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    The latest edition of Sweden’s annual survey on gambling participation has revealed that the percentage of the country’s adult population has dropped six percentage points in the past year.

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    The number of people gambling in Macau dipped to a record low in 2019, according to a survey commissioned by the Social Welfare Bureau, with the number of people identifying as problem gamblers also falling sharply.

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    The Deutsche Automatenwirtschaft (DAW), the umbrella organisation for Germany’s gaming machine associations, has highlighted a number of key issues that must be addressed as lawmakers prepare to begin discussions over the re-regulation of the country’s gambling market.

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    A trio of associations representing French land-based casino operators and their staff have called on the country’s government to confirm that La Française des Jeux (FDJ) will remain prohibited from offering casino games once privatised.

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    The majority of Finns do not trust MPs on gambling policy, according to a poll conducted by Bilendi Oy and commissioned by affiliate Kasino Curt. The survey also found that more Finns oppose Veikkaus’s gambling monopoly than support it

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    Veikkaus executive vice-president Velipekka Nummikoski has launched a robust defence of the operator’s Finnish gambling monopoly, warning that a change to a licensing regime would lead to a decline in funding for social causes and put players at risk.

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    The Department of Justice (DoJ) has finally confirmed its intention to appeal the New Hampshire court ruling that set aside its revised opinion on the 1961 Wire Act.

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    A new study into the potential risks and rewards that would arise from Norway’s current gambling monopoly being replaced by a regime allowing offshore operators into the market has concluded that such a move could see problem gambling rise. This could also result in funds generated by Norsk Tipping for Norwegian society fall by as much as NOK1.3bn.

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    Clarion Gaming, the parent company of iGaming Business, has partnered SiGMA Group for a new Asian gaming event under the ICE banner. The event will take place from 7 to 9 June next year, at the SMX Manila in the Philippines. 

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    The New Zealand government has launched a public consultation to gauge public support for regulating new forms of online gambling. Members of the public and industry stakeholders are invited to submit comment on four potential regulatory models, as well as harm prevention measures, by September 30.

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    The European Gaming and Betting Association (EGBA) has called on the European Commission to work towards a standardised regulatory framework for gambling across the continent.

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    Happy Friday igamers! This week Diary wonders why this industry's job losses are being celebrated, questions the Swedish approach, considers the collateral damage in Ireland and ponders the lack of unity in the industry.

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    A new survey commissioned by Novomatic Group subsidiary Löwen Entertainment claims that more that 70% of the German public supports the roll-out of a uniform regulatory framework for all forms of gambling.

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    Svenska Spel’s Research Council has selected five new research projects to support, issuing grants totalling SEK5m to initiatives looking to find ways to better treat and understand gambling addiction.

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    A bill to regulate sports betting in Puerto Rico is headed to Governor Ricardo Rosselló Nevares to be signed into law after passing the unincorporated US territory’s legislature. 

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    Danske Licens Spil, the regulated market subsidiary of Danske Spil, has made it mandatory for players to set deposit limits across all its igaming brands, effective today (July 2).

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    Dutch gambling regulator the Kansspelautoriteit (KSA) has published its final duty of care guidelines, following a public consultation on the player protection measures.

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    Betsson’s NGG Nordic subsidiary and PlayOjo operator SkillOnNet have been found to have violated Swedish bonus restrictions, resulting in hefty penalties for each operator.

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    An amendment to a federal bill that determines funding granted to the Department of Justice seeks to block the money from being used to enforce its revised stance on the 1961 Wire Act. 

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    A memo from the US Deputy Attorney General has informed law enforcement staff working under the Department of Justice (DoJ) that there will be no attempt to enforce the revised interpretation of the Wire Act until 2020.

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