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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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    The Remote Gambling Association (RGA) and Association of British Bookmakers (ABB) are to be wound up and replaced by the Betting and Gaming Council, a new UK-facing operator body that aims to act as the industry’s mouthpiece. British Beer & Pub Association chief executive Brigid Simmonds will lead the new body.

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    Betting technology provider Sportech has named its interim executive chairman Richard McGuire as its new chief executive officer.

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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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    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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    Clarion Gaming’s inaugural edition of ICE North America, which takes place in Boston from May 13 to 15, will feature a keynote presentation from iconic boxer and Olympic champion Sugar Ray Leonard.

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    US casino operator Delaware North has filed a lawsuit against its sports betting joint venture partner Miomni Gaming, accusing the supplier and its CEO Michael Venner of engaging in “an ongoing pattern of misrepresentation and bad faith” throughout the partnership.

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    The Gambling Awareness Trust has been established to tackle problem gambling-related issues in Ireland, with the independent charity to have access to over €1m (£854,400/$1.1m) in funding each year.

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    The National Collegiate Athletics Association (NCAA) Division I Men's Basketball Tournament, commonly known as March Madness, is set to attract up to $12.1bn (£9.2bn/€10.7bn) in wagers, according to figures from H2 Gambling Capital.

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    William Hill has posted a £721.9m (€840.3m/$955.8m) pre-tax loss for 2018, as a result of an £882.8m write-down of the value of its retail business ahead of maximum B2 machine stakes being cut to £2 from April. Despite this, the operator hailed good underlying progress achieved over the year, with 2018 revenue up 2% year-on-year to £1.6bn.

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    US racetrack and casino operator Churchill Downs Incorporated (CDI) has cited its racing and online advance deposit wagering (ADW) divisions as key drivers of a 14.3% year-on-year increase in revenue for 2018.

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    Delaware track began taking legal sports wagers at the weekend

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    France's Pari Mutuel Urbain (PMU) has appointed a new leadership team of Bertrand Méheut and Cyril Linette

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    William Hill has announced a series of changes to its senior management team, including appointing Ulrik Bengtsson to the new role of chief digital officer

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    UK Prime Minister Theresa May yesterday (Monday) appointed Matt Hancock as Culture Secretary in a move that could favour the British gambling industry

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    Ladbrokes has been ordered to shut all of its betting shops at six racecourses run by the Arena Racing Company (ARC) in the UK.

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    Sports and betting-related services company Sportradar has entered into a new partnership with Federação Paulista de Futebol (FPF), which manages all official football tournaments in the Brazilian state of São Paulo, and has enhanced its existing partnership with the Victorian Racing Integrity Commissioner in Australia.

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    Independent UK bookmaker Star Sports has moved to strengthen its presence in the UK by acquiring a network of 18 land-based racecourse pitches from online casino and sportsbook operator BetVictor.

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    A.G. Burnett is to serve a new four-year term as chairman of the Nevada Gaming Control Board after being reappointed to the position at the regulatory body.

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    Gaming certification testing specialist BMM Testlabs has been awarded a new contract to provide gaming laboratory testing services to the Kansas Racing and Gaming Commission.

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