Archive for April, 2007 Offers the First Ever In-Flight Entertainment Casino

Sunday, April 29th, 2007


Gibraltar, April 27, 2007 — (, the World’s No.1 online casino, is set to break boundaries as the first online casino to enter the booming in-flight entertainment industry, as it joins forces with in-flight entertainment (IFE) software developer DTI and announces today a partnership bringing the casino games experience to airlines worldwide.

The service will include the most popular 888 games including blackjack, roulette and slots among others. These will be available in real money and free play on numerous airlines served by DTI depending on the flight routes and relevant regulatory environment.

DTI Software has more than twelve years of experience in the IFE industry. It provides in-flight entertainment services to most of the world’s leading international airlines; including British Airways, Singapore Airlines and Cathay Pacific Airways. DTI is based in Montreal, Quebec, Canada.

Gigi Levy, Chief Executive Officer of, said: “This venture represents a significant addition to our innovative ‘every game; everywhere offering, alongside our Internet and mobile proposition, that clearly attracts entertainment consumers in more places every day. By partnering with DTI, the clear IFE market leader, we are redefining interactive gaming in flights and expanding even further our global reach.”

“We took our time to make sure we would partner with the most recognized name and company in its field,” said DTI’s CEO Nicolas Belanger. He added: “The combination of expertise and know-how in online casino management and DTI Software’s world leading expertise in non-traditional operating platforms and IFE content ensures a winning premise for great products that will soon be available to the IFE industry.”

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Ladbrokes, Bet Fred and William Hill join online shopping community

Friday, April 27th, 2007


Manchester, UK – 26 April, 2007 –, one of the UK’s fastest growing consumer shopping websites, has announced new partnerships with Ladbrokes, Bet Fred and William Hill, taking the number of online bookmakers that are featured on the site to an all time high. Internet Cashback enables online shoppers to earn cashback rewards for becoming members of the various online betting sites so they can place bets on upcoming events such as the Wimbledon Tennis Championships and The UEFA Champions League final. Internet Cashback gives consumers the security of dealing with reputable organisations in line with recent recommendations from the Gambling Commission.

Over 34 leading betting companies now appear on, including Mecca Bingo, Betfair and Coral, as well as The National Lottery. A recent survey by the Gambling Commission found that more than one million UK residents regularly use the Internet to place bets and as a result has recommended a series of new conditions and codes for online gambling. Online betting continues to grow in popularity and enables these organisations to reach a wider audience, including the growing amount of women that are choosing to take part in online betting.

“Since the launch of our online shopping community, the number of online betting companies that have joined has grown significantly,” commented Chris Nolan, Project Manager at “We have over 2700 members that are now signed up to the website and many of those regularly visit one of the online betting sites. Internet Cashback gives those consumers that would not necessarily feel comfortable visiting a casino or bookmakers the chance to get involved in online betting – whilst earning cashback at the same time.” has partnerships with over 600 retailers across a range of sectors including eBay, Tesco, the AA, HMV and SkyDigital.

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Bingo hall closure a blow for shops

Friday, April 27th, 2007


THE NUMBERS are down as businesses struggle to cope with the closure of Islington’s only bingo hall.

Mecca Bingo Club in Essex Road, Islington, shut a month ago (March 25) because its bosses Rank feared July’s smoking ban in public places would cause a drop in takings.

But for shops nearby this has dealt a devastating blow.

Bipin Patel, owner of Turnbull’s Chemist, in Essex Road, said: “For us it’s had a massive drop. A lot of elderly people who used to come to the bingo used to come to us with their prescriptions.

“There were about 600 people going in there every day and about 10 per cent of those would come into the shop. It’s a huge drop. There was no contingency plan, we couldn’t have because there was only a month’s notice.”

He added: “We have seen some people come back but they have indicated that it’s too far and I can understand that.

“When we go and see patients in the evening they want to hold on to us and talk to us. They have lost a chance to see friends now the bingo has closed.”

Alishah Nomee, who works in Happy Stores newsagents, next door, said: “We have lost around £150 a day since they closed it. They used to buy pens, drinks, chocolates, everything. We used to be very busy after 7pm and now it’s empty.”

Terry Edwards, who works at the flower stall near the bingo hall in Essex Road, said: “They used to buy flowers and things, especially if it was someone’s birthday.”

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Kenny Rogers launches poker site

Friday, April 27th, 2007

HOLLYWOOD, California – (PRESS RELEASE) — Kenny Rogers knows when to hold ’em and when to fold ’em, but with the launch of his THEGAMBLERPOKERCLUB.COM website, there’s no doubt the country music legend knows how to open ’em as well.

“It’s amazing how many people are out there that love to play poker, but there are so few legal and safe places to play. That’s what makes us so special,” says Rogers.

The free and legal poker club offers players the chance to win a free 7 night 8 day cruise each night for the next two weeks. All members are also offered the chance to win a seat at this years World Series of Poker, a prize worth $10,000.

To sweeten the pot, The Gambler Mobile will give everyone who registers during the month of April a three-day, two-night stay at one of 35 vacation destinations, including Las Vegas, Reno, Disney World or the Bahamas.

Ladbrokes and 888 Holdings end talks

Wednesday, April 25th, 2007

Source: The Guardian

Takeover talks between Ladbrokes and online poker and casino firm 888 Holdings have been ended without agreement.

The two companies announced this morning that discussions over a possible transaction had concluded “amicably”.

Talks began in November 2006, shortly after America stopped US firms from taking internet bets, and banned banks and credit card firms from processing web payments.

A spokesman for Ladbrokes, the UK’s second-largest bookmaker, confirmed that the ongoing uncertainty caused by the US clampdown had been one factor behind the termination of talks.

The shares gained 4.75p to 408.25p this morning, a rise of just over 1%. 888 Holdings lost nearly 6%, and were down 7p at 115.5p.

Nigel Parson, leisure analyst at Evolution Securities, said that today’s announcement indicated that the bookmaker’s lawyers weren’t convinced that they could ringfence the liabilities from 888 Holdings’ US activities.

“Ladbrokes didn’t need to do the deal, and it really didn’t need the legal uncertainty,” said Mr Parson. “This is the kind of thing that can end chief executives’ careers.”

888 said that its trading outlook was unchanged.

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