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    Flutter Entertainment announced plans to accelerate US expansion and reduce debt through an equity placement that raised £812.6m, after revealing a 10% rise in revenue for the first 47 days of its second quarter.

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    The Italian government is to introduce an 0.5% tax on licensees’ sports betting turnover to fund the recovery of the country’s sports following the novel coronavirus (Covid-19) enforced shut-down.

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    Danish gaming operator Danske Spil has reported a marginal year-over-year increase in revenue for the first quarter of 2020, with declines in its igaming and gaming machine arms mitigated by growth in its lottery business.

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    Gambling tech giant Playtech has revealed it was able to perform as expected in the first quarter, experiencing a strong trading period despite its business being impacted by the novel coronavirus (Covid-19) pandemic.

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    Inspired Entertainment has seen its acquisition of Novomatic's Gaming Technology Group contribute to a rise in Q1 revenue, though costs associated with the deal have resulted in the supplier posting a net loss of $17.4m for the quarter.

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    Exclusive data from H2 Gambling Capital lays bare the decline in British betting and gaming gross win as a result of novel coronavirus (Covid-19), though iGB's principal data partner suggests the igaming sector should help the sector rebound.

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    The increase in remote gaming duty (RGD) from April 2019 led to significant hike in tax paid by Great Britain’s gambling licensees paid for the fiscal year ended 31 March 2020, mitigating a decline in machine gaming duty (MGD).

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    Sweden’s former horse racing monopoly operator AB Trav och Galopp (ATG) has reported a 10.7% year-on-year increase in net gaming revenue for the first quarter of 2019 to SEK1.11bn (£89.0m/€102.1m/$110.7m).

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    Intralot believes the impact of novel coronavirus (Covid-19) on the business is yet to reach its peak, and does not expect to return to normal levels of activity until November this year.

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    Flutter Entertainment reported a 16% year-on-year increase in revenue for the first quarter of 2020, though growth slowed as a result of the novel coronavirus (Covid-19) pandemic suspending sports and closing of venues.

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    The GB Gambling Commission's ban on using credit cards to fund gambling has come into effect today (14 April), with the regulator hailing its implementation as particularly timely as a result of the coronavirus (Covid-19) lockdown.

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    American Gaming Association (AGA) president and chief executive Bill Miller has written directly to US President Donald Trump, urging him to amend the Small Business Administration’s (SBA) Paycheck Protection Program (PPP)  to include gaming businesses.

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    GVC Holdings has reported a year-on-year rise in revenue for the first quarter, despite business slowing down due to the novel coronavirus (Covid-19) global pandemic, but has chosen to cancel a planned dividend payment due to ongoing uncertainty over the outbreak.

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    Greek gaming operator OPAP has reported a 4.7% year-on-year increase in revenue for 2019, though the shut-down of its retail network in the country looks set to have a significant impact on revenue and earnings in 2020.

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    The Philippine Amusement and Gaming Corporation (PAGCOR) has said that the current restrictions enforced in the country due to novel coronavirus (Covid-19) are costing the association up to PHP6bn (£95.1m/€107.4m/$117.8m) a month.

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    British industry body The Betting and Gaming Council has written to the Chancellor of the Exchequer after the gambling industry was excluded from all forms of business rate relief intended to ease the impact of the novel coronavirus (Covid-19) pandemic.

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    Sweden-facing operator Svenska Spel has announced that it will make a further SEK5m (£412,970/€444,748/$481,213) in grants available this year to research projects focused on gambling addiction.

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    GVC Holdings has revealed that its earnings before interest, tax, deprecation and amortisation (EBITDA) for the current year could be reduced by up to £150m (€166.1m/$184.6m) if certain sports events are to be suspended as a result of the novel coronavirus (Covid-19) pandemic.

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    New York’s four commercial casinos have reported losses of $179,593 from sports betting in February, with del Lago the only venue to actually generate revenue during the month.

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    Spanish and Latin America-facing gaming operator Codere has reported a 5.9% year-on-year decline in revenue for 2019, after growth in European markets was offset by a currency fluctuations hitting the contribution from its Argentinean business.

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