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In a new regular feature we examine some of the more intriguing industry rumours doing the rounds and assess their validity.

The 2014 World Cup has been an undoubted success so far: the most goals scored since 1970, dazzling goals and displays of attacking and counter-attacking football as well as a handful of controversial incidents that are so often par for the course in a tournament of this size. Barring the biting incident, it has been so successful that pundits and punters alike are calling it the best World Cup since the tournament began 84 years ago, writes Andrew Simpson of Income Access.

With most domestic seasons now complete, the World Cup is just weeks away and players, fans and bookmakers are all anxious for different reasons. Players will want to avoid injury, fans will want to avoid hotspots on the streets of Rio and bookies will want to avoid any technical hitches or glitches both prior to and during the tournament when betting volumes are expected to soar to record levels.

It is just a matter of days until the World Cup kicks off an incredible festival of sport this summer with Royal Ascot, the US Open, Wimbledon Tennis Championships, and Commonwealth Games to name just a few events. And that’s not even counting the start of the new Premier League season in just two months’ time, writes Income Access affiliate services manager Allan Petrilli.

The angst among operators about the forthcoming overhaul of the UK tax and regulatory regime was made crystal clear by 888 chief executive Bryan Mattingley in a conference call following publication of the company’s first quarter results last Thursday.

The name Federbet swept through the sports world last week after the organisation published allegations of widespread match-fixing in Europe. Its presentation before the European Parliament gave the organisation a degree of credibility, and its headline-grabbing press release was a dream for lazy journalists.

There are less than 100 days to go until the 20th FIFA World Cup kicks off and with Cheltenham almost over, operators will be re-focusing all efforts on the run-up to the June 12th opening day in Sao Paulo, when home nation Brazil faces Croatia.

The International Social Games Association has released its first report into the state of the free-to-play sector, but its findings have failed to properly address concerns that social casino play may lead to real-money gambling.