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Italian job: Should operators be moving on from Italy?

Italy’s coalition government, led by the Five Star Movement, has hit the gambling industry hard with an all-out ban on advertising followed by a round of tax hikes. Is Europe’s second-largest regulated market still a viable option for growth-hungry operators?

  Italy-facing operators received an unwanted gift in the days before Christmas last year, as news broke that the Italian government had approved a raft of tax hikes on various types of gambling. The budget was approved on 23 December, and rushed into action just over a week later, with online gaming taxes going from…

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