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Williams Interactive portfolio available through Bwin.party

Williams Interactive LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Scientific Games Corporation, is to provide its vast library of authentic Las Vegas-style slot games to many of the gaming sites run by Bwin.party digital entertainment. Williams Interactive will integrate its Remote Game Server into the Bwin.party platform, providing players on sites run on the Bwin.party gaming platform with access to slot …

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Osage offers ‘promotional play’ via GameAccount

GameAccount Network plc,  developer and supplier of enterprise-level B2B gaming software and online gaming content, has agreed a partnership with Osage Casinos to launch a ‘promotional play’ online casino. Osage Casinos is owned by the Osage Nation, and comprises 7 casino properties in the State of Oklahoma. GameAccount Network formed a strategic partnership with Konami Gaming, Inc., in January 2014 …

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Online gaming ban will create US black market

U.S. Senator Robert Menendez has condemned the new bill introduced in the US which would effectively ban all forms of online gaming.  The “Restoration of America’s Wire Act” was introduced earlier this week in both houses of Congress by South Carolina Republican Senator Lindsey Graham and Representative Jason Chaffetz, a Republican from Utah. The Act would restore the long-standing interpretation …

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Morgan Stanley Lowers US igaming estimates

Investment bank and corporate financiers Morgan Stanley lowered its estimate of the U.S. Internet gambling market on Tuesday to $3.5 billion by 2017, down from a previous forecast of $5 billion. The Wall Street firm cited worse-than-expected technical issues in its projection, but said it’s optimistic about the new industry’s long-term prospects. It forecast an $8 billion market by 2020, …

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States’ poker focus too blinkered

SBC affiliate correspondent Marc Pedersen reports from the iGaming North America show at Planet Hollywood in Las Vegas. I’ve only been out at the iGaming North America conference for one day, but already I’m getting a good feel for how the market is setting itself with regards to the opening up on online gaming. While there is lots of media …

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‘Impossible’ task of finding a new Ralph Topping

William Hill chairman Gareth Davies has described the task of finding a like-for-like replacement for CEO Ralph Topping as ‘impossible’. With Topping looking to take retirement next year, it has fallen to Davies to head up the search for his successor and it is something that he ‘really goes to town on’. Speaking with CITY AM, Davies said that Topping …

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BetExpert.me Launches with Expert Betting Predictions

New sports prediction service –  BetExpert.me is offering 50 sport predictions per month. Besides that, the service offers at least 1 sport pick per day from professional team of experts for free. BetExpert.me offers hand-picked predictions for nearly all major sports. Sports predictions and tips come from professional handicappers with years of experience who combine insight and research to put the information clients …

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NTP amplification DDoS attacks on the up

Prolexic Technologies, an expert in Distributed Denial of Service (DDoS) protection services, has issued a high alert threat advisory on NTP amplification DDoS attacks. This attack method has surged in popularity this year, fuelled by the availability of new DDoS toolkits that make it simple to generate high-bandwidth, high-volume DDoS attacks against online targets. A Network Time Protocol (NTP) Amplification …

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Topping targets international diversification

Ralph Topping may have his sights set on retirement next year, but he is still setting targets for his company for long after he has left. The William Hill CEO told investors last week that the bookmaker should see 35-40% of its revenues come from its international operations by the end of 2017/beginning of 2018. International operations current supply 15% …

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US business boosts Sportech

Sportech chief executive Ian Penrose said that the company remains ‘well positioned for future growth’ in the US market and that the company has entered 2014 with confidence. Penrose made the statement during Sportech’s preliminary results for the year in which revenue grew slightly to £110.3m, as did EBITDA to £26.0m, although adjusted profit before tax was slightly down to …

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