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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 UK Gambling Commission has renamed its Responsible Gambling Strategy Board (RGSB) as the Advisory Board for Safer Gambling (ABSG) to help reflect a sharper focus on safer gambling.

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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 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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    Stockholders at Dover Downs Gaming & Entertainment have voted to approve the casino operator’s proposed merger with Twin River Worldwide Holdings. The deal is expected to go through tomorrow (March 28).

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    Specialist recruitment agency WMRecruit has thrown its support behind the All-in Diversity Project after agreeing to become a strategic partner of the initiative.

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    Digital performance marketing solutions provider XLMedia has reported a 14.4% decrease in revenue for 2018, which it attributed to a number of regulatory issues impacting performance over the year.

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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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    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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    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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    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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    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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    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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    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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    US racetrack and casino operator Churchill Downs Incorporated (CDI) has finalised its acquisition of certain ownership interests of Midwest Gaming Holdings, the parent company of Rivers Casino Des Plaines in Illinois.

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    Paddy Power Betfair has seen its 2018 revenue grow as a result of the acquisition of FanDuel and an improved performance by the Paddy Power brand in the UK market, though the US investment has also hit full-year profits.

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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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