The Las Vegas downtown legendary hotel-casino El Cortez will offer online poker in Nevada in an agreement with Ultimate Poker. Ultimate Poker will manage and offer all operations for the online poker room while the historic hotel-casino El Cortez will marketing the service for its clients in the United States.USA players can deposit online and play online poker and withdraw winnings from the El Cortez casino cage. Now, Ultimate Poker is offering its online poker services for 20 properties in Nevada
"By combining the online accessibility of Ultimate Poker with the classic Vegas feel of the El Cortez, we're giving new and existing players a different way to experience the game of poker," El Cortez executive vice president Alexandra Epstein said in a press statement.
Ultimate Poker is part of Fertitta Interactive and the Station Casinos, owned by Fertitta brothers who also run the famous Mixed martial arts tournament Ultimate Fighting Championship.El Cortez Las Vegas
is a landmark in downtown Las Vegas, a holdover from Las Vegas' mob days.
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South Point Las Vegas wagering appSouth Point Hotel Casino Las Vegas launches sports betting app - USA licensed online gambling
South Point Hotel Casino Las Vegas launched its sports betting app and join the growing list of Las Vegas licensed operators allowed to run online gambling within the Nevada borders. South Point is the fourth to come online in Nevada along with Cantor Gaming, William Hill, and Station Casino.
NV Sports App is similar in terms of design to William Hill's app. The free to download sports betting app shows some limited availability in its debut because punters wishing to place bets late of night should visit South Point.
Though this limitation, the app offers punters the chance to place a variety of bets including straight bets, parlay bets, round robins, and teasers, and to keep your betting information is available, the app offers important reports such as review open bets, account history, lists of player injuries and game results.
"Our guests have the possibility to place their sports bets from home, while at South Point at dinner or at the bar. By adding this new mobile betting application to our sportsbooks offerings, we can showcase a new method of placing bets to sports fans throughout Nevada." said Ryan Growney, manager of South Point.
William Hill betting app at SLS Las Vegas CasinoWilliam Hill betting app at SLS Las Vegas Casino - USA licensed online gambling
The USA division of William Hill, William Hill Sportsbook and Racebook will have its sports betting app available for patrons at the new SLS Las Vegas Hotel and Casino that is set to open its doors next year.
SLS Las Vegas Hotel and Casino partnership with William Hill Sportsbook and Racebook will allow bettors to enjoy a full sports wagering solution including the betting app in a mobile platform, video wall for live sports and odds and an automated inPlay sports wagering system.
SLS Las Vegas Hotel and Casino is a brand new development on Strip Blvd. over the last 3 years.
"SBE and the SLS brand are rooted in a commitment to innovation throughout every layer of our business and William Hill shares that commitment as well. Together we’ll create a sports wagering experience that’s best in class for the market and takes the traditional sportsbook model to a whole new level.", said Rob Oseland, President of SLS Las Vegas Hotel & Casino.
"We are delighted to be partnering with sbe as they create a new Strip experience with SLS Las Vegas. As we move toward opening next year, we look forward to working with them to create a world-class sports book environment.", said Joe Asher, CEO of William Hill US.
UFC Lorenzo Fertitta interview: online poker in USAUFC Lorenzo Fertitta interview: online poker in USA with Ultimate Poker
Lorenzo Fertitta was in the program "In the Loop" on Bloomberg and revealed some details about why UFC entered the online poker market in the USA.
The millions of male fans of Ultimate Fighting Club and also the million-dollar advertisement inquiries from big online poker rooms were some of the reasons that UFC decided to start their own online poker business in the United States.
The UFC audience is mostly men interested also in poker and fitness products, so the Ultimate Fighting Championship expanded its business reach launching a hundred gyms and now their own online poker room licensed in Nevada.
UFC has received constantly advertisement inquires from online poker companies willing to spend millions of dollars to promote their poker websites to the UFC audience. UFC was forced to refuse all these inquiries due to the US online poker legal constraints.
Now, Nevada has online poker legalization and Ultimate Poker was the very first USA online poker site allowed to operate within state borders through Ultimate Gaming company.
In the interview, Lorenzo Fertitta also said UFC is ready to enter the New Jersey online gambling market as soon as the licensing and regulation are implemented in November this year.
Google - online gambling marketGoogle could enter the lucrative online gambling market in United States
Rumours have been heard that Google could be bidding for an online gambling group. In the newspapers, the rumor is that Google is looking to acquire Bwin.Party Digital Entertainment and the result was the share price rising as soon the news was published.
Though this information was not confirmed, Google could be trying to acquire Bwin.Party group before November this year, which is the month expected to start running legal online gambling operations in New Jersey.
Bwin.Party is one of the groups waiting for a license to operate online gambling in New Jersey through a partnership with Boyd Gaming and MGM Resorts under the Borgata and Party Poker brands.
The interesting side of this history is that Google was one of the first search engines to ban online gambling advertisements, and now (many years after this decision) should be interested in a share of this multi-billionaire industry.
Wyoming lottery linking to gambling sitesWyoming lottery linking to gambling sites - scratch tickets and video lottery offered by South Dakota lottery
Some states appears to be losing market and revenues to its neighbouring states. In this case, scratch tickets and video lottery are within the games offered by South Dakota lottery.
Both games are prohibited in the state of Wyoming, but in an attempt to boost revenues the Wyoming lottery site is linking to online casinos, online lotteries and poker websites.
"Wyoming law specifically prohibits scratch tickets and video lottery, which are two of the three-game categories offered by the South Dakota Lottery.
But the Wyoming lottery’s Internet site (http://www.wyominglottery.com/) currently shows links to other forms of online gambling including poker, blackjack and lotto offerings from other states and internationally."
South Dakota lottery told a newspaper that is launching even more scratch ticket games and also will increase the payouts on these games.
USA Video game company to online gamblingUSA Video game company to online gambling - Zumba Fitness, Nintendo Wii and Xbox games was developed by Majesco
The famous USA video game developer Majesco Entertainment, is entering the US online gambling emerging market being noticeable in online gambling events, media and some recent acquisitions.
The video game company already acquired Orid Media, a social casino games developer, and Pariplay, an online casino operator licensed in the Isle of Man. These 2 steps will direct Majesco Entertainment to the social gaming market.
Majesco Entertainment is famous for products like Zumba Fitness and other console games sold to Nintendo Wii and Xbox 360. In the second quarter of 2012, the company revenue was $27 million, and 87% of this amount was regarding video games sold to Nintendo and Xbox.
In 2013, the sales declined to only $7 million in the same period.
"We’re going to register for a license and if someone was licensed in New Jersey and operated a casino, we could provide content services to them.
The big players in the casino business and lottery business, you could try to muscle it out with them and take their position. The other way to go about it is that now they’re facing this transition for internet gaming, they need partners with expertise. That’s where we see possibilities.", said Michael Vesey - CFO Majesco.
"I am incredibly excited about this opportunity in the fast-growing online gaming market. During this transition year in console gaming, we have been actively exploring emerging growth opportunities in the social media and online casino gaming industry to supplement our existing business.", said CEO - Jesse Sutton
Majesco Entertainment already tried to enter the social game market in past, with a studio opened in Massachusetts in 2012, with a development team to work on games for Facebook. The operation shut down in January 2013.
At this time, Majesco has Orid and Pariplay to push their plans to enter the sector and also the investment of $4.5 million in both acquired companies.
"In terms of video games, what they’re investing for this new venture would cover only a percentage of what they would pay to develop another console game," he said consultant Scott Steinberg.
Cheyenne and Arapaho tribes - Oklahoma internet gamblingCheyenne and Arapaho tribes - Oklahoma internet gambling
Two Oklahoma tribes, Cheyenne and Arapaho, was on the Obama Administration in talks to a solution for a pact with the state of Oklahoma to approve online gambling from their native lands.
Cheyenne and Arapaho tribes already signed a deal with Oklahoma state which allowed the tribes to operate real money online gambling sites to punters worldwide.
In this agreement, the Oklahoma state will get 20% of the revenue generated by the online gambling websites. According to Janice Prairie-Chief Boswell, the federal government should accept the deal made within Oklahoma state and the tribes.
"This is an innovative plan that benefits everyone involved. It’s the definition of the win-win. There is no reason for the federal government to intervene in what should be a matter between the tribe and the state. We hope that the Obama Administration allows this process to proceed, which will show that all tribes can get a fair chance in Washington." said Cheyenne and Arapaho Gov. Janice Prairie-Chief Boswell.
"The Oklahoma Indian Gaming Association looks forward to assisting our member tribes as they are joining a rapidly changing and developing international gaming industry. Worldwide projections show the annual marketplace to be at 30 billion dollars. This is the next step in generating much needed revenue for Oklahoma Tribes and the State of Oklahoma," said Brian Foster, chairman of the Association.
The tribes now are advertising and supporting the pact to be approved for the federal government.
New online poker in Nevada soonA new online poker in Nevada soon - South Point Real Gaming or Caesars WSOP
The next real money online poker room to be launched in Nevada can be Caesars WSOP with a partnership with 888 OR South Point with its proprietary poker software at Real Gaming.com .
The land based casino South Point is licensed to operate real money gambling in Nevada and it's working on final adjustments to launch their activity. Prior to the big launch, South Point is working on registering punters and validating them. Punters visiting Nevada from other states are also welcome to register as real players.
South Point was one of the first companies to get its license to operate real money poker site in Nevada but due their proprietary software development faced some delay, they lost the "first to market chance" to Ultimate Poker operated by Station Casinos.
Caesars WSOP is also open to punter sign-up and is expected be launched this summer.
Anyway, until September we should see new websites offering real money gambling within Nevada.
South Point Las Vegas real money online pokerSouth Point Las Vegas real money online poker in Nevada
With the huge success of Ultimate Poker and the scheduled date for the very first real money online poker tournament announced by WSOP . COM , South Point Hotel Casino Las Vegas could be the third real money poker website to launch its activity within Nevada borders.
South Point Hotel Casino Las Vegas granted a license in August 2012 and since then has been working in their proprietary online poker software. The company was set to launch its online activity first in 2012, and now it's expected to do it late this year.
Last year, South Point Las Vegas was operating a free play poker website for some time, using Zen Entertainment software and have been working in some marketing campaigns for clients registration to antecipate their real money poker debut.
The real money poker will not be powered by Zen.
SHFL Entertainment acquired by Bally TechSHFL Entertainment acquired by Bally Technologies
Bally Technologies, Inc. (Bally) bought SHFL Entertainment for $1.3 Billion and will acquire all SHFL share for the price of $23.25 in cash, including the debt of $8 million.
Bally Technologies, Inc. produces casino games for online and land based casinos and have been present in interesting deals to offer its casino games to online casinos in Europe.
Bally informed that this merger will help the company to increase its presence in key-markets including Asia.
"United, we become a larger, stronger organization that we believe will best position the company for future growth. Equally important, we share a common vision to build the industry's leading supplier based on delivering superior products, solutions and services to customers around the world.", said Gavin Isaacs, SHFL.
"The transformational acquisition of SHFL – which joins two high-caliber, talented and creative teams - will further enhance our ability to deliver future growth and serve our customers," said Ramesh Srinivasan."SHFL's intellectual property, renowned brands and industry-leading suite of diverse, high-performance products will enable us to offer an unparalleled offering of gaming products and services, which – when combined with our content, technology, operational capabilities and respective geographic footprints – will provide the most comprehensive product portfolio offered around the world."
Full Tilt Poker to offer casino gamesFull Tilt Poker to offer casino games - online casino gambling within Full Tilt Poker
The re-branding at Full Tilt Poker will not be too much, but it could include some casino gambling activity, expanding their business offering casino games.
The activity of Full Tilt Poker was in bad raputation in the past, so this change could make sense to outrun the bad reputation acquired under the previous owners.
Full Tilt Poker is now owned by Pokerstars-Rational Group.
Full Tilt Poker don't announced which software providers will be responsible for the casino games.
The company commented in a statement about this upgrade :
"While adding new games, we remain committed to building our leadership in poker with PokerStars and Full Tilt Poker and continuing to deliver the highest quality poker experience to players.
These new games on Full Tilt will provide more gaming options with the same high quality player experience, integrity, security, safety and support that players have come to expect from our brands. PokerStars will continue to offer a poker-only experience."
USA sports bettingUSA sports betting - check the numbers of this multi billion dollar market
NBC explored the huge USA sports betting market and the numbers are really on heights. Check below some interesting numbers of sports betting action in the United States:
* $3.2 billion was wagered in sports bets in Las Vegas casinos in 2011 - $1.34 billion or 41 percent was handled just for football.
* $98.9 million in bets at Nevada casinos on Super Bowl XLVII. Nevada sports books profits was $7.2 million on 2013’s game, after paying out the winner bettors.
* More than $8 billion is wagered every year on the Super Bowl alone ( 200 million bettors worldwide is the projected number )
* Between $60-70 billion is illegally wagered on college football.
* Thirty-three million Americans participate in fantasy football. $1.18 billion changes hands between players through pools each year.
* Between $30-40 billion is illegally wagered on Major League Baseball each year.
* $2.5 billion is illegally wagered annually on the three-week March Madness post-season tournament each year.
* As much as 25 percent of illegal wagers placed on college basketball games each year comes during March Madness, according to CNBC.
* Sports book operators estimate $80 million to $90 million - less than 4 percent of the illegal take - is wagered on the NCAA tournament legally through Nevada’s 216 sports books, again according to the American Gaming Association.
* One in 10 Americans play March Madness brackets according the data-processing website, Wager Solutions.com.
Communities for California CardroomsBally Technologies signs with William Hill - Bally will provide online casino games for online casino WillHill
Communities for California Cardrooms is an association to unite card rooms in California and debate about the how online poker should be structured in this state.
The CCC association has already 88 cardrooms registered and have the role of safeguard the interests of cardrooms as the legal internet poker is getting closer in California.
Before CCC, many of cardrooms was in deal with tribal groups in a free play poker website called CalShark.
The CCC association is the voice and guard of all cardrooms in California to the online poker legalisation measures and interests within the state.
Bally Technologies games at William HillBally Technologies signs with William Hill - Bally will provide online casino games for online casino WillHillBALLY CASINO GAMES WILL BE AVAILABLE AT WILLIAM WILL ONLINE CASINO
Bally Technologies, the USA online and land based casino games provider, has already signed with Mecca Bingo early this year, and now announced a new European deal, this time with the giant William Hill to provide online slot content.
Very soon, Bally casino games will be available for all William Hill gamblers.
"We are happy to partner with Bally to offer its games to William Hill customers online. Bally's innovative games have been successful in land-based casinos around the world and we are certain our players will enjoy them.", said James Curwen, head of gaming operations for William Hill.
Bally Technologies' Interactive is the division of Bally Technologies for online casino games development, providing casino games powered by Bally's to online casinos.
- William Hill review
Pokerstars partnership with Los Angeles cardroomPokerstars partnership with Los Angeles cardroom The Gardens
The Gardens, a prestigious cardroom in Los Angeles part of Hawaiian Gardens Casino Resort, should be in talks for a partnership with Pokerstars. This The Gardens - Pokerstars partnership can give PokerStars a bridgehead in any Californian intrastate legalised internet poker market that may evolve.
Though Poker Stars are now in peace with US Department of Justice, there should be some obstacles in the intrastate legalisation measures presently working their way through the California lawmaking system.
All Atlantic City casinos want online gamblingAll Atlantic City casinos want online gambling
The applications deadline was last June and simply all twelve land based casinos in Atlantic City filled the form to start operating online gambling sites which can be seen online by the end of 2013.
The potential revenue for Atlantic City online gambling market is expected from $500 million to $1 billion yearly.
The Borgata and MGM Resorts are in the list of brick and mortar casinos that have plans to partner up with online gambling providers.
"For applicants that meet this filing deadline, the Division will be in a position to determine if they can commence Internet gaming operations by the go-live date," Spengler told the Reuters news agency.
The law to regulate and license online gambling website was signed early this year, following important moves in Nevada and Delaware.
All regulated companies should keep their servers based in Atlantic City and online gambling providers must sign partnerships with companies and operators based in this state.
USA online gambling - Neteller is backNeteller back in the USA in partership with Bally Technologies
Neteller partnership with Bally will offer payment solutions to regulated online gambling customers in the US.
Optimal Payments plc, known as Neteller, will now offer its payment solution and related services with a partnership with gambling content and equipment supplier Bally Technologies.
Bally will integrate the Neteller payment plataform that can be used by all licensed operators in the US gambling market. The USA customers can use a range of options including credit card, debit card and electronic cheque (ACH).
"We are excited to partner with Optimal Payments to bring an integrated gaming and payments solution to our online gaming customers in the US.", stated John Connelly Bally VP.
"This partnership is part of our ongoing strategy to build a complete solution for the regulated US gaming market that will enable operators to bridge the land-based with online worlds," said Joel Leonoff, of Neteller.
Geocomply - licensed in NevadaGeocomply - license in Nevada to offer geolocation solution
The company GeoComply USA, Inc received the Nevada online poker Class II Nevada gaming licence after approved by Nevada Gaming Control Board and Nevada Gaming Commission.
GeoComply USA can now offer their geolocation solution to all online poker operators already approved in Nevada. Their next step is to be approved in New Jersey.
"We’re very excited to receive our license in Nevada and have the ability to offer Nevada operators our accurate, user-friendly and secure geolocation solutions. It’s a big step in our continued commitment to the evolving North American i-gaming market." stated GeoComply CEO Anna Sainsbury.
888 deal with Kambi Sports Solutions888 deal with Kambi Sports Solutions to integrate sportsbook solution
The deal between 888 and Kambi Sports Solutions is a strategy to expand the 888 exposure into regulated markets, offering a variety of gambling products and mobile gambling.
Kambi Sports Solutions will provide sportsbook at 888sport and will be fully integrated with other 888 gambling channels such as casino, poker, bingo and sports.
"By partnering with Kambi we will be aligning our sport platform with the rest of our offering, enabling us to increase our footprint while delivering a best-of-breed product to our players." stated Itai Frieberger, chief operating officer of 888 Holdings
VISA credit card preparing for USA gambling marketVISA credit card preparing for USA gambling market
After many years with their merchant code 7995 (gambling) blocked to avoid the use of VISA credit card in online gambling transactions, this year we have seen some important moves in this financial services along some US states legalizations.
Nevada, New Jersey and Delaware are already legalised and ten other states are on process looking to legalize online gambling this year.
This makes the giant credit card operator back to work in offer its services to USA gamblers.
In a recent circular, VISA credit card informed to interested parties that there are some online gambling transactions that can be legally processed by their system.
Maybe it's too early... or not, but major credit cards are undoubtedly with an eye in the USA online gambling market and should be back to accept both deposits and withdrawals in a near future.
Aristocrat Technologies approved by Nevada Gaming CommissionAristocrat Technologies approved by Nevada Gaming Commission
Aristocrat Technologies is the brand new company to explore the online poker market in Nevada.
The Aussie company Aristocrat Technologies with Pinnacle Entertainment and GambleID, just got their approval to operate in Nevada. Aristocrat Technologies produces gambling equipments and games and with this approval, will start working to provide interactive gambling equipment, games developments and services to online poker operators already approved by Nevada Gaming Commission.
William Hill - Downtown Grand Casino Las VegasWilliam Hill deal with Downtown Grand Casino Las Vegas to offer sportsbook betting app
William Hill announced a new deal in past weeks with the Downtown Grand Casino Hotel in Las Vegas which is scheduled to open its doors in September this year.
The deal is based on sportsbook operation inside the new land based casino in Las Vegas. William Hill will provide an interactive sportsbook through iPhone, iPad and Android-enabled devices at Downtown Grand Casino Hotel in Las Vegas. Gamblers will get an app with William Hill sports betting system to use inside the Downtown Grand Casino Hotel in Las Vegas.
The deal between William Hill and Fifth Street Gaming will increase the exposure of the British online and land based gambling group in the US.
- William Hill review
USA poker website updatedUSA poker website updated - Americas Cardroom Launches Completely Redesigned Online Poker Software, Dramatically Improves Playing Experience.
Americas Cardroom Launches Completely Redesigned Online Poker Software, Dramatically Improves Playing Experience.
US-facing Internet poker site Americas Cardroom has completely revamped, enhanced, and re-energized its online poker software. The online poker site today released a major software update, complete with a slew of new features that puts Americas Cardroom in a class of its own.
"We've been working really hard on our latest update and we're excited by everything that's included," stated Americas Cardroom spokesperson Michael Harris. "In speaking with our players over the years at all the land-based events we attend, like the Punta Cana Poker Classic and the LSOP, we've listened to their feedback and are responding with an update that fulfills virtually every request we've received."
Players will notice a completely redesigned poker experience. Navigation is smoother and easier. Text and content within the poker client is improved for easier understanding. And the entire experience has been rejigged to help players get in the game faster.
But it's not just about great looks and improved navigation. The new Americas Cardroom online poker software brings to the table a number of features that really change the experience for the better. Highlights of the changes include:
• Addition of Ring Game filters
• Radically redesigned table, with new notifications and animations
• All new tournament lobby and SNG lobby
• Sit-out enhancements that enable players to sit out on one table or all tables
• Relocation of promotions, casino, and sports tabs
• Changes in the tournament states improving tournament navigation
• And more
The new software is now available for download. Existing players will be prompted to update the software the next time they launch the Americas Cardroom software on their PC. New players will be able to download the software directly from Americas Cardroom website.
William Hill and Downtown Grand Casino Las VegasWilliam Hill and Downtown Grand Casino Las Vegas - race track and sportsbook by William Hill brand
William Hill continues to grow its visibility within USA gamblers. A few weeks ago we reported a deal between William Hill and Monmouth Park racetrack in New Jersey
and today the brand new is about Downtown Grand Casino in Las Vegas.
The new Las Vegas casino is set to be launched soon and William Hill have signed a long term partnership with Fifth Street Gaming, the company who manage Downtown Grand Casino Las Vegas.
William Hill will operate a branded race track and sportsbook with a customized entrance inside the Downtown Grand Casino Las Vegas. The new Las Vegas casino is expected to open its doors on September 2013.
"We are pleased to partner with Fifth Street Gaming and be a part of the Downtown 3rd Project. Downtown Las Vegas is undergoing an exciting transformation and Downtown Grand and other new businesses nearby will bring many new customers to the area.", said Joe Asher, chief executive officer of Las Vegas-based William Hill U.S.
- William Hill review
Ultimate Poker growth in NevadaUltimate Poker growth in Nevada - Ultimate Gaming, UFC poker website, Ultimate Fighting Championship poker website
Just in the first week operating its online poker website, reports are showing that Ultimate Poker is performing better than expected.
Ultimate Poker is the first legalised online poker website in the United States and it's doing a good business in the first weeks. The poker website is owned by Fertitta brothers of Station Casinos (Ultimate Gaming) and they got a 30 day to test the newly implemented online poker regulations in Nevada.
Since the launch day (Tuesday), Ultimate Poker have seen the traffic increase from 136 peak cash game players to 287 players on Sunday.
On the third day, Ultimate Poker dealt its 100,000th poker hand and they estimate that 10,000 players have played real money in the first week.
Some problems was found such as registration process with mobile phone players, downloading with Internet Explorer and with some Mobile and MAC app's. Those problems was already treated as an urgent matter.
Players can choose from 3 different categories at Ultimate Poker: Ring Games, Sit And Gos and Tournaments and players are able to choose any kind of table (stakes, buy-in, number of players, size of the pot, number of hands per hour and percentage of players who see the flop).
"We feel our technology is a major advantage. Ultimate Poker’s proprietary software is completely owned and operated by parent company Ultimate Gaming, allowing for continuous investment and product development," said Ultimate chief exec Tobin Prior.
- Online poker traffic climbed 0.5 percent last week, with gainers outnumbered losers 6-4.
- Overall, the market is down 18 percent from the same period in 2012.
- Merge Gaming Network player counts tumbling after the network apparently split in two on May 1st.
"Although network ring-fences are subject to change without notice, at the time of writing it appears that Carbon Poker and Aced are running on a completely separate network from PlayersOnly and Sportsbook. There is no overlap between the two segments in the cash game tables at any stakes." reports Pokerscout.
"Carbon Poker and Aced appear to have kept at least two-thirds of the players. After the split, Carbon player counts dropped by not quite 20 percent. The decline may be purely a result of losing the other network segment from the player pool, although a simultaneous rake increase may also be impacting player counts."
MGM Resort new online slot game myVEGAS appMGM Resort launched new online slot game at myVEGAS app
MGM Resort just launched a brand new themed slot game at myVEGAS app. myVEGAS have reached 3 million registered players.
PlayStudios myVEGAS has a new game which is a slot themed Siegfried & Roy’s Secret Garden and Dolphin Habitat at The Mirage Hotel & Casino joining other recently launched games such as Luxor God of Odds and a Jules Verne-inspired Around the World in 80 Plays, growing the games portfolio at myVEGAS app.
"Our audience has grown to over three million active players in recent months due to our focus on high quality gaming and bringing authentic branded experiences into myVEGAS. Mirage is the latest game to exemplify our team’s dedication to developing engaging experiences with leading luxury brands like The Mirage Hotel & Casino," said Andrew Pascal, founder, president and chief executive officer of PlayStudios.
"Siegfried & Roy’s Secret Garden and Dolphin Habitat at The Mirage is dedicated to awareness and conservation of rare species. By bringing this destination to life in myVEGAS, we’re able to further engage millions of players online with our property in a way that’s both entertaining and rewarding," added Tom Mikulich, Senior Vice President of Business Development at MGM Resorts International.
The new myVEGAS game is a 30 line slotwidth 3x5 reels and including bonus rounds which the player can collect extra points by playing a guessing game (Hi or Low numbers).
MGM is cautious on internet poker in NevadaMGM is cautious on internet poker in Nevada
MGM and other land based operators have granted a license to operate internet poker websites in both Nevada and New Jersey states... but MGM Resorts International is taking a cautious line on this, thinking the state is too small to provide a lucrative online market.
The group still undecided on whether to launch an online poker website in Nevada, as the state should be too small and the investment required to operate that space have to be studied.
"We have to make an assessment on the cost to operate that space. We haven't ruled it out, but we haven't given it a green light either. We're not going to be the first or a pioneer from the state's perspective.", said Dan D'Arrigo.
Reports show that Nevada is expected to generate only $50 million to $250 million in annual revenues while New Jersey is expected to generate $500 million to $1 billion yearly.
"Our preference is for something to be done at the federal level. We're focused on these state by state initiatives, but it makes (operating) more challenging and more complicated. The opportunities are different in each state. Hopefully states will compact with one another and that will create liquidity and critical mass.", said Dan D'Arrigo (MGM group's chief financial officer).
MGM and Boyd Gaming have business deals with online poker companies like Bwin.party to provide poker software and other gaming services across the US, including Nevada and New Jersey.
All American Poker Network and 888 - USA pokerAll American Poker Network and 888 - USA poker - first based in US online poker scene
All American Poker Network is the first subsidiary of 888 Holdings and will be the first USA based online poker website to operate in Nevada through 888 license.
888 Holdings and Avenue Capital Group joined forces and in addition to the 888 own portfolio of websites, Las Vegas land based casino Treasure Island will be the first to operate real money poker in the joint venture.
"This is the perfect deal for 888, providing the ideal platform through which to launch our business-to-customer brands into the US market, once regulated. The move completed our online strategy". said Brian Mattingley.
"The agreement sees a leading US financial institution backing one of the largest gaming platform operators in the world, joining forces to tackle a potentially huge market."
Las Vegas land based operator launches online pokerLas Vegas land based operator launches online poker - Stratosphere Casino Hotel & Tower, Aquarius Casino Resort, Arizona Charlies Boulder and Arizona Charlies Decatur
The parent group that operates Stratosphere Casino Hotel & Tower, Aquarius Casino Resort, Arizona Charlies Boulder and Arizona Charlies Decatur just launched a free to play online poker website growing the number of US land based casino operators interested in the online poker legalised.
At this time, players can get free show tickets, free entrances on Stratosphere atractions such as SkyJump, Big Shot, X-Scream, Insanity... players at acePlay Poker can also get free stays at any of American Casino & Entertainment properties within the state of Nevada.
The poker software used at acePlay Poker is powered by Ongame and was obtained through Bally Technologies.
"With the launch of this free to play website, we can now bring the excitement of play found at our properties to anyone with Internet access, no matter their location. We are also positioning ACEP and acePLAYpoker.com for the potential approval of legalized online gaming.", stated Alec Driscoll American Casino & Entertainment director of gaming development.
Virgin Games move to GamesysVirgin Games move to Gamesys with an eye on the US online gambling legalisation
Virgin Games will be operated by Gamesys in the end of January 2013. The Virgin Games move is certainly with an eye on the USA online gambling market.
Gamesys was founded by Noel Hayden, Robin Tombs, Andrew Dixon and a developer team in 2001 and operate online casino, bingo and poker in a network of affiliated gambling websites.
The famous website Jackpot Joy
is under their business portfolio.
Gamesys is running two websites in a partnership with the Las Vegas giant Harrahs Entertainment ( Caesars Casino
and Caesars Bingo
) and all this will help Virgin brand to enter the USA gambling scene once regulation begins.
The group now includes Gamesys Limited (software development), Mice and Dice Limited (marketing agency), Profitable Play Limited (UK player operation based in Gibraltar) and Leisure Spin Limited (international gaming operation also based in Gibraltar).
USA Billionaires in online gambling dealsUSA Billionaires in online gambling deals - online gambling legalisation in the United States are watched by US billionaire businessmen
Forbes magazine just published about the interest of some USA billionaires in enter the online gambling market. There are some business billionaires in the United States already with their projects ready to go, just waiting for the federal or state legalisations to take off.
- DONALD TRUMP
: the land based casino business personality already mentioned his interest in online gambling scene and has been in talk with 888.com as its possible business partner. ( read here
Donald Trump is just waiting for the USA legalisation to start off their online gambling business, and he is optimist with the legalised online gambling in the United States: "This has to happen because many other countries are doing it and like usual the U.S. is just missing out."
- STEVE WYNN
: the USA billionaire who owns Wynn Resorts in Las Vegas and Macau is supporting legalized online poker and was dealing with ZYNGA and Poker Stars to operate a real money poker website. Wynn already applied for a Nevada license.
. Not only Vegas and Macau, but Steve Wynn is also interested in New Jersey online casinos and would be studying the ways to establish a Wynn Resort Casino in New Jersey
- LEON BLACK, JOSHUA HARRIS and MARC ROWAN
: these US billionaires are from Apollo Global Management that holds $30 billion of the Caesars Entertainment group. Caesars Entertainment just granted its license to operate real money
online poker within Nevada borders and their online gambling division, Caesars Interactive is running real money gambling websites in the UK through a partnership with European online gambling operators.
- DAVID BONDERMAN
: his company, TGP, is supporting legalisation for online poker and also is part of the deal with Apollo Global Management and Caesars.
- LORENZO and FRANK FERTITTA
: the billionaire brothers are the name behind the mixed martial arts event UFC (Ultimate Fighting Championship). They have extensive interest in both online gambling and land based gambling. They have an interactive division who purchased an online poker software developer company. Though Fertitta brothers prefer a federal license, they have applied for an online poker license in Nevada while the federal license is not a reality. Through the UFC, they are promoting the Ultimate Poker which can be played in Facebook.
- STEVEN ROTH
: the real estate billionaire businessman is partner with Richard Branson
. Their company is US Digital Gaming has focous on software and marketing services in the online gambling industry.
- HERBERT SIMON
: involved with US Digital Gaming. He is a mall and sports team owner.
- SHELDON ADELSON
: the USA billionaire name behind the land based empire in Las Vegas and Macau (Sands Las Vegas - The Venetian Las Vegas, Palazzo Las Vegas, Venetian Macau...) . Though he said don`t have interest in developments, we should see some future move of Sands Las Vegas to online gambling.
Zynga will launch 2 gambling websitesZynga will launch 2 real money online gambling websites in the UK offering bingo and casino
Zynga will launch 2 real money gambling websites in the UK offering online bingo and online casino.
The US social game developer Zynga, in a partnership with Bwin.Party will launch 2 online gambling websites early in 2013. It's expected that the Zynga Plus Poker and Zynga Plus Casino will be launched in the UK very soon and punters are already seeing some publicity since last weeks.
Players interested in play at Zynga Plus Poker and Zynga Plus Casino can register their e-mails to be informed when the two websites kick off.
Caesars Entertainment approved for online poker in NevadaUSA Gambling - Caesars Entertainment was approved to operate real money online poker website in Nevada in partnership with 888 poker
Caesars Entertainment received its online poker license approval from Nevada Gaming Commission and now they can start to operate its intrastate online poker website.
Caesars Interactive is in partnership with 888.com which already is running real money online poker websites in the UK, Italy and France. 888.com is one of the largest online gambling operator in Europe.
In this partnership, both companies are engaged to promote World Series of Poker internationally.
"We want to thank the Commission for all their efforts throughout this process. There’s no doubt they do a thorough review and will ensure that Nevada is the best-regulated market for online poker. We look forward to the opportunity to serve Nevadans when we complete the necessary steps to do so.", said Seth Palansky from Caesars Interactive.
Now there are seventeen approved companies to operate online gambling in Nevada.
Playboy online casino to be launched soonPlayboy online casino to be launched soon - Playboy partnership with Amaya to offer online poker and online lottery games
Playboy will back to the online casino market and this time with a partnership with Amaya Gaming, an online gaming company based in Canada.
Playboy already operated an online casino a few years ago using Cryptologic casino software. Playboy online casino were promoted to european gamblers and was doing very well.
In this new partnership with Amaya Gaming, the new Playboy Online Casino should be launched in the first months of 2013. They will offer online poker and online lottery games.
Maybe this important step is also to guarantee a chance to enter in the US market and promote their brand new online casino to USA gamblers.
"The Playboy lifestyle is about indulging our passions, and we are focused on bringing content, products and experiences to consumers around the globe that define this lifestyle.
Gaming is an ideal fit with our strategy and we're delighted to partner with Amaya on this project, combining a leading global brand with a strong technology partner to offer what we believe will be exciting online gaming experiences.", said the CEO Scott Flanders.
"This is a giant global brand for Amaya to partner with online. We are extremely pleased that Playboy has chosen Amaya to help with their online strategy for both poker and lottery. With its tremendous online audience and boasting one of the highest unaided global awareness and social media user engagements of any brand, we're confident that our collaboration with Playboy will be a recipe for success and look forward to guiding them in their online endeavors." David Baazov, CEO of Amaya Gaming Group.
Caesars Entertainment near to get a Nevada licenseCaesars Entertainment near to get a Nevada license to run World Series of Poker website offering real money online poker in Nevada
Caesars Entertainment Corp. is near to have its online poker website WSOP licensed to operate in Nevada through Caesars Interactive Entertainment as Nevada Gaming Commission should award a license in the next weeks.
Caesars Interactive Entertainment will run the well known World Series of Poker brand website offering online poker to Nevada residents and this will be with a partnership with 888 Holdings LLC Plc as soon 888 group get their Nevada license.
"Once 888 is licensed, the intent is to go live in Nevada at that moment," said Mitch Garber, CEO of Caesars Interactive Entertainment.
It's expected Caesars Interactive Entertainment receive the license before the year-end.
US tribes interested in online gamblingUS tribes interested in online gambling - The White House Tribal Nations Conference
The White House Tribal Nations Conference was held last week and representatives of 566 tribes was attending to discuss policies and other issues.
One of the priorities on the tribal agenda is regarding the tribal gambling groups move to the online gambling scene. With a growing interest in the online gambling market from Nevada mega resorts and other companies the tribal interest in this sector is closely observed.
The White House Tribal Nations Conference can be seen as an opportunity to check the mood of USA federal government on the internet gambling .
News - online gambling in NevadaNews - online gambling in Nevada agenda with Caesars Interactive Entertainment , International Game Technology, Cantor Gaming
Last week, the online gambling on Nevada was discussed in a meeting with State Gaming Control Board which the agenda was various applications for a license to operate online gambling in Nevada.
Gambling firms such as Caesars Interactive Entertainment , International Game Technology, Cantor Gaming was covered.
Cantor Gaming license is for race book and sports pool while Caesars Interactive Entertainment is for their interactive gaming project.
888 real money poker on Facebook888 real money poker on Facebook - social network online gambling, 888poker offer real money poker on Facebook
888poker is one of the largest online poker operator on web and now they expanded its business opportunities starting to offer real money poker on Facebook in the UK (and to the rest of the world in a near future).
Following the steps of Bingo Friendzy, which was the first online bingo to offer real money gambling using Facebook plataform, 888poker is now present in the social network gambling scene.
"888 has long recognised the potential for social gaming. Our Facebook freemium [play for fun] offerings have found a significant audience, and we are very excited by the opportunity that real money gaming on Facebook provides.", stated Itai Freiberger, 888’s CEO.
Bally Technologies interested in 3G Studio - social media gamblingBally Technologies interested in 3G Studio - social media gambling
Some executives for Bally Technologies, one of the largest slot machine factory, visited the 3G Studio offices to maybe make a formal bid to acquire the video game company.
The plan for Bally Technologies acquire the video game developer 3G Studio is to combine online gambling, casino gaming and social media.
Bally Technologies don't have an immediate reply for 3G Studio, but there are other big names interested in the video game company which can be mentioned video game maker Activision Blizzard, slot-machine maker International Game Technology and video game giant Electronic Arts. All this names are potential buyers or partners for 3G Studio and a possible sale of this company can range between $60 million to $100 million.
Though this potential buyers or partners didn't commmented anything about the acquisition, early this month 3G Studio was reported making a $20 million investment to get ready for online gambling in the US
and applied to a real money online gambling in Nevada Gaming Commission to launch an online gambling website called SlotALot with casino operator Eldorado Hotels.
- Other slot machine factories moved to social gaming to start marketing to younger gamblers and enter in this lucrative market;
- US brick and mortar casino operators are teaming with online gambling software developers to get their online casinos in a market which is expected to get $10 billion in bets on the next years;
- The slot machine maker IGT paid $500 million in an agreement with DoubleDown Interactive which produces online casino games for Facebook;
- 85 countries have online gambling legalized and $35 billion is expected in bets every year;
- The slot machine and casino games factory WMS informed that will offer online gambling to terresterial casino operators;
- IGT and Bally Technologies have online gaming licenses in Nevada, and they can make partnerships to offer online gambling solutions to Las Vegas casinos enter the online gambling industry;
- Zynga applied to get a Nevada license to operate real money online poker. They have 34 million users registered and playing its free online games in Facebook.
"The social gaming business is up for grabs. I think we're in a space where we'll see deal activity, largely on the technology side. For casinos, social gaming content is king right now," said Carlo Santarelli, analyst with Deutsche Bank.
Zynga applied to real money online poker in NevadaZynga applied to run real money online poker in Nevada
The well-known free-to-play company Zynga has applied to get a license of Nevada Gaming Commission to operate their own real money online poker website in Nevada and in other states which allow and will allow in the future online gambling.
The real money poker website can take over a year to start receiving bets from US gamblers.
"Zynga has filed its Application for a Preliminary Finding of Suitability from the Nevada Gaming Control Board. This filing continues our strategic effort to enter regulated RMG markets in a prudent way. We anticipate that the process will take approximately 12 to 18 months to complete. As we’ve said previously, the broader U.S. market is an opportunity that’s further out on the horizon based on legislative developments, but we are preparing for a regulated market. We’ve also recently partnered with bwin.party to bring the highest quality real money gaming experiences to our UK players in the first half of 2013.", stated the Chief Revenue officer, Barry Cottle.
Hard Rock Casino Las Vegas and Treasure Island Casino Las Vegas - online gaming applicationHard Rock Casino Las Vegas and Treasure Island Casino Las Vegas - online gaming application
Two more hotels-casino submitted their application to Nevada Gaming Commission and if approved they will pay the $500,000 fee to get a license to operate online poker websites.
Hard Rock Hotel Casino and Treasure Island Hotel Casino are very known brick and mortar casinos in Las Vegas and now both want in on the online gaming scene.
The submission for a license to Hard Rock Hotel Casino Las Vegas was made through BREF Interactive Gaming LLC which is a subsidiary of parent company Brookfield Real Estate Financial. They will be in partnerships with software providers for the online poker software project.
They also will join other already approved groups by Nevada Gaming Commission in the case of secure application approval.
Trophy Vegas will offer real money social gamingTrophy Vegas will offer real money social gaming with Trophy Slots app on Facebook - real money casino at Facebook
The Facebook application Trophy Slots, operated by Trophy Vegas will start to offer real money casino play.
Trophy Slots has 10 popular slot game titles and its page has over 37,000 likes was launched in the first months of 2012.
Cash Ball Network will operate the new real money casino which the license is on Isle of Man (one of the accredited jurisdiction for licensed online casinos) since 2009.
The casino games offered at Trophy Vegas was developed by Microgaming, Next Gen Gaming and NYX.
"The addition of Trophy Vegas to our stable of online casinos brings an exciting prospect for Cash Ball to be involved with the emerging cross-over between social and online gaming. By utilising our proprietary monetisation and marketing platform, we have a unique opportunity to work with Trophy Slots to bring these two revenue streams together, while maximising player value and satisfaction across both channels.", said marketing manager for Cash Ball, Lousie Cary.
"We take player security extremely seriously and, as the line between social gaming and gambling brands blurs, we believe that proper regulation is more important than ever. Reputable gaming licences from jurisdictions such as the Isle of Man afford players the highest levels of protection.", said Trophy Slots from Throphy Vegas.
3G Studio - $20 million online gambling project in Nevada3G Studio - $20 million online gambling project in Nevada
The online gambling software and video game developer 3G Studio is working to be ready for the legalization of online gambling in both state or federal front and already invested over $20 million dollar in their online gambling project.
3G Studio has partnerships with casino operators to offer its complete online casino software suite including online poker.
The 3G Studio CEO, James Kosta, said at KTVN television that online poker legalization can be a fact of life in Nevada as soon as possible. With the agreement with Eldorado Casino, 3G Studio has already applied for an online poker license in Nevada.
In a recent interview at Gambling911 , James Kosta, CEO of Reno, Nevada based 3G Studio said :
"In terms of forming partnerships, what we really specialize in is the video games like ‘Rock Band’ and (we) always have a direct relationship with the customer.
We are best known for going after the 21 to 45 year-old audience. Typically casino operators really struggle with this market. The people come in, go party and leave. They (the casino operators) are not getting enough people engaged in gambling on the floor. So what we bring to the table is the relationship we have with this audience.The fact is that we are building games that are attractive to that audience.
We are interested in poker and games that become legal, like craps, but we are really less focused on the casino gambler that goes home and logs onto their computer. Whether gambling becomes federally legalized (online) or in other states, I just don’t see this happening. So what we are focused on is introducing social and arcade games that incorporate gambling and use rule sets that have been around for ten if not hundreds of years."
Nevada Gold and Casinos - social media online casino on FacebookNevada Gold and Casinos - social media online casino on Facebook
The brick-and-mortar casino operator Nevada Gold and Casinos signed a deal with the social gambling firm Traffic Generation from Gilbratar to offer online casino games on Facebook.
The Facebook application will feature both land-based and online slot machine games and Traffic Generation will manage the project including social media marketing and everything needed to get the project running and promoted.
Nevada Gold and Casinos will have their brand presence in online and international markets reaching the growing number of punters using Facebook around the globe. Nevada Gold and Casinos operates numerous brick-and-mortar casinos in Washington State and South Dakota and now is working to get its presence in the lucrative social media online gaming market.
"The Hub" is the social gaming proprietary software that will help land based casinos to enter the social media gaming world and the software will manage the whole thing on social environment including communities and players engagement.
"This is a great opportunity for us to be involved with a major land-based brand and we're confident about delivering excellent levels of player engagement and monetization across the existing Nevada Gold player base, whilst expanding their audience through Facebook.
"Traffic Generation's ability to deliver a full managed social gaming service is the perfect match for our online ambitions. Their extensive experience in community management and social marketing give us a great opportunity to reach out to our players through social gaming, thus increasing customer engagement and retention outside the physical environment of our properties." , said the Vice President Development and Operations for Nevada Gold and Casinos.