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Online scratch cards provider NeoGames Limited has signed a partnership deal with Kamay Holdings Ltd, owner of the LuckyAce branded online poker and casino sites, to launch a new soft-gaming offering under the Superscratch.com brand.

Following the delayed release of the 'Hanson Commission' report by the New Jersey Gaming, Sports and Entertainment Advisory Commission, New Jersey Senate leaders said that the final product is "underwhelming and incomplete" and that its closed-door analysis fails to deal with the fundamental issues of competition that are hampering the state's gaming industry.

Norway's ban on gambling related financial transactions is causing problems for Norwegian credit card holders as they travel abroad this summer, blocking payments for goods and services such as ice cream in Sweden and hotel rooms in Las Vegas.

As part of the company's new strategy of expansion into online gaming, The Weather Lottery (TWL) has signed two further deals to become the official gaming partner of English football clubs Derby County and Sheffield Wednesday under its FC Betz.com brand.

In what the company described as a response to increased competition from betting exchanges and rival offshore operators, William Hill plc said Monday that it will close its telephone betting operations in the UK and transfer the business to William Hill Online in Gibraltar in order to benefit from significant cost savings.

Following a pledge by the UK coalition government, MP Don Foster has been asked to compile a report into abandoned betting accounts estimated to amount to millions of pounds which could be used to improve public sports facilities and clubs in the UK.

Australia's New South Wales government has announced up to AUD$174 million in funding to secure the future of thoroughbred racing and protect jobs within the state, including a loan of $150m which is to be repaid through the reclassification of the Trackside simulated racing game as a wagering product in TAB venues.

Bettorlogic, the form analyst company backed by Andrew Black and Nigel Payne, said this week that the company's new in-play betting stimulation product, Livelogic, has increased sportsbook click-through rates during World Cup matches by over 300 per cent.

Partners Only has signed a partnership deal with Income Access under which it will utilise the Income Access affiliate marketing software to power its affiliate marketing programme targeting the Latin American market.

Online gaming software provider Microgaming has announced that Alderney-based Samvo, an online entertainment and venture capital group, has become the latest operator to join Microgaming's poker network.