Foreign online casino operators, the historic enemy of the US land based casinos, are getting all friendly like towards the US casinos. The new turn of attitudes is likely based on the billions of dollars up for grabs if and when the US legalizes and regulates online gambling. When the licenses go up for grabs, it will be beneficial for the foreign operators to have alliances in place with land based casinos in the US.
With the possibility that when the US regulates online gaming, the new regulations will favor the US land based casinos already under regulation in the US, it only makes sense that oversea casino operators will receive an advantage by having partnerships with the US casinos.
Before UIGEA, foreign operators and US casinos like Harrah’s and MGM were mortal enemies. But with the change in the political climate, both sides need each other right now.
John Shepherd, of PartyGaming, one of many companies wanting to get back into the US market, told Bloomberg News recently that “When the act was signed into law, we stopped taking wagers from the US and effectively gave up 75 percent of our business in one go”.
Partnerships between US land based casinos and foreign online operators seem destined. Harrah’s and 888.com are already in agreements for working together in European business, and are likely to join up for the US market. PartyGaming is already working to create a network with several US land based casinos.
The Swiss Federal Gaming Board, Eidgenössische Spielbankenkommission, has recently certified five of GameArt’s online slot games for the Swiss market. Some of the best-performing games at GameArt have received certification, including Lucky Coins, Money Farm 2, Nefertiti's Nile, Rosh Immortality Cube Megaways, and Royal Gems. The number of GameArt slots certified for the Swiss market has grown to 25 as a result of this development.
Greentube announced that it will be streaming its games live across the newly regulated market in the Netherlands. Thanks to a partnership with Holland Casino, Dutch players will have access to a portfolio of premium games online as well as in land-based casinos. The Netherlands Regulated Marketplace was officially opened at the beginning of October, and they already issued 10 gaming licenses for leading casino brands in the world.
An exclusive deal was reached between Evolution Gaming and Scientific Games to transform the live Lightning Roulette game into a classic game in real-world casinos around the globe. According to the deal, Live Evolution Lightning Roulette will be available for Scientific Games land-based casinos around the world. This will be the first of its games to complement Dual Play Roulette and Baccarat, which are live casino tables that will be streamed onto land.