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    The strong performance of the sports betting and casino verticals helped Spanish online gaming revenue grow 25.5% year-on-year in 2018.

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    Connecticut's Mohegan Sun Casino & Resort has entered into a strategic partnership with Major League Soccer (MLS) club New York City FC, the pair pledging to offer fans and customers “money-can’t-buy” experiences.

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    Minnesota’s Senate Tax Committee will this week discuss a new bill that would legalise online, mobile and in-person sports wagering in the state.

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    Ninja Casino operator Global Gaming has reported a 100.0% increase in revenue for 2018, despite admitting that it had missed its internal revenue and earnings targets in the fourth quarter of the year.

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    Colombian sports betting operator Games and Betting S.A.S has become the seventeenth company to be granted an online gambling licence in the country.

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    The American Gaming Association (AGA) has praised the US casino gaming industry’s corporate social responsibility (CSR) efforts, after new research from the organisation found that the sector was responsible for $367m (£275.8m/€322.1m) in charitable donations in 2017.

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    US racetrack and casino operator Churchill Downs Incorporated (CDI) has cited its racing and online advance deposit wagering (ADW) divisions as key drivers of a 14.3% year-on-year increase in revenue for 2018.

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    Swedish operator Betsson has hired new product directors for gaming and sports as it continues to overhaul its management team. Cíara Nic Liam has been poached from William Hill, where she served as head of gaming, to serve as Betsson’s new gaming product director, while former Svenska Spel executive Joakim Thor will oversee the operator’s sportsbook as sports product director.

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    The Arkansas Racing Commission’s rules for casino gaming and sports betting have been approved by the Joint Budget Committee's Administrative Rule & Regulation Review Subcommittee.

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    MGM Resorts has ramped up its efforts to gain a foothold in the Japanese market after being confirmed as the title sponsor of Major League Baseball’s (MLB) season-opening fixtures in the country next month.

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    DraftKings has agreed a multi-year partnership with Caesars Entertainment that will give the operator access to a number of state gambling markets as and when regulation is passed.

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    The Virginia General Assembly has passed a bill that could legalise sports betting and allow land-based casinos to open in the state for the first time, with only Governor Ralph Northam left to sign the bill into law.

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    The Swedish gambling market saw revenue grow 1.5% in 2018, driven by growth in regulated and offshore igaming. Total revenue increased to SEK23.4bn (£1.9bn/€2.2bn/$2.5bn), with a 2.3% year-on-year decline in regulated market revenue to SEK16.7bn.

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    MGM Resorts International’s initiative to streamline the business and ramp up technology investment has prompted a number of changes to its executive team, with chief financial officer Dan D’Arrigo’s departure initiating a management reshuffle.

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    Portugal has posted €152.1m in online betting and gaming revenue for 2018, the second full year of regulation in the country, up 24% on the prior year.

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    Strong growth in revenue failed to offset the impact of growing costs for Scientific Games in 2018, with the gaming solutions provider’s loss for the period growing to $352.4m (£269.3m/€310.1m). Revenue for the 12 months ended December 31, 2018 was up 9.1% year-on-year, with a marginal decline in gaming revenue - down 0.7% to $1.8bn - offset by strong growth in the social and digital divisions.

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    Playtech has reported a 54% year-on-year increase in revenue for 2018, though growth for the year was largely down to the acquisition of Italian operator Snaitech, with the solutions giant’s B2B division struggling.

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    William Hill now controls all sportsbook operations at Golden Entertainment properties in Nevada after expanding its partnership with the land-based casino giant. It has taken charge of wagering at Arizona Charlie's Decatur and Arizona Charlie's Boulder in Las Vegas, the Aquarius Casino Resort in Laughlin, and a new facility at The STRAT Hotel, Casino and SkyPod.

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    The Delaware Lottery’s igaming offering enjoyed a strong start to 2019, with revenue up 57.9% year-on-year, driven largely by the performance of Dover Downs.

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    Finnish gaming monopoly operator Veikkaus has pledged to develop its digital offering over the next three years to ensure it doesn’t see profits cannibalised by offshore competition, after announcing slight declines in turnover and profit for 2018.

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