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    Sweden’s newly-regulated igaming market has generated total turnover of SEK3.29bn (£271.3m/€313.8m/$352.8m) in the first quarter of the year, with former horse racing monopoly AB Trav och Galopp (ATG) dominating the channel. Svenska Spel Sport & Casino and ATG accounted for 50% of online market turnover over the three month period.

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    The Iowa Senate has voted through a bill that would legalise sports betting and daily fantasy sports contests in the state. Senate File 617 would allow for wagering in-person, online and via mobile.

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    Sports betting integrity body ESSA has called for New Zealand to introduce a licensing regime for offshore operators alongside its planned point of consumption tax.

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    Two bills that would legalise sports betting in Montana have moved forward, with the Senate clearing one to return to the House and scheduling a third reading of the other.

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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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    The UK Gambling Commission has set out its business plan for 2019-20, with a continued focus on protecting consumers, preventing gambling-related harm and raising overall standards in the industry.

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    The New Zealand government has announced a series of measures to revitalise the country’s horse racing sector, with a point of consumption tax to be levied on offshore bookmakers for the first time.

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    Bookmaker Betfred will not face any action over a television ad that attracted a consumer complaint after the UK’s Advertising Standards Agency (ASA) ruled that it did not breach its guidelines.

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    Washington State-based tribal casino operator the Quinault Indian Nation has accused Valve Corporation of facilitating illegal gambling on its online video games distribution platform Steam in a new lawsuit.

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    The Danish Gambling Authority (Spillemyndigheden) has issued a warning to licensed operators in the country to ensure that any bonus offers they are running are in line with rules set out by the Danish Consumer Ombudsman.

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    The Indiana House of Representatives has voted through a bill that would legalise certain forms of sports betting in the US state, with the bill now returning to the Senate for further debate. SB552 passed by a vote of 78-15.

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    A new survey claims that a slight majority of Finnish citizens are in favour of abolishing the country’s current regulatory framework for gambling, which gives Veikkaus a monopoly over the market. However the poll also revealed that customers are wary of playing via sites licensed in other jurisdictions, and generally supportive of Veikkaus' consumer protection measures.

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    Dutch gaming regulator Kansspelautoriteit (KSA) has completed a series of public meetings on its proposed player protection regulations as it prepares for the opening of the Netherlands’ regulated igaming market. The regulator claimed that the consultation had shown broad support for its proposals, despite some questions about how certain measures would be enforced.

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    Ontario’s Conservative government has revealed plans to end the current online gambling monopoly and also legalise single event sports betting in the Canadian province.

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    Play’n GO is to expand its service offering into the regulated Portuguese igaming market after the slots developer was certified to launch in the country, with PokerStars Casino to be the first client to roll out its games.

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    New Zealand’s Advertising Standards Authority (ASA) has published a new code for gambling adverts in the country, with a focus on protecting children, young people and other vulnerable people from gambling-related harm.

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    Two lawmakers have introduced a new bill in Ohio that could lead to the legalisation and regulation of sports betting in the US state.

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    Onisac Limited, a subsidiary of Gibraltar-based Mansion Group, has been hit with a €450,000 (£388,078/$507,942) fine by Dutch gaming regulator Kansspelautoriteit (KSA) for illegally targeting consumers in the Netherlands.

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    The European Gaming and Betting Association (EGBA) has called on the Portuguese authorities to review the country’s online gaming tax rate following reports that as many of 75% of players gambled via unlicensed sites in 2018.

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    Authorities in New South Wales are continuing a crackdown on illegal gambling and related activities, after betting operator PointsBet was fined Aus$20,000 (£10,940/€12,690/US$14,300) for breaching state law regarding the use of sign-up bonuses in an advert.

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