WPT owner Ourgame confirmed that six of its employees were arrested in China following the country’s recently announced ban on poker apps.According to reports, the arrests were made on the basis that free-play poker apps where being used to facilitate real money gambling.
PokerStars Live at the City of Dreams, which held tournaments such as the Red Dragon Main Event of the Macau Poker Cup, is shutting down – but that may not be related to the Chinese online poker ban.How Much Will Macau Poker Suffer?
Reports suggest poker apps and any advertisements on Chinese social media platforms such as WeChat will be illegal starting June 1.cn)Although the government has yet to make an official statement, Inside Asian Gaming is reporting that all social poker apps will become illegal after June 1.
The German Youth Protection Commission may introduce a ban on the so-called loot boxes, following the recent publication of a study into the nature of the purchasable virtual items by the University of Hamburg.Generally speaking, loot boxes, also known as loot crates, are purchasable items within some video games.
An Irish problem gambling organization is calling for a ban on the so-called free bets offered by online bookmakers and for the introduction of a set of measures that will ensure gambling products are advertised in a socially responsible manner, local news outlets report.Barry Grant from Problem Gambling Ireland told local media that politicians and regulators will have to focus their attention on free bets as one of gambling operators’ most popular means to attract new customers.
Five state chief ministers met Myanmar Vice President Henry Van Thio in late December to discuss the matter and potentially convince the high ranking lawmaker of the benefits from legalized casino gambling.Under the country’s Gambling Law from 1986, the operation of casino gambling services is strictly prohibited.
A previously approved ban on the provision of online casino and poker services within Uruguay’s borders officially became effective on January 1.The online gambling ban does not include sports betting.
Robert Anthony Lay Sues Caesars for Ban from Global Casino Championship for Illegal Sports Betting Arrest
Robert Anthony Lay, aka “Tony,” accumulated enough points during the 2016/2017 WSOP Circuit season to earn a spot in the season-ending Global Casino Championship in August.Robert Anthony Lay is suing Caesars for banning him prior to the start of the WSOP Circuit season-ending Global Casino Championship.
The Federal Administrative Court in Leipzig, Germany ruled late last month that an existing ban on online casino, poker, and scratchcard games complied with German constitution and did not violate EU treaties for the free movement of services across the union.The court decision was issued in relation to two former appeals submitted by unnamed Malta- and Gibraltar-licensed operators that had provided their gaming services within Germany’s borders.