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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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    Pennsylvania’s regulated sports betting market saw handle grow beyond $300m for the first time in November, thanks to a soaring mobile contribution, while online casino benefitted from a leap in table games stakes.

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    Revenue from regulated gambling in the Czech Republic fell 21.3% in 2018 to CZK31.3bn (£1.1bn/€1.2bn/$1.4bn), with the decline down to a lower contribution from slot machines.

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    Nevada’s gaming revenue for April came in at $936.5m, the first month that the state’s total has failed to hit the $1bn mark in 2019.

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    William Hill has launched its brand in the Swedish igaming market, rolling out a Kambi-powered sportsbook and a range of casino games under the WilliamHill.se domain.

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    Swedish gaming operator Svenska Spel has reported a 5.9% decline in net gaming revenue for the first quarter of 2019, with growth in the new Sport & Casino igaming division offset by struggles in its lottery and land-based gaming units.

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    Online gaming will go live in Pennsylvania from July 15, while the state’s first online sports betting offering set to launch within three weeks, the state’s Gaming Control Board (PGCB) has revealed.

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    Virginia Governor Ralph Northam has signed into law a bill that paves the way for land-based casino gaming, as well as providing a route to law for igaming and sports betting in the state.

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    The US Department of Justice (DoJ) has filed a motion to dismiss the complaints filed against its revised stance on the Wire Act on behalf of the New Hampshire Lottery Corporation and NeoPollard Interactive.

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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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    West Virginia is just one step away from becoming the fifth state to legalise online gambling, with a bill currently awaiting Governor Jim Justice’s signature. House Bill 2934, which was introduced by Delegate Jason Barrett on February 12, has been passed by both chambers of the West Virginia legislature, gaining final approval on the last day of the 2019 regular session.

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    The strong performance of the sports betting and casino verticals helped Spanish online gaming revenue grow 25.5% year-on-year in 2018.

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    Strong growth in revenue failed to offset the impact of growing costs for Scientific Games in 2018, with the gaming solutions provider’s loss for the period growing to $352.4m (£269.3m/€310.1m). Revenue for the 12 months ended December 31, 2018 was up 9.1% year-on-year, with a marginal decline in gaming revenue - down 0.7% to $1.8bn - offset by strong growth in the social and digital divisions.

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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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    Nevada’s new Democratic Governor Steve Sisolak has appointed Sandra Douglass Morgan as the chair of the Nevada Gaming Control Board (NGCB). Las Vegas native Morgan currently serves as director of external affairs for US telecommunications giant AT&T in the southern Nevada region.