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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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    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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    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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    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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    Pennsylvania’s regulated sports betting market saw handle grow beyond $300m for the first time in November, thanks to a soaring mobile contribution, while online casino benefitted from a leap in table games stakes.

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    Licensed sportsbook operators in Pennsylvania generated collective revenue of $14.9m (£11.5m/€13.4m) in the second full month of regulated sports wagering, while interactive gaming revenue in September amounted to $5.3m.

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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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    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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    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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    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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    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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    Revenue from regulated gambling in the Czech Republic fell 21.3% in 2018 to CZK31.3bn (£1.1bn/€1.2bn/$1.4bn), with the decline down to a lower contribution from slot machines.

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    William Hill has launched its brand in the Swedish igaming market, rolling out a Kambi-powered sportsbook and a range of casino games under the WilliamHill.se domain.

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    Nevada’s licensed sportsbooks generated total handle of $596.8m in March, setting a new record for amounts wagered in a month where basketball dominated the market.

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