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    As Real Gaming launches in Nevada as the third regulated poker site in the state, Marco Valerio speaks to the company to get its perspective on online poker and to NGCB chairman AG Burnett to find out more about the state's plans to publish monthly revenue figures.  

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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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    Whether AAMS is successful in fighting illegal operators will have a major impact on Italian igaming in 2014, while observers will watch closely to see how exchange betting competes with traditional sports betting, writes Giulio Coraggio of DLA Piper. 

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    23 January 2014

    All igaming operators would like to be active in the US market, but as recent regulatory developments have shown, the road will be long, winding and very sinuous, to paraphrase the Beatles. Christina Thakor-Rankin asks if EU operators should worry about their key domestic markets first before they venture out west.  

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    Jean-François Vilotte’s somewhat sudden departure as president of France’s online gaming regulator ARJEL has left industry observers wondering who will succeed him in what is a high profile role regulating a sector that is still young and attracts a lot of attention in France, even if much of it is negative.

     

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    20 January 2014

    Much has been written and discussed about the effectiveness of the regulations that govern iGaming in individual markets, however, by examining the components of today’s regulated markets and drawing out the best qualities from each, are we able to piece together a blueprint for the perfect igaming regime? Stephen Ketteley and Ash Averill of DLA Piper assess the current European frameworks to see what the perfect, or most suited, regime might look like.

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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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    Check out the second instalment of the H2-iGaming Dashboard for your monthly overview of the igaming sector in numbers. As part of the iGaming Business Intelligence and Analysis Centre, H2 and iGB are working on new projects to provide you further datasets and market overviews in 2014. 

     
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    4 December 2013

    bwin party made the news in September when it announced the major re-launch of its PartyPoker.com to make if social media-friendly and hit all the right buttons when it comes to targeting the free-to-play demographic. John Wright, SEO and design consultant, goes through the new website and assesses whether Party is doing 'social' right.

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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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    21 November 2013

    The European Commission recently said it would instigate a series of possible infringement proceedings against a number of Member States if they did not comply with European trade principles on freedom of movement and establishment. Bahar Alaeddini, solicitor at Harris Hagan, reports on the European Parliament’s ‘Resolution on Online Gambling in the Internal Market’ published in September and what the Commission has been up to since it announcing in October 2012 that it would use its powers to ensure the EU Treaty was adhered by European countries.

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    21 November 2013

    Many igaming eyes are focusing on Latin Amercia, even if many operators have been working there unregulated for a number of years. The region is very promising for the industry, but as Albert Agustinoy Guilayn, attorney at DLA Piper Spain, explains, many of the continent's biggest markets are, at best, at the very early stages of regulating their igaming sectors. 

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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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    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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    19 September 2013

    Jerry Bowskill, chief architect at Scientific Games, explains why the convergence of land-based and internet gaming sectors should provide fertile ground for enriching customer experience while hailing end of the anonymous gamer.

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    A combination of segregated player pools across EU markets and PokerStars' overwhelming dominance mean the sector needs to rethink its focus, Sam Miranda writes.

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