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    The Japanese Racing Association (JRA) has announced it will reopen its J-Place Kasamatsu, Ena and Tosu off-track betting (OTB) facilities from 19 September.

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    Czech gaming conglomerate Sazka Group says it is showing signs of recovery following the novel coronavirus (Covid-19) shut-down, which resulted in revenue and profit falling in the first half of 2020.

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    GambleAware, Great Britain's charitable funding body for gambling related research, education and treatment, has announced that Mark Etches is to step down from his role as its chief executive at the end of March 2021.

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    The Young Gamers and Gamblers Education Trust (YGAM) has joined forces with Unison on a new initiative to provide members of the UK trade union with expert training on gambling and related harms.

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    GVC Holdings has reported an 11.2% year-on-year decline in revenue for the first half of 2020, after online growth failed to offset declines in UK and European retail resulting from the novel coronavirus (Covid-19) lockdown.

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    South African gaming and entertainment business Tsogo Sun has struck a deal move into the country’s sports betting market through the acquisition of a 50.1% stake in local land-based and online operator Betcoza.

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    Gaming solutions giant Playtech expects earnings for the first half of 2020 to reach €160m, after a strong performance from its online and financials divisions helped offset novel coronavirus’ (Covid-19) disruption to retail and sports in the period.

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    William Hill has reported a 31.7% year-on-year decline in revenue for the first half of its financial year, though a £230.7m value added tax (VAT) refund allowed the operator to post a £115.6m net profit for the period.

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    GVC Holdings had appointed Sandeep Tiku, formerly its chief technology officer, as its new chief operating officer, and also announced a number of other changes to its senior leadership team.

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    GVC Holdings has reported an 11% year-on-year decline in revenue for the first half of 2020, though outgoing chief executive Kenneth Alexander hailed the strong performance of the operator’s online business during the period.

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    Betting technology supplier Sportech says efforst to reduce operational costs in the first half of its fiscal year helped to partially offset a “severe” decline in revenue, caused by the novel coronavirus (Covid-19) pandemic.

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    France's new gambling regulator L’Autorité nationale des Jeux (ANJ) has officially launched today (22 June) after board members staged their first formal meeting.

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    A new survey by the UK government reveals that gambling businesses are split over whether they can withstand the disruption caused by novel coronavirus (Covid-19), though a significant number of respondents reported revenue being wiped out by lockdown.

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    The Betting and Gaming Council (BGC) has revealed that its five largest members will spend £100m (€111.4m/$125.4m) on improving treatment services for problem gamblers in the UK.

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    Flutter Entertainment announced plans to accelerate US expansion and reduce debt through an equity placement that raised £812.6m, after revealing a 10% rise in revenue for the first 47 days of its second quarter.

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    New Zealand’s Racing Industry Transition Agency (RITA) will cut 230 jobs, including 150 permanent staff, at the Totalisator Agency Board (TAB) as a result of the disruption caused by novel coronavirus (Covid-19).

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    GambleAware has called for authorities to increase and expand the amount of help available to problem gamblers in the UK after new research found that almost half of affected players are choosing not access treatment or support.

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    Sazka Group believes it is coming to the end of the disruption caused by the novel coronavirus (Covid-19) pandemic, but says the rapidly evolving situation makes it difficult to determine the crisis' economic impact on the business.

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    Sweden’s former horse racing monopoly operator AB Trav och Galopp (ATG) has reported a 10.7% year-on-year increase in net gaming revenue for the first quarter of 2019 to SEK1.11bn (£89.0m/€102.1m/$110.7m).

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    Intralot believes the impact of novel coronavirus (Covid-19) on the business is yet to reach its peak, and does not expect to return to normal levels of activity until November this year.

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