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    The Deutsche Automatenwirtschaft (DAW), the umbrella organisation for Germany’s gaming machine associations, has highlighted a number of key issues that must be addressed as lawmakers prepare to begin discussions over the re-regulation of the country’s gambling market.

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    The UK Government has published an eight-point checklist to help those working in the gambling industry prepare for a potential no-deal Brexit. The UK is due to leave the European Union on October 31, but an exit deal is yet to be agreed with the EU.

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    The UK’s Competition and Markets Authority (CMA) has given its approval to Inspired Entertainment’s proposed acquisition of Gaming Technology Group (GTG), a division of Austrian gaming equipment and solutions giant Novomatic’s UK subsidiary.

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    GVC Holdings remains confident that the business will be able to withstand potential regulatory headwinds across a number of its key and emerging markets, and believes it will see little change to German operating conditions.

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    GVC Holdings has revised its full year profit projections upwards for the second time this year after the operator’s online and European retail growth helped offset a weaker performance from its UK retail arm.

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    The number of UK consumers complaining about gambling operators has increased by almost 5,000% over the last five years, according to Gambling Commission figures obtained by BBC’s Panorama programme.

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    The GB Gambling Commission has given its endorsement to the UK Government’s new Economic Crime Plan, which sets out plans to combat industry-related issues, such as money laundering and terrorist financing.

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    The GB Gambling Commission (GC) has agreed a deal for independent research sharing specialist Gambling Research Exchange (GREO) to support its new National Strategy to Reduce Gambling Harms.

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    The Remote Gambling Association (RGA) and Association of British Bookmakers (ABB) are to be wound up and replaced by the Betting and Gaming Council, a new UK-facing operator body that aims to act as the industry’s mouthpiece. British Beer & Pub Association chief executive Brigid Simmonds will lead the new body.

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    TV Global Enterprises, operator of the Latin America-facing betting and gaming brand BetCris, has become the latest operator to join the race for one of Buenos Aires province’s seven igaming licences.

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    The Gambling Commission has joined forces with partners in Wales to develop a new national strategy, with the aim of reducing gambling-related harms in the country.

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    Sports betting integrity monitoring body ESSA has rebranded as the International Betting Integrity Association. It has also revealed a sharp decline in suspicious betting alerts generated by tennis over the first quarter of 2019, with the total number of alerts across all sports down 26% year-on-year.

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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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    The UK Gambling Commission has set out its business plan for 2019-20, with a continued focus on protecting consumers, preventing gambling-related harm and raising overall standards in the industry.

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    The UK Gambling Commission has renamed its Responsible Gambling Strategy Board (RGSB) as the Advisory Board for Safer Gambling (ABSG) to help reflect a sharper focus on safer gambling.

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    The Responsible Gambling Strategy Board (RGSB) has said that the 2016-19 National Responsible Gambling Strategy achieved a number of key milestones, but ultimately failed to make as much progress as hoped in tackling gambling-related harm in Great Britain.

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    A new code of conduct for gaming operators active in the Danish market has been published, with the aim of strengthening consumer protection and lowering the risk of gambling addiction in the country.

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    GVC Holdings has appointed David Foster, who spent more than three years at public affairs manager at Paddy Power Betfair, as its new head of regulatory affairs.

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    The Labour Party is to demand mandatory limits on player spending, staking and speed of play for online gaming as part of a root-and-branch overhaul of igaming regulation in England, Scotland and Wales.

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    Playtech has reported a 54% year-on-year increase in revenue for 2018, though growth for the year was largely down to the acquisition of Italian operator Snaitech, with the solutions giant’s B2B division struggling.

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