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    Finnish gambling monopoly Veikkaus is to begin reducing the number of slot machines operating across the country from January next year, with around a fifth of its installed base to be taken out of service by the end of the year.

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    The International Association of Gaming Regulators (IAGR) has appointed Paul Newson, trustee of Australia’s New South Wales Responsible Gambling Fund, as its new president.

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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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    The GB Gambling Commission (GC) has agreed a deal for independent research sharing specialist Gambling Research Exchange (GREO) to support its new National Strategy to Reduce Gambling Harms.

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    Dutch gambling regulator the Kansspelautoriteit (KSA) has published its final duty of care guidelines, following a public consultation on the player protection measures.

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    Following the news that its Swedish operating licence had been revoked, Global Gaming has pledged to fight the decision. Earlier today Swedish regulator Spelinspektionen cited significant failings in the operator's social responsiblity and anti-money laundering controls as grounds for removing the certification.

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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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    The UK Gambling Commission and Competition and Markets Authority (CMA) have published a joint letter calling for operators to pay closer attention to consumer protection law to help ensure players have access to a fair and transparent market.

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    The UK Gambling Commission has renamed its Responsible Gambling Strategy Board (RGSB) as the Advisory Board for Safer Gambling (ABSG) to help reflect a sharper focus on safer gambling.

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    The Responsible Gambling Strategy Board (RGSB) has said that the 2016-19 National Responsible Gambling Strategy achieved a number of key milestones, but ultimately failed to make as much progress as hoped in tackling gambling-related harm in Great Britain.

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    Starburst ad branded “socially irresponsible” by complainant

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    Italy generated €575m in H1 2017, keeping it on track to break through the €1bn barrier, exclusive estimates from leading gaming advisory firm Ficom Leisure show.

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    Playtech has appointed long-term legal adviser Alex Latner as its new general counsel.

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    The UK’s Department for Culture, Media & Sport (DCMS) has announced that it is to undertake a review of gaming machines and social responsibility measures in the industry.

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    Gaming systems management supplier Comtrade Gaming has announced that its sCore G2S protocol stack has been integrated into gaming machines run by Amatic Industries in Austria.

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    Gaming company Amaya Gaming has announced that its Innova Gaming Group subsidiary has filed and obtained a receipt for a preliminary prospectus in respect of Innova's proposed initial public offering (IPO) with the regulatory authorities in Canada.

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    Greek-owned gaming and lottery operator Intralot has agreed a deal with the Victorian State Government in Australia to implement a voluntary pre-commitment scheme for up to 30,000 electronic gaming machines (EGM) across the state.

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    This week the iGB Diary marvels at Willie Brown's damascene conversion, wonders why Paddy was so soft on Giggsy, roots for gender equality and praises Ladbrokes (yes you read that right).  

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    The Diary takes you through the glass door this week, Playtech share down after Teddy offloads and Paddy Power are in the news (again).

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    Delaware and Nevada want to “push forward as quickly as we can” with the online poker liquidity sharing agreement but non-committal on Sen. Heller's federal initiative.    

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