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    William Hill has set out how it plans to grow into a “digitally led, internationally diverse business of scale”, with a focus on growing revenue, improving operational efficiency and scale, underpinned by a competitive customer offering and agile team.

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    The Global Lottery Monitoring System (GLMS), the platform through which state lottery operators track suspicious betting activity, revealed that 198 alerts were generated in the first quarter of 2019, of which 33 were flagged to its partners.

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    Sports betting integrity monitoring body ESSA has rebranded as the International Betting Integrity Association. It has also revealed a sharp decline in suspicious betting alerts generated by tennis over the first quarter of 2019, with the total number of alerts across all sports down 26% year-on-year.

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    The Danish delegation to the Council of Europe has called upon European Union member states to address contentious elements of the Convention on the Manipulation of Sports Competitions to ensure it can be implemented across the bloc.

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    The Council of Europe’s (CoE) Convention on the Manipulation of Sports Competitions, also known as the Macolin Convention, is finally set to enter into force from September 1, though concerns remain over its definition of illegal sports betting.

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    London-listed Sportech has described 2018 as a challenging year for the business, which resulted in revenue declining 3.9%, though highlighted the success of cost control efforts that helped the business cut losses for the period.

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    International Game Technology (IGT) has reported a 2.2% year-on-year decline in revenue for 2018, though a reduction in operating costs and foreign exchange gains helped the supplier cut its full-year loss to $21m (£16.0m/€18.7m).

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    GVC Holdings chief executive Kenneth Alexander has credited excellent operational execution, effective marketing and a good World Cup for helping drive growth in the operator’s 2018 results.

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    William Hill has posted a £721.9m (€840.3m/$955.8m) pre-tax loss for 2018, as a result of an £882.8m write-down of the value of its retail business ahead of maximum B2 machine stakes being cut to £2 from April. Despite this, the operator hailed good underlying progress achieved over the year, with 2018 revenue up 2% year-on-year to £1.6bn.

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    Playtech has reported a 54% year-on-year increase in revenue for 2018, though growth for the year was largely down to the acquisition of Italian operator Snaitech, with the solutions giant’s B2B division struggling.

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    Gaming Laboratories International (GLI) has appointed Alexander Haberl as its regulatory development manager

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    SEO, affiliate M&A, lottery and the state of play for UK igaming were just some of the key topics discussed on the first day of the iGaming Super Show.    

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    NetEnt has announced that its full year sales for 2016 increased by 28.5% to a record SEK1.5 billion (€153.7 million/£130.8 million) and said the UK became its biggest regional market for the first time in December.

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    The Gaming Standards Association (GSA) has established a new Europe-facing division that will focus on suppliers, manufacturers, online, land-based operators and regulators across the continent.

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    Happy Friday igaming people! First slightly shorter Diary this week: problem gambling, is it too late for the UK sector? Brazil looks set to regulate its gambling sector, mafia bosses will be happy and offensive marketing - just bants, innit!

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    Paysafe Group has linked up with prepaid payment technology firm Emerchants to launch a range of white-labelled pay-out card solutions for gaming operators in Europe.

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    Fortuna Entertainment has cited the impact of growth within its mobile and online betting businesses as the main drivers behind a year-on-year increase in revenue during the nine months through to the end of September.

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    Brendan Hughes, commercial director of Boylesports, has revealed that the Irish independent bookmaker is set to continue its expansion plans by launching into Asia next year.

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    Czech Republic-based operator Fortuna Entertainment has appointed Darren Lovern, formerly head of online sports book at Paddy Power, as its new chief marketing officer.

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    Central and Eastern European betting operator Fortuna Entertainment has cited an increase in online betting activity as one of the main reasons behind a year-on-year jump in gross win during the first quarter of 2015.

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