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    Gambling group Codere has appointed Luis Sánchez Serrano as its new corporate director of technology and digitalisation. Sánchez Serrano will report directly to group chief executive Vicente Di Loreto.

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    Mobile games developer Gaming Realms has finalised the sale of its Bear Group B2C subsidiary to River iGaming. The deal, first announced in February, is worth a total consideration of £11.5m (€12.7m/$14.3m).

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    Greek gaming operator OPAP has confirmed that Michal Houst is to step down as chief financial officer and deputy chief executive by the end of September.

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    Clarion Gaming, parent company of iGaming Business, has been approved as an associate member of the Association of Gaming Equipment Manufacturers (AGEM).

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    The Global Lottery Monitoring System (GLMS), the platform through which state lottery operators track suspicious betting activity, has signed up as a silver member of US advocacy body, the National Council on Problem Gambling (NCPG).

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    iGaming solutions giant Playtech has confirmed that Susan Ball is to step down from her role as a non-executive director. Ball only joined the board in August of last year, but will depart Playtech at the end of the month.

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    Land-based operator Casino 36 has agreed a £300,000 penalty package with the GB Gambling Commission for money laundering and social responsibility failures, the regulator has announced.

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    Gauselmann Group has appointed Mathias Dahms, formerly chief executive of mybet and XtiP, to manage its Merkur Sports & Gaming business.

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    The Washington, DC Council has awarded Intralot a five-year contract to power the city lottery’s sports betting offering, despite mounting concerns over the manner in which the contract was handed to the Greek lottery and gaming solutions provider.

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    Online gambling platform and services provider Pronet Gaming has named Alex Leese, previously director of emerging markets at William Hill, as its new chief executive.

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    Affiliate giant Catena Media has amended the terms of the second and final earn-out payment for its purchase of BayBets, the German sports betting affiliate it agreed to acquire in December 2017. This will see Catena take full control of the business earlier than expected, and for a lower price.

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    Swedish operator association Branschföreningen för Onlinespel (BOS) has requested an urgent meeting with the country’s gaming regulator in the wake of a number of operators being fined for an apparent breach of the country’s Gambling Act.

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    Czech gaming and lottery giant Sazka Group has put forward an offer of €2.06bn (£1.85bn/$2.31bn) to gain full control of Greek gaming operator OPAP.

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    New research into gambling marketing and advertising has suggested that operators could be doing more to ensure promotional material is socially responsible and does not appeal to minors, especially on social media.

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    GVC Holdings has denied media reports it continues to benefit from its former Turkey-facing subsidiary Headlong Limited, stressing that it has no ties with the business it divested in November 2017.

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    Live casino services supplier Authentic Gaming has appointed Melvin Hulleman, formerly managing director of Betsson Group, as head of account management.

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    Latvia gambling regulator the Lotteries and Gambling Supervisory Inspection (IAUI) has announced details of a new initiative whereby consumers suffering with gambling-related problems can access state-funded psychologist support.

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    Svenska Spel’s Research Council has selected five new research projects to support, issuing grants totalling SEK5m to initiatives looking to find ways to better treat and understand gambling addiction.

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    The GB Gambling Commission (GC) has agreed a deal for independent research sharing specialist Gambling Research Exchange (GREO) to support its new National Strategy to Reduce Gambling Harms.

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    GambleAware has agreed a deal for data and analytics specalist ViewIt UK to operate and manage the information system for the National Gambling Treatment Service as part of a wider effort to tackle gambling-related harm in the UK.

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