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May - June 2003
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28th June         Utah          Source: Las Vegas Sun/AP
Lawmaker's 'Net gambling motives questioned - Utah gaming opponent received political contributions from tribes with casinos
A look at the political wranglings surrounding efforts to pass legislation in the U.S. to ban Internet gambling.

26th June         Antigua & Geneva, Switzerland          Source: Las Vegas Sun/AP
U.S. defends ban on 'Net gambling before WTO
Online casinos apparently employ 3,000 of Antigua's 67,000 population and in 2000 paid $37.5 million in taxes.

25th June         Antigua & Geneva, Switzerland         Source: BBC.co.uk
Online gambling sparks trade war

25th June         London & San Francisco          Source: Yahoo/PRNewswire
Sky Bet Partners with WagerWorks to Launch skybetvegas.com

25th June         London          Source: RacingPost.co.uk
Betfair collects royal enterprise award
In 2000 Betfair.com took £1,972 in bets on the English Derby, this year they took £3.5 million.

25th June         Geneva, Switzerland & Antigua          Source: Yahoo/Reuters & Hindustsan Times/AP
Tiny Caribbean State Takes on U.S. Over Gambling
Antigua asks WTO to condemn US ban on Internet gambling

24th June         Online Poker          Source: Las Vegas Sun/AP
Websites hoping to cash in with poker win

24th June         London          Source: Yahoo UK/Sharecast, FT.com
Sportingbet receives preliminary proposal
Sportingbet in preliminary takeover talks
The company may have to pay a final total of up to £93.7 million for Sportsbook.com acquired 2 years ago. £20 million apparently being due next month.

24th June         Online Gambling          Source: Winner Online - Max Drayman feature
How to Stop Casino Spam
Internet casinos are notorious spammers and rarely respond or confirm remove requests.

23rd June         Isle of Man & Alderney          Source: HardRockCasino.com & Winner Online
HardRockCasino.com moving from the Isle of Man to Alderney in the Channel Islands
Hard Rock Casino Moving to Alderney
The move will be made on Tuesday, 1st July 2003.

23rd June         London & Las Vegas         Source: Yahoo/PRNewswire & USAToday/Reuters
SportsLine.com, Inc. Announces Sale of VegasInsider.com
Sports Information, Ltd. Announces Acquisition of VegasInsider.com, Inc.
SportsLine sells gambling information Web site

19th June         Montreal, Quebec         Source: Yahoo/PRNewswire
Playtech Announces Launch of 'WinAJackpot' Progressive Portal

19th June         Montreal          Source: Yahoo UK/PRNewswire
Online Gaming Giant GoldenPalace.com Launches New Software on Playtech Platform

18th June         Illinois           Source: Yahoo/PRNewswire
Topless Streaker Disrupts US Open - Winner Furyk Not Distracted
The latest in a series of publicity stunts by Internet casino GoldenPalace.com. Photo at Newscom.

18th June         Washington         Source: Las Vegas Review-Journal
Internet Gambling: Anti-bet action unsure in Senate - No vote scheduled yet on proposed bill to control online wagers

17th June         London           Source: New Media Age
Gaming Insight gives into pressure and shuts down Go Barking Mad
Go Barking Mad being taken back to the kennels after launching just 12 months ago.

17th June         Miami & Toronto           Source: Yahoo/PRNewswire & Business Wire
IGW Software To Enhance Its Casino Suite Through Partnership With Parlay Entertainment
Parlay Entertainment To Provide Casino Suite To IGW Software

16th June         Online Gambling          Source: BBC.co.uk
Island 'ideal' for e-gambling - Alderney is to be represented at a world forum on online gambling
The world forum is in fact GIGSE - Global Interactive Gaming Summit and Expo in Monteal.

16th June        London          Source: BBC.co.uk
Internet betting cleans up its act
The gamble that paid off - The rise of P2P betting
Betfair.com & Sporting Options have made a deal with the Jockey Club to open up their books if faudulent activities are suspected. Betfair is now the World's largest online betting company.

13th June        London          Source: Net Imperative
Betfair works with industry bodies to tackle 'sharks'

12th June         Vancouver          Source: Interactive Gaming Council
Statement of IGC on Bachus Legislation (HR 2143) - PDF
Statement on the U.S. House of Representatives passing of Bill H.R. 2143 from Sue Schneider, Chair of the Interactive Gaming Council.

11th June         Washington          Source: Las Vegas Sun
Internet gaming bill OK'd - Senate next to consider measure outlawing payment methods

11th June         London          Source: Net Imperative
Gaming Insight suspends shares
The company was formerly known as Gaming Internet and had major plans for Greyhound racing under the brand GoBarkingMad.com

11th June         Washington          Source: Las Vegas Review-Journal
House OKs bill limiting Web betting - Measure would ban online payment options; Senate legislation pending

11th June         Washington          Source: Interactive Gaming News
US House Passes Bachus Prohibition Bill

11th June         Washington          Source: Virginia Daily Press/AP, Quad City Times & SiliconValley.com/AP
Credit Card Gambling Bill Exempts Some
House OKs Internet gambling limits
House bans offshore Internet credit card gambling, exempts U.S. operations

11th June         Washington          Source: CNET News.com
House votes to restrict Net gambling
After 3 hours of debate the U.S. House of Representatives voted 319 - 104 to ban the use of credit cards at offshore Internet casinos and sportsbooks.
FINAL VOTE RESULTS FOR ROLL CALL 255
Unlawful Internet Gambling Funding Prohibition Act

11th June        Washington          Source: BBC.co.uk
US strikes blow at online casinos

10th June         Washington          Source: CNET News.com
House schedules Net gambling vote
HR. 2143 - Unlawful Internet Gambling Funding Prohibition Act - with amendments

10th June         Online Gambling          Source: SiliconValley.com/Knight Ridder
Against the odds: Congress tackling online gambling

9th June         Ireland          Source: Business World
Irish firm to launch an online casino

8th June          Online Gambling           Source: Courier-Journal
Racing sponsor Visa fights Web betting - Triple Crown backer says goal is to block illegal gambling

6th June          Washington           Source: Las Vegas Review-Journal
Amendments delay Internet gambling vote - House leader attempting to reschedule

5th June          Las Vegas & Isle of Man          Source: International Herald Tribune
Online gamble ends - MGM Mirage to shut Internet unit
"MGM Mirage formed its MGM Mirage Online unit in September 2001 and once estimated that it would generate annual revenue of as much as $500 million."

6th June          Online Gambling - U.S.           Source: FortWayne.com/Detroit Free Press
Congress fights big odds to stop online gambling

5th June          Vancouver, B.C.          Source: Yahoo/Business Wire
Poker.com Inc. Launches Free Play Version of Poker Software to Be Used with Patent Pending Skill Poker System

5th June          London & New Jersey          Source: Yahoo/PRNewswire
Interactive Systems Worldwide Announces ukbetting Launch of New Cricket Betting Product

5th June          London & Toronto          Source: Yahoo/Business Wire
ukbetting, UK's Largest Independent Online Sports Content Provider, Launches New Poker Sites Using CryptoLogic Software

4th & 5th June          Las Vegas           Source: CNET News.com, Las Vegas Sun &LVRJ
MGM Mirage shutters online casino
Casino giant exiting Internet gaming
MGM Mirage to shut Web gambling site  - Legal, political doubts plagued effort

4th June          Las Vegas & Isle of Man          Source: Yahoo/PRNewswire
MGM MIRAGE to Discontinue Online Gaming Operations
www.playmgmmirage.com will apparently cease trading on the 30th June. It will become the latest major casualty following on from the recent failures of Crown Games, Tattersalls, & Casino Atlantis.

4th June          Washington          Source: MSNBC/Reuters & LVRJ/Stephens Media
House cancels vote on Net gambling - Leadership pulls bill after it became clear it wouldn’t pass
Bet ban vote delayed

3rd June          Washington           Source: CNET News/Reuters & DC.Internet.com
House Cancels Vote on Internet Gambling
House Leaders Pull Bet on Internet Gambling Vote

3rd June          Washington           Source: Las Vegas Review-Journal/Stephens News Bureau
House prepares to vote on Internet gaming ban bill

3rd June          Online Gambling - Washington           Source: CNET News.com
Lawmakers to tackle Web gambling
The Unlawful Internet Gambling Funding Prohibition Act (H.R.2143) will be debated by the House of Representatives today

30th May          London          Source: New Media Age
Sky launches compulsory checks on TV betting clients
Concerns about problem gambling mean that Sky intends also checking on clients credit history before allowing them to bet on any of the iTV-based services.

29th May          Toronto & San Jose, Costa Rica          Source: Yahoo/Business Wire
Parlay Entertainment To Bring Wireless Functionality To Online Casino Gaming
WinwardCasino.com to Launch World's First Real-Money, Real-Time, Full-Function, Wireless Casino

27th May          Carson City, Nevada - Online Gambling          Source: Las Vegas Sun
State not likely to tackle 'Net issue this year

26th May          Melbourne & Vanuatu           Source: Urbino.net/Australian Financial Review - May 7th
Packer closes Crown Games
Crown Games was run by chief executive of PBL Gaming, Andrew MacDonald who is also the founder of the casino news and management portal Urbino.net

21st May          Online Gambling - Washington          Source: Las Vegas Review-Journal
Internet Gaming: New ban bill quickly advances - Proposal preserves exemptions

21st May          London?          Source: Yahoo/PRNewswire
World Gaming PLC - Business Review Progress Update

20th May          Dublin & Calgary, Alberta           Source: Yahoo/Business Wire
Supreme Odds Selects Chartwell Technology

19th May          New York          Source: Yahoo/Reuters
NY judge temporarily blocks Indian casino pact

19th May          New Jersey           Source: Newsalert.com/PRNewswire
Interactive Systems Worldwide Comments on Recent Financing Initiatives

19th May          London           Source: Net Imperative
Boss Media and Sportingbet strengthen ties
Boss Media will be supplying two new casinos one in US$ for Sportingbet.com and in Sterling for Sportingbet.co.uk.

16th May          Online Gambling          Source: Las Vegas Review-Journal
Internet Gaming: Amendment may derail ban bill

14th May          Israel & Russia          Source: Yahoo/PRNewswire
Gilat Signs Agreement with Russian Satellite Operator, the Russian Satellite Communications Company (RSCC) and Gaming Company, JackPot

14th May          Washington          Source: MSNBC.com/Reuters
Net gambling ban hits snag in House - Judiciary Committee removes exemptions for casinos 

14th May          Washington          Source: Las Vegas Review-Journal
House panel to vote on bill restricting e-gaming

9th May          Reno        Source: Las Vegas Sun
IGT a sleeping giant in 'Net gaming
IGT, the world's largest slot manufacturer continues to monitor the potential for allowing the company's games for use by Internet casinos.

9th May          London        Source: Silicon.com
UK bookies respond to US gambling ban - Breaking the ban too much of a gamble for most...
Bad news for online bookies: 'You'll never break America'

8th May          Washington          Source: Boston.InternetNews.com & Las Vegas Sun
House Panel Approves Anti-Online Gambling Bill
Internet gaming bill gaining momentum

7th May          Washington          Source: Las Vegas Review-Journal
Internet Gambling: E-gaming ban bill advances - Proposal outlaws methods of paying online wagers

7th May          Washington          Source: CNET News
House bets against online gambling
The Unlawful Internet Gambling Funding Prohibition Act was approved by a House Judiciary crime subcommittee by voice vote onTuesday. Website link: http://thomas.loc.gov/cgi-bin/bdquery/z?d108:h.r.00021:

7th May          Washington          Source: MSNBC/AP
Panel OKs Net gambling restrictions - Democrats vow to bring up alternative before full committee

6th May          Melbourne & Vanuatu          Source: Sydney Morning Herald
PBL pulls plug on net gambling
PBL quits online gambling
PBL shuts online gambling business
The highest profile failure of an Internet Casino so far. PBL, operator of Melbourne's Crown Casino has closed their online version www.crowngames.com that first opened in January 2002. Full year losses are expected to be A$7 million.

6th May          Internet         Source: The Melbourne Age/Bloomberg
Spammers serve up the nasty underside of life
Spam is now 45% of all email, up from 8 per cent in 2001. Gaming floor presently gets around 100 a day.

6th May          Vaxjo, Sweden          Source: Yahoo/Primezone Media
Boss Media delivers Online Bingo to Victor Chandler

6th May          Edinburgh          Source: Scotland On Sunday - 4th May
World's first legal internet betting shop set to open in capital
Traditional bookmakers are seeking to have the legality of the venture tested in court. Owner Henry Spurway has teamed up with betting exchange Betfair.com.

6th May          Canberra, Australia          Source: Yahoo Aus/Asia Pulse
Online Gambling Needs Review: Australian Minister

6th May          Australia & Denmark         Source: Yahoo Aus/aap
Centrebet sale not affected by online ruling-source
 




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