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    Rank Group is to commence a phased reopening of its Mecca Bingo halls from 4 July, after the UK government relaxed further restrictions related to the novel coronavirus (Covid-19) pandemic.

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    A new survey by the UK government reveals that gambling businesses are split over whether they can withstand the disruption caused by novel coronavirus (Covid-19), though a significant number of respondents reported revenue being wiped out by lockdown.

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    GambleAware has called for authorities to increase and expand the amount of help available to problem gamblers in the UK after new research found that almost half of affected players are choosing not access treatment or support.

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    The Rank Group has reported a 5% year-on-year increase in statutory revenue for the third quarter, despite the business being impacted by the ongoing novel coronavirus (covid-19) outbreak.

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    Betiton, a new igaming operator founded by a former Aspire Global executive, has launched on Aspire’s platform.

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    Gambling industry association the Betting and Gaming Council (BGC) has praised the UK government after it was confirmed that gambling companies will qualify for the business rates holiday designed to mitigate the shut-down enforced by novel coronavirus (Covid-19).

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    The GB Gambling Commission has published new guidance for its licensees in response to growing concerns about the impact of novel coronavirus (Covid-19) on the British gambling market.

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    The Betting and Gaming Council (BGC) has urged the UK Chancellor to provide emergency help to save thousands of jobs across the gambling industry, after fresh concerns were raised over the impact of the novel coronavirus disease (Covid-19) on the sector.

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    Banking group HSBC UK has joined forces with industry charities GamCare and GambleAware to develop and launch a new self-restriction tool to enable its customers to block gambling transactions on their accounts.

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    Various major operators have declared their support for a new, UK-facing safer gambling initiative aimed at addressing the harm gambling can cause to consumers and young people.

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    Problem gambling funding body GambleAware has appointed Peter Holt as its new chief financial officer. Holt most recently worked for Health Education England and also spent time with the NHS.

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    Rank Group, the parent company of Mecca Bingo and Grosvenor Casinos, has finalised its acquisition of online casino and bingo operator Stride Gaming. Stride Shares will cease trading on AIM at 7.00am on October 7.

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    GVC Holdings has revised its full year profit projections upwards for the second time this year after the operator’s online and European retail growth helped offset a weaker performance from its UK retail arm.

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    Land-based operator Casino 36 has agreed a £300,000 penalty package with the GB Gambling Commission for money laundering and social responsibility failures, the regulator has announced.

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    The Remote Gambling Association (RGA) and Association of British Bookmakers (ABB) are to be wound up and replaced by the Betting and Gaming Council, a new UK-facing operator body that aims to act as the industry’s mouthpiece. British Beer & Pub Association chief executive Brigid Simmonds will lead the new body.

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    JPJ Group has entered into a conditional agreement to acquire the majority of its technology partner Gamesys’ assets for a total consideration of £490m (€549.8m/$620.9m).

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    TV Global Enterprises, operator of the Latin America-facing betting and gaming brand BetCris, has become the latest operator to join the race for one of Buenos Aires province’s seven igaming licences.

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    The Gambling Commission has joined forces with partners in Wales to develop a new national strategy, with the aim of reducing gambling-related harms in the country.

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    Isle of Man based igaming software supplier Microgaming has appointed Leon Thomas as its new managing director of bingo.

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    The Rank Group has reached an agreement on an all cash offer to acquire Stride Gaming, paying 151 pence per share for the business. This values Stride at £115.3m. 

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