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    Betting exchange BETDAQ has donated sponsorship space on the front of EFL League One football club Sunderland’s jerseys to a charity as part of parent company GVC Holdings’ Changing for the Bettor corporate social responsibility drive.

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    European regulatory authority Gaming Regulators European Forum (GREF) has appointed Jorn Starck, executive director of the Alderney Gambling Control Commission, as its new chairman.

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    Racecourse owners and breeders organisation Together for the Tote has named Mark Kemp, formerly of Ladbrokes Coral Group, as its new UK managing director.

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    Gambling.com Group has reported a 52% year-on-year increase in revenue for the first quarter of 2019, with the affiliate marketing giant to invest in the development of products for the US market in the year ahead.

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    GVC Holdings has stepped up its corporate social responsibility campaign Changing for the Better by partnering the Safer Online Gambling Group (SOGG), a body set up by a former gambling addict to raise awareness of gambling-related harm.

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    The Horseracing Betting Levy Board (HBLB) has warned that the Levy for the UK industry in 2018-19 is set to fall short of expectations by some distance, with forecasts placing the sum paid to the industry down by £17m (€9.4m/$21.7m) from the previous year.

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    Online gambling operator Esports Entertainment Group has appointed John Brackens, previously of Activision Blizzard, as its new chief information officer.

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    UK racecourse operator Arena Racing Company (ARC) has acquired a 45% holding in i-neda, a supplier providing pari-mutuel wagering technology to operators in the US, Europe and Asia.

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    Danish regulator Spillemyndigheden has established a new whistleblower scheme allowing employees of gambling operators to report evidence or suspicions of wrongdoing in relation to money laundering laws.

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    Richard Flint is to step down from his role as executive chairman of Sky Betting & Gaming, its parent company The Stars Group has confirmed. Flint has been with the online gaming operator since 2001.

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    Shareholders in Paddy Power Betfair have overwhelmingly voted to back plans to rebrand the gambling operator as Flutter Entertainment. Votes were cast at the group’s AGM, with 99.76% of shareholders supporting the proposal.

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    London-listed lottery brokerage Zeal Network has completed the acquisition of its former subsidiary Lotto24 via an all-share public takeover.

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    The Stars Group has appointed its chief corporate development officer, Robin Chhabra, as CEO of its new Fox Bet US sports betting joint venture with Fox Sports.

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    Women in Racing, an organisation committed to developing the profile of women in the sport of horse racing, has signed up as a strategic partner of the All-in Diversity Project.

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    Private equity group Blackstone has committed to a £175m (€202.7m/$227.5m) strategic minority investment in Romanian omni-channel sports betting and gaming operator Superbet.

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    The US National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) has formally withdrawn a ban on its events being hosted in states that offer legal sports betting.

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    Danish gambling operator Danske Spil has agreed a deal to take ownership of Tivoli Casino’s online gaming business. Danske Spil will be able to use the TivoliCasino.dk brand as part of its business for the next 10 years.

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    Australian gaming machines and content provider Ainsworth Game Technology has warned that it is likely to miss financial targets for the second half of its 2019 financial year, with its current performance failing to meet expectations.

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    Swedish gambling regulator Spelinspektionen has entered into a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with the Gibraltar Ministry of Commerce's Gambling Division (GGD), to formalise cooperation agreements between the two.

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    GambleAware has reiterated calls for UK operators to offer further financial support its problem gambling efforts after revealing that industry funding failed to meet its 2018-19 target.

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