LCB receives death threats from Burnbet Casino amid fake slot scandal
Earlier this month, WCD reported on pirated slots at Burnbet Casino uncovered by the team at Latest Casino Bonuses. After publishing their findings, Burnbet Casino has taken a less than civil approach in dealing with this issue by sending death threats and harassing members of the LCB team.\r\n\r\nAt first, Burnbet released a statement saying they were aware of the pirated slots, but that all games were fair, and they had planned to migrate software operators this September. A poor excuse, but at least a calm response. What happened during the ensuing days was the last thing anyone expected.\r\n\r\nInitially, a member of LCB began receiving threats via email and Facebook from a person using the name Tina. Tina also claimed to be the CEO of Burnbet Casino. Soon after, death threats and more harassment came pouring in through fake names on private messengers and the live chat system on LCB.\r\n\r\nHowever, due to lack of any real common sense, the LCB team was able to quickly and easily discover that all IP addresses sending these threats were coming from the same location in Slovenia where the original Tina from Facebook is supposedly from. It was clear, all of these attacks were coming from one person.\r\n\r\nThese cheap and cowardly scare-tactics went as far as to threaten the co-CEO of LCB with an “imminent dispatch by Italian and Slovenian mafia.” They even went as far to reference news coverage of a Sicilian mafia boss who was murdered in the streets of Palermo. We can assume they were trying to say they had a part in this mess in order to enhance their bullying tactics in dealing with a poor decision to use fake games.\r\n\r\n\r\n\r\n\r\nBack to Tina\r\nTina was found to be a real person named Tinka Prinčič, who works for Desoft Gaming. Desoft Gaming just so happens to be affiliated with 2WinPower, the main supplier of these pirated games at Burnbet Casino. You see where this is going.\r\n\r\nThe fun didn’t stop at futile threats either. Shills began posting in the LCB forums pretending to be customers of Burnbet Casino and creating false reports of how happy they were to be Burnbet players. Again, LCB was easily able to thwart yet another pathetic attempt by Burnbet to try and salvage what was left of their name.\r\n\r\nProving they have no couth, nor morality; the shill created an actual Burnbet Rep account acting on behalf of Burnbet.\r\n\r\nAt this point, Burnbet is considered blacklisted. Anyone who attempts to play at Burnbet should do so at their own risk. We highly recommend not using this casino obviously, and hope to spread the word so that no one loses their money.
Supreme Court agrees to hear New Jersey’s case against PASPA
In a surprise move, yesterday reportedly saw the United States Supreme Court agree to hear oral arguments in New Jersey’s legal effort to repeal the 25-year-old federal prohibition on legalized sportsbetting in all but four states.\r\n\r\nAccording to a report from The Washington Post newspaper, New Jersey held a successful state-wide referendum and then ratified legislation in 2012 that legalized sportsbetting. However, its attempts to subsequently license and launch such services have been continually blocked due to the Professional and Amateur Sports Protection Act (PASPA) of 1992, which forbids all wagering on sports outside of Nevada, Delaware, Montana, and Oregon. These states were exempted from the country-wide ban because they had approved some form of sports wagering before the federal law went into effect although New Jersey only missed out on its chance to join this quadrumvirate after failing to pass legislation within a required time window.\r\n\r\nAlthough no firm date has been set for the nation’s highest court to begin hearing the one-hour oral arguments, the newspaper reported that a preliminary timeframe suggests that the process could begin as early as August 10 with both sides now preparing briefs in support of their contentions.\r\n\r\nOne of the staunchest proponents for overturning PASPA, New Jersey federal representative Frank Pallone, was a member of a special Congressional committee that last month proposed draft legislation that would repeal the current partial prohibition and allow individual states to legalize sportsbetting with oversight provided by the Federal Trade Commission.\r\n\r\n“I applaud the Supreme Court for taking on this case and potentially resolving a long history of hypocrisy and unfairness in federal law,” read a statement from Pallone, who is a Democratic member of the United States House of Representatives. “The citizens of New Jersey overwhelmingly support legalized sportsbetting and acted in a referendum to show that support. Both Congress and the [United States] Supreme Court should respect these actions. Rather than continuing to allow criminal and offshore entities to reap the benefits of illegal gaming, there is now and opportunity for the [United States] Supreme Court to allow the democratic process in New Jersey to appropriately regulate sports gaming.”\r\n\r\nAnother supporter of repealing PASPA, the American Gaming Association, last year filed an amicus brief with the United States Supreme Court in support of New Jersey\'s efforts. As part of its argument, the lobby group stated that such a reverse would curb an illegal market that is currently conservatively estimated to be worth about $150 billion, create up to 152,000 jobs and lead to around $26 billion in economic output to generate approximately $5.3 billion in tax revenues.\r\n\r\n“The Professional and Amateur Sports Protection Act of 1992 has failed to protect sports and fans,” read a statement from Geoff Freeman, President and Chief Executive Officer for the American Gaming Association. “PASPA, which is approaching its 25th anniversary, is fueling an unregulated $150 billion illegal gambling market that continues to deprive states of vital public funding for services such as law enforcement and infrastructure.”\r\n\r\nEarlier this month, the American Gaming Association established its special American Sports Betting Coalition to advocate for the legalization of sportsbetting across the country while Freeman proclaimed that he was “pleased” that the United States Supreme Court had “responded favorably to our arguments as to why they should hear this important case.”\r\n\r\n“We are hopeful their engagement will provide further encouragement for Congress to take the steps necessary to create a regulated sportsbetting marketplace in the United States,” read the statement from Freeman. “The gaming industry and the American Sports Betting Coalition are committed to working with all relevant stakeholders to build a system that protects states\' rights, fans and the integrity of sports.”
Official lottery products of Mainland China see YOY increase
China’s Ministry of Finance has released data on the official lottery products of Mainland China that show the country has seen an increase in sales of 8.9% when considered year-on-year (YOY) totals.\r\n\r\nIn May, total sales came in at RMB37.70 billion which is equal to $5.51 billion US dollars. When looking at April totals, this was a decrease of 1.4% but still an increase in YOY numbers.\r\n\r\nThe data showed that sports lottery sales came in at RMB19.47 billion which is an increase of 19.8%. Welfare lottery totals came in at RMB18.23 billion for May which is a decrease of .8% YOY. For the month of May, sales increased in 22 of the 31 provinces/municipalities of Mainland China where lottery tickets sales are authorized.\r\n\r\nFor 2016, the Guangdong province reported the highest combined sales for sports lottery and welfare lottery tickets but saw a decrease this year of 4.3% when looking at May totals. However, for the month of May, the area was still the largest grossing market with total sales of RMB3.78 billion in lottery tickets.\r\n\r\nAn increase of 6.8% in lottery product sales totals was seen in Mainland China when looking at the first five months of this year. In total, RMB171.19 billion was generated. From the beginning of the year until May 31st, the country saw a total of RMB88.29 billion earned in welfare lottery sales which is an increase of 2.8% YOY. Sports lottery ticket sales were up to RMB82.90 billion which is an increase of just over 11% YOY.
Resorts World Manila license revocation hurting Philippines tax revenues
In the Philippines, the recent decision by the Philippine Amusement and Gaming Corporation regulator to revoke the casino license of Resorts World Manila following a deadly shooting and arson attack is reportedly costing the Asian nation up to $277,000 a day in lost tax revenues.\r\n\r\nAccording to a report from the Manila Bulletin newspaper, the revelation from Andrea Domingo, Chief Executive Officer for the Philippine Amusement and Gaming Corporation, came as regulatory officials began conducting inspections of the Manila facility in advance of deciding whether to reinstate the venue’s casino license.\r\n\r\n“For the whole month of June, we could have lost $7.59 million,” Domingo told the newspaper. “If it continues, let’s say for the whole year, that remittance is about $89 million a year. It’s a big problem for us.”\r\n\r\nOperated by Travellers International Hotel Group Incorporated, Resorts World Manila was immediately closed in the wake of the June 2 incident, which saw 38 people lose their lives after former government employee Jessie Javier Carlos stormed the property while shooting at security guards and setting fires, and has yet to re-open. The Philippine Amusement and Gaming Corporation subsequently revoked the facility’s casino license on June 9 pending the results of an official probe with Domingo reportedly declaring that the regulator is eager to immediately resolve the situation in order to protect the futures of the shuttered venue’s 6,000 employees as well as an estimated 10,000 indirect jobs.\r\n\r\n“Last week, Resorts World Manila requested a lifting of the suspension,” Domingo told the Manila Bulletin. “What we did is we made a template of all the requirements for safety, security for the training of the manpower and how to harden Resorts World Manila as a target. We were informed in the letter that [Resorts World Manila] had done all of the requirements and it is now ready to open. What we have been doing for the last two days [is] working on ensuring that all of the safety and security requirements that we’re now requiring are in place.”\r\n\r\nDomingo reportedly explained that the Philippine Amusement and Gaming Corporation is to moreover ask every one of the nation’s existing casinos including those located in the nearby Entertainment City district, which encompass the City of Dreams Manila, the Solaire Resort and Casino and the Okada Manila facilities, to implement the revised safety measures being required of Resorts World Manila.\r\n\r\n“We’re not imposing this only to Resorts World Manila, we going to impose it to all our other integrated resorts including those situated in the economic zones of Clark [Freeport Zone] and Subic [Bay Freeport Zone],” Domingo told the newspaper.
Habanero partners with iGamingPlatform
Creator of quality HTML5 slots and casino games for the online gaming industry, Habanero, has further expanded its market reach after its substantial product portfolio was recently added to iGamingPlatform.\r\n\r\nAs part of Habanero’s deal with iGamingPlatform, supplier of advanced progressive web app solutions for White labels, Turnkey, Operators and Platform providers, content will now be fully accessible to operators via a seamless integration. Recent releases of Habaneros that are now available on the platform include Bird of Thunder, Panda Panda, and Fire Rooster.\r\n\r\nCommenting on the iGamingPlatform deal, Habanero’s Head of Sales, Daniel Long, said: “This is an important deal for us as we continue to increase our visibility across the global gaming industry. “By partnering with iGamingPlatform, more players in more territories around the world can now enjoy our quality games than ever before through a simple integration.”\r\n\r\nHead of Sales at iGamingPlatform, Domenico Mazzola, had this to say about the partnership: “We want to offer operators quality content so they themselves can provide an enjoyable gaming experience, and offering Habanero’s games will be a major part of this. “We’ve been hugely impressed with the standard of slots they have produced and the speed at which they’ve been integrated, and are confident they will be well received by our partners.”\r\n\r\nHabanero’s latest partnership comes on the heels of its deal earlier this month to provide its full suite of games to multi-award winning eGaming software development company and provider of next generation flexible gaming solutions, Iforium.\r\n\r\nCurrently, Habanero operates more than 50 video poker titles, 75 slot titles, 10 table games using HTML5 exclusively and integrated into upwards of 45 aggregators and operators and are available in over 21 European and Asian languages.\r\n\r\nAlong with stunning visuals, Habanero’s quality slots and table games for the online and land-based casino industries deliver immersive soundtracks and smart math that keeps players engaged and are offered by way of the supplier’s own platform and come with their own customer service managers dedicated to serving the client.
Construction on Grand Lisboa Palace remains suspended
Ten days after a construction worker fell 33 feet to his death and all building activities on the $4.6 billion Grand Lisboa Palace in Macau reportedly remain suspended pending the outcome of an official investigation being conducted by the enclave’s Labour Affairs Bureau.\r\n\r\nAccording to a report from GGRAsia, the June 18 incident saw a 47-year-old worker from mainland China lose his life while property owner SJM Holdings Limited revealed that it was unable to specify when construction on the 2,000-room Cotai Strip property would resume.\r\n\r\n“SJM [Holdings Limited] is cooperating with the Labour Affairs Bureau for the investigation being carried out,” read a statement from SJM Holdings Limited, which is responsible for 19 gambling properties in the former Portuguese enclave including Casino Oceanus at Jai Alai, Grand Lisboa Macau, Babylon Casino, L’Arc Macau and Casino Golden Dragon. “SJM [Holdings Limited] is greatly saddened by the accident and extends its deepest condolences to the worker’s family. The company is now assisting the contractor in making arrangement with the worker’s family on the compensation issue.”\r\n\r\nThe Grand Lisboa Palace reportedly began rising from a 17-acre plot of land in February of 2014 and is expected to welcome its first guests during the second half of next year. Being built to compete with other nearby integrated casino resorts such as the $3.2 billion Studio City Macau development from Melco Resorts and Entertainment Limited as well as Sands China Limited’s $2.4 billion The Venetian Macao, the property is due to feature meeting and conference venues as well as shopping, dining and entertainment facilities while its gambling floor is set to offer approximately 1,000 slots alongside some 700 gaming tables.\r\n\r\n“We will continue to conduct frequent inspections and [ensure a] safe working cycle [and] provide safety training as well as tightening supervision to ensure strict compliance to all safety requirements by all our contractors/subcontractors at the site [in order] to protect our workers,” read the statement from SJM Holdings Limited.
KamaGames partners with Poker Night in America
The KamaGames Group is a global developer and publisher of social casino games for mobile gaming platforms which recently announced its new partnership with Poker Night in America. The popular high stakes poker television show is well-known in North America and airs on the CBS Sports Network on Monday and Sunday evenings.\r\n\r\nWith the new partnership, we will see a new application released for Poker Night in America by KamaGames which will be a standalone branded option. The new application will use the technology platform of KamaGames and include the global liquidity of players. In the past, the poker show worked with white label partners such as Tango and Viber for messaging platforms for the brand.\r\n\r\nChief Marketing and Commercial Officer for KamaGames, Daniel Kashti, commented on the new partnership by stating that KamaGames is working on an ongoing expansion and development of their partnerships business and by doing so, they are opening up their gaming platforms to several selected partners. The company was happy to announce their latest partner, Poker Night in America, as they feel the brand has a unique and passionate approach to poker.\r\n\r\nKashti further stated that the new partnership leverages KamaGames’ best in class gaming platform as well as the community of millions of poker players and backend tools to deliver a quality social poker experience for those who follow the high stakes poker show.\r\n\r\nThe new application will feature several of the popular features of Pokerist including Shootout tournaments, Sit ‘N’ Go tournaments, virtual goods store, scratch cards and more. Players will have access to a tutorial for assistance as well as having the ability to earn achievements and daily bonuses. The app will also use the Random Number Generator of KamaGames, an option that has been certified by iTech Labs to ensure the generator meets the highest standards to guarantee fair play.\r\n\r\nThe company behind the popular show, Rush Street Productions, commented on the new option via Todd Anderson, the President of the company. Anderson stated that both Poker Night in America and Pokerist have two things in common, being social and competitive. Anderson pointed out that they had been asked many times as to how players could get in on the action via the Poker Night tables and with this app, now players can.\r\n\r\nA new feature of the app provided by KamaGames will include players having the ability to enter into sweepstakes promotions where lucky winners will be able to have a seat at the poker table, joining in games alongside top pros as Phil Hellmuth, Shaun Deeb and Doug Polk. Hollywood stars also hit the felt in the high stakes games including Brad Garrett and Jennifer Tilly. Winners of the sweepstakes will be featured on television as well as on Twitch via the Poker Night channel. Some players will even be flown by the show to luxury casinos around the US to compete in real episodes of the show. The show regularly travels to popular casinos across the US including the SugarHouse Casino of Philadelphia.
PokerStars completes Quickfire integration
The online casino and poker domain at PokerStars has completed the bespoke integration of the Quickfire platform from gaming software developer Microgaming Software Systems Limited and is now offering players access to a wide range of new games including the Mega Moolah and Immortal Romance video slots.\r\n\r\nLicensed by the Gambling Commission in the United Kingdom, PokerStars is a brand of Canadian firm Amaya Incorporated and inked a deal in February to incorporate the Flash-based and mobile-friendly Quickfire innovation with online aficionados now additionally able to enjoy titles such as Ariana, Break Da Bank Again and Thunderstruck II.\r\n\r\n“We are very pleased that our players now have access to some of the most popular games in the online casino industry, further strengthening our existing product offering,” read a statement from Bo Wanghammar, Casino Operations Director for PokerStars. “This partnership, alongside bespoke games developed by PokerStars, will help provide our customers with the best online gaming experience that can’t be found elsewhere. We look forward to further expanding with Microgaming [Software Systems Limited] in the near future.”\r\n\r\nThe integration moreover means that PokerStars players now have access to one of the industry’s largest progressive jackpot networks while the coming months will see further video slots such as Lost Vegas, Lara Croft: Tomb Raider and Mermaid Millions added to the site’s portfolio.\r\n\r\n“It’s a great achievement to see Quickfire live on PokerStars,” read a statement from Andrew Clucas, Quickfire Director for Isle of Man-based Microgaming Software Systems Limited. “It is a renowned gaming brand with a huge player base and we believe Microgaming [Software Systems Limited] content is the perfect fit for its casino customers. We will continue to work closely with PokerStars as it looks to grow its games portfolio through Quickfire. This will be a long and fruitful relationship for both parties.”
Connecticut Governor signs bill authorizing East Windsor casino
Legislation that authorizes a casino in East Windsor, Connecticut was signed by Governor Dannel Malloy (pictured) Tuesday afternoon.\r\n\r\nCiting a press release from Governor Malloy’s office, Fox 61 reports that both chambers of the state legislature passed Public Act 17-89 – An Act Concerning the Regulation of Gaming and the Authorization of a Casino Gaming Facility in the State – with bipartisan support. The legislation specifies that MMCT Venture, LLC, a joint venture between the Mashantucket Pequot and Mohegan tribes, will be the owners and operators of the casino.\r\n\r\nMalloy said, \"Over the years, our state has maintained a longstanding partnership and compact with the Mohegan and Mashantucket Pequot tribal nations, who employ thousands of Connecticut residents at their casinos,\" The Governor added, \"Make no mistake about it – the legislation I signed today is about jobs for the residents of Connecticut, and securing those jobs in our state,\" according to the news agency.\r\n\r\nCertain conditions were stipulated in the act including; the tribes will make an initial payment of $1 million to the State of Connecticut; the state will receive gross gaming revenue (GGR) in the amount of 25 percent from video facsimile games, with another 25 percent of GGR coming from all of the casino’s other authorized games, with 10 percent of that amount directed toward the state’s tourism efforts and the 15 percent that’s remaining going to the state’s general fund, according to the Governor’s press release.\r\n\r\nMMCT will pay $300,000 a year to address problem gambling. Costs associated with regulatory oversight by the Connecticut Department of Consumer Protection (DCP) will also be paid by the tribes. And lastly, annual grants of $750,000 will be paid by the state to the towns of Windsor Locks, South Windsor, Ellington, and Enfield.\r\n\r\nAlso commenting on the bill, Lt. Governor Nancy Wyman said, \"This bill protects Connecticut jobs and adds new ones – it’s good for our economy and our workforce.\" She added, \"It also speaks to our long relationship with Connecticut’s tribal nations and the importance of that partnership and the compact,\" according to the Connecticut news agency.\r\n\r\nThrough the legislation, DCP reportedly has licensing, regulation, and oversight over the casino in East Windsor as well as any other casino the legislature may authorize in the future.\r\n\r\nThe move by Governor Malloy comes on the heels of MGM Resorts International losing a federal court action that it hoped would stop MMCT from following through on its plan to open a satellite casino in East Windsor.\r\n\r\nPrior to the federal court ruling, in May Connecticut lawmakers passed Special Act 15-7, which gave MMCT permission to open its gaming facility in in the small northern Connecticut community.
MGM Resorts International loses second Connecticut court action
American casino giant MGM Resorts International has again reportedly lost a federal court action that it hoped would stop the MMCT Venture tribal joint enterprise from following through on its plan to open a satellite gabling establishment in the small northern Connecticut community of East Windsor.\r\n\r\nAccording to a report from the Hartford Courant newspaper, Wednesday saw the United States Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit uphold a June 2016 ruling from the lower United States District Court for the District of Connecticut that the eastern state had not denied MGM Resorts International the chance to open a Connecticut casino when it gave MMCT Venture, which is a partnership between Mohegan Gaming and Entertainment and the Mashantucket Pequot Tribal Nation, permission to inaugurate its own new gambling establishment.\r\n\r\nLast month saw Connecticut lawmakers pass Special Act 15-7, which finally gave MMCT Venture permission to open its Class III Hartford County gaming facility, but Las Vegas-based MGM Resorts International has long opposed the project on the grounds that the process should have been competitive and given other firms the chance to bid for the state’s third casino license.\r\n\r\nHowever, last week reportedly saw the three-judge federal court disagree and state that the legislation does not stop MGM Resorts International from entering into development agreements with specific municipalities just as MMCT Venture had done with East Windsor.\r\n\r\n“MGM [Resorts International] and any other developers are permitted to negotiate with municipalities for contingent future gaming contracts,” read the ruling from the United States Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit.\r\n\r\nThe Hartford Courant reported that the court additionally ruled that MGM Resorts International’s claim that it was kept out of the competition for a new Connecticut casino had been premature because it could not show at the time that it had any specific development plans for the state.\r\n\r\n“A plaintiff still must show that he was denied an actual, rather than a conjectural, benefit (or that he sustained some other actual harm) in order to challenge a government action in a federal court,” read the ruling authored by United States Circuit Judge John Walker. “MGM [Resorts International], a corporation, has not alleged psychic or emotional harm stemming from the passage of Special Act 15-7 and it is doubtful that it could. Moreover, because MGM [Resorts International] has no concrete plans to negotiate for casino development rights in Connecticut, it is not “personally denied equal treatment” by the allegedly discriminatory terms of Special Act 15-7 and, therefore, does not have standing to challenge it.”\r\n\r\nMohegan Gaming and Entertainment, which was previously known as the Mohegan Tribal Gaming Authority, is responsible for the giant Mohegan Sun development in south-eastern Connecticut while the Mashantucket Pequot Tribal Nation runs the nearby Foxwoods Resort Casino. The pair has long promoted the East Windsor plan as a way to dilute the impact expected after the late-2019 opening of the $950 million MGM Springfield development being built by MGM Resorts International in neighboring Massachusetts.\r\n\r\n“Our focus remains on saving the thousands of jobs and millions in state tax revenues that would have been lost had the Legislature not passed Senate Bill 957,” read a joint statement from Rodney Butler, Chairman for the Mashantucket Pequot Tribal Council, and Kevin Brown, Chairman for Mohegan Gaming and Entertainment. “We look forward to developing an exciting new casino and continuing to build our state\'s economy in the weeks and months ahead.”