Daily Nambling Notes - July 9, 2002

9 July 2002

Makin' Deals -- Online Gaming Systems Inc. will develop an Internet casino for an as-yet-unnamed Australian land-based gaming operator. The Las Vegas-based turnkey provider said it could not release the name of the Australian company until it obtains regulatory approvals in Australia.

Tidbits from the UK -- William Hill and Ladbrokes have scrapped a 40-year agreement with football authorities that restricted betting and will now accept single bets on all Premiership and Nationwide league matches. The move spells the end for the "minimum trebles" rule, which forced punters to bet on three matches at once. In an article on Scotsman.com on Sunday, writer Martin Hannan recently called for people to continue visiting their local betting shops despite the mounting popularity of Internet gambling in the United Kingdom. "The generation who are coming to appreciate racing are comfortable with computers, and will happily punt online," Hannan wrote. "But many in their 40s and beyond still can't even work the video recorder, and we like our shops."

Names and Faces -- Multimedia Games Inc. recently appointed Robert D. Repass to its board of directors. Repass is a former managing partner in the Austin, Texas, office of PriceWaterhouseCoopers.

Saying Goodbye -- Bentley Communications Corp. said today that it will abandon online gaming and focus its energy on the implementation of instant cash payment service. In the same vein, Bentley is implementing real-time ATM/debit card transactions for funding brokerage accounts through its "ATM@HOME" debit card system. "Due to the enormous legal and political hurdles currently being experienced in the online gaming industry, we have taken this opportunity to reorganize the company's plan," Bentley said in a statement.

New Stuff -- BMM International, the independent testing agency, is making available modular Internet technical standards for gaming regulators to customize their jurisdictional needs. Suppliers and operators will be able to design, implement and internally test their Internet gaming, wagering and sports betting systems with a high level of confidence of achieving formal certification to these technical requirements. The first jurisdiction to adopt these new technical standards will be the Kahnawake Gaming Commission.

Anne Lindner can be reached at anne@rivercitygroup.com.