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    A year of negotiations look set to conclude with bills to legalise online gaming and sports betting passing into law in Michigan, after the Senate passed Representative Brandt Iden’s proposals by significant margins. 

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    The District Court for Prague 1 has ruled in favour of the Czech Republic government in a long-running legal battle with land-based casino operator Casino Kartáč over online roulette. This had seen the operator look to recoup CZK6.9bn in estimated lost revenue, after a 2006 request to launch online games was rejected.

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    Slot developer Stakelogic has received a supplier licence from the GB Gambling Commission, allowing its titles to be used by British-licended operators.

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    The Virginia Joint Legislative Audit and Review Commission has completed its impact assessment of legislation that could see the state’s first bricks and mortar casinos constructed, projecting annual tax revenue of $262m.

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    Virginia Representative Barry Knight has pre-filed a bill ahead of the 2020 legislative session that would allow allow the state to enact the provisions of a casino bill passed in 2019.

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    Swiss gambling regulator the Eidgenössische Spielbankenkommission (ESBK) has granted online gambling licences to two land-based casinos in Bern and Interloken.

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    Six potential bills to regulate gambling, plus two draft amendments to tax and budget laws around gambling and one change to rules about illegal gambling, have been submitted to the Ukranian Parliament.

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    Japan’s government has nominated Michio Kitamura, former inspector general of legal compliance at the Defence Ministry, to head up its new Casino Management Committee regulatory body.

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    Democratic Party candidate Andy Beshear — who pledged to legalize commercial casinos, sports betting and online gaming if elected — has won Kentucky’s gubernatorial election.

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    Cherry-owned operator ComeOn has launched its Comeon.com brand in Denmark, having received a five-year licence from the Danish Gaming Authority.

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    Ukraine’s parliament has released the full text of the bill to legalise gambling in the country, which includes provisions for online betting and igaming.

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    The Russian government has approved a designated gaming zone to be located on the southern coast of the disputed region of Crimea.

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    The Swedish Gaming Authority (Spelinspektionen) has launched an appeal against a decision to reduce a penalty levied against Svenska Spel subsidiary Casino Cosmopol for failing to comply with licence requirements for money laundering and terrorist financing.

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    The Ukrainian government’s conservative evaluations have estimated that the country’s gambling bill could bring in between UAH5bn (£154.4m/€178.7m/$192.8m) and ₴9bn, according to the country’s Minister of Finance.

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    The Japanese government has revealed plans to formally establish a regulatory body to oversee the country’s land-based casino industry by January next year, around six months after it was originally set to be formed.

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    A long-awaited bill allowing for gambling at hotels has been filed in the Ukrainian parliament, the Verkhovna Rada.

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    Public Health England (PHE), an executive agency of the Department of Health and Social Care, has revealed the details — including the aim, objective, methods and team members involved — of the first ever review of evidence on gambling related harm in England.

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    Ukraine’s president, Volodymyr Zelensky, has expressed his support for the introduction of gambling at licenced five-star hotels.

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    Bangladesh’s Civil Aviation and Tourism Ministry Secretary Mohibul Haque has said the country could introduce foreigner-only gambling zones after the country launched a major crackdown on illegal casinos.

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    Panama’s Game Control Board (JCJ) has announced that it plans on eliminating the controversial 5.5% tax on all gambling winnings, including the betting stake, introduced by the previous government of the country in 2015.

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