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    GVC Holdings has cited growth within its online gambling business as the main reason behind a 5% year-on-year increase in net gaming revenue during the six months to June 30, 2019, despite a decline in revenue within the operator’s UK retail arm.

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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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    The International Betting Integrity Association (IBIA) has seen the number of alerts for suspicious wagering activity fall 17% year-on-year for the three months to June 30, 2019. Tennis continues to account for the bulk of alerts generated.

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    New York's first legal wagers are set to be placed this week, with Rivers Casino in Schenectady and Tioga Downs in Nichols poised to launch their sportsbooks on 16 July and 17 July respectively.

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    Online gambling operator 1xBet has named English Premier League club Chelsea as its latest commercial partner in the professional football market, while Paddy Power has signed a shirt sponsorship deal with Championship side Huddersfield Town.

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    US sports data company Stats has completed its acquisition of digital content provider Perform to create a new entity that will operate under the Stats Perform name. The companies completed the regulatory and closing requirements to close the deal agreed in April today.

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    The Indiana Gaming Commission has issued 12 temporary sports betting permits to casinos and off-track betting facilities in the state, ahead of the anticipated launch of its legal sports wagering market later this year.

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    Finnish gambling monopoly Veikkaus has set out plans to enhance its online and retail sportsbook services via a new partnership with sports betting technology provider SBTech.

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    Spain’s Ministry of the Presidency has approved the creation of a national commission to combat match-fixing and betting-related fraud.

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    New Hampshire has become the latest US state to legalise sports betting after Governor Chris Sununu signed House Bill 480 into law.

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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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    The Global Lottery Monitoring System (GLMS), the sports betting integrity body for the lottery industry, reported 64 matches to its partners in the first half of 2019 as a result of suspicious betting activity.

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    Sandy Dudgeon, newly appointed senior steward of UK commercial horse racing organisation The Jockey Club, has issued a call for greater collaboration among stakeholders and interested parties to help the sport overcome challenges and make the most of growth opportunities.

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    Kindred and Betsson have failed in a bid to join AB Trav och Galopp's (ATG) horse racing pools, after Sweden's Competition Authority (Konkurrensverket) rejected the request.

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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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    Gambling sponsorship is acceptable in football if it is accompanied by safeguards to protect younger people and problem gamblers, according to a new survey of fans of English Football League clubs.

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