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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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    Betting technology provider Sportech has named its interim executive chairman Richard McGuire as its new chief executive officer.

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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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    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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    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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    William Hill has posted a £721.9m (€840.3m/$955.8m) pre-tax loss for 2018, as a result of an £882.8m write-down of the value of its retail business ahead of maximum B2 machine stakes being cut to £2 from April. Despite this, the operator hailed good underlying progress achieved over the year, with 2018 revenue up 2% year-on-year to £1.6bn.

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    US casino operator Eldorado Resorts has completed its deal to secure a $50m equity stake in William Hill, and 20% stake in its William Hill US subsidiary, as part of the companies’ 25-year US-focused sports betting partnership.

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    William Hill has announced a series of changes to its senior management team, including appointing Ulrik Bengtsson to the new role of chief digital officer

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    Sports and betting-related services company Sportradar has entered into a new partnership with Federação Paulista de Futebol (FPF), which manages all official football tournaments in the Brazilian state of São Paulo, and has enhanced its existing partnership with the Victorian Racing Integrity Commissioner in Australia.

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    US racetrack and casino owner Churchill Downs has completed the acquisition of mobile and online games developer and distributor Big Fish Games.

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    Dr. Tony Alamo is set to take over as chairman of the Nevada Gaming Commission after current chief Pete Bernhard announced that he would not seek reappointment and would resign on June 30.

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    Stars in their eyes

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    Japan presents many features of a growth market should regulation of land-based casinos go ahead in the near future, explains Simon Holliday of H2 Gambling Capital.

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    French online gaming regulator ARJEL revealed that poker continued to fall while online betting continued its strong performance in 2013.