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    The Minister for the Interior in the German state of Hesse has claimed no operator has filed an application for a federal sports betting licence, warning that companies will face immediate action if they continue to operate without certification.

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    Michigan’s Senate is expected to pass bills to legalise sports wagering and online gaming later today (11 December), after the Regulatory Reform Committee gave its approval to a number of amendments to each piece of legislation.

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    The Swedish Gaming Authority (Spelinspektionen) has revealed that despite issuing sanctioning licensees on 21 occasions in 2019, Åland Islands-based Paf is the only operator to have paid the sum owed.

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    The Montana Lottery is now accepting licence applications from businesses looking to offer the lottery’s new sports betting product, Sports Bet Montana. 

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    Gambling operator Caravel Entertainment has secured licences to offer online sports betting and games of chances in the Portuguese market. Caravel now plans to launch real-money igaming under the Moosh brand.

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    The Australian Banking Association (ABA) is looking to gather stakeholder feedback on potential restrictions on the use of credit cards to fund online gambling, and how banks can help better protect players. Interested parties will have until 4 March, 2020 to share their views on controls such as an outright ban, and how and when this could be implemented.

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    The Australian Parliament has approved legislation to establish the country’s National Self-Exclusion Register, with the Morrison Government hailing its passage as filling a “critical gap” in the country’s consumer protection safeguards.

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    The New Jersey Division of Gaming Enforcement (DGE) has issued two civil penalty packages to NYX for unapproved games and regulatory violations, as well as a penalty to William Hill for self-exclusion failings.

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    The latest edition of Sweden’s annual survey on gambling participation has revealed that the percentage of the country’s adult population has dropped six percentage points in the past year.

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    Casino and sportsbook operator group Soft2Bet has set out plans to launch two of its brands in the Swedish market after securing a licence from the country’s gambling regulator Spelinspektionen.

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    Peter Hannibal, chief executive of UK industry organisation the Gambling Business Group (GBG), has called on the market to begin preparations for what he said is now an ‘inevitable’ overhaul of national legislation.

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    The District of Colombia’s Office of Lottery and Gaming (OLG) has revealed that it will launch the application process for new sports betting licences in Washington D.C. on December 3.

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    The New Jersey Division of Gaming Enforcement (DGE) has written to news and media outlets in the state urging them not to publicise unlicensed sports betting websites.

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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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    New Zealand’s Racing Industry Transition Agency (RITA) has revealed that turnover and profit for the year-to-date are both ahead of initial expectations, while the organisation remains hopeful that a second Racing Bill will be passed to come into force by June 2020.

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    The Advertising Standards Authority for Ireland (ASAI) has upheld complaints that argued a press and social media ad from Paddy Power was, “racist, offensive... and both highly insensitive and bigoted towards English people".

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    The New Hampshire Executive Council has voted to approve the state lottery’s decision to award DraftKings an exclusive contract to operate sports betting in the Granite State. 

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    Tennessee has released its draft sports wagering rules, including stringent advertising regulations, for public comment.

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    Australia’s government will introduce legislation to create a national self-exclusion register for citizens, the latest stage in the ongoing implementation of the country's National Consumer Protection Framework.

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    The body responsible for processing German online sports betting licence applications has once again stressed that operators must shut down any online casino or poker products if they are to operate legally in the market.

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