New Zealand’s Racing Industry Transitional Authority (RITA) admitted concerns that the Racing Industry Bill does not offer enough flexibility for the roll-out of new betting products, but revealed that a bill regulating online betting may be in the works.
The enactment of Federal Law No. 13,756/18 in December 2018 was followed by progress on developing regulations over the course of 2019. Now the stage is set for a successful launch in 2020, writes Neil Montgomery of Montgomery & Associados.
Pennsylvania’s regulated sports betting market saw handle grow beyond $300m for the first time in November, thanks to a soaring mobile contribution, while online casino benefitted from a leap in table games stakes.
France’s Senate has passed a budget bill for 2020, including an amendment to calculate gambling tax based on gross gaming revenue (GGR) rather than turnover. The budget amendments still require approval from the National Assembly before they can come into law.
The latest figures from French gambling regulator L’Autorité de régulation des jeux en ligne (ARJEL) have shown the growth of horse race betting and poker has continued into the third quarter, with total revenue up 27.7% year-on-year.
Researchers in the Australian Capital Territory (ACT) have warned the state needs to have a serious discussion about the role of gambling in society after estimating that as much as 14% of its population has been negatively affected by gambling.
With other operators struggling in Sweden, former horse racing monopoly Aktiebolaget Trav och Galopp (ATG) bucked the trend to report a 12.6% increase in net gaming revenue for the third quarter of 2019 to SEK1.17bn, setting a new company record.
Norway’s state-owned totalisator betting business Norsk Rikstoto has proposed establishing a mandatory monthly spending limit for all customers, with the country’s gambling regulator speaking out in favour of the proposal.
Swedish operator AB Trav och Galopp (ATG) has reported a 2% year-on-year rise in net gaming revenue for the first half of 2019, but admitted that increased competition around horse racing had proved a challenge during the period.