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January 13, 2011

Microgaming Online Gambling for Android Phones

android-open.jpgYou've been able to download all kinds of casino games to your Android smart phone for a while now, but you haven't been able to play online for money. That's about to change as microgaming will be coming to the Android.

Betway is the first Microgaming operator to offer its games to Android users. The games are currently available at mobile.betway.com, and are available to play for real money and for play money. In coming months, a number of Microgaming's existing Spin3 games will also be made available for download on Android phones.
via Online Casino Pro
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June 4, 2010

New Jersey Lawmakers Open to More Online Casinos

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Yeah - it's about time people realized the online gambling space and money is just being sent overseas where we could all benefit from the money and tax revenue here in the US.

New Jersey lawmakers are considering a measure that would allow Garden State residents to make online bets on Atlantic City's casino games. Senate Wagering and Tourism Committee Chairman Jim Whelan says more than 500,000 people in New Jersey already play poker on the Internet.

“This is an attempt to regulate what is already taking place in the state,” says Whelan, “generate some revenues for the state, and do it through the Atlantic City casinos so that hopefully they will be able to have some profit by it.”

Via WHYY

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July 3, 2008

Confused about the Legality of Online Gambling in the US?

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No need to worry. Gambling Planet has word of a website called USA Online Gambling devoted solely to shedding some light on the murky legal waters of america's online gambling scene.

The website has been established to inform US players of their continued ability to enjoy playing poker, blackjack, slots, and other games of chance on the Internet. The website describes how the law works and why it is still possible to gamble online, listing poker rooms, sportsbooks and USA microgaming online casinos that are still accepting US players.

Thanks Gambling Planet for giving everyone the heads up! And thanks US Online Gambling for helping to clarify things!

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April 13, 2007

Someone with A Degree does Some Digging on the Second LIfe Gambling Issue

We were perusing the Terra Nova blog, to see if we could get more info on this whole Second Life Virtual Casino thing, and we were rewarded with a link to this rather thoughtful analysis of the Unlawful Internet Gaming Enforcement Act, and how it may in fact pertain to such venues as Second Life.

Here's a snippet to whet your appetite:

Does UIGEA apply to Second Life's casinos? It's possible - and here's why:

To begin, UIGEA prohibits gambling businesses from accepting credit cards, checks, or other bank instruments from American gamblers who illegally bet over the Internet.

Is it thus illegal, under U.S. anti-gambling statutes, for Second Life casino operators to accept bets placed with Linden dollars? The answer is probably yes. The relevant statutes cover circumstances in which not currency, but simply "something of value," is wagered. And Linden dollars have "value" because they are convertible into U.S. dollars.


In other news, it seems that Massachusetts Congressmen Barney Frank is lining up to defend Internet Gambling, and even seek a repeal of the recent law in as soon as two weeks!

U.S. Rep. Barney Frank stated that he will present a bill within two weeks to repeal the Unlawful Internet Gambling Enforcement Act (UIGEA), but will need much more time to gain support for the bill and would not seek a carve out for online poker.

"I think a reconsideration among my colleagues is beginning," he said to European reporters in Belgium during his overseas visit this week. "It's not far enough along yet so I wouldn't move the bill but I plan to introduce the bill and if the storm of public unhappiness is great enough, I will try to substantially revise that ban."

Read the rest of THAT story over at Poker Pages News

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April 11, 2007

When is a Casino... Not a Casino? Virtual Gambling in Second Life

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While Online Casinos have been given the official boot here in the United States, an interesting question arises around another concept: casinos (and gambling) within other legal forms of online gaming. There are "games" that have such degrees of freedom for their users, that they allow nearly anything to happen. Anything like say... an online casino.

A massively multi player online game that has been around for some time now, called Second Life, is one such environment. The basic premise of this "game", is that there is no "game" at all. It is in effect, a virtual world where members can own properly, create goods and services, and all with the understanding that anything they create in the world belongs to them, and not the game's publisher or creator. Second Life is a bit different in that regard, as most online games make it clear via user agreements, that players have no rights, nor ownership of anything within game worlds. Second Life also adds some complication because they purposely peg their in-game currency (The Linden) to the US Dollar. This provides a legal, and surprisingly liquid market where REAL currency and VIRTUAL currency can change. (To us, this is starting to sound like Firepay and its brethren..eh?)

Read More after the Bump

ArrowContinue reading: "When is a Casino... Not a Casino? Virtual Gambling in Second Life"

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December 6, 2006

Sands to Start Online Gaming

The Casino City Times had this article about the Sands stepping into online gaming:

"Las Vegas Sands Corp. will venture into the world of online gambling through a partnership with fledgling wireless-gaming device provider Cantor Gaming.

The casino operator announced Monday it will offer its gaming property brands -- Venetian, Sands, Palazzo and Paiza -- to an online casino site targeted toward gamblers in the United Kingdom. Cantor, an affiliate of New York-based financial services company Cantor Fitzgerald, will manage the site, which would be licensed out of Alderney in the British Channel Islands.

Both Las Vegas Sands and Cantor Gaming said safeguards would be built into the site so that wagers from U.S. citizens would not be accepted.

Financial terms were not announced, but sources familiar with online gambling said the companies would likely share any revenues the Web site generates. The yet-to-be-named Internet site is expected to launched by the middle of next year. "

Sadly, it sounds like its all for the UK. Perhaps with the new congress, we can get our internet gaming back. In the meantime, the UK gamers will certainly enjoy the potential of what the Sands can bring.

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November 11, 2006

Casino Snob Holiday Buying Guide

The holidays are fast approaching, and that means is a chance for us to bring the world of Casinos into a loved one's life! We've got a handle on the holidays and some great ideas for gifts you can get even the most difficult to buy for on your list. So grab that holiday list, and prepare to shop till you drop as we present to you the Casino Snob Holiday Buying Guide!

Theres one thing a casino snob loves, and thats playing anytime, anywhere. Check out these home-casino items that would look great jammed in an oversize stocking, or wrapped up for giving!

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We begin with a selection of Felt Tops. These are sure to warm the heart of any home gamer. And if you're a regular reader of the site, you may even be able to win a few from the house when they host their first game. And what could be nicer in the holidays than taking it from the house.
Here we have a Caribbean Stud Poker felt top. The opposite side also has a Texas Hold'Em trainer, though we've never had use for that side.

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For those who prefer the Blackjack world, we can reccommend this Black Jack Felt Top. Its got all you need to hit or stay from the comfort of your parlor. Does anyone even have a parlor anymore?

Baccarat At Home!
As we've discussed before, Baccarat is so easy, even a drunken monkey can play it. And the best part is, folks think its sophisticated, so help them look like the coolest gamers around, and get them this Baccarat Mat.


Craps Layout
And of course, what home casino would be complete without a sweet craps setup. You're loved one can shoot the bones all night, and if you're extra nice, you can play the stick person.

So, you get the felt tops all right, but what about the other accessories they'll need? No problem. Here is a set of essentials that every home gamer will want.


Kem
First and foremost, any card game will need cards. And the best cards around are Kem cards. A solid set of Kem Cards will last you for a very very long time. They are more expensive than regular cards, and thats because of the quality of them. We've raved about these cards before, and we stick by 'em.


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Now that you have picked up the cards, you may want to also pick up an 6 deck shoe. This will help you deal those cards in the slickest way possible. Its ideal for blackjack dealing, but its also handy for any card-dealing game your loved one may want to play. The kids even like to play go fish with it.

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That may take care of the card players, but what about those craps accessories? Not to worry!
First off, we have the dice themselves. Now sure, any dice will do in a craps game. But if you want to let your casino snob show their casino style, then you have no choice but to get some profesional craps dice. You can grab a small set of five, or if you have a whole army of snobs (or one really forgetful one), you can pony up and get the brick of 400!

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And now that you have all those dice, you'l want to get your snob the wooden bowl to hold them in! This bowl looks attractive on the table, and helps keep the spare dice separate from the dice that are in play.


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Finally for that craps lovin' casino snob, the best of all craps accessories, the stick. They can run around and beat things like its a riding crop, or they can just handle the dice like a pro, and keep their home game cooking into the wee hours. And because size DOES matter (the size of the table silly!) you can choose from a selection of sticks including 24, 30, 36, 42, and 48. For the record, we reccommend the 42, but only because its the answer to life, the universe and everything.

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But what if your snob's thing is slots? No worries! You can start with a sweet selection of slot machines. They range in price, and style. Included in this group are the Welcome to Las Vegas Skill Stop SLOT Machine, the Fru Full Skill Stop SLOT Machine, and the God Game Skill Stop SLOT Machine. You can even get a personalized version of the Welcome to Las Vegas model! Throw in a pack of tokens for your skill slot machine, and your slot lovin snob is as happy as a pig in mud!


Video Poker Machine
If they are someone you REALLY like. And if they do have just everything, then why not give them the real deal. This is a multi game video poker and slot machine. Just imagine your snob and their pals huddled around this baby cheering on as the bings abd boops whail on. Hmm.. Now that we think about it.You may want to get a set of earmuffs while you're at it, so you can sleep at night.


If you still need more ideas, why not check out the following articles. They have some books that may interest your casino snob, and help them improve their game when they head to the casino for fun.

All About Blackjack
All About Baccarat
All About Craps
How to Win at Hold'Em
Discoveries in Blackjack


We hope we've set you on the right track for your holiday gift giving extravaganza. If you are looking for other gift ideas, you can always browse the rest of the blogpire, listen to our podcast, and see what other ideas spring to mind!

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November 8, 2006

Our Favorite Free Online Casino Gaming

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Are you bored right now?

If so, then why not do what we do... play casino games! But you can't get to a casino just now? No Problem! We have found a site that has very fun and very well done casino games, all for fun! This casino has a fun play area that has some of the best gaming we've seen online.

Click the link below. Choose "Fun Play". Sign in as a guest (or register), and you can play:

Slingo
Baccarat
Blackjack
Craps
Hi-Lo
Pai Gow Poker
Red Dog
Roulette
Slots
Video Poker
Texas Hold 'Em
A series of "Quick Play" games
and Puzzles!

WOW! What more can you need to pas your time!

Now.. if you need us, we'll be rollin' the bones and prayin' for hard ways!

Santa Ana Star Casino Fun Play

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November 7, 2006

October Wrap Up

Lean back in your easy chair and buckle that safety belt. Its time for the Casino Snob October Wrap up!

Blogpire News
We had more podcasts this past month. If you havent heard them yet, you can listen to yours truly, and Jay Brewer wax rhapsodic about all the blogpire has to offer.

Blogpire Podcast - Liquor Snob - All The News that's Fit to Drink 10.24.06

BlogPire Podcast - Autumnal Festival Episode - Fun Fall Products 10.09.06


Casino Snob Book Club
We kicked off a new category with a look at the perennial casino book: Bringing Down The House. Its a fine read, and you should deffinitely check it out.


Casino Style
There were a couple of Casino Cocktail Fridays. We sipped on a Tequila with Let it Ride and we had a frothy cold one while we played the slots.

We had some smart advice from Jack Colton to never wear sunglasses in those night clubs.

And finally in style, we took a great look at Old Blue Eyes himself, Frank Sinatra, and took an overview of the best of the Vegas Music CDs of that classic crooner.


Casinos
The Battle of Connecticut began, with our look at the two big casinos in CT, Foxwoods and Mohegan Sun. The battle still rages on, and we're excited to see round 2, but for now you can check out the Tale of the Tape.

We found out about the Casino And Gaming Fund and how you can bet on the house.

And finally we learned a little about Kevin Costner's Casino Adventures, and why Nevada may be getting a little more smoke free.


Entertainment
THe big news was of course our look at all the stuff going on for Halloween in Vegas. We are thinking that next year we will have to schedule a trip there for just the week of Halloween, as nowhere else can we slide on our Marilyn Manson costume and potentially win twenty thousand dollars.


News

Playboy made a big swing early in the month by opening up its new playboy club at the Palms.

We also covered a funny and crazy bank heist that looked like Ocean's Eleven.

But all that sex, crime, and rock and roll could not outshine the big bomb of October, the online gambling ban within the US. We are still dealing with the reprocussions, which have included places freezing accounts, buyouts, and mergers galore.

Yes, it was a wild October, and we're excited to see what happens next as we head into the Holidays.

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October 31, 2006

Proving Misery Loves Company

Whats a poor online gambling site to do with the loss of so much US revenue? Why merger of course!

Two of the biggest victims of laws banning internet gambling in the United States were today said to be in talks regarding a £ 1.6bn merger.

Party Poker owner PartyGaming and 888 Holdings have reportedly held preliminary discussions about combining their pool of online players, which has been drastically reduced by the removal of the American market.

Shares in PartyGaming have slumped 70% and 888 Holdings by 24% in the weeks since a ban on American gaming was announced. PartyGaming, which until recently was listed in the FTSE 100 Index, generated around 75% of its annual revenues from the United States, while 888 had half its business in the country.

Experts are braced for a round of consolidation in the sector, particularly from big players looking at rivals with a strong European or Asian presence.

More at This is Money

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October 16, 2006

Safe Bet?

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VegasPoker 274 (which appears to be nowhere near Vegas) issued a statement on Friday indicating that they intend to continue to service US players.

VegasPoker247 is pleased to announce that it's business as usual. VegasPoker247 issued the following statement today via Poker Room Manager Nick Powers:

"VegasPoker247 is pleased to assure poker players around the world that they will continue to be welcome to play on our site. VegasPoker247 is completely confident that we will be able to continue offering our US customers the very best, safest and most secure online poker experience available on the internet, including the fastest deposit and payout solutions. All new and existing VegasPoker247.com customers should feel 100% confident when playing at our tables.

"VegasPoker247 wants to remind its customers that the Safe Ports Act passed by the US Congress on September 30th neither prohibits nor makes it illegal for any US customer to transact with VegsPoker247.com. Because of this, we see no reason why our relationship with US players should change. VegasPoker247 continues to run as always. We look forward to serving our current customers and to welcoming any new players who want to play at our site.

"All player's funds are completely secure and we are exploring every available depositing options with our existing payment processors. We believe they will remain unaffected by this law and will continue to operate without interference. The US Congress has no control over the international banking systems that many of our payment providers operate within.

"We will continue to update our customers as the situation develops. In the meantime we encourage our customers to continue to enjoy their experiences at VegasPoker247. We want our customers to know that our exclusive promotions will run as promised. We look forward to serving our customers and look forward to continued growth in the coming years."

-- From the Casino City Times


It is deffinitely interesting watching as various parties decide wether or not they will still cater to US patrons. I don't know if we are ready to put our money back in just yet. We feel that the place still needs to shake down for a month or two.

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October 12, 2006

PokerStars Punches Back

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This article from News.com says it all:


PokerStars, the world's second-biggest Internet poker firm, said on Thursday that a looming U.S. ban on online gaming would not apply to poker, as it is a game of skill, and its business would continue as usual.

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The bill defines gambling as the act of staking something of value on "a sporting event or a game subject to chance" and is expected to be signed into law by President George W. Bush on Friday.

"These provisions do not alter the U.S. legal situation with respect to online poker," privately-owned PokerStars said in a statement.

"Our business continues as before, open to players worldwide including the U.S.," it added. "You may play on our site as you did prior to the act."

The stance contrasts with that taken by rival PartyGaming the owner of the biggest online poker site PartyPoker, which last week said the act made it "practically impossible" to provide poker for money to U.S. players.

PokerStars said: "It is important to emphasize that the act does not in any way prohibit you from playing online poker. PokerStars believes that poker is a game of skill."

Its a bold move, and we KNOW it will end in one giant messy litigation. But in the meantime, will any financial firms do business with the site? And until that litigation materializes, will PokerStars use the time to become an even bigger powerhouse than it already is?

So... much...to watch...

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So Was it All Just Hot Air?

More on the whole Internet Gambling Act from one of our favorite news sites, the Casino City Times

The Senate bill approved in Congress last weekend restricting Internet gambling had some local poker players cashing out their online accounts, calling their attorneys and blabbing less about their online play.

In Las Vegas, home to poker pros and businesses that cater to the offshore operators of Web casinos, players had grown complacent with their view that poker is a game of skill that isn't subject to U.S. gambling laws that address games of luck. Others say online poker is legal - or that if it isn't explicitly legal, it's not made illegal under the federal Wire Act, which was a law designed to outlaw Mafia-run sports betting telephone operations that predate the Internet.

Both the complacency and the overreaction that followed have been off the mark.

For Internet poker to truly become legit in the United States and evolve from an offshore enterprise to a business that U.S. gaming companies can participate in, casinos need to mount a legal challenge to the Wire Act or pass legislation in Congress to legalize Internet gambling. The odds are better on the former, though some shift in power away from religious conservatives who have dominated the Internet gambling debate could help legislative efforts.

The bill, like the Wire Act, doesn't criminalize players for gambling online. It applies criminal and civil penalties to institutions such as banks, credit card companies and online cash deposit services that process the bets. It also allows state and federal regulators to shut down Web casinos and halt methods of linking to those sites, including Internet ads and portals.

It's uncertain how actively regulators will pursue such efforts or whether foreign companies will bow to U.S. law enforcement.

The risk for bettors is that their favorite gambling site and payment processor might get spooked by the rules and block access. While there are repercussions for publicly traded companies abroad that don't return players' money, smaller, little-regulated sites could theoretically take the money and run.

Players can rest easy with the feds. The FBI has not shown any desire to arrest gamblers in their homes, nor would the Justice Department have the time or resources to pursue that course of action. The same holds true in Nevada, one of few states that prohibit players and operators from engaging in online gambling. State regulators haven't licensed Internet operators so as not to run afoul of the feds. Busting people who gamble on offshore sites, they say, is outside the state's jurisdiction and a federal concern.


Reading this, makes two things clear. First, the average online player seems to be in the clear with respect to playing on sites that are run offshore, though the risk to a sudden loss of assets will always remain. Second, it seems like the whole thing was just alot of political maneuvering in an election year.

We will certainly still remain cautious, and would advise our readers to do the same, but maybe this bill was more bark then bite.

-- Update: 10/12/06
With Online Accounts like Firepay closing their doors to online gambling payments, maybe the bite *is* sharp!

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Deffinitely Time to Cash Out

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Since this whole Unlawful Internet Gambling Enforcement Act (or UGEA), many folks have been waiting to see what exactly the fallout would be. Some wondered if the methods they already used, like using a third party intermediary to handle the financial transactions, would still hold up.

Well, we have received a notice from one of our Firepay Accounts, that Firepay would be complying with this new law. Firepay is one of the more popular third party payment options, and this deffinitely tells us that anyone out there with money in any online casino accounts, should evacuate while the evacuating is good.

On September 30, 2006, the United States Congress passed the Unlawful Internet Gambling Enforcement Act of 2006.

Once President Bush approves the Act. FirePay (www. firepay.com) will no longer allow US consumer payments for online gambling merchants.

* Beginning the day President Bush signs the Act, FirePay will decline any purchase transactions from US FirePay account holders at any gambling merchant site.
* Ten days after President Bush signs the Act, FirePay will decline any transfer attempt made by any online gambling merchant to a US FirePay account.

All US FirePay accounts holders will continue to be able to make purchases and receive payments from non-gambling, online merchants, as well as "Deposit From" and "Withdraw To" their US bank account.

Click here for the latest news and opportunities for FirePay account holders..

** Please note:

1. This new policy will not affect FirePay account holders from outside of the United States
2. For any questions regarding these deadlines or policy, please email info@firepay.com


Sincerely,
FirePay
info@firepay.com

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