Legislators Urged to Study Online Gaming Regs; Prima Poker to be Rebranded as ‘Microgaming’

by Lou on June 5, 2006

Legislators Urged to Study Online Gaming Regulation
Last week legislators from around the country were urged to study current US and world-wide regulations in before altering their policy statement on Internet gambling.

The National Council of Legislators from Gaming States, a pro-states’ rights organization, has historically opposed online gaming on the grounds that it interferes with the ability of states to regulate this within their borders.

But Steven Geller, president of NCLGS, said emerging technology has led the organization to consider changing its position. Speakers noted countries such as Australia and Great Britain have succeeded in legalizing and regulating online gaming.

Bill White of Global Cyber, a company that has developed a patented system to regulate Internet gambling, testified that his firm has developed a protocol that establish where a gambler is located and can deny access to online gaming if necessary, enable taxation of Internet gambling, help prevent problem gambling, and provide transparency for regulators.

“What’s wrong with Internet gambling is the absence of regulation,” White said. “What’s wrong is you legislators and regulators can’t get control of Internet gambling.”

Prima Poker Network Rebranded Under the Microgaming Name
Microgaming, the world’s largest provider of online gaming software, announced that it is rebranding under the single Microgaming name.

The Microgaming Poker Network and Microgaming Progressive Network will replace the old names and that a new ‘Powered by Microgaming’ seal will appear on all the sites which use the company’s software.

The Prima Poker Network brand will be phased out by late summer to give players a period to adjust to the changes. Both of these websites will be integrated into a new microgaming.com website.

By focusing on one single brand, Microgaming believes it can create greater impact in a consolidating market and that ultimately, the Microgaming badge will give players added confidence in an operator’s ability to deliver fair, intuitive, involving play.

Microgaming’s CEO Roger Raatgever said, “We have led the industry for over a decade during which time separate brand names have served us brilliantly and helped our operators attract millions of new players to online gaming. Now we are entering a new stage of growth and we believe that by making these changes we are ready for this new era.”

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