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    Austria’s leading gambling trade group has called for an end to Casinos Austria’s monopoly in light of the political scandal currently engulfing the operator.

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    The body responsible for processing German online sports betting licence applications has once again stressed that operators must shut down any online casino or poker products if they are to operate legally in the market.

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    Virginia Representative Barry Knight has pre-filed a bill ahead of the 2020 legislative session that would allow allow the state to enact the provisions of a casino bill passed in 2019.

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    Playtech has entered into a long-term structured agreement with Aquila Global Group, the operator of Colombian gaming and betting brand Wplay, that sees it become the business' strategic technology partner.

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    Playtech has said that it is evaluating all options for its TradeTech Group after it revealed that struggles within the financials division during the 17 weeks to 31 October meant the business is set to miss its full-year earnings projections.

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    Raketech saw revenue for the third quarter of 2019 decline 15.1% to €6.0m, while costs increased, as the affiliate marketing business' profits continued to suffer from the effects of Swedish re-regulation.

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    Mississippi’s sports betting market has enjoyed its strongest month since launch by far, with revenue hitting $12.3m in October. 

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    Swiss gambling regulator the Eidgenössische Spielbankenkommission (ESBK) has granted online gambling licences to two land-based casinos in Bern and Interloken.

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    Significant declines in web-based turnover led to revenue of $6.7m for Newgioco in the third quarter of 2019, a 14.7% decline, though the company narrowed its net loss for the period.

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    Australia’s Aristocrat Leisure has reported a 22.7% year-on-year increase in revenue for the 12 months to 30 September, to AUD$4.40bn on a statutory basis.

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    Six potential bills to regulate gambling, plus two draft amendments to tax and budget laws around gambling and one change to rules about illegal gambling, have been submitted to the Ukranian Parliament.

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    The UK Advertising Standards Authority (ASA) has cleared Gauselmann-owned Merkur Cashino of targeting children with its advertising, after a £5 free-play offer on the back of a bus ticket prompted a complaint against the operator.

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    The Australian Communications and Media Authority (ACMA) has announced that Emu Casino and Fair Go Casino will be the first offshore gambling websites to be blocked by internet service providers (ISPs) in the country, as part of a new clampdown on illegal activities.

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    Dutch gambling regulator the Kansspelautoriteit (KSA) has announced that the Netherlands’ regulated online gaming market is now likely to open from 1 July, 2021 - six months after previously stated.

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    The Pennsylvania Gaming Control Board (PGCB) has reported a 0.4% month-on-month increase in sports betting revenue to $14.9m (£11.5m/€13.5m) for October, while igaming revenue was also up 19.5% to $4.9m for the month.

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    BetBlocker, the responsible gambling app funded and developed by alternative dispute mediation service ThePOGG.com, has been approved as a charity in the UK.

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    Spanish igaming operator association JDigital has proposed a series of changes to the code of conduct that governs gambling advertising in the market, including an outright ban on betting adverts during live televised sports events, which are due to come into force in January 2020.

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    Shareholders in Eldorado Resorts and Caesars Entertainment Corporation have voted to approve the proposed merger of the two operators.

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    Kindred Group has followed the land-based launch of its Unibet brand in Pennsylvania by rolling out online and mobile sports betting and casino gaming in the state, through a partnership with Mohegan Sun Pocono.

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    The Gambling Research Centre (Forschungsstelle Glücksspiel) at the University of Hohenheim in Stuttgart has issued a series of recommendations to update German gambling laws, including imposing taxes on unlicensed operators, and legalising, but strictly controlling, online casino games.

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