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Swedish e-gambling industry goes ahead

Thousands of Swedes have become active gamblers, who start visiting online gambling resources in the evening. According to the recent studies, cited by Onlinecasinonews.com, the number of serious players who hit the web every night in Sweden reaches six thousand. The players were found to use the most popular gambling sites simultaneously.

Michael Holmberg, a representative of Swedish company Expect, predicts that the profits generated by Swedish gambling industry will increase by 27 percent a month. At the same time, online gambling activity will become extremely popular with Swedes. Spokespersons of other companies such as Betsson, Unibet and Ladbrokes agree with Holmberg’s statement and say that they also experience the same growth. Their profit originated from the Swedish market is increasing at a rate similar to that reported by Expect.

Experts say that the major factor behind the significant development of the gambling industry is success of Scandinavian players. Recently Martin de Kniif won the World Poker Tour in Las Vegas, winning himself the equivalent of 21 million Swedish crowns (US$2,9 million). Such stories are found to be a huge stimulus to other players and an attractive opportunity which draws non-gamblers.

Sporting Index Cross Country Chase

This is the time of the year that Godspicks.com dichotomous ATS and SU records pay off. Oddsmakers make very little adjustment because the public has no interest in betting bad teams or against good teams.

Explained in our articles around the Net, basically if a team has a great SU record but horrid ATS record or visa versa, you ride for that to continue as it is the sign of which teams are most under or overvalued.

Duke has lost but covered three straight, staying under the radar.  Just 1-8 SU they are getting no respect as they face a Clemson team overrated thanks to beating an even more overrated Miami team last week.  With the home team being 7-2 SU in Clemson’s games we don’t look for them to win by two TDs in an obvious hangover contest.

GA Tech is a perfect 8-0 off a double-digit win as a dog since 1992

Texas Tech is 61-35 in the conference the last 10 years

Arkansas is 20-8 after a game in which 60 or more points were scored

Oregon is 9-1 since 1992 when playing a team with a winning percentage of the .500s

Nebraska is 11-0 since 1992 following a game in which they allowed 325 or more yards passing in their last game

Bowling Green is 20-7 following a win of 17 or more points since 1992

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South Korea invites foreign casino investors

Korea Land Corp., operated by the government, signed a memorandum of understanding with real estate company HRH Construction Corp., which represents the interests of a U.S. delegation to Korea. The agreement, which gives the green light to investing $3 billion in Korean property, may result in attracting more foreign gambling operators.

According to Korea Herald, cited by Casinocitytimes.com, HRH is looking to build the project, which includes casinos, theme parks, convention centres, golf courses and hotels in Korea’s three free-economic zones – Incheon, Busan and Gwangyang. These locations are favourable for investors due to the system that offers tax incentives, low rent on land and eased labour regulations.

The second U.S. investment mission to Korea, which will examine possible development sites, is expected to bring new casino-related agreements. Many renowned operators hope to visit the country, for example Las Vegas-based casino and hotel operator MGM Mirage, Universal Parks & Resorts, Busch Entertainment Corp. and Starwood Hotels & Resorts.

“‘The U.S. investors found Korea a very attractive investment destination. They informally expressed their interest to even expand their investment, given supportive Korean government policies,” said ruling Uri Party lawmaker Yum Dong-yun, who received the U.S. delegation last month.

Korean gambling market, which has 14 casinos with only one casino available for Koreans, hasn’t been tapped by any foreign investor. At the same time, the country, which has no grand-scale resort similar to La Vegas, can serve as entertainment centre for about 400 million people from China and Japan, who are three hours away from Korea by plane.


Golden Palace launches skill games

Golden Palace, one of the largest and long-established e-casinos announced it is preparing to penetrate the skill games market. The company disclosed its agreement with SkillJam Technologies Corporation, the wholly-owned subsidiary of CES Software plc, a leading provider of skill gaming and exchange betting technology. Negotiations, which lasted for five months, resulted in a new online gaming service – pay-to-play games of skill.

SkillJam Technologies Corporation, which is one of the internet’s leading providers of fee-based games of skill, is well-known for its pay-per-play and subscription-based gaming products such as skill-based online games and downloadable deluxe games, which provide multiple revenue models for the business and its network of affiliate distribution partners. In addition to managing its own portfolio of diversified online gaming destinations, SkillJam also develops and hosts private-label gaming solutions for a broad network of destination sites.

Golden Palace is legally licensed by the Kahnawake Gaming Commission, Mohawk Territory of Kahnawake, Canada. The operator offers a variety of e-casino games, based on modern software, as well as 24-hr live support and reliable security system.

South Australian punters spent $5 bln on poker machines

South Australian punters have lost nearly $5 billion in poker machines since hotels and clubs were granted the right to install them. This figure means that gamblers spent more than $9 million a week from a total turnover through the machines of $40.5 billion.

According to Pokermag.com, the statistics unveils that the cumulative tax take for the government has been $1.79 billion with the venue share nearly $3 billion. Since the introduction of the pro-gambling initiative, the number of operating machines has doubled from 7372 in 307 venues in 1994-95 to 14,799 machines operating in 593 venues across the state. In September, MPs are going to discuss the issue in order to reduce the number of machines by 3000.

However, many hotel owners argue that the limitation of gambling machines will cut their income, cost jobs, negatively affect community and charity donations. So far, many hotels became thriving business because of pokies.

About $4.5 million was spent on the hotel, which has 39 machines and now employs 60 people. “If we didn’t have the machines we couldn’t afford to spend that sort of money. Gaming has been a godsend. Before that we were battling to make ends meet,” said hotel owner Greg Fahey.

Australian Hotels Association state general manager John Lewis said gaming had created 4400 jobs, provided $90 million for community organisations and helped country hotels survive. But Churches Gambling Taskforce chairman Mark Henley said the negatives regarding economic and social aspects had been substantial.

“We put a cap on poker machine numbers in December 2000, but 3 1/2 years later we are still seeing growth rates in losses,” commented Mark Henley. No Pokies MLC Nick Xenophon said the machines were “electronic locusts because they strip away people’s life savings, their homes, their dignity and, most tragically, sometimes their lives”.

Sky City entertainment purchases more shares in cinema group

Sky City Entertainment Group Ltd, a New Zealand largest casino company, announced an acquisition of Sky City Leisure Ltd, a New Zealand-based cinema group. The Entertainment group possessed 74 percent of Sky City Leisure before the purchase. Now the company would own 95.8 percent of the cinema group’s shares, reported Onlinecasinonews.com.

The recent agreement will allow the Group to continue its expanding policy. Currently Sky City is restricted by legislation from opening any new casinos and widening its existing sites. Therefore the last purchase will give new opportunity to develop its strategy.

The media also reported about the plans of Sky City to buy casinos in Australia, to start investing in internet gaming sites, and to get stakes in rival casinos in New Zealand. Experts consider the Group will have to balance the cinema’s shares by another compulsory acquisition.

Managing Director, Evan Davies commented the purchase, “The decision to acquire the remaining equity in Leisure will enable the ownership and management structure to be streamlined, reducing the corporate and compliance costs of the business, and allowing for future growth.”

“Our offer was found to be fair by independent assessors, and was recommended by the independent directors of SkyCity Leisure. The offer was made with a view to providing minority investors with the opportunity to sell their equity at a fair price,” he added.

European Internet bookie MrBookmaker.com, which is gaining increasing popularity in French-speaking countries, signed an agreement with the Net Entertainment software provider for developing an online casino package for the company, onlinecasinonews.com reported.

MrBookmaker.com to Introduce New Online Casino

Chief executive of MrBookmaker Didier Dewyn said: “We made the strategic decision to add casino games to our offering in the second half of 2003. Since then we have gone through an extensive selection process to find the partner who will deliver the maximum business value to us. It has not been an easy choice, but when we signed the agreement with Net Entertainment, we were very confident that we had made the right decision. In particular we were very impressed by the powerful backend casino management tools, which will give us total control over our casino operations.”

Pontus Lindwall, chief executive of Net Entertainment, added, “For Net Entertainment, this order marks a breakthrough on the French-speaking European market. Our business goals for 2004 are focused on an expansion of our offering in the main European markets. This order shows that we are well on the way of reaching our goals.”

Net Entertainment was chosen because its casino module has been specifically designed to enable multilingual sites to provide casino games fore their customers. MrBookmaker currently operates in English, French, German and Dutch.

Skulldugery Challenge

Following on from the successful Big Kahuna Challenge last week and the Thunderstruck Challenge the week before that, in the penultimate of these 4 challenges, Red32.com is giving all slot machine fans the chance to win £1000 in 7 days on the swashbuckling Skullduggery between 24th and 30th May 2004.

To take part users must simply open an account, play Skullduggery for real and compete for the best score on the Skullduggery Gangplank (leader board) which will be updated regularly. Also as per usual any new customers can receive up to £125 when they open an account at the Red32 Casino.

At Midnight (GMT) on 30th May the slot machine player with the best payout to bets placed ratio is crowned Skullduggery Captain and will receive £1,000 into their casino account.

Three land-based casinos collect $61m from gamblers in April

Three Southeastern Indiana casinos cashed in on a busy April by pocketing nearly $61 million from gamblers, reported The Inquirer.

The gross pretax revenue from slot machines and card tables grew by 8.4 percent year-on-year.

Grand Victoria Casino & Resort in Rising Sun collected $12.4 million in April gaming win – a 9.7 percent increase over April 2003. Grand Victoria’s percentage gain was the largest among the three casinos closest to Cincinnati.

Greater Cincinnati’s top grossing casino, Argosy Casino & Hotel in Lawrenceburg, took $37.1 million from gamblers, up 8.3 percent from a year ago. Belterra Casino Resort near Florence, Ind., brought in $11.4 million, a 7.4 percent gain.

Belterra is aggressively adding new amenities as it attempts to cast a wider net for gamblers from other Midwest cities. So far this year, the hotel/casino owned by Las Vegas Pinnacle Entertainment has opened a 300-room hotel tower and 33,000 square feet of meeting space. Cincinnati restaurateur Jeff Ruby will open a restaurant at the casino next week. Plans call for a Starbucks coffee shop to open this summer, too.

Schwarzenegger boosts large casino near San Francisco

California governor Arnold Schwarzenegger is reported to support building a massive Indian casino near San Francisco which is expected to generate up to $125 million in annual taxes.

Schwarzenegger has negotiated with the Lytton Band of Pomo Indians and allowed the 255-member tribe to build and operate the first major Indian casino in an urban area of California, reported Reuters.com.

The casino is reported to expand Las Vegas-style gambling in the state’s cities filling the gap in the local market which offers small casinos only. Las Vegas resorts, which mainly serve visitors from California, have long lobbied against legislation to expand big, glitzy operations.

The new casino will provide 5,000 slot machines amid a 500,000 square-foot complex, competing huge U.S. gambling halls like Connecticut’s Indian-run Foxwoods Resort, Mohegan Sun casinos and dwarf Las Vegas resorts.

“This casino is going to have at least 1,000 more slot machines than the biggest casino in Nevada. The machines would be lucrative for both the tribe and California’s cash-strapped state government,” commented I. Nelson Rose, a Whittier Law School professor.

The agreement due to be signed on Thursday states that the casino is to be located in San Pablo, California about 18 miles from San Francisco. According to the initial estimates, the casino would generate about $125 million annually in revenue. This money will help to solve budget problems which face a gap of about $5 billion in its next annual period.

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Russian women can’t beat Mauresmo, Davenport, Serena

Russian women can’t beat Mauresmo, Davenport, Serena at the WTA Tour Championships, Los Angeles: Russia’s young female tennis stars – Maria Sharapova, Anastasia Myskina, Svetlana Kuznetsova, Vera Zvonareva, Elena Dementieva – make up an unprecedented 5 of the 8 competitors for the world’s top-ranking players at the WTA Tour Championships in Los Angeles, but the other 3 players – Amelie Mauresmo, Lindsay Davenport, Serena Williams – have yet to be defeated.

Amelie Mauresmo, the French star, bidding to capture the number one world ranking at the season-ending WTA Tour Championships, opened her campaign with a 6-1, 6-0 rout of Russian Vera Zvonareva.

While American Lindsay Davenport has retaken the lead in the world rankings, Mauresmo said her brief ascension to the summit had only made things easier for her on court. Davenport thrashed Elena Dementieva 6-0, 6-1 on Wednesday night.

America’s Serena Williams, defeated French Open champion Anastasia Myskina of Russia in three sets on Wednesday.

No Russian has yet beaten one of the non-Russian players with U.S. Open champion Svetlana Kuznetsova first defeating Russian countrywoman Vera Zvonareva 6-2, 6-4, but then losing to Wimbledon champion Maria Sharapova 6-1 6-4 in her second match of the tournament.

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