Five things you need to know in gaming today – Wednesday, February 25

Five things you need to know in gaming today – Wednesday, February 25

Wednesday, February 25, 2015

Online operators in Nevada and Delaware could be sharing their player pools within the next six weeks according to Nevada Governor Brian Sandoval. The two US states signed a liquidity sharing agreement for online poker activities last February. However, Sandoval told the Las Vegas Review-Journal ‘technical glitches’ that caused a delay have now been overcome.

New Zealand has finally passed its Gambling Amendment Bill some eight years after it was first introduced. The legislation, which has been criticised notably by the New Zealand First party for adding expensive regulatory pressures on to small businesses, includes provisions that differentiate between gambling operators that make use of funds for their own purposes and those that distribute to good causes.

In Sweden, the gambling regulator Lotteriinspektionen has told AB Trav och Galopp (ATG), the state-owned betting operator, to strengthen its monitoring and management controls after identifying a number of faults with the company’s services since a currency conversion problem last year. The regulator wants ATG to make several changes, including the way it identifies abnormal playing patterns and monitors real-time odds changes.

China's largest online sports lottery service provider 500.com has said that several of the provincial administration centres that use its services are to temporarily suspend accepting online purchase orders for lottery products. It says that the suspension has come after pressure from several government agencies to conduct assessments of the legality of their lottery offerings.

Former Zynga and Shazam director Roy Rosenthal has been appointed as mobile gaming network Scopely’s general counsel and head of affairs. Rosenthal said: “I’m excited about the opportunities that lie ahead of us given our vision, our size and our reach throughout tech, gaming, and entertainment.”

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