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    The Minister for the Interior in the German state of Hesse has claimed no operator has filed an application for a federal sports betting licence, warning that companies will face immediate action if they continue to operate without certification.

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    Online gaming revenue generated by operators across the European Union (EU) in 2018 amounted to €22.2bn (£18.7bn/$24.6bn), with the market expected to grow to almost €30bn by 2022.

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    Indiana’s regulated sports betting market saw strong growth in customer stakes in November, though revenue declined month-on-month, according to the latest figures from the Indiana Gaming Commission.

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    The Swedish Gaming Authority (Spelinspektionen) has revealed that despite issuing sanctioning licensees on 21 occasions in 2019, Åland Islands-based Paf is the only operator to have paid the sum owed.

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    France’s Agence des participations de l’État (APE) has confirmed that the initial public offering of share in lottery and gaming giant La Française des Jeux (FDJ) has raised €1.89bn for state coffers.

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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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    Swedish gambling operator Svenska Spel has appointed Kajsa Nylander as its new sustainability manager.

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    Danish gambling regulator Spillemyndigheden has launched a new campaign to promote its ‘StopSpillet’ gaming addiction programme and encourage people to seek help.

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    Peter Hannibal, chief executive of UK industry organisation the Gambling Business Group (GBG), has called on the market to begin preparations for what he said is now an ‘inevitable’ overhaul of national legislation.

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    The New Hampshire Executive Council has voted to approve the state lottery’s decision to award DraftKings an exclusive contract to operate sports betting in the Granite State. 

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    Sky Sports-owned At The Races (ATR) has entered into a multi-year turnover-based streaming and data deal with Betfred, covering a wide range of horseracing content from the UK.

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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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    William Hill has put a year-on-year increase in revenue during the 17 weeks to October 29 to its ongoing expansion efforts in the US, with its activity in the country helping to offset further declines in its retail business following the changes in UK FOBT regulations.

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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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    The Indiana Gaming Commission has revealed that players in the state staked $91.7m on sports in October, a month-on-month increase of 160.4%.

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    The governing body for Colombia’s leading football competitions División Mayor del Fútbol Profesional Colombiano (Dimayor) has struck a partnership with Genius Sports through which it aims to safeguard its leagues and tournaments against match fixing and betting-related corruption.

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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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    Sri Lanka has become the first South Asian country to criminalise match fixing, with a bill setting out severe penalties including fines of up to LKR100m (£431,836/€502,536/$554,078) and ten-year prison terms.

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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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