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The State of Florida appealed a court ruling made by a US District Judge last November that allowed the Seminole Tribe to keep blackjack at its casinos until 2030. The appeal filing has come as the latest development in a prolonged legal battle between the Seminoles and the state.The conflict stemmed from a gambling compact tribal and state officials put their signatures on back in 2010. Under the agreement, the Seminoles became the sole providers of blackjack in the state. They were to run blackjack operations until the summer of 2015.

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Croatia’s first licensed online poker room was launched last week and, according to initial information, has so far beaten traffic expectations. The website was expected to go live in mid-2016 but owners decided to delay launch for regulatory reasons. Under Croatia’s gambling laws, a license for the operation of online poker is valid from January 1 to December 31. An operator must also pay a licensing fee of around €600,000 in order to be given the nod to operate in the country.

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Acccording to Casino News Daily,vietnamese will no longer be forbidden from playing at local casino under a three-year pilot program introduced by the government.  Vietnamese citizens will have to meet certain requirements in order to be allowed to enter local casinos. They will have to be aged 21 or over and to be able to prove that they have monthly income of no less than VND10 million ($443).

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Russia is reporting an increasing the gaming device taxes paid by casino. The government requires for casino to pay monhlthly taxes for each table game and slot machine that they use ; Currently, there is no formal GGR tax in the country, but the Russian government requires casinos to pay a monthly device tax. Licensees in Primorye pay RUB125,000 (USD2,101) per table monthly and RUB7,500 (USD126) per slot machine for one month, according to Union Gaming.

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Officials from the Philippines’ Bureau of Immigration warranted that the country has started to deport chinese citizens who were detained late last year for working for an illegal online gambling business. More than 250 people were deported in the period between December 20 and January 17. More than 1,000 Chinese residents are still to be sent home, according to the information provided by the Bureau.

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