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    H2 Gambling Capital and iGaming Business are pleased to offer you the June 2014 iGaming Dashboard.

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    As France prepare for their World Cup quarter final against Germany tonight, their biggest match since the 2006 World Cup final, French media talk about record stakes and an enthusiasm for online betting that is surpassing all expectations. iGaming Business spoke with Unibet, Betclic, PMU and France Pari to get an idea of how the event in Brazil had affected them and whether betting had finally made it into the mainstream.

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    Arguments in favour of including a bad actor clause in California's iPoker legislation are clearly driven by interests vested in keeping PokerStars out and based on an arbitrary 2006 cutoff date, writes online gaming consultant Matt Kaufman, but he still doesn’t see it ending well for poker’s global giant.

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    The European Commission's Asser Study finally tells the truth in relation to sports organisers' rights and the French betting right, writes Brian Wright of the Remote Gambling Association.

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    The World Cup is a huge event for sportsbooks, but the hard work won’t be over when the ref blows the final whistle in Rio on July 13, as Russell Yershon, head of sportsbook for Winner.com, explains.

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    Operators that make up the membership of the European Gaming and Betting Association could be heard breathing a sigh of relief at the end of last week as news came through that, effectively, they could continue operating in the German market thanks to their Schleswig-Holstein licences. But what of EU igaming regulation? In many respects it manifests itself as more curse than blessing. iGaming Business spoke with Martin Haijer of EGBA to get the views of the European industry.

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    iGaming Business will be writing a monthly column for sister publication Sport Business International​. Our first article for the June 2014 edition of SBI looks at the relationship between betting companies and the sporting world and it can benefit all stakeholders if approached responsibly. 

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    The odds on the Socceroos making it out of one of the toughest World Cup groups ever may not be high, but as kick off for Brazil 2014 nears, the market is as busy as ever with operators intent on making the most of the event, explains Sean Callander of The Inside World.

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    Federbet's report into match-fixing has grabbed the media's attention this week. iGaming Business spoke to general secretary Francesco Baranca to find out more about a trade body that claims to have over 400 members and has some choice words about how trade bodies EGBA and ESSA are "more interested in protecting the reputations of their members" than fighting match-fixing. 

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    For David McDowell, chief executive and co-founder of FSB Technology, technical progress should enable online betting operators to reap the full benefits of technology.   

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    H2 Gambling Capital and iGaming Business are pleased to offer you the May 2014 iGaming Dashboard.

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    H2 Gambling Capital and iGaming Business are pleased to offer you the April 2014 iGaming Dashboard.

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    OPAP investor Emma Delta is ensuring the Greek operator has the lion's share of the country's igaming market as World Cup kick off gets closer. European operators will likely have to launch further legal challenges if they want to get their share.

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    Could 2014 finally be the year when Sweden decides to regulate igaming? A number of factors would suggest so, not least the fact that online operators have been highly active in the market for many years already, writes Graham Wood.

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    The convergence of traditional and social casino has been mentioned for as long as the social vertical has emerged as a force to be reckoned with in online gaming. For Samer Ragheb, marketing director at development studio Plumbee, there are some synergies between the two but they remain distinct, which is why a hybrid approach works so well for his company.    

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    An emphasis on mobile, strong branding and social media presence have generated a strong set of interims for Paddy's. But whoever succeeds Patrick Kennedy as chief executive will have a lot to live up to, says Graham Wood. 

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    As World Cup kickoff approaches in Brazil next month, iGB's Latam expert Maximiliano De Muro explains that although the region presents unique challenges and some have been active there for some time, Latam markets represent a great opportunity for online betting.

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    The debate between HTML5 and native apps rages on, but with discovery in the app stores so difficult (and costly) these days, Rob Grossberg of TreSensa explains why games studios should take a closer look at HTML5.

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    Igaming investor and entrepreneur Maximiliano De Muro explains how social gaming is developing in Latam and what operators need to do to be successful there.

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    The UK bookmaker needs a bumper World Cup to catch up with competitors, but most importantly profits must pick up in 2014.    

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