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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 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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    Pennsylvania’s licensed fantasy sports operators have reported a slight improvement in revenue for March, following three consecutive months of decline, with revenue up $5,000 from February.

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    Pennsylvania’s regulated sports betting market has posted its strongest revenue and handle figures since its opening, boosted by additional properties launching sportsbooks in March.

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    Nasdaq Stockholm-listed Ninja Casino operator Global Gaming has scrapped plans to issue a dividend to shareholders as a result of difficult operating conditions in the newly regulated Swedish market.

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    Greek lotteries and gaming solutions provider Intralot is to launch a cost reduction plan after reporting declines in turnover for all key operating segments in its 2018 results, with its struggles blamed on foreign exchange losses and the failure to secure new supply contracts during the year.

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    Norsk Tipping has launched a tender process to select a platform provider for its sports betting offering, with a view to launching the new offering ahead of next year's Euro 2020 football tournament.

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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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    Increased consumer spending across sports betting and online casino helped push gross gaming revenue in Denmark up 5.7% year-on-year to DKK9.74bn (£1.13bn/€1.30bn/$1.46bn) in 2018, according to figures released by the Danish Gambling Authority (Spillemyndigheden).

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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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    A bill to legalise sports betting on tribal lands in North Carolina has been passed by the state Senate, and transferred to the House of Representatives. The bill passed at the second reading, with 43 Senators voting in favour and seven against.

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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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