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    Casino operator MGM Resorts International has agreed to sell its iconic Bellagio Las Vegas property and form a joint venture with Blackstone Real Estate Income Trust, in a deal worth $4.25bn. MGM has also struck a deal to sell Circus Circus for $825m to an affiliate of Treasure Island owner Phil Ruffin.

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    Licensed sportsbook operators in Pennsylvania generated collective revenue of $19.4m (£15.1m/€17.4m) in the second full month of regulated sports wagering, while interactive gaming revenue in September amounted to $5.3m.

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    The California-based San Manuel Band of Mission Indians will sponsor the Las Vegas’s Allegiant Stadium, as well as the Raiders NFL franchise, after the team’s 2020 move from Oakland to the city.

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    Ukraine’s president, Volodymyr Zelensky, has expressed his support for the introduction of gambling at licenced five-star hotels.

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    The Greentube division of Novomatic has launched in Switzerland with games on Grand Casino Luzern’s mycasino.ch website.

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    Live dealer software supplier Evolution Gaming has extended its relationship with Scientific Games by adding its range of Live Casino solutions to the Open Gaming System (OGS) distribution network.

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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 Gauselmann Group's UK division has partnered with British motorway service area chain Roadchef in order to deploy over 500 arcade and pub gaming machines across Roadchef sites and redsign Roadchef's 30 Adult Gaming Centers (AGCs).

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    Liechtenstein’s two casinos combined to bring in CHF53.5m (£43.5m/€48.9m/$53.6m) in 2018, its first full year with casinos, according to the Department of Economic Affairs’ annual report.

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    State-wide gambling revenue in Pennsylvania amounted to $3.29bn in the 2018-19 financial year as the introduction of legal sports betting and higher income from slots gaming boosted the state .

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    Nevada’s sportsbook handle for the month of August remained behind New Jersey for August, despite a 22.1% increase to $287.8m, while overall casino revenue slipped back below $1bn at $952.4m.

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    Swiss Casinos-operated Casino Zürichsee has expanded its relationship with Playtech to launch a new live casino service and jackpot casino games on its new online gambling platform in Switzerland.

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    Bangladesh’s Civil Aviation and Tourism Ministry Secretary Mohibul Haque has said the country could introduce foreigner-only gambling zones after the country launched a major crackdown on illegal casinos.

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    Panama’s Game Control Board (JCJ) has announced that it plans on eliminating the controversial 5.5% tax on all gambling winnings, including the betting stake, introduced by the previous government of the country in 2015.

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    Gaming Innovation Group (GiG) has opted to halt investments in its proprietary game studio, GiG Games, owing to a “negligible” of return on investment so far. The move will save the operator and supplier around €250,000 per month.

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    Caesars Entertainment has agreed the $516.3m sale of the Rio All-Suite Hotel & Casino, the Las Vegas-based venue that has served as the home of the World Series of Poker since 2005.

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    Global Gaming has transferred its NinjaCasino.se domain to Finnplay subsidiary Viral Interactive, which could see the brand resume activities in the Swedish market months after the operator's licence was revoked.

     

     

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    Dean Shannon has been appointed chief executive of GVC Holdings’ Australian business, replacing Jason Scott in the role.

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    Democratic Gubernatorial candidate Andy Beshear has announced plans to significantly expand Kentucky’s legal gambling market by legalizing commercial casinos, sports betting and online gaming if elected.

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    International Game Technology (IGT) has signed an agreement to provide Finnish state-owned gaming operator Veikkaus with its PlayBingo platform.

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