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LOTTO QUEBEC LOOKS OUTWARDS
Loto Quebec, which operates online gambling facilities for the Quebec province in Canada, is looking at the possibilities of contracting in international online poker providers, according to an interview published in the Huffington Post.
Lottery spokesperson Marie-Claude Rivet told the publication that the possibility of licensing large, reputable and well established companies was being considered, and hinted that preliminary talks have involved Amaya Gaming, the prospective new owners of Pokerstars' parent group Rational.
The rationale behind the move appears to be a desire to ensure compliance by operators in the market in all respects with the Canadian Criminal Code.
Montreal-based Amaya seems to be the front-runner in the initiative, particularly in view of its Canadian - Quebec roots and its new prominence in the industry following the Rational Group acquisition deal.
The company already supplies e-gaming technology the lottery's online operation Espace-Jeux, which is delivering a positive business performance, albeit not on the scale of international rivals like 888 and Pokerstars.
SOCIAL GAMING DEVELOPER RAISES $3 MILLION
Jarrod Eppss social gaming enterprise BuddyBet received a major boost this week with $3 million in private investor funding.
The Prague-based company, which is focused on sports betting (see previous InfoPowa reports) distinguishes itself from traditional online gambling and gaming websites by allowing people to bet against other BuddyBet users instead of playing against the site itself, the publication VentureBeat reported Tuesday.
Three types of betting are allowed on the site: direct user-to-user bets, open market bets, and external link bets that allow users to post links via their social networks.
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