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French online gaming regulator ARJEL has authorised new gaming sites and activities for PMU, SPS Betting France and 888 Holdings plc subsidiary 888 Regulated Markets Ltd.

The Kentucky Supreme Court on Thursday ordered the internet gambling domain names seizure case initiated by the Commonwealth of Kentucky back to the Franklin County Circuit Court in order to determine the standing of iMEGA and the Interactive Gaming Council (IGC).

While the International Cricket Council (ICC) launches its latest investigation into activities alleged to have taken place during the third One-Day International between England and Pakistan at The Oval last Friday, Pakistan Cricket Board chairman Ijaz Butt has sensationally claimed that several England players were paid substantial amounts of money to lose the game.

The Washington Supreme Court ruled unanimously Thursday that the state ban on online gambling which makes the activity a Class C Felony is legal and does not violate the U.S. Constitution.

California State Senator Roderick Wright, known to many within the online gaming industry as a key proponent of legalised online poker, has been indicted by a Grand Jury on perjury and voter fraud charges.

The Football Pools operator Sportech said Friday that its proposed acquisition of Scientific Games Racing (SGR) has moved a step closer after the company received regulatory approval from several jurisdictions in the United States, with the only outstanding approval required from the New Jersey Racing Commission.

Cricket’s already tarnished reputation hit a new low yesterday after former Essex County cricketer Mervyn Westfield was charged with conspiracy to defraud, having been accused of intentionally playing badly in a game last September.

Australia’s Aristocrat Group and its subsidiary ACE Interactive have received approval from Italy’s regulatory authority AAMS to deploy a video lottery platform for the new Italian VLT market through a partnership with Cogetech S.p.A, one of Italy's leading online and land-based operators.

Following on from last month’s settlement by two online gaming payment processors to forfeit $13.3m of online gambling funds related to PokerStars and other U.S-facing operators, Arizona’s Goldwater Bank has agreed to forfeit $733,804 to resolve civil forfeiture claims by the U.S Department of Justice, an amount equal to the net income the bank received from processing the transactions.

Sportingbet plc has concluded a non-prosecution agreement with the United States Department of Justice, agreeing to forfeit US$33m in settlement of its illegal gambling activities in the United States.

Although bookmakers and sport are united in tackling corruption, issues such as responsibility for convicting betting cheats and providing a fair return to sport remain contentious, heard delegates this week at Sport, Gambling & Sponsorship 2010, an event organised by World Sports Law Report.

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