The Empire State just wrapped up an extensive selection process for the new commerical brick-and-mortar casinos that will go upstate, and thanks to that being finished regulators will next year hold hearings on whether or not to legalize online poker, according to GamblingCompliance.
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Neighboring New Jersey has had online poker for a year now and many in New York want the same. New York is home to more than 19.6 million people; New Jersey has roughly 8.9 million.

According to an October report from the New York Times, MGM Resorts has been lobbying in Albany to get online poker approved. An analysis commissioned by MGM estimated that New York residents spend as much as $110 million on offshore online poker sites.

The study also estimated that New York could see $50 million to $80 million in annual taxes by making New York-licensed intrastate online poker sites available.

News that next year will feature online poker hearings in New York isn’t out of the blue.

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In March, an online poker bill was introduced into the state legislature, but it didn’t move anywhere. Weeks later, Sen. John Bonacic, chair of the Senate Committee on Racing, Wagering and Gaming, said: “I don’t intend to push this this year. But we need to start a discussion.” In 2012, the New York Senate made headlines by saying it supported online poker during budget talks.

Click here for a look at the old poker online bill. It’s safe to assume some version of it will be the next one to emerge in the Empire State.

Earlier this year, Morgan Stanley came out with a report on its predictions of the U.S. online gaming market, and in it the financial services firm predicted New York would have online poker in 2016.

Канадский концерн Amaya, с недавних пор являющийся владельцем бренда PokerStars, объявил о том, что крупнейший на планете покерный рум превращается с 2015 года в игровой хаб. То есть, будет включать в себя не только всевозможные разновидности покерных игр, но и онлайн-казино. Раньше предполагалось, что PokerStars сделает основную ставку только на интеллектуальный спорт, тогда как его партнер и коллега (также принадлежащий канадскому концерну) Fullilt станет как раз мультимедийным игорным клиентом. Казино на базе второго покерного рума было открыто еще в начале 2014 года. Теперь концепцию «все в одном» разделяет и второй покерный зал. В ближайших планах руководства компании - спортивные ставки, игры казино и глобальное покорение индустрии онлайн-гемблинга. Первые игры казино будут запущены до конца текущего месяца.

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Первыми на арену обновленного рума PokerStars вышли уже знакомые игры - блэк-джек и рулетка. Обе игры были апробированы на сайте FullTilt, обе очень понравились игрокам. Программное обеспечение для онлайн-казино, в общем-то, уже было разработано, отшлифовано и обкатано, оставалось только запустить его на втором сайте. Однако PokerStars не думает останавливаться на достигнутом, блэк-джек и онлайн рулетка как самые популярные игры казино всего лишь дадут старт новой концепции, а в ближайшем будущем будут отработаны полновесные версии виртуального казино, причем, как в стационарной, так и в мобильной версии.

Как сообщил средствам массовой информации Эрик Холлрайзер, директор по корпоративным коммуникациям бренда PokerStars, компания применила «принципы, практики и целостность, которые делают PokerStars брендом успешным и любимым». И новые технологии, которыми будет дополнен покерный рум, никоим образом не мешают развитию интеллектуального спорта как базового направления компании, они станут всего лишь подспорьем для общего бизнеса.

То же самое подтвердил и непосредственный руководитель компании Amaya Дэвид Баазов, он сообщил, что онлайн-игры, которые будут включены в концепт PokerStars, являются следствием мировой тенденции к объединению и виртуализации азартных игр, спорта и ставок. Поэтому нет ничего важнее, нежели предложить пользователям грамотное решение вопроса, который им же в первую очередь и интересен. Согласно подсчетам аналитиков, такое комбинирование «вертикалей бизнеса» на мировом рынке позволит компании зарабатывать порядка двадцати пяти миллиардов долларов. На данный момент доходы от покерных румов PokerStars и Full Tilt Poker составляют около четырех миллионов.

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Концепция мультигейминга отрабатывалась в Испании, где на национальной локальной платформе были запущены новые игры. Это позволило экспертам компании изучить возможности и особенности игрового выбора покеристов как основной клиентской аудитории рума. И, как показали исследования, более половины игроков хотят, чтобы сервис был дополнен азартными играми, а более трети готовы перейти от использования стороннего программного обеспечения к «родному» покерному клиенту, если в таковой будут интегрированы специальные игровые приложения, не относящиеся к интеллектуальному спорту. Покеристы не относятся к азартным играм как к равным основной спортивной задаче, они четко разграничивают сферу интеллектуальной работы и развлечений, и возможность объединения для них - это как раз возможность переключаться с мышления на отдых.

PokerStars напрямую заявляет о том, что стремится к лидерским позициям на рынке не только непосредственно покерного спорта (здесь бренд уже является абсолютным «царем» многие годы), но и на рынке онлайн-гемблинга в целом, что благодаря объединению с канадской компанией AmayaGaming стало возможным. Новое руководство видит большие перспективы и реальные возможности для рума стать первым на планете игровым виртуальным хабом.


В частности, в самой успешной зоне «Азов-Сити», которая расположена в Краснодарском крае на 150 гектарах, в действующей части уже работают несколько казино, причем первые два открылись еще в 2010 году. Казино «Оракул» построила казанская компания «Роял-Тайм Групп». Сейчас инвестиции компании в игорный комплекс «Оракул» составляют более 2,3 млрд рублей, из которых 1,5 млрд рублей — в первый отель в игорной зоне «Азов-Сити», открытие которого состоялось 1 ноября 2014 года. «С введением в эксплуатацию следующего объекта — концертно-развлекательного комплекса в 2015 году — общий объем инвестиций в комплекс объектов под брендом «Оракул» превысит 3,4 млрд рублей», — сообщила представитель компании-инвестора Ольга Халитова.

После «Оракула» в игорной зоне «Азов-Сити» открылось казино «Шамбала» площадью 1,5 тыс. кв. м, а затем — «Нирвана». Объем инвестиций в эти два казино составил около 175 млн рублей, оба они принадлежат компании «Шамбала». В игорной зоне «Азов-Сити» работают сегодня более 2,5 тыс. человек. В ближайшее время будет открыто еще 500 новых рабочих мест в строящемся комплексе. В строительстве будет использован импортный металлопрокат. Инвестиции в новый объект, который планируется сдать уже в следующем году, превысят 1,5 млрд рублей. Как отметил генеральный директор компании «Шамбала» Максим Смоленцев, за четыре года работы в бюджет Краснодарского края перечислено 254,4 млн рублей налогов.

Что же касается игорной зоны «Янтарная», которая занимает 1170 га на берегу Балтийского моря в 50 км от Калининграда, то там, как сообщили «Известиям» в пресс-службе правительства Калининградской области, работы по освоению территории начались в этом году. Инвестором выступила все та же компания «Роял-Тайм Групп» (девелопер игорных зон «Азов-Сити», «Сибирская монета» и «Приморье»), которая намерена вложить в калининградский проект до 2029 года более 45 млрд рублей. Здесь будет построен полноценный город-курорт «Амберленд». Строительство первой фазы, в состав которой входят залы казино, рестораны и VIP-отель, завершится уже в 2015 году, строительство второй фазы, включающей отельный комплекс, SPA, конференц-зал и банкетные залы, планируется закончить весной 2016 года.

The top 11 Blackjack movies and scenes in history.

While it isn’t too hard to find a game of blackjack, either with friends or online, the game is featured in many films, giving them an air of sophistication. Blackjack is an enchanting game, not only because of the huge wins but also because it's classy, thrilling and involves both luck and skill. It doesn't matter if you play at a Casino in Vegas or online, blackjack makes you feel cool, and here are nine of the coolest blackjack scenes and movies in history, which helped shape the legend surrounding this exquisite game.
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Licence to Kill

As classy as the game itself, is 007, James Bond. Many Bond movies include casino settings but the only one featuring a truly amazing blackjack scene is the 1989 Licence to Kill. Needless to say Bond cannot lose and he wins £250,000 without batting an eye. Unbelievable sophisticated and debonair, but really one cannot expect anything else from the number one British Secret Service agent.

Austin Powers: International Man of Mystery

Moving from classy to sassy, Austin Powers treats the amused audience to one hilarious scene in this 1997 movie. Upon encountering the evil #2 they play blackjack and Austin is clearly defeated when he receives a five, yet he stays put. Featuring his true spirit he states that he also likes to live dangerously, which shows he at least understands that this game is not just about the right cards, but also about the right attitude.

Johnny Got His Gun

Nowadays when blackjack can be played by anyone at any time and thanks to mobile access, many players forget that this is an ancient game that existed long before online casinos. More than 40 years back Johnny Got His Gun was offering viewers a taste of authentic blackjack. This 1971 anti-war film has a memorable scene where soldiers philosophically discuss their lives as they play blackjack, and while it's very different from modern casino movies, it is a truly mesmerizing moment that any blackjack player will appreciate.

The Cooler

There aren't all that many romantic comedies which focus on casinos, but this 2003 film manages to mix up marginally tacky romance and blackjack, alongside with other casino games. It's a must-see for anyone who enjoys blackjack with lots of unforgettable scenes around the card table.

Swingers

In this fantastic film, Jon Favreau and Vince Vaughn try to soothe a heartache with casino and reckless partying, creating a funny comedy with a darker drama edge. It captures the constant thrill and amazing fun involved in casino games and blackjack is certainly one of the stars.

Rainman

You need to have a heart of stone not to fall for Dustin Hoffman's touching performance in this 1988 movie, but when you see him at the blackjack table you don't feel compassion but awe. This famous and successful film has won four Oscars and we feel that the casino scenes ought to have received their own nomination.

Croupier

An unsuccessful writer finds a new career as a blackjack dealer and ends up getting into heaps of trouble. Clive Owen has done an amazing job in this 1998 film and he manages to show the casino world from an unusual angle.

Hangover

This hysterical 2009 comedy has no shortage of memorable moments, but for casino fans, the scene that takes it to a different level is where the characters unfairly win more than $82,000 while playing blackjack.

One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest

Going back in time again, this 1975 film is mainly famous for Jack Nicholson’s extraordinary acting, but real blackjack fans love watching the patients at the mental institution play for cigarettes. It's not stylish or even pretty, but it shows how this game can make any circumstances better.

Casino

With a winning combination of blackjack, DeNiro, Sharon Stone and the one and only Scorsese, this movie was a safe bet before it was even released. While there is nothing subtle about the vulgar players and the dark sides of Vegas featured in this film, it is a real classic.

21

It is only appropriate for this 2008 film to be closing this list. Based on actual events (well, kind of), this movie doesn’t just mention blackjack offhandedly but gives it a leading role. Viewers get a close-up of this game and what it's really about. It has many incredible blackjack scenes that will give any casino player an urge to play.
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The ubiquity of internet capable mobile devices means that more people than ever in the US want to gamble using them, so we look at the sites that provide the facility to do so.
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If your black jack betting strategy suffers a little these days from the pressures of overwork and nowhere near enough free time to hit the casino floor closest by, there is a tendency to merely snatch the odd moment when one can at the PC using the many and various sites online that provide for a lively entertaining burst of relaxation prior to the next of life’s hurdles throwing itself gamely into your path. This in of itself can lead to issues, as one might not find the privacy at the family computer or office work station one might desire whilst wagering.

The inevitable rise of internet betting across the US has been greatly slowed by the rampant campaign against it fought by vested casino interests who have no desire to see their dominant market position damaged in any way. The likes of Sheldon Adelson might try to protect his casino gambling news he’s spending untold millions on attempting to stop the legalization of online gambling in the US will put off those that wish to try, but it is a battle he’s been losing as three states already permit it, and more are bound to follow given the lack of political will and support he suffered recently when the GOP rejected his proposed bill.

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This is one of the inherent problems with the internet gambling industry in the US. It finds itself with no firm national regulations save those being dredged up by the likes of Mr. Adelson and his cronies, facing a myriad of state legislatures with their own political agendas and desires, and a public that is far more led by emotive appeals than by objective rationality. This does not make for an attractive investment, and whilst some states have taken the plunge, a future of mobile casino gambling for all is a long way off yet.

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The ridiculous nature of the higgledy-piggledy gambling laws in the US means that police in Minnesota regularly break up poker games, and when law enforcement has to be troubled with such trifles, there’s something very wrong. Legislation on gambling at the Federal level appears unlikely with even the GOP backing off any stance ahead of the 2016 race for the White House, so we are left with fewer opportunities we deserve and an industry with no definite base to its future on which anyone would be willing to build.

Now obviously the gambling industry isn’t limited to just the United States, and nor is the internet, and it doesn’t take a genius these days to tell a computer one is somewhere other than one’s true geographical location. It’s not even illegal to do so, but that sort of technical faffing around isn’t for everyone and the systems administrator at work might become hostile if the company network suddenly starts reporting it’s running out of a small VPN somewhere in Malta.

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However all is not lost, even as the politicians slug it out either from an economic or moral standpoint, and as the regulators write ever more complex reports that say nothing at all, several sites around the world now offer those in the land of the free and home of the brave the opportunity to wager not just from the shackles of the desktop PC, but from a myriad of mobile devices on a plethora of platforms. Indeed just below the surface of controversy and calamity, the gambling industry is just getting on with it.

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