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    Civil rights activist reverend Al Sharpton has urged Colorado lawmakers and the state’s Gaming Commission to block mobile sports betting in the state.

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    William Hill has announced that it expects a material impact on revenue and earnings from the novel coronavirus (Covid-19) pandemic, and has therefore suspended its 2019 dividend to retain financial resources within the business.

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    Betfred has acquired part of the customer database of insolvent MoPlay operator Addison Global and will return customer stakes on open bets, according to an email sent to customers.

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    New Zealand’s Racing Industry Transitional Authority (RITA) admitted concerns that the Racing Industry Bill does not offer enough flexibility for the roll-out of new betting products, but revealed that a bill regulating online betting may be in the works.

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    DraftKings has struck a deal that will see it acquired by a special purpose acquisition company alongside betting and gaming technology provider SBTech, with the combined entity to be listed on the Nasdaq Stock Exchange.

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    Betsson has confirmed that it has acquired a 75% stake in the Brazilian sportsbook operator Suaposta, ahead of the country’s government passing sports betting regulations.

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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 Washington, DC Council has awarded Intralot a five-year contract to power the city lottery’s sports betting offering, despite mounting concerns over the manner in which the contract was handed to the Greek lottery and gaming solutions provider.

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    Swedish operator association Branschföreningen för Onlinespel (BOS) has requested an urgent meeting with the country’s gaming regulator in the wake of a number of operators being fined for an apparent breach of the country’s Gambling Act.

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    French gambling giant La Française des Jeux (FDJ) has struck a deal to acquire Sporting Group, the parent company of spread betting operator Sporting Index and sports betting technology and trading service provider Sporting Solutions.

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    London-listed Webis Holdings has announced that its advanced deposit wagering (ADW) business WatchandWager has renewed its commingling contract with the Hong Kong Jockey Club.

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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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    Online gaming software supplier EveryMatrix has struck a deal to sell off its customer-facing brand Jetbull to Swedish operator Amgo iGaming in a €2m (£1.8m/$2.2m) deal.

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    Stockholm-listed Better Collective will significantly expand its presence in the US market through the acquisition of daily fantasy and sports betting affiliate Rical LLC, operator of the RotoGrinders and SportsHandle portals.

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    UK racecourse operator Arena Racing Company (ARC) has acquired a 45% holding in i-neda, a supplier providing pari-mutuel wagering technology to operators in the US, Europe and Asia.

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    Clarion Gaming’s inaugural edition of ICE North America, which takes place in Boston from May 13 to 15, will feature a keynote presentation from iconic boxer and Olympic champion Sugar Ray Leonard.

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    US casino operator Delaware North has filed a lawsuit against its sports betting joint venture partner Miomni Gaming, accusing the supplier and its CEO Michael Venner of engaging in “an ongoing pattern of misrepresentation and bad faith” throughout the partnership.

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    Casino operator Delaware North has terminated its sports betting contract with Miomni Gaming in West Virginia after a disruption to land-based, online and mobile wagering services in the state.

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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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    DraftKings has agreed a multi-year partnership with Caesars Entertainment that will give the operator access to a number of state gambling markets as and when regulation is passed.

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