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    A new survey claims that a slight majority of Finnish citizens are in favour of abolishing the country’s current regulatory framework for gambling, which gives Veikkaus a monopoly over the market. However the poll also revealed that customers are wary of playing via sites licensed in other jurisdictions, and generally supportive of Veikkaus' consumer protection measures.

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    Dutch gaming regulator Kansspelautoriteit (KSA) has completed a series of public meetings on its proposed player protection regulations as it prepares for the opening of the Netherlands’ regulated igaming market. The regulator claimed that the consultation had shown broad support for its proposals, despite some questions about how certain measures would be enforced.

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    New Zealand’s Advertising Standards Authority (ASA) has published a new code for gambling adverts in the country, with a focus on protecting children, young people and other vulnerable people from gambling-related harm.

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    Gauselmann Group has appointed Markus Ettlin as the new managing director and chairman of its Merkur Sportwetten sports betting business.

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    The first six months of legal sports betting in West Virginia has seen the state’s licensed operators generate revenue of $10.1m (£7.7m/€8.9m), with the Penn National Gaming-operated Hollywood Casino at Charles Town Races leading the market.

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    SBTech may be formally confirmed as the Oregon State Lottery’s (OSL) sports betting partner later this month, though its selection as the preferred vendor has been protested by Scientific Games, a rival bidder for the contract.

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    State-owned gaming operator Svenska Spel’s lottery and gaming machine division has generated turnover of SEK906m (£74.6m/€86.9m/$97.6m) in the first two months of activity in Sweden’s newly regulated online gaming market.

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    GVC Holdings has said a strong performance from its online betting and gaming gaming assets has helped offset a flat performance from its UK retail operation in the first quarter of 2019.

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    A trio of bills that would regulate sports betting in Montana have progressed through the state legislature, with just weeks left of the state’s regular session. Two of the three have been passed by the House and transferred to the Senate, while one was approved by the Senate and transferred to the house earlier this week.

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    The Georgia Senate has approved a resolution to establish a new committee tasked with studying opportunities to regulate betting, gaming and horse racing in the state.

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    The Governor of Puerto Rico Rosselló Nevares has announced plans to introduce legislation to regulate online and in-person sports betting in the US-controlled territory.

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    Pennsylvania’s regulated sports betting market looks set to grow after Mohegan Sun Pocono and Mount Airy Casino Resort filed applications for sportsbook licences.

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    Scientific Games has signed a new agreement with long-term partner Danske Spil, which will see the supplier’s SG Digital division roll out a range of new features to enhance the Danish operator’s sportsbook offering.

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    The Responsible Gambling Strategy Board (RGSB) has said that the 2016-19 National Responsible Gambling Strategy achieved a number of key milestones, but ultimately failed to make as much progress as hoped in tackling gambling-related harm in Great Britain.

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    Happy Friday igamers! This week we take a leaf out of William Hill's books, hear why operators are disgruntled about Sweden and ponder the prospects of another lottery innovator Down Under

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    Sweden’s leading gambling trade associations Spelbranschens Riksförbund (SPER) and Branschföreningen för Onlinespel (BOS) have set out a new code of conduct for members to tackle concerns over excessive advertising in the newly-regulated market.

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    West Virginia Governor Jim Justice appears to have let a bill allowing the state’s land-based casinos to launch online gaming to pass into law without signing the legislation.

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    A new report commissioned by German operator body the Deutsche Sportwettenverband (DSWV) has claimed that a turnover tax levied on betting shops by local authorities across the country contravenes federal law.

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    Specialist recruitment agency WMRecruit has thrown its support behind the All-in Diversity Project after agreeing to become a strategic partner of the initiative.

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    Gauselmann Group has agreed a deal to acquire Totolotek, the Poland-facing sports betting subsidiary of Intralot, for an undisclosed sum.

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