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Blue Square to launch new online casino, poker room in June

Blue Square is preparing the launch of a new online casino and poker room in June. According to Andy Harris, head of interactive gaming at Blue Square, the launch has been scheduled for mid-June, “but it may be a bit earlier as we’ll probably have a soft launch for poker,” the www.onlinecasinonews.com website reported.

The new operations will put Blue Square in direct competition with its sister company HardRockCasino.com, also owned by the Rank Corporation. Harris told NewMediaZero today that there wouldn’t be any cross-promotion between the two Rank-owned casinos, as “Blue Square is keen to concentrate on its own existing user base and brand.”

The bookmaker is also in the process of creating new fixed-odds games to compliment its existing two games – Aces High and Lucky Squares. “We’ve got two or three that have gone through the development cycle. We’re hoping to launch several new games by the end of the year,” said Harris.

EBet signs deal with Native American casinos

eBet, a gaming technology company signed a deal to supply and operate a linked jackpot system for four California Native American casinos, the www.theage.com.au website reported.

EBet expects the operation to generate $7 million in revenues and $1 million in pretax profits.

“Initially, the eBet system will link 400 gaming machines across four of California ‘s largest Native American casinos,” an eBet statement reads. “Further expansion is anticipated across up to a further 26 casinos in California , which typically operate over 1,000 machines each,” it said.

The Link, which will deploy patent-protected technologies, is scheduled to start operations within 60 to 90 days.

The company said it placed 24 million ordinary shares at nine cents per share to fund the initial project roll-out, raising over $2 million from investors.