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    Betsson has reported a 5% year-on-year decline in revenue for the second quarter of 2019, which it blamed on struggles in the Nordic region and the Netherlands. For the first half of the year, revenue was up 2% to SEK2.6bn, though increased expenses saw profit for the period decline too. 

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    Two of Pennsyvlania’s land-based casinos will begin final testing of their online gaming offerings today (July 15), with a third to follow later this week. 

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    Global Gaming has again failed in a bid to resume activities in the Swedish market while its appeal against the revocation of its operating licence is heard.

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    Swedish operator association Branschföreningen för Onlinespel (BOS) has requested an urgent meeting with the country’s gaming regulator in the wake of a number of operators being fined for an apparent breach of the country’s Gambling Act.

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    A new survey commissioned by Novomatic Group subsidiary Löwen Entertainment claims that more that 70% of the German public supports the roll-out of a uniform regulatory framework for all forms of gambling.

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    Svenska Spel’s Research Council has selected five new research projects to support, issuing grants totalling SEK5m to initiatives looking to find ways to better treat and understand gambling addiction.

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    Hopes for the launch of sports betting in Maine have suffered a setback after the state’s Governor Janet Mills failed to sign legislation into law before the July 2 deadline. 

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    A syndicate of eight investment banking groups have been selected to work on the privatisation of French state-owned gaming operator La Française des Jeux (FDJ).

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    A bill to regulate sports betting in Puerto Rico is headed to Governor Ricardo Rosselló Nevares to be signed into law after passing the unincorporated US territory’s legislature. 

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    Australian gambling operator Tabcorp has been issued with a financial penalty of AU$14,000 (£7,832/€8,726/US$9,846) after being found guilty of running an illegal gambling inducement in the Australian state of New South Wales (NSW).

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    The Indiana Gaming Commission has launched a public consultation on the state’s sports betting regulations, with stakeholders and members of the public able to submit comments on the proposed framework until August 1. 

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    Norwegian state-owned gambling operator Norsk Tipping has again tightened its responsible gambling controls, with players now shown an overview of their playing habits when they log into their online accounts.

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    The Remote Gambling Association (RGA) and Association of British Bookmakers (ABB) are to be wound up and replaced by the Betting and Gaming Council, a new UK-facing operator body that aims to act as the industry’s mouthpiece. British Beer & Pub Association chief executive Brigid Simmonds will lead the new body.

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    Danske Licens Spil, the regulated market subsidiary of Danske Spil, has made it mandatory for players to set deposit limits across all its igaming brands, effective today (July 2).

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    Dutch gambling regulator the Kansspelautoriteit (KSA) has published its final duty of care guidelines, following a public consultation on the player protection measures.

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    Illinois Governor J.B. Pritzker has signed into law the far-reaching gaming expansion bill passed by the state legislature early in June, paving the way for the roll-out of regulated sports betting. 

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    The Argentine capital province of Buenos Aires has launched the process to select seven online gaming licensees, with 14 operators competing for certification in the market.

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    California Assemblymember Adam Gray has filed a constitutional amendment to authorise sports wagering in the state, provided it is ratified by citizens in a statewide ballot.

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    Global Gaming is seeking a new auditor after KPMG requested an early termination of its assignment with the Ninja Casino operator.

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    Betsson’s NGG Nordic subsidiary and PlayOjo operator SkillOnNet have been found to have violated Swedish bonus restrictions, resulting in hefty penalties for each operator.

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