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Brazil – Deputy urges for gaming reform

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President of the Parliamentary Front in Defence of Tourism in Congress (FRENTUR), Herculano Passos, has urged fellow lawmakers to try to push forward a bills which would legalise casino gaming. At a meeting last week held by The National Forum of State Secretaries and Directors of Tourism (FORNATUR) in Brasilia the Deputy said that gaming… Read more »

Brazil – Corruption scandal could derail gaming law

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Eike Batista, a Brazilian oil and mining millionaire, who was once one of the richest men in the world, has agreed to reveal alleged wrongs involving lawmakers and a new bill on the table that seeks to give casinos the green light. Now in negotiations to reduce his sentence with prosecutors, Batista wants to provide… Read more »

China – Macau stepping up ATM security with facial recognition

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The Macau government is taking security checks for money withdrawals up a notch, announcing that UnionPay ATM cardholders will now need to present ID cards and take part in facial recognition to withdraw money. The move has caused some concern that the casino sector will be affected. UnionPay is China’s main payment network. JPMorgan said:… Read more »

Ukraine – Ukraine promises a new gambling market by 2018

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Ukraine’s Ministry of Finance has vowed to reintroduce gambling throughout the country with revenues to be generated by a new gaming market by next year. It sent a letter, signed by the Prime Minister, to International Monetary Fund boss Christine Lagarde, which stated: “We will legalise gambling which should provide additional revenues to the budget… Read more »

Slovakia – Bratislava to close down 305 gambling venues

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Politicians in the Slovakian city of Bratislava have implemented new legislation to ban all forms of gambling from the capital except sports betting, forcing 305 venues to one day shut down. City council members approved laws that will refuse licence applications from existing casinos meaning that once their existing licences run out they will have… Read more »

Sweden – Swedish Gambling Authority wants to end online monopoly

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The Swedish Gambling Authority Lotteriinspektionen has advised that the country should scrap its monopolistic approach to online gaming and open the market up to international operators. The government-sponsored review, led by Lotteriinspektionen Director General Håkan Hallstedt, recommends that once licensed, online operators should be subject to a tax of 18 per cent on their gross… Read more »

US – Florida’s freeze on gaming moves a step closer but hurdles remain

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Florida’s freeze on gaming has moved a step closer with the House Ways and Means Committee’s voting in favour of the legislation by 11 to 7 which would maintain the status quo on gaming in the state for two decades. The bill would see Florida Governor Rick Scott to renew the contract with the Seminole… Read more »

Australia – Australia’s Senate bans online poker and in-play sports betting

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Australia’s Senate has banned online poker and in-play sports betting. In doing so, the country’s Senate rejected a proposal by a majority of 46-6 that would prevent online poker from being banned under the new Interactive Gambling Amendment Bill. The Interactive Gambling Amendment Bill 2016 has been under consideration in the Senate since late last… Read more »

US – Texas and Illinois considering casino bills

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Texas, the second largest state in the United States, and Illinois, the sixth most populous, are both looking at the economic benefits of introducing casino gaming with new bills this week. Chicago is in the running to get its first ever casino as part of a proposal to expand gambling in Illinois that would see… Read more »

US – Georgian casino bill fails to make it past committee

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Legislation that would have permitted casino gaming in Georgia has failed to get enough votes to make it past the committee voting stage, according to the bill’s sponsor. State Senator Brandon Beach revealed that the bill needed at least one more vote from the Senate Regulated Industries Committee to be considered in the current session…. Read more »