Casino Watch - November

10 October 2007

Spin3 to Supply IMCI with Free-Play Casino Games

Spin3 has agreed to supply Netherlands-based International Marketing Concepts and Innovation (IMCI) with its SpinLite suite of play-for-fun casino-style mobile games. "The SpinLite suite of play-for-fun games is perfect for us as it provides a ready-made games platform allowing us to expand the product offering to our customers and, most importantly, penetrate new markets and expand our revenues," said IMCI Chief Executive Michael Boevink.

Bingo Móvil Hits Argentina

On Sept. 17, the Buenos Aires Instituto de Loteria y Casinos (ILC) in conjunction with telecommunications provider Telinfor launched Argentina's first mobile bingo product, Bingo Móvil. According to Yogonet, bettors are to send an SMS with the word "bingo" to 8466, choose five different numbers between zero and 50 and, finally, indicate the date of the draw in which they wish to participate. Beginning Sept. 21, each draw will be televised daily on Channel 12 and LT 17. According to the report, bettors must be at least 18 years old and live in the Misiones province, one of 23 in the country.

Revenues on the Rise in Macau

Gambling revenue is on the rise in Macau, the only place in China where casinos are authorized and gambling is legal. According to the Macau Finance Services Bureau (DSF), direct taxes on gaming and gambling activities in the region between January and August 2007 totaled 18.368 billion patacas, a rise of 47.2 percent over the same period in 2006.

The amount represents 90.6 percent of the value projected in the 2007 budget and is higher than the total amount of direct taxes charged in 2005.

Not a Bad Summer for Bingo

Online bingo community BingoPort has released figures revealing strong growth in the U.K. online bingo market over the past three months despite what was anticipated to be the usual "summer slow down."

According to the site, analysis from activity at the major U.K. online bingo brands shows an 11 percent increase in daily average player numbers.

BingoPort Managing Director Scott Logan said the growth can be attributed to the big bingo brands starting to branch out into mainstream media to acquire new players, as well as increased media coverage of the U.K. smoking ban and the introduction of the U.K. online gaming laws.

Online Poker a Reality for Argentines, an Argentina-based operator, has launched the first legal online poker room targeting Argentine residents.

The site offers Texas Hold 'em, Omaha Hold 'em and 7 card stud poker. Players may place bets starting at $0.03 or use virtual money.

Ruggers Renew with

U.K. Super League rugby team, the Huddersfield Giants, have renewed their sponsorship deal with for a second year.

The deal will see the logo placed on the sleeves of the team's new 2008 shirts.

Casino Red, which offers online casino and poker, mobile bingo and casino, has recently launched a full online and telephone sports betting service called toŠadd.

The company is also a main sponsor of League One football team Huddersfield Town Football Club.

Playwize to Develop 3-D Poker for Ladbrokes

London-listed software developer Playwize has agreed to develop a version of its three-dimensional online poker product for the Ladbrokes poker network. The two-year agreement will be funded by a one-off development fee as well as licensing fees under a revenue sharing deal with Ladbrokes. "The agreement represents the first step in the company's new strategy to develop and license its online 3-D poker technology to third-party poker rooms," said Playwize Chief Executive Foo Katan.

Blackpool Out as Super Casino Site

It appears U.K. Prime Minister Gordon Brown has finally ruled out Blackpool as the future site of one of the country's two super-casinos.

"As far as two large super-casinos are concerned, I've said I feel there are better ways of regenerating those areas and that's what we're looking at the moment," he said at his monthly press conference.