News analysis

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    H2 Gambling Capital and iGaming Business are pleased to offer you the first iGaming Mobile Dashboard of 2014.

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    Some industry observers were cynical in their assessment of the US National Football League offering pay-to-play fantasy sports for the first time in its history. However, Griffin Finan of Ifrah Law says the NFL’s move does not undermine its strong opposition to sports betting.

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    The sparring between lobbyists and representatives of the various poker stakeholders in California will rumble on into 2015 with the issue of “tainted assets” bound to raise its head again, write Jake Pollard and Graham Wood. 

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    Turkey is undertaking its third attempt at selling off its lucrative Milli Piyango national lottery but the deal is far from done as observers criticise the low sale price, reports Graham Wood. 

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    Online gambling licensing and regulation will be pass in the Netherlands in 2015, although debate and discussion will carry on long into the night over the 20% gross profits tax to be applied to igaming operators.

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    OPAP's plan to put 75% of its workforce onto a voluntary redundancy scheme shows how badly the Greek monopoly has been caught out by events on the ground, with the uncertainty set to continue, writes Graham Wood.  

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    H2 Gambling Capital and iGaming Business are pleased to offer you the July 2014 iGaming Dashboard. The Dashboard is your monthly overview of the igaming sector in numbers and enables you to follow the evolution of the igaming sector since 2003 with projections up to 2018

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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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