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    Online gaming will go live in Pennsylvania from July 15, while the state’s first online sports betting offering set to launch within three weeks, the state’s Gaming Control Board (PGCB) has revealed.

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    Greek lotteries and gaming solutions provider Intralot is to launch a cost reduction plan after reporting declines in turnover for all key operating segments in its 2018 results, with its struggles blamed on foreign exchange losses and the failure to secure new supply contracts during the year.

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    A new survey claims that a slight majority of Finnish citizens are in favour of abolishing the country’s current regulatory framework for gambling, which gives Veikkaus a monopoly over the market. However the poll also revealed that customers are wary of playing via sites licensed in other jurisdictions, and generally supportive of Veikkaus' consumer protection measures.

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    Rush Street Interactive (RSI) is to become the first online gaming operator to launch Everi's Remote Game Server in New Jersey. RSI will roll out the platform via its PlaySugarHouse.com site in the state.

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    Play’n GO is to expand its service offering into the regulated Portuguese igaming market after the slots developer was certified to launch in the country, with PokerStars Casino to be the first client to roll out its games.

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    The European Gaming and Betting Association (EGBA) has called on the Portuguese authorities to review the country’s online gaming tax rate following reports that as many of 75% of players gambled via unlicensed sites in 2018.

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    Las Vegas-based casino giant Wynn Resorts has abruptly terminated discussions with Crown Resorts less than a day after announcing that it was looking to acquire the Australian gaming operator.

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    Australian gaming machines and content provider Ainsworth Game Technology has named Lawrence Levy as it new CEO. Levy will take up the role on a full-time basis from July 1, 2019.

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    Casino software and games supplier iSoftBet has agreed a deal to provide a range of slots and table games content to the OPAP-controlled, Greece-facing GML Interactive, operator of the Stoiximan and Betano brands.

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    Sweden’s former gambling monopoly Svenska Spel is to stop advertising its online casino offering  for the rest of 2019, over concerns that the vertical could lead to significant increases in problem gambling in the market.

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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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    Gaming platform and services provider Nektan has reported a 5.9% year-on-year increase in revenue for the third quarter of its financial year, though noted that performance in the period was impacted by a number of factors.

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    Gaming solutions giant Playtech has appointed Anna Massion and John Krumins as non-executive directors of the business, with immediate effect.

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    More than 30,000 people have now signed up to the Spelpaus.se Swedish self-exclusion programme, according to national gambling regulator Spelinspektionen.

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    The UK Gambling Commission has renamed its Responsible Gambling Strategy Board (RGSB) as the Advisory Board for Safer Gambling (ABSG) to help reflect a sharper focus on safer gambling.

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    The Responsible Gambling Strategy Board (RGSB) has said that the 2016-19 National Responsible Gambling Strategy achieved a number of key milestones, but ultimately failed to make as much progress as hoped in tackling gambling-related harm in Great Britain.

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    The Nevada Gaming Control Board has reported an 11.5% year-on-year rise in sports betting handle for February, though the state also saw gaming revenue across all verticals decline marginally for the month.

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    Virginia Governor Ralph Northam has signed into law a bill that paves the way for land-based casino gaming, as well as providing a route to law for igaming and sports betting in the state.

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    London-listed online bingo and casino operator JPJ Group has credited efforts to diversify its geographic footprint with helping the business report record revenue and earnings in 2018. Revenue for the year ended December 31, 2018 was up 10% year-on-year at £319.6m (€373.5m/$424.0m), the highest full-year figure since the business was formed in 2014.

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    Scientific Games has agreed a deal with Second State Gaming to install its Bally MultiConnect (BMC) software at 20 truck stop locations across Pennsylvania.

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