High demand crashes B.C. gambling website
First-ever government-run online casino in North America
The British Columbia Lottery Corporation's expanded online gambling website PlayNow.com crashed hours after its launch Thursday due to overwhelming popular demand, an official says.
Michael Graydon, president of the corporation, said the casino site saw so much traffic it had to be closed for maintenance.
It's been an overwhelming success with people in British Columbia to the point where we hit 100 per cent capacity in the first ...
Jul 17, 2010, 10:00 am - Lottery News forum
N.H. Lottery delays online game amid controversy
The state Lottery Commission has pulled back its planned July 1 launch of new games that add an Internet element to scratch ticket gambling.
In an announcement late yesterday, the commission said it will push back the soft launch of PlayNowNH.com, and use the time to educate state leaders about its new interactive game.
The commission ran into stiff headwinds among lawmakers last week when it posted advance notice on its website of the PlayNowNH suite of games. The Legislature rejected ex ...
Jun 29, 2010, 7:44 am - Lottery News forum
NH Lottery offering online gambling games
Gamblers will be able to buy lottery tickets in New Hampshire next week to play online a move seen by some as an expansion of the kind of gambling that state lawmakers oppose.
PlayNowNH interactive games go on sale July 1.
In them, players choose the game baseball, super slots, speed bingo or New Hampshire poker and the amount they want to play.
For example, players can buy chances for the $1 baseball game on one ticket or a separate ticket with chances for the $5 poker game. They can b ...
Jun 25, 2010, 7:30 am - Lottery News forum
N.C. Senate approves Internet sweepstakes ban
The North Carolina Senate overwhelmingly approved legislation Monday to shutter hundreds of new businesses that bill supporters argue are offering just another form of illegal video poker where people buy phone or Internet time, then play games on computer screens to win cash and prizes.
By a vote of 47-1, the chamber continued its long history of opposing video gambling, this time through electronic and computer-based devices springing up at new sweepstakes cafes or business centers.
Jun 22, 2010, 9:40 am - Lottery News forum
US Rep. introduces revised Internet gambling bill
In March, Rep. Jim McDermott (D-WA) announced that he was re-introducing legislation to tax licensed Internet gambling in the U.S.
The bill, known as the Internet Gambling Regulation and Tax Enforcement Act, is a companion to legislation introduced by Rep. Barney Frank that would license and regulate online gambling. Rep. McDermott's bill includes new provisions that weren't in the original version introduced in October, including a revenue incentive for States that could generate up to an es ...
May 17, 2010, 7:45 am - Lottery News forum
US delays crackdown on Internet gambling
The US Treasury Department and Federal Reserve Board delayed for six months on Friday the enforcement of new rules designed to crack down on Internet gambling.
In a joint statement, the Treasury Department and Federal Reserve said US financial institutions were being given until June 1, 2010 to be in compliance with the Unlawful Internet Gambling Enforcement Act.
The act, which would ban US banks, credit card and financial companies from handling unlawful Internet gambling bets, had been s ...
Nov 28, 2009, 6:52 am - Lottery News forum
Poland proposes online gambling ban
Following weeks of political scandal, Polish Prime Minister Donald Tusk is determined to ban online gambling in the EU-member state.
The new legislation will outlaw all gambling that takes place outside land-based casinos, including online gambling, while imposing higher taxes on legal gambling operators. The first draft of the proposed reform will be ready in two weeks.
Internet gamblers may shrug off yet another crack down on their favorite past time, given that numerous countries have i ...
Nov 11, 2009, 3:10 pm - Lottery News forum
Feds freeze online poker champ's winnings
Federal officials order banks to freeze millions in online poker winnings
On the Sunday before Memorial Day, David made the big time.
Winning $10,000 in an online poker tournament made him eligible for the upcoming World Series of Poker, the game's premier event, where hundreds of players amateur and professional descend on Las Vegas from around the world to play for a multimillion-dollar pot.
To register, he simply had to cash a check cut by a company that processed payments for the po ...
Jun 11, 2009, 11:20 pm - Lottery News forum
Internet gambling bill awaits house vote
Legislation seeks to enable some forms of online gambling such as Internet poker and wagering on horse racing
Congress is moving closer to passing legislation that will relieve U.S. financial services companies from implementing bans on Internet gambling as the Payments System Protection Act (H.R. 6870) was approved by the House Committee on Financial Services and appears headed for a possible vote by the full House next week.
Pushed by the committee's chairman, Rep. Barney Frank, D-Mass., ...
Jun 10, 2009, 7:51 pm - Lottery News forum
Online poker group says gov't seized $30M in player payouts
In the latest skirmish in the battle over Internet gambling, online poker advocates say the government has frozen more than $30 million in payouts affecting thousands of players.
The Poker Players Alliance released a statement Tuesday claiming that the U.S. attorney for the Southern District of New York instructed four banks to freeze accounts belonging to online payment processors. John Pappas, the group's executive director, claims the frozen accounts contain funds owed to 27,000 players wh ...
Jun 10, 2009, 7:45 pm - Lottery News forum