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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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    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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    International Game Technology (IGT) has appointed Ian Freeman as vice president of global business development and commercial at its PlayDigital division.

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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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    US casino operator Eldorado Resorts has completed its deal to secure a $50m equity stake in William Hill, and 20% stake in its William Hill US subsidiary, as part of the companies’ 25-year US-focused sports betting partnership.

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    The New York Gaming Association (NYGA) has used its 2014 annual report to detail the benefits gambling can offer to various industries across the US state.

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    Dr. Tony Alamo is set to take over as chairman of the Nevada Gaming Commission after current chief Pete Bernhard announced that he would not seek reappointment and would resign on June 30.

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    Stars in their eyes

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    Japan presents many features of a growth market should regulation of land-based casinos go ahead in the near future, explains Simon Holliday of H2 Gambling Capital.