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    The Norwegian government will consider transferring the country’s horse racing betting monopoly from national tote Norsk Rikstoto to national lottery Norsk Tipping when the former’s rights to organise wagering on racing expire at the end of 2021.

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    The battle between payments and Know Your Customer (KYC) solutions provider iSignThis and the Australian Securities Exchange (ASX) over the suspension of its shares looks set to continue, with no sign of a resolution in sight.

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    GVC Holdings chief executive Kenny Alexander hit back at the All-Party Parliamentary Group that accused him of “cowardly behaviour” and their recommendation of a £2 stake limit on online casino games, a suggestion he labelled “ridiculous”.

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    The Australian Communications and Media Authority (ACMA) is to begin using its powers to order internet service providers (ISPs) to block access to illegal offshore gambling websites.

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    Branschföreningen för Onlinespel (BOS), Sweden’s trade association for online gambling, has hit out at the national government’s approach to illegal gaming activities, saying imposing certain restrictions on licensed operators will allow illegal sites to increase their market share.

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    Dutch gambling regulator Kansspelautoriteit (KSA) is to begin publicising operators that refuse to pay fines, in order to help consumers to identify unlicensed and illegal websites.

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    Colorado has legalised sports betting statewide through referendum, with the proposition receiving 51.1% of the vote.

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    Dumitru Mihalescul, member of the Romanian Chamber of Deputies, has called for tighter gambling regulations in the country in a parliamentary question to the head of the country’s National Office for Gambling, Marius-Sebastian Ionescu.

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    Dutch Member of Parliament Roelof Bisschop of Christian Right political party the Dutch Reformed Political Party (SGP) has sponsored an amendment that would increase the nation’s gambling taxes in order to fund an expansion of Dutch student grant system.

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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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    The Hellenic Competition Commission (HCC) has given its approval to OPAP’s pending acquisition of a majority stake in Stoiximan Group’s Greek and Cypriot operations.

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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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    An Irish bookmaker has lost a High Court challenge to rule changes about how operators are allocated pitches in premium areas of racecourses.

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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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    Georgia’s national public television broadcaster, Georgian Public Broadcasting, has issued a ban on gambling advertising on its flagship channel, the First Channel.

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    The Gambling Commission has hit back at a group of UK MPs who described the Commission as “not fit for purpose” and said its inaction has allowed operators to “prey” on vulnerable gamblers.

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    The Central Bank of Argentina has set new limits for many types of credit card transactions abroad, including a USD$50 (£38.72/€44.81) limit on gambling and betting services.

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    MPs have described the Gambling Commission as “not fit for purpose” and demanded a £2 stake limit to be imposed on some online casino games.

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    Australian betting giant Sportsbet has been ordered to pay out potentially millions of dollars on bets it was adjudged to have unfairly cancelled after an odds mix-up.

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