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    Latvian gambling regulator the Lotteries and Gambling Supervisory Inspection (IAUI) has revealed that 127 people have so far accessed new, state-funded psychologist support for consumers affected by gambling-related problems.

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    Various major operators have declared their support for a new, UK-facing safer gambling initiative aimed at addressing the harm gambling can cause to consumers and young people.

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    The Deutsche Automatenwirtschaft (DAW), the umbrella organisation for Germany’s gaming machine associations, has highlighted a number of key issues that must be addressed as lawmakers prepare to begin discussions over the re-regulation of the country’s gambling market.

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    UK Tote Group, the consortium of racecourse owners formerly known as Alizeti, has completed its acquisition of UK pool betting operator the Tote. UK Tote Group is now the sole owner of the Tote.

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    Australian lotteries and betting operator Tabcorp has appointed David Gallop, currently chief executive of Football Federation Australia, as a non-executive directo of the business.

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    GVC Holdings has forecast a 1% year-on-year drop in net gaming revenue for the three months to the end of September 2019, with the operator anticipating a double-digit decline in UK retail revenue following the cut in maximum B2 machine stakes.

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    The UK Government has published an eight-point checklist to help those working in the gambling industry prepare for a potential no-deal Brexit. The UK is due to leave the European Union on October 31, but an exit deal is yet to be agreed with the EU.

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    Problem gambling funding body GambleAware has appointed Peter Holt as its new chief financial officer. Holt most recently worked for Health Education England and also spent time with the NHS.

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    GVC Holdings-owned Ladbrokes Coral has appointed Bartle Bogle Hegarty (BBH) London as its new creative agency for the UK and Ireland. BBH also currently works with GVC’s bwin brand.

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    Flutter Entertainment, the parent company of Paddy Power Betfair, has agreed a deal to acquire all of the shares in The Stars Group and merge with the operator to form a combined business with annual revenue of £3.8bn (€4.3bn/$4.7bn).

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    Inspired Entertainment has completed its purchase of Gaming Technology Group (NTG), a division of Austrian gaming equipment and solutions giant Novomatic’s UK subsidiary. The deal is worth $120m (£97.8m/€109.9m) and covers the six companies within NTG.

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    GamCare, the UK-facing gambling support charity funded by GambleAware, has announced that its National Gambling Helpline is to extend its hours and operate 24 hours a day from October 1.

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    Problem gambling funding body GambleAware has partnered the University of Bristol on a new research project examining how UK banks and other financial services organisations can help people suffering with or are at risk of gambling-related harm.

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    The UK’s Competition and Markets Authority (CMA) has given its approval to Inspired Entertainment’s proposed acquisition of Gaming Technology Group (GTG), a division of Austrian gaming equipment and solutions giant Novomatic’s UK subsidiary.

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    William Hill chief executive Philip Bowcock is to step down from his role at the end of September, with the company's chief digital officer Ulrik Bengtsson named as his replacement.

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    PlanetWin365 operator SKS365 has been issued with a tax inspection report claiming that it owes €124m to the Italian authorities, having failed to declare significant revenue generated in the country's regulated gambling market.

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    GVC Holdings remains confident that the business will be able to withstand potential regulatory headwinds across a number of its key and emerging markets, and believes it will see little change to German operating conditions.

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    GVC Holdings has revised its full year profit projections upwards for the second time this year after the operator’s online and European retail growth helped offset a weaker performance from its UK retail arm.

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    GVC Holdings has announced a number of changes to its senior product team in order to fine-tune its operational structure.

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    The number of UK consumers complaining about gambling operators has increased by almost 5,000% over the last five years, according to Gambling Commission figures obtained by BBC’s Panorama programme.

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