Nevada online poker licenses, Black Friday sentencing

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SportsbookReview news correspondent Natalie Rydström delivers an iGaming News update for Friday, September 21st, 2012. In today's segment, three companies newly-minted Nevada eGaming licenses are discussed, as well as an upcoming sentencing of a Black Friday indictee, news with PlayTech, and WillHill.

The Nevada Gaming Commission has officially awarded WMS Gaming, American Casino and Entertainment Properties and Poker Enterprises with eGaming licenses.

WMS Gaming is a slots machine manufacturer based in Illinios which also services a UK Gambling site, and multiple social media slot game ventures, including the likes of Lucky Cruise and Friendslot with Facebook. WMS Gaming was licensed as a a manufacturer and service provider. ACEP, which owns the Las Vegas Stratosphere casino, was given the same license. According to various sources, ACEP plans to debut a freeplay poker system before year’s end with plans for real-money software to be functional during the 1st quarter of 2013. PokerTrip Enterprises Incorporated is a Las Vegas online poker marketing company. PokerTrip is the first affiliate to be cleared to serve the soon to be booming Sin City online poker market.

Former payment processor Nelson Burtnick has pled guilty to charges that he violated the UIGEA. Burtnick was one of eleven men named in the Black Friday online poker indicments. Burtnick was responsible with payment processing for both Poker Stars and Full Tilt poker. Burtnick faces up to 15 years behind bars for conspiracy charges.  He is also required to forfeit an unspecified amount of cash. Prosecutors are  expected to recommend leniency should Burtnick continue to fully cooperate before his sentencing date on December the 19th, according to a report by iGaming Business.

Gaming software development company Playtech has signed a licensing deal with Mediaset España, a Spanish-focused subsidiary of mass media giant Mediaset. As part of the agreement, Playtech is to power Mediaset with its entire array of industry-leading software products, including its poker, mobile, casino, live dealer, TV games and more. The plan is that with Mediaset España’s broadcast acumen, a special push will be made with a TV betting product. For more details on this partnership, check the SBR newswire.

Finally, British bookmaker WilliamHill has renewed its sponsorship of the World Snooker Association’s UK Championship. The event was first held in 1977 in Blackpool, and is the second largest snooker tournament in the world. This year’s event is scheduled to run the first week of December, with a whopping £625,000 prize-pool.

WillHill Marketing officer Kristof Fahy had the following to say: “The WilliamHill.com UK Championship is one of the highlights on the snooker calendar and we're delighted to continue our association with the event”. For more on this, you may check out World Snooker.com.

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