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A three and a half year old case against the organiser of a Texas Hold'em poker tournament in the Netherlands has ended with the criminal court of The Hague ruling that poker cannot be considered a game of chance under the country's gambling laws.

Racing NSW has filed an appeal against last month's decision by Australia's Federal Court to award Paddy Power's Sportsbet more than AUD$2m relating to race fees which were held to have discriminated against interstate bookmakers licensed in the Northern Territory.

Congressmen Scott Murphy (NY) and Brett Guthrie (KY) have introduced a bill to clarify the legality of online pari-mutuel betting on horseracing after credit card companies said that they will no longer process any gaming transactions, including those for pari-mutuel betting in the United States, due to UIGEA regulations which came into force this month.

As the New Jersey Gaming, Sports and Entertainment Advisory Commission prepares to report back to Governor Chris Christie on how best to maximise the state's horse-racing and casino industries, the state's assembly has this week unanimously passed a bill that would authorise a Betfair-style betting exchange for state residents on horse racing.

France's online gaming regulator ARJEL has issued a second round of sports betting and poker licences to six new operators, at the same time adding 13 new sports to the list of approved sports on which bets may be taken.

Gaming operators including the likes of PartyGaming, bwin, and PokerStars are now able to offer online poker in France following publication of regulations governing the game, published in the Official Journal of the Republic today.

Continuing its opposition to video gambling, the North Carolina Senate this week approved a bill to ban electronic sweepstakes which could lead to the eventual closure of hundreds of sweepstake cafes and parlours across the state and the potential loss of thousands of jobs.

With opposition to the principle of an intrastate online gaming network in California diminishing, the state's drive to secure much needed tax revenues and ensure adequate consumer protection for online gamblers is now falling foul of competing local interests, as they look to lay claim to a share of the lucrative revenues that the proposed legislation would generate.

The International Olympic Committee (IOC) has agreed on a number of recommendations designed to protect the integrity of sports from betting manipulation and to ensure a fair contribution to sports from betting, following a seminar Thursday with representatives of the betting industry and public authorities.

The California State Senate Organisational Committee will meet today to discuss legislation aimed at legalising online gaming within the state, following a number of amendments to the bill last week in Senate.

Penn National Gaming has filed suit in New Jersey against its joint venture partner Greenwood Racing in an attempt to force it to develop an Off-Track Wagering (OTW) location in Camden County, New Jersey.

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