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    Israel-based affiliate giant Natural Intelligence has joined Responsible Affiliates in Gambling (RAIG), the affiliate trade body formed last year by Better Collective, Oddschecker and the Racing Post. 

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    The state of New York’s budget for the 2020-21 fiscal year, starting 1 April, will extend sports betting outside of casino sportsbook lounges, but not beyond the confines of upstate casinos.

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    Schleswig-Holstein claims that Germany’s 16 federal states have made a breakthrough in negotiations over a new State Treaty on Gambling, describing the agreed model as a “really good result” for all jurisdictions.

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    The GB Gambling Commission has warned operators to ensure their products meet transparency and online safety standards, after discovering that operators were offering games that featured a ‘buy-in’ option for bonus features.

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    New Zealand’s Racing Industry Transitional Authority (RITA) admitted concerns that the Racing Industry Bill does not offer enough flexibility for the roll-out of new betting products, but revealed that a bill regulating online betting may be in the works.

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    iGaming operator ComeOn will be known as ComeOn Group going forward, to better reflect the business’ activities across a range of brands and markets.

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    The Ministry of the Interior in the German state of Hesse has revealed that it has received eleven applications for sports betting licences, with a further seven operators making binding commitments to make submissions.

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    Sweden’s gambling regulator Spelinspektionen has put forward an amendment to the country’s gaming rules that would see operators prohibited from offering odds on rule violations, such as a yellow card in football or a fault in tennis.

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    The Global Lottery Monitoring System (GLMS), the sports betting integrity body for the lottery industry, has revealed that it flagged 157 matches to its partner network for potentially suspicious activity in 2019, with football once again dominating.

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    The GB Gambling Commission has announced changes to its licence conditions whereby all online gambling operators will be required to sign up to the GamStop online self-exclusion scheme and offer customers the service from 31 March.

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    Players in New Hampshire have wagered more than $3.4m in the week following the roll-out of mobile and online betting on December 30. 

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    Vermont state senators Dick Sears and Michael Sirotkin have filed a bill that would allow mobile, but not land-based, sports betting in the state.

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    New York state senator Joseph P. Addabbo, Jr., the chairman of the Senate Standing Committee on Racing, Gaming and Wagering, continued his push for legal online betting in the state in response to Governor Andrew Cuomo’s 2020 State of the State message.

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    Germany’s state lottery association the Deutscher Lotto- und Totoblock (DLTB) has reported a marginal decline in amounts wagered on lotteries for 2019.

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    The Greek Ministry of Finance has submitted its draft gambling regulations to the European Commission as it prepares to implement new controls on the industry.

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    Sports betting is now live in New Hampshire with patrons able to bet both online and at retail locations.

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    DraftKings has struck a deal that will see it acquired by a special purpose acquisition company alongside betting and gaming technology provider SBTech, with the combined entity to be listed on the Nasdaq Stock Exchange.

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    Michigan Governor Gretchen Whitmer has ratified bills to legalize sports betting and online gaming in the state, paving the way for a 2020 roll-out. 

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    New figures from the UK’s Advertising Standards Authority (ASA) reveal that children are now less likely to be exposed to gambling advertising on TV, though industry ads comprised a marginally higher percentage of all promotions seen.

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    The Royal Society for Public Health (RSPH) has called on the video games industry to commit to removing gambling-style elements such as loot boxes from games targeted at under-18s.

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