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NOVA SCOTIA DITCHES RESPONSIBLE GAMBLING AID
The Canadian provincial government of Nova Scotia is abandoning a responsible gaming tracking system for video lottery terminal players after concluding it's not meeting objectives. The system will be taken down early in September.
The My-Play system was introduced in April 2012 and required players to insert cards into the VLTs that allowed them to set spending and time limits as well as to stop play immediately.
Andrew Younger, the minister responsible, says the system was a reasonable attempt to improve responsible gambling features on VLTs, but it didn't reduce play by problem gamblers after a two year trial at an initial capital cost of $13.1 million, and another $6.4 million in operating expenses.
The percentage of revenue the province received as a result of problem gaming increased since My-Play was introduced, said Younger. What happened was it got rid of the casual and tourist gamers. There was no decrease in problem gamers use of VLTs.
Younger said another $1 million capital upgrade would have been required of the system to keep it functioning properly.
John Kidos, CEO of the company behind My-Play said the poor results from the product were due to the preference of punters for the "light enrolment" option, which did not require them to record their names and ID details, along with the failure of the government to additionally introduce a rewards system to encourage punters to use the full system.
He said that My-Play statistics show 99.9 percent of players opted for the more user-friendly light enrolment option rather than fill out a form with their name and other personal information on it.
According to the Nova Scotia authorities, only 3.9 percent of play sessions in the past 24 months accessed or used the system features, and feedback from users indicated they didnt want to provide personal information in the full enrolment model.
They added that the technology wasnt meant to reward loyalty points when the purpose was to promote responsible gaming, and claimed that VLT revenue declined by $31.3 million since the My-Play system was introduced.
Younger said the government would honour its financial obligations to Kidos Techlink company through to November 2015.
AFFILIATES TARGETED IN MOVE TO HALT UNLICENSED ONLINE GAMBLING
The New Jersey regulator and a number of online gambling operators licensed in the state have for some time flagged the activities of unlicensed and illegal operators as one of the reasons for the slow take-up of internet gambling in the Garden State, and now the problem is being addressed.
In addition to sending cease-and-desist warnings to the operators themselves (see previous InfoPowa reports), the New Jersey Division of Gaming Enforcement has fired a shot across the bows of at least six affiliate marketing website owners, demanding that they remove online gambling advertising and promo links to illegal internet gambling sites accessing New Jersey players, or face civil or criminal consequences.
The intimidating letter is signed by George N. Rover, the Attorney General of New Jersey, and was reportedly sent to poker information sites like RaketheRake, PokerSource, CardsChat, Pokersites and RakeBrain.
Commenting on the warning, DGE spokeswomen Kerry Langan said the sites promote illegal gambling websites through advertising and links alongside Internet gaming sites that are authorised in New Jersey.
"We believe this may either taint legitimate sites by associating them with the illegal ones, and conversely may lend the appearance that these illegal sites are affiliated with authorized sites, Langan said.
"Among the sites that the Division asked to examine their practices and to cease and desist from promoting illegal gaming sites are: CardsChat.com, PokerSource.com, RakeBrain.com, Pokersites.com, and RaketheRake.com
"The Division feels very strongly about protecting NJ citizens from illegal Internet gaming websites. New Jersey has a strong regulatory framework in place to enable Internet gaming to be a safe reliable experience for those who wish to participate.
"Our licensing requirements ensure that only carefully vetted companies can provide Internet gaming services. These illegal sites do not offer the same protections to players and we do not want these unregulated sites being promoted with our legal, regulated sites.
"We have strict regulations in place to help prevent underage gambling as well as monitoring tools to detect possible fraud and money laundering.The Division hopes that by taking a strong stance against illegal websites and their promoters, the benefits of regulated online gaming will help drive illegal operators out of the market place and provide patrons far better protections.
"At the same time, we believe it is unfair to those companies that subjected themselves to our strict licensing and regulatory requirements to have to compete with these illegal sites and the entities which are being paid to promote them."
SHAFFER WINS FIRST WSOP BRACELET
Kansas poker player Brett Shaffer has emerged victorious in Event 53 at the World Series of Poker outlasting a field of 2816 players in the $1 500 No Limit Hold'em event.
Shaffer played it slow and steady at a final table that included experienced poker pros such as Loni Harwood, Mike Watson and David Vamplew.
Playing it down to the final two, Shaffer when into heads-up with David Vamplew as the final table played into an unscheduled fourth day.
The win marks Shaffer's second career WSOP final table as he finished sixth in the 2010 WSOP $1,500 No Limit Hold'em Shootout event. Along with the title, he takes home a gold bracelet and a $665,397 prize.
The final table ended up:
1.Brett Shaffer - $665,397
2.David Vamplew - $413,157
3.Arttu Raekorpi - $291,392
4.Loni Harwood - $210,456
5.Michael Watson - $153,850
6.Diego Zeiter - $113,819
7.Jonathan Cohen - $85,193
8.Darren Rabinowitz - $64,513
9.Matias Ruzzi - $49,420
WINE LOVER HAS WORLD SERIES OF POKER PLANS
One of the quirkier stories to emerge during the current World Series of Poker unfolding in Las Vegas this week is that of wine lover Geno Foschi, a Las Vegas small business owner who plans to leverage part of his rare wine collection into WSOP entry fees, according to the magazine The Drinks Business.
Foschi has been collecting wines for many years, starting in his early twenties, and is offering 38 bottles from his collection of over 600 on Craigs List in order to play poker at WSOP. With some of the big winners looking for something special with which to celebrate, Foschi's discounted lot could be in demand.
The lot, which Foschi says is worth $25,000, is on Craigs List for $13,000 and includes 13 bottles of Chteau Margaux 1984, five bottles of Chteau Lafite Rothschild 1984 and six bottles of Chteau Margaux 1982. All been stored properly and most have been owned by Foschi for more than 20 years.
Foschi said if he were to sell his wine, play in the WSOP and win, the money would go to his business.
FULL TILT POKER DEVELOPS NEWBIE TABLES
Full Tilt Poker has moved to provide a more attractive and perhaps safer playing option for new online poker players, introducing "New to the Game" virtual tables this week.
The strictly controlled tables are designed to ease newbies more gently into the game, giving them more time to make playing decisions and shielding them from sharks who might seek to take advantage of their inexperience.
The tables additionally provide "tool tips" to assist newbies in a variety of game situations and provide them with practical options. Current hand strength is displayed for the new player to assess as each hand progresses.
Participation on the newbie tables will be strictly controlled and is based on each player's experience in terms of number of tournaments and hands played in each poker variant eg Texas Hold'em, Omaha etc.
For cash games, the limit is 2,000 hands and for tournaments and sit-and-go's the limit is 75 events. When those levels have been achieved, the player no longer qualifies as a newbie.
The new system is at present restricted to low stakes cash and tournaments on No-Limit Holdem and PLO, with Fixed Limit Holdem introduced as a single featured game of the week.
Players may only participate in two New to the Game tables at one time.
FTP expects to offer "New to the Game" tournaments later
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