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 Losing gambler sets fireworks in airport
posted 6/26/2016  |  source: CardPlayer
Chinese man distraught over gambling debts explodes beer bottle full of firecrackers at Pudong International Airport in Shanghai; Four people injured, perpetrator then slashed own throat and is hospitalized in critical condition
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Why are US online poker regulations hard to pass?
posted 6/26/2016  |  source: Poker News Daily
US struggles to pass pro-online poker regulations due to failed skill-vs-luck argument, not enough traction on personal freedoms and consumer protection issues; Most professional poker players don't participate in PPA efforts
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California online poker survey oversampled
posted 6/26/2016  |  source: Flushdraw
Survey showing anti-online poker sentiment in California may have used doctored methodology by conducting oversample; Findings possibly designed to cast aspersions on horse racing payoff as well as bad actor language in current bill
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Pechanga funds survey to sink California online poker
posted 6/26/2016  |  source: Flushdraw
Four California tribes sponsor survey showing 52% of likely voters opposed online poker; Survey taken before voters heard arguments for or against bill; Pechanga and Agua Caliente sponsor push poll out of anger at PokerStars' possible entry to market
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Pennsylvania online gaming on table for budget talks
posted 6/25/2016  |  source: Fox43
Pennsylvania budget bill must pass before June 30 deadline with online gaming as viable option; Online gaming part of larger gaming expansion bill for budget
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May online gaming boosts Atlantic City numbers
posted 6/25/2016  |  source: NJ Gambling Sites
Strong performance from New Jersey online gaming sites keep Atlantic City from down month in May; Online gaming revenues stabilizing between $16 million and $17 million
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California online poker bill stuck on PokerStars
posted 6/25/2016  |  source: Online Poker Report
Some California lawmakers support tightening bad actor language to keep PokerStars out of online poker market; AB 2863 unlikely to pass without further reforms; Racing interests may tip balance in favor of current bill
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Why Gibraltar gaming operators should not panic
posted 6/25/2016  |  source: Gambling Insider
Gibraltar - home of numerous online gaming operators - keeps tax benefits despite Brexit vote; Residents voted 93% in favor of remaining in EU; Spain may seek to jointly govern Gibraltar
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Caesars can move toward bankruptcy exit vote
posted 6/24/2016  |  source: iGaming Business
Caesars Entertainment Operating can begin seeking creditor votes for plan to exit its $18 billion bankruptcy; Judge rules confirmation hearing to begin January 2017
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Brazil bets on casinos and online gaming
posted 6/24/2016  |  source: Americas Quarterly
Brazil seeks to raise tax revenue by legalizing land-based casinos, bingo halls, sports betting, and online gaming; House and Senate must reach agreement on differing gaming bills as House introduces its own this week
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Massachusetts closer to legalizing online lottery
posted 6/24/2016  |  source: Online Poker Report
Massachusetts to expand state lottery with online option per State Senator Jennifer Flanagan’s S151 bill; Lottery Commission already entertaining proposals for online games with responses from 20 companies, including Amaya
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Brexit sinks UK operator share prices
posted 6/24/2016  |  source: Gambling Insider
UK vote to exit European Union cause immediate plunge for UK gaming operator shares; Paddy Power Betfair value dropped 25%, Ladbrokes down 10% but some rebound occurred throughout day
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 Video game allows operations on Trump
posted 6/23/2016  |  source: Techworm
Surgeon Simulator video game adds Donald Trump as patient to celebrate game anniversary; Available items to complete heart transplant include Trump Vodka, Trump Steak, and makeup kit
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Joaosimaobh back on top of PocketFives rankings
posted 6/23/2016  |  source: PocketFives
Brazil's Joao "joaosimaobh" Simao retakes top spot of PocketFives online poker rankings, C Darwin2 sinks to third place overall
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Hidden impact of Brexit on online poker
posted 6/23/2016  |  source: Online Poker Report
If Brexit results see United Kingdom exit European Union, online poker regulation may be affected; Six jurisdictions in UK regulate online gaming; Poker liquidity, taxes, company locations all at risk
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