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

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    Gamesys Group and Scientific Games have together launched a new website, Rainbow Riches Casino, focused on its Rainbow Riches slot brand.

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    Just under one in six Australians aged 16-17 gambled in the past year, according to the Longitudinal Study of Australian Children's (LSAC) annual statistical report.

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    Slot developer Stakelogic has received a supplier licence from the GB Gambling Commission, allowing its titles to be used by British-licended operators.

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    Finnish gambling monopoly Veikkaus is to begin reducing the number of slot machines operating across the country from January next year, with around a fifth of its installed base to be taken out of service by the end of the year.

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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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    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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    Consumers in the Netherlands are more likely to encounter issues with problem gambling when playing gaming machines than other forms of gambling, according to a new joint report from the country’s regulator Kansspelautoriteit (KSA) and self-help organisation AGOG.

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    The Republic of Ireland’s Minister for Justice and Equality, Charlie Flanagan, has announced plans to cap the maximum stake on gaming machines at €5 (£4.25/$5.51), while the top prize will be set at €500.

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    Redbridge London Borough Council has become the UK’s first local authority to revoke a pub’s gaming machine licence, after finding that The George Public House, a branch of JD Wetherspoon, repeatedly failed to stop children playing the terminals.

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    Nevada’s gaming market generated revenue of $1.02bn in October, and while this represented a 3.9% year-on-year decline, it marked the sixth time in 2019 that the monthly total surpassed $1bn. 

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    Campaigners are calling on Pennsylvania’s authorities to confiscate thousands of gambling machines at establishments across the state after a court ruled that they are defined as slot machines.

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    Australia’s Aristocrat Leisure has reported a 22.7% year-on-year increase in revenue for the 12 months to 30 September, to AUD$4.40bn on a statutory basis.

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    Latvia’s parliament has approved proposals to raise certain land-based gaming taxes in the country, including the measures in the 2020 budget.

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    UK-based games studio Blueprint Gaming, part of the Gauselmann Group, has acquired games developer Livewire Gaming for an undisclosed sum.

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    International Game Technology (IGT) has reported a marginal decline in revenue to $1.15bn for the third quarter of 2016, 0.3% below last year’s figure, but profit increased more than four-fold, as foreign exchange gains more than offset higher operating costs.

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    Italy’s Five Star Movement-Democratic Party coalition government has set out plans to reduce the number of online gaming licences in the country from 85 to 50 by 2023.

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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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    Gaming solutions provider Inspired Entertainment has reported a 25.3% year-on-year decline in revenue to $26.6m (£20.7m/€24.1m) or the third quarter of 2019, a 25.3% year-on-year decline, which showed the business continues to suffer from the reduction in fixed-odds betting terminal (FOBT) stakes in the UK.

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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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