iGaming news: BetFair, US gambling legalisation

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In today's iGaming industry video, newswoman Natalie Rydstrom discusses gaming licenses issued in Schleswig Holstien, Germany; potential legalised online poker in Massachusetts by 2013, as well New Jersey's incentive to facilitate intrastate online gambling. Later in the segment, Natalie is joined by fellow industry analyst J-Todd, most known for his "This Week in Gambling" program.

This week, news from northern Germany, plus we follow two American states in their effort the legalization of instra-state online gaming and later on in the show I welcome J.Todd, founder of This week in Gambling.

Hi, I’m Natalie Rydstrom bringing you the iGaming Industry news on the fourth of May 2012

Northern German State issues first iGaming licenses

It might not be a name many of you have heard but the Northern German State of Schleswig Holstien made headlines this week by issuing the first ever German iGaming licenses. The three lucky recipients are operators NordwestLotto, JAXX and BetFair who are now officially licensed to provide online sports betting services to customers in Schleswig-Holstein. An additional 37 applications have been submitted (23 for sports betting and 14 for online casino games) to the Ministry of Interior and we have been told that they will be issued in the next couple of weeks. The small state appears to have won a key victory in their fight with the German govt to license gaming in the country.

Poker websites could go live in Massachusetts by 2013

Another license update takes us to Massachusetts, where, according to Representative Dan Winslow, online poker sites could go live in Massachusetts by 2013. Representative Dan Winslow has been pushing for amendments to state gambling laws for the second year in a row. Recently, Massachusetts legalised three casinos and one slot machine parlor and has already established a state gaming commission for regulatory purposes. Last year Winslow introduced amendments to a gambling bill in the Bay State which could have seen the introduction of online poker, but this part was eventually stripped out of the final bill despite being passed by the House. Hopefully they will have more luck this time!

And finally before I welcome J.todd to the show, I have an update from New Jersey. Following reports that land gambling revenues in Atlantic City fell by 5 percent on March, Brigid Callahan Harrison, a professor of political science and law at Montclair State University, came out in support of Senator Lesniaks online gambling Bill in New Jersey saying "This bill could help those numbers recover and is designed to position New Jersey as the premier American venue for legal Internet bets. And if the strategy works, it could prove a game-changer for the casinos and for the state, which could become the flagship virtual home of a burgeoning multi-billion dollar industry.’’ More for me as this story as it continues:

And now I’d like to welcome J.Todd, founder of This week in gambling and a regular contributor to industry news. Hi J and welcome to the show.

I believe you’ve just come back from San Francisco, attending the4 Global Igaming Summit and expo . Can you tell us more about that?

Did you interview anyone exciting?

Thank you Jay for joing us and thank you to you for tuning in; I’ve been your host Natalie Rydstrom reporting for SportsbookReview.com.

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