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    The Stars Group chief executive Rafi Ashkenazi believes the operator can achieve double-digit growth in highly competitive and mature UK market in 2019, by leveraging the Sky Betting and Gaming assets acquired in 2018.

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    The Stars Group has reported a 54.6% increase in revenue for 2018, with the strong organic growth of the PokerStars operator complemented by contributions from the newly acquired Sky Betting & Gaming and BetEasy businesses. However the company posted a loss for the year, due to soaring administrative costs, increased investment in sales and marketing and finance-related expenses.

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    GVC Holdings chief executive Kenneth Alexander has credited excellent operational execution, effective marketing and a good World Cup for helping drive growth in the operator’s 2018 results.

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    William Hill reaffirmed its goal of doubling profits by 2023, despite reporting a £721m loss for 2018. Its strategy, first outlined at its capital markets day in November last year, is centred around three areas: driving digital growth in the UK and internationally; growing a business of scale in the US; and remodelling UK retail.

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    Casino games and platform supplier Relax Gaming is to launch its poker product in the regulated French market via its partnership with long-term customer Kindred Group.

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    GVC Holdings-owned PartyPoker has launched its online operations in the Czech Republic, via a partnership with leading poker room King’s Resort.

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    US racetrack and casino operator Churchill Downs Incorporated (CDI) has cited its racing and online advance deposit wagering (ADW) divisions as key drivers of a 14.3% year-on-year increase in revenue for 2018.

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    Portugal has posted €152.1m in online betting and gaming revenue for 2018, the second full year of regulation in the country, up 24% on the prior year.

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    France’s online gaming market reported year-on-year growth across all three legal verticals in 2018, with the sports betting vertical the standout performer. However ARJEL has suggested that with growth in other verticals still slow, a shift to a revenue-based tax regime may be key to safeguarding the industry in the long-term.

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    The Delaware Lottery’s igaming offering enjoyed a strong start to 2019, with revenue up 57.9% year-on-year, driven largely by the performance of Dover Downs.

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    The Office of the New Jersey Attorney General has ordered all licensed casinos and igaming operators in the state to cease working with Oddshark, citing the high-profile affiliate's promotion of illegal, offshore gaming sites. 

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    Martin Carlesund, the chief executive of live dealer software supplier Evolution Gaming, has hailed “yet another amazing year” in the company’s history after revenue for 2018 grew 38%.

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    Kindred Group, the owner of Unibet, has reported a 20.8% rise in revenue for 2018, driven in part by a record fourth quarter and an all-time high in active customers for the period. However the operator saw increased costs in Q4 hit its bottom line, with profit for the quarter down 22.6% year-on-year.

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    The UK’s Advertising Standards Agency and Committees of Advertising Practice have published a list of new standards designed to protect children and young people from irresponsible gambling adverts.

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    Kentucky lawmakers are to run the rule over a new bill that would legalise sports betting, fantasy sports games and online poker in the US state.

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    New York Representative Gary Pretlow Sr. has put forward a new bill with the aim of legalising online poker in the US state.

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    Gambling group Betsson and multi-brand betting services provider TR Media have both signed up to become members of Swedish industry trade group Sper.

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    The Gambling Commission has warned licensees that using non-disclosure agreements in settlements with customers could prevent consumers from reporting their concerns to the regulator and place operators in breach of their licence conditions.

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    The Australian Online Poker Alliance (AOPA) has called on gamblers in the country to lobby local politicians to support legalising online poker ahead of this year’s federal election.

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    The American Gaming Association (AGA) has attempted to address concerns over the US Department of Justice's revised opinion on the Wire Act by insisting that states and tribes are still able to offer regulated online gaming.

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