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Online Poker Industry Grows

International News Brief: In the two years since online poker first tempted punters, the industry has grown from $100,000 in gross rake per day in January 2002 to between a staggering global $2 million and $2.5 million.

Betandwin Celebrates Millionth Customer

Betandwin Group breaks magic barrier and thanks customers with campaign of millions.

Hilton Unveils Blackpool Plans

International News Brief: Hotel giant Hilton hopes to take advantage of planned gambling law changes by building a £600m super casino and retail complex in Blackpool.

British Workers Gamble on the Truth

According to research, men will boast about their previous nights gaming activities to work colleagues, women feel their careers could be hampered if they admitted that they enjoy a flutter in their own time.

Stanley Leisure Lowers Annual Profit Forecast

nternational News Brief: Stanley Leisure cut its annual profit forecast because of unfavorable sports results that hurt the betting business and unpaid gaming debts.

Harrah's U.K. Venture Nixed

Harrah's Entertainment Inc. said Wednesday it has pulled out of a joint venture with U.K. bingo parlor operator Gala Group Ltd . to Host Tsunami Benefit Tournaments, one of the world's largest online poker sites, will host two poker tournaments this weekend to benefit the victims of the devastating tsunamis in Southeast Asia.

Stanley Leisure, William Hill Slide

International News Brief: Stanley Leisure Plc paced declines after cutting profit forecasts. William Hill Plc dropped 26 pence, or 4.5 percent, to 557 pence, the worst performer on the FTSE 100.

Genting Poised to Reap Benefits

International News Brief: The Genting group will celebrate its 40th anniversary this year on a high note as it is poised to reap the benefits of its expansion in Britain as well as the higher number of tourist arrivals anticipated at its hill resort.

Companies Compete for UK Casino Licenses

International News Brief: After the UK Government cut back on its plans to open up the gaming market, the bulldozers will be standing idle while companies instead go all-out to win the jackpot prize of a new operating license.

Elderly Warned of Lottery Scam

Secretary of Aging Nora Dowd Eisenhower today warned older Pennsylvanians to beware of an international lottery scam that adopts the name of Spain's largest lottery prize, ‘El Gordo.’

Scientific Games Acquires German Company

Scientific Games has completed the acquisition of all the outstanding shares of Printpool Honsel GmbH, the German company that is the instant ticket supplier to all of the sixteen lotteries in Germany.

Russian Gambling Chain Raises $45 Million

Ritzio Entertainment Group, which runs a gambling chain in Russia, said it raised $45 million to refinance existing debt and buy new slot machines after a sale of notes linked to its credit.

Player Scoops £150,000 at Online Casino

Christmas came early for one lucky casino player when he won over £150,000 at

Betfair, Rugby League Sign Memorandum

International News Brief: Betfair and the English Rugby Football league have signed a Memorandum of Understanding in order to safeguard the ‘continued integrity of Rugby league the area of sports betting’.

GTECH Signs with German Lottery

GTECH Corporation has signed an agreement to provide a new online and instant lottery central system, point-of-sale terminals, and ongoing services to Lotterie-Treuhandgesellschaft mbH Thuringen in Germany.

Accountant Steals £9 Million

International News Brief: An accountant stole £9 million from his city employers to fund an out-of-control gambling habit.

Bookies Offers Odds for White Christmas

International News Brief: For the first time in 25 years bookmakers have made Scotland odds-on to enjoy a white Christmas.

New UK Casino Licensing System to be Introduced

International News Brief: The UK Gambling Bill Standing Committee has released details of a new system that will be used to decide the location and licensing regime for new casinos.

Great Canadian Gaming Acquires BC Track Operator

News Brief: Great Canadian Gaming Corp. has reached a deal to acquire Orangeville Raceway Ltd., operator of two standardbred tracks in British Columbia, for at least $40 million.

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