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    bwin party’s results announcement yesterday were not overly positive but at least the group can fall back on its sportsbook platform to turn things round. However, all the hard work that is going on indoors needs to translate into performance.

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    Playtech has the cash reserves to carry out serious M&A but the speed at which markets are regulating is still slow. Asia meanwhile remains a risk for the group, Scott Longley reports.

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    Richard Glynn’s final set of full year results as Ladbrokes chief executive illustrate one of the key flaws of his tenure at the helm: it has taken too long for the group to reach anywhere near this stage, writes Jake Pollard.

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    The wording of 888's statement to the LSE over the termination of talks with William Hill lef no one in doubt that 888's founders wanted more for the company while Hills will likely continue to look for targets, Scott Longley reports .

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    Nicola Tani of Agipronews explains how previously unlicensed operators such as SKS365, Goldbet and Betaland came to be granted more than 2000 licences by the Italian authorities but will have to battle hard in this highly competitive market; and why licensed operators are hoping changes to the country’s official betting list are approved by the Government.

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    The Guardian’s decision to close its betting site GoWager is an illustration of a major media organisation’s unthinking bias towards gambling.

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    888 is once again in takeover talks with a major UK bookie over a potential £750m deal. Shares in 888 jumped 18% yesterday following news of the talks while William Hill's fell 3%. Scott Longley looks into the issues that may or may not lead to 888 tying the knot this time around.

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    The Swiss National Bank's recent decision to unpeg the Swiss franc to the euro provoked major tremors in the forex space and pushed broker and ex-West Ham sponsor Alpari into administration. As the authorities take a closer look at the sector, Scott Longley looks at how EU regulation affects it, the different types of financial trading companies and the risk levels they are willing to operate under. 

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    App Annie’s report into the UK mobile casino market is good but for Aideen Shortt it has one serious flaw: it correlates social gaming with real money gambling.

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    Aideen Shortt says Twitter's new 'Bet now' and 'Play now' buttons will be marketing game-changers for UK operators competing hard for the live betting punter.  

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    Rational Group’s decision to build an in-house trading team for next year’s sportsbook launch is brave for many reasons but the challenge of differentiation will be the key, writes Richard Thorp, business development director with FSB.

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    PMU joining ESSA is a major milestone for the European igaming industry but unfortunately it doesn’t mean ELA members will follow suit anytime soon, writes Jake Pollard.

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    While the UK’s big hitters have had to make some tough calls ahead of the new PoC regime, grey markets may be the only survival route for others, whether in parallel with a UK licence or not, argues gaming industry consultant Christina Thakor-Rankin.

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    On the surface very little has changed for the Isle of Man with the UK’s PoC regime only days from becoming reality. But under the surface, it is clear that the island has seen some important changes in the make-up of its licensees, if not the overall number in the last 12 months, Scott Longley reports.

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    The Senet Group is a new self-regulatory set up to promote responsible gambling. Chief executive Ron Finlay explains the work it plans to undertake on behalf of the industry.

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    The Royal Courts of Justice's rejection of the GBGA's legal challenge to PoC means the UK's new igaming regime will definitely come into force on 1 November. For Gibraltar, its confrontational approach did not win it any friends and undermined its igaming status. Scott Longley reports 

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    The 2014 Global Gaming Expo that took place in Las Vegas last week was to a large extent overshadowed by Steve Wynn’s and Sheldon Adelson’s negative comments and downright antipathy towards igaming in the US. While it is true that regulated online gaming in the US has been disappointing and revenues are way below expectations, a look beyond the headlines and through the conference sessions shows that igaming is alive and well in the US.

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    A perfect storm of innovations has made possible the near-instantaneous delivery of hundreds of new in-game betting propositions. Martin de Knijff, founder of Metric Gaming, speaks to iGaming Business about the company’s strategy to provide operators with the tech to unlock the revenue potential of these brand new markets. 

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    The Cherry group of gaming companies has been involved in the online gaming and betting sector since its earliest days. As the company reorganises, chief executive Emil Sunvisson says online will be the focus in 2014-2015 and as scale increases, so will profitability. 

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    France's online betting sector is producing strong headline figures but was loss making in 2013. The horse racing pari mutuel and poker verticals for their part are stuck in a negative spiral which needs urgent attention. Will ARJEL and a government grappling with major issues of its own react to help a struggling regulated sector while illegal sites make hay? Jake Pollard reports  

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