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Online Casino News - November, 2009

November 23, 2009 - Getting the Most out of Online Gambling News

November 23, 2009 - Online Gambling Community Gearing up for EGR Awards

November 23, 2009 - Few and Far Between Online Blackjack Tournaments

November 22, 2009 - 1 Million Reels BC Hottest Online Slot at Rival Gaming

Not much of a debate at all, actually, two leading gaming analysts from Oppenheimer and Height Analytics appeared on CNBC's popular financial news program, "Closing Bell", and agreed it was not a matter of if online gambling gets regulated in the U.S., but rather, when online gambling is embraced by land-based casino operators and liberalizes the online sector...

November 22, 2009 - Treasure Nile Paying Out at Microgaming Online Casinos

Although you won't get any showgirls and Vegas action like you did in Miss Congeniality 2: Armed and Fabulous, you will apparently get all warmed up watching Sandra Bullocks new film that has some people talking about a possible Oscar nomination...

November 21, 2009 - CNBC's "Closing Bell" Debate's U.S. Online Gambling

Providing backend behavioral analysis software designed to prevent fraud and detect abnormal human player activity, Featurespace Ltd. - a startup software engineering firm founded by Cambridge University fellows - is now helping online skill gaming site, King.com, detect online gambling bots...

November 20, 2009 - No Vegas in Sandra Bullock's New Film The Blind Side

It's been a long run for Golden Casino, who took up lots of the slack when Golden Palace Casino, Microgaming and other top online casino software providers and licensees dropped out of the U.S. market. Come December 1, 2009, Golden Casino will do the same, but will still permit current U.S. players to keep their accounts open and in good standing...

November 19, 2009 - Golden Casino to Cease Accepting New U.S. Players

It may very well be a long shot, but the fact of the matter is that Flordia lawmakers are reviewing report findings that show the regulation of online poker in the Sunshine State will generate $90 million in usable tax dollars in just three years, thus giving a strong boost to an recession prone State economy...

November 18, 2009 - Talks to Regulate Online Poker in Florida Show for $90M

It truly is no exaggeration to say that Crazy Slots Casino is offering some crazy promos, including a long running welcome bonus giving away 100% up to $777 Free on the first deposit (a total of $12,500 Free over the course of fifteen deposits), as well as a packed slots tournament schedule guaranteeing nearly $400,000 in monthly prize awards...

November 18, 2009 - Mobile Online Casino Game, Mega Moolah, Launched

Spin3 has come out with another mobile casino game, this time replicating Microgaming's wildly popular Mega Moolah progressive video slot, which currently has a cumulative progressive jackpot worth $1.3 million, only to reach record-breaking heights with increase traffic via iPhones and Google's new Android...

November 17, 2009 - eCOGRA Training Courses in High Demand

It's one thing when an online casino operator makes a good faith action to become certified by eCOGRA, yet to attend training courses aimed at preventing problem gambling and implementing eCOGRA's best practice standards beyond what is required is simply the height of responsible gaming and moral social driven business practices...

November 16, 2009 - Virtue Fusion Bingo Software Signs With Rank Group

OCS has published a new guide on selecting the top free play casino bonus offers, including our top picks of the best offers currently available and information about free play bonus terms and conditions, as well as how to gauge if T&C's make claiming a bonus worthwhile to begin with...

November 16, 2009 - Top Five Online Casino Games Revealed at All Slots

The results of polling are in, and wouldn't you know it that four out of the top five casino games preferred by players at All Slots are bonus video slots. Some players may even be surprised that all five games were not slots, thus begging the question, what other game could possibly be more popular than a slot?

November 15, 2009 - Online Casino Review: Silver Dollar Casino Six Shooter

The latest online casino to grace the reviews pages here at OCS is EHGV's Silver Dollar, which is offering a Six Shooter bonus consisting of a $5 no-deposit bonus, 100% up to $550 on the first deposit, and up to $400 free on the second and third deposits each, a free slots tournament entry and 10,000 free comp points...

November 15, 2009 - Online Gaming Industry to Get Fresh Advertising Lyceum

Under the creative guidance of renowned advertising consultants, Wholemeal Brains, leading press release and events coordinator for the iGaming industry, Lyceum Media, is expanding services to include fresh advertising for gaming clients across several media outlets...

November 14, 2009 - NeoGames Showcases Success of Disco Keno

Expanding NeoGames portfolio of online scratch-off tickets to over fifty, Disco Keno is now available at leading scratch-off sites like Scratch2Cash, and according to a NeoGames press release, is already proving to be a big hit with players...

November 14, 2009 - Cryptologic Software Posts 3rd Quarter Results

Cutting back net losses by half from the same time period last year (now at $3.4 million), and showing steady growth in branded online casino game revenue - with more game rollouts expected before 2010 - Cryptologic's business strategy for helping the former U.S. facing software licensor get back on track appears to be working...

November 13, 2009 - Online Gambling Affiliate Programs Cleaned up by GAU

The Gambling Affiliates Union was launched earlier this month with 100 members already in the ranks and and expected 1,000 more recruited in six months time. Aimed at providing legal arbitration services for affiliates illegally ousted by online casinos and affiliate programs, the GAU is already underway conducting polls inquiring about the boycott of three suspect affiliate programs...

November 12, 2009 - Dual Thanksgiving Online Casino Slots Tournaments

Between two online slot tournaments offered at two popular U.S. facing, Vegas Technology powered online casino networks, $250,000 is being guaranteed in tournament winnings. One tournament has been underway all month, while the other is kicking off tomorrow morning...

November 12, 2009 - Vacation Holiday Giveaways at Gone Bingo UK

One player will win a 1,000 vacation voucher for two and four others will take home 500 vouchers as part of Gone Bingo UK's Holiday Giveaways promotion, which essentially rewards those players who make the most real money wagers on Christmas Eve.

November 11, 2009 - World Poker Tour Party Gaming Deal Finalized

Announced back in August, a deal between Party Gaming and World Poker Tour Enterprises, in which Party Gaming will acquire all of WPT's assets for $12.3 million plus a 5% revenue sharing scheme of $3 million minimum, has officially been sealed...

November 10, 2009 - Poland's PM has an Axe to Grind With Online Casinos

Shortly following a lobbying scandal with land-based gambling interests - unearthed by "Operation Blackjack" and commencing with the resignations of four high office Polish authorities, including the Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Sport, Poland's unpopular PM Donald Tusk says he will be reforming legislation to ban all forms of gambling outside of land-based casinos...

November 9, 2009 - Online Sports Betting Kingpin Sentenced to Four Years

For BetOnSports founder, David Kaplan, even a hideout in the Dominican Republic wasn't good enough to keep U.S. authorities from finding and extraditing him back to his homeland, where he was recently sentenced to four years and some change, and hit with a $50 reparation fee...

November 8, 2009 - Club USA Online Casino Hosts $10K Crack-the-Code

It's the easiest way to win $10,000, albeit you are going to need some great luck on your side. If you are looking to do some online gambling this weekend, Club USA Casino is making it worth your time by giving out free entries to their $10K Sweepstakes for every deposit, plus deposit coupon bonuses...

November 6, 2009 - Fire Pay "Pay's Up" to New York State D.A. $19.2 Million

Even though FirePay ceased allowing New Yorkers to process bets with their popular eWallet service after the UIGEA was passed into law, the U.S. District Attorney for the Southern District of New York, was successful at waging prosecution threats for $19.2 billion worth of bets made between 2004 and 2006...

November 4, 2009 - Online Casino Review: Slots Galore Casino About Slots

Slots Galore Casino is one of the newest U.S. facing online casinos powered by Vegas Technology to hit the internet with a bang, now offering over $12,500 in consecutive bonuses, that yes, can be used to wager at the 100+ slot machines offered on a free download at Slots Galore...

November 2, 2009 - Online Casino Review: Pure Vegas Casino Under the Knife

Pure Vegas Casino is the latest RTG powered casino to be reviewed and listed here at Online Casino Suite. Not just another virtual spin on Las Vegas, Pure Vegas Casino has some very serious promotions that only Vegas itself could dream up...

November 2, 2009 - OnlineCasinoSuite Newsletter Highlights the Month of Oct

October was not the busiest month all year, yet it nonetheless was time well spent for a few lucky gamblers taking home hundreds of thousands in tournament winnings and progressive jackpots...


News of the Month...Who would have thought that after nearly four years the UIGEA has still not gone into effect. And even though this will change come December 1, 2009, financial analysts predict that business will go on as usual. Precisely, approximately $100 billion worth of business, which is approximately what American's spend each year gambling online...

America's UIGEA Online Gambling Ban to go in "Effect" December 1, 2009

Considering the Unlawful Internet Gambling Enforcement Act was passed back in 2005, it seems somewhat surprising that it still has not gone into effect. But then again, if you consider all of the flaws in the legislation, not to mention the burdens it places on the financial industry, you might say the UIGEA has never really been an "effective" piece of legislation to begin with. Nonetheless, the UIGEA is actually supposed to go into law in just one month. December 1, 2009 is basically the deadline that banks have to begin enforcing the law. In other words, come December 1st, banks are required to cease processing transactions used for online gambling. Well, I take that back. Not just online gambling, but certain forms of online gambling. A carve-out ridden piece of legislation (the UIGEA allows for horse racing bets and fantasy sports), this is precisely why online casino gamblers and poker players need not worry about being denied their online gambling fix. The American Banking Association (whose members represent something like 95% of banks in the U.S.), have long been saying it will be nigh impossible to police and identify all of the transactions used for online gambling purposes, and that placing this burden on the private financial sector is unfair and unrealistic. And never mind the fact that online casinos have found inventive ways to securely process transactions, while simultaneously bypassing any red tape. Certainly, the UIGEA has been a major nuisance to many a top-tier online gambling business - but, that's how it goes...for now.  The reality is that it probably won't be long before the UIGEA gets overturned with legislation to tax and regulate online gambling - even if it's just for online poker. Reports now show that regulating online poker in the U.S. would generate nearly $42 billion in taxes over the next decade - and you can rest assured these numbers have caught the attention of the U.S. Congress, sixty members of which have already signed on to support the Safe and Secure Internet Gambling Initiative, which reports that Americans gamble nearly $100 billion a year on the internet.

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