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    Sweden’s Administrative Court has moved to reduce Casino Cosmopol’s penalty fee for breaching licence conditions related to money laundering and terrorist financing to SEK3m (£242,508/€276,959/$305,316), but national gambling regulator Lotteriinspektionen could appeal against the ruling.

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    British-based operators will have to ensure they are “established in the European Economic Area” if they wish to hold a Maltese license after Brexit, the Malta Gaming Authority has reminded stakeholders.

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    Casino software and games supplier iSoftBet is to expand its services in the Malta market after securing a B2B software licence from the Malta Gaming Authority (MGA).

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    Spanish regulator Dirección General de Ordenación del Juego (DGOJ) and tax agency la Agencia Tributaria (AEAT) have renewed their partnership and signed a new cooperation agreement.

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    Georgia’s deputy legislative counsel, D. Stuart Morelli stated that an amendment to legalise sports betting in the state may not be required, but is preferable due to the ambiguity of the current situation.

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    Dutch gambling regulator Kansspelautoriteit (KSA) has handed fines to LeoVegas and its Royal Panda brand for offering online games of chance in the Netherlands without a gaming licence.

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    A Georgia Senate committee studying gambling has heard presentations and testimony from a series of industry stakeholders, including suggestions for a possible sports betting bill in the state.

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    More than 40% of Welsh students aged 11-16 said they gambled in the last year, though activity was predominantly centred around fruit machines and the National Lottery, according to a new study from Cardiff University.

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    Petfre (Gibraltar) Limited, the online gambling operator trading as Betfred, has agreed a £322,000 (€357,588/$393,887) settlement GB Gambling Commission after it failed to carry out appropriate checks on a customer who gambled £210,000 of stolen money through its site.

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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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    The Kenyan government's struggles with the country's betting and gaming industry will hit mobile network operator Safaricom's revenue, with the contribution from its M-Pesa mobile payments solution set to decline, according to analysts for investment bank Genghis Capital.

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    Attendees of Svenska Spel's annual responsible gaming research day heard that player protection measures must be tailored to different age groups, and that mandatory limits are more effective than voluntary in ensuring players can gamble safely.

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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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    Swiss gambling regulator the Inter-Cantonal Lotteries and Betting Commission (Comlot) has updated its blacklist of unlicensed operators, with bet365's dot.it site among the latest additions.

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    Malta-based online gaming operator Casumo has been reprimanded by the UK Advertising Standards Authority (ASA) for a Google sponsored search result that appeared when a user searched “how to unsubscribe from all gambling.”

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    A new survey conducted by Thailand's Centre for Gambling Studies and Centre for Social and Business Development has revealed that as much as 57% of the country's citizens have gambled during the past year.

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    The Swedish Administrative Court of Linköping overturned the country’s gaming regulator Spelinspektionen’s decision to limit operator LeoVegas to a two-year licence, granting it approval for a five-year licence, the longest possible term.

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    A US District Court in the Eastern District of New York has charged an alleged organised crime family member with attempted sports bribery and a host of related offenses related to Mafia activity.

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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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