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    The DC Lottery has announced the launch of its online sports wagering platform in the state of Washington D.C., though the roll out of a supporting mobile app has again been delayed until June.

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    A constitutional amendment that would allow sports betting in California has been referred to the committee on governmental organisation, after details were added to the bill outlining how sports betting in the state would function, including allowing online betting.

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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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    Lithuania’s land-based casino industry faces a “very high” risk from money laundering, while the remote gambling sector faces a high risk, according to a risk assessment carried out by the country’s government.

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    DraftKings is to add live streams of sporting events to its mobile sportsbook application after expanding its partnership with sports data and content provider Sportradar.

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    The Gambling Commission has revealed that Playtech will remain part of its industry working groups tasked with developing new standards for safer gambling, arguing that first-hand experience of its enforcement activity provides valuable lessons in raising standards for consumers.

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    The Malta Gaming Authority (MGA) has revealed that it anticipates B2C gross gaming revenue for 2020 to fall 12% below initial forecasts as a result of disruption caused by novel coronavirus (Covid-19).

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    Gaming solutions giant Playtech has issued an apology for the failings of its PT Entertainment Services (PTES) subsidiary that ultimately saw a customer take their own life.

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    Latin American sportsbook operator Betcris has joined the International Betting Integrity Association (IBIA), becoming the first local operator in the region to become a member of the integrity watchdog.

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    German state lottery Lotto Thüringen has unveiled a revamped online portal for players, following a comprehensive rebuild of its site carried out by IT service provider Adesso.

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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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    Content developer Spinomenal is targeting partnerships in new markets after being awarded a Maltese gaming licence.

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    Sweden’s Minister for Social Security Ardalan Shekarabi has put forward an amended set of temporary restrictions on gambling in which he aims to make horse and sports betting exempt from an SEK5,000 weekly deposit limit.

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    A fine issued by Sweden’s gambling regulator in 2017 to a news portal that linked to unlicensed gambling sites has been upheld by the Jönköping Administrative Court of Appeal.

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    The Malta Gaming Authority (MGA) has signed a data-sharing agreement with the Darts Regulation Authority (DRA), while the regulator has also announced a partial reopening of gaming parlours on the island.

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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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    Tom Ustunel, betting and gaming director for media giant News UK, has stepped down from his position to pursue new opportunities in the sector.

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    Scientific Games has appointed Michael Eklund as its new chief financial officer, replacing Michael Quartieri in the role.

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    Affiliate marketing business Net Gaming Europe has reported a 21.3% year-on-year decline in first quarter revenue, though new chief executive Robert Andersson claims that a refocused business has sufficient untapped potential to grow from Q2 onwards.

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    Live dealer specialist Evolution Gaming has struck a strategic agreement with Golden Nugget that will see it expand the range of games provided to the US casino operator.

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