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    888 Holdings has promoted senior vice president and head of human resources Naama Kushnir to the role of chief operating officer. Kushnir takes on the role to replace Itai Pazner, who was named chief executive of the operator in January 2019.

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    Dutch gambling regulator Kansspelautoriteit (KSA) has appointed Ronald Prins to chair its advisory board. Prins is well known in the Netherlands for co-founding computer security solutions provider Fox-IT and serving as its CEO for more than 18 years.

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    Cherry AB subsidiary ComeOn has appointed Hampus Eriksson, previously of NetEnt, as its new chief product officer. Eriksson has experience in both marketing and product-related managerial roles in the iGaming industry.

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    The Republic of Ireland Government has set out plans to form a new gambling regulatory authority with the power to issue licences and fines to operators active in the country’s market.

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    Sports data intelligence provider Sportradar has entered into an official integrity services partnership with the United Soccer League (USL), the second tier of club football in the US.

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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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    From May 7, licensed igaming operators in England, Scotland and Wales will be required to verify customer identity before allowing them to gamble as a result of series of new controls.

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    Experienced public servant Shane Lucas has been appointed chief executive of the Victorian Responsible Gambling Foundation, the Australian state’s body for helping those affected by gambling-related harms.

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    The Gambling Awareness Trust has been established to tackle problem gambling-related issues in Ireland, with the independent charity to have access to over €1m (£854,400/$1.1m) in funding each year.

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    Swedish operator Betsson has appointed Martin Öhman as its new chief financial officer. Öhman will take on his new role no later than September 1, 2019.

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    LeoVegas Gaming has introduced a new proprietary multi-brand platform in a move that will enable the Swedish operator to launch new brands under the collective name ‘Brands of Leo’.

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    Sweden’s former horse racing monopoly operator AB Trav och Galopp (ATG) has completed its acquisition of Ecosys AS, the Danish gaming operator behind the Bet25.dk.

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    Online gaming operator 888 Holdings has completed the purchase of JPJ Group’s Mandalay bingo business for £18m (€21.0m/$23.7m). Announced last month, the deal will see London-listed 888 take full ownership of various bingo assets, including Costa Bingo, from JPJ subsidiaries Jet Management Group and Jet Media.

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    Gaming Innovation Group (GiG) has confirmed that it will list its shares on Nasdaq Stockholm later this month, with the first day of trading planned for March 26.

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    US casino and racetrack operator Churchill Downs Incorporated (CDI) has finalised a deal to assume management of Lady Luck Casino Nemacolin in Farmington, Pennsylvania, from Eldorado Resorts.

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    The National Collegiate Athletics Association (NCAA) Division I Men's Basketball Tournament, commonly known as March Madness, is set to attract up to $12.1bn (£9.2bn/€10.7bn) in wagers, according to figures from H2 Gambling Capital.

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    Online gambling operator BetVictor has appointed Betsson Group’s Matt Parkes as its new director of brand and creative.

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    Simon Barff has stepped down as UK managing director at Blueprint Operations, with David Purvis set to join the land-based slot and analogue games supplier as part of a management restructure.

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    Billionaire investor Carl Icahn has increased his stake in Caesars Entertainment Corporation to 15.53% as he pushes for the business to pursue a sale or merger.

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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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