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Having been awarded an online poker licence late last year and subsequently joining Playtech’s French iPoker network, online gaming operator has been granted a sports betting licence from French online gaming regulator ARJEL.

Appearing before the Spanish Economy and Finance Committee in relation to the legislative process of the Spanish Gaming Act underway in Parliament, José Antonio Martínez Sampedro, chairman and CEO of Spanish gaming group Codere, called on the government to penalise operators who have been illegally serving the Spanish online gaming market over the past few years.

A federal bill that would provide for the licensing of internet gambling activities by the Secretary of the Treasury was introduced Thursday to the US House of Representatives.

Florida’s internet poker bill, which seeks to authorise cardroom operators to provide online poker to state residents through a state Internet poker network, was approved Thursday by the Regulated Industries Committee.

In a significant blow to the Netherlands government, the Dutch Council of State has this morning ruled in favour of British betting provider Betfair in its dispute over the company’s right to provide gambling services to Dutch citizens.

Last week a court in Bremen lifted a cease and desist order against a sports betting provider on grounds that the State Treaty on Gaming is incompatible with EU law, while another court in Saxony ordered 11 defendants to cease providing sports betting services to German citizens, ruling that no such incompatibility exists.

With Dutch lawmakers poised to submit a draft online gaming bill to the House of Representatives in the second quarter of this year, Secretary of State Fredik Teeven has called on the Dutch government to open up the online gaming market after warning that hundreds of thousands of Dutch residents were already defying the current ban.

The final element of France’s liberalised gaming market was put in place yesterday with the appointment of the Comité Consultatif des Jeux (CCJ), established to advise government on the ongoing regulation of the sector.

Canterbury-Bankstown Bulldogs, the Australian National Rugby League team, has terminated the contract of one of its players Ryan Tandy, after he refused to answer questions relating to his alleged betting on a game in which he was involved in last year.

Spain’s state lottery operator Loterías y Apuestas del Estado (LAE) is all set to proceed with part-privatisation plans after the country’s Council of Ministers approved its restructuring as a state society.