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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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    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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    H2 Gambling Capital now expects global gambling gross win to fall by at least 11% in 2020 due to the spread of the novel coronavirus (Covid-19).

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    H2 Gambling Capital expects the outbreak of the novel coronavirus (Covid-19) to lead to a decline of up to 8% in global gambling gross win in 2020, only the second time annual revenue will have fallen in 20 years.

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    US gambling facility operator Greenwood Racing has appointed Eric Hausler, previously of VICI Properties and Capri Casinos, as its new chief executive, effective from 20 January.

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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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    US gaming company Pinnacle Entertainment has been granted approval by the Nevada Gaming Commission to complete its previously announced transaction with Gaming & Leisure Properties (GLPI).

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    Mark Gearan has stepped down as chairman of the New York State Gaming Commission (NYSGC) regulatory body.

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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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    A.G. Burnett is to serve a new four-year term as chairman of the Nevada Gaming Control Board after being reappointed to the position at the regulatory body.

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    US racetrack and casino owner Churchill Downs has completed the acquisition of mobile and online games developer and distributor Big Fish Games.

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    Shareholders and creditors of Spanish and Latin American focused gambling operator Codere have reached an agreement on a €1.1 billion ($1.4 billion) debt restructuring that will allow bondholders to take control of the company.

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    US racetrack and casino owner Churchill Downs has struck a binding agreement with Saratoga Harness Racing to manage the company's gambling facilities in New York and Colorado.

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