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    The Latvian parliament has submitted a proposal for the country's 2020 budget to increase gaming taxes levied on land-based gambling in the country.

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    Following the news that its Swedish operating licence had been revoked, Global Gaming has pledged to fight the decision. Earlier today Swedish regulator Spelinspektionen cited significant failings in the operator's social responsiblity and anti-money laundering controls as grounds for removing the certification.

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    Revenue from regulated gambling in the Czech Republic fell 21.3% in 2018 to CZK31.3bn (£1.1bn/€1.2bn/$1.4bn), with the decline down to a lower contribution from slot machines.

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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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    Olympic Casino Group Baltija, a subsidiary of the Olympic Entertainment Group (OEG), has been fined €495,500 (£425,830/$556,330) by the Lithuania Gaming Control Authority for failing to verify the identity several customers who exchanged large sums of money at its casino tables.

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    Virginia Governor Ralph Northam has signed into law a bill that paves the way for land-based casino gaming, as well as providing a route to law for igaming and sports betting in the state.

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    The US Department of Justice (DoJ) has filed a motion to dismiss the complaints filed against its revised stance on the Wire Act on behalf of the New Hampshire Lottery Corporation and NeoPollard Interactive.

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    West Virginia is just one step away from becoming the fifth state to legalise online gambling, with a bill currently awaiting Governor Jim Justice’s signature. House Bill 2934, which was introduced by Delegate Jason Barrett on February 12, has been passed by both chambers of the West Virginia legislature, gaining final approval on the last day of the 2019 regular session.

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    The Arkansas Racing Commission’s rules for casino gaming and sports betting have been approved by the Joint Budget Committee's Administrative Rule & Regulation Review Subcommittee.

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    Playtech has reported a 54% year-on-year increase in revenue for 2018, though growth for the year was largely down to the acquisition of Italian operator Snaitech, with the solutions giant’s B2B division struggling.

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    Paulo Azi, a member of the Brazilian Chamber of Deputies, has filed a bill that would establish the country’s first land-based casinos should it pass into law.

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    The US Department of Justice has revised its 2011 ruling on the Wire Act to state that the law’s prohibition applies to all forms of gambling, in what may prove a major victory for opponents of online gambling.

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    Game developer’s UK-licensed clients include SBTech, Marathonbet and Betsson

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    Law effective from start of 2019 but licences will not be issued until July

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    Operator seeks online licence without a land-based presence in the state

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    Russia’s State Duma has approved a draft bill on its first reading that could lead to an increase in the maximum tax levy on gaming tables and machines

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    Pennsylvania has become the fourth US state to officially legalise online gaming after Governor Tom Wolf signed an expansive gambling package into law

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    Amaya has confirmed that its PokerStars and Full Tilt brands have both been granted approval by the New Jersey Division of Gaming Enforcement to begin offering online gaming services in New Jersey.

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    Pennsylvania is set to take a major step towards legalising online gaming after details of a new bill that would regulate such activities in the state were unveiled.

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    A number of industry experts have hit out at the negative impact illegal activity is having on the growth of online gambling in the US market.

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