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    The GB Gambling Commission has called for ongoing industry cooperation to continue to tackle underage gambling after a new report from the regulator highlighted a decline in the number of 11 to 16-year-olds taking part in gambling activities.

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    The International Association of Gaming Regulators (IAGR) has appointed Paul Newson, trustee of Australia’s New South Wales Responsible Gambling Fund, as its new president.

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    Licensed sportsbook operators in Pennsylvania generated collective revenue of $19.4m (£15.1m/€17.4m) in the second full month of regulated sports wagering, while interactive gaming revenue in September amounted to $5.3m.

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    More than 40% of Welsh students aged 11-16 said they gambled in the last year, though activity was predominantly centred around fruit machines and the National Lottery, according to a new study from Cardiff University.

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    A national investigation by the Spanish police found little evidence of underage gambling across the country’s licensed gambling premises. La Policía Nacional’s Operation Arcade, in which more 3,000 spot inspections of almost 1,900 gaming halls throughout Spain were carried out over a 48-hour period, uncovered only 28 cases of minors gambling.

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    State-wide gambling revenue in Pennsylvania amounted to $3.29bn in the 2018-19 financial year as the introduction of legal sports betting and higher income from slots gaming boosted the state .

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    Ukraine’s Cabinet of Ministers has approved the government’s new Action Program, which includes a draft law that would legalise gambling in the country.

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    Nevada’s sportsbook handle for the month of August remained behind New Jersey for August, despite a 22.1% increase to $287.8m, while overall casino revenue slipped back below $1bn at $952.4m.

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    Social casino operator KamaGames has announced a wide-ranging overhaul of its flagship Pokerist app, which sees the studio launch a social sports betting product for the first time. A range of additional features, including a new app guide, Alice and Wonderland-themed slot and referral programme for players, have also gone live.

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    Germany’s Federal Centre for Health Education (BZgA) will look to educate players about the risks associated with gambling, especially around land-based slot machines, with a new annual awareness raising day taking place for the first time this week. The centre, a subsidiary of the federal Ministry of Health, estimates there are around 500,000 problem gamblers across Germany.

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    The Pokagon Band of Potawatomi Indians, which operates the Four Winds chain of casinos in Indiana and Michigan, has begun negotiations to introduce Class III games, including sports betting, in its South Bend, Indiana venue.

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    Austrian gaming giant Novomatic has reported a 1.8% year-on-year fall in revenue for the first half of its financial year, with changes to gaming regulations in core markets such as Germany and Italy blamed for the decline. This led to significant increases in depreciation and amortisation, which drove down profit for the period.

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    Greek lotteries and gaming solutions provider Intralot has put a 7.6% year-on-year drop in reported consolidated revenue primarily down to declines within its B2C division, specifically in the Argentina and Bulgaria markets.

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    Online gambling revenue in the regulated Lithuanian market increased to €17.5m (£15.9m/$19.3m) in the first six months of 2019, while revenue from land-based gaming was also up year-on-year.

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    Nevada has once again seen its sportsbook handle fall below that of New Jersey, with customers in the state wagering a total of $235.7m in July. 

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    The New Zealand government has launched a public consultation to gauge public support for regulating new forms of online gambling. Members of the public and industry stakeholders are invited to submit comment on four potential regulatory models, as well as harm prevention measures, by September 30.

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    Gambling revenue in Pennsylvania reached a record $3.3bn (£2.6bn/€2.9bn) in the 2018-19 fiscal year, as the US state was boosted by additional income from regulated sports wagering.

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    Latvia gambling regulator the Lotteries and Gambling Supervisory Inspection (IAUI) has announced details of a new initiative whereby consumers suffering with gambling-related problems can access state-funded psychologist support.

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    A syndicate of eight investment banking groups have been selected to work on the privatisation of French state-owned gaming operator La Française des Jeux (FDJ).

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    Norwegian state-owned gambling operator Norsk Tipping has again tightened its responsible gambling controls, with players now shown an overview of their playing habits when they log into their online accounts.

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