Think back to 2005, when software providers and operators alike were intrigued statements from the Irish budget airline Ryanair’s Michael O’Leary that it planned to introduce a passenger service with a difference – in-flight gambling.
Although the service never seemed to materialise, the possibility of it being implemented continued to surface from time to time, and four years along the Wall Street Journal reported this week that it is on the program at Ryanair once again.
Quoting a Ryanair spokesperson, the WSJ said that Ryanair’s in-flight gambling system was still in the development and research phase, but that it was hoped to launch the service within the next three to five years. The report did not indicate whether the technology was being outsourced or developed in-house.…
Government finally receives the recommendations
According to reliable sources from the South African government, the government has finally received the much-delayed review of gambling in the country, which also includes online gambling, so it can now move on to consideration of the recommendations.
Many have been hopeful that this review will help clarify the government’s true position on internet gambling, which is currently quite restrictive, since the SA Gambling Board proclaimed it illegal following a High Court decision that went against the Swaziland-based Casino Enterprises.
The Gambling Review Commission, chaired Ms Astrid Ludin supported Ms Adheera Bodasing, Professor Siphiwe Nzimande, Mr Clement Mannya and Dr Stephen Louw, initially broke the end-August deadline, requiring more time to collect and present the findings. The Commission was supposed to look into all aspects of South African gambling, including its social impact, and covering the sector of casinos, online gambling and horse racing.…