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    Rob Howley, backs coach for the Wales national rugby union team, has been sent home from the 2019 Rugby World Cup in Japan amid suspected betting rule breaches, the Welsh Rugby Union (WRU) has announced.

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    Democratic Gubernatorial candidate Andy Beshear has announced plans to significantly expand Kentucky’s legal gambling market by legalizing commercial casinos, sports betting and online gaming if elected.

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    Kindred Group is to display responsible gambling messages on the shirts of its brand 32Red’s partner football clubs during the course of the 2019-20 season.

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    Delaware’s sportsbooks endured another difficult month in August, with amounts wagered dropping 42% year-on-year.

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    IBIA, one of Europe’s leading online gambling industry trade groups, has called on the European Commission to dismiss Austria’s largest state’s proposed new gambling laws after claiming they are not compatible with trade rules.

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    The body set up to oversee reform of racing and wagering in New Zealand is looking for a new leader following the resignation of chief executive John Allen.

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    Malta-based operator Bethard Group has become the latest member of the International Betting Integrity Association (IBIA). The agreement gives Bethard access to the integrity watchdog's monitoring and alert platform, and allows it to share suspicious activity reports with a network of other operator members.

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    The Brazilian Ministry of the Economy’s Secretariat of Evaluation, Planning, Energy and Lottery (SECAP) has published a draft of the decree governing fixed-odds sports betting for comment, the final opportunity for the betting industry to suggest changes.

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    Pennsylvania saw more than $100m (€90.8m/£80.5m) spent on both interactive gaming and sports betting during the first full month of operations.

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    The Swedish gambling trade association Spelbranschens Riksorganisation (SPER) claims that the marketing guidelines drawn up in March have prompted operators to make positive changes to the quantity and content of their advertising in the market.

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    Problem gambling funding body GambleAware has joined forces with digital family life specialist Parent Zone on a new initiative designed to educate families about potential risks faced by children when playing online video games.

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    International Game Technology (IGT) has signed an agreement to provide Finnish state-owned gaming operator Veikkaus with its PlayBingo platform.

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    Germany's leading gaming machine manufacturer and operator associations have expressed support for the third amended State Treaty on Gambling, but called for future regulations to go further by legalising online slots. 

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    Scientific Games' online division SG Digital has agreed a wide-ranging deal with IMG Arena, the sports betting subsidiary of media giant IMG, that will see it add new datafeeds and virtual sports content to its OpenSports product suite.

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    Mateusz and Zbigniew Juroszek, the owners of Polish bookmaker STS Gaming Group, has purchased 140,000 shares in affiliate marketing giant Better Collective for approximately €1m (£889,773/$1.1m).

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    Sports betting technology provider SBTech has won a tender to provide a new multi-channel sportsbook solution to Swedish gaming operator Svenska Spel.

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    Czech lottery and gaming giant Sazka Group has reported a 6% year-on-year increase in gross gaming revenue to €908.5m for the first half of 2019, while profit for the period was boosted by the sale of its Croatian business to Emma Capital.

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    Philippine Finance Secretary Carlos Dominguez III has ordered the country’s Bureau of Internal Revenue (BIR) to shut down the operations of Philippines Offshore Gaming Operators (POGOs) that fail or refuse to pay income tax.

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    The Council of Europe (COE) has called on authorities in Malta to enhance their measures to combat money laundering and the financing of terrorism, after a new report highlighted a number of failings in the country’s current system.

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    Licensed operators generated $2.2m in revenue from the first sixteen days of legal wagering in Iowa, with the William Hill-powered offering at the Prairie Meadows Racetrack and Casino leading the market over the period.

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