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    The Betting and Gaming Council (BGC), the new representative body for the UK gambling industry, has announced new measures to help identify and reduce potential problem gambling in licensed betting offices (LBOs).

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    Sri Lanka has become the first South Asian country to criminalise match fixing, with a bill setting out severe penalties including fines of up to LKR100m (£431,836/€502,536/$554,078) and ten-year prison terms.

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    Researchers in the Australian Capital Territory (ACT) have warned the state needs to have a serious discussion about the role of gambling in society after estimating that as much as 14% of its population has been negatively affected by gambling.

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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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    The Deutsche Automatenwirtschaft (DAW), the umbrella organisation for Germany’s gaming machine associations, has highlighted a number of key issues that must be addressed as lawmakers prepare to begin discussions over the re-regulation of the country’s gambling market.

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    The Irish Government has confirmed in its 2020 Budget that bookmakers in the Republic of Ireland will receive a relief of up to €50,000 from the 2% turnover tax levied on betting in the country.

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    Centrist political party the Liberal Democrats has waded into the ongoing debate on responsible gambling in the UK, calling for a complete overhaul of the gaming sector’s approach to tackling responsible gambling.

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    The Tasmanian Government has announced that it will introduce a new Point of Consumption (PoC) tax on wagering from 1 January, 2020, but Responsible Wagering Australia has criticised the move saying it could harm the racing industry in the Australian state.

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    Gambling operator Cirsa has secured approval from the Comisión Nacional de los Mercados y la Competencia (CNMC), Spain’s competitions and markets authority, to finalise the acquisition of GVC Holdings’ stake in its Sportium joint venture.

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    A national investigation by the Spanish police found little evidence of underage gambling across the country’s licensed gambling premises. La Policía Nacional’s Operation Arcade, in which more 3,000 spot inspections of almost 1,900 gaming halls throughout Spain were carried out over a 48-hour period, uncovered only 28 cases of minors gambling.

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    The UK Government has published an eight-point checklist to help those working in the gambling industry prepare for a potential no-deal Brexit. The UK is due to leave the European Union on October 31, but an exit deal is yet to be agreed with the EU.

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    The Industry Group For Responsible Gambling has set out plans for Responsible Gambling Week 2019, with a number of major operators, developers and other organisations with links to the industry to support this year’s initiative.

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    Glasgow City Council is to stage a summit with academics, third sector, health professionals, youth workers and individuals who have suffered with gambling problems in order to examine related challenges in the Scottish city and develop a new framework for action.

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    Norway’s state-owned totalisator betting business Norsk Rikstoto has proposed establishing a mandatory monthly spending limit for all customers, with the country’s gambling regulator speaking out in favour of the proposal.

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    The UK’s Competition and Markets Authority (CMA) has given its approval to Inspired Entertainment’s proposed acquisition of Gaming Technology Group (GTG), a division of Austrian gaming equipment and solutions giant Novomatic’s UK subsidiary.

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    Lawmakers representing Schleswig-Holstein’s ruling coalition have put forward a number of key regulatory objectives for the renegotiation of Germany’s federal gaming laws ahead of the annual meeting of state heads and chancellors.

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    The Brazilian Ministry of the Economy’s Secretariat of Evaluation, Planning, Energy and Lottery (SECAP) has published a draft of the decree governing fixed-odds sports betting for comment, the final opportunity for the betting industry to suggest changes.

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    Following the conclusion of a public consultation on the country’s sports betting regulations, the Brazilian government is to publish a draft bill for comment later this month.

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    A new report from Poland’s Supreme Audit Office (NIK) has revealed that while regulated the gambling industry has grown rapidly following amendments to the country’s Gambling Act in 2017, it is still dwarfed by the illegal market.

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    GVC Holdings remains confident that the business will be able to withstand potential regulatory headwinds across a number of its key and emerging markets, and believes it will see little change to German operating conditions.

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