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    888 Holdings has put a significant year-on-year decline in profit before tax in the first half down to higher spending, although the online gambling operator was able to post an increase in revenue for the period.

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    A new report from Poland’s Supreme Audit Office (NIK) has revealed that while regulated the gambling industry has grown rapidly following amendments to the country’s Gambling Act in 2017, it is still dwarfed by the illegal market.

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    New York’s four commercial casinos have reported revenue of $783,896 for August, with the market benefitting significantly from the launch of legal wagering at del Lago Resort & Casino and Resorts World Catskills.

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    Hesse has repeated its threat to break away from Germany’s other 15 federal states and develop its own regulatory framework for gambling should lawmakers fail to overhaul the country’s laws by 2021.

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    The majority of Finns do not trust MPs on gambling policy, according to a poll conducted by Bilendi Oy and commissioned by affiliate Kasino Curt. The survey also found that more Finns oppose Veikkaus’s gambling monopoly than support it

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    Stockholm-listed casino games developer NetEnt has agreed the first acquisition in its history, with a deal to take control of slot specialist Red Tiger Gaming worth up to £220m.

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    The board of Finnish gaming monopoly Veikkaus has committed to introducing a series of tighter responsible gaming controls as it looks to enhance social responsibility efforts, and has refused to rule out withdrawing certain products from the market.

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    Amid questions about the future of its status as Finland’s gaming monopoly, Veikkaus’s turnover, revenue and profits dipped slightly in the first half of 2019, as the company introduced stricter responsible gaming controls and saw lower turnover in almost every vertical.

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    The decision to grant Casinos Austria International (CAI) online betting and casino licences has been annulled by Belgium's Council of State, potentially throwing the future of its sub-licensee Betway in the market into doubt.

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    Japan has launched a public consultation on proposed regulations for integrated resorts, including the country’s first casinos, with people able to submit comments on the controls until 3 October.

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    Swintt, a B2B casino games provider led by former chief executive of NYX Interactive and JPJ Group's Vera&John David Flynn, has announced a strategic investment in Indian casino games developer RNGplay.

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    Gambling operator Genting has opted to bring its online product range together under a single brand, with its online casino, live casino and sportsbook offering now available under the GentingBet name.

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    Better Collective has completed the acquisition of online gambling information website MyBettingSites.co.uk in a deal worth up to £2.2m (€2.4m/$2.7m).

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    Austrian gaming giant Novomatic has reported a 1.8% year-on-year fall in revenue for the first half of its financial year, with changes to gaming regulations in core markets such as Germany and Italy blamed for the decline. This led to significant increases in depreciation and amortisation, which drove down profit for the period.

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    Online gambling revenue in the regulated Lithuanian market increased to €17.5m (£15.9m/$19.3m) in the first six months of 2019, while revenue from land-based gaming was also up year-on-year.

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    A report on the Swedish Gaming Authority’s (Spelinspektionen) enforcement efforts in the country’s igaming market has concluded that many licensees are simply “unaccustomed” to its regulatory approach.

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    Revenue from Denmark's regulated online gaming market increased 6.1% year-on-year to DKK1.73bn (£210.2m/€232.0m/$256.1m) in the second quarter of 2019, with mobile growing in prominence and online casino's contribution close to overtaking sports betting revenue.

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    The New South Wales Gaming Machines Regulation 2019 and Casino Control Regulation 2019 will both come into effect on 1 September, bringing in changes predominantly related to harm minimisation measures.

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    The state of Nordrhein-Westfalen claims criticism of the third amended State Treaty on Gambling by the European Commission will not lead to any major changes to the wording of the legislation.

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    Melco Resorts & Entertainment has amended its agreement to acquire a 19.99% stake in Australia’s Crown Resorts to allow the New South Wales Liquor and Gaming Authority to complete an investigation into the transaction and other matters related to the seller.

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