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Will Italy’s upcoming Budget Law reshape the country’s gambling sector?

UKGC fines EU Lotto £760k for AML and social responsibility violations

Online gambling licences approved by Lithuanian parliament

Pragmatic Play secures Greek supplier licence

Former CSR boss appointed to PAGCOR Board of Directors

Macau draft gaming law revisions announced at press conference

Bill to ban use of credit card gambling launched by Sinn Féin

Betting shops more likely to check ID than supermarkets

Caesars set to disrupt sports betting industry with new app

KSA push register for problem gamblers

GLI applies to Ukrainian Gambling Commission for inclusion of certification of gaming equipment

China strengthens expansion of gambling destination blacklist

Legal Japanese casinos well on their way

SiGMA Magazine: Pulling the same rope

Gaming stocks in the Philippines rise following Duterte’s approval

Florida tribe sports betting plan halted for legal violations

Chile’s sports betting regulation process reaching the finish line

La Presse digs deep into online gambling in Quebec

UKGC initiates suspension of licence to UK based operator PlayerFT

SBIF revamps online resources in bid to ensure UK sports integrity

Casino regulations in Uruguay

MGA report shines a light on COVID impact

The BGC calls for an established Gambling Ombudsman

NetBet enters Hellenic market

Swedish online sportsbooks receive in-play markets warning

Malta ratings barely impacted by greylisting – Fitch Ratings

Three arrested in India for online gambling with ‘links to China’

OFDT partners with French gaming regulator

Rappi sanctioned over illegal promotional game

Dutch gambling levy rates increased

Newly launched GC-UA meets the press

Soft2Bet gains MGA licence for two brands

Louisiana sports betting bill makes it through

Germany’s 5.3% turnover tax approved

Quik Gaming successfully obtains UKGC Licence

Vietnamese labour trafficking tied to online gambling

Puerto Rico: legalised sports-betting to boost tax revenue

Canada: Sports Betting Act expected to be approved today

Over E60 billion in crypto moved through Malta

EU regulators urge: bring back Expert Group on Gambling

EveryMatrix gains ISO 20000 certification

No more bonuses for Ukrainian gamers

Ohio Senate green lights sports betting bill

Italian draft gaming law: a consumer breach?

Betsson SEK 20 million penalty annulled

Swedish court halves Kindred fine

Malta may be forced to withdraw EU sports betting veto in Financial Action Task Force review

The Football Association of Moldova calls on Stats Perform Integrity Services to help protect the game from match fixing

Holding corporations accountable

Kenya’s biggest football clubs criticise 20% excise tax on betting firms

Football Association appoints first female Chair in its 157-year history

Germany’s brand new federal gambling law under the spotlight

UK, Malta, have best regulated markets, new study shows

Slotmill granted MGA B2B License

Brazil green lights changes to sports betting law

Nigeria: Lottery Commission seeks collaboration with the Federal Inland Revenue Service

37% of casino goers want masks worn by staff

EGBA combats German gambling tax in court

Malta government lures digital nomads with Nomad Residence Permit

Zambia steps closer to single gambling regulation entity

Illegal online gambling operation in Bangkok busted

Philippines present new gaming tax system

Penn gets regulatory seal of approval for $31.1M Hollywood Casino Perryville acquisition

INDIA: GoM to assess online gaming and casino services for GST

Northern Ireland upgrade gambling legislation after 35 years

Maxima Compliance launches new services, including industry-first Maxima Insource

China: 914 mainland suspects surrender for cross-border gambling

Vietnam’s domestic gambling programme unlikely to be extended

The Dutch Gaming Authority raids homes in connection with illegal gambling

Gambling advertising banned in Lithuania

HK$2 million in fake casino chips seized in Macau this year

International Cricket Council rejects match fixing claims made on Al Jazeera Documentary

BetConstruct given the green light to provide Talisman & Big Hi-Lo under its UKGC Licence

Dutch Association NOGA commits to support the All-In Diversity Project

Stakers surrenders UK licence

SiGMA Roadshow: Manila marked for success

German gambling tax illegal – EGBA warns

IBIA reports: Football, Esports and Tennis account for 75% of all suspicious betting activity worldwide

Florida sports betting still uncertain despite preliminary deal

Lithuanian regulator amps up bid to block illegal operators

145 Chinese nationals in hot water following cross-border gambling and fraud

Moneyval votes in favor of Malta’s report

UKGC initiates licence suspension to Gibraltar-based supplier Nektan

PACGOR revenue down by 51.4% year-on-year in 21Q1

Crown Resorts fined $1m for junket conduct

India’s illegal cricket betting market sees further three arrests on Saturday

EA Games leaks: Are games scripted to push micro transactions? Will it be classed as gambling?

[WATCH] DFNN on the Philippines taking over the Asian gaming market: ‘we are now the leader’

Internet service providers in Australia urged to block further offshore websites operating illegally

Sweden is at its highest threat level” of money laundering”

Ryan Pace appointed new MGA Chairman

Dutch regulator inaugurating regulated iGaming activity with 28 confirmed applications

China: Yancheng police arrest 15 suspects and confiscates $3.8M worth of digital currencies over EOS gambling app

U.S. regulators odds-on to approve in-game tokens says Jeff Ifrah

Spain’s advertising ban emphasises need to focus on retention

Zlatan Ibrahimovic on the verge of a three-year sanction over part-ownership of Malta-based betting company

GiG signs partnership agreement with Kaizen Gaming for the provision of GiG Comply

Maryland’s new sports betting bill to host 60 online operators

Sweden plans to extend deposit cap on iGaming again until November

This antiquated tax aids the offshore, illegal market and disadvantages safe, legal and regulated sportsbooks – Bill Miller – AGA

Alabama Senate greenlights gambling bill

Tasmania’s land-based Federal Group under ransomware attack

Crown Resorts: Bruce Carter aka Mr. Fix it” to the rescue”

China extends purge on illegal gambling activities

US latest: New York inches closer to mobile sports betting as Georgia waits

SoftSwiss Game Aggregator receives a B2B licence from MGA

NSW Regulator says Australia’s Crown Resorts could regain its Sydney licence in ‘months’

Japanese politician Tsukasa Akimoto pleads not guilty to IR graft scandal charges

So far, so good: Malta’s efforts recognised by Moneyval

[WATCH] Silvio Schembri: ‘the future is the digital economy’

BGaming expands market reach via MGA license

First online betting operator to get US licence suspended now sues state

Jeju Dream Tower casino licence hangs by a thread

Danish regulator blocks 55 gambling websites operating without a licence

Change is the only constant

Philippines imposes ban on foreigner entry: new COVID-19 variant detected

Changing KYC regulation leaves financial institutions questioning relevance of required customer data

Ukraine: Parimatch obtains first sports betting licence

Lithuania: Tete-a-Tete Casino slapped with €15,000 fine

UK Gambling Comission’s Neil McArthur steps down from CEO role

[WATCH] Exclusive first interview with Carl Brincat CEO of MGA – Part 1

League of Ireland clubs are not subject to FAI betting ban

Betsson joins Betway in acquiring German online sports betting licence

Betway acquires German sports betting licence

Brits vote against politicians setting spending limits on betting

Ukraine: Merkur and Ukraine’s regulator announces strategic partnership

Brazilian children’s association joins fight against loot boxes

UPDATED: Loot box dangers – Restrictions on the way?

Austrian authorities crush two additional illegal gambling venues

Austria announces new regulator in massive overhaul

Top 10 gaming law firms in Malta

We strongly believe our products must directly respond to customer’s expectations at Promatic””

Malta Government obliged to issue public call once a casino concession expires

POGOs: AML reporting becomes necessity

Call for bids after Dragonara Casino concession expires

Malta Gaming Authority: a look back over 2020

Ukrainian gambling market gaining momentum

Tanzania imposes a new tax scheme on virtual gaming operators

Netherlands: Govt prioritises player protection ahead of new iGaming market

Habanero seals Romanian licence

Chile’s government unveils plan to legalise online gambling

Chile’s government unveils plan to legalise online gambling

Autorite Nationale des Jeux announces three year strategic plan

Gambling Commission imposes new online gaming restrictions

1st online gambling licence issued in Ukraine since 2009 market shut down

You are no longer the customer, you are the product – Tim Cook

Major Development: Gaming apps to be available on Play Store

David-and-Goliath market chaos fueled by Reddit traders on WallStreet

Gaming industry reacts to MGA CEO Carl Brincat’s appointment

PM Robert Abela convinced Malta will pass the Moneyval test

Carl Brincat named new MGA CEO

Gibraltar to become part of the Schengen Area after three centuries

Thai govt. proposal to legalise gambling faces stiff opposition

First Ukrainian gambling licences to be issued by the end of this month: what you need to know

Eight potential candidates for MGA’s CEO role

Dutch gambling authority issues €600,000 illegal gambling fine

Gambling experts at 4H Agency on the upcoming reform of the gambling sector in Curacao – What to anticipate

Nairobi City Hall imposes strict new regulations on gamblers

France imposes new player protection regulations

Ukraine sets licensing conditions for gambling activities

Denis Dzyubenko, SiGMA CIS Director, voted to sit on the Expert Advisory Council of the Gambling & Lottery Regulation Commission of Ukraine

iGaming company CEO cleared of stealing former employer’s client database

Illegal gambling racket busted in Colombia

Maltese gaming market: Enter Betixon

Spanish Minister supports halting of the opening of land-based establishments

Malta Gaming Authority issues public call for vacant role of CEO

Colombia: LatAm’s leader among regulators?

War on illegal casinos: associations join forces to battle unlicenced gambling

Malta’s General Workers Union and NetEnt reach out of court settlement

Who is the Government?

Sweden: EGBA unimpressed with proposed iGaming regulations

Expert insights: Russia’s new betting legislation advances

PAGCOR grants City of Dreams and Okada Manila PIGO licence

MGA licence no longer valid in Germany

Denmark’s Spillemyndigheden outlines new guildlines for Brexit transition

Spelinspektionen fines ATG and Spooniker after deposit cap breach

The MGA and Slovak Football Association reach agreement

Ireland implements interim gaming and lotteries Act

Suspicious igaming transactions double in Malta accoridng to 2019 FIAU report

Coljuegos announces new president

Operators gain backing from Italian Courts

Russia set to introduce new gambling regulator

[SiGMA Virtual]: Sports and gaming – a match made in heaven

[SiGMA Virtual]: New regulations shaping the future of gaming

Rise in online gambling taxes in Argentina despite industry infancy

SportPesa’s bank account unfreezed by Kenya’s High Court

Australia blocks around 180 unlicensed gambling sites

The Financial Reporting Centre launches money laundering investigation on SportPesa

The new Maltese Gaming Tax Regulations: Has the competitive edge been retained?

Curaçao’s gambling industry undergoes structural reform

UKGC punishes BoyleSports for anti-money laundering failings

Jdigital condemns new gaming ad restrictions in Spain

Philippine Inland Gaming Operators tax rate predicted to be set at 42.5%

UPDATED: Bloomberry’s Solaire Casino sole operating online casino

UK Government to inspect gambling companies’ sponsor agreements with football clubs

Rwanda gaming companies allowed to resume operations

OGL: a new network for legal online gaming operators in LatAm

OGL: a new network for legal online gaming operators in LatAm

Philippines’ casinos vie for survival as PAGCOR approves their online operations

Association of Argentina’s State Lotteries criticizes government for tax increase on online gaming

Stop-Pesa – Kenyan SportPesa shareholder reveal billions transferred to offshore accounts

The Netherlands’ regulatory authority publishes ‘Remote Gambling Act’ document

Final curtain for crypto following European Commission regulatory proposal?

Final curtain for crypto following European Commission regulatory proposal?

Ex-MGA, MFSA’s Joseph Cuschieri: Self-suspension over Vegas vacation news report

Philippines ranks in top 50 nations list of good peace and order

PAGCOR ponders 5% cockfighting tax

Cambodia officially launches national digital currency – Bakong

[WATCH] African Markets: Risks and rewards for operators

UKGC announces tougher licensing conditions for online operators

DPW halts Imperial Pacific International hotel and casino project in Garapan

MGA CEO Heathcliff Farrugia reported to be stepping down

A quantum leap in regulation for the gaming industry as IAGR and IGSA herald collaboration

Regulatory overhaul in Finland

Philippines’ Vice President lashes out at POGOs

Genesis Global has UKGC Licence Suspension Lifted

Crown Chairman and CEO admits casino ‘enabled’ money laundering

Deputies request report on financial situation of Lotería del Chubut

IAFAS in Argentina strives to reopen casinos to recover from pandemic

Land-based casinos in France hopeful of tax exemptions as new lockdown measures kick in

Mendoza’s online gambling bill passes and awaits approval by the Senate

Bank Australia imposes ban on all its clients using their bank accounts for gambling purposes

China mulls intensified legal action for international gambling operations

Malaysian police officers linked to illegal online gambling and money laundry face arrest

Five arrested for allegedly running an IPL betting racket from GOA

GVC announces German sports betting licence approval

Two men behind 500.com bribery scandal handed suspended jail terms over Hokkaido IR prefecture scandal

Philippines’ Central Monetary Authority approves digital payment transformation plan””

Nelson Fabricio De La Fuente Serrano appointed Bolivia’s Gaming Authority Director

Staying ahead of the regulatory curve

Norwegian regulator calls for complete rethink on rules relating to the sector

“Love is Not Tourism” movement asks Philippines IATF to lift restrictions on foreign nationals

Sweden’s online casino revenues down 30% with government imposed casino limits

Cambodia National Assembly nods draft casino law

Australia’s NSW Government to introduce cashless poker machine cards

Nouv iGaming services for iGaming operators

Federal judge orders no jail time for PokerStars founder

Two year comeback: Albanian govt’ approves return of casinos

Sweden’s gaming regulator to ban wagering on sporting violations

Live table games allowed to reopen at Alberta casinos, Canada

Delays for Ireland’s own gaming regulator

Czech lawmakers to ban all slot machines in Prague

COVID-19 vaccine candidates reviewed for possible clinical trials in Metro Manila, Philippines

Air Macau to resume and increase mainland destinations from late September

PAGCOR extends deadline for envisioned Landing International IR development

South Korean lawmakers push for online horse bets

A big boom within the tourism industry in Rwanda

Nevada Gaming Commission green lights William Hill’s CG Acquisition

Nigeria opens its doors to tourism following a 5-month shutdown due to COVID-19

The MGA and Dutch Gambling Authority hopeful for greater cooperation after signing MoU

Bill to regulate influx of illegal foreign workers in the Philippines endorsed to the Senate

Gambling initiatives in Nebraska excluded from November ballot

China unveils blacklist of overseas gambling destinations

Vietnam looks to amend decree that regulates gaming to facilitate more investments

Imperial Pacific International vs the CCC of Saipan; timely payment of licence fee “non-negotiable”

BonusFinder extends its US reach with Tennessee licence

Crackdown in Hong Kong – 22 illegal gambling dens raided, 153 arrested

Panama’s Ministry of Health overviews protocol for the resumption of lottery operations

NLRC moves to end underage gambling in Nigeria

Singapore to relax travel restrictions from 1 September

EC prolongs standstill period on Germany’s new gambling laws

Investment owner defrauds investors N179m, spending N139m on sports betting

Supreme court ruling bans Okada from returning to Universal board for 30 years

ACMA to block eight illegal offshore gambling websites

US TikTok and WeChat ban threatens China’s economy

New Hengquin checkpoint opens integrating Macau to the island

Slow recovery in Macau visitation despite resumption of tourist IVS

Manila reverts to more relaxed lockdown measures

Mozambique revises gambling and land-based operations law in bid to attract investors

Senator Risa Hontiveros urges full investigation of Fontana Leisure Parks and Casino

Greece prohibits online slots ads

Tourist visas for Guangdong – Macau to restart on August 26

Hyderabad police in India nab major Chinese online gambling ring

Galaxy Entertainment Group determined to get Japan IR

Colombia’s Ministry of Health green-lights pilot reopening plan for casinos and bingo halls

Department of Labor and Employment: less than 100 POGOs in operation during lockdown

Brazilian Senator Ângelo Coronel defends gambling legalisation

Ukrainian President signs bill officially legalising gambling in Ukraine

Philippines’ House of Representatives approve E-Government Act

Ghana Gaming Commission proposes regulation of online gambling

German FinTech Wirecard, processed payments via CenturionBet, a Mafia-linked online casino in Malta

Macau imposes strict measures on Hong Kong visitors

Macau eyes flights to US and Europe

Japanese pachinko king Kazuo Okada’s assets frozen

Complitech adds new functionalities and markets

Brazil’s casino regulation in the hands of the Evangelical bench

ORYX Gaming receives ISO/IEC 27001 certification

Philippines Bureau of Internal Revenue relaxes taxation on POGOs

Spain bans gambling firms from sponsoring La Liga soccer teams

CAOLAB request resumption of official lottery agencies in Buenos Aires

Analysis: Is banning betting sponsorships a good idea?

PAGCOR issues public warning to public on scams and fraud

Soft2Bet expands its footprint into Brazilian territory

RP Darmstadt looks to develop transitional gambling regulations in Germany

Scratchcard and video bingo to push Columbia’s economy

11 POGOs to resume operations after being given the go ahead by PAGCOR

The iGaming industry seeks the opportunity to legalise Chile’s online gambling

Macau launches subsidy scheme to revive tourism economy

English betting shops to reopen from lockdown

Philippines’ Duterte to ease lockdown measures from June 1

NOGO for illegal offshore gaming operations as Philippine police arrest 265

Operators fight Latvian gambling ban in court

Macau’s gaming regulator director steps down

Vietnam cracks down on illegal online gambling

Taxes closing in on POGOs

PAGCOR backs illegal POGOs raids

Philippine House minority leader proposes anti-gambling” bill”

Swedish online gambling association warns against new restrictions

MGA cancels bSupporter’s gambling licence

Philippine Senator submits senate resolution to prohibit the resumption of online gambling operations

Unchartered territory: embracing iGaming in Macau

Singapore prepares overhaul of gambling regulations

MGA asks licensees to be vigilant and responsible

Goa to close all casinos for two weeks

KSA calls for a six month “cool off”

Singular appoints new Head of Legal

UK Gambling Commission, struggling to protect gamblers

Mr Green to pay £3 million UKGC fine

Playtech selects Rightlander for affiliate compliance drive

PAGCOR on track to triple POGO income in 2020: Domingo

Parimatch teams up with Esports Integrity Commission

GIG approved for Pennsylvania launch

IMG ARENA gets NHL streaming deal

Betsoft confirms Regulator’s approval for launch in Colombia

Ezugi obtains MGA license

Doomsday for Affiliates with German Traffic?

Betzest goes live with MGA license

Clayton Bartolo terminates Hillman’s MGA contracts

PAGCOR signs MOU with Philippines Anti-Money Laundering Council

China crackdown on online gambling continues

Award in iGaming Recognised by MGA as key achievement

MGA identifies skills gap in iGaming

UK Gambling Commission bans credit cards

Silvio Schembri comments on MGA’s highest fine ever

Yggdrasil granted Isle of Man B2B software licence

Connective Games receives UK certification