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    The Betting and Gaming Council (BGC), the representative body for the UK gambling industry introduced in 2019, has appointed Kevin Schofield as director of communications and digital.

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    William Hill is to expand its reach into Michigan after it agreed a new long-term partnership with the federally recognized tribal gaming operator, the Grand Traverse Band of Ottawa and Chippewa Indians (GTB).

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    Swiss gambling regulator the Eidgenössische Spielbankenkommission (ESBK) has awarded an online gambling licence to Casino Interlaken.

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    Online and land-based gaming giant Golden Nugget has expanded its supply agreement with Scientific Games to include its OpenSports betting product suite. 

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    The Chinese government has confirmed that it cancelled the passports of its citizens working for online gambling businesses in the Philippines, as part of its ongoing effort to clamp down on illegal offshore activity.

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    The Spanish government has published its long-awaited overhaul of gambling advertising regulations as it bids to significantly reduce the public’s exposure to gambling promotions.

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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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    The city of Buenos Aires has approved regulations to set criteria for online gambling licensees, with a view to launching in Q4 of 2020.

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    Nigeria’s National Lottery Regulatory Commission (NLRC) has awarded sports betting licences to Betwinner and Bet24hrs, amid efforts to expand the country’s regulated lottery and gaming industry.

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    Online gaming affiliate business Net Gaming Europe as appointed Robert Andersson as its new chief executive and president with immediate effect.

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    The Malta Gaming Authority (MGA) has cancelled Dorobet’s B2B gaming service licence after ruling that the online gambling operator breached rules related to regulatory payments.

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    Net Gaming Europe has reported a year-on-year drop in revenue and profit in 2019, with chief executive Marcus Teilman saying the introduction of new local regulations across Europe had made for a challenging year for the online gaming affiliate business.

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    Sweden’s AB Trav och Galopp (ATG) posted the highest full-year revenue in the company’s history in 2019, though a decline in its core racing vertical and Sweden’s new gaming taxes hit operating profit for the year.

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    Lawmakers in Connecticut are to run the rule over several new bills that would legalise sports betting in the state, though the legislation is dependent on Governor Ned Lamont reaching agreements with the Mashantucket Pequot and Mohegan tribes.

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    The German association of private media businesses, Vaunet, has called on state lawmakers to remove advertising restrictions set to impact broadcasters in the new gambling regulatory framework currently under discussion.

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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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    Affiliate marketing giant Catena Media has reported a full-year loss of €10.5m (£8.8m/$11.3m) for 2019, primarily due to impairment charges related to assets acquired between 2016 and 2018, while all core business units struggled in the period.

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    DraftKings has extended its digital sports betting reach into Iowa by rolling out a mobile sportsbook offering, in partnership with Wild Rose Casinos and Resorts in the state.

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    The Pennsylvania Gaming Control Board (PGCB) has reported a 16.9% year-on-year rise in gambling revenue for January, aided by growing contributions from igaming and sports betting. 

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    A member of Northern Ireland’s legislative assembly has submitted proposals to reform the country’s gambling laws, which have not been updated since 1985, to introduce a gambling regulator, regulations for online gambling and a ban on bonuses.

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