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    Pari-Mutuel Urbain (PMU) has reported revenue of €4.76bn for the first six months of 2019, a 2.8% year-on-year decline.

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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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    France’s online gambling market experienced a year-on-year growth in the first quarter, primarily due to a 52% increase in revenue within the sports betting sector.

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    Nevada’s licensed sportsbooks generated total handle of $596.8m in March, setting a new record for amounts wagered in a month where basketball dominated the market.

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    Sweden’s newly regulated igaming market has generated total turnover of SEK3.29bn (£271.3m/€313.8m/$352.8m) in the first quarter of the year, with former horse racing monopoly AB Trav och Galopp (ATG) dominating the channel. Svenska Spel Sport & Casino and ATG accounted for 50% of online market turnover over the three month period.

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    New Zealand’s Advertising Standards Authority (ASA) has published a new code for gambling adverts in the country, with a focus on protecting children, young people and other vulnerable people from gambling-related harm.

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    The Nevada Gaming Control Board has reported an 11.5% year-on-year rise in sports betting handle for February, though the state also saw gaming revenue across all verticals decline marginally for the month.

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    West Virginia Governor Jim Justice appears to have let a bill allowing the state’s land-based casinos to launch online gaming to pass into law without signing the legislation.

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    The New Jersey Division of Gaming Enforcement (DGE) has reported a 25.6% year-on-year increase in gaming revenue in February, though the contributions from igaming and sports betting fell sequentially.

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    US racetrack and casino operator Churchill Downs Incorporated (CDI) has cited its racing and online advance deposit wagering (ADW) divisions as key drivers of a 14.3% year-on-year increase in revenue for 2018.

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    France’s online gaming market reported year-on-year growth across all three legal verticals in 2018, with the sports betting vertical the standout performer. However ARJEL has suggested that with growth in other verticals still slow, a shift to a revenue-based tax regime may be key to safeguarding the industry in the long-term.

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    The Delaware Lottery’s igaming offering enjoyed a strong start to 2019, with revenue up 57.9% year-on-year, driven largely by the performance of Dover Downs.

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    West Virginia may follow up last year’s legalisation of sports betting with the regulation of online poker and casino, should a new bill filed by Representatives Shawn Fluharty and Joe Canestraro pass into law.

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    French online gaming regulator ARJEL revealed that poker continued to fall while online betting continued its strong performance in 2013.