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    Online gaming solutions provider Aspire Global has finalised its acquisition of B2B supplier Pariplay. Aspire Global has purchased 100% of the shares in GMS Entertainment Ltd, the owner of Pariplay, for €13.1m in cash.

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    The International Betting Integrity Association (IBIA) has called upon the New Zealand government to adopt a regulatory regime that allows foreign and domestic operators to secure licences for a diverse range of products.

     

    launched its response to New Zealand’s public consultation on online gambling, expressing support for a regulatory regime covering domestic and foreign operators, as well as a diverse product offering.

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    Gambling operator Cirsa has secured approval from the Comisión Nacional de los Mercados y la Competencia (CNMC), Spain’s competitions and markets authority, to finalise the acquisition of GVC Holdings’ stake in its Sportium joint venture.

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    A national investigation by the Spanish police found little evidence of underage gambling across the country’s licensed gambling premises. La Policía Nacional’s Operation Arcade, in which more 3,000 spot inspections of almost 1,900 gaming halls throughout Spain were carried out over a 48-hour period, uncovered only 28 cases of minors gambling.

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    The UK Government has published an eight-point checklist to help those working in the gambling industry prepare for a potential no-deal Brexit. The UK is due to leave the European Union on October 31, but an exit deal is yet to be agreed with the EU.

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    The Montana Lottery has released its draft sports wagering regulations for public comment.

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    Problem gambling funding body GambleAware has appointed Peter Holt as its new chief financial officer. Holt most recently worked for Health Education England and also spent time with the NHS.

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    La Française des Jeux (FDJ) has reported a 7% year-on-year increase in revenue for the first nine months of 2019, with the French gaming operator experiencing a rise in stakes across all of its business units.

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    Industry stakeholders have suggested policies such as a pre-registration process, a 270-day "grace period" to comply with regulations and licensing reciprocity between jurisdictions as part of Illinois' public consultation period on legal sports wagering.

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    Norway’s gambling regulator Lotteri-og stiftelsestilsynet (Lottstift) has removed 211 voluntary organisations from its register of operators approved to operate lottery and bingo games for charitable purposes after they failed to meet a deadline to report their accounts.

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    Parx Casino, the Pennsylvania-based property owned by Greenwood Gaming & Entertainment, has launched its online sportsbook in the neighbouring New Jersey market.

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    SportPesa has announced that it has made its 453 Kenyan employees redundant after closing its operations in the country, as it urged the country’s authorities to repeal the 20% excise tax rate on all stakes that caused it to withdraw from the market.

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    Malaysian police have arrested 247 people since 25 September in connection with illegal China-facing online gambling operations that authorities say took in RM24.8 (£4.8m/€5.4m/$5.9m) per month, seizing RM 3.12bn worth of assets.

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    Asian online gambling operator JBO has agreed a regional partnership with Italian Serie A football club Bologna. JBO will serve as the team’s official regional betting partner in Asia.

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    Affiliate marketing services provider XLMedia has appointed its new chief executive, Stuart Simms, to its board of directors after he started in the role on Wednesday (2 October).

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    GVC Holdings-owned Ladbrokes Coral has appointed Bartle Bogle Hegarty (BBH) London as its new creative agency for the UK and Ireland. BBH also currently works with GVC’s bwin brand.

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    France has introduced new gambling regulations, including the creation of a new national gambling authority, L’autorité nationale des jeux (ANJ) to replace the current regulator, l’autorité nationale de régulation des jeux en ligne (ARJEL), ahead of the privatisation of lottery monopoly La Française des Jeux (FDJ).

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    Betting technology supplier Newgioco has appointed industry veteran Kevin Slicker to lead its US sports betting operations and business development plan.

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    The Gauselmann Group's UK division has partnered with British motorway service area chain Roadchef in order to deploy over 500 arcade and pub gaming machines across Roadchef sites and redsign Roadchef's 30 Adult Gaming Centers (AGCs).

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    GVC Holdings has appointed Gabriele Griesbacher and Colin Cole-Johnson to its operational management team, in the new roles of director of payments and gaming product director respectively, to start in early November.

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