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    An increase to the price of English and Scottish football data in the wake of Genius Sports Group’s exclusive partnership with Football DataCo (FDC) is squeezing operators' already tight margins further.

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    Australian lotteries and betting operator Tabcorp has appointed David Gallop, currently chief executive of Football Federation Australia, as a non-executive directo of the business.

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    Sportradar says it has become a fully integrated turnkey sports betting provider after acquiring Spanish sportsbook and igaming platform Optima for an undisclosed sum.

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    The Irish Government has confirmed in its 2020 Budget that bookmakers in the Republic of Ireland will receive a relief of up to €50,000 from the 2% turnover tax levied on betting in the country.

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    Centrist political party the Liberal Democrats has waded into the ongoing debate on responsible gambling in the UK, calling for a complete overhaul of the gaming sector’s approach to tackling responsible gambling.

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    GVC Holdings has forecast a 1% year-on-year drop in net gaming revenue for the three months to the end of September 2019, with the operator anticipating a double-digit decline in UK retail revenue following the cut in maximum B2 machine stakes.

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    Codere has launched an investigation into inconsistencies in the financial reports of some of its Latin American subsidiaries for the first half of the year, which the operator has warned may reduce its full-year earnings by up to €20m. 

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    The Tasmanian Government has announced that it will introduce a new Point of Consumption (PoC) tax on wagering from 1 January, 2020, but Responsible Wagering Australia has criticised the move saying it could harm the racing industry in the Australian state.

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    Gambling operator Cirsa has secured approval from the Comisión Nacional de los Mercados y la Competencia (CNMC), Spain’s competitions and markets authority, to finalise the acquisition of GVC Holdings’ stake in its Sportium joint venture.

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    A national investigation by the Spanish police found little evidence of underage gambling across the country’s licensed gambling premises. La Policía Nacional’s Operation Arcade, in which more 3,000 spot inspections of almost 1,900 gaming halls throughout Spain were carried out over a 48-hour period, uncovered only 28 cases of minors gambling.

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    The UK Government has published an eight-point checklist to help those working in the gambling industry prepare for a potential no-deal Brexit. The UK is due to leave the European Union on October 31, but an exit deal is yet to be agreed with the EU.

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    Problem gambling funding body GambleAware has appointed Peter Holt as its new chief financial officer. Holt most recently worked for Health Education England and also spent time with the NHS.

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    La Française des Jeux (FDJ) has reported a 7% year-on-year increase in revenue for the first nine months of 2019, with the French gaming operator experiencing a rise in stakes across all of its business units.

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    GVC Holdings-owned Ladbrokes Coral has appointed Bartle Bogle Hegarty (BBH) London as its new creative agency for the UK and Ireland. BBH also currently works with GVC’s bwin brand.

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    William Hill has secured a deal to become an official partner and authorised sports betting operator of the National Basketball Association (NBA) in the US.

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    Flutter Entertainment, the parent company of Paddy Power Betfair, has agreed a deal to acquire all of the shares in The Stars Group and merge with the operator to form a combined business with annual revenue of £3.8bn (€4.3bn/$4.7bn).

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    Inspired Entertainment has completed its purchase of Gaming Technology Group (NTG), a division of Austrian gaming equipment and solutions giant Novomatic’s UK subsidiary. The deal is worth $120m (£97.8m/€109.9m) and covers the six companies within NTG.

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    GamCare, the UK-facing gambling support charity funded by GambleAware, has announced that its National Gambling Helpline is to extend its hours and operate 24 hours a day from October 1.

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    The Industry Group For Responsible Gambling has set out plans for Responsible Gambling Week 2019, with a number of major operators, developers and other organisations with links to the industry to support this year’s initiative.

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    Glasgow City Council is to stage a summit with academics, third sector, health professionals, youth workers and individuals who have suffered with gambling problems in order to examine related challenges in the Scottish city and develop a new framework for action.

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