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em: 13 de Outubro de 2008, 20:40
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Probability NGR up 10% as it benefits from ‘Lidl effect’ 

Second quarter key performance indicators (KPIs) for the three month period to the end of September for mobile gambling operator Probability revealed a 10% quarterly increase in net gaming revenues to £1.4m, compared with £1.2m on the previous quarter, the company announced this morning. 

Probability said this was achieved despite the “summer holiday” slowdown in July and August. Chief executive Charles Cohen added that his company was benefiting from what he called the ‘Lidl effect’ in reference to the credit crunch, with increasing numbers of players opting for low cost games, just as they would choose to shop in discount stores for their food and household goods.

Cohen said: “We offer a value proposition to our customers and if people are feeling the pinch elsewhere, we think the signs are we can benefit from the downturn. In a situation where some of the latest mobile games can cost upwards of £7, and there are Lottery scratchcards costing £2, the free download of a game such as Bingo! or The Italian Job, with stakes starting from 50p, gives customers fantastic value for money and the chance to win thousands in prizes on their mobile.”

Probability’s stockbrokers Collins Stewart said the firm was “in a compelling strategic position” to take advantage of its position as “mobile gaming supply remains limited” and the firm can leverage the distribution and marketing agreements it has with networks such as 3, T-Mobile and O2.


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The Victoria and New South Wales governments have announced that advertising restrictions which prevent bookmakers licensed elsewhere in Australia from advertising freely in the states are to be lifted.  In a joint statement, Victoria’s Minister for Racing Rob Hull said: “The proposed changes will create an opportunity for bookmakers in both Victoria and New South Wales to grow their businesses through advertising generally and will also provide new revenue streams for racing clubs in both states through advertising and race sponsorship.” NSW Minister for Gaming and Racing Kevin Greene said the decision had been prompted by March’s landmark High Court decision in favour of Betfair, which had “raised constitutional issues in relation to laws prohibiting interstate wagering operators from advertising in many Australian states.” Greene announced that both governments would move quickly to draft new advertising reforms and that current restrictions on overseas bookmakers would remain.

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The Football Association is to investigate the possibility of match-fixing after the Sunday Telegraph handed over a document outlining irregular betting activity in the Asian gambling market during a recent Championship game.

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The Poker Channel has announced an agreement with online video platform provider Brightcove to enable delivery of free advertising-supported video content on its Poker Channel Europe online portal. Poker Channel commercial director Chris White said: “With Brightcove’s technology, we can help make pokerchanneleurope.com  the premier destination for poker fans worldwide, and offer more ways to engage and interact with our audiences whether on TV or online.”


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Atlantic City Casino Reveals Biggest Ever Monthly Drop

Casino revenue in Atlantic City, New Jersey, has revealed its biggest monthly decline since gambling first began in the seaside gaming destination in 1978. Higher fuel and food costs which leave gamblers with less disposable income for entertainment is being blamed as the main course for the decline.

In September, revenue from gambling in Atlantic City fell by 15 percent to $356 million, beating the previous record set in January 1994 when revenue fell by 14 percent from the previous month. Revenue fell heavier from slot machines which fell by 19 percent than revenue from tables which declined by only 6.2 percent.

Robert LaFleur, a casino analyst at the Susquehanna Financial Group LLP in Stamford, Connecticut, said, “These numbers would have been weak if it was bright and sunny all month and there were no casinos in Pennsylvania. If money’s tight, there’s just not as much cash in your pocket to go to Atlantic City at the end of the week for a few hours.”

Daniel Heneghan, a Gambling commission spokesman, also said in an e-mail that September proceeds were partly affected by rainy weather, the fact that the Labor Day weekend was the last weekend in August, and that the month of September had one less weekend than last year.

All 11 properties in Atlantic City last month reported a revenue decline with resorts losing the most with the biggest drop at 33 percent.

In an attempt to reduce the declines next month, Atlantic City Council has voted to postpone a full smoking ban on casino floors to October 15 rather than October 8.



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em: 13 de Outubro de 2008, 20:42
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More Football Match Fixing Claims Surface

The Football Association is to examine match-fixing allegations involving a Championship match sent to them by the Sunday Telegraph newspaper.

Bookmakers reportedly detected a "massive movement" in bets in Asia in an unspecified Championship match at around half-time.

As well as the FA, the Sunday Telegraph has sent a document to the Gambling Commission over the betting patterns.

"We will consider any evidence brought to our attention," said the FA.

British betting exchange SpreadEx first notified of the unusual action.

In the Asian gambling market it is common to place a handicap on one of the teams, according to The Telegraph. In this case the handicap made an enormous, unexplained swing that would indicate a major on-field event when nothing of that nature had occurred. However, later in the match a major on-field event did occur.

After investigating what our source described as "strange patterns" in betting, The Sunday Telegraph sent a document to the FA and the Gambling Commission on Friday. An FA spokesman said: "We will consider any evidence which is brought to our attention. We are committed to thoroughly investigate any allegations of this nature."



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em: 13 de Outubro de 2008, 20:42
Eu só gostava que fosse aquele golo aos 89 minutos contra o Tourquay...



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