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The First Interstate Online Gaming Deal Inked in the U.S.
Delaware and Nevada agree to share gamblers across state lines
The first Interstate agreement for sharing online gaming liquidity between state borders was recently approved between Delaware and Nevada. The deal allows online poker players from Delaware and Nevada to play side by side at virtual gaming tables.
In the U.S. three states have approved online gaming to date: Delaware, New Jersey and Nevada. The agreement was drafted to allow for inclusion of additional states as online gaming is authorized throughout the county. While the agreement is initially for online poker only, it contains language to allow for other casino style games moving forward.
Friday, February 21, 2014 - LOUISVILLE, Ky. (AP) - Kentucky’s efforts to seize 132 Internet gambling domain names is on hold after an appeals court ruled Friday that a trade association may represent the owners of the sites trying to fend off forfeiture proceedings.
The decision by the Kentucky Court of Appeals allows the Interactive Gaming Council to step into the 6-year-old case and, at least temporarily, keep the identities of the owners of various Internet gambling sites from being publicly revealed.
Judge Allison Jones, writing for a unanimous three-judge panel, noted that Kentucky has treated the domain names as a group for much of the litigation but wants to handle them individually now to prevent the trade association from becoming involved.
“The Commonwealth cannot now turn the tables and ask the court to require each domain name owner to come forward individually and assert virtually identical legal arguments through separate counsel to resolve threshold, purely legal issues that affect the validity of the entire forfeiture procedure,” Jones wrote.
The appeals court sent the case back to Franklin Circuit Court Judge Thomas D. Wingate for further hearings.
“Obviously, we consider this a win,” said Interactive Gaming Council CEO Keith Furlong. “We are also proud to be a catalyst for this decision which provides guidance to all associations seeking to represent their members in the Commonwealth of Kentucky.”
New Chief Executive announced at London International Casino Exposition (ICE), IGC Board applauds work of outgoing CEO FitzGerald
Vancouver, British Columbia – February 4, 2014 – The Interactive Gaming Council (IGC) announced the selection of Keith Furlong as the trade association’s new Chief Executive Officer. Furlong will replace outgoing CEO John Kennedy FitzGerald.
“John FitzGerald led our organization through the challenges immediately following passage of UIGEA in the U.S. His sound counsel has been particularly instrumental in advancing lobbying efforts throughout Canada,” said IGC Chairman John Anderson.
Furlong, who served as IGC Deputy Executive Director since 2000, has been involved with casino regulation and online gaming for over fifteen years. He previously served as the Public Information Officer and Legislative Liaison for the New Jersey Division of Gaming Enforcement in the Attorney General’s Office. He will remain as a member of the IGC Board of Directors. His prior service on the Board was due to his position as Vice President and Principal of Catania Gaming Consultants, an international gaming consultancy.
“Keith’s combined experience as a former New Jersey gaming regulator with a strong knowledge of the IGC’s long history advocating for fair and sensible online gaming regulations worldwide,” said Chairman Anderson.
“I am thrilled to be given an opportunity to work alongside a Board of Directors with their extensive business experience to lead the IGC forward,” said Furlong.
The IGC continues to be a voice for the responsible interactive gaming industry, making the case for regulation and player protection to governments, gaming regulators and policy makers throughout the world. The IGC continues to emphasize that perceived problems of underage and problem gambling can best be resolved through a combination of up-to-date technology, proper internal controls and regulatory oversight.
“This is a challenging time period in the online gaming industry, with many jurisdictions either implementing or considering the adoption of online gaming regulation and taxation,” added Chairman Anderson. “I am confident that Keith will be an asset as the IGC pursues opportunities on behalf of our membership.”
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