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    France’s online gambling market reported a 5.6% year-on-year decline in revenue for the second quarter after the sports betting vertical saw stakes and revenue plummet as a result of novel coronavirus (Covid-19).

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    Flutter Entertainment’s integration of The Stars Group business will see it migrate all sports betting brands to the solution powering its Paddy Power Betfair division, while it aims to significantly ramp up investment in PokerStars going forward.

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    The significant expansion and diversification of Flutter Entertainment’s operations through its acquisition of The Stars Group helped the operator mitigate the disruption caused by novel coronavirus (Covid-19) in the first half of the year.

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    GVC Holdings submitted a plan to German state lawmakers in which the terms of the country’s new regulatory framework for gambling would be phased in, rather than implemented in full on a set date.

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    Online gambling revenues drastically increased in Portugal during lockdown, with operators bringing in revenue of €138.9m, up 44.2%, in the first half of 2020, new figures from the Serviço de Regulação e Inspeção de Jogos (SRIJ) have revealed.

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    Online random number generator (RNG) games will face a three-second spin limit and may not be advertised outside of an operator’s website, according to the country’s new secondary legislation as part of its Gambling Reform Act.

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    Industry supplier i3 Interactive announced today (11 Aug) that it has entered into an agreement to acquire all shares in an unnamed private British Columbia (BC) corporation that owns and operates a poker brand active in the Indian market.

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    Spanish gambling revenue grew 12.5% year-on-year in the first quarter of 2020, thanks to growth across all verticals including sports betting, despite the suspension of major sporting events from mid-March due to novel coronavirus (Covid-19).

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    The Maltese gaming industry contributed €1.56bn to the country’s economy, up 9.6% year-on-year, according to the Malta Gaming Authority (MGA)’s latest 2019 annual report.

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    California Senator Bill Dodd has announced that he is to remove his proposal to regulate sports betting from consideration, just a day before it was due to go to a vote of the Senate Appropriations Committee. 

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    The Regional Council of Darmstadt, the body responsible for licensing and prohibition under the third State Treaty on Gambling, looks set to develop transitional regulations rather than pursuing enforcement action against online casino and poker operators. 

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    More gamblers in Sweden have decreased play than increased during the novel coronavirus (Covid-19) pandemic, but more than a quarter of high risk customers are playing more according to a Lund University study.

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    France’s igaming market showed little signs of the impact of novel coronavirus (Covid-19) in the first quarter of 2020, with L’Autorité de régulation des jeux en ligne (ARJEL) warning that the full impact would be seen in subsequent quarters.

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    GGPoker Network announced today that it has been awarded a Type 3 Gaming Services licence by the Malta Gaming Authority.

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    The California Nations Indian Gaming Association (CNIGA) has criticised language formally legalising player-banked games at the state’s cardrooms in the sports betting bill put forward by Assemblymember Adam Gray and Senator James Dodd.

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    Flutter Entertainment announced plans to accelerate US expansion and reduce debt through an equity placement that raised £812.6m, after revealing a 10% rise in revenue for the first 47 days of its second quarter.

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    Global gambling revenue is now estimated by H2 Gambling Capital to finish the year below the total for 2013 as the novel coronavirus (Covid-19) crisis continues to disrupt the sector

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    Isai Scheinberg, founder of PokerStars, has pled guilty in a New York court to running a multi-million dollar unlawful internet gambling business.

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    A meeting of Germany’s heads of state in Berlin saw lawmakers approve gambling regulations to legalise online poker and casino from 1 July, 2021, as well as deciding on the location of the country’s new regulatory authority.

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    Spain’s online gambling market saw gross gaming revenue (GGR) grow 7.1% year-over-year to €748.5m (£638.5m/$821.5m) in 2019, despite the year concluding with a decline in fourth quarter revenue.

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