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    Tab NZ exceeded expectations and its predecessor’s performance in its first month of activity, achieving year-on-year growth in turnover, revenue and profit in August.

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    Scientific Games has extended its contract with Flutter Entertainment as the Paddy Power and PokerStars operator prepares to migrate FanDuel’s sportsbook to its partner’s OpenSports technology.

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    Affiliate marketing services provider XLMedia has reported a year-on-year drop in revenue and net profit in the first half, primarily due to the impact of the novel coronavirus (Covid-19) and Google demoting a number of its websites.

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    The Finnish Competition and Consumer Authority (KKV) has ruled gambling monopoly Veikkaus breached the country’s Procurement Act by making substantial changes to its supply contract with International Game Technology (IGT).

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    The number of employees at Pennsylvania casinos collapsed by 38.9% to 9,883 as of 30 June, 2020, despite all but one casino in the state having reopened after the impact of the novel coronavirus (Covid-19) pandemic, according to the state’s 2019/20 casino diversity report.

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    Australian operator Crown Resorts will suspend all of its activity with junket operators until 30 June, 2021 as it undertakes an internal review of the business segment, amid the New South Wales Independent Liquor & Gaming Authority’s own review into the operator.

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    Football’s global governing body Fifa has handed a lifetime ban to Marco Antonio Trovato Villalba, the current president of the Paraguayan side Club Olimpia, after finding him guilty of match manipulation.

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    Scientific Games has appointed Tim Throsby, former chief executive of Barclays Bank, as an independent director and member of its board.

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    German sports betting giant Tipico has found that 79% believe it to be responsible and trustworthy and 73% believe it sufficiently protects them, according to the business’s corporate responsibility report.

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    International Game Technology (IGT) has signed a two-year extension to its instant ticket games contract with the Minnesota Lottery in the US.

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    The Malta Gaming Authority (MGA) has cancelled the gaming authorisation awarded to Playbay Malta Limited, which operates HDbets.com, due to systemic deficiencies identified in the operator’s adherence to its AML/CFT obligations.

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    Marnell Gaming-owned Nugget Casino Resort in Reno, Nevada, has announced that it is to permanently lay off 154 of its employees.

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    The Esports Integrity Commission (ESIC) has published the outcome of the first part of its investigation, launched on 4 September, into the historical exploitation of the so-called ‘spectator bug’ used by some Counter Strike: Global Offensive (CS:GO) coaches.

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    The reduction in maximum stakes for fixed odds betting terminals (FOBTs) had a "lower than expected" hit on Betfred's revenue in the year ending 29 September 2019, allowing the operator to make a £153.6m (€169.3m/$197.1m) profit despite a 14.6% revenue decline to £621.4m.

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    The Dutch government has extended curfew measures to casinos and slot halls in a number of additional regions as part of an effort to prevent further spread of the novel coronavirus (Covid-19) as employee .

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    US gaming giant Caesars Entertainment Inc. has set out further details of its possible cash offer for William Hill, saying that it is set to make a bid worth £2.9bn (€3.29bn/$3.71bn) for the bookmaker.

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    The European Commission (EC) has praised the impact of an industry-led Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) that has helped cut the unintentional placement of gambling ads on sites offering pirated content by 20%.

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    PointsBet has agreed partnerships with both the Indianapolis Colts and Chicago Bears, making it a sportsbook partner of the Indiana and Illinois-based National Football League franchises.

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    PointsBet has revealed that a shortfall bookbuild has helped it reach its target of raising AUD$153.2m (£84.6m/€92.5m/US$107.6m) through a retail entitlement process.

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    William Hill has confirmed that its board has received separate cash proposals to acquire the business from alternative investments giant Apollo Global Management and its US sports betting and igaming partner, Caesars Entertainment.

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