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    Paddy Power and PokerStars owner Flutter Entertainment has appointed former deputy leader of the Labour Party Tom Watson as an advisor to the business, to help it develop new standards of safer gambling  practices.

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    The Czech Republic Ministry of Finance has announced the launch of a new exclusion register that will allow consumers in the country to block themselves from accessing gambling services.

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    The European Commission has launched an investigation into the Belgian Gaming Commission’s decision to allow GVC Holdings’ Ladbrokes brand to offer virtual sports in the country, while refusing similar requests from other licensees.

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    The Malta Gaming Authority (MGA) and Dutch regulator Kansspelautoriteit (KSA) have entered into a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU), with the aim of clamping down on illegal activities in their gambling markets.

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    Finnish gambling monopoly Veikkaus has urged the country’s government to bring forward the introduction of mandatory identification checks for slot machines at retail outlets.

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    The Illinois Gaming Board has confirmed that restrictions will be introduced in a number of regions across the state amid rising novel coronavirus (Covid-19) cases.

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    Denmark’s former gambling monopoly Danske Spil will collaborate with the country’s football association (DBU) on a new campaign to highlight the operator’s efforts to put an end to underage gambling.

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    Bettors in Illinois will be able to sign up for an online sports betting account without travelling to a physical location after Governor J.B. Pritzker reinstated an executive order suspending in-person registration.

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    The European Commission has extended the standstill period in place for Germany’s revamped gambling legislation, while a number of stakeholders have flagged a range of concerns with the proposed regulatory framework.

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    The Illinois Gaming Board has announced new restrictions for land-based gambling facilities in the state in response to an increase in novel coronavirus (Covid-19) cases.

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    Puerto Rico has taken a step towards launching legal sports betting over a year after legalizing the vertical, beginning a 30-day consultation on sports betting regulations developed in partnership with Gaming Laboratories International (GLI).

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    The European Commission is to run the rule over Norway's revised gambling legislation, that looks to unify the country's Lottery Act, Gambling Act and Totalisator Act, while maintaining Norsk Tipping and Norsk Rikstoto's monopolies in the market.

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    The Bulgarian National Revenue Agency (NRA) has officially taken over responsibility for the regulation of gambling, after lawmakers voted to abolish the country’s dedicated authority, the State Commission on Gambling (SCG).

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    A new era has begun in New Zealand’s horse racing industry, with TAB New Zealand taking charge of the sector from 1 August.

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    The New South Wales Independent Liquor & Gaming Authority (ILGA) has put in place a number of temporary measures for gaming machines in an effort to help venues in the Australian state impacted by the novel coronavirus (Covid-19) pandemic.

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    Betting shops in Scotland have been ordered to switch off their gaming machines in an apparent U-turn by the country’s government, which last week announced that it was to remove the controversial ban.

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    Hong Kong’s off-course betting shops are to close again from this weekend until August due to the worsening of the novel coronavirus (Covid-19) situation in the Chinese special administrative region.

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    Betting shops in Scotland will be able to ditch post-lockdown restrictions imposed by the Scottish Government from later this month which have already been attacked as "unnecessary" by industry associations.

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    The Cyprus National Betting Authority has launched a public consultation on its proposal to establish a unified self-exclusion platform in the country.

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    British gambling trade organisation the Betting and Gaming Council (BGC) has hit out at the Scottish government for imposing strict restrictions on betting shops in the country, with chief executive Michael Dugher calling the measures “draconian”.

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