2015-02-23

NEW JERSEY INTROS SELF-EXCLUSION REGISTER FOR ONLINE SECTOR



The New Jersey Division of Gaming Enforcement (DGE) has introduced a self-exclusion register for the internet sector in line with its responsible gambling strategy.

Punters wishing to self-exclude themselves from New Jersey online gaming can register through the Divisions website at njdge.org or via njportal.com/DGE/selfexclusion.

Individuals are required to answer a series of questions to prove their identity and must choose between a 1 year or 5 year self-exclusion term as part of the registration process.

The creation of an online registry simplifies a previously cumbersome process where individuals had to create an account with one of the licensed internet gaming websites or apply in person at a DGE office or New Jersey racetrack.

Terrestrial self-exclusion registration still needs to be completed in person, however, the authority said.

The Division of Gaming Enforcement has one of the most comprehensive responsible gaming programs in the country, said David Rebuck, DGE director. We strive to be innovative and remain at the forefront of Internet gaming regulation while giving individuals options to play online responsibly, or opt out if that is the right choice for them.

The initiative is a partnership between the State of New Jersey and the New Jersey Information Division of NICUSA, the official eGovernment partner of the State of New Jersey.

The Division is very sensitive to the issues of responsible gaming, Rebuck added. We understand that while gambling is fun and a form of entertainment for most people, it can result in serious addiction for some individuals.

The Division is confident that proper technical solutions are in place to allow patrons to engage in Internet gaming responsibly.

Licensed operators in the New Jersey internet gaming sector are also bound to a $250 000 annual fee that is specifically utilised by compulsive gambling programs in the State.




2015-02-23

SCIENTIFIC GAMES WINS LONG RUNNING PATENT INFRINGEMENT SUIT



Scientific Games Corporation-owned Bally Technologies, Inc (formerly SHFL Entertainment) has won a dismissal of a patent infringement lawsuit brought against it by Table Max dating back to 2009.

Bally Technologies challenged the validity of Table Maxs U.S. Patent Nos. 5,688,174, 6,921,337, 7,201,661 and 7,575,512 which related to devices and methods for electronic table games.




2015-02-23

WILL HILL AUSTRALIAN SPORTINGBET BUSINESS TO REBRAND



William Hill will officially rebrand its Sportingbet.com.au operation as William Hill in the Australian market this week followed by Centrebet and TomWaterhouse in the near future.

Existing Sportingbet clients will be migrated to new local website William Hill.com.au.

This is the exciting first step towards merging three Australian betting brands into one highly regarded, international brand, said Tom Waterhouse, chief executive officer of William Hill Australia. Placing all of our assets behind one brand will allow us to provide our customers with the best possible wagering experience and more diverse betting opportunities.

William Hill has a rich history in betting on racing and sports, and the brand will enable us to leverage decades of global wagering expertise and understanding to help us establish the best possible product for punters in Australia.




2015-02-23

MANITOBAS NOVELTY BETTING PIQUES INTEREST



BC Lotteries Corps online Play Now website is getting a fair amount of U.S. media attention with its recently introduced novelty betting offer in Manitoba and British Columbia.

"It's meant to capitalize and bring that entertainment factor to more casual people that wouldn't normally wager on something like a regular sports bet," Chris Fairclough, senior communications officer with B.C. Lotteries Corp. told the Winnipeg Free Press.

Fairclough spoke about B.C. Lotteries Corps regulated offer as opposed to punters placing bets on unlicensed operators websites saying: These are sites that aren't legal in Canada but people play on them anyway. Instead of going the prohibition route and trying to shut all those places down, we're offering a product that is safe and secure and gives back to the people and repatriates the money. So if you are placing this type of wager, you're doing so in a safe, secure environment.

"Would you rather your money go back to paying for education and health care or would you rather it go to pay for someone's yacht in the Caribbean? We'll leave that to the players to decide."




2015-02-23

POLICE CLAMP DOWN ON ICC WORLD CUP BETTING IN INDIA



Indias Police in the provincial capital of Punjab have reportedly arrested over 15 bookmakers in a crackdown across the city, saying action would continue against illegal bookmakers and gamblers.

Laptops, telephones and registers were confiscated in the raids.

In related news, Bangalores Central Crime Branch arrested Muneer Pasha and Sadiq Pasha for allegedly taking bets on the cricket match between India and South Africa seizing Rs. 34 000 in cash, seven mobile phones and a laptop.

Abhishek Goel, deputy commissioner of Police revealed that the men were involved in an inter-State gambling racket where they collected bets on behalf of a Rajasthan-based bookmaker only identified as Rajesh.