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People had high hopes for Bodugi but the Gambling Commission’s suspension of its licence highlights the perils of starting up.

With GSN Games’ acquisition of Bash Gaming marking the second major social casino purchase of the year, and gaming solutions giant Playtech launching into the sector, reports of social casino’s demise seem to have been greatly exaggerated.

So PokerStars did not get a licence in New Jersey...yet. The New Jersey Division of Gaming Enforcement (DGE) announced transactional waivers for almost everyone that has applied for one on Friday. The notable absentee was PokerStars.

The race for New Jersey is really hotting up. Licences and authorisations are being handed out daily with The Big Decision - whether PokerStars gets a licence - expected any day now.

The Gaming Intelligence Hot 50 2014 will be unveiled on the opening day of ICE next week. But how have previous winners fared?

Fair play to GTECH. It finally seems to be getting its house in order. We have given the company a fair bit of stick over recent years as it has struggled to integrate all its moving parts into one unified whole. But credit where credit’s due, you cannot fault the logic behind its latest rebrand and strategy overhaul.

It is worth watching the every move of those companies that were handed a New Jersey transactional waiver on Friday. While the transactional waiver gives Atlantic City’s casinos the green light to launch interactive gaming, many of their suppliers will still have some work to do to get their houses into a satisfactory regulatory shape.