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    DLA Piper's team in Italy held a conference in Rome on Tuesday looking to address the issues affecting an online betting sector that has seen revenues drop from €173m in 2010 to €135m in 2013. One of the negative effects of Italy turnover tax showed that in September 2012 Italian operators paid out more in winnings than punters were spending on their sites.

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    Play It Gaming is a real money and social mobile gaming developer focusing on emerging markets and feature phones, co-founder Cory Cleveland explains why mobile and digital innovation, coupled with growing income levels among Indians, Brazilians or Chinese citizens, will lead the way in opening up the sheer volume of players in those markets.

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    The PMU on-offline split is a small but potentially significant victory in the wider struggles between private operators and monopolies across Europe and although PMU still has two years in which to lay the groundwork, the actions of France's Competition Authority should provide encouragement to the rest of the EU market.

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    As real money igaming becomes a reality in New Jersey, H2 Gambling Capital considers what the market potential for this first sizable onshore-regulated market will be and how this measures up in the context for the remainder of the United States, which has the potential to regain its position as the leading igaming market in the world should the anticipated rollout of further states take place. H2 goes through the NJ issues, what makes it distinct from regulated markets in Europe and looks into US igaming potential for the next five years. 

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    New Jersey Senator Raymond Lesniak is a champion for igaming in the US and speaks truth to sportsbetting powers like the NFL, NBA (and Sheldon Adelson), but his international iGaming hub project for NJ didn't convince when he discussed it in a conference call on November 21. 

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    The European Commission launching infringement proceedings against a number of EU Member States this week is welcome but a recurrent feeling of ‘too little too late’ keeps rearing its head. As the lobbying battle is being drawn out by the EU's incumbent operators, Jake Pollard says those actions are short sighted and wonders if the igaming sector will be making the same complaints in 12 months time when Barnier steps down from his job. 

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    The bwin party boss came out fighting during Wednesday morning’s third quarter call, but only a turnaround of the company’s performance, with financials to match, will turn the sceptics’ opinion of the former industry leader, writes Stephen Carter

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    The fantasy sports betting market is big business, and legal, in the US. With sporting bodies such as the NFL and NBA running major fantasy leagues on their own websites, it’s no wonder they are so active in lobbying against legal sports betting across the whole country, according to David Galan, chief executive of Picklive.

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    Speaking about pan-European poker liquidity with ARJEL president Jean-Francois Vilotte recently put into focus one of the key issues EU-licensed poker operators are facing: big enough player pools that can enable them to run viable businesses. If taxes are never far from operators’ minds (understandably), the fact that they are restricted to national player liquidities acts as the major obstacle to operating a sustainable business, a situation which is bound to be replicated in US states. 

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    The debate over whether PokerStars will be allowed to operate in New Jersey is raging as the Garden State approaches launch date (26 November) for its regulated igaming sector. 

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    A combination of segregated player pools across EU markets and PokerStars' overwhelming dominance mean the sector needs to rethink its focus, Sam Miranda writes.

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    The Microsoft-Nokia deal might not mean much for the igaming sector at the moment, but for mgaming expert Aideen Shortt, the industry should look at the numbers and be prepared. 

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    Real-money igaming operators have been jumping into the social gaming vertical while social companies are equally interested in the real money equivalent.

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    The online gaming industry is uniquely competitive: every bettor is just one click away from hundreds of other gaming sites.

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    The betting industry is a key contributor to the economy with a total economic footprint in the UK of £5 billion.

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    The key to preventing over-spending on this traffic is to quickly determine the value of the customers arriving from each affiliate.

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