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    The Federal Trade Commission (FTC) has approved the merger between Eldorado Resorts and Caesars Entertainment, after requiring Eldorado to sell two properties to Twin River Worldwide Holdings in markets where the deal was deemed uncompetitive.

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    Dutch gambling regulator the Kansspelautoriteit (KSA) has warned that age verification controls are not being properly enforced, with a new survey claiming that more than 10% of those aged 16 to 17 have gambled in the past year.

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    Pan-European lottery and sports betting giant Sazka Group has completed its acquisition of a 17.19% stake in Casinos Austria previously held by Novomatic Group.

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    Portuguese gambling regulator Serviço de Regulação Inspeção de Jogos (SRIJ) has granted a gaming licence to Bidluck SA, allowing the operation of online slots via its Bidluck.pt site.

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    H2 Gambling Capital saw the first gain in its 2020 gross gambling win forecasts this week since it started tracking the impact of the pandemic on the sector five months ago.

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    The Illinois Gaming Board has announced that casinos in the state will be able to reopen from July 1, in line with new novel coronavirus (Covid-19) measures set out by Governor J. B. Pritzker.

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    Online gambling operator 888 Holdings has said it expects to post higher-than-forecast earnings before interest, tax, depreciation and amortisation (EBITDA) for the 2020 calendar year, despite the impact of the novel coronavirus (Covid-19) pandemic on its business.

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    The province of Alberta will launch online gambling after entering selecting platform provider NeoPollard Interactive to power its offering through a tender process.

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    Macau casino junket operator the SunCity Group has announced it is to preview the Hoiana, a new Vietnamese integrated resort project in which it holds 34% an indirect equity interest, this weekend ahead of its grand opening next year.

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    Live dealer gaming specialist Evolution Gaming has announced an extension of its relationship with Rush Street Interactive (RSI), through the launch of its First Person product range for the operator's Colombia-facing brand RushBet.co.

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    Land-based gaming giants Caesars Entertainment and MGM Resorts have announced customers will be required to wear masks at all venues throughout the US in order to limit the spread of the novel coronavirus (Covid-19).

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    Flutter Entertainment-owned FanDuel Group has launched a branded, standalone casino app for Pennsylvania players, while its licensing partner in the state, Boyd Gaming’s Valley Forge Casino, has announced that it will reopen to the public from June 26.

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    The Hamburg Ministry of the Interior and Sport has filed complaints against a trio of online gambling operators, which it claims have violated the prohibition on online gaming in the country.

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    EveryMatrix has announced the appointment of Stian Enger Pettersen as chief executive officer for the company’s casino business unit.

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    The New South Wales Independent Liquor & Gaming Authority has resumed its inquiry into Crown Resorts, despite Melco Resorts selling its stake in the operator in April.

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    UK gambling trade and standards body the Betting and Gaming Council (BGC) has condemned the country’s government for forcing casinos to remain closed as other hospitality and leisure venues reopen, a decision it called “inconsistent and nonsensical”.

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    The Maltese gaming industry contributed €1.56bn to the country’s economy, up 9.6% year-on-year, according to the Malta Gaming Authority (MGA)’s latest 2019 annual report.

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    Dutch gambling regulator De Kansspelautoriteit (KSA) has provided the technical details for its self-exclusion scheme, the Centraal Register Uitsluiting Kansspelen (Cruks), so that land-based operators may work on integrating the solution before it becomes mandatory for all licensees.

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    New Jersey’s Governor Phil Murphy has announced that casinos in the state will be permitted to reopen at limited capacity from July 2, after more than three months closed as a results of  the novel coronavirus (Covid-19) pandemic.

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    The Regional Council of Darmstadt, the body responsible for licensing and prohibition under the third State Treaty on Gambling, looks set to develop transitional regulations rather than pursuing enforcement action against online casino and poker operators. 

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