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    Stockholm-listed Betsson is to acquire Gaming Innovation Group’s (GiG) B2C assets, including the Rizk, Guts, Kaboo and Thrills brands, paying an initial €31m (£25.7m/$33.6m).

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    Mobile games developer Gaming Realms has announced that Patrick Southon has stepped down from his role as chief executive and its board with immediate effect.

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    The US National Council on Problem Gambling has issued new guidelines to payment providers, reminding them that they can play a “critical role” in reducing gambling-related harm.

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    Penn National Gaming has appointed David William, a Apple executive, as its new chief financial officer and executive vice president with effect from 3 March.

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    Fantasy sports software provider Scout Gaming Group has raised approximately SEK36m (£2.9m/€3.4m/$3.8m) through two directed share issues.

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    Casino operator Eldorado Resorts has secured approval from the Louisiana Gaming Control Board to proceed with its pending acquisition of Caesars Entertainment Corporation.

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    Spread betting and contracts for difference (CFD) provider IG Group Holdings has reported a year-on-year decline in revenue and profit in the first six months of its financial year, primarily due to the impact of new European Securities and Markets Authority (ESMA) regulations.

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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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    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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    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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    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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    Nektan has completed the sale of its UK B2C business to Grace Media for a total cash consideration of £200,000 (€236,213/$262,969), as part of an ongoing restructuring effort at the white label and gaming content provider.

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    888 Holdings has said it is on track to achieve adjusted earnings before interest, tax, depreciation and amortisation (EBITDA) in line with expectations for 2019, after the online gaming operator was boosted by a record revenue performance in December.

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    Everi Holdings has bolstered its player loyalty and marketing solutions through the acquisition of assets from Micro Gaming Technologies (MGT).

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    Bet365 has reported a 9.7% year-on-year rise in betting and gaming revenue, while increased marketing costs and new efforts to enhance responsible gaming controls failed to slow profit growth for the financial year ended 31 March, 2019.

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    Online gaming solutions provider River iGaming will focus more on B2B operations after the division performed ahead of expectations in the third quarter, but has sought advice on strategic alternatives for its B2C business after it fell short of targets.

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    Payments and Know Your Customer (KYC) solutions provider iSignThis has launched legal action against the Australian Securities Exchange (ASX) over the decision to suspend, then fail to reinstate, trading of its shares.

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