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Demonstrating the value of the betting industry to the British economy, UK bookmaker Ladbrokes has commissioned a new report conducted by Deloitte which shows that in 2008 betting was directly responsible for £3 billion in gross value added terms and £6 billion through the industry's links with other sectors in the supply chain.

As EU Member States and sporting organisations increasingly focus on the business of sports betting, the Remote Gambling Association (RGA) has published the final results of an independent report which seeks to objectively analyse the many legal, commercial and integrity issues associated with sports betting, and the relationship between the sporting and betting sectors.

888's independent B2B division, Dragonfish, has signed an agreement with Lex Online Entertainment Limited, a subsidiary of Greece's Centric Multimedia S.A, which will see Dragonfish provide its online casino and poker software for the re-launch of Lex-branded gaming sites aimed at the Southern and Eastern European market.

Following its launch four months ago, Gaming Media Group's independent B2B arm, InTouch Gaming, has announced the signing of a number of new partners to the poker customer relationship management (CRM) agency, including the online gaming site of daily newspaper The London Evening Standard, StandardGames.co.uk.

Signing its first licensee of 2010, online games developer CryptoLogic Limited said Monday that it has agreed to license at least ten of its branded and non-branded online slot games to Bet24, the online gaming business owned by Sweden's Modern Times Group.

Launching a new compliance programme that will involve third party inspection and ongoing monitoring of up to fifty-five online gambling operators licensed by the Mohawk jurisdiction, the Kahnawake Gaming Commission (KGC) has appointed independent player protection organisation eCOGRA to help its licensees meet high international standards of fairness, player protection, operational conduct and responsible gambling.

Betex Group, the UK based Asian facing lottery business, has announced that its Chinese operation has signed an exclusive 5-year contract with Nanjing Welfare Lottery Management Centre to launch and operate a new retail lottery concept across Nanjing, the capital of China's Jiangsu Province.

Danske Spil's move into online gaming via its deal with PartyGaming shows that state-owned lottery providers can be a profitable partner rather than a formidable competitor, setting the scene for battle amongst the industry giants for a slice of this lucrative pie.

Following a string of new contracts and contract extensions last year in regulated lottery jurisdictions around the world, GTECH Corporation, a wholly owned subsidiary of Lottomatica Group, has this week signed its first deals of 2010 with an agreement to operate a central lottery system for the Maryland State Lottery Commission, as well as a contract amendment to provide Washington Lottery with a new self-service vending system.

Danske Spil's move into online gaming via its deal with PartyGaming shows that state-owned lottery providers can be a profitable partner rather than a formidable competitor, setting the scene for battle amongst the industry giants for a slice of this lucrative pie.

Telefonica subsidiary Manx Telecom has announced a wholesale cut in bandwidth costs to make the Isle of Man a more attractive location for online gaming companies.

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