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PartyGaming Makes EGR Awards Operator of the Year shortlist

PartyGaming won a place on the back of a slew of deals including its acquisition of Cashcade in July and tie-ups with Cirsa, Spain’s market leading casino operator, UK TV broadcaster Five and direct marketing company DM; plus a surge of 630,000 new players last year. Earlier this year PartyGaming also became the only major operator to have settled with the US authorities, and was second only to Bwin in the 2009 Power 50 leading operators.

The winner of the award will be announced at the EGR Awards gala dinner, which takes place at London’s Old Billingsgate market on 30 November, the first night of EGR Live, eGaming Review's free-to-attend conference and exhibition at the same venue.

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Thor online slot review

Thor is set to hit the movies in 2010.

Here is the Thor online slot game review. The Thor online slot game can be found at PartyCasino.com

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Thor is one of CryptoLogic's great "Marvel Heroes" video slots. Based on the comic book, this game has unbeatable visuals and sound effects, and a free spin bonus feature where all winnings are tripled! The game's other payouts are big too, making this an all around great video slot.

If you are familiar with the comic you will recognize a lot of the game's symbols, but they are great to look at even if you don't know what they are. The game has a kind of Viking god theme, which makes it look quite interesting. But it is the gameplay and bonuses that are really important, right? Well Thor has those too!

With nine paylines to enable, that means this is a max 9 coin game. But with a coin size anywhere from 0.05 to 5.00, that makes for a very flexible pay-in! Of course it's always best to bet as high as you can, because the higher you bet, the better your chances will be to land of the game's three Progressive Jackpots! Max bet for this game is at least 0.45, and can be as high as 45.00.

A Bonus Feature is hidden away in this slot, and is unlocked by hitting three or more Thor Logo scatter symbols anywhere on the screen. The Bonus Feature awards you with ten free spins, and during those spins, any winnings are tripled! That makes for one of the best free spin bonuses out there.

The last awesome feature in this game is the Thor wild symbol. It substitutes for any standard symbol on any reel, and can be a big help in completing winning combos. Plus, if you use just one, it doubles your payout, and if you use five, you get paid at an incredible 4000:1!

Thor is a Norse god, and is the biggest and baddest of them all. It is only appropriate, then, that his video slot is the biggest and baddest too!


Game objective:

Thor Slot is a five-reel, nine-paylines ‘Marvel Jackpot’ slot game with a free game feature. The game also features a "Thor" wild symbol which substitutes for all symbols except the “Scattered Logo” symbol. Three or more “Scattered Logo” symbols anywhere in view triggers the free game feature in which all wins are tripled.

Marvel Jackpot

Marvel Jackpot consists of three jackpots at different levels, the levels are - from the lowest - Hero Jackpot, Super Hero Jackpot, and Marvel Hero Jackpot, with the latter being the highest. All three jackpots grow progressively as bets are made. For each spin, on any of the Marvel Jackpot games, the house adds a small credit to the three running jackpots. All three levels in Marvel Jackpot can be won irrespective of hitting any paying combination, while betting any amount.

Game Information:

The minimum bet amount is $0.01 USD and the maximum bet amount is $360 USD.
You can bet on up to nine lines.

How to play:
Setting 'LINES': Nine lines are selected by default. Lines can be changed by clicking ? and ? arrow button available to the right side of the 'LINES' indicator on the game screen respectively. Selected lines are lit, and unselected lines are not lit.

Pay lines can also be selected by using the number button on either side of the reels.
Setting 'BETS': When you enter the game, a default bet of $0.10 per line is set for all 9 lines, resulting in a total bet of $0.90. You can choose to increase or decrease the bet per line by using the ? and ? arrows available beside the 'BET' indicator. If your game balance is less than $0.90, the system will automatically adjust the bet to the next highest possible amount.

Max Bet: To play with 9 lines and $40.00 bet per line, click on 'BET MAX'. If your game balance is not sufficient, this option is disabled.
The number of selected lines is multiplied by the 'bet per line', and the total bet amount is displayed in the 'TOTAL BET', which is located at the bottom right of the game screen.

'PAYTABLE': The 'PAYTABLE' can be viewed by clicking on the 'PAYTABLE' button located on the bottom left of the main console screen. To calculate the payout amount, multiply the respective prize with the bet per line. Note that to calculate the payout for “Scattered Logo” symbol, multiply the respective prize with the total bet. You can go back to the game by clicking on the 'GAME' button.

SPIN: Click on SPIN to start spinning the reels. After the reels stop spinning, any winning combinations on the selected lines, or any scatter wins, will be paid according to the paytable. The keyboard shortcut for the Spin button is the spacebar.

Result: Any wins are indicated by their paylines highlighted and symbols animating or, in the case of a scatter win, by their symbols animating. Free game feature total win amounts and jackpot win amounts are shown at the top of the reels as a message. The individual line wins are shown at the end of each winning line.

PAID: Any Line win/ Scatter win which are paid in Normal spin or Free Spin is shown in ‘PAID’ field.

Feature game: A free game feature is triggered when three or more “Scattered Logo” symbols appear anywhere in view. 10 free spins are awarded at a 3 * multiplier payout for all wins during the free game feature game. On completion of the feature game, the main game is restored.

Continue Button: A Continue button will be presented during the Free Games feature. This button allows the player to bypass the display of winning paylines and associated symbol animations and continues to next free game. The keyboard shortcut for the Continue button is the spacebar.
Repeat Bet/Change Bet: If you have already bet, the settings selected will be automatically carried over to the subsequent spin. Simply click on 'SPIN' to play with the same bet again. To change your bet, use the Up-arrow and Down-arrow buttons near the 'BET' or 'LINES' indicators as explained above.
Credits: Your remaining game balance, after you have placed the desired bet, is shown under 'CREDIT'.
Your current game balance is the sum of the amounts displayed under the 'CREDIT' meter and the 'TOTAL BET' meter.

Jackpot Award: When one of the Marvel Jackpots is awarded, an appropriate banner message will be displayed on top of the five reels in view indicating the level of jackpot awarded and the amount. This information will be maintained in the banner window until the player’s next initiated action occurs. At such time, the regular presentation and rotation of the main banner messages will continue. The jackpot win amount will be credited to your Party Account immediately. The jackpot win will not be added to the game balance.
If you hit multiple jackpots at the same time, the Jackpot messages for each of the jackpots will be played one after the other.

The current amount of all the three jackpot levels is shown at the top left hand corner of the reels in the game screen. Each jackpot is reset to its individual base value after any player hits that particular jackpot. The reset value of all the three jackpots is given below:

Hero Jackpot: $50.00
Super Hero Jackpot: $500.00
Marvel Hero Jackpot: $5,000.00

You can also view the current values, last win details and Marvel Jackpot details by clicking on the ‘Total Casino Jackpot’ link in the left panel under the jackpot slider in the main Game Lobby of download client.
'AUTOPLAY': You can make use of this feature to choose 'hands free' game play for selected number of spins. To increase or decrease the auto spin count choose Left (-) and Right (+) arrows displayed in the bottom left of the game screen. Maximum number of Auto Play games can be selected is 99. Click on 'SPIN' to activate the selected option and start the spins.
Click on 'STOP' to deactivate the AUTOPLAY options. While 'AUTO PLAY’ is in progress you can interrupt the game by clicking on the 'STOP' button. If spin is in progress, 'AUTO PLAY' will be stopped after completing the current spin other wise 'AUTO PLAY' is stopped immediately and normal game is restored.
Click on 'GAME LOGS' to view the logs of the games you've played.
Click on 'GAME RULES' to view the current version number & game rules of the game.
Click on 'REBUY' to buy more credits into the game from your Party Play Account.
Click on 'EXIT GAME' to leave the game and return to the Lobby.
The game rules are identical in both real money and play money modes.

Game Rules:

LINES can be changed by using the ? and ? arrows.
BET amount can be changed by using the ? and ? arrows.
SPIN begins the game with the current BET and LINES.
Clicking on BET MAX button begins game with maximum LINES and maximum BET.
Payouts are displayed on the PAYTABLE.
Payline wins are multiplied by the amount staked per payline.
Scatter wins are multiplied by total bet and added to payline wins.
Feature wins are added to scatter and payline wins.
All symbols pay left to right, except “Scattered Logo” symbol which pay anywhere in view.
The “Thor” wild symbol substitutes all symbols except the “Scattered Logo” symbol.
‘Thor’ wild symbol pays by itself or in conjunction with other symbols except the “Scattered Logo” symbol.
Only the highest win on each lit line is paid.
Coinciding wins on different lit lines are all added to your total.
Wins only occur on selected lines, except the scatter symbols, which will pay in any position on the reels.

Malfunctions voids all pays and plays

Marvel Jackpots are awarded randomly. No matching symbols required
The size of the wager determines the chance of winning a Jackpot

Feature Game Play:
3 or more “Scattered Logo” symbols appearing anywhere in view trigger the free game feature.
The free games feature awards 10 free spins which are played with the same number of lines and the same bet per line as the triggering spin.
During free spins, all pays are tripled.
Free Games feature is re-triggerable i.e. free spins can earn more free spins if 3 or more “Scattered Logo” symbols appear anywhere in view during free games.
There is no limit on how many times a free games feature can be re-triggered within a feature game
Additional free spins are added to the free spins remaining meter.
The feature win amount is added to any payline and scatter prizes already won.


The theoretical return to player of this game is 94.48%

Adding funds to your Party Account

To add funds to your PartyAccount, click on 'Deposit' in the 'Cashier' menu, then select the desired deposit option. You can also add funds to your account by clicking on 'REBUY' on the game screen and then clicking on 'CASHIER'. Alternatively, click on 'DEPOSIT' in the 'My Account' section on the left panel of the Main Lobby. The time taken to transfer funds and the fees charged will vary depending on which deposit option you choose.

What do I do if I reach my betting limits?
If your game balance drops below the minimum bet, Buy-In window will be automatically presented.

To add funds to your PartyAccount, click on the 'DEPOSIT' option in the 'Cashier' menu in the Main Lobby, or click the 'CASHIER' button in the 'Buy-In' window of any game. You can also click on the 'DEPOSIT' button in the 'My Account' section of the left panel in the Main Lobby.

I could not complete the game. What should I do?
If you get disconnected in the middle of the base game, the software will automatically complete the game for you. You will be able to find out the result by clicking on the 'Game Logs' button once you have logged back in. If you are still having problems, please contact our 24/7 Customer Care team.

If you are disconnected after triggering or in the middle of the feature round, on reconnection, the software will automatically start the feature round, if not already started, or resume from where it was disconnected. After completing the feature round, you can resume playing the same game, or you can select another game of your choice.

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PartyPoker Introduces Aussie Millions Qualifiers - Defending Champ Stewart Scott Special Tournaments

***The PartyPoker.com Monthly Million is a $1 million guaranteed online poker tournament every first Sunday of the month. The next Monthly Million takes place on Sunday 1 November at 12.45 ET (17.45 GMT, 18.45 CET) and features a championship blind structure. The buy-in is $600+$40 but the diverse qualifying paths means you can join the qualifiers from as little as $1. The wide range of qualifiers includes $64+$4 daily satellites with a total of 18 seats guaranteed per day, a MEGA Friday $50+$5 satellite that guarantees 20 seats and Super Satellite Saturday qualifiers with a $32+$3 buy-in and a total of 18 seats guaranteed that day. The paths into the Monthly Million are many – check out PartyPoker.com ***

PARTYPOKER.COM INTRODUCES AUSSIE MILLIONS QUALIFIERS

DEFENDING CHAMPION STEWART SCOTT HOSTS SPECIAL TOURNAMENTS

Gibraltar – 29th October 2009 – PartyPoker.com has introduced online qualifiers for the 2010 Aussie Millions in Melbourne. Seen as one of poker’s majors, the Main Event is a highlight of the world live circuit and the leading online poker room is going completely Aussie crazy in November and December!

PartyPoker.com Australia Ambassador Stewart Scott is the defending champion and there is a chance to emulate his success in Melbourne next year. PartyPoker.com is offering the chance to win one of 25 luxury Aussie Millions main event packages. These fantastic dream trips will be up for grabs in two amazing $600+40 satellites on Sunday 13th December. One will be timed to suit Australia and New Zealand-based players with FIVE packages guaranteed worth $12,000, while the other is scheduled to give players from the rest of the world the chance to win one of 20 guaranteed packages worth $15,000.

For more information on the many paths to Melbourne, including PartyPoint and freeroll options, see PartyPoker.com Qualifiers start on Sunday 1st November - as ever PartyPoker.com provides diverse qualifying structures, which can start from as little as just $1.

PartyPoker.com ambassador Stewart Scott said: “I’ve been playing at PartyPoker.com for five years. These great packages are an amazing opportunity for other players to play in this huge tournament. Claiming the Aussie Millions title has been the highlight of my career and I’d love to see another PartyPoker.com player take the title.”

There are also a number of Stewart Scott Aussie Millions special tournaments: PartyPoker.com

The Stewart Scott Bounty Hunt

From the 1st November, Stewart will be playing in the $64+$6 Aussie Millions ANZ Friendly Satellite Qualifier at 04.05 ET (19.05 AEST) every Tuesday and Thursday. There’s a $70 bounty on Stewart’s head if a player eliminates him.

Stewart Scott Aussie Millions Specials

In these tournaments PartyPoker.com will be giving away seats to Aussie Millions qualifiers. First place will win a $640 seat, second place gets a seat at the $128 qualifier while third will claim a $70 qualifier seat. Top ranking players will also receive prize money from the buy-in pool and there’s also a $70 bounty if you’re the player who knocks Stewart out.

Stewart Scott Aussie Millions Special 1 – Sunday 15 November, 03.05 ET (19.05 AEST), buy-in $6+$1

Stewart Scott Aussie Millions Special 2 – Sunday 6 December, 03.05 ET (19.05 AEST), buy-in $6+$1

Stewart Scott Highroller Aussie Millions Invitational

One luxury $12,000 Aussie Millions package for first place, $640 seat in final qualifier on offer for the player that knocks out Stewart. This takes place on Sunday 22 November at 03.05 ET (19.05 AEST) with a $250+$20 buy-in.

Scott, 37, from Queensland, Australia, made history in January 2009 by becoming the first Australian in the modern era to take down the Aussie Millions Main Event, scooping US$1,865,724. Scott is a loyal member of PartyPoker.com’s VIP club the Palladium Lounge. He made his debut representing the leading online poker room at the PokerNews Cup in Melbourne earlier this month. Scott is married with one daughter and started life as a gourmet chef in Adelaide, with a period running a small IT business as he honed his skills online. He made his first impact on the live circuit in 2006 by winning a satellite series at SkyCity Casino in Adelaide that awarded him a $30,000 package for the WSOP Main Event. Stewart is a popular figure on the Australian poker circuit and is well known for his relaxed attitude but killer instinct at the table.

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James Packer defends casino industry at Crown AGM - 28th October 2009

James Packer has criticised "one-sided" media reporting about gambling advising his casinos make a great contribution to the community and business.

"Next time you read an unbalanced story about your casinos and their impact on the community, stop and think about the other side of the story" he advised the annual general meeting of Crown. "The one that rarely gets reported". "That is, of the contribution Crown makes to tourism, to employment, to training, to urban development, to community partnerships and to government revenues. Contributions that make us fundamentally different to many pubs and clubs."

Chief executive Rowen Craigie advised "While a few domestic customer segments continue to exhibit some signs of softness - and in particular I refer to some corporate events and corporate hotel bookings - these impacts have been offset by growth in other customer segments such as consumer and leisure bookings". "There are indications that the business environment in Macau is improving. We see long term potential for the Macau market growth given its exposure to China."

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PartyCasino Gold Mega Jackpot now over $4.5 Million! - 28th October 2009

The PartyCasino.com Gold Mega Jackpot has exceeded $4.5 million!

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Tuesday, October 27, 2009

Internet gambling changes possible following Australian Productivity Commission report - 26th October 2009

SYDNEY, Australia - A new approach to tackling gambling could see the Australian government place a $1 per bet limit on pokie machines and repeal the ban on Australian online gaming sites, News Limited reports.

The 630 page draft report of the year-long review appears to be a government initiative to help make gambling safer through harm minimization strategies.

The report, quoted in The Courier Mail, acknowledges "Australia's ban on online gaming is not working, with Australians increasingly gambling abroad on sites with minimal consumer protection."

The final report carried out by the Productivity Commission is due for release on 26th February at this stage.

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iGlobalMedia Entertainment Limited To Launch A New Online Casino - October 2009

iGlobalMedia Entertainment Limited To Launch A New Online Casino

iGlobalMedia Entertainment Limited, best known by its other name, PartyGaming, is to launch another online casino within days.

Adding to its world famous PartyGaming, PartyCasino.com, PartyPoker.com and World Poker Tour brands, iGlobalMedia Entertainment Limited is to launch Noble Casino, following on from its recent Noble Poker offering.

Noble Casino is owned by iGlobalMedia Entertainment Limited (PartyGaming Plc) and managed by Global Gaming Net (GGN) one of the oldest and most respected management companies involved in the online gaming industry today.

Noble Casino is a fully licensed Online Casino, regulated by Government of Gibraltar under the Gambling Act 2005 for purposes of operating online casino games and operating under the supervision of the Director of Offshore Gaming. They adhere to a strict code of conduct and their high level of integrity has earned the trust and loyalty of numerous clients.

PartyGaming's best known brands are PartyCasino.com, PartyPoker.com, PartyBingo.com, PartyBets.com, PartyGammon.com, World Poker Tour and Foxy Bingo.

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Anurag Dikshit’s Sale of Party Gaming Stock Receives Mixed Reaction, by Dan Cypra - 25th October 2009

One of the major poker headlines this week was the news that Party Gaming Cofounder Anurag Dikshit would divest himself of nearly 114 million shares of the company’s stock, which is traded in London under the symbol “PRTY.” Now, the industry has had a chance to react.

The internet gambling think tank sported mixed reactions to the news, as Dikshit’s departure meant that a man who admitted to violating U.S. law in a New York courtroom one year ago would no longer hold any interest in the company. Interactive Media Entertainment and Gaming Association (iMEGA) Chairman Joe Brennan told Poker News Daily, “The thing to take away is that this is probably good overall for Party Gaming. When you have one of their founders pleading guilty, if and when things start to get normalized in the U.S. and Party Gaming comes into the market, they need to clear it off the books. The fact that he’s exiting the company is good for its future.”

When internet gambling will be legalized and regulated in the United States is anyone’s guess. Congressman Barney Frank (D-MA) introduced HR 2267 in May as one solution. The bill outlines a framework for the explicit legalization of the industry and, although the measure is up to 62 cosponsors, it has not yet been scheduled for markup in the House Financial Services Committee.

On how members of Congress and others outside of the industry would react to Dikshit’s exit, Brennan explained, “If Dikshit leaving Party Gaming can be a benefit to that company, I would say that it does the same broadly for the industry.” Financial analyst Nick Batram told Bloomberg that Dikshit’s departure meant that Party Gaming “may also find it easier to raise funds from institutional investors rather than the founders for large sports gambling acquisitions.” The Wire Act of 1961 has historically been interpreted to mean that online wagering on sports is not permitted in the U.S.

Dikshit will purportedly turn over the proceeds of his sale, which will likely total more than ₤188 million, to his charitable foundation. On the TwoPlusTwo online poker forums, posters questioned Dikshit’s charitable motives: “If he donated to an established charity that could not be mistaken for a front, then that would be impressive,” one skeptic noted. Some have speculated that tax benefits are the real reason behind his actions. Brennan told Poker News Daily, “He wants to get out of the business and focus on his charitable endeavors.”

The sale of two-thirds of Dikshit’s stake sent shares of Party Gaming plummeting. Trading above 284 pence on October 19th, the stock dove to 240 pence in 24 hours, a dip of 15%. PRTY closed trading on Friday on the London Stock Exchange fetching 243 pence, 135 pence above its asking price one year ago.

An article in the Financial Times summed up the reaction from most of the industry: “The truth, however, is that while the distancing of Mr Dikshit can’t be bad for Party Gaming, it is still frustratingly unclear what the odds are on a successful return to the U.S. market.” In five weeks, the financial services industry in the United States must fall into full compliance with the regulations of the Unlawful Internet Gambling Enforcement Act (UIGEA). The impact of the December 1st deadline remains to be seen, but the Poker Players Alliance (PPA) recently authored a letter to U.S. Treasury Secretary Timothy Geithner and Federal Reserve Chairman Ben Bernanke asking for the UIGEA’s regulations to be delayed by one year.

Party Gaming Cofounders Ruth Parasol and Russ DeLeon, a husband and wife team, have not yet announced their intentions to sell stock or formulate a plea agreement with the U.S. Government. (Credit: Poker News Daily)

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Friday, October 23, 2009

PartyCasino, Virgin Casino and Captain Cooks Casino compete for Online Casino of the Month title - October 2009

Three of the world's most popular online casinos have made the Casino News Media shortlist for the prestigious Online Casino of the Month title.

The Casino News Media monthly award is based upon a number of factors which include game play, game range, customer service, ethics, affiliate offerings and all round customer experience.

Casino News Media does have a business relationship with all three casino brands, as they do with dozens of brands in the casino and online casino sector.

Casino News Media is part of the Media Man Australia group which includes Global Gaming Directory.

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Jackpots at PartyCasino

The world's biggest online casino jackpot is currently set to be won at PartyCasino.com

The PartyCasino Gold Mega Jackpot currently stands at over $4 million dollars!

PartyCasino slot games which can be played for the jackpot are Cash Cruise, Fire Drake, Golden Oasis, Mega Fortune Wheel, Super Fortune Wheel, Super Joker, Super Mystic, Super Star, Sweet Hawaii, The Godfather and Gone With The Wind.

PartyCasino also offers the world famous Marvel Hero Jackpot which can be won playing Marvel Entertainment themed slot games such as Fantastic Four, Spider-Man, The Incredible Hulk and Thor.

Players can even play for free first, and then decide to play for money, after getting used to the games.

PartyCasino offers 24/7/365 support and a great range of multi language and multi currency options.

PartyCasino's parent company, PartyGaming, has been established for approximately a decade and is widely accepted as the world's most successful igaming company and is listed on the London Stock Exchange.

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PartyGaming Co - Founder Sells Shares - 20th October 2009

LONDON (Reuters) - PartyGaming's billionaire co-founder Anurag Dikshit sold two thirds of his 28 percent stake in the world's biggest online gaming firm, raising 187.5 million pounds but knocking the shares.

Dikshit, who was fined $300 million after pleading guilty last December to an online betting charge in the United States, said in a statement on Tuesday he sold 75 million shares or about 18 percent of the company, at a price of 250 pence per share.

That was a 12 percent discount to Monday's closing price and was at the lower end of the 250-260 pence price range analysts had expected.

Shares in the company, which have more than doubled in value over the last twelve months, were down 12.6 percent to 248.8 pence at 1220 GMT (1:20 p.m. British time).

Analysts said the sale should be positive for PartyGaming in the long-term as it increases the level of institutional investment in the stock and makes a re-entry into the U.S. more feasible.

"He (Dikshit) has clearly decided to use the strong recent run to partially cash in and we would advise buying on today's drop, with the shares benefitting from an increased free float," said Daniel Stewart analyst James Hollins.

Prior to the sale, PartyGaming had a free float of less than 45 percent as co-founders Russell and Ruth DeLeon have also retained a 28 percent stake.

Davy Stockbrokers analyst David Jennings said Dikshit could now look to sell off the remainder of the stake or put it in a trust for his charitable foundation, improving the company's chances of returning to the U.S. should the current laws change.

"Under current U.S. law operators are unlikely to get licenses if any of their beneficial owners have criminal records. If they're going to win a licence he is going to have to sell down his stake," he said, Jennings said.

PartyGaming itself reached an agreement in April with U.S. authorities which will protect it from prosecution. The disputes arose after the industry was outlawed by legislation introduced in the U.S. in 2006.

Dikshit, co-founded PartyGaming in 1997 and was the driving force behind its user-friendly technology, which helped the company take a place in the FTSE 100 following a flotation on the London Stock Exchange in 2005.

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Tuesday, October 20, 2009

PartyGaming enjoys strong start to Q4 - 15th October 2009

Online gambling firm PartyGaming (PRTY.L) said on Thursday it was confident about its full-year prospects, having made a strong start to the fourth quarter.

PartyGaming said its total revenue rose 11 percent to $112.7 million (69 million pounds) in the third quarter from the previous quarter, despite it normally being a weak period for the industry as players take their summer holidays.

Casino revenue climbed 2 percent to $49.2 million.

In Poker, where the company has faced increasing competition from unregulated United States operators such as PokerStars and Full Tilt, revenue fell 8 percent to $45.1 million.

However, Chief Executive Jim Ryan said the company had attracted new poker players through the launch of a number of initiatives including a loyalty programme and "VIP" offer.

"Poker remains challenging from a competitive standpoint, but we are encouraged by the increased player traffic during September and into October," he said.

Shares in PartyGaming, which have outperformed the FTSE All Share Leisure & Travel Index <.FTASX5750> by 15 percent since the start of the year, had fallen 0.4 percent to 281.5 pence at 9:00 a.m. British time.

KBC Peel Hunt analyst Nick Batram reiterated his 'hold' recommendation and 257 pence price target on the stock.

"The group's investment in poker is beginning to deliver some forward momentum, in player numbers and gross revenues at least. However, at this stage we continue to believe that the rating is up with events," he said.

The consensus for full-year pretax profit stands at $102 million, according to a Thomson Reuters I/B/E/S poll of ten analysts.

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New Harrah's Executive to Focus on Overseas Growth - 20th October 2009

Peter Murphy, the former Walt Disney Co. executive hired to oversee strategy and development for Harrah's Entertainment Inc., says he plans to push for growth, particularly in overseas markets, even as the Las Vegas-based casino giant labors under massive debt and dropping revenues.

"My last 10 years at Disney were focused on international expansion," Mr. Murphy said in an interview Monday afternoon shortly after Harrah's announced Mr. Murphy's appointment as new president of strategy ...(Credit: Wall Street Journal)

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Casino News Media - Global Gaming Directory - Media Man Australia network approaching 3 million hits for the month - 19th October 2009

The Casino News Media - Global Gaming Directory - Media Man Australia website network is approaching 3 million hits for the month of October 2009.

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Sunday, October 18, 2009

Casino News Media - Media Man Australia - News Update - 18th October 2009

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Party Gaming Revenue Down 4% in Q3 2009, by Tom Jenkins - 16th October 2009

In figures recently released by Party Gaming, the parent company of PartyPoker, revenues were off 4% in Q3 2009 compared to Q2. Company officials noted that the decrease was “in line with the normal seasonal pattern seen in previous years.”

The acquisition of Cashcade actually ballooned Party Gaming’s revenue to $112.7 million during the third quarter, up 11% from Q2. However, removing Cashcade’s impact meant that revenues decreased 4%. PartyPoker revenues were $45.1 million during the most recent three-month period, a slide of 8% versus Q2. Party Gaming management attributed the fall to “higher player numbers offset by lower yields.” The $45.1 million in poker revenue represented a significant dip from the $65.0 million reported in Q3 2008.

PartyCasino’s revenue clocked in at $49.2 million, up 2% from the previous quarter, and the company’s sports book revenue registered at $4.2 million, up 31%. The company reported Bingo revenues of $13.8 million, nearly seven times the total accrued by the division during the same period last year. Party Gaming CEO Jim Ryan commented in the company’s release to the London Stock Exchange, “Poker remains challenging from a competitive standpoint, but we are encouraged by the increased player traffic during September and into October on the back of our new retention initiatives such as the enhanced loyalty program, improved VIP offer, and automated reactivation campaigns.”

Party Gaming boasted a base of 7.3 million users in 2009, up 24% from the 5.9 million users it placated to in 2008. The online giant played host to 79,200 average daily players, up from 63,900 in 2008, or 24%. However, its yield per active player day was down significantly in the third quarter of 2009 to $15.40, a slide of 23% year over year and 11% quarter over quarter. The company blamed the dip on “higher bonus costs driven by the acquisition of Cashcade and the costs associated with the new retention initiatives.”

A total of 208,100 new real money sign-ups occurred during Q3 2009 company-wide, a climb of 51% from the 137,600 who registered during Q3 2008. The number of unique active players during the period was 726,300, up 35% from 2008, and the company reported average daily net revenue of $1.2 million, down 5% from 2008, but up 10% over the previous quarter.

All told, PartyPoker boasted 4.6 million active players during the third quarter of 2009, a slide of 2% year over year. The online poker site, which does not accept customers from the United States, hosted 50,400 daily average players, even with 2008 figures, and a $9.70 yield per active player day, down 31% from the $14 recorded last year. PartyPoker saw 120,100 new real money sign-ups during the third quarter, up a colossal 30% from the 92,100 who signed up during Q2 2008. PartyPoker had average daily net revenues of $489,700, a dip of 31% year over year and 9% quarter over quarter.

Company officials explained the poker business unit’s lackluster performance: “Despite the competitive challenges in poker, we continued to sign up large numbers of new players and achieved an absolute increase in player numbers versus the previous quarter despite seasonality. Player yields declined year-on-year due to foreign exchange movements as well as competitive pressures.” On Thursday, it was announced that PartyPoker Ambassador Mike Sexton is the lone member of the Poker Hall of Fame Class of 2009. The World Series of Poker (WSOP) bracelet winner has served as the host of the World Poker Tour (WPT) since it debuted on The Travel Channel in the United States in 2003.

According to PokerScout.com, PartyPoker is the fourth largest online poker site worldwide, featuring a seven-day running average of 5,200 real money ring game players. During its peak hours, which occur in the evening throughout Europe, over 10,000 cash game players can be found on its felts. Party Gaming is traded on the London Stock Exchange under the symbol “PRTY.” (Credit: Poker News Daily)

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Saturday, October 17, 2009

PartyCasino Adds More Games: Ramesses Riches, Emerald Isle, Cubis, Bejeweled...

PartyCasino.com, the world's most popular online casino, has added yet more games to its existing portfolio.

New additions include Ramesses Riches, Emerald Isle. Bejeweled, Paradise Riches, Paradise Reels, Speed Demon, Love Bugs, Cherry Blossom and Cubis.

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Friday, October 16, 2009

PartyCasino, Virgin Casino and Captain Cooks Casino compete for Online Casino of the Month title - October 2009

PartyCasino, Virgin Casino and Captain Cooks Casino compete for Online Casino of the Month title

Three of the world's most popular online casinos have made the Casino News Media shortlist for the prestigious Online Casino of the Month title.

The Casino News Media monthly award is based upon a number of factors which include game play, game range, customer service, ethics, affiliate offerings and all round customer experience.

Casino News Media does have a business relationship with all three casino brands, as they do with dozens of brands in the casino and online casino sector.

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The Casino News Media award winner for October 2009 will be announced in earlier November.

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Virgin Casino Adds More Games; Cubis, Ramesses Riches, Dolphin Reef, Emerald Isle and more

Virgin Games casino, Virgin Casino, has added yet more innovative, exciting and new games to its portfolio.

New titles include Cubis, Ramesses Riches, Dolphin Reef and Emerald Isle.

This follows Virgin's additions last month which included Bejeweled, Rainbow Riches Win Big Shindig and Thor's Thunder.

Virgin Bingo is currently running a British based television campaign, featuring a Mexican animated "Ricardo" (Richard Branson look-a-like) which has also turned into quite the hit on social networking website YouTube.

Virgin insiders advise the Virgin Casino will soon also feature a range of Marvel super hero games such as The Incredible Hulk, thanks to the recent CryptoLogic business deal.

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Thursday, October 15, 2009

Packer's game spot on, by Terry McCrann - Herald Sun - 14th October 2009

Understanding James Packer and judging his success or failure - present and future - turns entirely on understanding that he has made two big strategic calls.

One was to exit 20th century media - free-to-air TV and magazines. To exit them, self-evidently, in Australia but, for what it's ever worth, the decision applies globally.

It was a decision that developed from the late 1990s, so that he was able, brutally but clinically, to hit the ground running on the death of his father.

The second was to go long 21st century China. At core, seeking to ride exactly the same long wave as BHP Billiton and Rio Tinto, indeed as Australia overall.

But via a very different path. It was - is - of course, his real first (business) love: gaming. And in the only available place, Macau.

Indeed, when you think it through, Packer is really aiming to sell a sophisticated consumer product into the fastest rising disposable incomes on the planet, of some 1.3 billion people. With all the pluses - and very real competitive risks - that entails.

Now, that is 'first love' in a very different way to his late father Kerry or his mentor in this space, the man who in effect built him his money-making Xanadu on the Yarra, Lloyd Williams. For James it is all about the certainty and mind-bogglingly fine detail of the mathematics.

Understand this and you begin to understand where he is going and the dynamics of that journey. And why the US gaming plays that were the focus of the ABC's 45-minute advertisement for Paul Barry's new book were an extremely costly, if instructive, diversion.

Even accounting the $1.5 billion apparently lost cold and extraordinarily rapidly in the US (and Canada and the UK), Packer's combined media and gaming corporate empire has outperformed almost all his relevant peers on his unqualified watch.

As I explained yesterday, the package of value from the old Packer PBL company had increased by $1.20 (down to 97 yesterday) since the death of Kerry on Boxing Day 2005.

This gave shareholders a positive 5.8 per cent TSR (total shareholder return). That's the total over the four years, not per year as I incorrectly wrote in haste yesterday. This compared to a 19.5 per cent negative TSR for Packer's media peer group and an even worse 26.9 per cent negative TSR for the gaming peer group.

The reason was, of course, the spectacular sale of the Nine Network for $5.5 billion - netting him $4.5 billion after the $1 billion he had to reinvest in the network and subsequently lose.

There is just no way to describe this other than as a spectacular coup, spectacularly timed - late in 2006, just as the subprime crisis was starting its slow bubble towards the surface in the US.

Even if you set off the $1.5 billion he would lose in the US against the $4.5 billion, the 'net' was still $3 billion. That's still almost as much as Kerry Stokes got for following him in selling half the Seven Network, just as it was toppling Nine from its long dominance of ratings and advertising dollars.

In short, Packer sold a rapidly depreciating asset beyond the top of the market, exploiting the global financial whiz-kiddery in its dying days! And the deal was even better than it looked.

Why? Because Packer kept the key stakes in Foxtel (25 per cent) and Fox Sports (50 per cent).

Two things are significant about that. It's at least another $1 billion of value - depending how the NBN arm-wrestle plays out, maybe even $2 billion. So his net value out of media was really more like $5.5 billion to $6.5 billion. Secondly, he very deliberately kept what he sees as the 21st century media business. He thinks Foxtel/Fox Sports is the best media business in Australia.

So why did he bend over and sue for peace with the other Kerry; indeed letting him, albeit by proxy, into his media company's boardroom? And did it signify he had a loose affiliation even with Foxtel?

Actually, no. What tended to slip under the radar with the 'mogul peace deal' is that Stokes agreed to 'stand-still' - to not buy any more shares in Packer's Consolidated Media for a year. But Packer did not.

Following the ConsMedia buyback, Stokes' stake goes to 22 per cent, while Packer's will go to a tick over 45 per cent.

Stokes can't buy any more for 12 months. But Packer can and will. He can buy 3 per cent every six months. As the time expires on Stokes' standstill, Packer will move above 50.1 per cent and unchallengable control.

There is no way he will sell out of his remaining - 21st century - media. Unless Stokes or somebody else (it would have to be from another planet) offers him a very silly price. Then the cold-blooded mathematical Packer would kick in.

2 There is no way he is going to 'share' Foxtel with Stokes. He has handcuffed Stokes and in 12 months he could resume hostilities from a position of unchallengable ascendency.

In short, he has moved to 'correct' the mistake he made when he opened the front door by 'selling out' of Nine without bolting the back door to the ConsMedia register. And he's doing, incidentally, the same thing at Crown. He's already started 'creeping' to the same 50.1 per cent.

In short also, the simple fact is that his media plays have been an unqualified success. He has created extraordinary value - in the form of very real (that is, Aussie) dollars.

He has paid for his US mistakes. And he has kept his position in 21st century media, alongside the businessman he most admires and the country's, for the moment, dominant telco.

That leaves judgment on his big 21st century play: China. It is as simplistic to judge that on the basis of what might be happening in Macau this year, as it would be to conclude that the lower prices BHP And Rio were getting this year 'proved' China was a dud for them.

Yes, there might be indigestion in Macau; yes, the Chinese government can play games with visas.

But Macau is very different to Las Vegas. It's the only game in town - until, if, the Chinese allow it in Beijing and Shanghai. And it sits next to 1.3 billion people with rising incomes; against Vegas with 300 million people with falling incomes. (Credit: Herald Sun)

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PartyGaming Stock Reaches High, by Greg Tingle - 14th October 2009

PartyGaming stock reached a high this past Tuesday on the London Stock Exchange. The company's stock hit its highest point since May, closing at $278.70.

The high point of the year for PartyGaming stock was reached on 6th May where it went to $283.

PartyGaming pulled out of the United States online gambling market after the Unlawful Internet Gambling Enforcement Act was put in place.

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IGT Accelerates Value for the Operator and Takes Gaming to the Next Level at G2E 2009

IGT Accelerates Value for the Operator and Takes Gaming to the Next Level at G2E 2009

New levels in excitement, entertainment and performance sure to WOW Expo attendees

RENO, Nev., Oct. 13 - IGT (NYSE: IGT) is "Taking Gaming to the Next Level" at the 2009 Global Gaming Expo, Nov. 17-19 at the Las Vegas Convention Center. As the trendsetter in the gaming industry, IGT will show bold, breathtaking, first-to-market innovations and groundbreaking new products and technologies. IGT offers the next level of gaming today to help casinos drive revenues and give players the experiences they want.

"High-energy entertainment for the player. Affordable solutions to differentiate your property. The right products and systems to give players the experiences they want and the profits casinos need. IGT is taking gaming to the next level," Eric Tom, IGT executive vice president of sales and marketing, said. "This year's IGT showing at G2E will absolutely prove that we're the industry leader, now and for the future. We're giving casinos the tools to provide players newfound, valuable experiences. Experiences that will change the industry and once again, set standards brought forth by IGT. IGT has pushed way beyond expectations, and has taken it to a whole new level of excellence."

IGT Product Highlights at G2E

-- World Premiere of Sex and the City(TM) Multi-Level Progressives - The Sex and the City(TM) slot is the first MegaJackpots® game to feature IGT's top-performing MultiPLAY game interface. The characters from the show, the sounds, the video and the customized hardware combine with superior math, truly entertaining bonuses and the potential to win more - and it's all tied together into one fabulous package.

-- Debut of IGT's Center Stage Series - This revolutionary new platform offers unlimited content options from the premier product line in the industry. When new games are released, content can be simply downloaded to the platform - without new cabinets or hardware. The Wheel of Fortune® Experience in 3-D and American Idol® are the first to be launched on the new platform.

-- More engaging and interactive fun from the MegaJackpots® line - The Amazing Race(TM) takes Group Play gaming to another level with the industry's first and only co-op bonus entry. The Alice's Adventures in Wonderland MultiPLAY video slot is IGT's hot new Progression Play theme, allowing players to accumulate credits, awards or levels of play on an ongoing basis. IGT's MegaJackpots® games give casinos the power to drive revenues.

-- The next level in game immersion - And to bring MegaJackpots® games alive, IGT's proud to introduce the MEGAfx Surround Chair. It immerses players and creates an enhanced entertainment experience.

-- IGT DynamiX(TM) affords true flexibility - No product is as flexible, gives as much choice, or offers the true 3-D game play today's player has embraced. Operators will get the most out of their investment with IGT Dynamix(TM) - a bundle of IGT's most innovative technologies (3-D games, MLD®, AVP®, multi-game and dynamic buttons). The IGT DynamiX(TM) bundle runs any 3-, 4- and 5 spinning-reel and video conversions on the same box, letting players decide what they want to play with one onscreen touch.

-- More 3-D - Players love their entertainment value. Operators appreciate the flexibility and the choices the 3-D technology affords them. That is why 95 percent of IGT's for-sale showing is on MLD® (Multi-Layer Display®) models. Also debuting is the first ever 3-D video slot, made possible only by IGT's exclusive 3-D technology.

-- More MultiPLAY - Riding the coattails of the wildly successful MultiPLAY, Reel MultiPLAY Slots feature MultiPLAY on spinning reels with configurable lines, appealing to traditional spinning reel players along with players who have become comfortable betting on more than one game at the same time. And the next generation answer to MultiPLAY: Lucky Game-N-Game(TM) and Keep it Reelin'(TM) Slots.

-- The next level in Video Poker - The richest video poker experiences come from the best games, and those come from IGT Video Poker. Operators will excite their poker players with the first community bonus for video poker in Hot Pursuit Poker(TM). Poker players will get another dose of winning with the first wide area mega-progressive video poker game: Super Times Pay Poker Mega Progressive(TM). And a math model built with neural net technology gives players the chance at matching wits against the machine, mano-a-mano, in the Texas Hold'em Heads Up Poker(TM) game.

-- Delivering practical systems solutions - From trusted well-known systems products to emerging technologies, IGT Network Systems gives you a competitive edge. The downloadable game library, Service Window, the sbX(TM) Tier One package, compelling IGT Advantage® add-on products (Gift Points(TM), Virtual Drawings, Table Bonusing, Slot Analytics), Advantage Bonusing® & Delivery Game Concepts, IGT Tournament Manager, IGT Casinolink(TM) and Professional Services provide unmatched value and performance for casino operations worldwide.

-- Bringing players together - IGT's new multi-player products are built to entertain, and infuse the best of video gaming with the positive social aspects of wagering on a common outcome. The Triple Towers Virtual Greyhound Racing game combines the excitement of the racetrack with the convenience of wagering at comfortable player stations. And debuting from the DigiDeal® line is the X-Table(TM), which adds bill acceptors and ticket printers to each position while eliminating the need for cards, chips, training and player account management. The social part that players love about poker is still there, but without overhead associated with a live poker game.

Developing products that offer authentic gaming excitement for the player is IGT's top priority. And for operators, IGT's goal is to help casinos realize superior value and performance. IGT is the only manufacturer that can help operators achieve new levels of dynamic casino and player management, and genuinely differentiate their floors from the competition now.

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