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    The UK Advertising Standards Authority (ASA) has cleared Gauselmann-owned Merkur Cashino of targeting children with its advertising, after a £5 free-play offer on the back of a bus ticket prompted a complaint against the operator.

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    The Australian Communications and Media Authority (ACMA) has announced that Emu Casino and Fair Go Casino will be the first offshore gambling websites to be blocked by internet service providers (ISPs) in the country, as part of a new clampdown on illegal activities.

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    Dutch gambling regulator the Kansspelautoriteit (KSA) has announced that the Netherlands’ regulated online gaming market is now likely to open from 1 July, 2021 - six months after previously stated.

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    The Pennsylvania Gaming Control Board (PGCB) has reported a 0.4% month-on-month increase in sports betting revenue to $14.9m (£11.5m/€13.5m) for October, while igaming revenue was also up 19.5% to $4.9m for the month.

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    BetBlocker, the responsible gambling app funded and developed by alternative dispute mediation service ThePOGG.com, has been approved as a charity in the UK.

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    Spanish igaming operator association JDigital has proposed a series of changes to the code of conduct that governs gambling advertising in the market, including an outright ban on betting adverts during live televised sports events, which are due to come into force in January 2020.

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    Shareholders in Eldorado Resorts and Caesars Entertainment Corporation have voted to approve the proposed merger of the two operators.

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    Kindred Group has followed the land-based launch of its Unibet brand in Pennsylvania by rolling out online and mobile sports betting and casino gaming in the state, through a partnership with Mohegan Sun Pocono.

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    The Gambling Research Centre (Forschungsstelle Glücksspiel) at the University of Hohenheim in Stuttgart has issued a series of recommendations to update German gambling laws, including imposing taxes on unlicensed operators, and legalising, but strictly controlling, online casino games.

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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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    A coalition of 18 California-based Native American tribes have put forward a proposal that could pave the way for the launch of legal wagering in the state.

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    Japan’s government has nominated Michio Kitamura, former inspector general of legal compliance at the Defence Ministry, to head up its new Casino Management Committee regulatory body.

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    Banking group HSBC UK has joined forces with industry charities GamCare and GambleAware to develop and launch a new self-restriction tool to enable its customers to block gambling transactions on their accounts.

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    The newly formed Gamesys Group has reported a 22.9% year-on-year increase in revenue for the third quarter of the year, aided by a turnaround in the operator’s Jackpotjoy operating division.

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    Bragg Gaming Group has reported revenue of CAD$10.0m for the third quarter of 2019, while starting tomorrow, the business will have a new finance chief as bwin.party veteran Stephen Prowse takes over the role from Ashkay Kumar.

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    Denmark’s regulated gambling market has reported a marginal year-on-year decline in revenue, with declines in revenue from land-based gaming machines and sports betting offsetting growth in online casino.

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    The Malawi Gaming Board is preparing to launch a request for proposals (RFP) process to award additional sports betting, casino and wide area progressive licences in the country.

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    The American Gaming Association (AGA) has appointed Trevor Croker, chief executive and managing director of Aristocrat Leisure, as its new chairman.

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    Playtech has entered into a new partnership with GVC Holdings to launch Elevation, a new, dedicated live casino studio for the operator.

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    LeoVegas Gaming Group has reported a year-on-year increase in both revenue and operating profit for the third quarter after experiencing growth across most of its core markets.

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