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October 31, 2005

Massive Frauds in the Casino Affiliate Programs

This is a special report on the massive frauds that are taking place with the casino affiliate programs controlled by the crooked organized crime operators. This report is based on extensive research, real tests, reporting, a large number of complaints, investigations, compiled for the last 8 years. The source of this inside information comes from game developers, their own directors and officers, their management and accountants, their own programmers and technical support, their sales teams, their marketing companies, their licensees, their affiliates, and also their own players.

The report clearly confirms that none of these casino affiliate programs tracks the real sales properly, and most don't track them at all. We have seen plenty of massive frauds, and figures confirming that 99% or 100% of the sales were not tracked at all, so the poor innocent affiliates got massively cheated and robbed by these thieves.

If the figures about the online gambling industry published by others are accurate, then the affiliates get cheated of well over a billion dollar each year with new business, and most probably much more with previous business they generated. The crooks promised them commissions for the lifetime of the players, which means that they should get paid for as long as players keep on playing, and losing money.

In addition to the casino licensees running these massive frauds, there are also many marketing companies who run these dishonest casino affiliate programs purely based on cheating, and defrauding the affiliates. Their entire business models are based on frauds, and nothing else than frauds, and we are certain about this because there is no possible doubt about it.

Very naive affiliates wrongly think that bigger is better, so they signed up with the bigger companies, including many public companies. The true facts are that the biggest ones are the worst, and they are only bigger because they cheated and defrauded more affiliates, and more players, with their fraudulent rigged software.

It is absolutely certain that the game developers are heavily involved with these massive frauds, together with their own licensees and their marketing companies. This is pure and straight organized crime at a massive level.

The smart affiliates are dropping these fraudulent scams and insisting on pay per click payments and pre paid advertising. The others are getting massively cheated, more than they can ever imagine. Cheating the affiliates and not paying them 99% of their commissions is very common.

This is not surprising knowing that most of these crooks running these organized crime operations have a long history of crimes, and dishonesties, and breaking the laws, going back to the very first days of their businesses.

Party Gaming, Party Poker, Starluck Casino (same crooks)

With these crooks, affiliates started to get cheated in 1997 with Starluck Casino and the cheating hasn�t stopped since then, and is now done on a massive scale.

The game developer who supplied the games for Starluck Casino at the time confirmed many times that the founder of all these companies specially requested that the affiliate program be made to cheat the poor affiliates by stealing most of their money.

The game developer was David Brown from HLI (Handa Lopez) and Casino Soft, and the founder of Starluck Casino, Party Gaming, and Party Poker, is Ruth Parasol.

Another company was using the same games at the time, and they very strongly and persistently complained to the game developer about the fact that the affiliates were getting cheated. It became a major issue because this other company refused to cheat its own affiliates, and requested that the program be changed.

The affiliate program was tracking the sales for the affiliates by using cookies, and the game developer confirmed numerous times that Ruth Parasol specifically asked him to program the cookies to expire in 2 days. This means that no sale would be tracked for the affiliates after 2 days. They were very lucky when they were tracked at all, because most weren�t.

Ruth Parasol was heavily involved with pornography at the time, and she was closely working with criminals and crooks as her close partners. You don�t have criminals as your partners unless you are dishonest yourself. She was also an attorney. Many good reasons not to trust her in the first place.

The game developer confirmed that Ruth Parasol from Starluck Casino didn�t want to change the tracking system because she was happy with the fact that affiliates were getting cheated by not paying them any commission after 2 days.

At the time, many players were staying with the same casino for a year, or longer, so you can imagine how much the affiliates lost when the program was made not to track the sales after 2 days.

After many big fights with the game developer, this other company managed to get him to change the tracking of the sales to a maximum of 15 days. The game developer strongly argued that it wouldn�t be fair to Starluck Casino if another company was paying the affiliates for longer than 15 days or even that long, and he refused to change the tracking of the sales to the requested much longer period.

The game developer confirmed that Starluck Casino requested 2 days, and he complied with Ruth Parasol�s request.

Shortly after, this other company dropped this game developer because he was heavily participating in the massive frauds of the affiliates and refused to stop. No need to tell you that the games were also massively rigged to cheat the players and this is why Starluck Casino loved it, and kept these games for years.

Cheating the players and cheating the affiliates, and having criminals as close partners, this is how Party Poker and Party Gaming were born.

What happened to the game developer David Brown from HLI (Handa Lopez) and Casino Soft, and where is he today? We don�t know, but he could be in jail.

This is the criminal who claimed on his web site right at the top of his main page:

" It's official! We're now the world's LARGEST!!! "

Sounds like Party Poker & Party Gaming today!

He probably meant the largest crook at the time. He was then arrested by the FBI, his private plane was seized, together with his Ferrari, and his two new big houses he just bought with the stolen money, and his bank accounts were seized. He was also involved with tax frauds, and many other criminal offences like laundering money.

His illegal and crooked business was shut down by the authorities, his servers in California were seized, together with the ones he had in Canada, and Australia, and a few other locations.

There is no possible doubt that Starluck Casino and the founder of Party Poker and Party Gaming has been closely associated with criminals right from the first day they went into online gambling, and even years before this in the pornographic business. The illegal and criminal activities of Starluck Casino and Party Gaming, and Party Poker haven�t stopped since then. We are convinced that it�s a lot worse today than ever before, because now it�s done on a massive organized crime scale.

These crooks already start lying when they claim on their web site that 70,000 players are online. Their own staff confirmed to us that this figure was a straight lie, and the figure doesn�t reflect at all the real number of players online.

The more things change, and the more they remain the same. Now they are offering a chance to win a Ferrari. Same trick already used back in 1997 by her game developer for her Starluck Casino. The Ferrari that was used to attract players ended up being stolen by the game developer for his own use. It was then seized by the FBI as proceed of crimes.

Party Poker is claiming on its website that they are:

� The biggest poker affiliate network �

If this is true, then it means that Party Poker and Party Gaming are the biggest crooks in the world for a poker affiliate program.

The crooks claim on their websites that they paid affiliates more than $19 million since 1997 including Starluck Casino. Their site is updated on a regular basis, and much more often than most. The $19 million since 1997 may sound like a big amount, but here is just one proof that this is a massive scam.

These thieves have operated since 1997 so it�s 8 years now.

If you divide $19 million by 8 years, you only get $2,375,000 per year paid to their affiliates.

If you divide $2,375,000 per year into 12 months, you only get $197,917 paid to affiliates per month.

Last year alone, these crooks claimed having earned hundreds of millions of dollars, and they used these figures to pump and dump their junk shares, and investors already lost billions of dollars in this massive scam. The biggest losses ever in the entire history of online gambling.

If the crooks earned hundreds of millions of dollars in just one year, how do you explain that they only paid an average of $197,917 per month to their affiliates?

They earned many hundreds of millions more since 1997, and they only paid to their affiliates a miserable $19 million in total, for 8 years.

It�s important to note that the majority of online gambling operators get 100% of their business from affiliates. The ones who don�t get 100% are pretty close to this figure, and the goal of every operator is to only get business from affiliates because it�s so easy to cheat them.

Do your own mathematics, and you will see the massive scale of this organized crime fraud. We were not surprised that the founder resigned when taking her company public. Safer to take the money and run, instead of staying around and have to answer questions.

If this was not a massive scam, why did she resigned when she, and her husband, were holding billions of dollars in stocks? Honest people usually rarely get out so fast, and so early, when a company is taken public. The warning sign was there, but gamblers/investors ignored it, and lost billions of dollars already.

How does Party Poker and Party Gaming and Starluck Casino cheat their affiliates?

Very simple, they don�t pay them what they owe them, and the recipe is very basic.

Their software is developed by their Indian programmers, and they are well known for doing anything for money, in a country that is totally corrupted. Everything is corrupted, the government, the police, the courts, the judges, they have a record number of politicians at the highest levels directly involved with murders, rapes, organized crimes, corruptions, rigged elections, and other criminal offences too long to list here.

These programmers and their other staff will do anything for $10 or $20 so you can imagine how easy it is to make them program a rigged affiliate program. Massive and general corruption is the rule, not the exception. It�s the perfect place for Party Poker and Party Gaming and Starluck Casino to have their own developers, and own team.

We have seen many small teams of only 4 to 6 programmers produce pretty good poker software in 6 months or less. With only a dozen persons in the entire team, you can produce very good poker and casino software in less than 12 months, and much faster if the team is bigger or more experienced.

This means that the cost associated with developing poker and casino software is absolutely peanuts, and it can be easily outsourced. Who is going to believe that Party Poker and Party Gaming decided to develop their software in India only to save a few thousand dollars? We are convinced that massive corruption is the primary reason, and the fact that you can sit over there and wait for 20 years before you get your day in court.

There are currently tens of millions of outstanding lawsuits waiting to be heard by the corrupted courts. It takes an average of 15 to 25 years to get a judgment, and it�s virtually impossible to enforce it then, because it�s too late. All the assets have disappeared by that time.

No wonder that these crooks picked this country because it�s the paradise for corruption, and massive dishonesties.

Most local Indian companies in the IT business don�t allow anymore cell phones into their offices to avoid that their own staff use them to steal or leak information to the outside, or take photos of sensitive information.

Most totally block incoming and outgoing e-mails from their own staff, in an effort to try to avoid having their applications and the data stolen.

The majority of these local companies have removed the hard drives from the computers used by their own staff. They have removed the diskette drives, and the CDs as well.

Many have security guards who search incoming and outgoing staff to make sure they don�t steal or bring unauthorized items into the office.

The paradise for Party Poker!

There are a large number of different methods how affiliates get cheated.

Most affiliate programs don�t track the sales at all. We have seen many confirmations of programs cheating the affiliates at 100% and many more at 99%

Just to name one, companies like Starnet � World Gaming admitted many times that their affiliate programs didn�t track the sales at all for their affiliates. Cheating them at 100% and in some rare cases at 99%. Sportingbet in England is very closely associated with these thieves, and their totally rigged software. They are in bed together, so it�s hard to imagine that they can be honest. You can�t be clean if you are close partner with criminals, and these crooks should be blacklisted by all affiliates.

Some affiliate programs are designed to credit your account with a tiny amount of say, $15 as commission, shortly after you signed up. This trick is used to make the affiliate believe that he took the right decision to sign up, and try to make him believe that he should actively and prominently display the banners of the crooks.

Then the rigged programs will credit no sales at all to the affiliate account for days, and weeks, because the initial amount of $15 was just a trick used as welcome bonus. Same method used for the sign up bonuses for the players. Big sign up bonuses to attract the players to the rigged games, and then they get hit hard.

Other rigged affiliate programs will credit your account with a small amount at the start of the month. This scam is to make the affiliate believe that he will have repeated sales like this first one, during the whole month. We have seen a lot of examples of no other sale being credited to these accounts for weeks.

These crooks like to pay the affiliates around the second or third week of the following month, so it means that the poor affiliate is going to keep on generating sales for the crooks for 6 or 7 weeks before he gets paid his first tiny commission.

Many will even pay the affiliates on time each month to try to convince them that they are honest and reliable, when nothing can be further from the truth. When an affiliate has been cheated for 95% or much more, why not pay him on time to create a good impression.

Party Poker and Party Gaming and Starluck Casino are well known for programming the cookies to expire in a very short time to avoid having to pay the commissions to its affiliates. Most of the time they don�t pay the commissions at all, and when they rarely pay them, it�s only for a totally abnormal amount of time.

One of the big problem with these crooked affiliate programs is that they were designed to cheat the affiliates and programmers can program anything, the only limit is their imagination.

One affiliate recently complained to Party Poker and this was their answer:

� With regard's to your e-mail, we don't see any problem with your tracker link, to get a player tracked to your affiliate account, the player has to download and install the software using your link. Please note that if the party poker software is installed already on a computer, then the player needs to uninstall it and reinstall the same through your link, only then will he get tracked to your affiliate account. �

It means that the first affiliate who got the player to download their software only gets his commissions tracked for a few days, if he is very lucky. Because the cookie expires in no time, this first affiliate gets nothing whatsoever after that, but he generated the player in the first place.

If an affiliate is stupid enough to promote Party Poker or Starluck Casino or any of their other sites, it means that it�s a total waste of time and money if the player who clicks on his banner already had downloaded the software previously because he will get absolutely nothing in commission, even if the player generates a large amount of money for the crooks.

In this case, the first affiliate gets nothing, and all the other affiliate after him also get nothing, and this can go on for years. Party Poker gets their stupid affiliates to promote and advertise their games for free, and the poor affiliates get nothing in return. Absolutely nothing.

Read the answer from Party Poker and it means that they expect the affiliates to contact the players to ask them to first uninstall the software, then go back to the affiliate sites, and click on the banners and re-install the software once again.

How would the affiliates do this because they don�t even know the players in most cases? You would be lucky if you get one player in 100,000 to do this.

What these crooks are asking the affiliates to do is also totally dishonest for another reason. Even assuming that you knew the player, and could ask him/her to uninstall the software, and then click on the banner, and then download and re-install the software once again, when the player will need to register, the registration will get blocked, because there is already an account under that user name, and duplicates are not possible.

It�s normal that game developers block duplicate registrations, so how can the affiliate ever get paid, even if he tried the dishonest suggestions of Party Poker?

If the player tries to register under a different user name, or different e-mail address, or different name, then it�s nearly sure that the anti fraud system will detect it, and block the account. This is also normal for security reasons, and Party Poker knows it only too well.

They know it so well, that it�s the reason why they suggest affiliates to do it because it�s sure that they will never get paid for the business they generated.

Party Poker and Party Gaming and Starluck Casino are not the only crooks using these dishonest methods to cheat their affiliates, it�s widely used in the entire industry, and we haven�t seen a program that works differently.

There are many variations of the same scam, but at the end of the day, they are programmed to cheat the affiliates, and for no other reason.

Party Poker and Party Gaming and Starluck Casino are big crooks, and they don�t even supply figures in real time to their affiliates. This is always a big warning sign, because it makes it much easier to cook the figures and cheat the affiliates. They don�t show the number of clicks the affiliates generated, and they update the affiliate figures only once per day, which is totally unacceptable and dishonest and completely unjustified.

From a technical point of view, figures in real time were always possible going back to the very early days of online gambling, so these crooks have no valid justification not to supply them now.

They are not the only dishonest ones, many other affiliate programs don�t supply figures in real time to give them time to cheat the affiliates and cook the figures. Affiliates should drop immediately any program that doesn�t show the figures in real time, because you can be sure that they are cheating you.

Even the ones showing the figures in real time are also cheating, because they only track and pay the affiliates a tiny fraction of the sales they generated, but at least when the affiliates get cheated, they feel better to see the figures in real time, it reassures them. If they knew the truth, they wouldn�t feel reassured, because all these programs are corrupted and dishonest.

We have yet to see an honest one, and if you know one, let us know, we will review it with pleasure, and will publish the results.

Even with figures in real time, it means nothing, unless they show you the user names of the players, or their e-mail address, or real names, and a few other details that allow the affiliates to check these rigged reports.

The affiliates generate most of the business for all these crooks, so why are they not allowed to get real reports, in real time, with enough real information they can use to get a better idea of how much they are getting cheated for?

The answer is so obvious. If the crooks supplied the real details, the affiliates would drop their dishonest programs the same day.

Game developers, or marketing companies, or licensees, who supply their affiliates detailed reports are very rare. Even the rare ones who do, also cheat the affiliates, so you can�t win when dealing with thieves who take the money out of your account before it gets there.

We have seen some rare companies supplying the names of the players, their e-mail addresses, the dates of the deposits and the amounts lost or won, and a few other details. And guess what? These companies were also massively cheating the affiliates, and we are 100% certain about it, because there is a large amount of evidence to confirm it.

Even when dealing with a company supplying all these details, and they are rare, how does the affiliate checks to see if he is getting cheated or not?

Some make deposits and act like real players, some ask their friends to do the same. Then they check the figures to see if these transactions were tracked or not. Sounds like a good idea, but not as good as you think it is, because we are dealing with professional crooks, and their smart programmers.

These crooks have special programs that can easily detect these tests transactions. The affiliates feel better with these tests, when in fact, in most cases, they are losing a huge percentage of the sales they generated.

How often is the affiliate going to make these tests with real money? Don�t forget that the affiliates only get paid when the player lost money, so they will need to first lose real money before they can claim a commission on their affiliate program.

When they do this, the crooks will remind you to read their terms and conditions that prohibits an affiliate to claim a commission on his/her own losses.

If you ever catch the crooks with their dirty hands inside your pocket stealing your commission, they will claim that they had some technical problems and this explains why their figures were not updated. Others will claim that they were doing backups, upgrading their software or hardware, or other stories about their credit card or payment processors.

There is a large amount of hard evidence to prove that all these are just straight lies, and invalid excuses, to try to justify stealing money from the poor affiliates.

Many of these crooked game developers, marketing companies, and licensees also keep multiple separate databases showing totally different figures in each one of them.

There is the real database that shows all the sales, so the game developers get their license fees from their own licensees. Many keep another set with fake figures for the tax man.

Then the licensees and/or their marketing companies keep their own databases with fake figures, so they can cheat the affiliates. They also keep other sets to cheat the tax man.

Often the affiliates only deal with the marketing companies that are sitting between the real operators of the gambling sites, and the affiliates. These marketing companies should be avoided completely, and any affiliate stupid enough to use one of them should drop them immediately because they are getting robbed, and we will explain you why. A typical example of one of these marketing companies to avoid is Tradal and Empire Online.

In the next update, we will give you more details on these scams, and many others, all designed to cheat the affiliates. We will explain you why you should drop your affiliate program when the software was developed by Playtech, Microgaming, Cryptologic, Boss Media, World Gaming, Real Time Gaming, and many others. They are not better, and many are actually even worse, much worse.

If you are an affiliate of a casino or poker program, you are getting massively cheated, and this is certain. We estimate the affiliates losses at a minimum of $1 billion each year, but probably much more. You won�t get rich getting cheated by the Mafia and organized crime operators because they simply steal your money the old fashioned way, before you get it, as simple as this.

Drop your affiliate programs, and insist on pre-paid straight advertising, or payment for each click you supplied. These crooks need you more than you need them because they need to pump and dump their scam junk shares, and if they don�t accept your terms, dump them. It�s the only valid decision you can take.

Stay tuned for the next update in a few days, and more, much more ��.

Source: CasinoAffiliateFrauds.com

October 29, 2005

Vegas "Hardwood" suite?

Palms owner George Maloof unveiled his latest playpen Thursday, a suite that includes a basketball court and a Kings' ransom room rate. For $50,000 a night, it's yours, according to the Las Vegas Review Journal.

The cheerleaders aren't a comp. Nor are the butlers.

Maloof christened the "Hardwood" suite in his new fantasy tower with a party for 400, including the Maloof family-owned Sacramento Kings, 30 cheerleaders and VIP players.

"Helluva room," said Mike Bibby, the Kings' point guard. "That's the fun thing about Vegas; they always come up with something new."

He helped break in the suite with a game of two-on-two with Maloof, teammate Brad Miller and KTNV-TV reporter Christina Brown.

Maloof said he has heard from Hollywood basketball enthusiasts "who want to bring in their posses and play."

Source: Ben Maller

October 28, 2005

Poker's Biggest Names Gather at the Golden Nugget for Two Televised Events

Cameras Set to Roll on GSN and FOX SPORTS Series in November

LAS VEGAS, Oct. 28 /PRNewswire/ -- Television's hottest game returns to the Golden Nugget Hotel and Casino in Las Vegas for two made-for-television poker games featuring some of the biggest names in poker.

The two televised events -- HIGH STAKES POKER, produced for GSN, and POKER SUPERSTARS III, produced for Fox Sports Net (FSN) -- mark the return of televised gaming to the legendary downtown resort. Earlier this year, the Golden Nugget was home to the WORLD SERIES OF BLACKJACK, which aired on GSN, Speed Channel's Mobil High Endurance Charity Poker Challenge and NBC's NATIONAL HEADS-UP POKER CHAMPIONSHIP, which garnered solid ratings.

"The Golden Nugget is the birthplace of poker in Las Vegas," said Dan Shumny, vice president of marketing for the Golden Nugget. "We are pleased to host these popular televised poker games, and to be a part of the poker phenomenon."

HIGH STAKES POKER

GSN, The Network for Games, is launching its new series, HIGH STAKES POKER in January 2006. The series will unite some of the top professional poker players with elite poker-playing business executives in an exciting match of skill and money. Also known as a "cash game," each player will ante up $100,000 of his/her own money. The stakes are high, as a player can lose several thousands of his/her own money, making the series one of the most exciting poker shows ever to air.

Among the poker aces scheduled to appear are Doyle Brunson, Johnny Chan, Jennifer Harmon, Barry Greenstein and Phil Hellmuth, among other high-profile players.

The series will be filmed in its entirety at the Golden Nugget, Nov. 2-4. Tapings will be closed to the public. The Golden Nugget also served as the location for GSN's 2005 series, WORLD SERIES OF BLACKJACK, a head-to-head match up of professional and amateur blackjack players.

HIGH STAKES POKER will premiere on GSN Monday, January 16, 2006, at 9 p.m. (ET/PT).

THE SUPERSTARS OF POKER

Fox Sports Net (FSN) brings the third season of its popular series POKER SUPERSTARS to the Golden Nugget, November 9-16. The 36-episode series, produced by Henry Orenstein, will feature 24 of the world's greatest poker players, including poker luminaries such as Johnny Chan, Chris Ferguson, Todd Brunson, Phil Ivey, Phil Hellmuth and Chris Moneymaker.

POKER SUPERSTARS III is the latest in poker programming on FSN -- the only US network to air live poker tournaments -- and joins the network's successful line-up of poker series, such as LEARN FROM THE PROS, MONTE CARLO MILLIONS, AUSSIE MILLIONS and the highly rated POKER SUPERSTARS INTERNATIONAL.

The show tapings, scheduled for November 9-16 at the Golden Nugget, will be closed to the public. POKER SUPERSTARS will air on Fox Sports Net beginning March 12, 2006. Check local listings for air times.

About Golden Nugget Las Vegas

Winner of the AAA Four-Diamond Award since 1977, the Golden Nugget Las Vegas is the most luxurious resort in downtown Las Vegas, and consistently receives critical acclaim for exceeding customer expectations. The Golden Nugget offers 1,907 deluxe guest rooms and suites, 38,000 square-feet of casino space featuring the most popular slot and video poker machines, table games, a race and sports book and poker room, nightly entertainment, world-class restaurants, spa and salon, and year-round outdoor swimming pool. In September 2005, Landry's Restaurants, Inc. purchased the nearly 60-year-old hotel-casino. Currently, the Golden Nugget is undergoing a two-year renovation. Hotel reservations and additional information are currently available by calling 800-634-3454, or book on-line on the website, www.goldennugget.com.

October 27, 2005

Ladbrokes launches live sports betting online

Interactive agency Victoria Real has developed Ladbrokes new live betting service that lets punters bet on multiple live events as they happen.

Bet in Play was launched on Ladbrokes.com at the start of the second Ashes test in September 2005.

Ladbrokes said the service was developed in response to the demand from customers wanting an interactive live betting format and to compliment the increase in live sports coverage on TV.

Bet in Play features a statistics centre, live news and scores, text commentary and dynamic highlighting of price movements. can be accessed from the home page of the Ladbrokes website.

Source: Netimperative

October 26, 2005

Authorities Seemingly Ignore Online Gambling

By Christina Ficara -

Honolulu, HI (AHN) - Despite the law against online gambling, officials in Hawaii and five other states fail to prosecute offenders.

Hawaiians have been able to wager thousands of dollars in poker tournaments and other games of chance without fear of arrest.

Hawaii and the five other states have outlawed online gambling, but authorities are doing little to enforce the anti-wagering laws.

So far, police in Honolulu have yet to charge anyone for betting online at internet casinos. Police consider online betting a victimless crime, and therefore, not worth the time to prosecute.

The amount of money going into and out of the various gambling sites on the internet is expected to reach the $15-billion mark this year.

Source: All Headline News

October 25, 2005

Hooters Gets Green Light for Hotel Casino

By Andy Holtmann -

By February of next year, the transformation of Las Vegas' aging Hotel San Remo into the first Hooters Hotel & Casino is expected to be complete. The Nevada Gaming Commission last week gave unanimous approval for the restaurant chain, known best for its curvy, tank-top bearing female waitresses, to operate the property.

Hooters acquired a two-thirds share of the property from Japanese-owned EW Common. Hooters and EW businessmen Sukeaki and Toyoroku Izumi are spending a combined $65 million to renovate the property.

The Hooters property has already announced a slew of hirings for management positions and is holding a job fair to find other employees. The casino's 500 current employees will all remain on the job, but Michael Hessling, chief operating officer of the property told the Las Vegas Review-Journal that they must all be retrained to adapt to Hooters' "wow factor" image.

The companies plan to triple the size of the property's pool and remodel all of the existing hotel rooms, creating several suites and lowering the number of rooms to 696. The company also plans an aggressive advertising campaign, starting with a series of "Cure for the Common Casino" ads. The property will be largely marketed to the 60 million-plus customers served in its restaurants each year.

Ten of the 12 directors of Hooters were also approved for gaming licenses. Commission Chairman Peter Bernhard was pleased when informed that most of the directors are still active in the company, even after selling the Hooters trademark and most of the company's restaurants to Hooters of America in 2001.

"There is no reason to think you won't be successful in the Nevada gaming environment," he said.

Source: Casino Journal

October 24, 2005

Gambling watchdog's mission to reform

By Matthew Garrahan -

One month into the existence of the gambling industry's powerful new watchdog, Peter Dean is reflecting on the public outcry that greeted the biggest overhaul in gambling laws for almost 40 years.

In an interview with the Financial Times, the chairman of the Gambling Commission says that media hostility to plans for Las Vegas-style super-casinos in the run-up to the general election missed the point of the wide-ranging legislative shake-up. Rather than pave the way for an invasion of Las Vegas casino companies, he says the legislation aims to reform out-of-date laws that "creaked" and were "hopelessly inadequate in the era of the microchip and the internet".

The new laws give the commission powers to prosecute illegal gambling. It will police UK-based online gaming companies, bingo and casino operators and bookmakers and will be responsible for ensuring the industry remains crime free. Protecting children and vulnerable people are other aims. The laws will be tougher "as far as protective measures are concerned", Mr Dean says.

"We have been lobbying for these changes for the last 10 years. As a piece of reforming legislation, the new laws are wholly welcome. One hesitates to say that anything is future-proof but [the legislation] has been drafted in such a way to make it as future-proof as possible. It will be flexible enough to cope with emerging technologies."

The former chairman of the Gaming Board, which the Gambling Commission replaces, Mr Dean is an advocate of a more liberalised gambling industry.

"I'm inclined towards a libertarian approach in the sense that I believe responsible adults should be allowed to get on with their lives as long as they are not interfering with the rights of others to do likewise.

"The comparison I always make is with liquor. Everyone knows that a proportion of people can't drink alcohol safely and the same is true for gambling. But it is not a serious contention that alcohol should not be freely available because a small minority of people don't drink safely. For the vast majority of people gambling is a leisure pursuit and it is harmless."

The legislative reforms include the abolition of the 24-hour rule, which prevents people from walking into casinos if they are not members. Casino operators will also be given the right to advertise while the "demand test", which prevented casinos opening in certain locations, will be scrapped.

"There's an element of liberalisation that has been masked by the fuss over the number of casinos," says Mr Dean. "Under the 1968 Gambling Act the so-called 'demand' test meant that every time somebody set up a casino it was up to a local magistrate to ask whether there was unsatisfied demand which needed to be met. That has been swept away."

But accompanying the reforms are new powers and responsibilities for the industry's watchdog. "The Gaming Board had no formal responsibility to protect children or the vulnerable. We do and it is a very important objective. Those licensed by the Gambling Commission will have to accept licensing conditions and observe codes of practice that cater for protective measures."

The regulator will shortly unveil its Birmingham headquarters in line with Sir Michael Lyons's recommendations on locating public sector organisations outside London. The number of employees will also rise significantly. "There's going to be a massive recruitment exercise and a massive transfer of skills."

Although the commission will be able to issue fines to operators that fail to comply with the new laws, Mr Dean says he would "not like to predict how we might end up using these fines. I would be very surprised if we don't issue any but I would also be surprised to find ourselves in a position similar to the Financial Services Authority, [which issues lots of fines] because I would expect the licensed industry to be compliant".

The watchdog has launched a consultation exercise, sending a "statement of principles" to operators, charities, government bodies and consumer groups. "We welcome and strongly encourage feedback and comments on the issues raised in the document," says Mr Dean. "We will be consulting . . to ensure our approach is proportionate, fair and effective".

Source: Financial Times

October 21, 2005

Jordan on gambling: 'Very embarrassing'

By Monifa Thomas -

Michael Jordan comes clean about his high-stakes gambling in a "60 Minutes" interview set to air Sunday, saying he crossed the line to the point of being "stupid" but was never a compulsive gambler.

"Yeah, I've gotten myself into situations where I would not walk away, and I've pushed the envelope," Jordan told CBS correspondent Ed Bradley in an interview taped in Chicago last month.

But things didn't get to the point where he was willing to risk his livelihood or his family, the former Bull said in one of his first major television interviews in years.

The CBS sit-down, scheduled to air at 6 p.m. Sunday, comes ahead of the release of Jordan's new book, Driven from Within.

Jordan, 42, said it was that same drive to win that trumped sound judgment at the gambling tables.

"I want to go out on a limb and win, and sometimes that can take you past the stage where . . . you know you should probably take a step back from," he said. "It's very embarrassing . . . one of the things you totally regret. So you look at yourself in the mirror and say, 'I was stupid,' " the retired basketball great confessed.

Betting on golf

Jordan's forays into gambling are well-known, thanks to a string of incidents in the early 1990s that grabbed headlines during the team's back-to-back championship runs.

One involved a check for $57,000 that wound up in the checking account of Slim Bouler, a convicted cocaine dealer. During Bouler's trial on drug and money-laundering charges in 1992, Jordan testified in a North Carolina court that he had lost the money to Bouler gambling on the golf course.

Then in 1993, after a newspaper reported that Jordan was seen gambling in Atlantic City before an NBA playoff game, San Diego businessman Richard Esquinas wrote in a self-published book that he had won $1.25 million from Jordan in golf bets. Esquinas told reporters he wrote the book to motivate Jordan to get help for his gambling problem.

However, Jordan denied he had a problem, and a National Basketball Association investigation into the matter found no violations of league rules.

Why he's not political

Also in the interview, Jordan takes aim at critics who expected him to be more political and outspoken, like other black athletes such as Muhammad Ali and Jackie Robinson.

"It's heavy duty to try to do everything and please everybody . . . My job was to go out there and play the game of basketball as best I can," Jordan told Bradley. "People may not agree with that . . . I can't live with what everyone's impression of what I should or what I shouldn't do."

The book is scheduled to hit stores by the end of the month.

Source: Chicago Sun-Times

October 20, 2005

Fight Casino Spam Aims to Clean Up Gambling Spam Emails

(PRWEB) October 20, 2005 -- Today a new service was launched to help combat the spread and use of unsolicited spam email from gambling related activities.

Fight Casino Spam is a Website which is advert free, and it begins today to collect and catalogue spam email reports from every spam sufferer across the globe.

The aim of FCS is to build up a list of spam originating emails, thereby creating a black list of emails which online gambling establishments can use.

This list can be used to filter out newsletters, spam mails and any other unsolicited senders, allowing gambling organisations to maintain their spam free operations.

It will also provide casinos with a white list of emails of people who do not want to receive gambling related spam of any sort.

FCS will begin populating its database with all the spam reports which it receives. Over time, this data will provide valuable information about which online gambling organisations are permitting spam marketing methods, and which organisations are responsible and keep their operations clean of spam marketers.

Eventually, FCS hopes to become the standard by which all gambling organisations abide by for email marketing. Sites which remain clean of spam for a certain period of time will be awarded the FCS seal of approval.

Hopefully players will see this as a valuable sign to look out for when they visit online gambling websites.

Initially this is aimed at highlighting those websites which facilitate gambling, however if the model proves to be successful, there is no reason why it should extend further to all gambling related sites, including portals and other gambling services.

If you are getting gambling related spam emails, forward your spam mails to our email address and it will be recorded into our database.

If you want to help this movement, take a look at www.fightcasinospam.com.

October 19, 2005

Church accuses online casino ad of linking booze and gambling

by Julia Pearlman -

LONDON - A poster ad campaign for online casino company Victor Chandler, featuring Rowland Rivron, has attracted a complaint from The Methodist Church, which labelled the ads as irresponsible for linking drinking and gambling.

One poster appeared on the London Underground and another across London Buses with the strapline "See life in a new light". The ads were created by HH&S.

In one execution the comedian Rowland Rivron is seen using a laptop while sat in a bar with a glass of drink in his hand.

In the other, there are two images -- the one on the right of the poster is the same as in the first execution, however on the left Rivron is pictured in a barber shop with a laptop on his lap and his fists clenched in jubilation.

Victor Chandler said its intention was to show that internet gambling could be enjoyed in various settings via a laptop computer and was not confined to personal computers.

Settings for other posters in the ad campaign included a bus, a bed and a boating lake.

Victor Chandler said it was not its intention to link gambling activities to drinking and maintained that there was nothing in the ads that showed or encouraged intoxication or unwise gambling.

The online casino group also argued that it was not socially irresponsible to show someone with an alcoholic drink when gambling, because people were allowed to and often did at places such as casinos, race courses, pubs and clubs.

The Advertising Standards Authority did not uphold the complaint and said that consumers would see the ads as merely highlighting that online gambling could be enjoyed in different locations.

Source: Revolution Magazine

October 18, 2005

Asia Lays Bet on Casino Gambling

By Simon Montlake -

Bangkok � This week Singapore agreed to build two casino resorts aimed at overseas visitors, ending a 40-year-old ban.

With an estimated price tag of $3bn, the two resorts will feature hotels, restaurants, theme parks and other entertainment facilities.

Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong said Singapore, a tightly run city-state of four million people, had to stay competitive in the Asian tourist market.

"We cannot stand still," he told parliament. "The whole region is on the move. If we don't change, where will we be in 20 years?"

Singapore wants to double the number of tourists it receives within 10 years - and sees casinos as the way to achieve this. Other countries in the region, including Thailand, Japan and Indonesia, are considering following suit.

The lure of tax revenues and job creation is strong, as well as the promise of luring high-spending tourists.

Governments are taking note of the booming casino industry in Macau, a former Portuguese colony which returned to Chinese rule in 1999.

Last year Macau's gambling revenues from its 17 casinos topped $5bn, roughly on a par with Las Vegas. The majority of gamblers were from mainland China, where the practice is banned but deeply rooted in local culture.

"Macau is trying to set itself up as the Las Vegas of Asia," said Jan McMillen, director of the Center for Gambling Research at the Australian National University.

Moral objections

But many social and religious groups in Asia remain opposed to casinos and organised gambling on moral and practical grounds.

Even in Singapore, where public debate is normally muted, more than 29,000 people signed a petition against allowing casinos.

The city-state's former leader Lee Kuan Yew rejected a similar casino plan in 1965.

In his memoirs, he revealed that his father had been a compulsive blackjack player who pawned his wife's jewellery.

However he has backed the decision by Prime Minister Lee - his son - as an economic necessity for Singapore.

Government officials say they would charge local gamblers a $63 entrance fee to deter those without the means to play.

But opponents to the plan say this does not go far enough.

"There are many ingenuous ways for compulsive gamblers to sidetrack this rule. People can still get hurt," said Arthur Tan, a businessman who has campaigned against casinos.

Thai concern

Thailand is among the other countries in the region mulling its options on organised gambling.

It currently allows betting only on national lotteries and at racetracks.

Government officials have floated the idea of licensing casinos in tourist resorts, and a Malaysian gaming company has already reportedly offered to build a glitzy casino near the holiday island of Phuket.

But observers say Thai Prime Minister Thaksin Shinawatra needs to tread cautiously or risk incurring the wrath of religious leaders.

In March the brewer of Thailand's favourite beer, Chang, was forced to cancel a stock exchange listing after Buddhist monks led thousands of protesters opposed to the move.

A similar uproar could follow any easing of the rules on gambling.

"I suspect that casinos are in the same category and may meet the same objections, so that's why the government is being very cautious," said Pasuk Phongpaichit, a professor at Chulalongkorn University and an expert of Thailand's underground economy.

Despite the ban on gambling at home, many Thais enjoy a flutter at border casinos in neighbouring Cambodia and Burma.

A similar trend is found in Singapore, whose gamblers cross the border to Malaysia's casinos in the Genting Highlands.

One study found that Singaporeans spend $735m a year on overseas gambling.

Economists say Singapore could capture some of that money for itself by permitting casino gambling at home.

Scaling down

One country that already has a reputation for being a popular destination for Asian gamblers is Australia.

However the promised windfall in tax revenues and jobs has not always materialised, according to Jan McMillen.

Concerns have also risen over the number of Australian gambling addicts and in recent years casinos have been forced to cut back.

"We're in shutdown mode. It's fascinating to look at the rest of the world and wonder if they've learned from our experience," said Ms McMillen.

Source: Seoul Times

October 17, 2005

Leisure & Gaming buys Stanley Leisure's online casino business

LONDON (AFX) - Leisure & Gaming PLC said it has acquired Stanley Entertainment NV, the online casino business of Stanley Leisure PLC, for 1.86 mln stg in cash and a potential deferred payment of up to 280,000 stg.

Leisure & Gaming will gain further UK and European revenue streams and an extended customer base for its international business and it said the purchase also complements the VIP Group business, which Leisure & Gaming acquired in June 2005.

Leisure & Gaming and Stanley Leisure have also agreed a strategic partnership which will see Leisure & Gaming becoming Stanley Leisure's chosen partner for developing their brands and assets online, leveraging Leisure & Gaming's operational and product infrastructure.

The two companies have signed an affiliate agreement for an initial 12 months in which Stanley Leisure will drive its customers to certain Leisure & Gaming sites including the Acropolis Casinos business.

The partnership will also include a poker offering and a dedicated slots offering.

Under the agreement, Leisure & Gaming has committed 140,000 stg as a pre-payment against future affiliate revenues to Stanley Leisure.

Source: AFX

October 15, 2005

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October 14, 2005

888.Com Set To Launch igaming Industry High Reward MLM Program

(PRWEB) - London (PRWEB) October 13, 2005 �- 888.com, through an associated site 888.biz, is seeking self-motivated business leaders and networkers to help them promote their brand name and industry leading casino and poker sites. The unique combination of three leading trends � internet, gaming and network marketing � means that players and promoters can share in the company�s profits as a reward for their loyalty.

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October 13, 2005

Jeff Gordon, Chris Moneymaker and Harrah's World Series of Poker Go All-In For A Worthy Cause

Concord, N.C. (October 13, 2005) -- Chris Moneymaker is a regular at going "all-in" as the 2003 World Series of Poker champion (WSOP), and now he has joined with Jeff Gordon and Harrah's Operating Company, Inc., a subsidiary of Harrah's Entertainment (NYSE:HET), to utilize his skills to support The Jeff Gordon Foundation. Announced today at Lowe's Motor Speedway, Moneymaker has teamed with Gordon for a new series of world class "No Limit Hold'em" tournaments for poker enthusiasts, motorsport fans, celebrities and pros beginning in November at selected Harrah's properties with a star-studded event being held at Caesars Palace -- one of Harrah's premier casinos.

"I have had the privilege to work with Jeff and his team on a series of licensed products," said Moneymaker. "And I was honored to be asked to co- host this world class No Limit Hold'em Tournament with him at Caesars.

"I'm looking forward to playing against the NASCAR champion, and have offered my personal contacts of celebrities and pros to play for such a worthy cause."

Building on a newly established relationship, Harrah's casinos took their relationship with The Jeff Gordon Foundation to another level by increasing its participation in The Jeff Gordon Foundation Poker Classic with the support of the WSOP. Harrah's has designated The Jeff Gordon Foundation as the official charity of the 2006 World Series of Poker. The Jeff Gordon Foundation Poker Classic tournaments will begin in November with satellite tournaments at multiple Harrah's locations across the country, leading the way to the big event at Caesars Palace during the week of the annual Las Vegas race in March of 2006.

"Steeped in rich tradition and the common ground of giving fans a favorite champion to cheer, both the WSOP and stock car racing have taken their sports from the fringes of American society to making them the fastest-growing sports in the country," said Harrah's Senior Vice President of Brand Management, Ginny Shanks. "Now, this common ground has transcended to changing lives forever through Jeff's foundation, and we are extremely pleased with this new relationship and its focus."

To compliment his endeavors on the track, Gordon is a humanitarian leader through his work with The Jeff Gordon Foundation. Founded in 1999, the foundation supports The Leukemia and Lymphoma Society, Make- A-Wish Foundation, Riley Hospital for Children, The Marrow Foundation in partnership with the Hendrick Marrow Program, the Jeff Gordon Children's Hospital at NorthEast Medical Center and many other charities working on behalf of children with special needs.

"We are excited about teaming with Chris and the WSOP to raise funds for children and families in need of support," said Gordon, a four-time NASCAR Cup Series champion. "I look forward to the opportunity to play against Chris at Caesars Palace and seeing many other motorsport fans, celebrities and other professional players going for the world class purse. To have the support for my foundation from Harrah's and the World Series of Poker tournament teamed with Chris' personal involvement is a great honor."

Watch for the big event to benefit the foundation at Caesars Palace where a shootout format will allow celebrities and pros, playing on behalf of the foundation, to join the final 20 tables. The event was created by Tony Loiacono and will be co- executive produced for television with Bischoff- Hervey Entertainment. On-camera, the competitors will take part in head-to-head competitions with their favorite professional poker players and celebrities while they participate in high-stakes fun for a world- class purse. In an auction, fans will have the opportunity to purchase special memorabilia like the customized Moneymaker Gaming Foundation poker table signed by Gordon and Moneymaker at today's press conference -- all with a focus on supporting the foundation.

Check for more information to participate in the satellite and final event at www.jeffgordonfoundation.com and www.worldseriesofpoker.com .

October 12, 2005

Online gambling a winner for Sportingbet

Robert Lea -

SPORTINGBET shrugged off the collapse in confidence in the future of internet gambling today, posting a fivefold increase in profits and a 50% rise in the amount of punting by its customers.

Chief executive Nigel Payne said: 'The whole thing has been overblown. From where I am standing, volumes up 50% this year after being in business for seven years is something any company in any industry in any part of the world would want.

'Our poker rake is up 71% year-on-year and 22% quarter on quarter. That is is not a slowdown.' Sportingbet, whose shares have fallen a fifth in a month, has been caught up in a �5bn sell-off of internet poker rooms and cyber casinos stocks, which has seen some of them halve in value.

Major players PartyGaming and Empire Online admitted that they believed the growth boom was at an end.

Sportingbet's pre-tax profits were �40m in the year to 31 July. Almost half of that came from its poker operations acquired last year, with underlying profits from its sports betting business up 54%. The company is paying a maiden dividend of 1p.

Payne claims that his 'multiproduct' business model works better than poker-only or casino-only websites.

Source: This is Money

October 11, 2005

PartyGaming move points to peak in online gambling

By Nils Pratley -

Investor confidence in internet poker hit a new low yesterday as PartyGaming, the market leader, effectively forced a divorce on the so-called "skin" companies whose online marketing skills have helped to fuel the game's astonishing growth.

PartyGaming's decision to sever long-standing partnerships with these "white-label" operators will be seen as the start of intense competition among poker sites. Until now, most sites have concentrated on recruiting newcomers to online gambling. Yesterday's move may herald competition for established players.

Shares in Empire Online, potentially the biggest loser from PartyGaming's decision, fell 34%. A month ago, when it received a takeover approach from Sportingbet, Empire was valued at over �800m; it is now worth �350m.

PartyGaming shed more than 11% to hit a new low of 71p, almost 40% below its June flotation price. It was not helped by Empire's comments that the overall poker market is "flattish".

That heightened fears, first raised by PartyGaming's warning of a slowdown last month, that the online poker phenomenon may have peaked. Sportingbet, owner of Paradise Poker, lost 7% and freshly floated 888, which operates Pacific Poker, fell 11%.

Skin companies such as Empire have contributed to the rise of online poker and casino games by recruiting potential players through techniques including paying incentives to third-party affiliates such as bloggers and other websites. Until its purchase of Noble Poker a few weeks ago, Empire did not own any intellectual property or proprietary operating platforms. Instead, its poker players were directed to PartyGaming's Party Poker network under an arrangement covering everything from payment to customer support services.

The two companies used to regard the relationship as mutually beneficial. Party Poker's tables gained new players, while Empire received a royalty fee that was regarded by outsiders as generous. However, over the weekend PartyGaming switched its nine million players to a new operating platform that will not be accessible to those who arrive via Empire and three other skin companies, including Coral Eurobet.

PartyGaming said: "Party Poker players will now play on their own private tables and benefit from a number of new and exciting products that are exclusive."

Richard Segal, PartyGaming's chief executive, said the switch was "in the best interests of our customers and shareholders" and merely said of erstwhile partners: "We will continue to maintain and support the poker system we provide for the skins."

Empire tried to put a brave face on what it called "a temporary setback". Chief executive Noam Lanir said PartyGaming was "showing their concerns about our dramatic growth compared to them and the entire industry".

Source: Guardian Unlimited

October 10, 2005

Rapid growth of online gambling bestows a tide of troubles

By Lisa Bachelor -

Four of a kind, full house and royal flush. Such phrases are music to the ears of dedicated poker players - and now novices as the game enjoys a surge in popularity due to the proliferation of internet gambling websites.

The Gambling Commission, the independent regulator for gambling in Britain, was launched last week but will not have responsibility for the regulation of 'remote gambling' until 2007, when the gambling bill comes to fruition.

In the meantime, according to charities and other debt specialists, the rise in popularity of online gambling is leading to a rise in the levels of unserviceable debt among participants.

The charity GamCare, which helps those who have been harmed by gambling dependency, says the average online gambling debt in 2004 was �25,676 - a rise of �5,000 from the year before, and a figure that it expects to increase further this year.

It says there are now about 1,700 gambling websites, in addition to interactive television channels and mobile phones offering gambling services.

The charity says that while it sees people addicted to all sorts of gambling, online betting has a unique set of characteristics that could lead to an increase in gambling problems and the associated debt that go with them. These include the ability to gamble 24 hours a day, the risk of access by children and the decrease in the perception of the value of cash.

'Online gambling is still in its infancy and the numbers running into trouble are still low compared with more traditional gambling such as horse racing and fruit machines,' says Andrew Poole, the online services coordinator at GamCare. 'However, we are seeing a rapid growth in online gambling debts and part of this has been down to the explosion in internet poker sites.'

The online casino PartyGaming, which recently launched on the stock market, is predicting a rise in online gambling of 22 per cent a year over the next five years and a 44 per cent rise for the most popular game, poker.

Insolvency specialist The Debt Advisor says it is already seeing victims of the new trend, and believes that the rise in online betting will add to the UK's growing debt problem. It cites one client who ran up debts of �100,000 playing online poker in internet casinos.

'There has always been a certain proportion of debt problems due to gambling, but the internet allows people to run up debts much more easily and much faster,' says Bev Budsworth of The Debt Advisor.

'Unlike traditional gambling venues, where there is very much a cash culture, online gambling relies on credit cards. Once you have registered your card details you can play for as long as your credit limit allows without breaking off to get more money.'

Budsworth adds that many online gamblers follow the traditional pattern of trying to 'chase their debts', betting more and more heavily in an increasingly desperate attempt to win back the money to pay them off.

The rise in internet gambling means that the profile of the 'typical' gambler is also changing. 'We are now seeing significant numbers of women gambling online, and part of this has been fuelled by the launch of internet bingo sites. One online gambling website provider recently told us they take more through bingo than through poker and other casino games put together,' says Poole.

'The internet is also introducing people to games they might not have previously engaged in and removes the stigma associated with going to the bookies. It is particularly worrying that, while most people participate in some form of gambling, it is often a social thing - whereas online gambling is done in isolation.'

The Consumer Credit Counselling Service (CCCS), a debt charity, also says it has seen increasing evidence of online gambling leading to problems. Last week it counselled a man who had run up �54,000 on 11 credit cards and loans by spreadbetting on the internet. He came to the charity once he was unable to get any more credit.

'One of the problems is that online betting is an intimate activity that people can do at home with no one watching,' says Jane Bellis, a debt counsellor who works with the CCCS.

She says that all the 12 counsellors in her branch have seen at least one person coming to them with internet gambling debts in the past two months. 'The other problem is that online gambling allows you to access your credit card account and up the limit on your card while online. One man told us that he applies for credit cards online while he is gambling.'

The new legislation, to be overseen by the Gambling Commission, will bring in a number of licensing conditions for gambling websites, which will require them to demonstrate that they are operating responsibly. These will include obtaining proper verification that a gambler is over 18 and allowing gamblers to set deposit limits and time limits themselves - something some sites do already.

Bellis says it is often difficult to recommend bankruptcy to those who have run up gambling debts, as recent changes in the law mean that they could face a longer bankruptcy - up to 15 years - than those who run up debts through life problems such as redundancy or divorce. These people now only face a year as a bankrupt.

Before charities like the CCCS start giving advice, they will ask a gambler if he has started dealing with his problem - but they are always ready to offer help.

'At the end of the day a debt is a debt, however it was run up, and we offer whatever advice is best to people in that position,' says Bellis.

� GamCare: 0845 6000 133 www.gamcare.org.uk

� CCCS: 0800 138 1111

Debts just shot up to �60,000

Chris, a well-paid professional in his late forties, had always liked to dabble in a bit of gambling since his teenage years. However, his problem worsened over the past few years, beginning when his wife became ill and was unable to work - and when he switched to online gambling.

He started out running up debts on his credit cards, but then began to take out small loans - and as the debts mounted he tried to gamble his way out of trouble. He then attempted to consolidate his debts and before he knew it he was in debt to the tune of �60,000.

Chris now attends counselling and has stopped gambling. 'He has entered into an individual voluntary arrangement (IVA) with his creditors,' says The Debt Advisor. 'This allows him to clear his debt by making fixed monthly payments over five years with the rest written off.' He is forbidden from obtaining credit while he is in this arrangement and, therefore, cannot get further into debt.

How to control your gambling

Addicted to poker? GamCare recommends the following tips for those who are gambling online:

1. Keep track of the time you are playing for.

2. Only spend what you can afford to lose - remember that the numbers on screen are real money.

3. Avoid chasing your losses.

4. If you are a parent, keep your password safe and, if you wish, use software to block access to gambling sites from your children.

5. Look for sites with options where you can set your own spend and session limits.

6. If you are having a problem, then you can request to be self-excluded from the site. See www.gamblock.com for details.

Source: Guardian

October 7, 2005

Young men 'obsessed' with gambling

Gambling has become the most popular vice among young men, with many now "obsessed" with having a flutter, according to a new study.

Men in Scotland are the biggest gamblers, with half of young men spending an average of �40 a month on the habit, the survey found.

The increase in the number of online sites has made it easier to gamble, while celebrities have made gambling more fashionable, said men's magazine Nuts.

The poll showed that most men gambled to make an event more interesting or were convinced they would win a serious amount of money.

The survey was conducted on 1,000 men and women aged between 18 and 35.

Phil Hilton, editor of Nuts, said: "Gambling's explosion can be attributed to men's innate drive for competition.

"Gambling has recently been accepted as a sport or hobby and the fact that people are winning money only serves to make it more appealing.

"Gone are the days that gambling is for mugs."

Source: The Scotsman

October 6, 2005

Brits gambling their money online

Each year UK residents risk �1.5 billion of their hard-earned cash by placing it on bets online.

A new poll reveals that the majority of Britons now stake between �10 and �20 each week on online gambling sites like betfair and 888.com - with Londoners and Scots the most addicted.

Two Scottish residents in five admit to placing �50 of bets a week, while one Londoner in ten stakes a staggering �300 to �500 every week, the Virgin Money poll reveals.

Residents of the south-west spend the most time playing poker or backing horses with one in 20 saying they spend up to five hours gambling online each day.

Overall 93 per cent of the 2,000 people polled for the financial firm said that they had tried gambling online.

"There�s no doubt online gambling and betting has become incredibly popular across the country � and these figures prove it," said a Virgin Money spokesman.

He added: "The internet � as with so many other areas of life - has simply made something people already enjoy even easier to access and new sites are springing up all the time.

"Gambling can be both fun and rewarding but punters should only spend what they can afford to lose."

Men favoured football sites when having a flutter online, with lottery and casino games the next top choices.

Women defied stereotypes with horse racing coming in as their second favourite thing to bet on - with the lottery top.

Source: Household Finance News

October 5, 2005

New film spotlights high stakes gambling

NEW YORK, Oct. 5 /PRNewswire/ - On October 7th, the highly anticipated film about the fast-paced world of sports gambling will premier in North America. Two for the Money, starring Al Pacino and Matthew McConaughey, follows the path of wheelers and dealers whose fortunes are won and lost betting on sports.

Sportsbook.com, the largest sportsbook and casino on the planet, would like to offer you the opportunity to speak with its chief odds maker, Peter Childs, to get an in-depth perspective on the world of sports gambling.

Some of the topics Peter can discuss include:

- Hollywood vs. Reality - what's the sports gambling business really like?
- The popularity of sports gambling
- How odds are developed
- How to read the odds

About Sportsbook.com

Sportsbook.com is the largest sportsbook and casino on the planet, offering numerous products including sports betting, horse racing, poker, casino and virtual games. It is the flagship brand for Sportingbet PLC, (LSE: SBT). Headquartered in London, England, Sportingbet is the world's largest publicly traded online betting, gambling and gaming company.

Source:Sportsbook.com

October 4, 2005

Cantor Fitzgerald Launches Online Casino

LONDON, September 29 /PRNewswire/ -- Cantor Fitzgerald has today announced the launch of Cantor Casino, an online casino offering customers a range of games including roulette, blackjack, video poker, video slots, mini baccarat as well as two popular Asian games, Pai Gow and Sic Bo. Cantor Casino is the first product to emerge from newly formed Cantor Gaming, an online and mobile gaming business, which will offer managed facilities for online casinos to a variety of companies in the UK and Europe.

Cantor Casino will initially be offered to the existing sophisticated and knowledgeable investors associated with both the Cantor Fitzgerald and Cantor Index groups, as well as tapping into the existing pool of online gamers.

Tom Kenny, Chief Operating Officer of Cantor Gaming said today:

"Cantor Fitzgerald already has access to a considerable and knowledgeable client base so it makes sense to offer a new product that compliments some of our activities in both spread and fixed odds betting."

Cantor Gaming will develop and operate online and mobile casinos on behalf of a range of major companies in consumer related sectors. Cantor Gaming, in line with the US Department of Justice's position on remote gambling, has made it its policy not to accept casino customers from the US. This policy should enable companies who are cautious of acting contrary to the Department of Justice's position to offer an on-line casino to their client base via Cantor Gaming's `white label' solution.

Tom Kenny continued:

"Historically, the Cantor Index group has successfully white labelled a number of services including CFDs, spread betting, and most recently a financial fixed odds service through Ladbrokes. Cantor Gaming is in discussion with a number of companies who want to develop relationships with their customer base by taking advantage of the current popularity of online casinos."

Notes to editors

About Tom Kenny

Tom Kenny, 36, joined Cantor Gaming as Chief Operating Officer in May 2005, having previously founded Tecbet, a management consultancy specialising in payments, anti-fraud, customer ID verification and compliance for the remote gambling industry. Tecbet's clients include Victor Chandler International, Betfair, Bet365, Betinternet, Cantor Gaming and numerous others gambling operators.

Prior to Tecbet, Tom was Vice President e-business with Citibank in London. He is a graduate of Balliol College, University of Oxford and has an MBA from ESADE Barcelona.

Distributed by PR Newswire on behalf of Cantor Fitzgerald

October 2, 2005

888.com to launch 888.biz

The worlds most successful Internet Gambling Company is launching a Multi-Level Marketing Company called 888.biz, on November 1, 2005.

How does the program work?

The program allows you to build a business and make money by referring players to online Casino and poker games; you can then build a team of other reps that also refer players to 888.com

What does it cost to join the programme?

In order to join the program you need to purchase a replicating website for $100 annual subscription. This website is essential for operating your business. From this website you can register players, register new reps and track the progress of your business via the back office system. Once your initial annual subscription has expired you need to maintain your website subscription by purchasing quarterly website subscriptions at $20 per quarter.

How do we register and track players?

You should direct people to your 888.biz website where they can review information about registering for poker or casino. Once they have reviewed this information they can then sign up directly from your website and your tracking code will be carried through to 888.com systems in order that this player will be tracked back to you.

Do players get any sort of incentive to register via my website?

Yes, players registering via www.888.com will receive a standard sign on bonus of:
Casino � 100% bonus on their initial deposit up to a maximum of $200
Poker � 25% bonus on their initial deposit up to a maximum of $100

But players registering via our home page will receive:
Casino � 110% bonus on their initial deposit up to a maximum of $200
Poker � 30% bonus on their initial deposit up to a maximum of $100

When is commission paid on a player I have recommended?

Obviously we will only pay for players that are genuine players. The first step is that players need to be a New Player (NP). Players are counted as NPs for poker once they have deposited $20 and for casino $50. Within 2 working days of a player registering via your website and making the required deposit, they will be shown in the back office part of your website. However we need to check that the players are actually using the casino and poker prior to paying commission on them. In the middle and at the end of the month, we will run checks on all the New Players in order to make sure that they are genuine players that actually play at the casino or poker. Once we have verified that the new player referred by you is a genuine player he will become an Approved New Player (ANP) then commission is payable on this player. Once these checks have been completed in the middle and end of the month then this player will be updated in the back office part of your website with ANP status.

I understand you runs a �Refer a Friend� programme. Will players I have referred be paid for referring friends?

We promote to all players the ability to refer a friend and receive $50 commission. It is not possible to exclude players recommended via this programme from the "refer a friend" activity so you need to make sure that you get your new players to refer their friends to you before they recommend them directly to us.

Can I make my own website to promote the program?

No, you can only use the replicated site provided to promote the programme and to gather players. Any rep that uses our names or logos on any website other than the company website will be expelled from the programme. You can however link to your website from other websites as long as the website you are linking from does not use our names or logos.

How am I paid commission?

All commissions are paid into your Neteller account. Once you have registered as a rep you will need to register a Neteller account via http://www.neteller.com/ab/ Neteller will provide you with your account code. Once you have received your account number you will need to add this to your account with us so we can pay your commissions. Commissions are calculated in the first 10 days of the month for the preceding month and paid into your Neteller account shortly thereafter.

Can I refer players to both casino and poker?

Yes, casino and poker are different businesses to us so you if you recommend a player to both you will receive two different commissions one for poker and one for casino.

Can I register myself for poker and casino?

Yes you can register for poker and or casino and as long as you are a genuine player you will receive commission for referring yourself.

What activity do I need to do each month in order to be eligible to receive commissions?

Commissions can only be paid to you if your rep account is active. This means that you have either;
Refer an ANP or rep that month and players personally referred by you, including yourself, have bet at least $100

OR

Players personally referred by you, including yourself, have bet at least $300
Can I register more than one person on the same computer?

No, in order to stop fraud we track a computer�s unique code at the time a player signs up. So we will only pay commission on one poker and one casino player per computer.

How do I find out if I have been promoted and how does this affect my commissions?

In order to achieve the initial promotion levels you need to register a combination of players and reps. Players need to achieve ANP status in order to count towards a promotion. NPs are added to your account within 2 working days of registering in order that you can track your progress. Due to the anti fraud checks that need to be completed ANPs are added to your account twice a month, in the middle and shortly after the end of the month. As a result if your promotion requires a rep you can be promoted at the time that the rep registers but if your promotion requires an ANP then your promotion will happen on one of the two occasions in the month that ANPs are uploaded. Commissions calculated at the end of the month will then calculate your commission based on your promotion level at the end of the month for initial levels in the plan � rep, half8, active8, double8 & triple8. However for the top promotion levels you need to have achieved this level at the beginning of the month in order to be paid at this level.

Can I lose my promotion level?

No once you have qualified at a level you stay at this level.

How do I get started?

write: aaron@winningstreak.com