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    Swedish state-owned gaming business Svenska Spel has seen profits hit by increased regulatory costs in the first half of the year, though the operator noted that customer growth and revenue had recovered during the second quarter.

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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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    William Hill US has agreed to provide both land-based and mobile sports betting services to Eldorado Resorts’ Isle Casino Hotel Bettendorf and Isle Casino Hotel Waterloo in Iowa.

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    Clarion Gaming, parent company of iGaming Business, has been approved as an associate member of the Association of Gaming Equipment Manufacturers (AGEM).

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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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    The Stars Group has entered into an agreement with the Akwesasne Mohawk Casino Resort that will see the PokerStars operator enter New York’s sports betting market, as well as providing access to any future igaming market in the state.

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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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    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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    New research into gambling marketing and advertising has suggested that operators could be doing more to ensure promotional material is socially responsible and does not appeal to minors, especially on social media.

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    Enlabs launches Optibet-branded sportsbook in EstoniaEntertainment Laboratories (Enlabs) has launched an online sportsbook for its Optibet brand in the regulated Lithuanian market, as well as rolling out an Evolution Gaming-powered live casino offering in Estonia.

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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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    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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    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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    Online betting and gaming technology provider GAN has seen trading in the second quarter of its financial year beat expectations, with seasonal decline in igaming revenue offset by the strong performance of clients’ sportsbook offerings.

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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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    Greenwood Gaming & Entertainment’s Parx Casino has confirmed the official launch of its new online sportsbook in Pennsylvania, powered by technology partners GAN and Kambi.

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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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