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Latest Gambling News: August 2017
Mon 21 August 2017
Last week Nevada Governor Kenny Guinn put his signature on a bill that lays the foundation for legalized online casino gambling based in his state. A similar bill in New Jersey hasn't been accepted as warmly and it is not expected to pass. And for those who were clinging to the belief that New Jersey will turn the corner and approve Net betting like Nevada did, the Garden State's attorney general, John J. Farmer, stamped an emphatic "I don't think so!" on the matter last week by filing civil complaints against three online casinos. AlohaCasino.com, RoyalClubCasino.com and 7Sultans.com are all accused of unlawfully advertising their services in New Jersey as well as taking bets from customers within the state's borders (including minors). According to Farmer, as outlined in the complaints, offering real-money online casino games to New Jersey bettors is deemed illegal by the state's constitution.
A number of Internet gambling software suppliers exhibited their wares at the third annual Global Interactive Gaming Summit & Expo earlier this month in Toronto and several of them used the event as a platform for introducing new software. Chartwell Technologies and GamblingSoftware.com both offered glimpses of new casino games with Flash interfaces. Boss Media, meanwhile, displayed its new Java-based games, while World Gaming (formally Starnet) exhibited its new suite of downloadable games. Most of the software displayed at the show isn't yet available online for real-money gambling, but if all goes as planned, several casinos will be featuring the new wares by mid summer.
The jackpot total for Jackpot Mania's Rags to Riches progressive slot game has reached a record-breaking $236,000. The game is available at online casinos powered by CryptoLogic software and is also accessible through Crypto's progressive network portal at www.jackpotmania.com. Crypto says the lucky person who hits it will be the "biggest (online) jackpot winner of all time." The previous Jackpot Mania record of $235,661.88 was won by "Creed" playing Crypto's Caribbean Poker progressive in March.
Gambling software supplier Boss Media has signed a licensing deal with Casino.Net Ltd. The agreement calls for Boss Media to develop an online casino for Casino.Net. The new site is scheduled to launch this autumn and will include many of Boss Media's acclaimed multi-player games.
Offline Casino Bits
The world's most popular board game is now a multi-player blackjack table game. Mikohn Gaming Corp. announced this week that its Monopoly Blackjack Edition(TM) game, through an exclusive licensing agreement with Hasbro, Inc., has been approved in both Nevada and Mississippi. The first table was just installed at Bighorn Casino in North Las Vegas. The game, complete with sound and animation, has a bonus feature that is triggered when a player is dealt a blackjack.
One lucky gambler will soon become a record-breaking jackpot winner at a Native American casino. The California Megabucks(R) slot machine progressive jackpot has reached a record high of over $4 million. The jackpot rises throughout all the California Native American casinos as players plunk in their coins. One lucky player will strike it rich any day.
A Lottery Bit
According to a recent Associated Press article, Michigan lottery players are heading out to the casinos for a better chance at winning money. They feel that their odds of winning are better, and this attitude is causing Michigan lottery officials much concern. Lottery sales for April and May were down 17 percent. In addition to the higher odds of winning, lottery officials fear that gamblers are suffering from "jackpot fatigue." In other words, since some jackpots are outrageously high, no one wants to buy tickets for smaller jackpots. The Michigan Lottery will try several things to rev up its sales, such as pairing up with the Illinois or Ohio lottery.
A Bingo Bit
Bingo fans in Indonesia will soon be getting an interactive television show that will allow them to both watch and play for cash prizes from their living rooms. Valcom, Inc. and Anteve Television Network are teaming up for the elaborate project. The program will start as a full-hour show on Sept. 1, 2001.
Atlantic City Travel Bits
Spirit Airlines of Atlantic City has great news for casino-goers in Florida. The airline announced this week that it will revive its daily service between West Palm Beach, Fla., and Atlantic City International Airport. The flight, brought back by popular demand after being discontinued April 30, will run on a seasonal basis and will be available again starting Nov. 8. To promote the service, Spirit will offer one-way fares as low as $79 for travel between Nov. 8 and Dec. 13. Tickets must be purchased by July 10 to get the special rate. The regular ticket price will be set at $89 one way.
As of yesterday, Greyhound Lines, Inc. has increased its Lucky Streak casino service to take more passengers from New York City and Philadelphia to Atlantic City casinos. Due to an increase in demand, customers traveling from New York City can now choose from 37 daily schedules Monday-Thursday, and up to 65 schedules Friday-Sunday. Buses leave every 15 minutes on Saturday from 5:30 p.m. to 11 p.m., and hourly on Sunday from 12:30 a.m. to 7:30 a.m. Philadelphia residents can now choose from 20 daily schedules to Atlantic City casinos.
A Litigious Bit
A $1 million dollar jackpot has ended a 12-year friendship. Steven Kustura is suing his longtime pal, Walter Outjers, for allegedly hoarding the jackpot he promised to split. The men decided to pool their money and take turns pulling the slot arms at Melbourne, Australia's Crown Casino when Outjers hit a $1 million jackpot. Since then, he's been spending it like crazy and has made it known that he won't be giving Kustura one dime. A judge, however, says otherwise and has ordered an injunction to stop the spending spree until the matter is settled in court.
A Boating Bit
Ameristar Casinos Inc. of Las Vegas will soon expand its St. Louis-area casino. There will now be two vessels at the casino site, with the new one encompassing 115,000 feet. The new casino boat will hold 3,700 slot machines and 104 table games. The expansion's costs are estimated at $110 million.
A Morbid Bit
The remains of American tourist Carolyn Jamaica Noraini Abudllah were found in a shallow grave in Malaysia, where it is believed that she was sacrificed in a ritual to obtain winning lottery numbers. The wife and mother of three children had been missing since 1999.