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    Latvian gambling regulator the Lotteries and Gambling Supervisory Inspection (IAUI) has issued a warning to consumers in the country over fake lotteries and online fraud, advising them to fully research the operator before purchasing tickets.

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    Online gambling operator Global Gaming has failed in its effort to overturn a decision to strip its SafeEnt subsidiary of its Swedish licence after the country’s Administrative Court rejected an appeal.

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    The current licence terms for the Irish National Lottery are limiting the amount of funds raised for good causes in the country, with a new report by Dublin City University suggesting that up to €43m (£36.9m/$47.4m) is being lost.

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    Sri Lanka has become the first South Asian country to criminalise match fixing, with a bill setting out severe penalties including fines of up to LKR100m (£431,836/€502,536/$554,078) and ten-year prison terms.

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    Games provider Design Works Gaming Group (DWG) has been granted a licence to provide real-money online games by the British Gambling Commission.

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    The GB Gambling Commission has warned organisations running charity lottery games over the Christmas period to ensure they are operating lawfully in order to avoid any potential legal action.

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    The Kenyan Tax Appeals Tribunal has ruled in favour of betting operators that challenged whether a controversial gambling tax should be levied on player winnings, rather than their original stakes.

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    Dutch gambling regulator Kansspelautoriteit (KSA) has released more details about applying for new online gambling licences in the country, saying operators will be able to submit applications as soon as new legislation comes into force.

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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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