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    Sazka Group believes it is coming to the end of the disruption caused by the novel coronavirus (Covid-19) pandemic, but says the rapidly evolving situation makes it difficult to determine the crisis' economic impact on the business.

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    Playtech has announced the appointment of Claire Milne as its interim chairman, with effect from its annual general meeting on 20 May.

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    The eligibility requirements for the Paycheck Protection Program (PPP) have been amended to allow small gambling businesses to benefit from the fund, following an intense lobbying effort from the American Gaming Association (AGA).

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    Caesars Entertainment has launched a new assistance fund to support staff and local communities across the US negatively impacted by the outbreak of novel coronavirus (Covid-19).

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    Sweden’s former horse racing monopoly operator AB Trav och Galopp (ATG) has reported a 10.7% year-on-year increase in net gaming revenue for the first quarter of 2019 to SEK1.11bn (£89.0m/€102.1m/$110.7m).

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    German gaming giant Gauselmann Group has begun planning to resume business activities in the country as the country's government begins to relax social distancing measures implemented to combat the spread of novel coronavirus (Covid-19).

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    Kindred Group reported an 11.3% rise in first quarter revenue, and while net profit fell to £1.0m, the operator said a number of exceptional costs incurred during the period made it difficult to compare results on a year-over-year basis.

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    Finnish gambling monopoly Veikkaus has revealed that the shut-down of its retail gaming network and significantly reduced sports betting options, both due to the novel coronavirus (Covid-19) pandemic has cut revenue by around 40.6%.

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    Betsson chief executive Pontus Lindwall described the operator’s first quarter performance as “strong in all areas” after it reported year-on-year revenue growth and achieved a hat-trick of key milestones in the period.

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    The Casino Cosmopol subsidiary of Svenska Spel has announced the launch of a new initiative to help furloughed staff retrain as healthcare workers during the novel coronavirus (Covid-19) outbreak.

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    The Rank Group has reported a 5% year-on-year increase in statutory revenue for the third quarter, despite the business being impacted by the ongoing novel coronavirus (covid-19) outbreak.

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    Scientific Games has said it expects to save more than $100m from cost-saving measures it has rolled out to help reduce the impact of the novel coronavirus (Covid-19) on the business.

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    Land-based gambling operator Boyd Gaming has set out a number of additional measures to mitigate the financial impact of the novel coronavirus (Covid-19) pandemic, including placing most of its staff on unpaid furlough.

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    International Game Technology (IGT) has named Dorothy Costa as its new global head of people and transformation, while it has also appointed Mario Di Loreto as an executive vice president and senior advisor to group chief executive Marco Sala.

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    Australian gambling operator Tabcorp has announced that is it to furlough more than 700 of its staff until 30 June as part of its strategy to mitigate the impact of the novel coronavirus (Covid-19) outbreak.

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    The Belgian Gaming Commission (BGC) has announced the appointment of Magali Clavie as its new president.

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    Caesars Entertainment Corporation has announced that it has furloughed around 90% of its total workforce in response to the temporary shutdown of its casino properties due to the novel coronavirus (Covid-19) outbreak.

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    The Illinois Gaming Board has announced that a temporary suspension on brick-and-mortar gambling in the state due to the ongoing novel coronavirus (Covid-19) crisis will be extended to April 30.

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    The European Casino Association (ECA) has announced the appointment of Hermann Pamminger as its new secretary general with immediate effect.

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    Greek gaming operator OPAP has reported a 4.7% year-on-year increase in revenue for 2019, though the shut-down of its retail network in the country looks set to have a significant impact on revenue and earnings in 2020.

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