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    Troubled sports betting operator Addison Global’s brand MoPlay, which had its licence suspended by regulators in both Gibraltar and Great Britain last week, has stopped paying out customer withdrawals and announced the business is insolvent.

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    Global Gaming has seen revenue slashed and the business incur losses after a tumultuous 2019 that saw the operator lose its Swedish licence, but chief executive Tobias Fagerlund believes the business can turn things around in the long term.

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    The Philippine Amusement and Gaming Corporation (PAGCOR) has reported an 11.7% year-on-year increase in gaming revenue for 2019, resulting in its total tax and corporate social responsibility contribution for the year rising above PHP56bn for the year.

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    The Gambling Commission of Great Britain has published a list of projects and organisations it has been able support during the past 12 months using funds collected from regulatory settlements.

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    Problem gambling funding body GambleAware has revealed that GVC Holdings pledged to donate the most money in the nine months to 31 December 2019, despite not adding to the amount it committed to in the first half of the year.

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    The GB Gambling Commission has announced that it will introduce a ban on the use of credit cards for all forms of online and land-based gambling from 14 April.

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    Regulated bookmakers in Poland generated combined turnover of PLN6.7bn (£1.36bn/€1.58bn/$1.76bn) in 2019, a 28.8% year-on-year increase but less than the unlicensed market, according to figures from legal association Graj Legalnie.

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    New Zealand’s Racing Industry Transition Agency (RITA) has revealed that turnover and profit for the year-to-date are both ahead of initial expectations, while the organisation remains hopeful that a second Racing Bill will be passed to come into force by June 2020.

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    French gaming operator La Française des Jeux (FDJ) has secured approval from the country’s stock market regulator to proceed with its initial public offering (IPO), in a move that marks the first step towards the privatisation of the business.

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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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    Board members at Flutter and The Stars Group further outlined the details of the synergies from the companies’ mega-merger, while also assuring stakeholders that the deal would pass any competition-related hurdles.

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    GVC Holdings has revised its full year profit projections upwards for the second time this year after the operator’s online and European retail growth helped offset a weaker performance from its UK retail arm.

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    Australian operator Tabcorp has rejected claims by Racing Queensland that its UBET subsidiary was not entitled to withhold AU$11m (£6.2m/€6.9m/US$7.7m) in response to a new point of consumption tax in the state.

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    A syndicate of eight investment banking groups have been selected to work on the privatisation of French state-owned gaming operator La Française des Jeux (FDJ).

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    The Oregon Lottery has revealed that it expects to generate $141.2m in revenue over the first three years following the launch of its SBTech-powered retail and mobile sportsbook. 

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    The Gaming and Lotteries (Amendment) Bill 2019, Ireland’s placeholder legislation for the country’s betting and gaming sector, has progressed to the committee stage in the Dáil Éireann. Meanwhile Minister for Finance Paschal Donohoe has confirmed that work on an alternative tax system for independent bookmakers to replace the 2% turnover tax is ongoing.

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    Five of the UK’s leading sports betting operators have voluntarily agreed to increase funding for problem gambling treatment and safer gambling.

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    The Kenyan Government has set out plans to introduce a new 10% tax on sports betting stakes as part of a wider effort to clamp down on problem gambling in the country.

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    Land-based and online betting and gaming operator Betfred has posted a loss of £40.7m for its financial year ended September 30, 2018.

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    Revenue from regulated gambling in the Czech Republic fell 21.3% in 2018 to CZK31.3bn (£1.1bn/€1.2bn/$1.4bn), with the decline down to a lower contribution from slot machines.

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