods -- taking home his third title, Cabrera's victory made him the third consecutive first-time major winner at the U.S. Open, joining New Zealand's Michael Campbell at Pinehurst in 2005 and Ogilvy last year at Winged Foot.

Casino Affiliate Convention - Amsterdam 2007

Casino Affiliate Convention

Well, I thought I would write about my experiences at my first Casino Affiliate Convention, which was held in Amsterdam from the 3rd to 5th of May 2007.

As a newbie to the world of casino and gambling, just building my first site for online poker and casino, I was in two minds if this convention would be a good use of my time as it would be three valuable days out of the office and it was going to cost me a fair amount to get there and stay in the hotel etc.. I had already received sponsorship from Virgin Games for my show ticket which would have set me back around $599 so the cost was somewhat reduced.

As I am serious about getting into the world of casino and gambling affiliates I decided that it was going to be worth the investment, maybe not immediately but I strongly believe in relationships and I was sure that meeting people face to face would only help me in getting these relationships under way.

I also strongly believe in asking people for help and I knew from the A4U forums that quite a few other UK affiliates were going, and I made it my task to find these and ask for help and guidance.

Now, I am not a conference newbie. I have attended quite a lot of conferences around the world including shows like COMDEX and Networld in Las Vegas. With one of my previous companies I also was on stand at shows in London and New York. So, I was intrigued with how CAC would compare.

Well, there were two rooms of the main conference floor at CAC. Both of which were of a decent size for what was quite a small and specialized event. A lot of the large names in Casino and Poker were in attendance, with quite a bit of exposure for sites from the USA such as Everest Poker and Full Tilt Poker.

The first session I attended was the White Hat vs Black Hat SEO session. This was fun, and one thing I am sure is that I am NOT going to steal any content from as their webmistress, Dominique, scared the hell out of me! If you were there, you know what I mean!

We attended a few more sessions, sampled the typical Amsterdam nightlife and generally had a jolly good time. I attended the event with Chris White from, you can see him here at the famous "Beer Session"

The Beer Session is the final session of the event where you are provided with as much beer as you can drink whilst sometimes controversial topics are discussed and argued by the panel and audience.

Well, what is my summation?, Well, I am happy I attended CAC as I learned a lot, met some great people, and it gave me great motivation to stick at what I am doing in this very competitive marketplace. I am here for the long race and will offer good content and great service to users of this, and other sites that I will be running with the focus on casino and gambling.

On the last evening we were taken on a dinner cruise by ToteSport so thanks go out to ToteSport for their hospitality.

I will leave you now with some other photos of the event.

History of Poker

I have just finished writing my brief History of Poker and posted it to the Poker section of the Website.

Poker is now the number one card game that is played across the world and it has really taken the Internet by storm and with the recent legalisation of Poker within Pubs and Clubs in the UK analysts predict that it will grow even larger.

You can go direct to the History of Poker by following THIS LINK.

Kick Off Post

Hello and welcome to the Blog at

The aim of this blog is to provide information as I build a site aimed at bringing you all the best offers in online gambling and betting. I make no excuses that I am pretty new to the online gambling arena but I will be providing my insights and experiences as I try the online gambling arena and report my findings.
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