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    The Betting and Gaming Council (BGC), the newly formed trade association for the UK gambling industry, has appointed former Shadow Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport Michael Dugher as its new chief executive.

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    The National Council on Problem Gambling (NCPG), the US organisation for people affected by problem gambling and addiction, as announced a new advisory board, featuring a number of executives and senior personnel from across the industry.

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    The latest edition of Sweden’s annual survey on gambling participation has revealed that the percentage of the country’s adult population has dropped six percentage points in the past year.

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    The Stars Group (TSG) is set to take full control of BetEasy after agreeing a deal to acquire the remaining 20% interest in the Australian sports betting operator for AU$151m (£79.5m/€93.3m/US$103.3m). Current BetEasy chief executive Matthew Tripp will shift to the role of non-executive president of the business from January 2020, with director of strategy and regulatory affairs promoted to serve as his replacement.

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    The Philippine Amusement and Gaming Corporation (PAGCOR) has officially approved a strategic partnership with gambling event giants Clarion Gaming and SiGMA, confirming plans for a major event in the country's capital Manila next year.

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    Lottery and gaming solutions provider Intralot has once again reported a year-on-year decline in quarterly revenue, with the total for the three months to 30 September falling 5.4%.

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    French gaming operator La Française des Jeux (FDJ) has agreed a deal to acquire payment service provider Bimedia from private equity and venture capital firm Idinvest Partners.

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    Stockholm-listed igaming operator LeoVegas Group has joined the International Betting Integrity Association (IBIA), the sports betting integrity monitoring body previously known as ESSA.

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    Playtech has entered into a long-term structured agreement with Aquila Global Group, the operator of Colombian gaming and betting brand Wplay, that sees it become the business' strategic technology partner.

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    Playtech has said that it is evaluating all options for its TradeTech Group after it revealed that struggles within the financials division during the 17 weeks to 31 October meant the business is set to miss its full-year earnings projections.

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    France’s Agence des participations de l’État (APE) has hailed the success of the initial public offering of gaming giant La Française des Jeux (FDJ), which could generate proceeds of €1.89bn for the state.

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    The New South Wales (NSW) Office of Responsible Gambling has set out details of a new funding opportunity for PhD scholarships, post-doctoral fellowships and study grants to build capability and capacity in gambling research.

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    Genius Sports has entered a live streaming and data platform partnership with the Dutch Basketball League. Genius will provide the league with its GeniusLive automated streaming and production service.

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    Florida Senator Jeff Brandes submitted three bills in the state senate to regulate sports betting in Florida on Monday (18 November).

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    888 Holdings has moved to address shareholders’ concerns over Brian Mattingley’s re-election as the operator’s non-executive chairman, after a significant percentage voted against his continuing in the position.

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    Swedish gambling operator Svenska Spel has donated more than SEK50m (£4.0m/€4.7m/$5.1m) to grassroots sports in the country for the seventh consecutive year as part of its Gräsroten initiative.

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    Australian lotteries and betting operator Tabcorp has revealed that Mandy Ross is to step down as its chief information officer in order to take up the role of chief digital officer with Griffith University in Brisbane.

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    Latvian gambling regulator the Lotteries and Gambling Supervisory Inspection (IAUI) has revealed that 127 people have so far accessed new, state-funded psychologist support for consumers affected by gambling-related problems.

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    Various major operators have declared their support for a new, UK-facing safer gambling initiative aimed at addressing the harm gambling can cause to consumers and young people.

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    Veikkaus has announced that it will speed up the implementation of its social responsibility strategy, by introducing new marketing controls and bringing forward the introduction of compulsory identification on slot machines by a year.

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