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    The Philippine Amusement and Gaming Corporation (PAGCOR) has officially approved a strategic partnership with gambling event giants Clarion Gaming and SiGMA, confirming plans for a major event in the country's capital Manila next year.

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    Peter Hannibal, chief executive of UK industry organisation the Gambling Business Group (GBG), has called on the market to begin preparations for what he said is now an ‘inevitable’ overhaul of national legislation.

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    French gaming operator La Française des Jeux (FDJ) has agreed a deal to acquire payment service provider Bimedia from private equity and venture capital firm Idinvest Partners.

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    The New Hampshire Executive Council has voted to approve the state lottery’s decision to award DraftKings an exclusive contract to operate sports betting in the Granite State. 

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    Sky Sports-owned At The Races (ATR) has entered into a multi-year turnover-based streaming and data deal with Betfred, covering a wide range of horseracing content from the UK.

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    Playtech has said that it is evaluating all options for its TradeTech Group after it revealed that struggles within the financials division during the 17 weeks to 31 October meant the business is set to miss its full-year earnings projections.

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    William Hill has put a year-on-year increase in revenue during the 17 weeks to October 29 to its ongoing expansion efforts in the US, with its activity in the country helping to offset further declines in its retail business following the changes in UK FOBT regulations.

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    BetBlocker, the responsible gambling app funded and developed by alternative dispute mediation service ThePOGG.com, has been approved as a charity in the UK.

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    Spanish igaming operator association JDigital has proposed a series of changes to the code of conduct that governs gambling advertising in the market, including an outright ban on betting adverts during live televised sports events, which are due to come into force in January 2020.

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    The Indiana Gaming Commission has revealed that players in the state staked $91.7m on sports in October, a month-on-month increase of 160.4%.

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    The governing body for Colombia’s leading football competitions División Mayor del Fútbol Profesional Colombiano (Dimayor) has struck a partnership with Genius Sports through which it aims to safeguard its leagues and tournaments against match fixing and betting-related corruption.

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    Sri Lanka has become the first South Asian country to criminalise match fixing, with a bill setting out severe penalties including fines of up to LKR100m (£431,836/€502,536/$554,078) and ten-year prison terms.

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    Denmark’s regulated gambling market has reported a marginal year-on-year decline in revenue, with declines in revenue from land-based gaming machines and sports betting offsetting growth in online casino.

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    Latvian gambling regulator the Lotteries and Gambling Supervisory Inspection (IAUI) has revealed that 127 people have so far accessed new, state-funded psychologist support for consumers affected by gambling-related problems.

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    Various major operators have declared their support for a new, UK-facing safer gambling initiative aimed at addressing the harm gambling can cause to consumers and young people.

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    Voters from nine cities in New Hampshire will have the opportunity to vote on whether to permit retail sportsbooks to operate in their communities at the state’s municipal elections on November 5. 

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    DraftKings looks set to be awarded licences for retail and mobile sports betting in New Hampshire, after the operator’s proposals for each channel scored highest in the state’s licence tender.

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    Researchers in the Australian Capital Territory (ACT) have warned the state needs to have a serious discussion about the role of gambling in society after estimating that as much as 14% of its population has been negatively affected by gambling.

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    Swedish operator Svenska Spel has rolled out a new online gaming platform that will enable retailers to offer certain sports betting games and services over the internet.

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    The GB Gambling Commission has called for ongoing industry cooperation to continue to tackle underage gambling after a new report from the regulator highlighted a decline in the number of 11 to 16-year-olds taking part in gambling activities.

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