PREMIER GATEWAY TO HOST BETTING RACING POOLS FOR DUBAI
Isle of Man-based Premier Gateway International Ltd (PGI) is working with the Emirates Racing Authority as the host of the international horse race betting pools for this years Dubai racing season, which includes the Dubai World Cup Carnival.
The Dubai World Cup Carnival is a series of 11 highly-competitive race meetings that annually attract the worlds best horses, jockeys and trainers to Meydan racecourse in the United Arab Emirates, and culminates in the worlds richest race meeting, the Dubai World Cup, which is being held on March 28th 2015 and comprises nine high-class races headed by the US$10 million Dubai World Cup.
Neil Harmer, chief information officer for PGI commented Friday:
"We are working with the Emirates Racing Authority as the betting pools provider for the Dubai racing season and particularly looking forward to working on the Dubai World Cup Racing Carnival.
"The betting pools for the Carnival attract interest from betting operators around the world who will all be connecting into PGIs totalisator system located in Douglas.
NO MORE SLINGO FOR ZYNGA2013-08-16
A new decision by social gaming giant Zynga had the industry chattering Tuesday as news broke that the company is shuttering its branded version of the popular slot-bingo online game developed by Slingo after around eighteen months of operation under a Slingo licence.
With immediate effect Zynga Slingo has stopped signing on new players, and the company plans to withdraw its version of the game from Facebook towards the end of August, probably re-deploying its legions of fans (estimated conservatively at well over 3 million) to other entertainment sites like Zynga Poker.
Slingo was acquired by RealNetworks last months (see previous InfoPowa report), which may have something to do with the decision to pull the Zynga game.
EXTORTION PLOT AGAINST POKER PROS EXPOSED2013-04-25
A case in the Los Angeles court attracted the attention of online poker industry observers this week, outlining as it did an attempt to extort hundreds of thousands of dollars from several high profile poker players, including Joe Sebok.
The Associated Press news agency reports that two California men were sentenced to federal prison for hacking into the email accounts of the professional poker players and using naked pictures and private information to extort hundreds of thousands of dollars, prosecutors said Monday.
Tyler Schrier, 23, was sentenced to 3.5 years in prison and Keith James Hudson, 39, was sentenced to two years, according to Assistant U.S. Attorney Wendy T. Wu.
Hudson admitted hacking into a player's account to steal naked pictures and plotted with Schrier on how to extort players, prosecutors said.
Schrier pleaded guilty to conspiracy and other crimes in the fall 2010 scheme to hack the email account of poker pro Joe Sebok.
Armed with the illegally obtained intimate emails and photos, Schrier threatened to make them public unless Sebok and other victims paid hundreds of thousands of dollars, prosecutors said. Schrier later sent a nude photo of Sebok to about 100 people.
Sebok addressed the court during sentencing Monday, saying the plot's victims had "their lives altered and shattered in irreparable ways." He said the photos caused him to lose work representing brands in the poker industry, and damaged his reputation moving forward.
"In short, I was no longer able to maintain my then-current level of participation in the poker industry, representing the brands that I had been previously, as well as greatly destroying my ability to do so with new companies moving forward," Sebok said.
"Without belaboring the point too much, it was a nightmare, and one that I was forced to live through with millions of people watching."
Schrier pleaded guilty to conspiracy, extortion, and unauthorised access to a protected computer, whilst Hudson pleaded guilty to unauthorised access to a protected computer for financial gain. Schrier also admitted that he had previously extorted more than $26,000 in a separate plot.
A third defendant in the case, 22-year-old Ryder Finney, pleaded guilty to conspiracy; his prison term will be handed down later this month.
The names of the other victims were not revealed - they were identified only by initials in court documents.
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