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    Australia's government is due to respond to the review it commissioned into in-play betting, whether it legalises or maintains the status quo will be key for licensed operators Down Under.

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    Severe missteps by DFS leaders have placed the industry in a tenuous position, while continuous negative coverage from major US media is adding to the pressure.

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    Questions linked to 'onboarding techniques' have prevented the Playtech-Plus500 buyout and could affect the group's 2016 forecast, while issues related to regulatory arbitrage are likely to keep cropping up. 

     

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    Romania's igaming regulation has lacked transparency and caused uncertainty, say Ana-Maria Baciu and Cosmina Simion, co-heads of gaming practice at NNDKP. 

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    Industry must work with governments to reach productive regulations, confrontation or silence don't work, say industry executives at EiG.  

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    22 October 2015

    Match fixing is an emotive issue for the public but for the betting and sports industries alike it presents risks that threaten their very existence. Julian Rogers talks to leading industry contacts about why match fixing headlines keep appearing, how the system works and what, if anything, can be done about it.         

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    Rush Street Gaming boss wants to see igaming regulated in NY, Pennsylvania and Illinois and calls on US land-based sector to embrace online gaming.

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    Online betting is major business in Australia and while operators are worried at the idea of the authorities reviewing the tax set up, some key aspects mean new entrants, even the likes of Bet365, find it hard to dislodge the leading operators. 

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    15 June 2015

    Eric Olders, chief executive of JVH Gaming, one of Holland's leading operators of land-based gaming machines, talks to iGB about the country's igaming legislation and his plans for turning retail brand presence into online market share.

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    Regulation (or lack thereof) of daily fantasy sports betting operators is already a recurring topic in the US. As gambling stakeholders and observers watch the industry grow and gain traction, the issue is bound to return to the fore in the coming months. 

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    Spain’s licensed betting operators expect to have recorded some €20m in stakes during last Sunday’s Barcelona-Real Madrid clasico, but for former Juego Online chief executive Dina Niron, operators are still waiting for the roll out of online slots later this year.

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    bwin party’s results announcement yesterday were not overly positive but at least the group can fall back on its sportsbook platform to turn things round. However, all the hard work that is going on indoors needs to translate into performance.

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    11 March 2015

    Sweden remains a key market for Nordic operators such as Unibet, Betsson and Mr Green and in many ways offers an optimal environment: minimal regulation and taxation and a population keen on gambling. However, those companies appear reluctant to divulge much detail about their activities there, but with regulation at least 18 months off, will some investors be tempted to take a punt early on one of those operators?

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    25 February 2015

    Henrik Tjarnstrom took up the chief executive job at Unibet in the wake of the group's exit from the French market in 2010. Since then he has masterminded Unibet’s re-entry into regulated markets across Europe - and in Australia - without sacrificing growth or destroying shareholder value. iGaming Business spoke to Tjarnstrom about how he has achieved this balance, why not giving up on poker was the right decision and why potential Swedish regulation is about so much more than tax and duty.

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    24 February 2015

    As Jenny Williams prepares to leave her position as chief executive of the UK Gambling Commission, she spoke with John Hagan of Harris Hagan about the state of the UK's gambling industry, the introduction of the point of consumption (PoC) regime, the fight against illegal operators and how involved she is in the process of finding her replacement.   

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    Nicola Tani of Agipronews explains how previously unlicensed operators such as SKS365, Goldbet and Betaland came to be granted more than 2000 licences by the Italian authorities but will have to battle hard in this highly competitive market; and why licensed operators are hoping changes to the country’s official betting list are approved by the Government.

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    9 February 2015

    Despite betting being the only online vertical that is licensed in South Africa, the country is a major market for online casino, poker and other gambling operators. As the government refuses to consider igaming regulation, Julian Rogers speaks to gambling professionals to assess the igaming situation there. 

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    The Swiss National Bank's recent decision to unpeg the Swiss franc to the euro provoked major tremors in the forex space and pushed broker and ex-West Ham sponsor Alpari into administration. As the authorities take a closer look at the sector, Scott Longley looks at how EU regulation affects it, the different types of financial trading companies and the risk levels they are willing to operate under. 

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    19 January 2015

    In 2010 KPMG produced a report called 'Online Gaming: A Gamble or a Sure Bet', which talked about what was then one of the fastest growing industries, online gaming, and gave an analysis of its likely future. Archie Watt, Head of eBusiness at KPMG, discusses how the industry has progressed since the report and whether the findings were accurate for what egaming has developed into today.

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    23 December 2014

    Holland is working on its regulatory framework to legalise online gambling and under draft legislation initially approved in July, legislation should be passed in 2015, as long as key topics such as taxation levels, retroactive taxes and the Dutch version of the bad actor clause can be agreed upon, writes Alan Campbell.

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