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Last week's £4m deal between the UK's leading football gaming business Sportech and India's most successful online gaming company Playwin was the opening shot in what will be a momentous year for the gambling business on the subcontinent.

Independent player protection organisation eCOGRA has reported a 10% increase in demand for its mediation services from players in 2009, receiving a total of 826 disputes through its online player facility, including 83 disputes from non-eCOGRA operators over which the organisation has no influence.

At The Races and the Racecourse Media Group have entered into an equal participation joint venture, pooling their respective international distribution rights to all UK and Irish racecourses to create a new unified broadcast service which will be tasked with maximising the revenue opportunities for British and Irish racing.

New Football Pools operator Sportech plc has formed a new joint venture with Indian lottery and gaming giant Playwin, under which the two parties will launch a multi-platform sports betting business in the untapped Indian market during the second quarter of 2010.

The delay in the implementation of UIGEA in December has given Barney Frank a window of opportunity to legalise online gambling in the United States. But three European operators cut deals last year that they hope will give them a clear head start ahead of liberalisation.

London Capital Group Holdings plc (LCG), the online financial spread betting and trading company, has announced the launch of a new trading platform at InterTrader.com following the signing of a three-year white label agreement with online gaming giant PartyGaming plc.

Irish pay-tv sports broadcaster Setanta has entered into an exclusive agreement with France's Chiligaming for the launch of SetantaBet into the Irish market, offering a full range of sports betting services together with online poker and casino offerings.

As the company looks to implement the next phase of its strategic plan, Bingo.com Limited has selected Cozy Games to be its new core software platform for bingo, slots, and other casino games which have now gone live on the site.

Marking the company's most significant B2B deal to date, PartyGaming plc has been awarded a five year contract to provide an online casino and poker platform to Danish gaming monopoly holder Danske Spil, ahead of the country's planned partial liberalisation of the online gaming market next year.

Adding to its business to business licensees, online scratch cards provider NeoGames has signed a licensing agreement with Bet365, providing its flash-based scratch card games portfolio to the online gambling operator's European-based customers in over seventeen different languages.

As part of an initiative to revamp the UK horse racing industry and broaden the sport's appeal with the general public, the industry taskforce programme Racing For Change has unveiled ten trial measures to be implemented during the first half of 2010, including the use of decimal odds instead of fractions on several racecourses for one weekend this Spring.