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    The Association of South African Bookmakers (SABA) has become the first organisation of its kind to declare its support for gambling industry-driven inclusion initiative All-in Diversity Project.

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    TV Global Enterprises, operator of the Latin America-facing betting and gaming brand BetCris, has become the latest operator to join the race for one of Buenos Aires province’s seven igaming licences.

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    The Gambling Commission has joined forces with partners in Wales to develop a new national strategy, with the aim of reducing gambling-related harms in the country.

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    Sports betting integrity monitoring body ESSA has rebranded as the International Betting Integrity Association. It has also revealed a sharp decline in suspicious betting alerts generated by tennis over the first quarter of 2019, with the total number of alerts across all sports down 26% year-on-year.

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    Irish operator BoyleSports has made its long-awaited move into the UK retail betting market through the acquisition of Midlands-based bookmaker Wilf Gilbert.

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    Kenneth Alexander, chief executive of GVC Holdings, has agreed to take a pay cut of £150,000 (€169,888/$188,941) following pressure from the operator's shareholders.

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    Danish gambling operator Danske Spil has revealed that Allan Auning-Hansen is to step down as its chief financial officer. Auning-Hansen will become a partner and CFO of juice bar and coffee shop chain, Joe & The Juice.

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    Scientific Games has appointed Jamie Odell, formerly CEO of Aristocrat Leisure, as special advisor to both its chairman and CEO.

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    Former Swedish gambling monopoly Svenska Spel has appointed NetEnt’s Anna Romboli as business area manager for its Tur division. Romboli will join the operator on August 12.

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    Paddy Power Betfair has completed its rebrand as Flutter Entertainment, after shareholders overwhelmingly backed the name change earlier this month.

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    Swedish gambling operator Svenska Spel has appointed Carolina Swaffer to the new role of head of agents, customer service and partner services. Swaffer will join from postal service PostNord Sverige on June 1.

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    European regulatory authority Gaming Regulators European Forum (GREF) has appointed Jorn Starck, executive director of the Alderney Gambling Control Commission, as its new chairman.

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    UK racecourse operator Arena Racing Company (ARC) has acquired a 45% holding in i-neda, a supplier providing pari-mutuel wagering technology to operators in the US, Europe and Asia.

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    Danish regulator Spillemyndigheden has established a new whistleblower scheme allowing employees of gambling operators to report evidence or suspicions of wrongdoing in relation to money laundering laws.

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    Shareholders in Paddy Power Betfair have overwhelmingly voted to back plans to rebrand the gambling operator as Flutter Entertainment. Votes were cast at the group’s AGM, with 99.76% of shareholders supporting the proposal.

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    Private equity group Blackstone has committed to a £175m (€202.7m/$227.5m) strategic minority investment in Romanian omni-channel sports betting and gaming operator Superbet.

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    GambleAware has reiterated calls for UK operators to offer further financial support its problem gambling efforts after revealing that industry funding failed to meet its 2018-19 target.

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    Andy Hornby is to step down from his role as co-chief operating officer of GVC Holdings to become chief executive of The Restaurant Group. Hornby will have an annual base wage of £630,000 at the group.

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    Paddy Power Betfair has reported a 17% year-on-year increase in revenue for the first quarter of 2019, with strong growth in its US and Australian operations offsetting a decline in online sports betting revenue.

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    GVC Holdings has stepped up its responsible gambling efforts with a call to end all sportsbook broadcast advertising in the UK, urging other operators to follow suit.

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