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    Half the year has now passed, with the year dominated by advertising crackdowns, new regulatory restrictions and signs that long-awaited market openings may finally be moving into view. iGaming Business looks at the biggest stories from the first six months of 2019, and examines their impact on the igaming industry.

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    7 June 2019

    Spain's online gambling market enjoyed a strong first quarter, with February in particular a standout, driven by the strong performance of the sports betting vertical. 

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    Having explored the need for an overhaul of the look and feel of the UK’s licensed betting offices, the second part of the feature looks at the technology that could help shape the sector’s sports-led future.

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    The B2 maximum stake cut to £2 has led to a lot of gloom about retail betting in the UK. But the enforced changes to the sector could be offset if bookmakers invest in making shops more welcoming

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    In conjunction with Chris Elliott and Beth French of Wiggin LLP, iGB provides a regulatory snapshot of igaming across the EU. Cyprus, Germany and Slovakia are among those updated

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    This week's State of the Union, in partnership with Segev LLP, sees Pennsylvania set a launch date for igaming, while Delaware North has taken legal action in the wake of its sports betting struggles in West Virginia. Elsewhere, Iowa is one step away from legal igaming and a bid to regulate sports betting is underway in Colorado.

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    25 April 2019

    H2 Gambling Capital and iGaming Business are pleased to bring you the LatAm iGaming Dashboard, featuring growth projections for the Latin American region. With markets such as Brazil and Argentina moving towards introducing regulation, and the Colombian market already open for business, gross win for the region is expected to almost double from 2019 to 2024. 

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    Last week Germany made a decisive move towards a total overhaul of its gambling regulations. Wulf Hambach, Stefan Bolay and Stefanie Fuchs of leading German law firm Hambach & Hambach outline what may happen next – and what needs to happen to ensure a satisfactory conclusion for all stakeholders.

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    This week's State of the Union, in partnership with Segev LLP, looks at the latest legal challenge launched against the DoJ's revised Wire Act opinion, plus developments in Virginia, Arkansas, Indiana and more.

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    Key developments in 2018 come to fruition this year, with point of consumption tax and consumer protection issues set to ring big changes in the Australian gambling industry, according to Addisons senior Associate Karina Chong and partner Jamie Nettleton.

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    In the second part of iGaming Business' analysis of gambling advertising restrictions, we look at the unintended consequences of bans, possible alternatives to blanket prohibitions - and ask whether tackling advertising really gets to the root cause of the issue.

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    New restrictions on gambling advertising are being proposed or brought into force as more European regulators attempt to address growing public concerns regarding its prevalence. But will they have the desired impact on addiction figures?

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    In the second part of iGaming Business' deep dive into the revised Wire Act opinion, ICE Sports Betting USA speakers stress the need for clarity from the Department of Justice as they look to work out the best way to interpret the ruling.

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    The Department of Justice’s decision to revise its interpretation of the Wire Act could have a major impact on the nascent US iGaming industry. Or, as some suggest, its impact could be felt in gaming verticals that are well-established and generating money for operators and states alike. A selection of speakers from ICE Sports Betting USA discuss the DoJ’s about-turn.

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    Spelinspektionen director general Camilla Rosenberg has already shown that under her leadership, the regulator will move quickly to crack down on non-compliant licensees. She talks to iGamingBusiness.com about her early impressions of the licensing process, the need for regulation, and the market’s early performance indicators

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    Michael Browne uncovers the extent to which the law can protect your IP

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    Chris Elliott and Beth French of law firm Wiggin provide a regulatory snapshot of markets across the EU, with Bulgaria, Italy, Malta and Spain among those updated

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    Executive director of the Pennsylvania Gaming Control Board, Kevin O’Toole, says the regulator is at an advanced stage in its preparations for the launch of igaming and sports wagering

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    Thanks to regulatory relaxation and tightening around the world, territories that were yesterday’s losers will be tomorrow’s winners – and vice versa, says Christina Thakor-Rankin

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    Red Tiger Gaming’s managing director Gavin Hamilton talks to iGaming Business about how the young company has got the jump on many of its more established rivals

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