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    The Betting and Gaming Council (BGC), the representative body for the UK gambling industry introduced in 2019, has appointed Kevin Schofield as director of communications and digital.

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    The Spanish government has published its long-awaited overhaul of gambling advertising regulations as it bids to significantly reduce the public’s exposure to gambling promotions.

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    Nigeria’s National Lottery Regulatory Commission (NLRC) has awarded sports betting licences to Betwinner and Bet24hrs, amid efforts to expand the country’s regulated lottery and gaming industry.

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    Sweden’s AB Trav och Galopp (ATG) posted the highest full-year revenue in the company’s history in 2019, though a decline in its core racing vertical and Sweden’s new gaming taxes hit operating profit for the year.

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    The Pennsylvania Gaming Control Board (PGCB) has reported a 16.9% year-on-year rise in gambling revenue for January, aided by growing contributions from igaming and sports betting. 

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    Brazil’s Secretariat of Evaluation, Planning, Energy and Lottery (SECAP) has launched a third consultation on fixed-odds sports betting, heralding a major shift in its approach to regulation of the market and all but certainly delaying the launch of legal sports betting in the country.

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    Denmark’s regulated gambling market reported declines in gross gaming revenue across a number of core verticals, though a strong performance from the online casino vertical allowed the market to post year-on-year growth for 2019.

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    William Hill has announced that Adrian Marsh will join the business as the company’s new chief financial officer later this year, replacing the outgoing Ruth Prior in the role.

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    French gaming giant La Française des Jeux (FDJ) has projected 5% growth in both player stakes and revenue for 2020, after a “landmark” 2019 that saw the operator list on the Euronext Paris and net revenue rise to €1.96bn.

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    Sports betting provider Kambi has put year-on-year revenue and profit growth in 2019 primarily down to its expansion into several new markets within the US.

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    Shareholders in GVC Holdings have voted to approve a measure to relocate the Ladbrokes Coral and bwin.party owner’s place of management and control – and therefore also its tax residence – to the UK.

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    Danish regulator Spillemyndigheden has revealed that its problem gambling helpline received 722 calls during its first full year of operation, more than initially expected.

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    Bulgaria’s Ministry of Finance has placed Georgi Yordanov in temporary charge of the country’s State Gambling Commission (SCC) following the resignation of Alexander Georgiev.

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    Several leading bookmakers in the UK have told a House of Lords Committee that they would consider a voluntary ban on gambling sponsorship on sports jerseys and perimeter advertising boards.

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    Brian Rice, the manager of Scottish Premier League (SPL) club Hamilton Academical, has been issued a ten-match suspension after he admitted multiple breaches of the Scottish Football Association’s (SFA) betting rules.

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    The Gambling Commission of Great Britain has published a list of projects and organisations it has been able support during the past 12 months using funds collected from regulatory settlements.

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    Mississippi Representative Cedric Burnett has resurrected a bill to legalize mobile wagering in the state, having previously seen a similar proposal die without progressing to a committee hearing in 2019. 

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    Genius Sports’ Betgenius has renewed its partnership with Playtech-owned Italian operator Snai, to supply a range of in-play trading and streaming content.

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    The Illinois Gaming Board has released the phase two rules for sports betting, setting out the technical regulations and operating requirements for wagering in the state. 

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    The GB Gambling Commission has set out details of a new responsible gambling initiative, whereby it will work with GVC Holdings, Sky Betting and Gaming, Playtech and SG Gaming to form three industry working groups in an effort to make gambling safer.

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