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    Sands China, Las Vegas Sands’ Macau-based integrated resorts subsidiary, saw revenue plummet 81.0% year-on-year in the six months to 30 June, with visitor numbers plummeting due to travel restrictions to the Chinese special autonomous region.

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    Swedish operator Svenska Spel has announced that it is to permanently close its Casino Cosmopol land-based venue in Sundsvall due to a decline in profits and footfall at the property.

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    The UK government has announced that English casinos will be able to reopen from tomorrow (15 August) after deciding against further extending the closure order for certain indoor venues in the country.

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    GambleAware, Great Britain's charitable funding body for gambling related research, education and treatment, has announced that Mark Etches is to step down from his role as its chief executive at the end of March 2021.

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    US commercial gross gaming revenue (GGR) for the first half of 2020 fell 45.6% year-on-year to $11.70bn, according to the latest figures from the American Gaming Association (AGA).

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    Romania’s National Gambling Office (ONJN) has added 20 new sites, including one from Bet365, to its “blacklist” of unauthorised online gaming sites, which must be blocked by internet service providers (ISPs) in the country.

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    Asian casino operator Galaxy Entertainment Group (GEG) saw revenue for the six months to 30 June drop 76.3% with the operator expecting further headwinds from the ongoing impact of novel coronavirus (Covid-19) on its Macau venues.

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    Online gambling operator PointsBet has selected Evolution Gaming to provide live dealer games as it builds out its online casino offering.

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    Acroud - the affiliate marketing business formerly known as Net Gaming -  saw revenue drop by 10.5% to €6.8m in the first half of 2020 as casino declines offset poker growth while profits were halved by currency fluctuations.

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    The Young Gamers and Gamblers Education Trust (YGAM) has joined forces with Unison on a new initiative to provide members of the UK trade union with expert training on gambling and related harms.

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    New Jersey’s sports betting revenue climbed 65.2% year-on-year in July, but the state’s land-based casino market saw further declines as it continued to feel the impact of novel coronavirus (Covid-19) restrictions.

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    GVC Holdings has reported an 11.2% year-on-year decline in revenue for the first half of 2020, after online growth failed to offset declines in UK and European retail resulting from the novel coronavirus (Covid-19) lockdown.

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    Caesars Entertainment has formally launched a campaign to garner public support for a new bricks and mortar casino in the city of Danville, Virginia.

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    DraftKings has launched New Hampshire’s first retail sportsbook, in partnership with the state lottery and Eureka Casino-owned venue The Brook.

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    Nevada Governor Steve Sisolak has signed into law a new bill that will protect gambling businesses from lawsuits related to novel coronavirus (Covid-19).

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    Online random number generator (RNG) games will face a three-second spin limit and may not be advertised outside of an operator’s website, according to the country’s new secondary legislation as part of its Gambling Reform Act.

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    Colombia’s Ministry of Health has approved a plan to allow casinos and bingo halls in the jurisdiction to begin reopening in line with strict health and safety measures.

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    The year-on-year decline in revenue for Detroit’s three commercial casinos has widened to 65.0% as of July 31, the final full month the venues will be closed.

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    Dutch municipal health services (Gemeentelijke Gezondheids Dienst - GGD) will be granted the power to close leisure establishments such as casinos and slot arcades if they trace an outbreak of the novel coronavirus (Covid-19) to the location

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    Casino operator SkyCity Entertainment Group has said it will again temporarily close its casino property in Auckland, following the decision by New Zealand’s government to place the city in lockdown after recording several new local cases of the novel coronavirus (Covid-19).

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