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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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    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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    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 and Competition and Markets Authority (CMA) have published a joint letter calling for operators to pay closer attention to consumer protection law to help ensure players have access to a fair and transparent market.

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    Unibet operator Kindred Group has reported an 8.0% year-on-year rise in revenue for the first quarter of 2019, though has seen earnings impacted by costs associated with its launch in Sweden’s newly regulated igaming market.

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    Aspers, Caesars, Genting, Playtech and the Rank Group have all signed up as new partners of UK-facing responsible gambling body the Senet Group.

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    Las Vegas-based casino giant Wynn Resorts has abruptly terminated discussions with Crown Resorts less than a day after announcing that it was looking to acquire the Australian gaming operator.

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    SkillOnNet-powered RedKings is to close its poker and sports betting products later this month, but continue to operate its online and mobile casino service. Poker and sports betting will cease operations on April 28.

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    Gaming solutions giant Playtech has appointed Anna Massion and John Krumins as non-executive directors of the business, with immediate effect.

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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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    The All-in Diversity Project has appointed Shelley White, chief executive of the Responsible Gambling Council (RGC), to its advisory board.

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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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    The Stars Group chief executive Rafi Ashkenazi believes the operator can achieve double-digit growth in highly competitive and mature UK market in 2019, by leveraging the Sky Betting and Gaming assets acquired in 2018.

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    The Stars Group has reported a 54.6% increase in revenue for 2018, with the strong organic growth of the PokerStars operator complemented by contributions from the newly acquired Sky Betting & Gaming and BetEasy businesses. However the company posted a loss for the year, due to soaring administrative costs, increased investment in sales and marketing and finance-related expenses.

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    GVC Holdings chief executive Kenneth Alexander has credited excellent operational execution, effective marketing and a good World Cup for helping drive growth in the operator’s 2018 results.

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    US racetrack and casino operator Churchill Downs Incorporated (CDI) has cited its racing and online advance deposit wagering (ADW) divisions as key drivers of a 14.3% year-on-year increase in revenue for 2018.

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    Gambling group Betsson and multi-brand betting services provider TR Media have both signed up to become members of Swedish industry trade group Sper.

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    Problem gambling funding body GambleAware has named Rachel Pearce, a regional director with the NHS, as a new trustee.

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    The FOBT All Party Parliamentary Group (APPG) is to examine the impact of online gaming on the vulnerable after expanding its focus in an effort to tackle more issues arising from gambling in the UK.

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    Operator says that $28m acquisition of 53% stake from Avenue OLG Entertainment and minority shareholders gives it full control of US strategy

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