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After more than two years of debate, the Austrian National Assembly approved new gaming legislation Wednesday, despite strong criticism by some lawmakers of its failure to adequately address the issue of player protection or to regulate online gaming.

Australia's Federal Court has awarded Paddy Power's Sportsbet more than AUD$2m after ruling that the refunding of race fees charged by Racing NSW to the state's largest betting operator, TAB Limited, discriminated against interstate bookmakers such as Sportsbet, licensed in the Northern Territory.

The European Sports Security Association (ESSA) has renewed its cooperation agreement with football authority FIFA's Early Warning System (EWS), ensuring that betting activity is monitored during the upcoming football World Cup and future FIFA tournaments.

The government of the German state of Schleswig-Holstein has unveiled its proposal for a replacement to the current State Treaty on Gaming which expires in December 2011, proposing a lifting of marketing restrictions and the licensing and regulation of online gaming.

In a boost to the country's land-based casinos, Switzerland's Federal Court has ruled that Texas Hold'em poker tournaments can no longer be classified a game of skill and subsequently cannot be played outside of state-approved casinos unless played between friends and family.

Residents of the U.S. State of Rhode Island are to have a say in allowing state-controlled casino gambling at slot parlours in a referendum this November following the passage of legislation Friday before the General Assembly.

Legalised intra-state online gaming in New Jersey moved a step closer yesterday after the state's Senate Government, Wagering, Tourism and Historic Preservation Committee approved a bill which proposes to authorise online gaming at Atlantic City casinos.

Denmark's state-controlled gaming operator Danske Spil has revoked the five year contract awarded to PartyGaming plc in January for the supply of an online casino and poker platform following a challenge by rival platform provider Playtech.

"Europe-proof" is how Dutch gaming monopoly operator De Lotto has described national gambling laws after the European Court of Justice said Thursday that restrictions on gambling imposed in the Netherlands could be justified under European law.

France has taken a step towards ending its 471-year old gaming monopoly today after regulatory authority ARJEL issued seventeen online gaming licences to eleven different operators including FDJ, PMU, bwin, BetClic and Everest Gaming.

Banks, credit card companies and other financial institutions in Norway are being asked to block transactions to and from foreign gaming operators following enactment of legislation Tuesday prohibiting online gambling payments.

GIQ Magazine