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    Gaming Innovation Group (GiG) and Hard Rock International have agreed to a mutual termination of their platform and sportsbook services arrangement.

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    Daily fantasy and sportsbook operator DraftKings announced today (September 23) that Jocelyn Moore and Valerie Mosley have been appointed to the company’s board of directors, effective immediately.

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    The Japanese Racing Association (JRA) is to ease restrictions at a number of its off-track betting (OTB) locations, with facilities able to accept bets on a wider range of races from 26 September.

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    The British Horseracing Authority (BHA) has warned that the racing industry in Great Britain faces a “severe threat” after the return of spectators to events was delayed due to an increase in novel coronavirus (Covid-19) cases.

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    The Japanese Racing Association (JRA) has announced it will reopen its J-Place Kasamatsu, Ena and Tosu off-track betting (OTB) facilities from 19 September.

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    New Zealand Minister for Racing Winston Peters has set out his expectations for TAB NZ, saying that the new organisation should focus on helping the domestic industry recover from the novel coronavirus (Covid-19) pandemic.

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    The UK Tote Group has announced the appointment of John Williamson as its non-executive chairman, with effect from 1 September.

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    PointsBet has agreed a deal to become the official sports betting partner of NBC Sports, while the operator has also set out plans to raise an additional Aus$300m (£165.1m/€184.4m/US$219.3m) in capital.

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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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    South African gaming and entertainment business Tsogo Sun has struck a deal move into the country’s sports betting market through the acquisition of a 50.1% stake in local land-based and online operator Betcoza.

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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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    Gauselmann Group’s Merkur Sportwetten subsidiary has increased its stake in Belgian sports betting operator Betcenter Group to 74.9%, with plans to grow its omichannel business in the market.

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    UK racecourse operator the Arena Racing Company (ARC) has announced that the Belle Vue Stadium greyhound racing venue will permanently close, saying there is “no longer a business case” to keep the site operating.

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    Online football stock market Football Index has entered into a partnership with responsible gambling platform beBettor to use affordabilty checks to improve its player protection safeguards.

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    The Racing Industry Transition Agency (RITA) will this weekend complete its transition to TAB New Zealand, in line with the country’s new 2020 Racing Industry Act.

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    iGaming Academy, a training provider owned by Conexus Group, is offering free e-learning courses to help gaming businesses make themselves ready to tackle the effects novel coronavirus (Covid-19).

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    Online gambling platform developer i3 Interactive has appointed Andrew Lee and Ian Marmion to its management team to support the launch of its new Blitzbet sportsbook brand.

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    Betting technology supplier Sportech says efforst to reduce operational costs in the first half of its fiscal year helped to partially offset a “severe” decline in revenue, caused by the novel coronavirus (Covid-19) pandemic.

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    Online wagering solutions provider BetMakers Technology Group has raised AUS$35m (£19.2m/€21.5m/US$24.1m) through a new share placement, with the new funds to be used to execute its US expansion plans.

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    Bertrand Méheut has resigned as president of the board at French sports and horse race betting operator Pari-Mutuel Urbain (PMU).

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