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The global cash game market is now down over 15% since this time last year, a fall which suggests that the 2016 seasonal low will be well below an average of 30,000 occupied seats.
Traffic Insight

Nearly every market declined this week as the cold weather comes to an end and the euphoria generated by PokerStars in New Jersey wears off.

The World Poker Tour (WPT) has entered a multi-year licensing agreement with Adda52, the largest online poker room in India.
India’s Leading Online Poker Room Adda52 Partners with the World Poker Tour

The WPT deal positions the brand to take advantage of a growing poker market.

The Global Poker League (GPL) has received a major marketing lift after Maria Ho announced that Breaking Bad star Aaron Paul has agreed to be her wild card pick for the LA Sunset team.
Marketing Insight

Partypoker, iPoker, Adjarabet, PokerStars, Paddy Power Betfair and more.

The Belgian government has confirmed that it will try to introduce a new tax on gambling in the next budget.
Regulation Insight

Belgium, Italy, Poland, India and more.

888poker has announced a partnership with the King’s Casino in the Czech Republic. The deal will see the casino host a number of 888Live Local tournaments.
888poker Deal with King’s Casino Czech Republic Continues Live Poker Expansion

The synergy created by these deals benefits live casinos and online operators alike.

A report from the Rockefeller Institute of Government questions whether state licensed gambling in the US is a viable means of resolving fiscal problems.
Report Suggests Fiscal Needs Do Not Justify State Licensed Gambling

Politicians reading the report will find plenty of evidence to undermine their enthusiasm for new state gambling legislation.

The Responsible Gambling Strategy Board (RGSB) has issued a National Responsible Gambling Strategy. The strategy is advisory only, but as the RGSB is funded by the UK Gambling Commission (UKGC) licensed operators are likely to support the strategy as far as is possible.
The UK Responsible Gambling Strategy Board Issues a National Responsible Gambling Strategy

The strategy is advisory, but forms a sound basis for the development of responsible gaming which will interest all regulators worldwide.

Amaya's expansion of the casino games vertical continues apace, with a new deal that will add a wider selection of slots games.
Industry Insight

Amaya, YouStake, Mediarex, bet365 and more.

The Russian language mobile poker app Room52 provides free-play Texas Hold’em poker, where players can use the chips they have won to top-up their mobile phone account balance.
Room52 Offers an Innovative Approach to Mobile Poker

Using a mobile telecoms provider to execute financial transaction processing could work for real money poker in regulated markets.

In Italy, some of the largest regulated online operators have joined together to create a new industry association called Logico.
Italian Operators Launch New Industry Association to Counter the Anti-Gambling Lobby

Logico is chaired by executives from Paddy Power Betfair and PokerStars.

Proposals to sell Danske Spil, which were first mooted shortly after the last general election in August 2015, have resurfaced.
Denmark Considering Privatization of Danske Spil

A sale by the autumn could raise up to $770 million for the state treasury.

When Amaya announced that David Baazov was taking a voluntary leave of absence from the company, it also explained that the company was talking to third parties about a possible bid for the company.
Amaya Investors Are Living in Interesting Times: Who Will Own PokerStars Next Year?

888 and Playtech could both find strategic reasons for placing a bid, not the least of which is that Amaya is now trading at less than the price GVC paid for just two months ago.

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