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    UK industry standards body the Betting and Gaming Council (BGC) has hit out at the government for its decision to introduce a curfew on casinos in the north-east of England, saying the measures are “illogical” and “make no sense”.

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    Online gambling revenue in Great Britain declined across all verticals in July at a time when retail showed signs of recovery, according to the latest figures from the Gambling Commission’s ongoing tracking of customer activity during the novel coronavirus (Covid-19) crisis.

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    Gaming solutions giant Playtech has reported a 22.5% year-on-year decline in revenue for the first half of 2020, after a strong start to the period was halted by the impact of novel coronavirus on B2B and B2C operations.

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    The Pennsylvania Gaming Control Board (PGCB) has reported a 5.8% year-on-year increase in revenue in August, driven by igaming and sports betting growth.

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    DraftKings has agreed an exclusive, multi-year partnership with the New York Giants that sees the sports betting giant become the National Football League (NFL) franchise’s official wagering, igaming and daily fantasy partner.

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    Industry standards body the Betting and Gaming Council has warned that a mooted 10pm curfew for casinos in Great Britain could put thousands of jobs in the industry at risk without significantly slowing the spread of novel coronavirus (Covid-19) as intended.

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    Loto Québec’s revenue for the year ended 31 March dipped by 3.1% to CAD$2.74bn (US$2.08bn) and profit declined to $1.35bn, but the operator said both figures remained above target despite the effects of the novel coronavirus (Covid-19) pandemic in

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    Rush Street’s Rivers Des Plaines has taken an early lead in the Illinois sports betting market, with figures from the state’s Gaming Board revealing that it accounted for the vast majority of amounts wagered between March and July.

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    Detroit’s three commercial casinos generated revenue of $69.3m in August, the first results reported since the properties reopened following four and a half months closed due to novel coronavirus (Covid-19), while sports betting’s contribution grew to $1.97m.

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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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    South Africa’s National Gambling Board (NGB) has responded to discussions about the legality of online casino with a firm declaration that the vertical is most certainly not permitted.

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    French casino operator Barrière Group has entered into a long-term partnership with industry supplier BetConstruct, for the launch of its new online betting platform on 16 September.

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    The New Jersey Division of Gaming Enforcement (NJDGE) has reported a month-on-month increase in revenue across all gambling segments for August, as the state continued its recovery from the novel coronavirus (Covid-19) shutdown.

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    iGaming affiliate marketing specialist Atemi has revealed it was able to achieve a record $13.3m (£10.3m/€11.2m) in revenue in the second quarter, due in part to a significant increase in new depositing customers (NDCs) during the period.

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    Brigid Simmonds, chairman of UK trade association the Betting and Gaming Council (BGC), has called upon the Communities and Local Government Select Committee to place the needs of the retail betting industry at the centre of its inquiry into supporting high streets in the wake of the novel coronavirus (covid-19) pandemic.

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    German lawmakers are to permit online casino games in Germany, provided operators comply with the terms of the regulatory framework due to come into force from 1 July 2021.

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    Swedish gambling revenue for the second quarter of 2020 fell 4.1% to SEK5.94bn (£530.6m/€572.4m/$687.9m) as a 3.6% increase in online gambling revenue was not enough to offset the effects of the novel coronavirus (Covid-19) on the land-based sector.

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    Czech gaming conglomerate Sazka Group says it is showing signs of recovery following the novel coronavirus (Covid-19) shut-down, which resulted in revenue and profit falling in the first half of 2020.

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    New York-based Empire City Casino, owned and operated by MGM Resorts International, will reopen for business in a limited capacity from Monday, September 21.

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    UK charities the Young Gamers & Gamblers Education Trust (YGAM) and Betknowmore UK have launched a new online training programme, with the aim of helping workers in the British gambling market to identify signs of problem gambling.

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