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    Dutch municipal health services (Gemeentelijke Gezondheids Dienst - GGD) will be granted the power to close leisure establishments such as casinos and slot arcades if they trace an outbreak of the novel coronavirus (Covid-19) to the location

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    Casino operator SkyCity Entertainment Group has said it will again temporarily close its casino property in Auckland, following the decision by New Zealand’s government to place the city in lockdown after recording several new local cases of the novel coronavirus (Covid-19).

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    The Bulgarian National Revenue Agency (NRA) has officially taken over responsibility for the regulation of gambling, after lawmakers voted to abolish the country’s dedicated authority, the State Commission on Gambling (SCG).

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    Canadian igaming operator and technology provider FansUnite Entertainment has completed the acquisition of white label solutions provider Askott Entertainment for CAD$27.8m (USD$20.7m) in FansUnite shares.

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    Twin River Worldwide Holdings saw revenue for the first half of 2020 fall 47.7% year-on-year,  becoming the latest listed US operator to outline the disruption caused by novel coronavirus (Covid-19) on its business.

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    Gambling is officially set to become legal in Ukraine after the country’s president, Volodymyr Zelensky, signed the country’s Gambling Act into law today (11 August), with Eastern Europe-facing operator Parimatch already announcing its intent to p

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    Esports betting operator Esports Entertainment Group has signed a letter of intent to acquire certain assets of mobile games studio Flip Sports.

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    Industry supplier i3 Interactive announced today (11 Aug) that it has entered into an agreement to acquire all shares in an unnamed private British Columbia (BC) corporation that owns and operates a poker brand active in the Indian market.

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    The British Gambling Commission has lifted the suspension of Matchbook operator Triplebet’s remote operating licence after the operator “implemented the remedial measures required”.

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    The British Horseracing Association (BHA) has appointed Julie Harrington, the former head of British Cycling, as its new chief executive.

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    Allied Esports Entertainment, the group that includes World Poker Tour (WPT), has reported a comprehensive loss of $10.9m (£8.3m/€9.3m) for the second quarter, after its revenue was hit by the novel coronavirus (Covid-19) shutdown of certain esports events.

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    Canterbury Park Holding Corporation, operator of Canterbury Park racecourse in Minnesota, has reported a $925,976 net loss for the first half of 2020, after it was forced to temporarily close the venue due to the novel coronavirus (Covid-19) pandemic.

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    Alibaba Group-owned lottery equipment supplier AGTech’s revenue for the first six months of 2020 came to HKD$43.9m (£4.3m/€4.8m/USD$5.7m), down 8.0% year-on-year, though the business reduced its losses for the period by 12.1%.

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    Korean casino and resort operator Kangwon Land’s revenue fell 63.5% to KRW270.64bn (£174.6m/€193.9m/$228.7m) in the first half of 2020, after its venues were open only to VIP customers for much of the second quarter of the year.

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    Alot Solutions, the B2B division of lottery betting giant Lottoland, has appointed Geaspar Byrne as its new chief financial officer.

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    The European Gaming and Betting Association (EGBA) has called for the introduction of a specific set of consumer rights for the online gambling sector in the European Union.

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    Gaming Innovation Group (GiG) has reported a year-on-year increase in revenue for the second quarter, primarily due to growth within its platform services arm.

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    The enlarged Gamesys Group has seen reported gaming revenue double year-on-year in the six months to 30 June, aided by record revenue from Asia.

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    Newly promoted Premier League club Leeds United have announced SBOTOP as its new main shirt sponsor in a “record deal” for the club, replacing Kindred brand 32Red.

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    The Indiana Gaming Commission has reported the strongest month for the state’s sports betting market since February, with revenue and handle both soaring in July.

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