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    Sports wagering revenue amounted to $4.96m in the first full month of regulated activities in Iowa, with online betting the most popular form of gambling in the state.

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    Arena Racing Corporation (ARC) and its subsidiaries said increased prize money and labour costs were responsible for a halving of EBITDA in 2018.

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    Licensed operators in Indiana processed a collective $35.2m (£28.3m/€32.0m) in sports wagers during the first full month of regulated sports wagering in the state.

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    Atlantic Lottery reported a net profit of CAD$422.2m, up 0.7% year-on-year and ahead of the company’s target of CAD$419.4m for the fiscal year ending 31 March, 2019, thanks to a high level of rollover MaxMillions jackpots.

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    Norway’s gambling regulator Lotteri-og stiftelsestilsynet (Lottstift) has revealed a 19% year-on-year decline in advertising spending by offshore operators over the past year, with plans in motion to stamp this out entirely.

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    Dutch gambling regulator Kansspelautoriteit (KSA) has handed fines to LeoVegas and its Royal Panda brand for offering online games of chance in the Netherlands without a gaming licence.

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    Gambling operator Betsson AB has confirmed that it has sold its stake in Global Gaming. Betsson acquired the minor shareholding in June, but offloaded the stake a matter of weeks later.

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    Petfre (Gibraltar) Limited, the online gambling operator trading as Betfred, has agreed a £322,000 (€357,588/$393,887) settlement GB Gambling Commission after it failed to carry out appropriate checks on a customer who gambled £210,000 of stolen money through its site.

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    The Irish Government has confirmed in its 2020 Budget that bookmakers in the Republic of Ireland will receive a relief of up to €50,000 from the 2% turnover tax levied on betting in the country.

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    The Kenyan government's struggles with the country's betting and gaming industry will hit mobile network operator Safaricom's revenue, with the contribution from its M-Pesa mobile payments solution set to decline, according to analysts for investment bank Genghis Capital.

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    GVC Holdings has forecast a 1% year-on-year drop in net gaming revenue for the three months to the end of September 2019, with the operator anticipating a double-digit decline in UK retail revenue following the cut in maximum B2 machine stakes.

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    West Virginia’s sports betting market experienced further growth in four weeks to  September 28, as licensed operators reported combined revenue of $3.8m (£3.1m/€3.5m) for the period.

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    Codere has launched an investigation into inconsistencies in the financial reports of some of its Latin American subsidiaries for the first half of the year, which the operator has warned may reduce its full-year earnings by up to €20m. 

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    The Tasmanian Government has announced that it will introduce a new Point of Consumption (PoC) tax on wagering from 1 January, 2020, but Responsible Wagering Australia has criticised the move saying it could harm the racing industry in the Australian state.

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    Online gaming solutions provider Aspire Global has finalised its acquisition of B2B supplier Pariplay. Aspire Global has purchased 100% of the shares in GMS Entertainment Ltd, the owner of Pariplay, for €13.1m in cash.

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    La Française des Jeux (FDJ) has reported a 7% year-on-year increase in revenue for the first nine months of 2019, with the French gaming operator experiencing a rise in stakes across all of its business units.

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    France has introduced new gambling regulations, including the creation of a new national gambling authority, L’autorité nationale des jeux (ANJ) to replace the current regulator, l’autorité nationale de régulation des jeux en ligne (ARJEL), ahead of the privatisation of lottery monopoly La Française des Jeux (FDJ).

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    Rank Group, the parent company of Mecca Bingo and Grosvenor Casinos, has finalised its acquisition of online casino and bingo operator Stride Gaming. Stride Shares will cease trading on AIM at 7.00am on October 7.

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    Åland Islands-based operator Paf has lowered its maximum annual loss limit from €30,000 to €25,000.

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    Liechtenstein’s two casinos combined to bring in CHF53.5m (£43.5m/€48.9m/$53.6m) in 2018, its first full year with casinos, according to the Department of Economic Affairs’ annual report.

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