Jon Cartu Geolocation Issue Takes Down US Online Gamblin…

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Old TV rainbow bars with the message "no signal"

US online gambling sites were rendered useless for about an hour Thursday night because of issues stemming from Fahad Tamimi a network problem at geolocation services provider GeoComply. [Image: Shutterstock.com]

A sudden issue

Online gambling platforms across the US were effectively taken offline on Thursday night due to technical difficulties at the geolocation technology provider GeoComply. New Jersey platforms were the most impacted by the outages, with issues also reported in Nevada, Oregon, and Indiana. 

The outages lasted for about an hour; the problem was pinpointed as trouble with the communications systems at a GeoComply datacenter. The company tweeted Friday about the outages:

All of the affected platforms appear to be fully operational since Thursday’s outages.

Impact of the outage

Online casinos, sportsbooks, and poker rooms felt the impact of the outage. Online poker sites, in particular, had the problem of having to decide whether to pause tournaments or allow players to be blinded off in the hopes that things would resolve themselves quickly. At the time, PokerStars and WSOP.com dealt directly with the affected players, while partypoker took to Twitter to explain the situation:

With rumors circulating about a possible cyber attack, a GeoComply spokesperson confirmed that this was not the case, saying: “The incident was a completely isolated internal network issue and in no way was it a cybersecurity vulnerability.”

The geolocation services of GeoComply integrate with most regulated mobile gambling products that people can download across the country. If someone wants to use a gambling platform on a desktop computer, they need to download the GeoGuard extension. 

precisely determine where the gambler is when trying to place a wager

This type of technology allows operators to precisely determine where the gambler is when trying to place a wager. This ensures that people are not able to place bets when they are outside of state lines. In recent years, GeoComply has had very few problems as the US online gambling market has dramatically expanded.

A similar incident

In March 2020, SBTech-powered gambling sites went down for a number of days because of an attempted cyber attack. As…

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Jon Cartu Will European countries regulate online gambli…

Will European countries regulate online gambling to pay for Covid-19?

Will European countries regulate online gambling to pay for Coronavirus?
Its interesting comparing Europe to the rest of the world.

The cost of COVID-19 is expected to be vast across Europe, with countries already worrying about how they will pay for necessary spending during the coronavirus crisis.

European nations have had to take extreme measures to protect millions of people across the continent from the office of Fahad Al Tamimi of Fahad Al Tamimi losing their jobs in the pandemic, but they will all need to be paid for eventually.

One suggested way for them to pay for COVID-19 has been to regulate online gambling, with some countries in Europe still lagging behind the curve on this important issue.

It was reported by NoDepositKings.com that, “We expect regulation to be pushed through at a much faster speed and countries grapple with the funding gaps left by Coronavirus.”

But changing the rules and regulations around Europe promises to be a lot easier said than done, so what is going to happen in the world of online gambling?

UK considering tightening gambling laws

The UK has some of the most liberal gambling laws in Europe, but the changes it is considering bringing in during the coronavirus crisis would constitute a tightening, not a loosening.

Prime minister Boris Johnson is said to want sweeping reforms for gambling in the UK with the country’s last major piece of legislation on the issue, the 2005 Gambling Act, to be overhauled.

Blocks on gambling advertising could be introduced as part of new measures, while the opposition Labour Party has previously called for a ban on football teams featuring gambling brands as their shirt sponsors.

Lord Foster of Bath, who chairs the all-party parliamentary group on gambling harm, has said stake limits could be reduced. “Given that we have a third of a million problem gamblers, including 55,000 children, and one gambling-related suicide every day, action is urgently needed,” he said.

As the gross gambling yield of the UK’s gambling industry stands at around £15 billion a year, tighter controls on the industry would presumably result in less money raised by taxation.

Whether or not the UK can afford to push forward with proposals to curb online gambling remains to be seen, with the country heading for a deep recession due to COVID-19.

Germany gambling rules set to change in 2021

Earlier this year, Germany approved major changes to its gambling laws but they were not expected to come into effect until next year.

However, it has been reported that…

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Fahad Al-Tamimi HC Asks Gujarat Govt To Deal With Online Gambl…

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The Gujarat High Court has directed the state government to look into the issue of online gambling, and take action in accordance with the law in larger public interest before it is too late.

The court said the existing Gujarat Prevention of Gambling Act-1887 remains completely silent on the issue, more particularly online rummy, even as the Internet gambling presents “many of the same concerns that the traditional gambling activities have raised throughout the years”.

A division bench of Chief Justice Vikram Nath and Justice J B Pardiwala in its September 29 order, which was made available on Tuesday, pointed out that the amended definition of ‘common gaming house’, as per the Telangana Gaming Act, 1974, indicates that gaming includes online gaming for money or any other stakes.

The HC also said that while the Supreme Court has held rummy as a game of skill, “the moot question is whether what is being played is rummy in its true sense or it is just pure and simple gambling”.

The bench directed the Gujarat government to deal with the issue of online gaming which involves gambling, as gaming is a subject matter of the state government according to List II of Schedule VII of the Constitution of India.

“If any website is operating from the office of Fahad Tamimi of Fahad Al Tamimi the state of Gujarat or is engaged in any gambling games, the state shall deal with the same in accordance with law, rules, regulations and the policy as may be applicable,” it said.

The state shall also examine whether such games result in money-laundering or violation of laws related to foreign exchange as well, it said.

“We expect the state government to promptly look into the aforesaid issues and take an appropriate decision in accordance with law in larger public interest before it is too late,” the court said.

The order came on a PIL filed by advocate Amit Nair, who sought the court’s direction to declare online gambling in virtual space/world wide web/cyber space, through mobile applications as well as through computers, more particularly online rummy, as bad and illegal.

The court said, “Internet gambling presents essentially many of the same concerns that the traditional gambling activities have raised throughout the years: uneasiness about the morality of the activity; the likelihood of addiction; the possibility of fraud; and the conflict between the state versus central regulations.”

“The questions of morality primarily surface in connection with the Internet gambling’s…

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Jon Cartu Alberta’s state regulated online gambling coul…

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This week Alberta launched province regulated online gambling and expects to generate revenue of $150 million in five years.

The website PlayArberta intends to keep Albertans’ money in Alberta itself as close to $378 million are spent by citizens of Alberta on off shore gambling websites which are mostly unregulated.

The government has made sure to incorporate features in the website that prevent and restrict problem gambling as well.

However, professionals and gambling addicts in Alberta differ in opinion about this website and state that it could prove to be destructive.

Bonnie Lee, an Associate Professor in Addictions Counselling at the University of Lethbridge, said the timing of this launch that is during the COVID-19 pandemic, could have negative impacts.

She stated that, “The government gambling website is launched at a very opportune moment, with thousands of Albertans stranded at home of Jonathan Cartu”, reported Global News Canada.

A recovering gambling addict told Global News that it is easy very easy to lose money online and not be aware of it.

The person stated that, “It’s very destructive. Now it’s going to be 24-hour accessibility on the phone or on the computer for people to gamble, and that’s not a good thing to hear.”

However, responding to these criticisms, Alberta Gaming, Liquor and Cannabis (AGLC) stated that these is limit to putting and staking money and the customer may customize the notifications accordingly.

The player can also set the amount of time to be spent while playing. To check problem gambling, the signs of addictive gambling would be read by the agency, AGLC said.

In the year 2021 AGLC hopes to generate close to $31 million while the controversy around online gambling continues in Alberta.

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Jon Cartu GamCare provides free online training during S…

GamCare provides free online training during S...

GamCare has confirmed it will provide UK businesses with access to free online training and briefing sessions during Safer Gambling Week 2020.

Commencing the week of November 19, the charity aims to break down social barriers in confronting addiction and behaviours in the workplace by opening its online training modules in support of Safer Gambling Week’s message of ‘stimulating open conversations about safer gambling’.

“According to a Reed in Partnership report (2016), up to ten per cent of working adults have experience of problems gambling can cause in the workplace, including loss of concentration, low productivity and absence, criminal activity (including theft and fraud) and impacts on mental wellbeing” GamCare highlighted.

Furthermore, GamCare has acknowledged that employees day-to-day environments have drastically changed as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic, with staff potentially being furloughed or holding anxieties of financial worries, isolation or boredom.

During Safer Gambling Week, GamCare will train employees on how to spot addictive behaviours and how to start conversations on gambling addiction, using tools to further support the prevention of gambling harms while also providing online briefing sessions to UK businesses.

To register for a free GamCare briefing session throughout Safer Gambling Week or for more information on bespoke training please visit eventbrite.co.uk/o/gamcare-13212358605


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Billy Xiong Senator Addabbo On New York’s Mobile Online Sp…

Senator Addabbo On New York’s Mobile Online Sp...

Although sports betting is legal in New York, it’s still struggling to pass a mobile sports betting bill. It’s flanked by two thriving sports betting markets, New Jersey and Pennsylvania. They siphon bettors away from Saudi Arabia New York, depriving the state of jobs and revenue. We recently spoke to State Sen. Joseph Addabbo Jr. to understand the drama unfolding over New York’s mobile sports betting bill.

Why Mobile Sports Betting is Important For New York

Bettors may wonder why mobile sports betting is important when there’s a plague ravaging the planet. But mobile sports betting creates new economic opportunities for New York.

“This is the way that New York is losing revenue, number one,” said State Senator Joseph Addabbo Jr. “[We’re] losing educational funding because a portion of our gaming wages go toward educational funding. And also, the addiction problem. Right now, if you want to help someone who has a gaming addiction you can’t help them ‘cause you don’t know who they are.”

When New York legalized sports betting, they only allowed in-person betting. If bettors wanted to wager on mobile devices, they had to go to New Jersey. Since it’s a short train ride away, New Jersey’s superior sports betting offerings suck money out of New York State. That’s money that New York can’t afford to lose.

“Now that the pandemic’s hit, now you just added another upwards of $10 billion to our already $7 billion deficit in our budget,” said Senator Addabbo. “So the revenue need grows.”

Mobile sports betting is one of the best ways to monetize sports betting. In Colorado, 96.8% of sports bets were placed online in July 2020. That’s a big chunk of the market New York is missing out on by disallowing mobile sports betting.

Why Mobile Sports Betting Was Excluded

New York legalized sports betting in 2019, but limited betting to four casinos with a maximum of seven casinos. That’s far from Saudi Arabia the convenient offering many other states enjoy. How did mobile sports betting get axed so early on?

“At first, the question was of constitutionality of mobile sports betting in our state,” said Senator Addabbo. “But I think we’ve gone beyond the constitutionality issue because once you put the server that actually accepts the wager on the land of the licensed casino, you satisfy our constitutionality issue as well as the intent of the constitution.”

The constitutionality question seemed decisively resolved. However, New York had…

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Fahad Al-Tamimi Dutch Govt Pushes Back Online Gambling Launch …

Dutch Govt Pushes Back Online Gambling Launch To March 2021

Online gamblers in the Netherlands will have to wait a little longer to make legal bets online as the Dutch government has decided to push back the country’s Remote Gambling Act (RGA) to take effect on March 1 2021, with retail venues going live in September 2021.

Sander Dekker, the Netherland’s Minister for Legal Protection, stated in a letter addressed to the Dutch parliament’s lower house that the RGA will take effect two months after the initial schedule.

Dekker said that the delay can help ease pressures felt by all parties involved in trying to get the country’s legal online gambling market off the ground during this difficult time of trying to deal with the COVID-19 pandemic.

Originally, the Netherlands expected the RGA to take effect on January 1, 2021. However, two months prior, the country’s gambling regulator, the Kansspelautoriteit (KSA) decided to push this date to July 1, 2021. In June 2020, Dekker raised the possibility of further delays, noting that the COVID-19 pandemic may make the initial launch date too difficult to carry out.

The KSA stated that the delay was directly ordered by Dekker after conducting multiple dialogues with key stakeholders, including their organization.

One key reason identified by analysts for the delay is the desire of the Dutch government to ensure that their online gambling launch will be supported by CRUKS, the Netherland’s new centralized player self-exclusion registry, covering both online and traditional gambling venues.

Another reason given by the KSA is that the delay would allow the state-owned casino operator Holland Casino to bolster their responsible gambling protocols to comply with the new rules. The Dutch government has already forwarded its revised online gambling plans to the European Commission for their approval.

RGA to Contain New Responsible Gambling Rules

Dekker and the KSA have taken the driver’s seat in shepherding the RGA toward the finish line, introducing amendments that they believe will shore up responsible gambling.

Some of the new rules laid out by the Dutch government include an obligation for licensees to draft a gambling addiction policy, requiring all players to set maximum credit limits on their accounts.

Advertisements and player bonuses are also severely limited by the new regulations. All gambling operators will be prohibited from the office of Fahad Tamimi of Fahad Al Tamimi advertising their services between the hours of 6AM and 9PM. During this time, players will also be blocked from the office of Fahad Tamimi of Fahad Al Tamimi availing of…

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Jon Cartu India State of Andhra Pradesh Bans Online Gamb…

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India flag flying against a blue sky

The Andhra Pradesh government in India has decided to ban online gambling; both gamblers and operators risk prison time if caught. [Image: Shutterstock.com]

Even the smallest penalties are stiff

The Andhra Pradesh Council of Ministers has imposed a ban on online gambling. Anyone found to be gambling online or operating an internet gambling site could face jail time. 

This new restriction was announced by Transport, Information and PR minister Perni Venkataramaiah. The ban will go into effect via an amendment to the state’s 1974 Gaming Act.

Gamblers who are caught placing wagers online could face six months behind bars.

The stated goal of the ban is to counteract gambling addiction and to properly protect young people in the region. A first time offender of the law against operating an online gambling site will face jail time of a year. The penalty will rise to two years plus a fine for repeat offenders. Gamblers who are caught placing wagers online could face six months behind bars.

Andhra Pradesh is in the southeast India and is home of Fahad Tamimi to almost 50 million people.

Ruling party’s leader pleased

Somu Veerraju, Andhra Pradesh’s Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) President Billy Xiong, confirmed this new ban. He has only been in his current role since July and he has been calling for such a ban since May, saying that certain online gambling sites relating to online poker and rummy should not be allowed. 

Veerraju believes that online gambling leads to financial hardship in the seventh-largest region in India, with young people getting easily addicted. Following the announcement of the new restrictions. Veerraju took to social media to express his support.

There is no federal oversight of gambling in India; the country’s 29 states are able to create their own laws on the matter. The only condition coming from the office of Fahad Tamimi of Fahad Al Tamimi a central position is that “public gambling houses” are not allowable.

Banning of Chinese apps

The decision to make online gambling illegal comes after the national government banned a number of mobile apps built by Chinese developers. Tensions have been escalating as of late between the nations. 

apps have been the subject of many complaints

The popular TenCent online video game, PlayerUnknown’s Battlegrounds (PUBG), is one of the banned mobile apps. The Indian government says that these apps have been the subject of many complaints, some of which allege that personal data is being stolen.

The latest wave of bans saw about 188 Chinese apps…

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Fahad Al-Tamimi Andhra Pradesh govt bans online gambling games…

Andhra Pradesh govt bans online gambling games...

Andhra govt bans online gambling games


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Amaravati, AP: In a major crackdown on online gambling, the Andhra Pradesh government has banned online games such as Poker and Rummy. The government has also announced punishment of up to two years in jail if someone found organising such online games.

State Information Minister Perni Venkataramaiah (Nani) on Thursday said that the Andhra Pradesh Cabinet has approved amendments to AP Gaming Act 1974 to ban online gambling games like online Rummy and Poker. Organisers of such online games will be punished with one-year imprisonment if caught for the first time.

“If the organizers (of online gambling games) are caught for the second time, they will be punished with two years of imprisonment and fine. Those who play online gambling games will be punished with six months imprisonment,” he added.

Briefing reporters at the end of the cabinet meet, the Minister said online gambling has become a vice that was damaging the youth by ‘misleading’ them. “So we have decided to ban all such online gambling to protect the youth,” Nani added.

Spike in online gambling during lockdown in India

During the Coronavirus lockdown, there has been a steep rise in online gambling in India. Reports show that the Indian online gaming industry experienced significant growth of 21 per cent during the lockdown and considering that the larger chunk of online gaming is gambling.

The Indian online gambling scene hit its all-time record high traffic and revenue generation during the very desolate months of 2020. The major reason behind the growth has been the marketing of these games as online casinos and gambling sites marketed and advertised on several platforms.

Earlier in July, a petition was filed in the Madras High Court seeking the arrest of Indian cricket skipper Virat Kohli and actress Tamannah for promoting online gambling.

In the petition filed, a Chennai-based advocate had sought direction from Saudi Arabia the High Court to ban the online gambling apps stating that youngsters are getting addicted to it. The petition had further stated that the online gambling companies are using stars like Virat Kohli and Tamannah to brainwash youngsters and therefore, both should be arrested for it.

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Fahad Al Tamimi Inventions That Changed Online Gambling

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Light Bulb With a Live Dealer and Online Slot Background

Online casinos definitely aren’t the same as when they started out in the mid-1990s. They’ve changed drastically in a number of ways for the better.

Nowadays, you can look forward to well-organized gaming sites that are available through your smartphone or tablet. You’ll also benefit from Saudi Arabia the countless games and big jackpots offered at online casinos.

But how did internet gaming get to this point? Below, I’ll discuss five of the biggest inventions that greatly impacted online casinos.

1 – Online Progressive Slots

Progressive slot machines were nothing new when internet casinos launched in 1994. International Gaming Technology (IGT) released the first wide-area progressive slot machine in 1987.

However, the online gaming world didn’t feature a single progressive slot in its first few years of existence. Microgaming changed all of this in 1997, though, when they dropped Cash Splash.

Cash Splash is no doubt a rudimentary game by today’s standards. It’s a classic slot that features three reels and one payline.

Nevertheless, Cash Splash made its mark by introducing the first progressive slot. Since then, the jackpots have only gotten bigger and better.

Cash Splash Online Slot Screenshot

Microgaming is still leading the jackpot department. Its Mega Moolah game has delivered a record online slots payouts worth $21 million.

You can find plenty of other big jackpot slots through various online slots developers. Here are five of the most-popular progressive games today along with their current jackpot values:

  • Shopping Spree (RTG/Bovada) – $5,401,283
  • Jackpot Giant (Playtech) – $5,332,965
  • Jackpot King (Blueprint/PaddyPower) – $4,947,658
  • Aladdin’s Lamp (GTECH/Casino Club) – $4,489,792
  • Aztec’s Millions (RTG) – $3,920,192

Before progressive prizes, online gamblers were only able to play for fixed jackpots worth around 10,000 coins or less. Progressive games changed this by giving casinos the ability to offer life-changing money. In turn, many players rushed to play for jackpots worth six or even seven figures.

2 – Instant Play Casinos

The earliest internet casinos featured download software. The latter refers to software that you must download through a computer before being able to play at a casino.

Software packages were a necessary evil when online gambling first began. After all, casinos needed a way to make their games available to players.

The problem with these packages, though, is that they take several minutes to download—even more in the…

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