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    British gambling trade body the Betting and Gaming Council and the Gambling Commission have welcomed the House of Lords' committee recommendations for regulator change in Great Britain, while looking to highlight recent progress towards tacking gambling harm in the market.

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    Today the House of Lords has published a wide-ranging report on changes it believes are necessary to ensure British gamblers are better protected. Here iGB outlines the recommendations in full.

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    Dutch gambling regulator the Kansspelautoriteit (KSA) has warned that age verification controls are not being properly enforced, with a new survey claiming that more than 10% of those aged 16 to 17 have gambled in the past year.

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    The Maltese gaming industry contributed €1.56bn to the country’s economy, up 9.6% year-on-year, according to the Malta Gaming Authority (MGA)’s latest 2019 annual report.

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    Boyd Gaming has today (June 11) announced plans to reopen 3 casinos in Indiana and Ohio, bringing its total number of properties back in operation to 24 out of 29 across the US.

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    Lithuania’s land-based casino industry faces a “very high” risk from money laundering, while the remote gambling sector faces a high risk, according to a risk assessment carried out by the country’s government.

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    Online gambling rates in Denmark have declined during a nationwide lockdown to limit the spread of the novel coronavirus (Covid-19), according to data from the country’s Gaming Authority (Spillemyndigheden).

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    Swedish gaming operator LeoVegas has reported a 3.6% year-on-year rise in revenue for the first quarter of 2020, aided by growth the Nordic region offsetting a decline in revenue from the rest of Europe.

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    Legal wagering is coming to Colorado today (May 1), with four operators preparing to launch, while a further tranche of licences were handed out at yesterday’s Limited Gaming Control Commission meeting.

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    The Parliamentary All Party Betting & Gaming Group (APBGG) has commenced a review of the UK’s Gambling Act 2005 to establish what changes may be needed to ensure the laws are relevant to the technical and social developments since its conception.

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    A meeting of Germany’s heads of state in Berlin saw lawmakers approve gambling regulations to legalise online poker and casino from 1 July, 2021, as well as deciding on the location of the country’s new regulatory authority.

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    The Gambling Research Centre of the German University of Hohenheim claims "major improvements" are required if the new state gambling regulator to be established under the country's new gambling regulations is to avoid being a “toothless tiger”.

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    The Netherlands’ government has published regulations underpinning the measures set out in the Remote Gaming Act, with parliamentarians now able to submit comments on the proposed rules.

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    The Spanish government has published its long-awaited overhaul of gambling advertising regulations as it bids to significantly reduce the public’s exposure to gambling promotions.

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    The German association of private media businesses, Vaunet, has called on state lawmakers to remove advertising restrictions set to impact broadcasters in the new gambling regulatory framework currently under discussion.

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    Global Gaming has seen revenue slashed and the business incur losses after a tumultuous 2019 that saw the operator lose its Swedish licence, but chief executive Tobias Fagerlund believes the business can turn things around in the long term.

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    Ahead of a meeting of German lawmakers in Nordrhein-Westphalen today (19 February), the European Gaming and Betting Association (EGBA) has proposed a series of changes to ensure a successful re-regulation of the country’s igaming market.

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    The British Gambling Commission has taken the decision to temporarily suspend the operating licence of Triplebet - the parent company of exchange betting operator Matchbook - following a two-year review of the business.

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    The Philippine Amusement and Gaming Corporation (PAGCOR) has reported an 11.7% year-on-year increase in gaming revenue for 2019, resulting in its total tax and corporate social responsibility contribution for the year rising above PHP56bn for the year.

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    Members of the German operator body the Deutscher Sportwettenverband (DSWV) have recommended the federal states remove the need for sports betting licensees to shut down their online casino offerings until the new State Treaty comes into effect.

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