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Further boosting the liquidity of its Italian poker network, bwin's Ongame has announced the signing of three new partners, with the company expected to complete migration of all three operators to the P5 Poker Engine during the next two months.

Figures for the year to March 2010 released by the UK Gambling Commission show a slight dip in the level of gambling activity amongst the 8,000 respondents to the quarterly gambling participation survey, with 54.7 per cent having participated in at least one form of gambling in the previous four weeks.

Online betting provider France Pari has signed an agreement with Index Multimedia, a subsidiary of Japan's Index Holdings, to offer an online sports betting service on Index Multimedia's French social networking site Tchatche.com.

The game of snooker is facing one of the biggest challenges to its reputation following allegations of match-fixing involving current world number one John Higgins, who has been suspended from taking part in all future snooker tournaments pending an immediate inquiry.

888's B2B division Dragonfish has announced the launch of a new UK-facing online bingo brand, BingoHollywood.com, with Dragonfish providing a fully managed bingo solution including software and a selection of marketing services.

Óscar Arias Sánchez, the President of Costa Rica, has signed a covenant this week authorising the National Football Union (UNAFUT) to offer internet and mobile sports betting to Costa Rican citizens, with the income going to benefit sports and social causes in the country.

Nearly three months after the opening of the first legal casino in Singapore, the country's second casino resort, the $5.5 bn Marina Bay Sands casino, has now opened its doors after receiving a casino licence from Singapore's Casino Regulatory Authority.

Swedish online casino developer Net Entertainment AB says it has signed an agreement with an as yet unnamed major European gaming operator for the delivery of its successful CasinoModule product.

Having demonstrated high levels of social responsibility and player protection, live TV gaming specialist NetPlay TV plc has been awarded full GamCare Certification for its SuperCasino.com and ChallengeJackpot.com gaming brands.