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    Sports data provider Stats Perform has handed senior positions to brothers Steve and Peter Hirdt, two of the leading names in US sports broadcast research and content.

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    New Zealand’s Minister for Racing, Winston Peters, has introduced the Racing Industry Bill, a piece of racing reform legislation that has already received support from the Racing Industry Transition Agency (RITA).

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    The Score Media and Gaming arm of Canadian media business theScore has announced the appointment of Josh Sidsworth as its new general counsel and chief compliance officer.

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    Natural Intelligence, a technology business that operates comparison websites, has acquired sports betting tips platform Tipstrr for an undisclosed sum.

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    France’s Agence des participations de l’État (APE) has confirmed that the initial public offering of share in lottery and gaming giant La Française des Jeux (FDJ) has raised €1.89bn for state coffers.

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    The District Court for Prague 1 has ruled in favour of the Czech Republic government in a long-running legal battle with land-based casino operator Casino Kartáč over online roulette. This had seen the operator look to recoup CZK6.9bn in estimated lost revenue, after a 2006 request to launch online games was rejected.

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    The chairman of New Zealand’s Racing Industry Transition Agency (RITA) Dean McKenzie will take on the role of executive director once current chief executive John Allen steps down at the end of 2019.

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    New York’s four licensed sportsbooks generated $1.3m (£987,430/€1.2m) in gross gaming revenue during November, the lowest monthly total since the market opened.

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    AGTech Holdings has secured two new contracts to provide sports lottery terminals in the Chinese provinces of Zhejiang and Henan.

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    Payments and know-your-customer (KYC) solutions provider iSignThis has lowered its earnings before interest and tax (EBIT) guidance for 2019 to AUD$6.5m (£3.4m/€4.0m/USD$4.4m) amid a dispute with the Australian Securities Exchange (ASX).

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    White label and gaming platform provider FSB Technology has announced the appointment of Andrew Bowen, formerly of Ladbrokes and Scientific Games, as its new chief financial officer.

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    Betting technology supplier Sportech has poached a pair of product and user experience specialists from Sportpesa, and a new commercial manager from LeoVegas' Rocket X subsidiary

    enhance its product and user experience and bolster its commerical operations. 

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    The Philippines city of Makati has declared an indefinite moratorium on the issuance of new business licences and permits to service providers of Philippine Offshore Gaming Operators (POGOs).

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    Stockholm-listed casino games developer NetEnt has announced the launch of a new aggregation platform in the form of NetEnt Connect, featuring content from recently acquired slots specialist Red Tiger Gaming.

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    EveryMatrix has announced that it is to close its four white label websites in Denmark, but committed to continuing to provide a fully certified platform and software solutions to licensed operators in the country.

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    California Attorney General Xavier Becerra has announced the Los Angeles-based cardroom Hawaiian Gardens Casino has agreed a $3.1m settlement with his office for misleading gambling regulators.

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    An appeal against the Swedish Gaming Authority’s (Spelinspektionen) decision to limit Videoslots’ operating licence to a two-year term has concluded with the operator having its licence extended to 31 December, 2023. The Linnköping Administrative Court ruled a regulatory settlement with the GB Gambling Commission was insufficient grounds for curbing the licence duration.

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    The Betting and Gaming Council (BGC), the newly formed trade association for the UK gambling industry, has appointed former Shadow Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport Michael Dugher as its new chief executive.

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    Gambling operator Caravel Entertainment has secured licences to offer online sports betting and games of chances in the Portuguese market. Caravel now plans to launch real-money igaming under the Moosh brand.

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    The Australian Banking Association (ABA) is looking to gather stakeholder feedback on potential restrictions on the use of credit cards to fund online gambling, and how banks can help better protect players. Interested parties will have until 4 March, 2020 to share their views on controls such as an outright ban, and how and when this could be implemented.

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