If the online gambling industry does not improve its responsible gaming and player protection efforts, it can expect some heavy-handed interference from regulators, EGR Intel observes:

The Netherlands will open its regulated market in the next 12 months and Sweden is likely to follow suit in near course. These are both hugely important countries to the industry, and both have shown an intent to place player protection at the forefront and to protect their local gambling industries.

Online gambling must be cognisant of this dual focus from local regulators and must get in front of the debate to avoid being regulated out of business. Imposing restrictions on its highest value customers might seem an odd strategy for any business, but these types of affordability tests may be a step the industry can’t afford not to take.

Las Vegas’ casinos are reportedly in a bidding war to book Adele.

State-run Philippine Amusement and Gaming Corporation (PAGCOR) appears to be unscathed by Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte’s war on online gaming, with revenues soaring 17 percent by the end of 2016.

While the New Jersey General Assembly has issued a resolution to urge newly US President Donald Trump to oppose efforts to reintroduce a ban on online gambling in the country, Hawaii joins other US states in their push for online gambling legalization.

Compliance testing service provider NMi is giving away a Lego Millennium Falcon.