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    The British Horserace Betting Levy Board (HBLB) has agreed to provide an additional £3.2m in immediate and short-term funding to help the racing industry navigate the novel coronavirus (Covid-19) crisis.

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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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    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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    Digital media giant InterActiveCorporation (IAC) has acquired a 12% stake in MGM Resorts International, describing the investment as a “once in a decade” opportunity.

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    The Horserace Betting Levy Board (HBLB) will accept applications for loans, intended to be used as emergency support to the British horseracing industry to help it to manage the novel coronavirus (Covid-19) pandemic, from 1 September.

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    Sports betting revenue in Iowa increased to $2.2m in July as the state continued to recover from the novel coronavirus (Covid-19) shutdown of sports and retail gambling venues.

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    Greek gaming operator OPAP Group has completed the acquisition of a 51% stake in Stoiximan Group’s Greek and Cypriot operations more than 18 months after announcing the deal.

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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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    Gaming solutions giant Playtech expects earnings for the first half of 2020 to reach €160m, after a strong performance from its online and financials divisions helped offset novel coronavirus’ (Covid-19) disruption to retail and sports in the period.

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    William Hill has reported a 31.7% year-on-year decline in revenue for the first half of its financial year, though a £230.7m value added tax (VAT) refund allowed the operator to post a £115.6m net profit for the period.

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    The novel coronavirus (Covid-19) pandemic has hit International Game Technology (IGT) hard in the second quarter of 2020, with revenue dropping 48.4% and the business posting a net loss of $279.6m.

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    Betclic Everest Group subsidiary Bet-at-Home said it remains on track to hit its full-year targets despite withdrawals from newly-regulated markets and the novel coronavirus (Covid-19) pandemic causing a decline in first half revenue and earnings.

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    The Oregon Lottery’s SBTech-powered sportsbook app Score Board has seen revenue and handle growth continue into June, thanks again to the strong performance of football, mixed martial arts and table tennis.

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    The British Horseracing Authority (BHA) has announced that it plans to increase minimum prize money levels from September, with the appearance money scheme, designed to deliver more value for mid- and lower-tier trainers also set to resume that month.

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    H2 Gambling Capital has announced a slight upgrade to its projections for 2020 global gambling gross win this week, while igaming revenue is now expected to break $100bn within five years.

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    La Française des Jeux (FDJ) said a strong performance after France emerged from its novel coronavirus (Covid-19) lockdown has reduced a decline in revenue for the first half of the operator’s financial year.

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    Churchill Downs Incorporated (CDI) has reported a year-on-year fall in revenue and a net loss for the first half of 2020, primarily due to the impact of the novel coronavirus (Covid-19) pandemic on the operator.

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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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    TheScore has seen revenue fall 71.8% year-on-year in the three months to May 31, in a period which chief executive John Levy described as an “unprecedented challenge” for the Canadian media and betting business.

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    Rhode Island’s legal sports betting market generated $18.7m in revenue during the state’s 2019-20 financial year, despite the final four months of the period being impacted by the novel coronavirus (Covid-19) pandemic.

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