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    New Zealand’s Racing Industry Transitional Authority (RITA) admitted concerns that the Racing Industry Bill does not offer enough flexibility for the roll-out of new betting products, but revealed that a bill regulating online betting may be in the works.

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    Problem gambling funding body GambleAware has revealed that GVC Holdings pledged to donate the most money in the nine months to 31 December 2019, despite not adding to the amount it committed to in the first half of the year.

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    The Ministry of the Interior in the German state of Hesse has revealed that it has received eleven applications for sports betting licences, with a further seven operators making binding commitments to make submissions.

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    Sweden’s gambling regulator Spelinspektionen has put forward an amendment to the country’s gaming rules that would see operators prohibited from offering odds on rule violations, such as a yellow card in football or a fault in tennis.

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    The Global Lottery Monitoring System (GLMS), the sports betting integrity body for the lottery industry, has revealed that it flagged 157 matches to its partner network for potentially suspicious activity in 2019, with football once again dominating.

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    The GB Gambling Commission has announced that it will introduce a ban on the use of credit cards for all forms of online and land-based gambling from 14 April.

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    Michigan Governor Gretchen Whitmer has ratified bills to legalize sports betting and online gaming in the state, paving the way for a 2020 roll-out. 

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    The GB Gambling Commission has unveiled a new service whereby personal licence holders can securely manage their accounts online and via mobile.

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    The Illinois Gaming Board has issued emergency rules to kick off the first phase of the state’s sports betting licensing process. 

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    The Brazilian government looks set to levy a 3% turnover tax on licensed betting operators, as opposed to the reduced 1% rate put forward in a draft Presidential Decree published earlier this year.

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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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    The Swedish Gaming Authority (Spelinspektionen) has revealed that despite issuing sanctions to 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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    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 local council for the London borough of Tower Hamlets has adopted a new gambling policy that means the council may restrict the opening of new gambling premises near schools, playgrounds, hospitals and residential homes for the elderly.

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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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    BetBlocker, the responsible gambling app funded and developed by alternative dispute mediation service ThePOGG.com, has been approved as a charity in the UK.

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    Spanish igaming operator association JDigital has proposed a series of changes to the code of conduct that governs gambling advertising in the market, including an outright ban on betting adverts during live televised sports events, which are due to come into force in January 2020.

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    The governing body for Colombia’s leading football competitions División Mayor del Fútbol Profesional Colombiano (Dimayor) has struck a partnership with Genius Sports through which it aims to safeguard its leagues and tournaments against match fixing and betting-related corruption.

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    The Betting and Gaming Council (BGC), the new representative body for the UK gambling industry, has announced new measures to help identify and reduce potential problem gambling in licensed betting offices (LBOs).

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