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Continuing its crackdown on illegal online gambling operations, the U.S Attorney's Office for the Western District of Missouri has announced that two Kansas City brothers have pleaded guilty in a Federal Court to conducting an illegal online gambling operation targeting the U.S market, part of the same gambling operation which has seen two other men already plead guilty this month.

The Norwegian government approved regulations Friday prohibiting credit card companies and online payment processors from transferring funds between Norwegian citizens and online gaming operators, raising the prospect of legal action against the ban in the EFTA Court.

A Kansas City man pleaded guilty in federal Court Wednesday to being a bookmaker in an illegal online gambling operation targeting the U.S market and operated from Costa Rica.

The Director General of the Catalan Department of Gaming & Entertainment, Mercè Claramunt, has met with gaming industry stakeholders this week to present the first draft of the Catalan Gaming & Betting Act, while the Autonomous City of Ceuta has passed its own bill to regulate online gambling, which it has now presented to the European Commission for approval.

The Criminal Court in Paris yesterday heard arguments in a case brought by three leading French casino groups, Barrière, Tranchant and Joagroupe, who are seeking a two-year licensing ban on foreign online gaming operators who are currently active in the French market.

A second Kansas City man pleaded guilty in a U.S Federal Court Thursday to conducting an illegal online gambling operation targeting the U.S market and operating from Costa Rica, part of the same gambling operation which last week saw Michael Badalucco also plead guilty.

California's Governmental Organisation Committee is to meet Tuesday for an informal hearing to discuss the implications of legalising intrastate online poker in California, however a report published Friday by the California Tribal Business Alliance warns that any such move could cost the state as much as $365 million annually in lost revenue-sharing payments from casino operating tribes.

In a blow to the sport of snooker, professional snooker player Stephen Lee was arrested last week amid allegations of match-fixing and cheating following a joint investigation by West Midlands police and the UK Gambling Commission.

Sweden's much anticipated new gaming legislation is rumoured to be delayed due to legal concerns over the viability of sanctions which it seeks to impose on illegal operators, and with a general election scheduled for September, many now believe that the partial market liberalisation is unlikely to occur before 2011.

The new European Internal Market Commissioner, Michel Barnier, told the European Parliament Thursday that last year's bwin/Santa Casa ruling by the European Court of Justice has little bearing on the Commission's approach to infringement procedures against member states, vowing to pursue non-compliance on a case-by-case basis.

New Jersey Governor Chris Christie announced Wednesday the creation of the New Jersey Gaming, Sports and Entertainment Advisory Commission, a body set up to establish a state-wide approach to gaming which is hoped will help stem the steady decline in gaming revenues for the state.

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