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ARJEL publishes online poker liquidity instructions
posted 7/25/2017  |  source: Casino News Daily
French regulator ARJEL publishes initial instructions for French-licensed online poker operators; Application to take part in liquidity project opens operators to thorough investigation; Regulator also wants to update on operators' activities in France and eligibility to participate
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Christie seeks to protect NJ online gambling
posted 7/25/2017  |  source: Online Poker Report
NJ Governor Chris Christie stands up for online gambling by signing near-unanimous bill from legislature; Christie affirms 2013 decision to legalize online gambling a good one, profitable for New Jersey
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Slovakia online gaming move concerns operators
posted 7/24/2017  |  source: InterGame Online
Slovakian threat to block illegal gambling websites worries operators if other countries follow suit; Blacklist created by Slovakia includes 888, GVC, and William Hill, internationally renowned companies
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Israel toughens online gaming stance
posted 7/24/2017  |  source: Gambling Insider
Israeli government approves law for court-ordered blocking or removal of certain internet sites; Law targets illegal gambling websites; Operators failing to comply will be imprisoned for two years
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EU warns of compliance with online gaming rules
posted 7/24/2017  |  source: Financial Times
European Union sends letters to 17 countries about consequences for failure to apply money laundering rules; Countries have had more than two years to implement rules
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New Jersey online poker helped WSOP champion
posted 7/24/2017  |  source: Washington Times
Scott Blumenstein credits New Jersey regulated online poker with helping him win WSOP Main Event for $8.1 million; Online poker prepared 25-year-old poker pro for largest tournament of 2017, defeating more than 7,000 other players
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EU follows UK lead for online poker
posted 7/23/2017  |  source: Journalism UK
France, Spain, Portugal, and Italy follow UK's lead to combine online poker for larger player liquidity; UK benefits from sharing players with international pool; US continues to keep online poker to minimum since Black Friday
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Christie urges no federal online gaming ban
posted 7/23/2017  |  source: ABC News
New Jersey Governor Chris Christie urges Trump administration and Congress not to ban online gambling; Christie signs bill from state legislature requesting states' ability to legislate and regulate industry as they choose
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Skrill using power in online gambling for good?
posted 7/22/2017  |  source: Casino News Daily
Skrill extends role as online gambling payment provider and forex/binary options affiliate with email marketing; Company promoting rogue online casino Burnbet accused of using pirated software and luring customers into wagering on fake slot titles
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Pennsylvania online gaming faces mounting obstacles
posted 7/22/2017  |  source: Online Poker Report
Pennsylvania House Republicans threaten to derail online gambling with insisting on adding VGTs; Senate and Governor Wolf do not approve of VGTs in gambling expansion bill; Special weekend session may decide ultimate fate of online gambling this year
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Russian online gaming market shows 2016 growth
posted 7/21/2017  |  source: Telecom Paper
Mail.ru Group study shows Russian online gaming market grew 9% year-on-year to RUB 56.7 billion in 2016; Mobile gaming segment rose 54% to account for 29% of market
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Paysafe confirms takeover bid, Delta Card deal
posted 7/21/2017  |  source: iGaming Business
Paysafe Group announces receipt of preliminary offer from consortium featuring Blackstone and CVC Capital Partners of all-cash offer; Paysafe agrees to acquire Delta Card Services, holding company of US-based payment processor Merchants' Choice Payment Solutions (MCPS), for $470 million
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Belgium parliament discusses two gambling bills
posted 7/21/2017  |  source: Focus Gaming News
Belgian parliament considers review of 2009 Gambling Act to increase number of international online gambling operators; Many lawmakers and Belgium Gaming Commission (BGC) support revisions to increase online gambling activity
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PokerStars promotion shows personalization extent
posted 7/21/2017  |  source: Pokerfuse
Golden Button Challenge promotion from PokerStars shows extent of personalizing rewards; Starting in Europe and soon to spread to wider dot-com market, promotion categorizes each player to determine reward levels
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 Overworked monk cured by online gaming
posted 7/20/2017  |  source: Rocket News
Monk in Japan becomes ill due to overworking but health improved by playing online games; "By day, I’m a devout clergyman. By night, I’m a merciless sniper."
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