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    RoBET, a tech start-up founded by entrepreneur Edoardo Narduzzi, has become the first blockchain-based sports betting business to secure a licence in the Isle of Man.

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    Greece’s parliament has passed a package of legislation designed to boost economic development in the country, which includes a bill reforming the country’s gambling laws.

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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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    DraftKings has become the first operator to secure a daily fantasy sports (DFS) licence in Iowa and has revealed plans to launch in the state in the coming days.

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    Swedish gambling regulator Spelinspektionen has unveiled a new system for licensed operators to report suspected money laundering and terrorist financing.

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    The Korea Racing Authority (KRA), the public company established to manage the racehorse industry in South Korea, has launched efforts to introduce online horse race betting in the country in the hopes of limiting illegal online betting.

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    Comcast-owned media giant Sky said that a 18.2% decrease in advertising revenue in the third quarter of this year was largely due to the whistle-to-whistle ban on gambling advertising in the UK and new gambling advertising restrictions in Italy.

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    As the Minister-Presidents of Germany's 16 federal states prepare to meet to discuss the future of gambling regulations, the German Sports Betting Association (DSWV) has urged a root-and-branch overhaul of the current framework.

     

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    The GB Gambling Commission has called for ongoing industry cooperation to continue to tackle underage gambling after a new report from the regulator highlighted a decline in the number of 11 to 16-year-olds taking part in gambling activities.

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    A lawmaker in the Philippines has proposed a new 5% tax on revenue generated by the country’s licensed online gaming operators, with the move securing the backing of the country’s finance secretary Carlos Dominguez III.

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    The Latvian parliament has submitted a proposal for the country's 2020 budget to increase gaming taxes levied on land-based gambling in the country.

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    The Italian government has announced an increase in the taxes on video lottery terminals (VLTs) and Comma 6A Amusement with Prize slot machines.

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    The Children’s Commissioner for England has called on the UK Government to introduce tighter laws to help protect children when gaming online after a new report found some youngsters are spending hundreds of pounds on in-game purchases via so-called loot boxes.

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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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    The Malta Gaming Authority (MGA) has announced changes to the regulations surrounding gaming license fees to narrow the definition of a start-up, potentially ramping up costs for smaller gaming businesses.

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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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    The International Association of Gaming Regulators (IAGR) has appointed Paul Newson, trustee of Australia’s New South Wales Responsible Gambling Fund, as its new president.

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    The number of people gambling in Macau dipped to a record low in 2019, according to a survey commissioned by the Social Welfare Bureau, with the number of people identifying as problem gamblers also falling sharply.

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    The Washington DC Superior Court has denied a request for an injunction to block the DC Lottery’s no-bid contract with Intralot, meaning the Lottery can resume work towards launching the district’s mobile sports betting platform.

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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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