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    The past 12 months have proved eventful and as busy as ever for the online gaming and betting sector, writes James Bennett, former iGaming journalist and now Director at Square in the Air Communications.

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    DLA Piper's team in Italy held a conference in Rome on Tuesday looking to address the issues affecting an online betting sector that has seen revenues drop from €173m in 2010 to €135m in 2013. One of the negative effects of Italy turnover tax showed that in September 2012 Italian operators paid out more in winnings than punters were spending on their sites.

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    The PMU on-offline split is a small but potentially significant victory in the wider struggles between private operators and monopolies across Europe and although PMU still has two years in which to lay the groundwork, the actions of France's Competition Authority should provide encouragement to the rest of the EU market.

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    As real money igaming becomes a reality in New Jersey, H2 Gambling Capital considers what the market potential for this first sizable onshore-regulated market will be and how this measures up in the context for the remainder of the United States, which has the potential to regain its position as the leading igaming market in the world should the anticipated rollout of further states take place. H2 goes through the NJ issues, what makes it distinct from regulated markets in Europe and looks into US igaming potential for the next five years. 

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    25 November 2013

    As Europe's largest economy, Germany is big business for igaming companies, reportedly generating €10.7bn in gross gaming revenues in 2012. The lack of progress and legal holdups that have affected the federal issuing of online betting licences is not ideal but as Joerg Hofmann, Matthias Spitz and Danny Engelhardt of law firm Melchers explain, this legal uncertainty enables operators to carry on working in the market.

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    25 November 2013

    The UK is set to introduce the point of consumption tax at the end of 2014, Nick Nocton, Director at Jeffrey Green Russell, explains what the context will be and says UK-focused operators must prepare for what will be a momentous event in igaming regulation in the market. 

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    The European Commission launching infringement proceedings against a number of EU Member States this week is welcome but a recurrent feeling of ‘too little too late’ keeps rearing its head. As the lobbying battle is being drawn out by the EU's incumbent operators, Jake Pollard says those actions are short sighted and wonders if the igaming sector will be making the same complaints in 12 months time when Barnier steps down from his job. 

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    The bwin party boss came out fighting during Wednesday morning’s third quarter call, but only a turnaround of the company’s performance, with financials to match, will turn the sceptics’ opinion of the former industry leader, writes Stephen Carter

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    The fantasy sports betting market is big business, and legal, in the US. With sporting bodies such as the NFL and NBA running major fantasy leagues on their own websites, it’s no wonder they are so active in lobbying against legal sports betting across the whole country, according to David Galan, chief executive of Picklive.

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    Speaking about pan-European poker liquidity with ARJEL president Jean-Francois Vilotte recently put into focus one of the key issues EU-licensed poker operators are facing: big enough player pools that can enable them to run viable businesses. If taxes are never far from operators’ minds (understandably), the fact that they are restricted to national player liquidities acts as the major obstacle to operating a sustainable business, a situation which is bound to be replicated in US states. 

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    The debate over whether PokerStars will be allowed to operate in New Jersey is raging as the Garden State approaches launch date (26 November) for its regulated igaming sector. 

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    3 October 2013

    Sports betting remains the key growth driver in mobile gambling currently, but many factors are falling into place, one of most notable ones being forthcoming regulation in the US, which will make mobile casino the leading vertical in the sector according to Juniper Research, and enable global stakes to go from US$19.5bn 2011 to more than US$100bn in 2017.

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    12 September 2013

    Holland is in the news at the moment as it takes action against the likes of Sheriff Gaming and Global Stars, but the country is also preparing its igaming regulations, with licences due to be issued in 2015. Alan Littler of Kalff Katz & Franssen Attorneys at Law, Amsterdam and Esteban van Goor, PriceWaterhouseCooper, also in Amsterdam, look at the legal implications of the server requirement as set out in preliminary texts.

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    The Microsoft-Nokia deal might not mean much for the igaming sector at the moment, but for mgaming expert Aideen Shortt, the industry should look at the numbers and be prepared. 

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    12 May 2013

    US consumers spend billions of dollars gaming online every year. In five years, the projected annual spend will range from US$6bn to US$11bn. With billions in potential additional revenue just a few years away, many companies are turning to US patents to slant the odds of higher profits their way, write DLA Piper’s Paul Taufer, Claire Bennett and Michael Burns.

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    10 May 2013

    2013 has already been a year of significant change for the online gaming industry in the US, with Delaware issuing a request for proposals (RFP), Nevada adding inter-state legislation to bolster its pending online poker industry and New Jersey finally coming to the table with is own legalised intra-state online gaming regulations. Rachel Hirsch, an associate at Washington DC-based law firm Ifrah PLLC, takes a look at the changing igaming landscape in the US and how events in Nevada and New Jersey could affect activity in other states.

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    7 May 2013

    What do the National Gambling Office and TV bingo have in common, besides a new piece of national legislation? Bringing more money to Romania’s state budget, write Ana-Maria Baciu and Iulia Ghita of the law firm Nestor Nestor Diculescu Kingston Petersen.

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    17 October 2012

    Sports sponsorships by betting companies are dominated by football deals, with new ones seeing established betting companies targeting newly-regulated markets such as Italy and Spain and through the support of local clubs. 

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    16 October 2012

    Corruption in sports betting is, with doping, the major issue to affect the sporting world. A match-fixing scandal has a huge impact on the credibility of any sport and by its very nature, illegal or corrupt betting is virtually impossible to quantify. So what are sporting bodies and online bookmakers doing to stop corrupt betting?

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    15 October 2012

    Football clubs in newly-regulated markets such as Spain and countries such as Germany which tolerate sponsorships by online bookmakers have been numerous in signing up betting partners and sponsors. 

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