New banning bill in Illinois
More State law aimed at hamstringing Internet gambling is on the radar at present, this time from Illinois.
State Rep. Elizabeth Coulson is leading the charge with a Leach look-alike bill that attempts to eliminate Internet gambling by prohibiting banks and credit card companies from processing wire transfers to Internet casinos. If a bank knowingly processed such transactions, it would be fined $1,000 per offense.
And any credit card debts from Internet gambling transactions would be null and void, meaning the financial institutions wouldn’t have to pay the online casinos, and in turn, the bettor would not have to pay the financial institution.
“Basically, we would say that credit card companies don’t have to pay the Internet debt. So then, guess what, the gambling people aren’t going to want to take cards from Illinois, and then you eliminate the problem,” Coulson says.
The bill is currently awaiting a hearing in the Slot Gacor gaming committee, whose chairman, Rep. Lou Lang said more testimony and information about Internet gambling would be needed before the committee could act. Coulson attempted a similar bill last session, and it passed the House 111-0 but was then stalled in the Senate rules committee.
NEW GAMES FOR BILLY
Both Crypto and Boss technology being deployed
One of the most successful and prestigious UK operators in the industry, William Hill Casino has announced some interesting software changes this week.
The new licensing arrangements are with its incumbent supplier WagerLogic (a wholly owned subsidiary of CryptoLogic Inc. of Canada) and Boss Media of Sweden, both premier gambling software providers.
The casino added the WagerLogic online poker room to its gaming portfolio at the beginning of January this year and has extended its commitment to WagerLogic products until the end of 2006.
“We have built one of the most successful online casino businesses in partnership with WagerLogic and were keen to ensure availability of their products to our customer base for the extended period” said Bill Haygarth, Managing Director of Hill’s E-Commerce division.
The deal with Boss Media is interesting in that Hill’s has not only licensed its casino gaming software, but also its casino back office system. Haygarth explained, “Introducing Boss casinos to our gaming portfolio is about giving increased choice to our customers, while the back office, in supporting casinos from third parties, will give us more control over what has become an increasingly important part of our business. Development work is well underway, which should see the first new products launched in the summer.”
Boss Media reports that the deal with William Hill involves them providing casino software in six languages and two currencies, in both downloadable and web-based instant-play versions. Boss Media is also supplying a new “Super Back-Office” system — a centralised management and reporting system that will not only support William Hill’s Boss Media casinos, but also those supplied by third parties. This represents a competitive threat to other software providers.
“In conjunction with this deal we are adding yet another product to our range — a back office tool with open architecture. This enables us to offer present and new customers one single integrated system to operate several gaming platforms in parallel” said a very happy Peter Bertilsson, CEO of Boss Media.
Boss has to date signed contracts with several of the leading European operators such as Gala Group, Victor Chandler, Bet 365 Group and Sportingbet.com.
It is not clear whether both softwares are to operate under one roof, although that would seem to pose integration problems with the existing Wagerlogic casino games. Cryptologic says, “William Hill will exclusively use our poker solution until 2006. They will exclusively use our US$ and GBP casino software until 2004. Once our exclusivity expires in 2004, William Hill will continue to use our casino software, but can also use casino games from other vendors (ie. Boss).”
Speculation is that William Hill may open another operational site in the near future using the Boss software.