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    GambleAware has called for authorities to increase and expand the amount of help available to problem gamblers in the UK after new research found that almost half of affected players are choosing not access treatment or support.

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    The Danish Gaming Authority (Spillemyndigheden) has reported a 5.0% year-on-year decline in gambling revenue for the first quarter of 2020, days after revealing that land-based closures had not led to an increase in online play.

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    More people in the UK have stopped gambling under lockdown than started or increased play, according to new data from the British Gambling Commission, though the regulator warned that evidence suggested session length for existing customers had risen.

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    Gaming technology supplier AGS has said that enforced closures as a result of the novel coronavirus (Covid-19) global pandemic were to blame for it posting a loss of $22.6m (£18.4m/€20.9m) in the first quarter.

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    H2 Gambling Capital has downgraded its 2020 expectations for global gambling gross win to $375.9bn, nearly $100bn or 20.6% below its pre-outbreak forecast

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    Aspire Global has put a 1.5% year-on-year rise in revenue in the first quarter primarily down to an increase in demand for its products in the UK, Irish and wider European markets, though the gaming solutions supplier saw net profit drop during the period.

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    Casino games specialist NetEnt has entered the Croatian gaming market for the first time, rolling out content and marketing solutions for a trio of partners.

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    Casinos in Nevada must limit the number of players in their facilities and at gaming tables in order to prevent transmission of novel coronavirus (Covid-19) when they reopen following a statewide lockdown.

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    MGM Resorts’ revenue fell 29.1% to $2.25bn for the first quarter of 2019 due to the effects of the novel coronavirus (Covid-19), but the operator’s profits skyrocketed due to sales of two of its properties.

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    Growth in online gambling outpaced a decline in land-based activity in Portugal in the first quarter of 2020, as combined revenue grew 8.4% to €131.8m (£114.4m/$143.2m).

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    The GB Gambling Commission has announced it will direct £9m in funds from regulatory settlements to GambleAware, a commissioning charity that supports initiatives to tackle gambling-related harm, during the novel coronavirus (Covid-19) pandemic.

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    Lithuania's regulated gambling market saw revenue for the first quarter of 2020 fall 2.8% year-on-year to €25.9m, with an increased online contribution not enough to offset land-based declines caused by novel coronavirus (Covid-19).

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    The Finnish Ministry of the Interior has issued a decree significantly reducing monthly and weekly loss limits for online casino offered by Veikkaus, while the monopoly operator has also announced that raffle draws will be suspended until further notice.

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    NetEnt has entered into an agreement with Australian games developer ReelPlay, after each business apparently developed very similar variants of a new in-game mechanic.

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    Australian gaming machine supplier Aristocrat Leisure will furlough 1,000 employees and permanently lay off another 200 to mitigate the impact of the novel coronavirus (Covid-19) crisis.

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    Finnish gambling monopoly Veikkaus has revealed that the shut-down of its retail gaming network and significantly reduced sports betting options, both due to the novel coronavirus (Covid-19) pandemic has cut revenue by around 40.6%.

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    Oklahoma Governor Kevin Stitt has signed new gaming compacts with the Otoe-Missouria Tribe and the Comanche Nation to allow the tribes to offer Class III games, including sports betting.

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    Scientific Games has announced the appointment of Aristocrat’s Rich Schneider as its new chief product officer, effective from mid-2021.

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    Finnish gambling monopoly Veikkaus has launched a process that could see up to 675 of its staff placed on furlough during the novel coronavirus (Covid-19) crisis.

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    French igaming regulator L'Autorité de régulation des jeux en ligne (ARJEL) has issued responsible gambling advice to operators and players in lockdown due to the novel coronavirus (Covid-19) crisis.

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