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    The GB Gambling Commission has set out details of a new responsible gambling initiative, whereby it will work with GVC Holdings, Sky Betting and Gaming, Playtech and SG Gaming to form three industry working groups in an effort to make gambling safer.

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    New Zealand’s Racing Industry Transitional Authority (RITA) admitted concerns that the Racing Industry Bill does not offer enough flexibility for the roll-out of new betting products, but revealed that a bill regulating online betting may be in the works.

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    The Malta Gaming Authority (MGA)’s Information & Research Unit has found that 730 jobs have been reported as unfilled by Malta-based gaming companies as of the end of 2018 because of a skills shortage in the country.

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    The PA Media Group has announced the launch of PA Betting Services, the new umbrella brand for all of its sports betting operations.

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    Daily fantasy and sports betting operator DraftKings has opened a new office in Las Vegas, Nevada, to support its ongoing growth plans in the US market.

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    NHS England mental health director Claire Murdoch has written letters to the chiefs of the UK’s leading gambling operators about the, “clear and worrying links between gambling and mental ill health.”

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    iGaming operator ComeOn will be known as ComeOn Group going forward, to better reflect the business’ activities across a range of brands and markets.

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    The Jockey Club Racecourses (JCR), the racecourse arm of commercial racing's UK governing body The Jockey Club, has announced that Paul Fisher will leave his role as its chief executive next month.

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    The British Horseracing Authority (BHA) has announced that Nick Rust is to step down as its chief executive at the end of 2020, after almost six years in the role.

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    Online gaming operator 888 has announced that Aviad Kobrine, its long-serving chief financial officer, is to step down from the role later this year after 15 years with the business.

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    US gambling facility operator Greenwood Racing has appointed Eric Hausler, previously of VICI Properties and Capri Casinos, as its new chief executive, effective from 20 January.

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    BetBlocker, the UK-facing responsible gambling app funded and developed by alternative dispute mediation service ThePOGG.com, has secured its first corporate donation from online casino comparison website CasinoGuide.

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    Gambling software supplier GAN has appointed Karen Flores as its new chief financial officer with immediate effect.

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    William Hill has revealed that it expects to post better-than-expected adjusted operating profit for the year ended 31 December, 2019, with the bookmaker forecasting that the final figure will fall between £143m (€167.0m/$185.8m) and £148m.

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    The Responsible Gambling Collaborative (RGC) - an umbrella organisation dedicated to responsible gambling and the prevention of problem gambling - has announced new effectiveness principles and the results of a state-by-state study on RG funding.

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    Norwegian lottery operator Norsk Tipping has announced that it distributed almost NOK700m (£60.2m/€70.9m/$78.6m) in gambling proceeds to grassroots sports initiatives across the country during 2019.

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    Norwegian horse racing monopoly Norsk Rikstoto could potentially merge with Norsk Tipping to jointly run the country’s horse racing betting monopoly, according to a new report commissioned by the country's government.

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    The NHS’s Northern Gambling Service has opened a new clinic in Sunderland as it continues to expand its treatment services across northern England.

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    Diamond Eagle Acquisition Corp – the special purpose acquisition company formed as part of DraftKings and SBTech’s merger – has filed a registration document revealing DraftKings made a loss of $114.1m (£87.1m/€102.7m) in the first nine months of 2019.

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    Online gaming operator LeoVegas has announced that it is to withdraw its Royal Panda brand from the UK market, with the website no longer accepting new customers.

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