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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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    The Czech Republic is to begin fighting gambling as an illegal drug under national government-approved changes to the country’s strategy in the anti-drug policy.

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    Research by the Responsible Gambling Trust (RGT) into machine-related problem gambling has attracted criticism over claims from a number of parties that the reports favour the industry and ignore wider issues in the UK market.

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    Greek-owned gaming and lottery operator Intralot has agreed a deal with the Victorian State Government in Australia to implement a voluntary pre-commitment scheme for up to 30,000 electronic gaming machines (EGM) across the state.

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    Australian gambling companies Tatts Group and Tabcorp have sought special leave from the country’s High Court to appeal a decision by the Victorian government that would lead to the firms paying multi-million-dollar health benefit levies.

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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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    A legislative study committee has recommended that Nevada should change its laws in order to permit the US state’s Gaming Commission to consider introducing skill-based video gaming.

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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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    Software platform provider and eGambling specialist CashBet has launched its real-money online gambling platform in the UK and has announced plans to expand its services in the US market.

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    The UK Gambling Commission has announced it is to host a series of training workshops across the country to help local councils identify and manage the siting of illegal gaming machines in their respective constituencies.

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    UK chancellor George Osborne has announced a number of new tax laws for the UK gambling industry in the government's Budget 2014.

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    The New York state Senate has backed a proposal to introduce video lottery terminals to various airports in the US state, according to the Associated Press news agency.

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    The Diary takes you through the glass door this week, Playtech share down after Teddy offloads and Paddy Power are in the news (again).

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    Online gaming security solutions provider Dictao has announced that its compliance service will fully support the introduction of a new regulated internet slots market in Spain.

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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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    Japan presents many features of a growth market should regulation of land-based casinos go ahead in the near future, explains Simon Holliday of H2 Gambling Capital.

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    The Nevada Gambling Commission has approved new regulations to allow slot machines makers and keno companies to widen prize pools and offer larger jackpots across US state lines.

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    The UK Department of Culture, Media and Sport has announced in its Triennial Review of gaming machine stake prizes that it will take no action against fixed odds betting terminals (FOBTs) found in betting shops across the country.

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    Intralot Australia selected as preferred provider by Victorian State Government in Australia to implement pre-commitment scheme 

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