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In a significant boost to the company’s attempts to rebuild its German lottery brokerage business, a third German court has now fully repealed key restrictions of the country’s State Treaty on Gaming, declaring that no permission for brokerage of lotteries is required and that advertising of lottery products should be allowed.

During the first Working Meeting on Irregular and Illegal Sport Betting, held at the headquarters of the International Olympic Committee (IOC) in Lausanne yesterday, representatives from the sports world, governments, international organisations and betting operators agreed to create a task force assigned to protect the integrity of sports competition, notably by combating irregular and illegal betting.

An independent report into an aspect of the public lottery licensing process undertaken in 2008 by the previous Australian government of Victoria has found that Greece’s Intralot was treated “unequally” during the process that resulted in the awarding of its licence.

Camelot has hit back at the UK National Lottery Commission’s decision to refuse the national lottery operator permission to offer commercial services through its network of retail partners, arguing that the decision was based on legal advice which was “inconsistent” with the legal opinion received by Camelot.

Following investigations into suspicious betting allegations relating to an Australian National Rugby League match (NRL) last year, the New South Wales Police Casino and Racing Investigation Unit have laid charges against two men involved in the sport, former player John Elias and player manager Sam Ayoub.

Iowa has become the latest US state to look at launching an online poker network for state residents. The Iowa Internet Poker Consumer Protection and Revenue Generation Act of 2011, introduced to the legislature Monday, would legalise online poker play at an intrastate poker hub. The bill specifically excludes any entity who has offered real-money online gaming to an Iowa resident in the past from operating the hub.

Italian operator Microgame will make its first move into the French gaming market after receiving an online sports betting licence from regulatory authority ARJEL, with PartyGaming’s World Poker Tour (WPT) also receiving a licence to offer online poker.

The German City of Kiel has instigated legal proceedings against EHF Marketing GmbH, the marketing arm of the European Handball Federation, for advertising its premium sponsor bet-at-home.com in the EHF Men’s Champions League last year.

With Spanish media joining forces to criticise the advertising regulations contained in the country’s draft gaming law, the Spanish government on Friday took the step of submitting the draft law to the European Commission while at the same extending the deadline for lawmakers to submit amendments to the law until March 2nd.

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