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    Sports betting and daily fantasy sports operator DraftKings has entered into a partnership with National Football League (NFL) franchise the Philadelphia Eagles.

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    Caesars Entertainment has completed the sale of its Harrah’s Reno Hotel and Casino property in Nevada to an affiliate of real estate development business CAI Investments.

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    A recent study by Australia’s National Research Organisation for Women’s Safety (ANROWS) has suggested that gambling problems can exacerbate incidences of intimate partner violence (IPV).

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    Casinos in Macau took in MOP2.21bn in revenue in September, down 90.0% from 2019 - though this marked a significant month-on-month improvement - as novel coronavirus (Covid-19) continued to wreak havoc on the Chinese Special Administrative Region's gambling sector.

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    The number of sanctions issued for compliance failures in the Belgian land-based gambling sector by the country's  Gaming Commission increased to 52 in 2019, though the number of outlets punished with licences being revoked fell year-on-year. 

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    Danske Spil has today (1 October) begun the roll-out of new player ID cards, which will effectively shift all land-based sports betting organised by the state-owned operator to account-based play.

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    The New South Wales Independent Liquor & Gaming Authority (ILGA) has put a year-on-year decline in gaming machine net profit across clubs and hotels in the first half of 2020 down to the impact of the novel coronavirus (Covid-19) crisis.

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    Confirmation of the terms of the transition period for online gaming in Germany has been welcomed by the industry, though concerns about the short timescale for operators to ensure they are compliant with the legislation have already been raised.

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    Unranked Spanish tennis player, Gerard Joseph Platero Rodriguez, has become the first professional in the sport to be convicted of courtsiding, as well as betting and non-co-operation offences, following an investigation by the Tennis Integrity Unit (TIU).

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    Betting technology provider Sportech has agreed a new multi-year licensing and services contract with UK Tote Group.

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    Sports wagering revenue in Delaware amounted to $904,450 in the month to 27 September, which despite marking a month-on-month improvement, remains far behind 2019 levels.

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    Costa Rica-based betting operator 5Dimes has agreed to pay a $46.8m settlement to the Department of Justice following an investigation into the operator illegally targeting US customers and announced it plans to enter the US regulated market.

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    Nevada casino revenue declined 1.7% month-on-month and 21.9% year-on-year to $743.0m in August, as low margins and the novel coronavirus (Covid-19) combined to keep revenue low.

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    Casinos Austria’s supervisory board has finalised its major restructuring plan that management believes necessary to secure the business’ future, while Robert Chvátal, chief executive of its majority shareholder Sakza Group, has been named chairman of the board.

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    Bragg Gaming Group has announced that Richard Carter, former chief executive of SBTech has joined its board as non-executive chair, while the business has agreed an amendment to the earn-out agreement signed when it acquired Oryx Gaming.

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    Scientific Games’ online division SG Digital has announced that NetEnt’s content will be available through the supplier’s OpenGaming platform, which will also serve as the exclusive platform for Big Time Gaming content in the US and Canada.

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    Affiliate marketing giant Better Collective has completed the acquisition of Atemi Group in a deal worth £40m (€44.1m/$51.8m).

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    Hard Rock International has selected Scientific Games as its new US betting and gaming technology provider, replacing Gaming Innovation Group (GiG).

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    China’s Ministry of Finance reported its second consecutive month of year-on-year growth in lottery sales for August, thanks to growth across digital lottery, betting and instant win games.

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    The city of Buenos Aires will allow gaming hall operators to apply for online licences, following the passage of a resolution submitted by local regulator the Lotería de la ciudad de Buenos Aires (LotBA).

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