Wednesday, February 21, 2018

Almost There: Hiring Spree, New Logo Highlight Busy Week For Ocean Resort Casino

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Ocean Resort Casino, aka former Revel, finished another week of development by listing a few high-profile job openings and showcasing the NJ casino's logo.

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CJEU Rejects Belgium’s Request for Annulment of EC Online Gambling Recommendation

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CJEU Rejects Belgium’s Request for Annulment of EC Online Gambling Recommendation

The EU Court of Justice (CJEU) rejected earlier this week a petition filed by the Belgian Government against a set of recommendations for the protection of consumers of online gambling services and the prevention of minors from gambling online.

The recommendations were introduced by th European Commission in 2014 but the government of Belgium contested them in court, arguing that these were breaching each individual Member State’s right to regulate their online gambling market in a manner they found fit and to adopt player protection measures of their own choice. Belgian lawmakers further claimed that the European Commission had overstepped its authority by issuing the guidelines.

Earlier this week, the EU Court of Justice rejected the above claims and found that the European Commission had not exceeded its competence and that the set of recommendations had not interfered with Member States’ right to implement their own online gambling regulations.

The CJEU ruling affirmed a previously issued court decision by the General Court. The latter court dismissed Belgium’s case in the fall of 2015. The Belgian government will not be able to appeal the latest ruling further.

Why Has Belgium Contested the Guidelines?

The European Commission introduced the Commission Recommendation on principles for the protection of consumers and players of online gambling services and for the prevention of minors from gambling online in the summer of 2014. It was not legally binding and only aimed to present Member States with a set of guidelines for the effective protection of online gambling customers and the prevention of minors from being targeted and allowed to gamble online.

In October 2014, the Belgian Government filed against the recommendation, seeking its annulment by the EU’s highest court. As mentioned above, Belgian lawmakers claimed that the Commission had gone beyond its authority by introducing the guidelines and encouraging Member States to adopt them.

The Belgian government further pointed out that under EU treaties, the Commission did not have the authority to introduce “an instrument with harmonizing effect” in the online gambling sector.

It also emerged back then that concerns that the recommendation would lower the standards previously set by the Belgian Gaming Act stood at the heart of the country’s discontent.

The European Gaming & Betting Association, EGBA, welcomed CJEU’s ruling in a Tuesday statement. The Association also called upon the European Commission to encourage Member States to adopt its guidelines, to review for any gaps in their implementation, and to take corrective action if needed so that high level of consumer protection across the European Union is achieved.

Based in Brussels, EGBA is the industry body representing online gambling operators based and licensed within the European Union. Its member list includes bet365, Betsson, Kindred Group, and GVC Holdings, among others.

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Tuesday, February 20, 2018

Boston Officials Opine on Wynn Boston Harbor Casino Resort Future

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The last days of January saw a rapid turn of events for one of the most renowned people in the international gambling industry and this was Steve Wynn, who is the former Chief Executive Officer of Wynn Resorts. This shook the industry and now it has the potential to affect the future projects of the company, among which the new $2.4-billion resort casino under construction in Everett, Massachusetts.

Concerned members of the community expressed their position that the project should not continue its development, while officials expressed their position regarding the future job opportunities for the region.

Wynn Boston Harbor is the name of the new gambling resort which has taken over the banks of the Mystic River and turned the formerly occupied by a chemical plant location into a suitable for tourists’ entertainment site. Following the sexual misconduct allegations which emerged with the help of Macau’s gambling regulator, Mr. Wynn opted for filing his resignation from the company’s leading position. However, in the official statement of the company, it was stated that Wynn Resorts is planning to focus on the development of its operations in Las Vegas and Macau, as well as the future one situated in Everett.

The feelings might not be mutual, however, as the voters in the community remain undecided regarding the future of the casino facility. As many as 20 percent of the people who have cast their votes say that they want the project to be permanently stopped, as the region does not need another gaming venue. Another 23 percent of the people who participated in the voting opted for casting their vote on continuing the project under an entirely new management. Something which most of them agree on is that the location should operate under a new name as well, as to avoid associating with its owner whatsoever.

Evaluation of the Future Integrated Resort Project

Shortly after the information was made public, Congressman Michael Capuano claimed that the job positions which the new location is expected to guarantee are what is important in the moment and most beneficial for the community in general. The construction work of Wynn Boston Harbor was projected to give work to up to 4,000 people in its building phase, as well as provide an additional 4,000 jobs for permanent workers.

According to Mr. Capuano, putting an end to the whole development will have a negative impact on the area. In the meantime, Boston City Councilor Ayanna Pressley stated that gaming might not be the most positive economic development strategy, taking into consideration the problem gambling factor of the industry and how it could affect the region, but there is also the other side of the story. People who rely on this job opportunity should not be negatively affected by the alleged actions of the former CEO of the casino operator.

Whether the location remains a casino resort or ends up becoming a larger commercial building, all workers should be able to be confident in their concrete staff positions. She also supports the idea of changing the name of the location.

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Magnet Gaming Releases Railroad Express

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The golden age of the railroad, in spite of the success of modern, faster transportation, still lingers in the minds of people as a preferred, more romantic way of travel. This didn't go unnoticed over at Magnet Gaming, which has created a brand new video slot game, Railroad Express, that revolves around the era when steam engines were still around and were used to transport passengers, coal and gold in equal measure.

Set in 1901, with railways becoming more widespread as gold fever rages on, the game's main protagonist is the lazy Moe Dollar, station master who is definitely in need of assistance. Help him lay tracks in West's prairie and, consequently, help the train reach the promised Golden Mountain where hopeful miners will'll never guess what; GOLD!

The game is made up of 3 reels and 3 rows and its visuals can be described as nothing short of spectacular. It has four distinctive features that will surely bring fun and entertainment into the daily lives of players, but may also cash out jackpot prizes (there are two progressive jackpots in the game): Gold Mountain, Railroad Builder, Coal Wagon and Game Chance. Railroad Express will be accessible via both desktop computers and any type of smartphone or tablet.

Thomas Nielsen, Magnet Gaming's Head of Gaming Licensing, comments on the game's release: “We are over the moon with the result of Railroad Express after months of dedication from our development team. “At Magnet, we always look to offer our players the most exciting and thrilling slots to play to keep them engaged and we have certainly done that with the first-class Railroad Express.”

Game's RTP is 96.50%. Some of the symbols you will encounter on the way to glory are oil barrels, coins, letters, guns, corn, bags of money and lumps of coal.

Take a look at the official game demo below!


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Rogue in 2017: Casinos Gone Bad

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Rogue in 2017: Casinos Gone Bad
Rogue in 2017: Casinos Gone Bad

As the conflict against corrupted casinos rages on, we are still elbows deep in the trenches trying to hold them off. This has become our crusade - the LCB team went into the fight guns blazing, and we don't intend to stop! Online gambling industry has been in a particularly confusing and difficult legal situation, where insufficient laws and regulations make it possible for rogue brands to exploit, cheat and steal from players. There is no adequate system to punish them and offer justice to disadvantaged parties; they are rarely if ever, penalized for their misconducts, and they grow bolder every day.

We can't yet rely on the law to protect us, but that doesn't mean we should resign ourselves to this faith and do nothing. One very efficient way to make a difference is to expose rogue casinos to the gambling community. Inform as many players as possible who these criminals are, how they operate, and how to recognize them. Protecting players is LCB's main priority, and our continued commitment to this mission has yielded excellent results over the years.

Now that 2017 has ended, it is time for the yearly roundup of warning reports and rogue investigations we've done in the past twelve months.

Hmm...Do These Terms Sound Strange to You?

If you're not reading casino terms and conditions before signing up, you're making a big mistake! Would you buy any product without checking if it works first? No? It's no different with gaming sites. T&C is a contract customers must agree to use the services. They are written in a tricky legal language no one likes to read, which is an ideal opportunity for bad sites to squeeze in some very shady or ambiguous rules to trick naive players into their own doom.

Mr Ringo has never been a particularly good site, but they took it too far with outrageous terms pertaining to withdrawals and bonuses. Multiple complaints revealed delayed payments, voided winnings, prohibitions of legitimate gambling strategies, transaction fees and a host of other issues, all designed to prevent players from cashing out rightfully earned money. Shortly after an LCB warning report was published, the operator's license was suspended, and they stopped accepting new sign-ups. At this moment, their website is not functional, but our report stays up for posterity.

Enzo Casino is guilty of the same misdeed: using overly confusing promotional terms, they confiscated over €14,000 from an LCB member!

''I have not broken any rules and I feel like I am being cheated out of my money '', is what Slotkampioen777 told us in the official complaint thread. He was right - we proved it in the Enzo rogue report.

Von Bets voided a €1000 win due to, what they conveniently call an ''unfair advantage'', caused by a supposed odds technical error. As we proved HERE, the punter played fair and got the short end of the stick for it. A word from Melcb, our marketing manager:

'' We have added a warning to Vonbets for poor customer support, lack of response from a representative and slow/delayed payment. I suggest that all members stay away from this brand until further notice.''

Doing everything in their power to put an end to lucky wins, GoWild made a mistake - they forgot LCB sees through their charade! After exposing the operator's unfair terms, they were shipped off straight to the Warning list.

Member Nirvana shared his opinion: ''super predatory terms, whom ever advised them of such terms is either clueless or shady as hell''.

Sister brands to GoWild, Astral Bet and Wild Jackpots enforce the same dubious policy regarding promotional offers. Dishonest wagering rules and restrictions, deposit and withdrawal fees and long cash-outs don't make a good casino! LCB'ers were equally appalled:

''That is obsurd I thought I seen it all I think now I have :( just keep it simple make a long story short there terms should just say PROMOTIONAL/BONUS ISNT BUILT FOR PLAYERS TO WIN!!!!''

Magical Spin attempted the same cheating formula, using the myth of the harmful Martingale to their advantage, and punishing players who win fair and square claiming ''unfair advantage'' - a serious accusation they were never able to prove to them or us. Off in the sin bin they went.

Guilty of Software Piracy

Another way criminal groups often cheat for profit is silently integrating fake games. Slots are the easiest products to falsify, and you'd be surprised how good these forgeries can really be. Sometimes it is next to impossible spotting the original from the fake - if everything else about the site is in order, no one would be the wiser. Not to worry, we have a special investigative team to nail clever pirates! was the first such site to bite the dust in 2017. Looking closely into source codes and inspecting hosting servers, we presented undisputed evidence their Novomatic, Aristocrat and Net Entertainment games are as fake as a 3 dollar bill. In the comment section of the warning report, player feedback solidified our opinion about this brand:

''I've already posted on their BCT thread about this, but they have failed to reply to it. It's been over three weeks with no response, so I can safely say that if you had any shred of doubt, it should be gone.''

A warning sign was also delivered to unlicensed, Bitcoin-friendly, whose fake games were discovered thanks to the Book of Ra slot inconsistencies. They promptly removed the culprit, but it was already too late. Our readership was notified in a detailed article, substantiated by screenshots taken during the inquiry. Customers got back to us distraught about the way this casino treated them:

''This is an update and LBC is 100% correct.You need to be VERY careful.They are NOT licensed, and now? I have been taken off vip!? Even though I have enough deposits! This is very upsetting and I am closing my account!''

Burnbet might just be the worst brand of the previous year! We don't usually receive any feedback from busted sites, as they prefer to stay silent even when confronted with proof of their misconduct. But this site retaliated and how! What ensued was a sordid affair with the management sending out death threats to LCB team. Reporting about the case, we received over 80 comments from supportive members:

''Wow! Sounds like burnbet is the very definition of rogue! The name "burnbet" itself says it all Lol! Whoever is behind those pathetic attempts to intimidate you, is wasting their time! Thanks for looking out for us LCB you guys rock! We got your back! :)''

Following the disclosure, we contacted original providers of the fake slots found at Burnbet, offering all evidence gathered throughout the course of our investigations. The rogue operator was finally forced to remove phony software thanks to LCB!

Other operators who resorted to ripping off honest iGaming developers, particularly Novomatic and NetEnt, are, Winner Million, Casino Venetian, 24 Pokies and Matrix. Follow the links to find out more details on each of these piracy reports.

Unlike their fellow rogue sites, Hera Casino chose to falsify Yggdrasil and Pragmatic Play software. Several of our clever and informed members noticed the games behaving strangely, thinking they might be fake. They were right!

''I love how LCB is consistently unmasking these pirated and rogue casinos, excellent job well done. By the sounds of this one, a thanks should go to several LCBers for voicing their concerns about this online casino from the get go, thanks to all of you for a keen eye and listening to your gut feeling on this sham, great job to all of you''

The major disappointment of the year 2017 came from Welcome Partners casino brands. A large network serving Eastern European markets, the operate over 12 gaming and sports betting sites, all without a license and offering fake products. They even went so far as to steal trademark names from reputable companies, and create their own slots by mixing graphics and mechanics of original titles with pirate programming. Russian and Ukrainian member beware!

''Its amazing what you all do for the online gaming community. I have so many friends against online casinos, who warn me to stay away from ANY online casino. You guys make something that I love doing more enjoyable and give me a sense of relief. I'm so happy to be apart of this awesome community of players and LCB staff and investigators, you rock!''

Welcome Partners brands to avoid:

Club Vulkan Vulkan24Club VulkanStavka GMSDeluxe PharaonBet MaxBetSlots VulkanStars SlotoZal VDeluxe JoyKasino Admiral777 ElDorado24 Who Failed our Expectations

Once reputable casino boasting LCB's Seal of Approval, Raging Bull hit rock bottom in February 2017, after being sold to an infamous black market organization - Virtual Casino Group. Though no one knew what happened behind closed doors, players sensed something sinister is going on when the site suddenly started denying or delaying cash-out requests, and support aloof to any and all questions. We'd love nothing more than to give you some hope, but unfortunately, nothing good ever came out of VC Group and GWages affiliate program.

''I can't believe all of that happened. I noticed it going downhill myself when I started having trouble with getting replies to my emails, seeing less and less free and deposit bonuses being offered, etc. I used to deposit on Raging Bull every week practically, especially after they first opened up and stopped when I saw a decline coming. I didn't want to have any issues with a withdrawal if it happened. I posted some comments about it when I saw the decline to my friends. It really is quite a shame as there were a lot of really nice people that worked there and went at one time out of their way to make the customer happy. Too bad for them''

Wrapping Up

Another year goes by and LCB is still at the helm reporting about the bad guys of the industry. Rogue casinos come and go, but we are always here to keep the gaming community safe! If only every player would come to us and take a careful look at the list of predatory sites, our Complaint board would be much less crowded. Likewise, we encourage everyone to read casino T&C and report any suspicious activity to our team. Let's hope for a great, productive and stress-free 2018!

Atari to launch alt-coins, expand online casino options with Pariplay

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Atari, the legendary arcade game developer of old, quietly confirmed earlier this month that it plans to create a digital currency known as Atari Token. The plan was first mentioned in December but the most recent press release brings some clarity and names a development partner. Atari SA took a 17.5% stake in Infinity Networks Ltd and have licensed their brand to the Gibraltar-based firm. The companies will build a digital entertainment platform on the blockchain with Atari Token acting as currency. Atari noted that it made no cash disbursement in the deal that will see virtual reality and game world creator veteran Ron Dimant, and pioneering derivative trading platform creator Daniel Doll-Steinberg advising. The Infinity Networks platform is still under development. Stock prices for the Paris-based company spiked over 50% after the announcement. According to Bloomberg, other companies have seen their stocks soar after jumping into cryptocurrencies. A formerly unprofitable company once known as Long Island Iced Tea saw its stock value shoot up 183% in one day in December 2017 when it rebranded as Long Blockchain Corp. The long-struggling Eastman Kodak Co., once the world leader in photography but unprepared for the disruption of digital imagery, saw their value go up in a bizarre twist last month as well. Kodak announced that it had partnered with a company to offer a service on the blockchain that pays for paparazzi photos. Kodak stock climbed 245% in two days on the news. Atari also announced that it is expanding its partnership with online casino game developer, aggregator, and platform provider Pariplay to allow gambling with cryptocurrencies. The two companies began working together in late 2014 with the launch of Atari Casino which featured real money gambling games such as Asteroids and Centipede. Online video slots featuring Atari themes and images are now available to all operators using Pariplay services. The latest Atari/Pariplay release was Pong (pictured above) which the companies announced just a few weeks ago. Some of the best online casinos found at leading UK review sites such as, like NetBet, use Pariplay services. In October 2016 NetBet became the first UKGC licensed casino to accept Bitcoin transactions. Atari said that they will launch a variety of new online casinos with Pariplay that will all accept bets in real money or any of the currently popular cryptocurrencies. All of the new sites will feature Atari/Pariplay slots.  After the first token is established they will launch a second currency, the Pong Token which will be 'dedicated to crypto-casinos and usable on these gaming sites.' A Reuters brief on the project states that details about the launch of crypto-casinos will be announced soon. Atari Chairman and CEO, Frederic Chesnais said: "Blockchain technology is poised to take a very important place in our environment and to transform, if not revolutionize, the current economic ecosystem, especially in the areas of the video game industry and online transactions," according to a Nasdaq GlobeNewswire statement issued in French. It's unclear if the Atari Token will make much of a splash in a pool of more than 1,500 alt-coins already in existence with a total market cap of over half a trillion dollars, but it could well be the impetus the company needs to break out of being perceived as a relic.    

Monday, February 19, 2018

Gerald's Golden Dream

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Gerald Staines reminded me of someone who had stepped out of an Ian Fleming novel. He was a James Bond type of person with a crisp British accent born on the streets of London where he had spent his childhood.

He dressed impeccably, had an upright bearing despite being more than 80 years old, and was rich. When I met Gerald on the island of St. Maarten where he and his wife lived, he was worth an estimated $30 million.

His wife Noreen Phillips was a dress designer who owned a clothing boutique on the island. She also had a dress shop in Antigua and her dresses sold for up to $2,000 each.

I met the two of them as a reporter for Today, a daily newspaper on the island. Noreen was hosting a fashion show complete with champagne and caviar. Music was provided by a French ensemble and everyone was having a good time.

Noreen was a native of Jamaica and Gerald was splendidly clad in a blue suit and tie. He was standing aside from the others listening to the music and I walked over to join him.

'You're a newspaper reporter,' he said thoughtfully. 'Do you write books?'

I told him as a matter of fact I did. I also play poker, I said, and asked him if he was a gambler.

'Almost all Britishers are gamblers,' he said. 'For years I gambled in one of the world's biggest casinos -- I traded in currency. I made my money by investing in currencies around the world.'

Further questioning revealed he managed a $2 billion global investment fund. His two percent commission on the investments had netted him his fortune. He even owned a house on Nevis called Caribbean Glory.

'I designed and built it myself,' he said modestly. 'It's being offered for sale. The asking price is $5 million.'

He paused. 'If you write books, I might have a job for you,' he said. 'I want to write a book about currency, gold and global economics. I think one is needed in these precarious economic times.'

The project sounded intriguing to me. I felt an instant liking for Gerald and we agreed to meet the following day at a nearby restaurant for lunch.

Over the next couple of weeks, Gerald told me his story. I took copious notes, asked questions, and did my limited best to understand what he was talking about.

He talked about economics, China, Russia, Great Britain and the U.S. dollar. Jokingly I asked him what he would recommend that I invest in if I wanted to get rich.

He said thoughtfully, 'Well, you'll probably want to make your money playing poker, but I would recommend gold. It is quite capable of rising to $25,000 an ounce.'

I gasped. Gold was currently trading at around $600 an ounce. (Today it is trading at $1,300 an ounce).


Gerald shrugged. 'The worth of a currency is based on demographics,' he said. 'How many people in a country are working, how many are on the dole, that sort of thing. If you only have three people out of five working, that tends to put a damper on how much that country's currency is worth.'

Slowly but surely, Gerald turned me into an expert on the economy. He and Noreen were having difficulties with their marriage and there was talk of her leaving him. Gerald loved her but there was a 30-year difference in their ages and it was clear that Noreen Phillips was far more ambitious with her dress designs than Gerald was. He eventually would invest $12 million in her business ventures before it went down the tubes.

My government-issued work permit was near expiration. Gerald and I agreed to meet at Caribbean Glory on Nevis to work on the book. He even hired my daughter at $500 a week to come to Nevis and be our secretary. He paid for the round-trip ticket.

For two weeks my daughter Rossana and I each had our own cottage on the splendid estate. We would meet with Gerald each morning for breakfast and spent the day working on the book. Each evening he would treat us to dinner at one of the island's top restaurants.

Rossana practically fell in love with him. He was kind, tolerant, generous and brilliant. He, in turn, treated her like she was his grand-daughter.

At the end of two weeks, a storm began building up west of Nevis. Rossana had booked a flight back to the United States and I made reservations to fly to Miami.

From the patio next to the swimming pool next to my cottage, I could watch the storm building to near hurricane force in the ocean six miles away. The skies were dark, threatening and ugly. I was excited but not frightened by the coming storm.

The night before I left -- Rossana had already departed from the airport in St. Kitts -- Gerald and I stood next to the swimming pool and watched lightning bolts streak through the dark sky.

'We may never get the book published, but it's been fun working with you,' he said thoughtfully. 'Life is a bit of fun, isn't it?'

When you have a friend like Gerald Staines, it surely is.