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    The Rivers Casino & Resort in Schenectady has become the first licensed venue in New York to accept legal sports bets, six years to the month after land-based sports wagering was legalised in the state.

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    Finnish gambling monopoly Veikkaus has set out plans to enhance its online and retail sportsbook services via a new partnership with sports betting technology provider SBTech.

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    STS, the largest bookmaker in Poland, has extended its sponsorship agreement with KS Cracovia, a team playing in the country's top football league the Ekstraklasa.

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    The Washington, DC Council has awarded Intralot a five-year contract to power the city lottery’s sports betting offering, despite mounting concerns over the manner in which the contract was handed to the Greek lottery and gaming solutions provider.

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    Czech gaming and lottery giant Sazka Group has put forward an offer of €2.06bn (£1.85bn/$2.31bn) to gain full control of Greek gaming operator OPAP.

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    A new survey commissioned by Novomatic Group subsidiary Löwen Entertainment claims that more that 70% of the German public supports the roll-out of a uniform regulatory framework for all forms of gambling.

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    Community, the trade union that represents betting shop workers, has called on the government to support William Hill staff who could lose their jobs as a result of the bookmaker closing 700 of its betting shops across the UK.

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    The GB Gambling Commission (GC) has agreed a deal for independent research sharing specialist Gambling Research Exchange (GREO) to support its new National Strategy to Reduce Gambling Harms.

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    GambleAware has agreed a deal for data and analytics specalist ViewIt UK to operate and manage the information system for the National Gambling Treatment Service as part of a wider effort to tackle gambling-related harm in the UK.

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    Hopes for the launch of sports betting in Maine have suffered a setback after the state’s Governor Janet Mills failed to sign legislation into law before the July 2 deadline. 

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    William Hill has entered into a consultation process over plans to close around 700 of its shops across the UK, as it seeks to rearrange its business following the government’s decision to reduce the maximum stake on fixed-odds betting terminals.

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    A bill to regulate sports betting in Puerto Rico is headed to Governor Ricardo Rosselló Nevares to be signed into law after passing the unincorporated US territory’s legislature. 

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    The Indiana Gaming Commission has launched a public consultation on the state’s sports betting regulations, with stakeholders and members of the public able to submit comments on the proposed framework until August 1. 

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    The House of Lords’ Select Committee on the Social and Economic Impact of the Gambling Industry has published a call for evidence to support its inquiry into problem gambling in the UK.

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    Australian sportsbook operator PointsBet has secured a 20-year partnership with Chicago-area racetrack Hawthorne Race Course, providing it with a route into the Illinois sports betting market.

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    The Remote Gambling Association (RGA) and Association of British Bookmakers (ABB) are to be wound up and replaced by the Betting and Gaming Council, a new UK-facing operator body that aims to act as the industry’s mouthpiece. British Beer & Pub Association chief executive Brigid Simmonds will lead the new body.

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    Betting technology provider Sportech has named its interim executive chairman Richard McGuire as its new chief executive officer.

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    GVC Holdings, bet365, Flutter Entertainment, William Hill and Sky Betting and Gaming have followed up plans to increase funding for problem gambling treatment and safer gambling by setting out a plan of action to cerate a safer gambling environment.

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    Illinois Governor J.B. Pritzker has signed into law the far-reaching gaming expansion bill passed by the state legislature early in June, paving the way for the roll-out of regulated sports betting. 

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    California Assemblymember Adam Gray has filed a constitutional amendment to authorise sports wagering in the state, provided it is ratified by citizens in a statewide ballot.

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