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    New Zealand casino operator SkyCity Group saw revenue grow 36.8% to NZ$1.13bn as favourable win rates and insurance payouts from a 2019 fire offset a decline in normalised revenue due to the impact of the novel coronavirus (Covid-19). The year also saw its online business make its first contribution to group revenue, bringing in $10.2m.

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    MGM Resorts International announced that its Las Vegas-based Mirage resort will reopen for business on 27 August, following several months closed due to the novel coronavirus (covid-19) pandemic.

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    US commercial gross gaming revenue (GGR) for the first half of 2020 fell 45.6% year-on-year to $11.70bn, according to the latest figures from the American Gaming Association (AGA).

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    Asian casino operator Galaxy Entertainment Group (GEG) saw revenue for the six months to 30 June drop 76.3% with the operator expecting further headwinds from the ongoing impact of novel coronavirus (Covid-19) on its Macau venues.

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    Lithuanian gambling revenue in the first half of 2020 fell by 15.9% to €43.8m (£4.0m/$5.2m) as the novel coronavirus (Covid-19) pandemic led to online revenue overtaking that of the land-based sector.

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    In their first month back after closures due to the novel coronavirus (Covid-19), Nevada casino revenue reached $566.8m, down 45.6% year-on-year, with sportsbooks in the state reporting their first monthly loss in almost seven years.

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    H2 Gambling Capital downgraded its annual expectations for the global gambling sector by a further $780m to $356.9bn this week.

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    The Japanese Racing Association's Q2 results coming in ahead of pre-Covid expectations saw a stabilisation in H2 Gambling Capital’s 2020 forecast this week.

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    Oklahoma’s Governor Kevin Stitt has signed new tribal betting compacts with the United Keetoowah Band of Cherokee Indians (UKB) and Kialegee Tribal Town (KTT).

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    An end-of-quarter exchange rate adjustment offset a further downgrade in H2 Gambling Capital’s 2020 forecast for the pandemic-hit global gambling sector this week.

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    The Gambling Related Harm All Party Parliamentary Group (APPG) has published its final report on igaming harms, concluding that a range of strict new controls should be introduced, including a total prohibition on advertising and banning online in-play betting.

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    H2 Gambling Capital's tracking of the cumulative impact of the pandemic on the global gambling sector has seen the biggest absolute fall in FY expectations for five weeks.

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    MGM Resorts International has announced plans to reopen three more of its Las Vegas casinos in the coming weeks as the business emerges from the novel coronavirus (Covid-19) enforced shutdown.

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    Gaming technology supplier AGS has said that enforced closures as a result of the novel coronavirus (Covid-19) global pandemic were to blame for it posting a loss of $22.6m (£18.4m/€20.9m) in the first quarter.

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    Casinos in Nevada must limit the number of players in their facilities and at gaming tables in order to prevent transmission of novel coronavirus (Covid-19) when they reopen following a statewide lockdown.

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    MGM Resorts’ revenue fell 29.1% to $2.25bn for the first quarter of 2019 due to the effects of the novel coronavirus (Covid-19), but the operator’s profits skyrocketed due to sales of two of its properties.

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    The Finnish Ministry of the Interior has issued a decree significantly reducing monthly and weekly loss limits for online casino offered by Veikkaus, while the monopoly operator has also announced that raffle draws will be suspended until further notice.

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    Dutch state-owned land-based operator Holland Casino's revenue and profit grew in 2019, the last full year before the country's online gambling market opens.

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    A meeting of Germany’s heads of state in Berlin saw lawmakers approve gambling regulations to legalise online poker and casino from 1 July, 2021, as well as deciding on the location of the country’s new regulatory authority.

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    Latvian gambling regulator the Lotteries and Gambling Supervisory Inspection (IAUI) has reported a 10.5% year-on-year increase in gross gambling revenue for 2019, due in part to significant growth within the igaming sector.

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