UK Taxation Pushes Gibraltar to EGBA

gamblingAs many know, the European Gaming and Betting Association is one that represents a rather significant number of the leading online betting and gaming operators who have regulated and provided licenses from within the European Union.As the body that represents the regulated operators, the association has been promoting the implementation of a competitive and a fair gambling market that would fall in line with the code of law of the European Union. Some members of the EGBA include BetClic, licensed from Gibraltar, as well as Unibet from Malta, Expekt.com and bwin.party Digital Entertainment.Recently, the Association had listed the Gibraltar online gambling jurisdiction under the listing of being its first national member just as the government of the United Kingdom began to discuss the changes it would like to make with regard to its online gambling tax regime. The changes that the United Kingdom wish to make would affect the online bettering industry within Gibraltar, which has prompted the Gibraltar Betting and Gaming Association, its remote betting trade body, to join forces with the EGBA in an effort to deal with the issues.

According to the European Gaming and Betting Association’s secretary general, Maarten Haijer, the Association has high hope for the new partnership as the Association looks forward to working alongside the Gibraltar Betting and Gambling Association. Not only does the GBGA house a rather large part of the online gambling offerings within the European Union, but both organizations have the same vision for a cross border industry that is strictly regulated but also puts both consumer protection and high standards as the top priorities. With this in mind, the Association has welcomed GBGA with open arms into the fold.

Peter Howitt, the Chief Executive of the GBGA noted that the partnership between both associations would represent a significant milestone for the GBGA as well as the Gibraltar operators that the Association represents. Howitt stated that partnering with the European Gaming and Betting Association would permit the GBGA to work more closely with the Association in a way that would better represent gambling operators in the European Union and focus on issues that relate to effective regulation, consumer protection and protection from money laundering in an environment that becomes more and more competitive each year.

This sort of partnership, Howitt notes, is the kind that provides plenty of strength for the industry as a whole to further the fairness cause.

Stokes is Stoked to Win $1.8 Million at Slots

kathrynThe Fallsview Casino in Niagara Falls can proudly boast about its latest slot machine millioinaire; Kathryn Stokes. Tuesday, September 17, 2013, the Caledon woman won $1.8 million at a Michael Jackson themed slot machine.

Stokes is a huge Michael Jackson fan. When she saw the Michael Jackson King of Pop slot machine, she was drawn in to play. Stokes loves Jackson’s music and felt lucky to have won before on the same Jackson-themed machines. It was only her second visit to the casino. At her last visit to the casino, she won $100 playing the Jackson slots. She sat down at the machine and fed it approximately $60. An hour later, she was a millionaire. She won $1,862,447.25 to be exact.

The 55-year-old works with the Peel Regional Police in Brampton, which is a suburb of Toronto. A legion from Woodbridge and a close friend of Stokes made the trip to the casino, which prompted Stokes to tag along. Kathryn Stokes has only visited the casino twice, and doesn’t consider herself much of a gambler.

When asked what she planned on doing with the money, she was unsure. She said she’s looking at a new car but other than that, she’s still trying to mentally process the unbelievable win.

The Fallsview Casino has over 200,000 square feet of gaming space with over 3000 slot machines in the complex. The King of Pop machines are part of the Mighty Millionaire progressive slot machines. The machines are a five-reel, 25 line video slot. They feature interactive bonuses and surprise appearances of Michael Jackson along with his songs.

Along with photos of Michael Jackson, the slots feature bonus games, free games and platinum record bonus spins. The touch screen allows players to spin the record to increase rewards and game bonuses. Michael will moonwalk across the screen during Moonwalk Wilds.

The progressive award is won during a max bet when five scattered jackpot symbols are awarded in the base game, which is how Stokes won her huge jackpot.

Stokes doesn’t hold the record for the largest win at the Niagara Casinos. That honor went to Doris Wendt, a native of North Tonawanda, who won 5.6 million dollars at the casino on February 14, 2002.

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3 Fun Casinos in Macau, Center of the Gaming World in Asia

It is a fact universally acknowledged that Asian people, rich or poor, love to gamble. Airlines offer nonstop service from Seoul to Las Vegas. Oriental decoration is a popular theme in casinos and restaurants. Many gambling emporia in Western countries keep speakers on the payroll who are fluent in Korean, Mandarin or Cantonese.

It may be ironic, then, that in China itself, there is only one place to go for gambling: Macau. The former Portuguese colony now handles more volume that Las Vegas and Atlantic City combined. Below are the five best casinos a lucky gambler can visit in the Monte Carlo of the Orient.

Macau_casinosThe Galaxy Rio Macau

If you like the noir feel of a old-time gambling joint, complete with dames and booze, the Galaxy Rio may be the place for you. The stakes aren’t as astronomically high here as in other Macau casinos, which can translate into a looser, more fun environment. Be careful here, however — some of the locals who frequent the Rio may be a little rougher around the edges than players in higher wagering dens of iniquity.

Venetian Macao

If it’s size a Macau visitor is looking for, then the Venetian is the spot for them. It’s 550,000 square foot casino is the largest in the world, bigger than anything in Vegas or Monte Carlo. It’s also a premier spot to catch celebrities coming through town to promote, to perform or just to play. And, naturally, the indoor canals with singing gondoliers are something you’re not going to see anywhere else in Asia.

Wynn Macau

If the Galaxy Rio is the place for low-stakes, high fun action; and the Venetian is the place for utter ginormity; then the Wynn is the spot for unmatched opulence. It looks exactly like the Wynn in Las Vegas, and that’s a good thing. All of the posh design elements are recreated in Macau. All the table games are well represented, including the awesome poker room staffed by lovely female dealers.

There are many more casinos to choose from in Macau, with experiences as Eastern or as Western as one may like. Be prepared, however: Asian gamblers take their wagering very seriously, and most of the visitors to Macau’s casinos are from other areas in China. Stake out a table early if you want to secure a seat, and be ready to bet right away.

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Craps 101 – Learn The Basics

Bewildering at first glance, Craps has a reputation for scaring away new players but, we promise, it’s not as intimidating as it looks! Craps is a dice game centered around a table which is divided into various different sections.

So much happens all at once that it needs four staff per table! The game has a long, and perplexing, history tracing from medieval England to the Deep South of America and soldiers of WWII. In the thorough Maple Casino The Beginner’s Guide to Craps, you will be taken you through everything from its history to the many possible bets, and even the lingo!

Banks vs Casinos

This infographic  Banks vs Casinos: How alike are they,  is brought to you by 777 Dragon Casino and should tweak the interests of anyone who is interested in where their money comes from and where it is going. Also the value of the gambling industry is astounding and it makes us realize why people want to be a part of such a lucrative industry. The infographic first starts with the GDP (Gross Domestic Product) of the U.K and then goes on to describe the cost of surplus and exports. We then see that the value of the banking industry in the U.K is £15 Trillion and the gambling industry comes in second with a value of £6 Billion. To understand the cost of running a bank and a casino is then displayed and the facts that readers are presented with are remarkable.