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    Latvia’s parliament has approved proposals to raise certain land-based gaming taxes in the country, including the measures in the 2020 budget.

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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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    Ukraine’s Cabinet of Ministers has approved the government’s new Action Program, which includes a draft law that would legalise gambling in the country.

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    A trio of international gaming operators have entered the race to secure online gambling licences in Argentina’s capital province of Buenos Aires. There are now 10 companies competing to secure one of seven operating licences.

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    The Gambling Commission has joined forces with partners in Wales to develop a new national strategy, with the aim of reducing gambling-related harms in the country.

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    The Gambling Commission of England, Scotland and Wales has set out a new framework designed to measure gambling harm among children and young people, while the regulator has also issued a reminder to operators that new rules for age and identity verification will come into force from next week.

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    The UK Gambling Commission and Competition and Markets Authority (CMA) have published a joint letter calling for operators to pay closer attention to consumer protection law to help ensure players have access to a fair and transparent market.

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    Online gaming will go live in Pennsylvania from July 15, while the state’s first online sports betting offering set to launch within three weeks, the state’s Gaming Control Board (PGCB) has revealed.

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    State-owned gaming operator Svenska Spel’s lottery and gaming machine division has generated turnover of SEK906m (£74.6m/€86.9m/$97.6m) in the first two months of activity in Sweden’s newly regulated online gaming market.

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    The Responsible Gambling Strategy Board (RGSB) has said that the 2016-19 National Responsible Gambling Strategy achieved a number of key milestones, but ultimately failed to make as much progress as hoped in tackling gambling-related harm in Great Britain.

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    Pennsylvania has become the fourth US state to officially legalise online gaming after Governor Tom Wolf signed an expansive gambling package into law

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    Italy generated €575m in H1 2017, keeping it on track to break through the €1bn barrier, exclusive estimates from leading gaming advisory firm Ficom Leisure show.

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    South Australia has activated a new law that will slice the maximum stake that player can wager on slot machines in the state to A$5 (€3.47/US$3.66).

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    Swedish state-owned lottery operator Svenska Spel has had its gaming licence renewed in the country.

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    Tabcorp will take the Victoria government to the High Court of Australia after its bid for compensation relating to a poker machine licence was turned down at state level.

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    Tabcorp is to appeal a judge’s decision that blocked the Australian gambling company from being compensated for the expiration of its rights to operate poker machines in the state of Victoria.

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    This week the iGB Diary marvels at Willie Brown's damascene conversion, wonders why Paddy was so soft on Giggsy, roots for gender equality and praises Ladbrokes (yes you read that right).  

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    Delaware and Nevada want to “push forward as quickly as we can” with the online poker liquidity sharing agreement but non-committal on Sen. Heller's federal initiative.    

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    In typical Playtech style, the igaming giant sets out its betting stall, Betfair links up with Snapchat, Spain should beware not regulating slots and some media not so eagle eyed. 

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    Midwestern state has joined Iowa and Louisiana in endorsing land-based casino operator’s proposed purchase of rival Ameristar Casinos.

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