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Iowa governor signs bill to set two-year moratorium on new casino licences

The two-year moratorium on casino licences in Iowa will block P2E’s Cedar Rapids casino project in Linn County. US.- Iowa governor Kim Reynolds has signed ...

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UK ads watchdog warns that gambling content marketing must abide by CAP rules

The ASA has warned operators that the “vast majority” of content marketing for gambling is subject to the CAP code UK.- The Advertising Standards ...

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Malta removed from FATF greylist

The igaming hub of Malta has finally been removed from the FATF’s list of untrustworthy countries Malta.- The G7’s anti-money laundering (AML) watchdog ...

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UK ads watchdog warns that gambling content marketing must abide by CAP rules

The ASA has warned operators that the “vast majority” of content marketing for gambling is subject to the CAP code UK.- The Advertising Standards ...

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Lithuanian regulator closes proceeds loophole

The Gambling Supervisory Authority has closed a loophole that prevented it from confiscating the proceeds of illegal acts from companies. Lithuania.- The ...

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Massachusetts House-Senate sports betting bill negotiations start today

A joint conference committee will meet to work on a bill that both chambers can approve. US.- A joint committee will meet today to try to find a sports ...

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Kindred Group receives Dutch gaming licence

The operator’s revenue has suffered since it began blocking Dutch players in October. The Netherlands.- When the newly regulated Dutch online gaming ...

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Slovakia to introduce new gambling advertising standards

Slovakia’s Office of Gambling Regulation says the changes will improve gambling advertising standards across all media. The Office of Gambling ...

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Danish gambling regulator announces changes to new electronic ID system

Danish gaming licensees will need to switch to the updated electronic ID system from July 1. Denmark.- The national gambling regulator Spillemyndigheden has ...

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Danish gambling regulator announces changes to new electronic ID system

Danish gaming licensees will need to switch to the updated electronic ID system from July 1. Denmark.- The national gambling regulator Spillemyndigheden has ...

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UK gambling reforms expected to be “watered down”

Reports over the weekend suggest that several widely anticipated restrictions will be left out of proposed new gambling legislation. UK.- With the wait for ...

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Supporters confident North Carolina will legalise sports betting this year

Supporters of a bill to legalise mobile sports betting in North Carolina hope it to pass in time for the football season. US.- Sports betting supporters in ...

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Dutch regulator warns affiliates over online gambling advertising

KSA has written to 50 affiliate sites to remind them of advertising rules. The Netherlands.- The national gambling regulator de Kansspelautoriteit (KSA) has ...

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BGC: Dugher warns strict gambling regulations would alienate public

The chief executive of the BGC has continued his final volley as the UK government prepares to draw up new gambling legislation. UK.- Michael Dugher, chief ...

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Iowa legislators approve bill to set two-year moratorium on new casino licences

A two-year moratorium on casino licences in Iowa would jeopardise Linn County casino. US.- The Iowa Legislature has approved a moratorium on issuing any new ...

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EPIC calls for ban on loot boxes for under 18s

EPIC Risk Management wants regulation for the video game devices. UK.- The gambling harm prevention consultancy EPIC Risk Management has called for ...

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Portuguese regulator approves regulations for crash games

The Serviço de Regulação e Inspeção de Jogos will allow Portugal’s licensees to apply to offer crash games. Portugal.- The Portuguese gaming ...

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British Gambling Commission launches review into Goldchip Limited

The British regulator has suspended Goldchip Limited’s operating licence while it conducts an investigation. UK.- The Gambling Commission has suspended ...

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BOS welcomes Sweden’s decision not to restrict gambling marketing hours

The final version of the Swedish government’s gambling reform bill doesn’t include time restrictions for gambling ads. Sweden.- The Swedish online ...

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Hungary gambling reforms: Malta asks for clarification of licensing conditions

Malta is the first EU state to respond to Hungary’s proposed online gambling reforms. Hungary.- Malta has submitted a “detailed opinion” on ...

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Lithuanian gambling revenue up 90% in Q1

Gambling revenue in Lithuania hit €43.4m in the first quarter, with online revenue up despite a ban on marketing. Lithuania.- Gambling revenue continues ...

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Norway opens consultation on plans to merge gambling laws

The government is consulting on plans to merge three pieces of legislation to create a unified gambling law. Norway.- The Norwegian government has opened a ...

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BGC chair warns against major changes to RET duties in Britain

The chair of the Betting and Gaming Council (BGC) has warned against radical changes to the gambling sector’s research, education and treatment ...

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Spanish MPs will vote on granting regulator betting integrity controls

MPs will decide whether Spain’s gambling regulator should oversee sports betting integrity controls. Spain.- The Congress of Deputies of Spain has ...

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Danish gaming revenue up almost 30 per cent in March

Gross gaming revenue for March rose to DKK 525m amid a rebound for the land-based gaming sector. Denmark.- The land-based gaming sector continues to show a ...

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Northern Ireland’s new gambling legislation receives royal assent

The Betting, Gaming, Lotteries and Amusements Bill has become law. UK.- Northern Ireland’s Betting, Gaming, Lotteries and Amusements Bill has become law ...

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Brazilian Senate approves cryptocurrency law

The proposal, which provides regulations for the provision of virtual asset services, now goes back to the Chamber of Deputies. Brazil.- While Brazil’s ...

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Switzerland will grant two new casino licences

Switzerland’s Federal Council has approved the creation of two new licensing regions. Switzerland.- The Federal Council of Switzerland has approved the ...

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Germany’s Schleswig-Holstein to start online table game licence process

Schleswig-Holstein will open applications for its four online table game licences on May 23. Germany.- The state of Schleswig-Holstein has unveiled the ...

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EC updates list of high-risk nations for enhanced checks on gamblers

New countries on the EC list include Morocco, Myanmar, the Philippines and Senegal. Belgium.- The European Commission has updated its list of high-risk ...

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Belgian operator association BAGO blasts plans to separate betting and casino accounts

The association argues that the obligation would be a “serious threat to consumer protection”. Belgium.- The Belgian Association of Gaming Operators ...

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Poland’s Betfan turns profit in third year of business

Betfan has reported sales of €77m and a profit of €760,000 for 2021. Poland.- The bookmaker Betfan has reported its results for 2021, with sales of ...

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Maryland casinos generate $170.6m in gaming revenue in March

The Maryland Lottery and Gaming Control Commission has reported that Maryland’s casinos had their fourth-best month on record in March. US.- Maryland’s ...

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Chancellor aims to make UK a “global hub for cryptoassets technology”

British chancellor Rishi Sunak has outlined plans to encourage crypto companies to invest and expand in the UK. UK.- The British Treasury has outlined plans ...

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UK watchdog announces new rules for gambling ads

Gambling ads will no longer be allowed to feature sports people or celebrities who are well-known among minors. UK.- The UK’s Committee for Advertising ...

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Italian ministers to consider fixed 1% betting tax

The undersecretary for sports Valentina Vezzali wants a permanent extension of the temporary turnover tax introduced in 2020. Italy.- Back in 2020, Italy ...

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Minnesota sports betting bill passes fourth House committee

The bill has been approved by the Minnesota House Tax Committee. US.- The Minnesota House Tax Committee has voted 13-5 to advance a sports betting bill that ...

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SOFTSWISS Game Aggegator now certified for Spain

The game content aggregation software has passed a technical and security certification to offer services in the regulated market of Spain. Press release.- ...

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Spanish online gaming revenue fell 4.2% in 2021

Revenue was down against 2021, but stakes were 25 per cent higher. Spain.- The Spanish gambling regulator, the Dirección General de Ordenación del Juego ...

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Nevada gaming revenue surpasses $1bn for 12th month

According to the Nevada Gaming Control Board, casino revenue for February reached $1.1bn, up 44 per cent comparedyear-on-year. US.- Nevada casinos generated ...

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Pinnacle Solution receives MGA licence

The Malta Gaming Authority has granted a licence to Pinnacle’s B2B arm. Malta.- Pinnacle Solution, the B2B arm of Curaçao-based sportsbook operator ...

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Georgia House panel supports referendum on gambling legalisation

A House panel has given its approval to legislation that would ask Georgia voters to choose whether they want to legalise sports betting and other forms of ...

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New German gambling regulator to create whistleblower platform

The new German gambling regulator will review current player protection rules and create a platform for complaints and whistleblowing. Germany. Members of ...

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SOFTSWISS casino platform launches currency exchange feature

The latest feature from SOFTSWISS online casino platform grants players with balances in crypto the opportunity to play games that do not natively support ...

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Ivo Georgiev: “Amusnet Interactive’s strategy is combining the classics with the latest industry trends”

In dialogue with Focus Gaming News, the CEO at EGT Interactive explained the company’s strategy through its transformation to Amusnet ...

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EGBA launches cyber security expert group

The new EGBA group aims to share information to track and resolve cyber security incidents in the gaming sector. Belgium.- The European Gaming and Betting ...

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Red Tiger introduces Narcos Mexico slot

The company presented a new slot inspired by the Mexican series. Press release.- All the thrills and drama of the global hit TV series has entered the ...

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Crypto Analytics by SOFTSWISS: trends and tendencies of the iGaming market

SOFTSWISS has prepared detailed analytics on the state of crypto gambling in 2021, and also presented forecasts for 2022. Press release.- SOFTSWISS was the ...

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Kentucky House passes bill to legalise sports betting

A bill legalising both in-person and online sportsbooks in Kentucky now heads to the Senate for consideration. US.- The Kentucky House has narrowly approved ...

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Delasport gains GLI certification for Danish market

Delasport has gained certification to launch its products in the regulated Danish market. Denmark.- Delasport has gained GLI certification in order to offer ...

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Belgium’s 711 BV gains KSA Dutch gambling licence

The KSA has granted an 18th Dutch gambling licence, allowing 711 BV to offer online slots in the Netherlands. Belgium’s 711 BV has become the latest ...

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Swedish gambling regulator backs stricter online casino limits for future crises

Spelinspektionen’s interim report on Sweden’s temporary Covid-19 online casino limits has suggested stricter limits “may be preferable” in the ...

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SPiCE India announces new exhibitors

The 3rd Annual SPiCE India 2022 will take place from 23 – 25 March 2022 at Goa Marriott Resort & Spa in Goa. Press release.- There is only one week ...

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Trinidad and Tobago creates Gambling Control Commission

The Trinidad and Tobago Gambling Control Commission will monitor gambling activities in the Caribbean nation. Trinidad and Tobago.- Finance minister Colm ...

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KSA grants Dutch online gaming licences to Betca BV and Novamedia

The KSA has issued another two online gaming licences, taking the number of licensees in the Netherlands to 15. The Netherlands.- The Dutch gambling ...

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Alabama Senate committee passes gaming and lottery bills

Alabama’s legislative committee has approved two bills that would allow casino gaming, sports betting and the creation of a state lottery. The two ...

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Gaming legislation not a priority for Brazilian senate

Some senators see the gambling bill as unlikely to be addressed in 2022. Brazil.- Although Brazil’s Gambling Regulatory Framework has already been ...

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EGT General 50 J2 St cabinets make their debut at Nile City Casino in Cairo

Players in Nile City Casino enjoyed the EGT General cabinets with complete with impressive visual capabilities and several features. Since February the ...

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Sweden to launch B2B gambling software licences and double renewal fees

Sweden is looking to introduce mandatory gambling software licences while raising renewal fees for operators to cover regulatory costs. Sweden.- The Swedish ...

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Canadian Gaming Association signs memorandum of understanding with IBIA

The Canadian Gaming Association has signed a Memorandum of Understanding with the International Betting Integrity Association. The Canadian Gaming ...

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Swedish gaming revenue up 5% in 2021

Revenue rose to SEK26bn despite Sweden’s online casino deposit limit. Sweden.- Gaming revenue in Sweden rose 5 per cent to SEK26bn (€2.41bn) in 2021. ...

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Analysts predict Q3/Q4 recover in Macau

“Once the COVID-19 situation stabilises and outlook on contagion begins to improve, we expect a solid recovery in Macau,” – Ben Lee, iGamiX Macau.- ...

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AIBC Akon Investor’s Breakfast opens doors for startups

The AIBC Akon Investor’s Breakfast will take place on the 22nd of March during the Dubai expo. Press release.- AIBC Dubai has announced that it will hold ...

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Dutch igaming cooling-off period to end April 1

The Dutch gaming regulator KSA has reminded operators that the Netherlands’ cooling-off period for operators that were active in the country before ...

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French gaming regulator updates advertising guidelines

L’Autorité Nationale des Jeux has issued new guidelines following its condemnation of an “oversaturation” of gambling advertising during Euro 2020. ...

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Bolsonaro confirms he’ll veto Brazilian gambling legislation

The president of Brazil has reaffirmed his position following the approval of the Regulatory Framework for Gaming in the Chamber of Deputies. President Jair ...

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Bill to legalise igaming in New York introduced in state senate

Senator Addabbo has introduced Senate Bill 8412, which has been referred to the New York State Senate Racing, Gambling, and Wagering Committee.  A bill ...

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Kentucky senator introduces bill to legalise gambling

Senate Bill 213 seeks to legalise sports betting, fantasy sports and online poker. Kentucky Senator David Yates has introduced a sports betting bill, SB ...

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Brazilian deputies vote to legalise gambling

Brazil’s Chamber of Deputies has voted to legalise online and land-based gambling in the country in a landmark decision. The vote was to take place on 22 ...

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North Rhine-Westphalia to grant five online casino licences

North Rhine-Westphalia will become only the second German state to licence online casino gaming. North Rhine-Westphalia, the most populous of Germany’s ...

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Brazilian Deputies to vote on wide-reaching gambling legalisation bill today

Brazil’s Chamber of Deputies is set to vote today (23 February) on a long-awaited bill that would legalise various forms of gambling, both online and ...

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BtoBet analyses the opportunities of the Brazilian market

The “Brazil Betting Focus” industry report, created by BtoBet, is available for free. Sportsbook platform provider BtoBet has published its latest ...

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British online gambling revenue falls slightly in Q3

The Gambling Commission’s latest data report shows online gambling revenue fell by 6 per cent from the previous quarter. The Gambling Commission has ...

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Singapore gambling reform bills pass first reading in Parliament

Bills that would reform land-based gambling in Singapore and establish a new regulator have passed their first readings in the country's parliament today (14 ...

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Slovenia set to liberalise gaming market

Slovenia’s National Assembly has approved the second reading on amendments to the Gaming Act. A final vote on the proposed changes will be held in ...

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Nevada casinos welcome end of face mask mandate

Governor Steve Sisolak has announced the immediate end of Nevada’s indoor mask mandate.  Things are starting to get back to normal in Nevada casinos. ...

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Lithuanian online gambling revenue soars in 2021

While land-based revenue declined, Lithuanian online gambling revenue was up by more than 70 per cent year-on-year. Online gambling revenue in Lithuania ...

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Website launched for new German gambling regulator

The site for the German Federal States’ Joint Gambling Authority is now online. The executive of the German state of Saxony-Anhalt has announced the ...

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Danish regulator notifies certification update to European Commission

Denmark's gaming regulator Spillemyndigheden has submitted an updated certification system for online betting, online casino and land-based betting licensing ...

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Belgium’s Casino de Spa secures Dutch igaming licence

Dutch gambling regulator de Kansspelautoriteit (KSA) has issued a new igaming licence to Belgium’s Casino de Spa, one of the oldest land-based casinos in the ...

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South Dakota mobile sports betting bill passes at Senate

A bill proposing the legalisation of mobile sports wagering in South Dakota has been passed in the state's Senate. Senate Joint Resolution 502 is set to be ...

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Hungary introduces igaming legislation to end state monopoly

Hungary’s parliament has introduced online gaming legislation which open the market to private online operators, bringing an end to the current state ...

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EGBA supports European Digital Identity scheme

The European Gaming and Betting Association believes the E-ID initiative would benefit gambling operators and customers. The European Gaming and Betting ...

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Industry decision makers prepare for ICE London

A survey of ICE London attendees reveals the vast majority of this year's delegates see the show as a key event for deals, industry knowledge and discovering ...

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Schleswig-Holstein to offer five online table game licences

Schleswig-Holstein’s legislature (Landtag) has passed a law confirming it will issue five online table game licences, and set a tax rate of up to 44% of ...

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Hawaii state House passes lottery, casino and betting bills at first reading

Five different bills that would see a casino, a lottery and sports wagering implemented in Hawaii have passed their first readings in the state House. Each ...

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Ontario to launch legal igaming market on April 4

The Canadian province of Ontario will open its legal igaming market on April 4, iGaming Ontario (iGO) the subsidiary of Alcohol and Gaming Commission of ...

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British Gambling Commission clarifies position on free draws

The regulator has clarified its role after an increase in the number of enquiries from the public. UK.- Britain’s Gambling Commission has clarified its ...

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Sweden drops proposal for new online casino deposit limit

The government has dropped plans to reimpose a temporary online casino deposit limit at a lower level than before. Sweden.- The Swedish government has ...

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Italian online casino revenue hits new high in December 2021

A record month for online casino helped Italian online GGR hit the highest total since May 2021 in December, but revenue was down year-on-year. Total GGR ...

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Norwegian gambling regulator to launch Covid-19 compensation scheme

Norway’s Ministry of Culture and Gender Equality has told Lottstift to create a compensation scheme for cultural organisations impacted by the Covid-19 ...

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Ontario casinos announce reopening

The Ontario Government is planning to lift Covid restrictions on January 31. Canada.- The Ontario government has announced its plans to lift Covid-19 ...

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New York mobile sports betting handle surpasses $600m in first nine days

New yorkers wagered more than $600m during the first nine days of regulated mobile sports. Revenue surpassed $48m. US.- The New York State Gaming Commission ...

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European Lotteries welcomes progress on Digital Services Act

he European Parliament has approved a negotiating position on the Digital Services Act. Switzerland.- European Lotteries (EL) has welcomed the European ...

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Spain looks to include NFTs and loot boxes in gaming legislation

Spain’s Ministry of Consumer Affairs says it is carrying out “exhaustive monitoring” of loot boxes, P2E games and NFTs. Spain.- Spain’s Ministry of ...

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Pennsylvania Gaming Control Board awards licence for mini Parx Casino

Parx Casino has gained a licence for its Shippensburg Township facility. The Pennsylvania Gaming Control Board approved a licence for a subsidiary of ...

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58% of UK gamblers reject affordability checks

The BGC believes affordability checks should only target those who are most at risk. The Betting and Gaming Council has described a new survey as a “wake ...

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New York governor’s 2023 budget proposal allows for three NYC casinos

Governor Kathy Hochul has included a plan that could bring legal casino gambling to New York City in her $216.3bn budget proposal. US.- The $216bn 2023 ...

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GiG extends marketing compliance partnership with Malta’s Avento Group

Gaming Innovation Group (GiG) has agreed to extend its marketing compliance partnership with Malta-based Avento Group by a further two years. Under the ...

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