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    The UK’s Advertising Standards Authority (ASA) has called on the British public to report gambling ads that refer to the novel coronavirus (Covid-19) crisis, pledging swift action against those that breach advertising rules.

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    Reports from Sweden suggest government ministers are mulling a temporary shut-down or new restrictions on online casino to avoid an increase in gambling related harm during the novel coronavirus (Covid-19) pandemic.

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    The International Betting Integrity Association (IBIA) has attacked the Greek government’s plans to set a 35% gross gaming revenue tax rate for operators, and queried the decision to restrict online play to those aged 21 and above.

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    Svenska Spel chief executive Patrik Hofbauer and chairman Erik Strand have condemned operators that are offering markets on the Swedish lower league football teams following the suspension of all high-profile leagues and competitions.

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    The ruling of the Darmstadt Administrative Court that derailed Germany’s sports betting licensing process has been published, revealing that issues relating to transparency were key to the judge’s decision, which the body responsible for the procedure is preparing to appeal.

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    The GB Gambling Commission has suspended two operators’ licences and for failing to fully integrate with the Gamstop national self-exclusion system.

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    Germany’s leading sportsbook operator body the Deutscher Sportwettenverband (DSWV) has reacted with dismay after the Darmstadt Administrative Court halted the process to award the country’s federal sports betting licences.

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    The Spanish government has adopted a series of new measures to preserve social and economic order during the novel coronavirus (Covid-19) pandemic, including strict new restrictions on online gaming advertising.

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    Denmark’s gaming authority (Spillemyndigheden) and problem gambling helpline StopSpillet have issued guidance to consumers to encourage responsible play amid the novel coronavirus (Covid-19) outbreak.

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    Standards body the Betting and Gaming Council (BGC) has published a new ten-point action plan to ensure its members keep customers safe during the novel coronavirus (Covid-19) crisis.

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    British Gambling Commission chief executive Neil McArthur issued a message to online gambling operators, reminding them of the importance of consumer protection and responsible marketing amid the effects of the novel coronavirus (Covid-19)

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    Isai Scheinberg, founder of PokerStars, has pled guilty in a New York court to running a multi-million dollar unlawful internet gambling business.

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    iGaming operator 888 Holdings is to delay the publication of its full-year results for 2019, after the Financial Conduct Authority (FCA) requested all listed businesses observe a two-week moratorium on the publication of preliminary financial results.

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    Dutch regulator the Kansspelautoriteit (KSA) has set out three key priorities in the year ahead alongside its preparations for the opening of the country’s regulated igaming market in 2021.

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    Thoroughbred, harness and greyhound racing in New Zealand will continue in spite of the novel coronavirus (Covid-19) pandemic, but with all events closed to all but essential personnel.

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    Kindred Group has been warned by the Swedish Gaming Authority (Spelinspektionen) and issued the operator with an SEK100m (£8.4m/€9.2m/$10.1m) penalty fee for offering unauthorised bonuses and lotteries without a licence to players.

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    Civil rights activist reverend Al Sharpton has urged Colorado lawmakers and the state’s Gaming Commission to block mobile sports betting in the state.

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    The GB Gambling Commission has officially recognised the BetBlocker app as a charity with the primary focus of helping prevent problem gambling.

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    A meeting of Germany’s heads of state in Berlin saw lawmakers approve gambling regulations to legalise online poker and casino from 1 July, 2021, as well as deciding on the location of the country’s new regulatory authority.

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    News that the Norwegian government has moved to finally close the loophole allowing offshore operators to advertise in the country has been greeted with dismay by the trade association representing these companies, Norsk Bransjeforening for Onlinespill (NBO).

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