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Four more US states weigh up web gambling

You know the U.S. casino industry is hurting when the Bible Belt is willing to talk about online gaming. Three attempts to open conservative, Deep South Mississippi to the Web have been tried, all three have failed. But the pending shutdown of Harrah’s Tunica, the largest casino […]

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The Feds are coming, and Vegas is worried

So how does a country like China, which strictly limits currency exports, fuel a gambling boom that has seen its tiny territory of Macau emerge in less than a decade as the largest casino market in the world by far, in revenue terms the size of seven […]

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Horserace betting right, wrong

Horserace betting right, wrong By Warwick Bartlett In George Osborne’s budget speech he announced his intention to extend the horserace betting levy to offshore licensed bookmakers, to look at wider levy reform and at introducing a ‘racing right’ to support the sport. On hearing this, the rather […]

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Grey markets concern Gambling Commission

Grey markets concern Gambling Commission By Warwick Bartlett “In April 2012 it was reported that the UK Gambling Commission was in talks with its French counterpart ARJEL regarding a co-operation. When the UK – which as Minister of State Smith says has a “strong history of being […]

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Beware governments bearing tax changes

When a government brings in a new mechanism through which to tax an activity it is 100/1 on that it is for the government’s benefit rather than for the poor sap that has to pay it. Such has been the case with Machine Games Duty (MGD). MGD […]

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The Budget – where did it all go wrong for bookies? (part 2)

The Budget – where did it all go wrong for bookies? By Warwick Bartlett There is no doubt to my mind that the bookmakers are being punished. Bingo asked for 15% tax and got 10%. I believe that the message from Government is that bingo has behaved […]

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The Budget – where did it all go wrong for bookies?

The Budget – where did it all go wrong for bookies? By Warwick Bartlett At the KPMG Isle of Man e-gaming Summit last November I produced a chart that listed the various gambling tax increases that had taken place throughout the world since the onset of the […]

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California’s cards on the table for online poker

California’s politically powerful casino tribes have dropped their opposition to Internet gambling, raising the possibility that the country’s wealthiest and most populous state could be dealing real-money poker online by next year. Experts say the stars are aligning for several reasons: three states are now up and […]

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