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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.

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.

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.

The House Committee on Financial Services has confirmed that the markup of Congressman Barney Frank's bill to regulate Internet gambling in the U.S, H.R. 2267, will take place next Tuesday, July 27th.

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.

Despite ongoing opposition at a federal level, Rep. Barney Frank's online gambling regulation bill, H.R 2267, goes before members of the House Financial Services Committee later today, with witness testimonies to be heard from both sides of the debate.

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.

In a blow to Camelot's proposal to raise additional funds by offering commercial services such as mobile phone top-ups and electronic bill payments through National Lottery terminals, the UK's National Lottery Commission has provisionally refused to grant consent to Camelot arguing that there would be a "significant" risk of the proposal breaching European or competition law.

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.

The French Football Federation (FFF) and the Professional Football League (LFP) have signed an agreement with PMU which will allow the company to offer betting to its customers on French football under the country's contentious sports recognition right.

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