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Emma Delta Signs OPAP Deal 13 Aug, 2013

Czech-led investment fund Emma Delta has finally inked the deal to acquire a controlling stake in Greece’s OPAP for €652m, as online operators mount a last-ditch effort to derail OPAP’s monopoly.

William Hill Snaps Up Australian Bookmaker Tom Waterhouse 09 Aug, 2013

William Hill this morning confirmed a deal to acquire Australian bookmaker Tom Waterhouse for A$34m (£20m) in upfront cash, insisting there was limited crossover with William Hill’s three existing Australian companies.

Gibraltar Executives Dismiss Spanish Gambling Threats 09 Aug, 2013

Gibraltar gambling executives and lawyers have brushed off threats from a Spanish government minister to tax operators based on The Rock as both “unlawful” and “unenforceable”.

Tipp24 Leaving Germany For UK, In Search Of Better Regulation 09 Aug, 2013

German lottery broker Tipp24, which yesterday posted a 40 percent fall in earnings, is shifting its main office and focus to the UK in search of a more welcoming regulatory environment.

ARJEL Merger Floated In French Parliament 02 Aug, 2013

French gambling regulator ARJEL would be disbanded and merged with the country's anti-doping authority under cost-cutting plans being considered by lawmakers.

UK Machine Games Duty ‘Cuts Into The Bone’ 01 Aug, 2013

The new duty on gaming machines has eaten into the already wafer-thin margins of some of the UK’s largest retail gambling operators. 

401 Sites Named On Greek Online Gambling Blacklist 31 Jul, 2013

A putative blacklist of 402 websites to be banned in Greece became 401 this week, as the Greek gambling regulator announced it was stepping up enforcement against sites it considers to be illegal.

Portugal Turmoil ‘Will Delay’ Online Gambling Changes 26 Jul, 2013

An emergency reshuffle by Portugal’s Prime Minister Pedro Passos Coelho is likely to disrupt plans to reform online gambling regulation, as his new-look cabinet grapples with deep divisions over the country’s soon-to-expire bailout package.

Crowded Online Casino 'Tougher Than Expected' In Italy 19 Jul, 2013

Italy’s congested online casino market is proving tougher than expected thanks to slow regulatory approvals and black market competition, according to one operator.

German Lotteries Count Cost Of Sports Betting Delay 18 Jul, 2013

Germany’s lotteries are losing €1m for every month that officials take to issue sports betting licences, according to a senior lottery executive. 

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