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PENANG POLICE DESTROY 786 GAMBLING COMPUTERS
More computers seized by Malaysian police have been destroyed to prevent their reappearance in the online gambling market.
This time it was the police in the Penang district who crushed the 786 machines under a bulldozer, supervised by local police officers. The machines had been confiscated in police raids on illegal online gambling dens between 2010 and 2014, a police spokesman revealed, noting that the goal was to ensure the computers did not reappear on the internet gambling scene.
Penang police chief Abdul Rahman Ibrahim commented that once the owners of the machines had been convicted, police were authorised to destroy their equipment. He revealed that Penang police are currently holding another 800 computer sets pending the conclusion of investigations and court proceedings.
NEW ONLINE POKER SITE LAUNCH
What appears to be a South African entrepreneur has been touting the forthcoming launch of a free-to-play online poker website this week, treading carefully around South African laws which hold that most forms of online gambling are currently illegal.
The new operation will be titled African Poker Online.com and the foundation site can be viewed at http://220.127.116.11:8087/
The promoter emphasises the free-to-play nature of the site, although prizes can be won, such as a free seat to an upcoming Kenyan poker tournament.
"For now you have a platform to practice your online game and meet new players," the promoter advises prospective visitors. "Leaderboards and other great social items are being launched once we get out of the Alpha testing phase."
GAMBLING PAYMENT PROCESSOR IN RUSSIAN DEAL
Skrill, one of Europes largest online payment processors, has inked a new partnership with Russian payments service Yandex.Money in a collaborative move that will enable the company to expand coverage of the Russian payments market while allowing Yandex.Money to be integrated as a payment option for Skrills 140,000 merchants worldwide, offering a local payment solution to a global customer base.
Yandex.Money is one of Russias most popular payment services: 84 percent of Russians are familiar with it and 17 percent use it to make payments at least once every six months. Currently Yandex.Money is accepted by over 20,000 online stores in Russia, Ukraine, Belarus and Kazakhstan.
Mohamed Omaizat, VP group corporate development at Skrill, said Friday: Partnering with Yandex.Money will provide Skrills expansive global merchant base with access to consumers in Russia. It will also enable us to grow our global payment network even further with another popular local payment option, ensuring we stay at the forefront of the digital payments market.
We want to give our users an opportunity to pay with Yandex.Money in any internet store anywhere in the world," said Maria Gracheva, business development director at Yandex.Money. "Some of the internets most popular services, such as Skype, Facebook and McAfee, are already using Yandex.Money for payments in Russia."
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