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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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    4 December 2013

    The smartphone has changed the online gaming sector beyond recognition and has opened up new avenues for operators and, most importantly, to consumers. This article looks at how the latest and future trends in online and mobile payments will impact online gaming operators and why trust is still so important with new payment methods.  

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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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    Play It Gaming is a real money and social mobile gaming developer focusing on emerging markets and feature phones, co-founder Cory Cleveland explains why mobile and digital innovation, coupled with growing income levels among Indians, Brazilians or Chinese citizens, will lead the way in opening up the sheer volume of players in those markets.

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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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    New Jersey Senator Raymond Lesniak is a champion for igaming in the US and speaks truth to sportsbetting powers like the NFL, NBA (and Sheldon Adelson), but his international iGaming hub project for NJ didn't convince when he discussed it in a conference call on November 21. 

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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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    18 November 2013

    Being able to detect potential online fraud or problem gambling before they occur can be the difference between operators saving millions of euros or having to deal with chargebacks and associated issues. David Excell, co-founder and chief technology officer of Featurespace, explains how the proactive data analytics can preempt these problems. 

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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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    12 November 2013

    With several operators struggling with real-time product delivery, Luigi Giuri, founder and chief executive of Wirex, took the decision earlier this year to ensure his organisation was able to cope with the current and future demands of both new technology and customer needs. He explains how he implemented Lightstreamer, a software solution that enables real-time messaging on mobile, web and desktop apps.

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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

    The online gaming and betting sector seldom mentions the lottery vertical, but for Matteo Monteverdi, GTech senior vice-president of igaming, lotteries are likely to play a key role in the growth and development of igaming, especially in the US.  

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