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    New York-based Empire City Casino, owned and operated by MGM Resorts International, will reopen for business in a limited capacity from Monday, September 21.

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    Esports Entertainment Group has forecast revenue of $13.0m (10.0m/€10.9m) for its 2021 fiscal year, the first year in which the esports betting operator will be able to post revenue.

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    The American Gaming Association (AGA) has called for more to be done to tackle illegal online gambling websites, after a study forecast an increase in consumers using offshore sites to place online bets on the 2020-21 National Football League (NFL) season.

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    The Japanese Racing Association has set out plans for a partial reopening of more of its Park Wins, Wins and J-Place off-track betting facilities from Saturday 12 September.

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    Betting technology supplier Sportech's losses widened five-fold in the first half of 2020 as the impact of the novel coronavirus (Covid-19) led to a 38.7% drop in revenue to £20.2m (€22.2m/$26.3m).

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    UK charities the Young Gamers & Gamblers Education Trust (YGAM) and Betknowmore UK have launched a new online training programme, with the aim of helping workers in the British gambling market to identify signs of problem gambling.

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    Austrian gaming giant Novomatic Group saw revenue fall and posted a €108.1m loss for the first half of the year, after the business’ predominantly land-based operations were hit hard by the novel coronavirus (Covid-19) pandemic.

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    Esports betting operator Esports Entertainment Group has completed its acquisition technology assets from mobile gaming studio Flip Sports for an undisclosed amount.

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    Chinese lottery provider 500.com announced the resumption of activity in Sweden, via its The Multi Group (TMG) lottery betting subsidiary, having renewed its online gaming licence in the jursidiction for the next two years.

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    Sports betting and igaming operator 888 has become the official sports betting partner of the National Football League (NFL) in the UK and Ireland.

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    William Hill’s US business has announced the launch of its online and mobile sportsbook in Colorado, while the bookmaker has also rolled out the first selection of content and products through its new partnership with CBS Sports.

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    Revenue for Sazka Group-owned Greek gaming giant OPAP fell 34.8% year-on-year in the first half of the year due to the disruption caused by novel coronavirus (Covid-19). However, the operator said it saw performance rapidly recover once lockdown restrictions in Greece were eased and sporting events resumed.

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    Rank Group has reported a year-on-year decline in net gaming revenue (NGR) and net profit for its 2020 financial year, mainly due to the impact of the novel coronavirus (Covid-19) pandemic on its land-based operations.

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    Danish gaming operator Danske Spil saw revenue decline 7.8% year-on-year to DKK2.30bn (£281.1m/€309.1m/$365.2m) for the six months to 30 June, though like-for-like profit fell by just 2.9% thanks to a strong period for its lottery division and lower costs.

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    Liseberg, an amusement park in the Swedish capital Gothenburg, has been hit with an SEK20,000 (£1,762/€1,932/$2,282) fine by the country’s Gaming Inspectorate (Spelinspektionen) after it allowed minors to play claw machines on the premises.

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    Online gambling operator PointsBet has revealed it raised a total of AU$70.5m (£51.2m/€43.4m/US$51.1m) through the first stage of its fully underwritten entitlement offer.

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    Asia-facing online betting operator M88 has entered into a regional partnership with La Liga, the top division of club football in Spain.

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    Pinnacle-owned online sports betting operator, PinBet, has been appointed as a new member of the Swedish trade association for online gambling, Branscheförenigen för Onlinespel (BOS).

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    Guild Esports, a new esports business co-owned by football star David Beckham, has announced plans to float on the main market of the London Stock Exchange.

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    B2B fantasy sports supplier Scout Gaming Group has entered into a partnership with English Premier League football club Fulham.

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