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    Lithuania’s Gambling Authority has warned those organising poker training schemes after courts in the country dismissed a case filed by a poker school on the grounds that it required a player to play on illegal sites.

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    H2 Gambling Capital saw the first gain in its 2020 gross gambling win forecasts this week since it started tracking the impact of the pandemic on the sector five months ago.

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    The Maltese gaming industry contributed €1.56bn to the country’s economy, up 9.6% year-on-year, according to the Malta Gaming Authority (MGA)’s latest 2019 annual report.

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    California Senator Bill Dodd has announced that he is to remove his proposal to regulate sports betting from consideration, just a day before it was due to go to a vote of the Senate Appropriations Committee. 

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    The Regional Council of Darmstadt, the body responsible for licensing and prohibition under the third State Treaty on Gambling, looks set to develop transitional regulations rather than pursuing enforcement action against online casino and poker operators. 

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    The California Nations Indian Gaming Association (CNIGA) has criticised language formally legalising player-banked games at the state’s cardrooms in the sports betting bill put forward by Assemblymember Adam Gray and Senator James Dodd.

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    More people in the UK have stopped gambling under lockdown than started or increased play, according to new data from the British Gambling Commission, though the regulator warned that evidence suggested session length for existing customers had risen.

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    Dutch gambling regulator Kansspelautoriteit (KSA) has warned consumers over the dangers of taking part in illegal poker tournaments, after noting an increase in such events during the ongoing novel coronavirus (Covid-19) crisis.

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    H2 Gambling Capital has further downgraded its revenue forecast for the global gambling market as the novel coronavirus (Covid-19) pandemic continues to disrupt the sector.

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    French igaming regulator L'Autorité de régulation des jeux en ligne (ARJEL) has issued responsible gambling advice to operators and players in lockdown due to the novel coronavirus (Covid-19) crisis.

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    GVC Holdings-owned Partypoker has secured a licence to return to the Italian market after a four-year absence.

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    Isai Scheinberg, founder of PokerStars, has pled guilty in a New York court to running a multi-million dollar unlawful internet gambling business.

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    A meeting of Germany’s heads of state in Berlin saw lawmakers approve gambling regulations to legalise online poker and casino from 1 July, 2021, as well as deciding on the location of the country’s new regulatory authority.

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    Isai Scheinberg, the founder of online poker giant PokerStars, has travelled to the US to face charges of gambling, bank fraud and money laundering first filed in 2011. 

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    The GB Gambling Commission has unveiled a new service whereby personal licence holders can securely manage their accounts online and via mobile.

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    The body responsible for processing German online sports betting licence applications has once again stressed that operators must shut down any online casino or poker products if they are to operate legally in the market.

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    Latvia’s parliament has approved proposals to raise certain land-based gaming taxes in the country, including the measures in the 2020 budget.

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    The GB Gambling Commission has called for ongoing industry cooperation to continue to tackle underage gambling after a new report from the regulator highlighted a decline in the number of 11 to 16-year-olds taking part in gambling activities.

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    Ukraine’s Cabinet of Ministers has approved the government’s new Action Program, which includes a draft law that would legalise gambling in the country.

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    Dutch gambling regulator Kansspelautoriteit (KSA) has fined The Stars Group €400,000 (£353,442/$439,500) for operating without a licence in the country, via the PokerStars.eu domain.

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