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    The Industry Group for Responsible Gambling’s Responsible Gambling Week has grown rapidly since its 2017 launch. Chair John Hagan explains its aims to Daniel O'Boyle and says the sector needs to prove its year-round commitment to safer gambling

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    In the second part of iGamingBusiness.com's interview with Vermantia chief executive Filippos Antonopoulos, he discusses the importance of a diversified geographic footprint, and explains why he sees the supplier's majority shareholder Arena Racing Company as one of the most exciting businesses in the industry.

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    In the second part of iGaming Business' rundown of the year to date's most popular news stories, we see that viewers were particularly interested in US developments, while regulatory progress in Germany also attracted a lot of hits. 

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    With new studies suggesting links between compulsively trading cryptocurrencies and a problem gambling severity, operators must look closely at whether allowing customers to pay with virtual currencies is worth the risk, writes Joanne Christie.

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    With the amount returned to players via thePOGG's complaints system having surpassed $1m, manager Duncan Garvie talks to Joanne Christie

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    To some, blockchain is synonymous with revolution and progress. To others, hidden identity, hacking and the drugs trade. Which camp are you in, asks Layla Ali?

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    SlotGuru's new personalisation-responsible gaming app is doing well in land-based casino but not so much in online, Joanne Christie finds out why.

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    16 April 2016

    The Gambling Commission recently passed the baton for leading and managing the industry-wide self-exclusion scheme to the Remote Gambling Association. 

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    16 June 2014

    Spain’s forthcoming opening for online slots and exchange betting is much anticipated by Europe’s igaming operators, particularly those already in the market. Consultant Eduardo Morales Hermo updates iGaming Business on the process and likely timetable, based on information provided direct from regulator DGOJ.

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    9 June 2014

    The regulatory framework for Dutch igaming is becoming clearer, although the first licences are unlikely to be issued before 2016. But as Younes Moussaoui and Justin Franssen of Kalff Katz & Franssen write, a tax rate of 20% gross gaming revenues or lower will depend on how much of the illegal market is driven out once regulation comes in.

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    3 June 2014

    Recent football match-fixing scandals have once again raised questions over the integrity of the game and the role of the betting industry. On the eve of the game’s global showcase in Brazil this June, three figures at the forefront of the drive to monitor suspicious activity and protect betting integrity, Jacek Wojdyla of FIFA’s Early Warning System, Khalid Ali of the European Sports Security Association, and Steve Brennan of the Isle of Man Gaming Supervision Commission, assess the threats and explain how safeguards have been strengthened.

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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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    1 May 2014

    Customer experience and regulated markets have made an operator’s choice of gaming platform more important than ever before, as Aleš Gornjec of ComTrade Gaming explains.

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    1 May 2014

    The second instalment of iXP Consulting's audit of online casinos' customer support services looks at email response times, product knowledge and presentation levels among operators. 

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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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    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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    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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    2 November 2012

    How technology is advancing player verification and business strategy in igaming, by Lindsay Kininmonth, North American Operations Manager at GeoComply

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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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