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    Increased consumer spending across sports betting and online casino helped push gross gaming revenue in Denmark up 5.7% year-on-year to DKK9.74bn (£1.13bn/€1.30bn/$1.46bn) in 2018, according to figures released by the Danish Gambling Authority (Spillemyndigheden).

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    Dutch gaming regulator Kansspelautoriteit (KSA) has completed a series of public meetings on its proposed player protection regulations as it prepares for the opening of the Netherlands’ regulated igaming market. The regulator claimed that the consultation had shown broad support for its proposals, despite some questions about how certain measures would be enforced.

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    This week we look at role reversal in the lottery space, ponder the outrage over the M&M's slot-machine dispenser and payday loans and giggle at some of the more outlandish Royal baby name predictions

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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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    The Department of Justice (DoJ) has claimed that its revised stance on the 1961 Wire Act did not address the legality of interstate and online lotteries, with a review into the matter ongoing.

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    State-owned gaming operator Svenska Spel’s lottery and gaming machine division has generated turnover of SEK906m (£74.6m/€86.9m/$97.6m) in the first two months of activity in Sweden’s newly regulated online gaming market.

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    Intralot has strengthened its management team with the appointment of Ladbrokes Coral omni-channel director Nicklas Zajdel as chief digital officer and the promotion of Maria Stergiou to the role of chief operations officer.

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    Specialist recruitment agency WMRecruit has thrown its support behind the All-in Diversity Project after agreeing to become a strategic partner of the initiative.

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    The US Department of Justice (DoJ) has filed a motion to dismiss the complaints filed against its revised stance on the Wire Act on behalf of the New Hampshire Lottery Corporation and NeoPollard Interactive.

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    The Republic of Ireland Government has set out plans to form a new gambling regulatory authority with the power to issue licences and fines to operators active in the country’s market.

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    A new code of conduct for gaming operators active in the Danish market has been published, with the aim of strengthening consumer protection and lowering the risk of gambling addiction in the country.

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    Sweden’s gambling regulator Spelinspektionen has revealed that a total of 116 licences have been awarded for the country’s re-regulated gaming market, with more than half covering online casino. 

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    International Game Technology (IGT) has reported a 2.2% year-on-year decline in revenue for 2018, though a reduction in operating costs and foreign exchange gains helped the supplier cut its full-year loss to $21m (£16.0m/€18.7m).

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    The chairman of the Connecticut House Public Safety and Security Committee Joe Verrengia has filed a proposal to regulate online and land-based sports betting in the state.

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    The Gambling Commission, responsible for regulating gambling in England, Scotland and Wales, has reported a slight decline in the prevalence of problem gambling in 2018, though there were clear signs that public perception of the industry is worsening.

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    The Department of Justice (DoJ) is set to extend the window in which it will not enforce its revised interpretation of the Wire Act, according to sources close to the matter.

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    The Swedish gambling market saw revenue grow 1.5% in 2018, driven by growth in regulated and offshore igaming. Total revenue increased to SEK23.4bn (£1.9bn/€2.2bn/$2.5bn), with a 2.3% year-on-year decline in regulated market revenue to SEK16.7bn.

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    Strong growth in revenue failed to offset the impact of growing costs for Scientific Games in 2018, with the gaming solutions provider’s loss for the period growing to $352.4m (£269.3m/€310.1m). Revenue for the 12 months ended December 31, 2018 was up 9.1% year-on-year, with a marginal decline in gaming revenue - down 0.7% to $1.8bn - offset by strong growth in the social and digital divisions.

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    The Delaware Lottery’s igaming offering enjoyed a strong start to 2019, with revenue up 57.9% year-on-year, driven largely by the performance of Dover Downs.

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    Finnish gaming monopoly operator Veikkaus has pledged to develop its digital offering over the next three years to ensure it doesn’t see profits cannibalised by offshore competition, after announcing slight declines in turnover and profit for 2018.

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