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RGA members will have left the Association’s AGM on Monday (November 7th) with any lingering hopes of a single European market left in the gutter outside Savoy Place.

First there was Cryptologic, now it’s Bingo.com. Two of last year’s biggest losers have both announced a quarterly profit for the first time in years.

New CEO Jason Williams seems to have the magic touch. He has only been in the role for two months after being handed the job by his old man Tarrnie, who had the grim job of announcing 19 consecutive quarterly losses.

Microsoft’s recent announcement that it will not be supporting Flash on the mobile (or Metro) version of Internet Explorer that comes with Windows 8 should have set some alarm bells ringing with chief technology officers across the industry.

Irish-Canadian casino games supplier CryptoLogic just ended one of the worst losing streaks in history. It just recorded its first quarterly profit in more than three years.

So Bernard Tapie has shown his hand. But, as discussed here almost three months ago, the US Department of Justice (DoJ) will have the ultimate say over the future of Full Tilt Poker.

CEO Johan Öhman’s departure from Net Entertainment for family reasons means it has been all change at the top of every one of the three Swedish companies that once comprised Cherry.

There is a long-awaited wind of change blowing through the Swedish halls of power. Four years of complete stasis has left one of the world’s most well-developed online gambling markets regulation-free and left many of Sweden’s gaming pioneers - some of the country’s most innovative entrepreneurs - basically operating as outlaws.

The mysterious group of European investors that is in talks about an investment/buyout of Full Tilt Poker (FTP) is likely to be continuing its discussions with numerous parties of which Tilt could be the least important.

Betsson don’t make many business mistakes. It’s becoming a bit of an adage in our industry. It’s a bit like Arsenal fans’ reciting the phrase “Arsene knows” about their wise and scholarly manager Arsene Wenger.

In January we ran an interview with then 888 CEO Gigi Levy in which he complained that online gaming companies have had a blind spot to the growth of social media. Almost six months on and little has changed - apart from Levy’s employment status of course.