Gambling News

It’s rare for a day to pass without something significant happening in the gambling industry. Acquisitions, takeovers, partnerships, sales figures, tech breakthroughs – no matter how hectic the Monday morning or how the Sunday afternoon, you can bet that something significant is happening somewhere in the wagering world.

Whether it’s a new game launch, a company hook-up, a major online casino story or a key development in the world of poker, you’ll read about it on the CasinoUK news page.

To illustrate the breadth of our news beat, the past months have seen us cover stories as diverse as the role poker ace Tony Bloom played in resurrecting the fortunes of Brighton and Hove Albion to the problems major betting firms such as Ladbrokes and William Hill have been experiencing in Australia.

We at CasinoUK were also quick to spot that there was a poker angle to United Airlines’ horrific mistreatment of card sharp David Dao – the unfortunate doctor finished third in a World Series of Poker event in Mississippi in 2009. And given how often celebrity and gambling rub shoulders these days, our stories have showcased the likes of Cristiano Ronaldo, Tiger Woods and Kevin Hart.

Looking ahead, significant stories seem set to break in the US where 2017 is likely to be the year in which the country either fully embraces online betting or rejects it for the foreseeable future. As for on the other side on the Atlantic, Britain’s imminent withdrawal from the European Union has the attention of everyone in the wagering world. Indeed, it’s a story so big that CasinoUK conducted its own in-depth Brexit investigation, asking key industry figures such as Gibraltar Chief Minister Fabian Picardo and the UK Gambling Commission’s Sarah Harrison where they believe Britain is heading.

And as Brexit touches all corners of the gambling world – from licensing and legislation to technology and employment – so does the CasinoUK news page. A new hiring, an unexpected firing, the newest poker millionaire, the latest bankruptcy – all gambling life is here.

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Social Gaming – the Future of UK Gambling?

British citizens who enjoy online gaming have consistently been better off than their counterparts in other countries (particularly the United States). Most forms of online gaming are available through legally operated, corporate domestic entities. Not only that, but tax laws are significantly more accommodating to British gamblers than to those in most other parts of the world. […]

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UK Bookmakers Criticised for New Betting Machine Measures

As pressures mount across the U.K. for the gaming industry to confront the problem of addictive gaming behaviours at the betting machine, criticism arises over new practises geared to increase awareness. Critics claim the measures are too conservative, while the Association of British Bookmakers (ABB) believe that their measures are key to success. The policy […]

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Are Gambling Laws Generating More Fees for Poker Players?

Popular online poker room PokerStars has recently edited its terms of service to include a new currency fee. Any financial transactions made with currencies unsupported by the website will be subject to a 2.5 percent charge. Supported currencies (British pounds, euros, U.S. dollars and Canadian dollars) remain unaffected. Eric Hollreiser, PokerStars head of corporate communications, […]

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EU Court Makes Poker Less “Taxing” for Italian Players

The European Union Court of Justice (CJEU) ruled earlier this week that Italian professional poker players will no longer have to pay income tax on winnings earned at tournaments in other EU countries. Professional players Pier Paolo Fabretti and Cristiano Blanco were both targeted by the Italian government for their inter-EU winnings. Under current Italian […]

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First iGaming Bitcoin Conference Hopes to Ease Fears

Some day, online gamblers could put away their credit cards and use a radically different method of payment. That, at least, is the hope of the promoters of the upcoming Bitcoin4iGaming conference, who want to demystify the use of bitcoins and similar digital currencies. The one-day conference, expected to attract 200 attendees from the online […]

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Sweden Sued By EU Commission Over Online Gambling Laws

On Thursday, Oct. 16, 2014, the European Union (EU) Commission initiated legal proceedings against the nation of Sweden due to its perceived failure to adequately change its rules governing both online betting and poker games. The EU Commission maintains that this failure is a breach of the free movement of those types of services for […]

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U.K. Gambling Act Challenge Rejected by Royal Courts

This past Friday, the Royal Courts of Justice in London rejected a challenge issued by the Gibraltar Betting and Gambling Association (GBGA) against the U.K. Gambling Act 2014. The act requires all remote online gambling operators to acquire a licence with the U.K. Gambling Commission. Operators would also have to pay a 15 percent point-of-consumption […]

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