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    Irish Minister of State David Stanton has revealed that work on developing a new framework for regulating gambling in the country, including the establishment of a new authority to oversee and implement the legislation, will take up to 18 months.

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    The Council of Europe’s (CoE) Convention on the Manipulation of Sports Competitions, also known as the Macolin Convention, is finally set to enter into force from September 1, though concerns remain over its definition of illegal sports betting.

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    Finnish gaming monopoly Veikkuas has reported marginal year-on-year increases in both gaming revenue and profit for the first quarter, with growth driven by a strong performance from its lottery vertical.

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    Danish regulator Spillemyndigheden has established a new whistleblower scheme allowing employees of gambling operators to report evidence or suspicions of wrongdoing in relation to money laundering laws.

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    Delaware has revealed a month-on-month decline in sports betting revenue for April, while online gaming revenue also fell to a yearly low during the month.

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    Independent table games provider Galaxy Gaming has cited its internet-based operations as one of the main drivers behind a 23% year-on-year increase to record revenue during the first quarter of the year.

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    Playtech is searching for a new chairman to replace Alan Jackson, who will leave the business, the company announced today at its annual general meeting.

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    The Stars Group (TSG) has put a 47.7% year-on-year increase in revenue during the first quarter primarily down to the continuing impact of acquired assets Sky Betting & Gaming and BetEasy.

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    New Jersey has reported a month-on-month decline in both sports betting and online gaming revenue for April, after the state was boosted in the previous month by the March Madness collegiate sports series.

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    Online bingo and casino operator JPJ Group has cited the performance of its Vera&John business as the main driver behind a 13% year-on-year increase in revenue during the first quarter.

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    GambleAware has confirmed it will invest an additional £3.9m (€4.5m/$5.0m) to help fund the expansion of the National Gambling Treatment Service through GamCare and its network of partners across Great Britain.

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    Gambling revenue in Latvia increased 15.3% year-on-year in the first quarter, with national regulator the Lotteries and Gambling Supervisory Inspection (IAUI) reporting growth across all key verticals.

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    Stoiximan Group has extended the reach of its Betano brand by rolling out the online gambling service in Portugal. The new Betano.pt website will feature a sportsbook with live betting and a casino offering.

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    French betting operator France Pari Group has cited the success of B2B arm Sportnco as the main driver behind a year-on-year increase in both revenue and earnings during the first quarter of 2019.

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    Inspired Entertainment has reported a 10.1% decline in revenue for the first quarter of 2019, the result of a dip in the performance of its server-based gaming (SBG) division.

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    Danish gambling operator Danske Spil has agreed a deal to take ownership of Tivoli Casino’s online gaming business. Danske Spil will be able to use the TivoliCasino.dk brand as part of its business for the next 10 years.

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    Indiana has become the latest state to legalise sports betting after Governor Eric Holcomb signed off on House Bill 1015.

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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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    The UK’s Advertising Standards Agency (ASA) has banned adverts from Paddy Power, William Hill and Monopoly Casino after ruling that each ad breached its guidelines.

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    New figures from the Swedish Tax Authority and gaming regulator Spelinspektionen suggest that net gaming revenue for Sweden’s land-based and online gaming market amounted to SEK6.0bn (£479.9m/€559.0m/$626.0m) in the first quarter of 2019.

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