Since it’s been a while since we last updated our viewers on the state of gambling around the world, we decided that it was probably time to bring you a few of the more interesting headlines that have hit the press over the last few months. So here we go…six months of media reports packed into less than two pages for your reading pleasure! US Bans the Big Four Poker Sites The Department of Justiceseized the domains of Full Tilt Poker, PokerStars, Absolute Poker, Ultimate Bet, and UB on April 15th, 2011 in what was called the biggest internet raid in the history of the planet.
The above websites were each accused of violating the UIGEA by transferring money through US-based banking accounts. While prosecution and the total amount of fines is still pending, all five websites have agreed to not solicit US customers in the future for real-money gaming. Players VIP accounts were immediately suspended and any remaining funds are expected to be returned in the near future.
Many of the larger casinos based out of Las Vegas, Nevada are investigating how likely it would be to pass state legislation to fully legalize and regulate online poker for their residents. Since the poker shutdowns on April 15th, many VIP customers have turned to other foreign-based casinos for their poker needs and Vegas wishes to capitalize on these potential customers immediately.
A recent global study that tested and evaluated over 150 websites over the month of April determined that the website Casino Titan offered the best value to players when it comes to VIP rewards and cash-back bonuses. During the study, several fraudulent casino websites were also identified and reported to state and local authorities to help protect the integrity of the industry. The website WinPalace was also highly praised when it comes to VIP rewards and walked away with a second place trophy.
The Galaxy Macau, which is a multibillion-dollar casino resort that has been in development for almost a decade, finally opened their doors on Sunday May 15th with goals of reaching new customers well beyond their typical Chinese clients. Rumors have already surfaced that VIP guests with other casinos in the Western Hemisphere have been contacted and invited for a grand opening celebration this weekend.
In a nationwide effort to deter illegal gambling and fraud, over 600 Serbian police officials hit the streets on Tuesday, May 17th to conduct over 150 searches of suspected locations. Several arrests were made and illegal gambling equipment was seized along with large sums of money from numerous organizations. Serbia continues to face serious problems when it comes to illegal gambling despite several reputable casinos with excellent VIP loyalty rewards.