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Jowell May Change UK Gambling Bill

International News Brief: Culture secretary Tessa Jowell has signalled a possible retreat over the controversial Gambling Bill on the eve of a crucial vote in Parliament.

UK Bookies Profit Off of US Elections

International News Brief: British bookmakers and betting exchanges are set to take almost £20 million worth of trades on the contest between George W Bush and John Kerry by the time the US Presidential election results come in on Tuesday night.

Sportingbet Acquires

Sportingbet Plc reports the acquisition of, a leader in the fast-growing online poker sector, creating the first global online poker, sports betting and casino operator.

UK Culture Minister Insists Gambling Bill has Support

International News Brief: The controversial gambling bill has the support of the whole government, culture minister Lord McIntosh insisted today as the first sign of a backbench rebellion grew.

Blair Urged to Cut Casino Plan

International News Brief: The United Kingdom government may scale back plans for U.S.-style super-casinos after some lawmakers in the ruling Labour Party joined the opposition in demanding changes to proposed legislation.

Mikohn CasinoLink Expands in Latvia

Mikohn Europe B.V. a wholly-owned subsidiary of Mikohn Gaming Corporation has signed a key CasinoLink contract with DLV Firma Latvia.

InterCasino Launches New Gaming Software

InterCasino has just launched the most sophisticated gaming software platform now available on the Internet.

Online Site Threatened with Kiddie Porn

International News Brief: Online betting site Blue Square has been attacked by criminals threatening to e-mail out child pornography in its name unless it pays 7000 euros.

Blair: 'Casinos Will Bring Jobs'

International News Brief: Allowing dozens of casinos to be built in the UK would bring multi-million pound investment and thousands of jobs to deprived areas, Tony Blair has said.

Online Gambling Companies Consider IPOs

International News Brief: iGlobalMedia and Cassava Enterprises, two of the world’s biggest internet gambling companies, are considering initial public offerings in London.

Public Rejects Blair's Casino Plans

International News Brief: A majority of voters, especially women, are opposed to the government's plans to allow a new generation of mega-casinos to open in Britain, according to a Guardian/ICM poll published today.

Bingo Gets Upgraded To First Class launches first turbo-driven bingo game online.

World Famous Tomb Raider Licensed By Microgaming

Microgaming has licensed the Tomb Raider brand from Eidos, one of the world’s leading developers and publishers of entertainment software.

Paddy Power to Offer Online Poker

International News Brief: Bookmaker Paddy Power is set to offer online poker as part of the company's expansion of its internet activities which are becoming increasingly profitable for the Irish company.

Blair's Fundraiser Met with MGM Mirage

International News Brief: Tony Blair’s chief fundraiser met a high-ranking executive of the MGM Mirage weeks before the government published plans to allow Las Vegas-style casinos in Britain.

Jowell Defends New Laws

International News Brief: Plans to liberalise Britain's laws on gambling have been defended by Culture Secretary Tessa Jowell.

Blair: Gambling Bill Will Protect Children

International News Brief: Tony Blair today defended the government's controversial gambling bill, denying that it would open the way to a massive expansion in the number of casinos and insisting that it would provide improved regulation and 'better protection for children'.

UK Betting Sites Attacked

International News Brief: Two top British betting sites have been hit by distributed denial of service attacks this week.

UK Councils Want More Gambling Power

International News Brief: The Local Government Association, which represents local authorities in England, wants more work done on the new gambling bill and greater powers to contol gambling in their communities.

UK Gambling Stocks Tumble

International News Brief: Punters cashed in their UK gambling stocks yesterday as traders worried about the impact of gaming legislation.

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