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    International Game Technology (IGT) has extended its US sports wagering footprint into Arkansas by rolling out its IGT PlaySports technology at the Saracen Casino Annex in Pine Bluff.

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    The Global Lottery Monitoring System (GLMS) has again urged more countries to ratify the Council of Europe’s (CoE) Convention on the Manipulation of Sports Competitions to help strengthen its impact on tackling match-fixing in sport.

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    Brazil’s National Basketball League (LNB) has chosen Genius Sports as its new integrity and live data partner.

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    Board members at Flutter and The Stars Group further outlined the details of the synergies from the companies’ mega-merger, while also assuring stakeholders that the deal would pass any competition-related hurdles.

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    Gauselmann Group has appointed Rene Abou el Alla as the new chief product officer for its Merkur Sportwetten sports betting business.

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    Flutter Entertainment, the parent company of Paddy Power Betfair, has agreed a deal to acquire all of the shares in The Stars Group and merge with the operator to form a combined business with annual revenue of £3.8bn (€4.3bn/$4.7bn).

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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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    Austrian online gambling operator Interwetten has signed a deal with the Greek Super League to become the league’s official sports betting partner for the 2019-20 season.

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    Sports data provider Stats Perform has renewed two agreements with broadcaster BeIN for video betting rights related to the French Ligue de Football Professionnel (LFP) and Turkish Football Federation (TFF).

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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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    Online betting and gaming technology provider GAN has said that stronger-than-expected demand for its sports betting services in the US helped to drive gross operator revenue up 202.7% year-on-year during the third quarter.

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    Cyprus-based sports betting operator Bet on Alfa has joined the International Betting Integrity Association (IBIA).

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    The Rhode Island Lottery has reported a month-on-month increase in sports betting revenue in August after punters spent over $10m (£8.1m/€9.2m) on legal wagering during the month.

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    The Malta Gaming Authority (MGA) has expanded its relationship with the Tennis Integrity Unit (TIU) by entering into a new data-sharing agreement with the sport’s global anti-corruption body.

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    Kenya’s largest betting operator SportPesa said it will halt operations in Kenya after the country’s parliament voted to increase a tax on betting stakes at 20% for the 2019-20 fiscal year.

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    The Athletics Integrity Unit (AIU), the independent body established by the International Association of Athletics Federations (IAAF) to manage integrity issues in athletics, has set up a wide scale operation to monitor betting activities at the ongoing 2019 IAAF World Athletics Championships in Doha, Qatar.

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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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    Betting exchange operator Smarkets slipped to a pre-tax loss of £8.9m (€10.0m/$11.0m) in the 12 months ended December 31, 2018, despite recording a sharp increase in trading volume for the period.

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    The Tennis Integrity Supervisory Board has approved plans to merge the anti-corruption and anti-doping divisions within a single organisation as part of an effort to enhance the integrity of the professional sport.

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    A Washington D.C. court has temporarily suspended Greek lottery operator Intralot’s contract to operate lottery services and sports betting in the district, indicating that there is “substantial likelihood” that a lawsuit alleging the deal violates federal law succeeds.

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