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    The number of UK consumers complaining about gambling operators has increased by almost 5,000% over the last five years, according to Gambling Commission figures obtained by BBC’s Panorama programme.

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    William Hill has cited a reduction in the maximum stake on fixed-odds betting terminals in the UK and costs associated with its expansion efforts in the US as the primary reasons behind a year-on-year dip in adjusted operating profit for the first half.

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    UK-based games studio Blueprint Gaming has appointed Nicola Wallbank to the newly created role of head of corporate accounts.

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    The GB Gambling Commission has announced a number of changes to its licence conditions and codes of practice (LCCP) in a move it said will help make gambling fairer and safer for players.

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    Flutter Entertainment has reported an 18% year-on-year increase in group revenue during the first half of 2019, but also saw profit before tax slip 24%.

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    Scientific Games has reported a year-on-year increase in revenue for the first six months of 2019, while the supplier was also able to halve its net loss for the period.

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    The Brazilian Ministry of the Economy has launched a month-long public consultation on sports betting regulation as it works to develop a legal framework for the vertical. Interested parties have until 31 August to submit comments.

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    The GB Gambling Commission has handed Ladbrokes Coral a penalty package of £5.9m (€6.4m/$7.2m) for systematic failings related to social responsibility and anti-money laundering measures, while investigations into the actions of personal management licence-holders continue.

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    Sports betting solutions provider FSB Technology has secured a £23m growth capital investment from Canadian venture capital fund Clairvest Group, with the money to be used to pursue growth opportunities in regulated markets.

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    France’s online gaming market has reported a 20.1% year-on-year increase in revenue for the first half of 2019, after the sports betting vertical grew strongly over the period.

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    The New South Wales (NSW) Government has set out plans to conduct a study into the effectiveness of existing responsible gambling measures in the Australian state and consider ways to better protect consumers from gambling-related harm.

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    Gauselmann Group’s Merkur Sportwetten subsidiary has begun its overhaul of the recently-acquired Polish betting and gaming business Totolotek, with a number of enhancements made across retail and digital channels.

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    Happy Friday igamers! This week Diary ponders the Gambling Commission's position on loot boxes, mulls Nicky Morgan's appointment to the DCMS, considers the latest developments in Sweden and reminds you to vote for the most influential women.

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    The GB Gambling Commission has given its endorsement to the UK Government’s new Economic Crime Plan, which sets out plans to combat industry-related issues, such as money laundering and terrorist financing.

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    Nicky Morgan MP has been appointed as the new Secretary of State for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport, in one of a series of Cabinet changes after Boris Johnson took over as Prime Minister of the UK.

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    French gaming operator La Française des Jeux (FDJ) has reported a 5.5% year-on-year increase in revenue for the first half of the year, with chief executive Stéphane Pallez crediting the FDJ 2020 digital transformation strategy as driving growth.

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    Australian operator Tabcorp has rejected claims by Racing Queensland that its UBET subsidiary was not entitled to withhold AU$11m (£6.2m/€6.9m/US$7.7m) in response to a new point of consumption tax in the state.

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    Sports betting solutions provider Kambi has reported a 25.3% year-on-year increase in revenue for the first six months of 2019, with the business boosted by its customers launching in Pennsylvania’s online wagering market.

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    Gambling group Codere has appointed Luis Sánchez Serrano as its new corporate director of technology and digitalisation. Sánchez Serrano will report directly to group chief executive Vicente Di Loreto.

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    The UK Government is to launch a consultation over proposals to increase the minimum age consumers must be to purchase a National Lottery scratchcard and play online instant win games from 16 to 18.

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