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    Looming regulations and marketing, mobile and machine advances, read Part 4 of our industry experts' predictions for the year ahead.

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    PoC was predicted to have dire effects but UK igaming has enjoyed phenomenal growth since. However can it continue in 2017 or have we now entered bubble territory?

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    bet365 has joined Ladbrokes in offering Best Odds Guaranteed Plus, Julian Rogers investigates if rivals will follow and whether online operators just see racing as a recruitment tool.

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    9 June 2014

    After a frustrating few years, the momentum is there to take a leap forward towards a cohesive European policy for the online gambling sector, argues Maarten Haijer of the European Gaming and Betting Association

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    OPAP investor Emma Delta is ensuring the Greek operator has the lion's share of the country's igaming market as World Cup kick off gets closer. European operators will likely have to launch further legal challenges if they want to get their share.

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    19 May 2014

    Continuation licences and HMRC registration should now be a priority for UK-facing operators ahead of the UK’s move to a point-of-consumption regulatory and tax regime for igaming from August, writes David Schollenberger of Healy’s.

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    19 May 2014

    After a frustrating few years, the momentum is there to take a leap forward towards a cohesive European policy for the online gambling sector, something that will benefit the industry and its consumers, argues Maarten Haijer of the European Gaming and Betting Association.

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    Could 2014 finally be the year when Sweden decides to regulate igaming? A number of factors would suggest so, not least the fact that online operators have been highly active in the market for many years already, writes Graham Wood.

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    An emphasis on mobile, strong branding and social media presence have generated a strong set of interims for Paddy's. But whoever succeeds Patrick Kennedy as chief executive will have a lot to live up to, says Graham Wood. 

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    French online betting is going strongly with 25% growth in Q1 2014, but how long can it go on for? And have the country's poker and horse racing operators got any reasons to be cheerful? 

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    25 March 2014

    The introduction of the Point of Consumption tax in the UK is a major milestone for the igaming sector, but integrating land-based and remote gaming activities, catering to the mobile and tablet punters and being able to work off strong customer loyalty and brand awareness will be just as important, explain Simon Oaten, lead partner, and David Perry, senior manager, Betting and Gaming Team at Deloitte.

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    Poland's online gaming legislation was recently given the green light by the EC and the regulations should be clearer in the coming months, although betting operators will be hoping for a change in the turnover-based tax system.    

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    In late February Portuguese media reported that despite opposition from within the government, the country may regulate online gaming as a way to raise revenues and alleviate some of the financial pressures the government is faced with as it tries to deal with its debt crisis. But even if igaming regulation does happen, Portugal is more likely to implement monopoly-type legislation than provide a good working environment for operators.

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    Breon Corcoran is doing a fine job leading Betfair out of its post-IPO funk, but for Jake Pollard it is the group's exchange-sportsbook integration that could really take it to a new level, in the UK and elsewhere.   

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    Beyond the banter and marketing chutzpah Paddy Power is reaping the rewards of its focused and "analytical strategy". It might not be to everyone's taste but the Irish operator is topping the results season, says Graham Wood.

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    Following up on H2 Gambling Capital's first set of data-led articles that looked at the US igaming market and the global gambling sector, the sector's leading data specialists look at the potential value of the Japanese land-based casino market. Japan is already the third largest gambling market in the world with an estimated gross win of US$31.4bn for 2013 and with permissive upcoming casino legislation a real possibility, H2 founder and director Simon Holliday provides a detailed breakdown of the country's gambling landscape.

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    H2 Gambling Capital and iGaming Business present the first of a series of four data-led articles to coincide with ICE, the world’s largest gambling industry event, taking place this week in London. Joel Keeble, head of special projects at H2, starts off with an in-depth look at the US igaming sector. Look out for further installments on Japan's land-based casino market and a detailed look at the key dynamics of the EU market.

     

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    8 January 2014

    Ivor Jones, Director of Leisure and Research at Numis Securities, looks at the year ahead for the iGaming sector. Although wary that the UK point of consumption tax will be introduced at 15% of gross profits, the fact that operators are sitting on piles of cash reserves doesn't mean they are more likely to carry out acquisitions in 2014. Share buybacks and dividends being likelier outcomes.  

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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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    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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