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January 11, 2014 | By Suzette Parmley, Inquirer Staff Writer
NEWARK, N.J. In the first partnership of its kind to explore the new frontier of virtual gambling in New Jersey, the owner of the 76ers and the New Jersey Devils has partnered with the online gambling company partypoker to merge customers and expand their reach. While casinos have sponsored and have had advertisement deals with American sports teams for years, this was the first deal with an online-gambling company. On Nov. 26, New Jersey launched Internet gaming from servers housed at Atlantic City casinos, becoming the third state in the nation, with Nevada and Delaware, to offer it. "The best partnerships are when you connect with the best people," Scott O'Neil - chief executive officer of the NBA's 76ers, the NHL's Devils, and Prudential Center, home arena for the Devils - said of the multiyear, multimedia deal between the two sports franchises and Bwin.Party Digital Entertainment, which owns partypoker, a leading online-poker website.
NEWS
November 28, 2013 | By Jacqueline L. Urgo, Inquirer Staff Writer
GALLOWAY TOWNSHIP, N.J. Like the sport of gambling itself, I was so close, yet apparently still so far, from being able to log onto a computer and play Atlantic City casino slots and table games on Tuesday, the first day New Jersey allowed online gaming. Four hours' worth of attempts - from the comfort of my home a few miles away - had proved fruitless in getting the pretty icons of the computer slot machine reels to spin for me. So I came here, to a Starbucks, and Tropicanacasinos.com finally registered me and took my $20. But still, I couldn't play.
BUSINESS
March 9, 2013 | By Suzette Parmley, Inquirer Staff Writer
A bill that would legalize Internet wagering in Pennsylvania is to be introduced next week by State Rep. Tina Davis. The Bucks County Democrat confirmed Thursday that she might introduce the measure in Harrisburg as early as Wednesday. Davis - whose district includes Parx, the state's top-grossing casino - cited recent moves by New Jersey and Delaware as the reason Pennsylvania needed to get started on the issue. "We wanted to get the conversation going," she said. "We're working on some changes" to the bill.
NEWS
May 16, 2014 | By Michael Matza, Inquirer Staff Writer
A rusty fence bisects the virtual desert, so grab your cursor and pick a side. You are playing The Migrant Trail , an online game about the human toll of illegal immigration. You choose an avatar from a group of immigrants trying to sneak into the United States, or border agents trying to catch them. You pick a route, what to wear, what to carry, when to rest, when to search, and when to hide. Software dictates the consequences. Didn't bring enough water, or weighed yourself down with too much?
NEWS
January 27, 2014 | By Angela Couloumbis, Inquirer Harrisburg Bureau
HARRISBURG - With Pennsylvania's budget forecast gloomy, the legislature looks to be placing its bets on gambling. As budget discussions unfold over the next few months, it is widely expected that the GOP-controlled House and Senate, along with the Corbett administration, will seriously consider a proposal to expand lottery gambling and, possibly, one to legalize online gambling. Both measures could mean hundreds of millions in annual tax revenue at a time when the state is in the red. The administration says Pennsylvania could be facing at least a $1.2 billion budget gap for the fiscal year that begins July 1. But the proposals are also bound to stir anew concerns that Pennsylvania is moving at breakneck speed to offer more options to gamble, which many believe will increase addiction and the social ills that go with it. Gov. Corbett, for instance, signed a law late last year allowing small games of chance - including pull-tab games and raffles - in bars and restaurants.
NEWS
December 8, 2010 | By Carolyn Davis, Inquirer Staff Writer
When Tim Quirino needed cash to help him get through his senior year at Drexel University, he knew what to sell. His ad on eBay read something like this - Available: World of Warcraft avatar ranked second in his realm, plus his castle, virtual gold, weapons, and other accessories. Within a week, he pocketed a very real $1,000 for a very unreal set of assets. Fortunately for Quirino, now 26, the transaction was a smooth one. He got his money, graduated with a degree in graphic design, and went on to cofound the popular-culture blog Geekadelphia.
BUSINESS
June 18, 2012 | Michael Armstrong
Whoever thought a little game of bingo might interest a venture-backed San Francisco social media company? Well, RockYou Inc. liked the online growth of Bingo by Ryzing enough to buy the Center City social gaming developer Ryzing L.L.C. for an undisclosed amount last week. A statement released by one of Ryzing's investors indicated that Ryzing's team, headed by Manu Gambhir, will join RockYou, which intends to maintain and expand the Philadelphia office. Wayne Kimmel, a partner in the Artists & Instigators venture fund, said Ryzing currently has 10 full-time equivalent employees, including six in Philadelphia.
NEWS
May 29, 2008 | By David Hiltbrand INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
Establish a successful collectible-card-game brand, and it's like a license to print money. "We say it all the time: Card games are essentially cardboard crack," says Ken Baumhauer, the operations manager for The Roundtable Games & Stuff store in Conshohocken. "Once you play them, you can't get enough. [Players] come in and buy pack after pack, card after card. " The hard part is getting a toehold in this highly competitive field, which is dominated by the games Magic: The Gathering, Yu-Gi-Oh!
NEWS
February 12, 2008 | By Frank Visco INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
Annette Jeffrey clicks the orange button on the lower right of the computer screen, shuffling the tiles in her vowel-plagued rack. Her sister, Beth, who lives in Seattle, is beating her 77-38, but Jeffrey has just noticed an opportunity for a three-word score that could put her back in the game. Jeffrey is playing Scrabulous, an Internet version of Scrabble that has been burning up the social-networking site Facebook. There, according to numbers visible online, the game draws more than 610,000 players a day; an affiliated Scrabulous Web site (www.
NEWS
December 13, 2012
HARRISBURG - The company seeking a contract with Gov. Corbett to run the Pennsylvania Lottery may not get paid unless its plans to expand gambling are clearly legal, state Treasurer Rob McCord said Wednesday. McCord's position could be a blow to Corbett's plans to possibly hire Britain-based Camelot Global Services, the only bidder for a 20-year contract to manage one of the nation's biggest lotteries. It could also force Corbett to seek specific approval from the legislature to allow the Pennsylvania Lottery to operate keno or online lottery games.
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