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Independent player protection organisation eCOGRA has announced that Boss Media, part of GTECH G2's group of interactive companies, has achieved the required standards for eCOGRA's software certification following a rigorous on-site review.

In another significant deal following approval of France's online gaming laws by the National Assembly earlier this week, Mangas Gaming Group has signed a four-year strategic partnership with leading French media group M6 for the launch of online poker and sports betting in France via its subsidiaries BetClick and Everest.

Following approval of the new Gaming Act in December 2009 and after several months of testing and fine tuning, the Belgian National Lottery has this week gone live with its online gaming offering.

British bookmaker Ladbrokes plc has entered into a joint venture agreement with CANAL+, France's leading pay TV provider, to launch an online betting and gaming service under new French gaming legislation approved Tuesday.

Police in Switzerland and neighbouring France have launched a manhunt for ten French-speaking suspects who raided the Basel Grand Casino at the weekend, brandishing submachine guns and pistols as they helped themselves to several hundred thousand Swiss Francs from the casino's cash tills.

Further expanding its presence in the lucrative U.S lottery market, Greece's Intralot S.A has secured its eleventh lottery contract and thirteenth overall in the country after being awarded a five year contract to provide an online gaming system to the D.C Lottery and Charitable Games Control Board (DCLB).

According to the latest independent research into internet gambling in North America, an increasing number of Canadian and U.S citizens are in favour of authorising online gaming under a system of federal regulation, while the majority in both countries believe that the activity is already legal.

Further expanding in the burgeoning Italian gaming market, Swedish online casino developer Net Entertainment AB has signed an agreement with bwin's Gioco Digitale, under which the company will deliver its CasinoModule product to both Gioco Digitale as well as bwin's Italian-facing site

Greece's Intralot said Monday that following an international procurement process, it has signed a five-year contract to undertake the technical and commercial operation of the two state-owned Moroccan lotteries, Societe de Gestion de la Loterie Nationale and La Marocaine des Jeux et des Sports.

In yet another standout B2B deal for the company, PartyGaming plc said Friday that it has signed an exclusive multi-year agreement to provide an online poker service to France's state controlled bookmaker PMU, one of Europe's largest betting operations.

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