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Lawmakers in the U.S State of Maryland introduced legislation Wednesday to amend the state's constitution in order to authorise video lottery licence holders to offer table games such as poker, roulette and blackjack.

The recent move by New Jersey lawmakers to authorise online gambling at sites operated by Atlantic City casinos has got some lawmakers and industry observers predicting that the US could legitimise the industry state by state.

The U.S state of Iowa has become the latest to turn to sports betting as a means of balancing the state budget, with two new bills presented to the senate last week which seek to authorise sports betting at racetracks and riverboat casinos.

The government of Quebec, Canada, said Wednesday that it has authorised the state-lottery operator Loto-Quebec to offer online gambling to the province's residents, with games including poker set to launch later this year.

Members of the European Parliament Petitions Committee have denounced the disproportionate and repressive enforcement measures imposed by the Greek authorities in relation to the Stanleybet customers and intermediaries illegally arrested in November 2008, urging the European Commission to speed up its investigation of the Greek law which prohibits betting operators legally established in other EU Member States from setting up their services in Greece.

Throwing further doubt on the compliance of Italy's sports betting laws with European law, Italy's Supreme Criminal Court has questioned the regulatory framework that protects companies which were awarded licences under the Bersani tender in 2006, and has referred the case to the European Court of Justice for clarification.

Attempts by Delaware lawmakers to legalise poker and other table games at the state's casinos reached fruition Thursday when Governor Jack Markell signed legislation authorising table games following a vote in favour of the bill in the Senate.

With gambling now restricted to just four remote gambling zones spread out across the country, Russia has opened its first legal casino in Azov City, a Rostov region gambling zone where the nearest city is situated nearly 100km away.

In an attempt to further attract online gaming companies and related businesses to the white-listed jurisdiction, the government of the Isle of Man has announced changes to its gambling regulations which will allow online gaming companies to base non-gambling related activities and operations on the island without the need for an online gambling licence.

Following the lead of New Jersey, the U.S state of Missouri has introduced a resolution to the House of Representatives which seeks to reverse the Professional and Amateur Sports Protection Act (PASPA) which prohibits states from offering sports betting to their residents.

Advocate General Bot of the European Court of Justice has issued an opinion against the German prohibition of sports betting in a case involving Winner Wetten, confirming that the superiority of European law over national gaming legislation does not allow for any exception or transitional period.

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