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em: 21 de Outubro de 2008, 15:40
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Google performs U-turn on gambling terms in the UK

Google will make a major about-turn tomorrow by lifting restrictions on paid search gambling terms in the UK.

The search giant is to allow all licensed UK gambling and gaming companies to run AdWords campaigns for the first time since June 2007.

Furthermore, gambling and gaming companies within the European Economic Area licensed by their relevant authorities will also be allowed to run UK campaigns.

The volte face comes 16 months after the search giant enforced a blanket ban on all forms of gambling advertising on AdWords, such as for bingo, casino and play-for-fun sites.

The initial ban was enforced as part of a company-wide, global move Google said at the time, but now the company's industry head James Cashmore said it was ensuring that local markets were served in the appropriate manner.

"Dennis Woodside (Google VP and MD for UK, Benelux & Ireland) and the team have been reviewing policies both from a legal and user need point of view at a local level," he said. "I definitely think that local markets will make more decisions in the future."

Google was initially criticised by gaming and gambling companies for not providing them with evidence that its users wanted the ban to be enforced.

Cashmore said Google had been reviewing the policy for almost a year, denying that the current economic climate had forced its hand.

"This is not a decision that's been made quickly; it's been something that's been under discussion for months."

Cashmore added that it had consulted with advertisers and the Gambling Commission as part of its review.

The move is set to see millions of pounds return to AdWords from gaming and gambling companies.


Finalmente começou o fim da hipocrisia.
http://www.nma.co.uk/Articles/40030/Google+performs+U-turn+on+gambling+terms+in+the+UK.html



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Topping hails "transformational" Playtech deal

William Hill chief executive Ralph Topping hailed the agreement with Playtech as “transformational” and said the two firms' product suites complemented each other strongly.

Playtech has signed an initial five-year agreement with William Hill to supply the UK bookmaker with its online casino and poker solutions and the acquisition of affiliate and marketing companies Uniplay International and Six Digits Trading from Playtech founder Teddy Sagi for a total consideration of £144.5m (US$250m).

Playtech will transfer the purchased assets immediately to William Hill Online (WHO), the newly-set up online division for William Hill, in return for a 29% stake in the firm. Henry Birch, former chief executive of Gaming & Leisure, has been appointed chief executive of the new Hill’s entity.

William Hill will be able to buy out Playtech’s interest after four and six years while Playtech will be allowed to increase its stake in WHO to 32% of the company, depending on certain conditions relating to the integration being met. The agreement costs will come to £24m, for capital expenditure, transaction and integration costs, William Hill said.

Speaking at an analyst presentation yesterday morning, Topping said the agreement with Playtech was “transformational” and complementary for both firms.

Topping said: “In common with the rest of the betting industry, retail has been struggling and online gaming will be a strong driver of growth in the future. Our online gaming offering previously wasn’t good enough. We provide a recognised and trusted brand in sports betting and Playtech has a very strong brand in online poker and casino; this is why the two firms complement each other so well. In addition, William Hill’s client base is very UK-focused, while Playtech generates 92% of its revenues from non-UK customers.”

Asked how Playtech’s current licensees felt about the company entering into such an agreement with one of their key competitors, Avigur Zmora, non-executive director of Playtech, said: “We worked very hard to make sure we structured this deal in such a way that we take a passive role as a shareholder (in William hill Online).

"At first we were pitching for a software licence and Ralph Topping said: “It’s not what I’m looking for, I want to change my business. How can you help?”  It came at the right time for us. Since it’s a passive investment, we believe that we will be able to do as we have done so far and provide the same level of service to all our licensees going forward. I won’t say our licensees are necessarily in love with this transaction, but I’m sure everybody will understand that we will have a huge upside as far as financials are concerned.”   

Uniplay and Six Digits generated profits of £5.8m for the full year 2007 and in the six months to the end of June had combined revenues of £26m and net earnings of £5.3m. Playtech said the net earnings were growing rapidly and the current annualised run rate for both companies was set at around £18m. 

The Playtech involvement in WHO will be passive, the firm will have no operational involvement and will not sit on its board. William Hill’s estimate for its online operations for 2008 is of net revenues of £190m and earnings before interest, tax and amortisation of £75m. 

William Hill’s current contract with CryptoLogic for its poker and casino platform is due to run out at the start of 2010 and the company will offer both CryptoLogic and Playtech platforms throughout 2009 before being supplied exclusively by Playtech from 2010.


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Online payments specialist Neteller had launched its Net prepaid card for its e-wallet customers through its partnership with TransSend Payment Services. Neteller’s e-wallet users will be able to add Net  cards to their accounts in virtual prepaid or simple prepaid mode. The virtual card can be used online wherever MasterCard is accepted, while the prepaid version is a chip and PIN card that allows consumers to access funds at points-of-sale or by withdrawing cash at ATMs.

Interactive bingo solutions provider Parlay Entertainment has launched the ParlayGames product suite. The package is made up of more than 60 Flash games and includes slots, lottery, video poker, keno and casino games, with classic titles such as Bring Home the Bacon, Gorgeous George and Trolling For Treasure. The games are designed to easily plug into operators’ back end systems, whether or not they are Parlay bingo licensees. The company plans to expand its product offering with new games to be rolled out in the near future.

Entraction has launched Finnish bingo site Bingohuone, the first on the new bingo network it launched at the end of last week. The chief executive of Entraction, Peter Åström, said: “Bingohuone is the first site in the bingo network, but we have already signed agreements with additional partner sites. We see a large potential in bingo, but more than anything it makes Entraction a strong provider of online gaming.”

Online cash payment firm Ukash has appointed Paul Coxhill as its new marketing director following a major investment deal with South African Blue Label Telecoms last month. Coxhill has over 10 years experience in international and UK retail banking and will oversee the Ukash marketing team.

Skill gaming site CasinoRip has released its brand new slots game based on traditional poker and three-card brag scoring. Each of three reels corresponds to a full deck of 52 playing cards and winning reel combinations are based on the flushes, runs and prials of traditional card games. CasinoRIP chief executive Kevin Dale said: “We took months to develop the game because of the highly complex strategies that needed modelling, but we also concentrated on making it a lot of fun. It’s familiar, it’s extremely playable and there’s a great chance of winning – we’re pretty excited about it.”



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Levy Planned to Force UK Industry to Fund Problem Gambling Care

The UK government is planning to implement a levy to force the gambling industry to contribute funds to help problem gamblers unless it can reach agreement on voluntary funding for at least the next three years.
 
In a letter addressed to Brian Pomeroy, Chairman of the UK Gambling Commission, Sports Minister Gerry Sutcliffe said "there must be a firm and guaranteed commitment to a minimum amount which must be met by the industry for the next three years to allow for medium-term planning".

The Gambling Commission had earlier written to Mr. Sutcliffe recommending that preparations be put in place for the introduction of a statutory levy from April 2009. This followed the Gambling Commission's failure to reach agreement with the Responsibility in Gambling Trust (RIGT) and individual industry stakeholders on a satisfactory funding commitment for the next three years.

Based on the RIGT's business plan, the Commission proposed that funding levels for each of the next three years be £5.4 million, £6.35 million, and £7.2 million, or at least £5 million per annum during the current uncertain economic climate. The Commission also proposed improved voluntary arrangements, encapsulated in a draft Memorandum of Understanding, which would provide for an Independent Strategy Board together with a new fundraising body.
 
The Commission recommended that the minister immediately prepare for the introduction of a statutory levy, while asking that he endorse the improved voluntary arrangement proposed by the Commission. The Commission also requested that these arrangements remain on the table should the industry and the RIGT wish to take them up.

In his response Mr. Sutcliffe agreed to use the £5 million per annum figure as a starting point with a commitment to an "upward sum in future years", but said that it was "reasonable to expect the industry to make a commitment to the funding amounts set out in RIGT's business plan".

He said that the funding targets would be subject to annual review on a rolling basis by the DCMS, Gambling Commission and a new fundraising body for which the industry would be responsible.

Mr. Sutcliffe confirmed that an Independent Strategy Board would be set up, either under a voluntary or statutory arrangement, so that the Gambling Commission can fulfil its obligations as advisor to the DCMS. The Board would be set up in collaboration between the DCMS and the industry.

Discussions between the Commission and the gambling industry about improved voluntary arrangements have proved difficult in recent times, with the industry finding it impossible to find an equitable way to commit to funds to help problem gamblers. Earlier this year £4.5 million was raised by the industry for the 2008/9 financial year, with most of the donations coming from the leading gambling companies and little from the 'smaller' companies which make up the majority of licensed operators.

Mr. Sutcliffe said he hoped the industry would find a way to come forward with an immediate and firm commitment to the proposed improved voluntary arrangements and associated committed funding. He added that they were running out of time if a levy is to be avoided.



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Rank Says MD of Blue Square to Step Down

The search is on at Rank's interactive gaming division Blue Square for a new Managing Director following the announced departure of Martin Belsham.

The company said in a stock market announcement yesterday that it has already begun a process to select Belsham's successor and that Rank CEO Ian Burke will assume direct operational responsibility of the business in the interim.

It is unclear when the change will take effect and no reason was given for Belsham's departure.

The announcement follows the publication last week of Rank's interim results for the period to October 12th which showed an 8% fall in total revenues. The company's interactive division reported a 1% increase in revenue thanks to a strong performance from MeccaBingo.com, however the flagship Blue Square sportsbook saw revenues decline by 11% versus the same period last year.

"On behalf of the board I would like to thank Martin for his efforts in developing the Group's interactive gambling capability over the past five-and-a-half years," said Ian Burke. "During that period, he has been instrumental in transforming Blue Square from an online and telephone sportsbook to a broad gaming business, with particular strength in online bingo."

Shares in Rank Group plc (LSE:RNK) closed yesterday in London at 60.75 pence, up 1.25%.



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Sunday Bloody Sunday for Sports Bettors

Sunday was by far one of the best NFL weekends the online bookmakers have seen in quite some time while the public suffered a massacre of sorts.

Bookies big wins included a Green Bay victory, San Diego losing to the Bills, the Jets losing in overtime to the Oakland Raiders and the Cowboys losing outright to the St. Louis Rams.

"The losers were the most bet on teams of the weekend," explains Payton O'Brien, Senior Editor of Gambling911.com. "It started with the Colts being the single most wagered on team of the weekend and they were 34-14 by Green Bay."

In fact, 93 percent of the betting action was going towards Indianapolis.

San Diego was also heavily bet on but lost against Buffalo.

As for Dallas losing their third straight to a team the likes of St. Louis, which incidentally won its second straight to supposedly two of the best teams in the league, it was a killer. 85 percent of the action was going towards Dallas.

Tennessee, Chicago and the New York Giants were really the only three teams that came through for the betting public on Sunday.



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Google performs U-turn on gambling terms in the UK

Google will make a major about-turn tomorrow by lifting restrictions on paid search gambling terms in the UK.

The search giant is to allow all licensed UK gambling and gaming companies to run AdWords campaigns for the first time since June 2007.

Furthermore, gambling and gaming companies within the European Economic Area licensed by their relevant authorities will also be allowed to run UK campaigns.

The volte face comes 16 months after the search giant enforced a blanket ban on all forms of gambling advertising on AdWords, such as for bingo, casino and play-for-fun sites.

The initial ban was enforced as part of a company-wide, global move Google said at the time, but now the company's industry head James Cashmore said it was ensuring that local markets were served in the appropriate manner.

"Dennis Woodside (Google VP and MD for UK, Benelux & Ireland) and the team have been reviewing policies both from a legal and user need point of view at a local level," he said. "I definitely think that local markets will make more decisions in the future."

Google was initially criticised by gaming and gambling companies for not providing them with evidence that its users wanted the ban to be enforced.

Cashmore said Google had been reviewing the policy for almost a year, denying that the current economic climate had forced its hand.

"This is not a decision that's been made quickly; it's been something that's been under discussion for months."

Cashmore added that it had consulted with advertisers and the Gambling Commission as part of its review.

The move is set to see millions of pounds return to AdWords from gaming and gambling companies.


Finalmente começou o fim da hipocrisia.
http://www.nma.co.uk/Articles/40030/Google+performs+U-turn+on+gambling+terms+in+the+UK.html

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