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    Young Gamers & Gamblers Education Trust (YGAM) has launched a new training programme on gambling addictions for healthcare professionals, including general practicioners, in conjunction with Bournemouth University, the Responsible Gambling Council, and Betknowmore UK.

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    Gaming solutions giant Playtech has reported a 22.5% year-on-year decline in revenue for the first half of 2020, after a strong start to the period was halted by the impact of novel coronavirus on B2B and B2C operations.

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    GVC Holdings has signed up as a founding member of the All-in Diversity Project, an initiative looking to foster greater diversity, equality and inclusivity across the industry.

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    Affiliate marketing specialist Gambling.com Group has launched Responsible Gambling Center, a new portfolio of resources aimed at combatting problem gambling and related harm.

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    Baltics-facing igaming operator Enlabs has acquired a 66.5% stake in Shogun Group, a Maltese online gaming business, for a total consideration of €664,000 (£614,243/$789,116).

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    Online gambling solutions provider Aspire Global has appointed Antoine Bonello, formerly of William Hill and Flutter Entertainment, as its new chief operating officer and managing director of its Malta business.

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    Casino software and games provider iSoftBet has appointed Virginie Luce as its new chief marketing officer, and also brought in Anne Muscat Scerri as head of human resources.

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    Sports betting and daily fantasy sports operator DraftKings has appointed Erik Bradbury as its new chief accounting officer with immediate effect.

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    Czech gaming conglomerate Sazka Group says it is showing signs of recovery following the novel coronavirus (Covid-19) shut-down, which resulted in revenue and profit falling in the first half of 2020.

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    UK charities the Young Gamers & Gamblers Education Trust (YGAM) and Betknowmore UK have launched a new online training programme, with the aim of helping workers in the British gambling market to identify signs of problem gambling.

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    Austrian gaming giant Novomatic Group saw revenue fall and posted a €108.1m loss for the first half of the year, after the business’ predominantly land-based operations were hit hard by the novel coronavirus (Covid-19) pandemic.

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    Revenue for Sazka Group-owned Greek gaming giant OPAP fell 34.8% year-on-year in the first half of the year due to the disruption caused by novel coronavirus (Covid-19). However, the operator said it saw performance rapidly recover once lockdown restrictions in Greece were eased and sporting events resumed.

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    Online gambling operator PointsBet has revealed it raised a total of AU$70.5m (£51.2m/€43.4m/US$51.1m) through the first stage of its fully underwritten entitlement offer.

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    Online gambling solutions provider 1X2 Network has appointed experienced igaming executive Jack Brown as its new sales director.

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    Australian lottery reseller Jumbo Interactive has appointed veteran Australian executive Susan Forrester as chair of its board of directors, effective immediately. 

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    Greek gaming and lotteries operator and supplier Intralot reported a 55.5% year-on-year decline in revenue for the first half of 2020, after its B2B and B2C operations suffered from ongoing struggles in Turkey and Bulgaria.

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    Canadian igaming business HeadsUp Entertainment International has signed a letter of intent (LOI) to acquire a 50% stake in online gambling operator VIP Entertainment Group.

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    Kaizen Gaming, the Greek group behind the Stoiximan and Betano brands, has appointed Ioannis Koutrakos as its new group marketing director.

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    Flutter Entertainment’s integration of The Stars Group business will see it migrate all sports betting brands to the solution powering its Paddy Power Betfair division, while it aims to significantly ramp up investment in PokerStars going forward.

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    Enlabs has acquired a further tranche of shares in Global Gaming, triggering the threshold for the Latvian operator to make a bid to acquire the business outright.

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