Looking to benefit from the emerging Internet-connected TV platform, online betting exchange Betfair has launched the first betting application for TV's running the Yahoo! TV Widget Engine, an applications platform which allows users to interact with Internet content and services that compliment and enhance the traditional TV viewing experience.

Aiming to deliver an unrivalled betting-focussed programme to both customers and bookmakers, a new dedicated sports betting Internet TV service, The Betting Channel, has been launched with support from Satellite Information Services (SIS), the news and sports coverage provider part-owned by UK bookmakers Ladbrokes, William Hill and the Tote.

Following the lead of other major European-facing online poker networks, the Microgaming Poker Network has now adopted the weighted contribution method of rake calculation which enables a fairer rake distribution by allocating rake between operators in proportion to the amount contributed to the raked pot, as opposed to the number of players in the hand.

Following the successful launch of in-running sports wagering via the PocketCasino mobile gaming device in Las Vegas last September, Cantor Gaming has now expanded its offering with the launch of casino style games on the rebranded mobile device, previously known as eDeck, at both The Venetian and The Palazzo casinos.

Online poker room PokerStars has smashed its own Guinness World Record for the largest ever online poker tournament when 149,196 players took part in a tournament arranged on December 27th, more than double the previous record of 65,000 players set last July.