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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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    Global Gaming has transferred its NinjaCasino.se domain to Finnplay subsidiary Viral Interactive, which could see the brand resume activities in the Swedish market months after the operator's licence was revoked.

     

     

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    The Greek Council of State, the country’s supreme administrative court, has revoked the online sports betting licence of  OPAP.

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    Joint efforts from police in China and Cambodia to combat illegal online gambling in both countries have led to the arrest of almost 1,000 people so far this year.

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    The GB Gambling Commission has given its approval to Rank Group’s proposed acquisition of online casino and bingo operator Stride Gaming. The bid, tabled in May, values Stride at £115.3m (€130.6m/$143.6m).

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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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    The Taiwanese Ministry of Justice has proposed an amendment to its legal code that would criminalise online gambling, which it describes as the cause of "social and family problems" in the country.

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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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    Licensed operators in Sweden remain concerned about the prevalence of unlicensed sites in the market following a meeting with regulator Spelinspektionen on Tuesday (17 September).

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    The Advertising Standards Authority has banned advertisements from Coral Interactive and Football Index operator BetIndex deemed to promote irresponsible gambling. Both advertisements may not appear again in their current form, with each company instructed to ensure their marketing communications do not promote harmful behaviour in the future.

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    Democratic Gubernatorial candidate Andy Beshear has announced plans to significantly expand Kentucky’s legal gambling market by legalizing commercial casinos, sports betting and online gaming if elected.

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    IBIA, one of Europe’s leading online gambling industry trade groups, has called on the European Commission to dismiss Austria’s largest state’s proposed new gambling laws after claiming they are not compatible with trade rules.

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    Malta-based operator Bethard Group has become the latest member of the International Betting Integrity Association (IBIA). The agreement gives Bethard access to the integrity watchdog's monitoring and alert platform, and allows it to share suspicious activity reports with a network of other operator members.

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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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    Pennsylvania saw more than $100m (€90.8m/£80.5m) spent on both interactive gaming and sports betting during the first full month of operations.

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    The Swedish gambling trade association Spelbranschens Riksorganisation (SPER) claims that the marketing guidelines drawn up in March have prompted operators to make positive changes to the quantity and content of their advertising in the market.

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    Germany's leading gaming machine manufacturer and operator associations have expressed support for the third amended State Treaty on Gambling, but called for future regulations to go further by legalising online slots. 

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    Philippine Finance Secretary Carlos Dominguez III has ordered the country’s Bureau of Internal Revenue (BIR) to shut down the operations of Philippines Offshore Gaming Operators (POGOs) that fail or refuse to pay income tax.

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    The Council of Europe (COE) has called on authorities in Malta to enhance their measures to combat money laundering and the financing of terrorism, after a new report highlighted a number of failings in the country’s current system.

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    A player for the esports team owned by National Basketball Association (NBA) franchise Miami Heat has been disqualified from the NBA 2K League for violating its gambling rules.

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