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    South African gaming and entertainment business Tsogo Sun has struck a deal move into the country’s sports betting market through the acquisition of a 50.1% stake in local land-based and online operator Betcoza.

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    Gaming solutions giant Playtech expects earnings for the first half of 2020 to reach €160m, after a strong performance from its online and financials divisions helped offset novel coronavirus’ (Covid-19) disruption to retail and sports in the period.

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    William Hill has reported a 31.7% year-on-year decline in revenue for the first half of its financial year, though a £230.7m value added tax (VAT) refund allowed the operator to post a £115.6m net profit for the period.

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    Gauselmann Group’s Merkur Sportwetten subsidiary has increased its stake in Belgian sports betting operator Betcenter Group to 74.9%, with plans to grow its omichannel business in the market.

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    GVC Holdings had appointed Sandeep Tiku, formerly its chief technology officer, as its new chief operating officer, and also announced a number of other changes to its senior leadership team.

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    Australian gambling operator Tabcorp has announced that David Attenborough will retire from his roles as chief executive and managing director in the first half of 2021.

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    Veteran industry executives Perry Stasi and David Schugar have established a new consulting and compliance group to help operators keep players and staff safe as businesses reopen following the novel coronavirus (Covid-19) shutdown.

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    Off-track betting facilities in both Japan and Singapore are continuing to reopen as each country emerges from its novel coronavirus (Covid-19) lockdown.

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    GVC Holdings has reported an 11% year-on-year decline in revenue for the first half of 2020, though outgoing chief executive Kenneth Alexander hailed the strong performance of the operator’s online business during the period.

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    The Belgian Ministry of Security and the Interior has issued a decree making the wearing of masks in the country’s gambling venues compulsory.

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    Finnish gambling monopoly Veikkaus has pledged to enhance its age controls after an investigation by the National Board of Police identified a number of shortcomings with its current measures.

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    The Cyprus National Betting Authority has launched a public consultation on its proposal to establish a unified self-exclusion platform in the country.

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    iGaming Academy, a training provider owned by Conexus Group, is offering free e-learning courses to help gaming businesses make themselves ready to tackle the effects novel coronavirus (Covid-19).

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    A new UK National Health Service (NHS) backed Primary Care Gambling Service (PCGS) that provides help for adults who have problems related to gambling has opened in London.

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    The International Betting Integrity Association (IBIA) has announced Romanian retail and online gambling operator Superbet as its latest member.

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    Polish bookmaker STS has completed the acquisition of Czech betting software provider Betsys, in a deal it said will support its ongoing European expansion plans.

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    Betting technology supplier Sportech says efforst to reduce operational costs in the first half of its fiscal year helped to partially offset a “severe” decline in revenue, caused by the novel coronavirus (Covid-19) pandemic.

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    France's new gambling regulator L’Autorité nationale des Jeux (ANJ) has officially launched today (22 June) after board members staged their first formal meeting.

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    A new survey by the UK government reveals that gambling businesses are split over whether they can withstand the disruption caused by novel coronavirus (Covid-19), though a significant number of respondents reported revenue being wiped out by lockdown.

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    The Betting and Gaming Council (BGC) has revealed that its five largest members will spend £100m (€111.4m/$125.4m) on improving treatment services for problem gamblers in the UK.

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