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    Swedish state-owned gaming business Svenska Spel has seen profits hit by increased regulatory costs in the first half of the year, though the operator noted that customer growth and revenue had recovered during the second quarter.

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    Betsson has reported a 5% year-on-year decline in revenue for the second quarter of 2019, which it blamed on struggles in the Nordic region and the Netherlands. For the first half of the year, revenue was up 2% to SEK2.6bn, though increased expenses saw profit for the period decline too. 

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    Gambling revenue in Pennsylvania reached a record $3.3bn (£2.6bn/€2.9bn) in the 2018-19 fiscal year, as the US state was boosted by additional income from regulated sports wagering.

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    Global Gaming is poised to recommence operations in the Swedish market after revealing it will launch a new online casino in the country through its partnership with igaming technology and platform provider Finnplay Group.

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    The Rivers Casino & Resort in Schenectady has become the first licensed venue in New York to accept legal sports bets, six years to the month after land-based sports wagering was legalised in the state.

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    William Hill US has agreed to provide both land-based and mobile sports betting services to Eldorado Resorts’ Isle Casino Hotel Bettendorf and Isle Casino Hotel Waterloo in Iowa.

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    Clarion Gaming, parent company of iGaming Business, has been approved as an associate member of the Association of Gaming Equipment Manufacturers (AGEM).

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    Cherry AB subsidiary ComeOn has been awarded new licences permitting it to offer its sportsbook and casino products in the regulated Danish market.

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    A bill to include sports betting in the list of Class III tribal gaming products is headed to the North Carolina Governor Roy Cooper after it was approved by the state’s House of Representatives. 

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    Two of Pennsyvlania’s land-based casinos will begin final testing of their online gaming offerings today (July 15), with a third to follow later this week. 

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    iGaming solutions giant Playtech has moved to enhance its live casino portfolio by launching two new roulette titles and revamping its Hi-Lo game.

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    Land-based casino win helped push revenue in the regulated New Jersey gambling market up month-on-month to $283.8m (£225.7m/€251.6m) in June, despite the state seeing declines in both sports betting and online gaming revenue.

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    Happy Friday igamers! This week Diary wonders why this industry's job losses are being celebrated, questions the Swedish approach, considers the collateral damage in Ireland and ponders the lack of unity in the industry.

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    Casino games supplier NetEnt has put a year-on-year decline in revenue and operating profit in the first half of 2019 down to ongoing weak development in Nordic countries, again citing Sweden as a market of particular concern.

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    BetWarrior, a new online gaming brand launched by PokerStars veterans Morten Tonnesen and José del Pino, has moved to expand its offering by entering into a content partnership with EveryMatrix.

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    The Global Lottery Monitoring System (GLMS), the platform through which state lottery operators track suspicious betting activity, has signed up as a silver member of US advocacy body, the National Council on Problem Gambling (NCPG).

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    iGaming solutions giant Playtech has confirmed that Susan Ball is to step down from her role as a non-executive director. Ball only joined the board in August of last year, but will depart Playtech at the end of the month.

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    Dutch gambling regulator Kansspelautoriteit (KSA) has published its first official guidelines for the prevention of money laundering and financing of terrorism in the country’s gambling market.

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    Land-based operator Casino 36 has agreed a £300,000 penalty package with the GB Gambling Commission for money laundering and social responsibility failures, the regulator has announced.

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    The Dutch gambling market generated a collective €2.05bn (£1.84bn/$2.31bn) in revenue in 2018, marking the first time that the national sector surpassed the €2bn landmark.

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