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    The Japanese Racing Association (JRA) has announced it will reopen its J-Place Kasamatsu, Ena and Tosu off-track betting (OTB) facilities from 19 September.

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    The Japanese Racing Association has set out plans for a partial reopening of more of its Park Wins, Wins and J-Place off-track betting facilities from Saturday 12 September.

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    Betting technology supplier Sportech's losses widened five-fold in the first half of 2020 as the impact of the novel coronavirus (Covid-19) led to a 38.7% drop in revenue to £20.2m (€22.2m/$26.3m).

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    Southern European and Latin American operator Codere was hit hard by novel coronavirus (Covid-19) in the first half of 2020, with the pandemic shuttering its land-based venues and the resulting lack of sports weighing down its online business.

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    The Hong Kong Jockey Club (HKJC) has reported declines in revenue and turnover for its 2019-20 fiscal year, though management hailed the business’ resilience after it managed to avoid race cancellations over the period.

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    British operator Betfred has made an offer to purchase struggling South African racing operator Phumelela for between ZAR875m and ZAR925m (£39.6m-£41.9m/€44.2m-€46.7m/$52.1m/$55.0m).

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    The British Horseracing Association has published its Racing Recovery Plan, through which it intends to work towards the resumption of full racing activity in front of spectators.

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    France Galop, the governing body for the country’s flat and steeplechase racing sector, says that while proceeds from betting on racing will be down year-on-year, it has been encouraged by growth in the sector from June onwards. This growth, it noted, had prompted horse race betting operator Pari-Mutuel Urbain (PMU) to raise its full-year profit forecasts.

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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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    Sweden’s AB Trav och Galopp says that the suspension of sporting events as a result of novel coronavirus (Covid-19) in the first half of 2020 benefitted its performance, as customer attention shifted to its core horse race betting product.

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    South African racing operator Phumelela Gaming and Leisure Group has published its business rescue plan, which could see it sell its horse racing business as it struggles with debts of up to ZAR1.17bn.

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    Horse racing – and simulcast wagering – has resumed in Michigan, with Northville Downs holding live standardbred races from August 14.

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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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    DraftKings has launched New Hampshire’s first retail sportsbook, in partnership with the state lottery and Eureka Casino-owned venue The Brook.

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    The Indiana Gaming Commission has reported the strongest month for the state’s sports betting market since February, with revenue and handle both soaring in July.

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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 British Horseracing Authority (BHA) has announced that it plans to increase minimum prize money levels from September, with the appearance money scheme, designed to deliver more value for mid- and lower-tier trainers also set to resume that month.

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    An end-of-quarter exchange rate adjustment offset a further downgrade in H2 Gambling Capital’s 2020 forecast for the pandemic-hit global gambling sector this week.

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    France's new gambling regulator L’Autorité nationale des Jeux (ANJ) has officially launched today (22 June) after board members staged their first formal meeting.

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    The Hong Kong Jockey Club (HKJC) has announced it is to reopen the majority of its off-course betting shops on non-racedays from 22 June, as restrictions placed on the network as a result of novel coronavirus (Covid-19) are eased.

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