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    UK industry standards body the Betting and Gaming Council (BGC) has called on the government to establish an “urgent economic package” to support the casino sector after warning its latest novel coronavirus (Covid19) measures could lead to 50% of workers losing their jobs.

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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 UK’s Competition and Markets Authority (CMA) is to investigate Evolution Gaming’s proposed acquisition of NetEnt, over concerns that the merger could lead to a reduction in competition in the British igaming market.

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    The Belgian Gambling Commission has set out plans to establish a new industry working group, with the aim of clamping down on illegal gambling activities in the country.

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    GVC Holdings’ board of directors has attacked press speculation linking an investigation into its former Turkish business to the scandal surrounding stricken payment provider Wirecard.

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    The focus of the second day of iGB Live! Online shifted to B2B, with speakers including H2 Gambling Capital’s Ed Birkin, SKS365 chief Alexander Martin and Better Collective CEO Jesper Søgaard.

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    Speaking at iGB Live! Online, Better Collective chief executive Jesper Søgaard set out why he believes a licensing regime for affiliates is both desirable and necessary.

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    UK gambling industry charity GambleAware received £820,000 during the first quarter of its fiscal year, ending 1 June, with Gamesys contributing more than half of the figure.

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    The Cyprus National Betting Authority has launched a public consultation on its proposal to establish a unified self-exclusion platform in the country.

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    Eldorado Resorts has secured approval from the Nevada Gaming Control Board and Gaming Commission to proceed with its proposed acquisition and subsequent merger with Caesars Entertainment Corporation.

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    France's new gambling regulator L’Autorité nationale des Jeux (ANJ) has officially launched today (22 June) after board members staged their first formal meeting.

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    Louisiana Governor John Bel Edwards has appointed Lieutenant Colonel Mike Noel as the new chairman of the state’s Gaming Control Board.

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    Swedish gaming operator LeoVegas has reported a 3.6% year-on-year rise in revenue for the first quarter of 2020, aided by growth the Nordic region offsetting a decline in revenue from the rest of Europe.

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    The chief executives of a further seven Swedish licensees have signed a petition organised by operator association Branscheforenigen for Onlinespel (BOS), protesting tightening restrictions imposed by Minister for Health and Social Affairs Ardalan Shekarabi.

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    New Zealand’s Racing Industry Transition Agency (RITA) has announced initial approval for businesses and stakeholders in the country’s thoroughbred and harness racing sectors to return to work on 28 April.

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    UK gambling industry charity GambleAware has announced its list of donors for the year ending 31 March 2020, with GVC’s £1.46m donation again leading the way.

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    The Malta Gaming Authority (MGA) has signed a memorandum of understanding (MoU) with the Financial Intelligence Analysis Unit (FIAU) that means the two institutions will share data to tackle money laundering.

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    Betsson Group has secured approval from anti-trust regulators to proceed with its planned acquisition of Gaming Innovation Group’s (GiG) B2C assets, with the deal now set to go through by the middle of April.

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    The Gambling Related Harm All Party Parliamentary Group (APPG) has written a letter to industry body the Betting and Gaming Council (BGC), in which it picks apart the measures set out in its new ten-point player protection plan.

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    The Illinois Gaming Board has announced that a temporary suspension on brick-and-mortar gambling in the state due to the ongoing novel coronavirus (Covid-19) crisis will be extended to April 30.

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