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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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    Svenska Spel president and chief executive Patrik Hofbauer has called for a ban on the lottery betting industry in Sweden, describing the continued legality of the business model as “incomprehensible.”

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    The District of Colombia’s Office of Lottery and Gaming (OLG) has revealed that it will launch the application process for new sports betting licences in Washington D.C. on December 3.

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    The Republic of Ireland’s Minister for Justice and Equality, Charlie Flanagan, has announced plans to cap the maximum stake on gaming machines at €5 (£4.25/$5.51), while the top prize will be set at €500.

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    The Scottish National Party (SNP) has used its General Election manifesto to call on the UK government to treat problem gambling as a public health matter, and also urged for the introduction of new laws to help protect children online.

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    The GB Gambling Commission and the Swedish Gambling Authority (Spelinspektionen) have announced details of a new Memorandum of Understanding (MoU), with the aim of enhancing cooperation between the two regulatory bodies.

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    The New Jersey Division of Gaming Enforcement (DGE) has written to news and media outlets in the state urging them not to publicise unlicensed sports betting websites.

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    Redbridge London Borough Council has become the UK’s first local authority to revoke a pub’s gaming machine licence, after finding that The George Public House, a branch of JD Wetherspoon, repeatedly failed to stop children playing the terminals.

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    The Swedish Consumer Agency (KO) has issued injunctions to William Hill-owned Mr Green and Karl Casino, a brand operated by L&L Europe Ltd, after ruling that they breached the country's Gaming Act by marketing to self-excluded consumers.

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    The Virginia Joint Legislative Audit and Review Commission has completed its impact assessment of legislation that could see the state’s first bricks and mortar casinos constructed, projecting annual tax revenue of $262m.

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    New Zealand’s Racing Industry Transition Agency (RITA) has revealed that turnover and profit for the year-to-date are both ahead of initial expectations, while the organisation remains hopeful that a second Racing Bill will be passed to come into force by June 2020.

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    The Advertising Standards Authority for Ireland (ASAI) has upheld complaints that argued a press and social media ad from Paddy Power was, “racist, offensive... and both highly insensitive and bigoted towards English people".

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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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    Baltic-facing operator Enlabs has completed its acquisition of KDB Games, a land-based gaming business in Belarus, as it prepares to apply for an online gambling licence in the country.

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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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    Tennessee has released its draft sports wagering rules, including stringent advertising regulations, for public comment.

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    The Lithuania Gambling Supervisory Authority is to lobby the Vilnius Regional Administrative Court for the power to block access and payments to unlicensed gambling sites, as it looks to step up efforts to tackle illegal gambling.

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    The Swedish Patent and Market Court has ruled in favour of the country’s consumer ombudsman and against Global Gaming's Ninja Casino, determining that the brand's use of full-screen pop-up ads contravenes the legal requirement for “moderation” in gambling advertising.

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    Australia’s government will introduce legislation to create a national self-exclusion register for citizens, the latest stage in the ongoing implementation of the country's National Consumer Protection Framework.

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    The UK Conservative Party will conduct a review of the 2005 Gambling Act should voters elect it into government at the General Election scheduled for 12 December, the party’s manifesto has pledged.

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