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    Strong growth in revenue from OPAP's video lottery terminal division has helped the Greek lottery and gaming operator report a year-on-year increase in revenue for the first half of the year, as well as offsetting a decline in sports betting revenue.

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    Following the conclusion of a public consultation on the country’s sports betting regulations, the Brazilian government is to publish a draft bill for comment later this month.

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    A new report from Poland’s Supreme Audit Office (NIK) has revealed that while regulated the gambling industry has grown rapidly following amendments to the country’s Gambling Act in 2017, it is still dwarfed by the illegal market.

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    Swedish operator AB Trav och Galopp (ATG) has reported a 2% year-on-year rise in net gaming revenue for the first half of 2019, but admitted that increased competition around horse racing had proved a challenge during the period.

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    Increased B2C revenue resulting from Playtech’s 2018 acquisition of Italy’s Snaitech offset a decline in B2B revenue for the gaming solutions giant in H1, though the deal also resulted in increased depreciation and amortisation, and financial costs, which hit profits.

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    PlanetWin365 operator SKS365 has been issued with a tax inspection report claiming that it owes €124m to the Italian authorities, having failed to declare significant revenue generated in the country's regulated gambling market.

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    GVC Holdings remains confident that the business will be able to withstand potential regulatory headwinds across a number of its key and emerging markets, and believes it will see little change to German operating conditions.

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    GVC Holdings has revised its full year profit projections upwards for the second time this year after the operator’s online and European retail growth helped offset a weaker performance from its UK retail arm.

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    Australia’s Tabcorp has reported revenue of AUD$5.5bn (£3.08bn/€3.32bn/$3.71bn) for its financial year ended 30 June, 2019, strong growth in lottery revenue offsetting a decline in revenue from its Wagering & Media division over the year.

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    The German state of Hesse is gearing up to begin the process to award the country’s sports betting licences, with analysts warning that operators could see up to 70% of revenue disappear as a result of the restrictive operating model.

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    West Virginia’s sports betting market has reported revenue of $704,475.03 for the first five weeks of the state’s fiscal year, with Penn National Gaming’s Hollywood Casino at Charles Town Races maintaining its leadership of the market. 

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    Lower Austria, the country’s largest state, has submitted sports betting legislation to regulate online and retail betting to the European Commission.

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    William Hill has cited a reduction in the maximum stake on fixed-odds betting terminals in the UK and costs associated with its expansion efforts in the US as the primary reasons behind a year-on-year dip in adjusted operating profit for the first half.

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    The GB Gambling Commission has announced a number of changes to its licence conditions and codes of practice (LCCP) in a move it said will help make gambling fairer and safer for players.

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    Flutter Entertainment has reported an 18% year-on-year increase in group revenue during the first half of 2019, but also saw profit before tax slip 24%.

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    The Brazilian Ministry of the Economy has launched a month-long public consultation on sports betting regulation as it works to develop a legal framework for the vertical. Interested parties have until 31 August to submit comments.

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    Sports betting solutions provider FSB Technology has secured a £23m growth capital investment from Canadian venture capital fund Clairvest Group, with the money to be used to pursue growth opportunities in regulated markets.

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    France’s online gaming market has reported a 20.1% year-on-year increase in revenue for the first half of 2019, after the sports betting vertical grew strongly over the period.

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    The New South Wales (NSW) Government has set out plans to conduct a study into the effectiveness of existing responsible gambling measures in the Australian state and consider ways to better protect consumers from gambling-related harm.

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    Gauselmann Group’s Merkur Sportwetten subsidiary has begun its overhaul of the recently-acquired Polish betting and gaming business Totolotek, with a number of enhancements made across retail and digital channels.

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