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Schleswig Holstein proposes iGaming tax rate of up to 44% of GGR

Lawmakers in the German state of Schleswig Holstein are considering new legislation that would tax online casino games at up to 44 per cent of gross gaming revenue.

Under the current German State Treaty on Gambling, online slots and poker games are regulated and taxed at the national level, with individual [...]

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Lithuania

Lithuania approves law authorising standalone remote gambling licenses

Gambling operators will be allowed to apply for online-only licenses from next year under legislation approved by the parliament of Lithuania Thursday.

Lawmakers approved bills to amend the minimum capital requirement for online gaming operators and to set new one-time licensing fees, as well as changes to land-based regulations to give [...]

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Portugal takes aim at instant win games and iGaming with proposed amendments

Lawmakers in Portugal have approved draft legislation to better protect vulnerable people from the risks associated with gambling and to curb the country’s fast-growing instant win games market.

Lawmakers have unanimously approved proposed amendments that would treat instant lottery products in the same way as other gambling games, prohibiting their advertising [...]

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Vilnius, Lithuania

Lithuania lawmakers consider changes to gambling licensing regime

Lawmakers in Lithuania are attempting to decouple the country’s online and land-based gaming licenses due to a surge in the number of slots halls and betting outlets.

Lithuania’s iGaming legislation, which came into force in January 2016, sought to protect domestic interests by requiring online operators to also have a land-based [...]

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European Commission

Norway pushes ahead with DNS site blocking proposal

The government of Norway is seeking European Commission approval for its plan to use DNS blocking against unlicensed online gambling websites.

The proposal would allow the Norwegian Gaming Authority to order internet service providers to implement DNS-blocking of websites that target the state-controlled Norwegian gambling market without authorisation.

The Gaming Authority would [...]

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Sinn Féin introduces bill to ban gambling on credit in Ireland

Lawmakers in Ireland have introduced legislation to ban the use of credit cards for gambling.

The bill introduced by opposition party Sinn Féin would officially ban the use of credit cards for gambling in retail betting shops and online, and is in line with the industry’s own proposed ban which will [...]

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Pennsylvania bill aims to allow sports betting at bars

Senator Wayne Fontana of Pennsylvania has introduced legislation to allow the state’s licensed liquor establishments to host sports betting kiosks.

The proposal from the Senate Democratic Caucus chairman would allow licensed sports betting operators to partner with licensed bars and restaurants to host betting kiosks in exchange for a 25 per [...]

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Canada

Canada to legalise single event betting this month

The Canadian Government has announced that it will amend the Criminal Code this month to legalise single event sports betting, enabling provinces and territories to provide a comprehensive sports betting offering in their respective jurisdictions.

The Criminal Code amendments relating to single event sports betting will come into force on Friday [...]

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Germany’s most populous state to expand online casino market

Germany’s most populous state plans to award a limited number of online casino licenses to European operators through a competitive tender process, allowing them to offer a broad range of games.

North Rhine-Westphalia, with a population of more than 17.9m inhabitants, aims to award up to five online casino licenses that [...]

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Florida set for sports betting launch with Gaming Compact approval

Sports betting will soon be available to players in Florida after the U.S. Department of the Interior allowed the state’s compact with the Seminole Tribe to pass.

The U.S. Department of the Interior had 45 days in which to approve or disapprove the Class III gaming compact agreed between the Seminole [...]

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New Jersey becomes first US state to legalise fixed odds horse race betting

New Jersey has become the first US state to legalise fixed odds betting on horseracing after Governor Phil Murphy signed legislation into law Thursday.

The bill allows the New Jersey Sports and Exposition Authority or a racetrack permit holder to apply for a license to operate a fixed odds wagering system [...]

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Belgium steps up consumer protection with online casino spending limit

Belgium’s Council of Ministers has approved a draft royal decree to lower the monthly spending limit for online casino games.

The draft proposal by Minister of Justice Vincent Van Quickenborne secured Council approval Friday and will now be submitted to the Data Protection Authority for consideration before being presented to the [...]

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