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Australian anti-gambling campaigner proposes social casino ban

Australian Independent MP Andrew Wilkie has introduced an amendment to ban social casinos across the country.

Introduced last week, the Interactive Gambling Amendment (Banning Social Casinos and Other Measures) Bill 2020 seeks to amend the country’s Interactive Gambling Act 2001 to make it illegal to offer social casino services to Australian [...]

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Louisiana Governor approves sports betting ballot

Louisiana residents will decide in November whether to authorise sports betting in the state’s 64 parishes.

Residents will be given a vote on the proposal at the statewide election scheduled for November 3 after Governor John Bel Edwards signed a bill Thursday authorizing the proposition.

The bill (SB 130) requires the approval [...]

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Canada

North American sports leagues voice support for single-event betting in Canada

Efforts to legalise single-event sports betting in Canada may finally begin to gain traction now that major North American sports leagues have reversed track to support the move.

The Canadian Gaming Association has long called for single-event sports betting to be legalised and lawmakers have previously progressed legislation through the House [...]

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Netherlands prohibits gambling advertising before 9pm

Gambling advertising in the Netherlands will be further restricted under new rules adopted this week by lawmakers.

Advertising for licensed lotteries and games of chance in the Netherlands is currently prohibited on radio and television between the hours of 6am and 7pm but will change according to product type under a [...]

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Svenska Spel

Svenska Spel calls for new law to protect lottery operations

Sweden’s state-owned gaming operator Svenska Spel has called for more protection from lottery betting providers in order to safeguard its contributions to social causes.

The company, which operates national lottery games in Sweden alongside other betting and gaming activities, said that the country’s commercial gambling operators are circumventing its lottery monopoly [...]

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Norway approves new laws to prevent unlicensed gambling advertising

The government of Norway has taken further steps to try and protect the nation's gambling monopoly with new restrictions on gambling advertising by offshore operators.

The newly approved legislation gives the Norwegian Media Authority powers to combat advertising by unlicensed online gaming operators, both on TV and the internet.

The new powers [...]

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European Commission

Germany notifies new Gambling State Treaty to European Commission

Germany has submitted its proposed new gambling legislation to the European Commission for approval.

The fourth State Treaty on Gaming is scheduled to come into force on July 1st 2021 and will legalise online casino gaming in the country for the first time.

Under the proposed legislation, operators will be able to [...]

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Maryland

Maryland Governor allows sports betting proposal to pass without signature

Voters in Maryland will get to decide whether to allow sports betting in their state to fund public schools.

The question of expanding gambling to include sports and event wagering will be subject to a referendum in November after Governor Larry Hogan allowed the proposal to pass into law without his [...]

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New Jersey bills aim to help casinos recover from shutdown

Lawmakers in New Jersey have introduced legislation that would provide significant tax breaks to help Atlantic City casinos recover the COVID-19 shutdown.

The bill would temporarily modify taxes and fees relating to casinos’ land-based operations, and also amends the current law on the use of promotional gaming credits.

The bill would waive [...]

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Washington and West Virginia set to expand wagering options

Sport and racing enthusiasts in Washington and West Virginia could be able to bet on their favourite events once the COVID-19 restrictions are lifted, after their respective state Governors signed enabling legislation this week.

On Wednesday Governor Jay Inslee of Washington signed legislation authorising the state’s tribal gaming entities to amend Class [...]

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Wyoming set to regulate “skill” gaming machines

Wyoming Governor Mark Gordon has signed legislation to form the Wyoming Gaming Commission, which will assume responsibility for regulating the state’s gaming machines.

Wyoming’s skill-based gaming machines are similar to slots but add an element of player interaction (skill) through nudging reels, thereby circumventing the ban on slot machines outside tribal casinos. They were deemed [...]

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Maryland

Maryland sports betting bill headed to Governor Hogan for approval

Lawmakers in Maryland have passed a stripped down bill that will give voters the chance to approve an expansion of gambling in the state.

The original bill, which sought to authorise sports betting and set rules for licensure, has now been reduced to a four-page bill that enables the General Assembly [...]

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