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    Holland Casino has reopened all 14 of its facilities today (1 July) after closures forced by the novel coronavirus (Covid-19) pandemic.

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    Macau’s gaming revenue sunk to yet another new low of MOP716m (£72.2m/€79.8m/$89.7m) in June, down 97.0% year-on-year, as the effects of the novel coronavirus (Covid-19) pandemic continues to devastate the territory’s largest industry.

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    Gaming solutions giant International Game Technology (IGT) has announced a new organisational structure that focuses the business on two key segments.

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    Star Entertainment Group has announced it will relax certain novel coronavirus (Covid-19) restrictions at its Star Sydney property from today (1 July), while the Australian operator also confirmed it will reopen some facilities at its Star Gold Coast and Treasury Brisbane venues later this week.

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    Industry standards body the Betting and Gaming Council (BGC) is continuing its campaign to urge the UK government to allow casinos to reopen from July by highlighting the measures taken by operators to protect customers.

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    Nevada gaming revenue fell 99.4% year-on-year to just $5.8m in May, though this total represented an improvement on April’s $3.6m total.

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    Colombian gaming association Fecoljuegos has expressed support for a petition calling for the reopening of casinos and bingo premises in the nation.

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    New Zealand-based casino operator SkyCity Entertainment Group has reopened its gaming, entertainment and hospitality facilities in Adelaide, Australia, and also revealed that its recent NZ$180m (£93.9m/€102.8m/US$115.3m) share placing drew strong support from investors.

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    Genting-owned live roulette provider Authentic Gaming has named Oliver Reid as its chief operating officer.

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    New figures released by the Polish Ministry of Finance reveal that while the country has seen gambling revenue decline for the year to date, newly regulated products helped mitigate falls in online betting and land-based gaming.

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    A class action lawsuit has been filed against PlayAGS after the gaming technology supplier was accused of failing to disclose information about its business, operations and prospects to investors.

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    Table games supplier Galaxy Gaming has reported a 15.9% year-on-year decline in revenue for the first quarter of 2020, primarily due to the closure of land-based casinos as a result of the novel coronavirus (Covid-19) pandemic.

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     Culinary Union Local 226, the largest labour union in Nevada, will file a lawsuit against a series of “major Las Vegas Strip casinos” today, arguing that workers at these casinos have faced “hazardous working conditions” as these casinos reopen.

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    The Federal Trade Commission (FTC) has approved the merger between Eldorado Resorts and Caesars Entertainment, after requiring Eldorado to sell two properties to Twin River Worldwide Holdings in markets where the deal was deemed uncompetitive.

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    Dutch gambling regulator the Kansspelautoriteit (KSA) has warned that age verification controls are not being properly enforced, with a new survey claiming that more than 10% of those aged 16 to 17 have gambled in the past year.

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    Pan-European lottery and sports betting giant Sazka Group has completed its acquisition of a 17.19% stake in Casinos Austria previously held by Novomatic Group.

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    Portuguese gambling regulator Serviço de Regulação Inspeção de Jogos (SRIJ) has granted a gaming licence to Bidluck SA, allowing the operation of online slots via its Bidluck.pt site.

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    H2 Gambling Capital saw the first gain in its 2020 gross gambling win forecasts this week since it started tracking the impact of the pandemic on the sector five months ago.

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    The Illinois Gaming Board has announced that casinos in the state will be able to reopen from July 1, in line with new novel coronavirus (Covid-19) measures set out by Governor J. B. Pritzker.

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    Online gambling operator 888 Holdings has said it expects to post higher-than-forecast earnings before interest, tax, depreciation and amortisation (EBITDA) for the 2020 calendar year, despite the impact of the novel coronavirus (Covid-19) pandemic on its business.

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