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    Changes to the GB Gambling Commission's Licence Conditions and Codes of Pratice (LCCP) that aim to raise standards for alternative dispute resolution (ADR) and consumer interaction have come into effect today (31 October).

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    The Tanzanian government has amended the country's gaming regulations, to expand the range of licence categories available, and to permit a partial lifting of an advertising ban implemented in January this year.

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    Finland’s Competition and Consumer Authority (KKV) has spoken out in favour of a central regulatory body for the country’s gambling sector being established to improve supervision of the country’s monopoly operator Veikkaus.

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    Researchers in the Australian Capital Territory (ACT) have warned the state needs to have a serious discussion about the role of gambling in society after estimating that as much as 14% of its population has been negatively affected by gambling.

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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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    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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    More than 40% of Welsh students aged 11-16 said they gambled in the last year, though activity was predominantly centred around fruit machines and the National Lottery, according to a new study from Cardiff University.

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    A national investigation by the Spanish police found little evidence of underage gambling across the country’s licensed gambling premises. La Policía Nacional’s Operation Arcade, in which more 3,000 spot inspections of almost 1,900 gaming halls throughout Spain were carried out over a 48-hour period, uncovered only 28 cases of minors gambling.

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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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    The New Zealand government has launched a public consultation to gauge public support for regulating new forms of online gambling. Members of the public and industry stakeholders are invited to submit comment on four potential regulatory models, as well as harm prevention measures, by September 30.

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    A syndicate of eight investment banking groups have been selected to work on the privatisation of French state-owned gaming operator La Française des Jeux (FDJ).

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    Norwegian state-owned gambling operator Norsk Tipping has again tightened its responsible gambling controls, with players now shown an overview of their playing habits when they log into their online accounts.

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    Dutch gambling regulator the Kansspelautoriteit (KSA) has published its final duty of care guidelines, following a public consultation on the player protection measures.

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    Illinois Governor J.B. Pritzker has signed into law the far-reaching gaming expansion bill passed by the state legislature early in June, paving the way for the roll-out of regulated sports betting. 

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    The Argentine capital province of Buenos Aires has launched the process to select seven online gaming licensees, with 14 operators competing for certification in the market.

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    The GB Gambling Commission has revealed that despite issuing a record £19.6m in penalty packages during 2018-19, it intends to step up its effort to clamp down on illegal and irresponsible operations as it seeks to better protect consumers.

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    Revenue from regulated gambling in the Czech Republic fell 21.3% in 2018 to CZK31.3bn (£1.1bn/€1.2bn/$1.4bn), with the decline down to a lower contribution from slot machines.

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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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    New figures from the Swedish Tax Authority and gaming regulator Spelinspektionen suggest that net gaming revenue for Sweden’s land-based and online gaming market amounted to SEK6.0bn (£479.9m/€559.0m/$626.0m) in the first quarter of 2019.

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