Nambling Notes | July 17, 2008

17 July 2008

COMING SOON The Next Generation in Gambling conference kicks off in less than two weeks in Montreal, Canada.

Produced by Clarion Gaming, the event, taking place July 29-30 at the Palais de Congrès, will explore multi-channel delivery of games to customers while complying with federal and state laws in Canada, the United States and Latin America.

Program highlights include discussions on United States law, Canadian law, what's coming in a wireless world, lotteries and new media, new technologies in racing products, what's coming in the virtual world and the Latin American markets.

Plenty of opportunities will be offered to network with delegates and speakers from varied North American gambling companies.

ROCK THE VOTE A USA Today poll posted in a blog yesterday has shown so far that 98 percent of Americans believe now it is time to regulate Internet gambling in the United States.

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CONTINETNAL CODE The European Gaming and Betting Association, a Brussels trade group that lobbies on behalf of Continental remote gambling operators, has launched a new set of responsible gambling and player protection standards for the European gambling industry.

Modeling the new standards to complement the laws already in place in European Union licensing jurisdictions, the association aims to promote responsible gaming and prevent underage gaming and problem gaming, it said Wednesday in a prepared statement.

Furthermore, the association is promoting a zero-tolerance approach to fraud or criminal behavior, protecting customers' privacy and safeguarding their information, ensuring prompt and accurate customer payments, assessing rigorously and independently the fairness of games, committing to responsible and ethical marketing practice.

"These standards are a sign of our commitment to an exemplary level of corporate and social responsibility," said Norbert Teufelberger, chair of the association and co-chief executive of Bwin Interactive Entertainment. "They could serve as a basis for reflection at a time when governments and regulators across Europe are trying to find ways to best protect consumers in the online gaming and betting environment."

Emily Swoboda is the senior staff writer at IGamingNews. She lives in St. Louis, Mo.