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The U.S Attorney's Office for the Western District of Missouri has confirmed that two more Kansas City residents have pleaded guilty in a federal court for their role in conducting an illegal online gambling business targeting the U.S market, part of the same operation that has seen seven others convicted this year.

With Victoria's new wagering licence holder expected to be confirmed later this year, the Australian state government has introduced legislation into Parliament which would change the effective tax rate for premium customers who spend in excess of AUD$3m per year, while also offering a large financial boost to the Victorian racing industry.

Novigroup Limited has been granted a gaming licence by the Isle of Man Gambling Supervision Commission, paving the way for the launch of the company's Novibet.com sportsbook brand.

With Canada's state lottery operators moving into online gaming, clients of GTECH's interactive gaming division G2 have been advised that they will no longer be allowed to accept Canadian players unless they hold a licence to do so.

Lawmakers in the US state of Massachusetts voted Saturday to approve a bill to expand gambling within the state, but the inclusion of two 'racino' slot licences could still result in the bill being vetoed by Governor Deval Patrick.

Following in the footsteps of fellow Canadian provincial states British Columbia and Loto-Quebec, Ontario has announced that it will allow its residents access to a regulated online gambling offering through the Ontario Lottery and Gaming Corporation (OLG), as the state seeks to stem the estimated CAD$400m lost to unregulated online gambling sites every year.

The world's largest online poker operator PokerStars has reiterated its position on the legality of its operations in the United States, stating that nothing in the Internet Gambling Regulation, Consumer Protection and Enforcement Act which was approved by the House Financial Services Committee this week precludes it from operating in a regulated US market.

The Tribunal de Grande Instance (TGI) in Paris has ordered French ISPs to block access to unlicensed online gaming sites following an application by French regulator ARJEL against Gibraltar-based operator StanJames.com.

The United States has taken a step closer to overturning the highly contentious Unlawful Internet Gambling Enforcement Act (UIGEA) after the House Financial Services Committee voted overwhelmingly Wednesday to approve legislation to licence and regulate online gambling.

When the European Court of Justice describes a major industry as a social evil and its customers weak, is it offering a legal opinion or making a political statement beyond its remit?

Full Tilt Poker, PKR and Barriere are amongst the latest gaming sites to receive a licence from French online gaming regulator ARJEL, setting the scene for an interesting closed-network battle between the biggest names in online poker.

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