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    German state lottery Lotto Thüringen has unveiled a revamped online portal for players, following a comprehensive rebuild of its site carried out by IT service provider Adesso.

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    The Italian government is to introduce an 0.5% tax on licensees’ sports betting turnover to fund the recovery of the country’s sports following the novel coronavirus (Covid-19) enforced shut-down.

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    Oscar Karlsten has left his senior executive role at Catena Media to become the chief operating officer at rival affiliate Raketech.

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    Sweden's liicensed gambling operators reported revenue of SEK5.90bn in the first quarter of 2020, down 1.4% from 2019, according to new figures from regulator Spelinspektionen and the Swedish Tax Agency.

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    Content developer Spinomenal is targeting partnerships in new markets after being awarded a Maltese gaming licence.

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    Sweden’s Minister for Social Security Ardalan Shekarabi has put forward an amended set of temporary restrictions on gambling in which he aims to make horse and sports betting exempt from an SEK5,000 weekly deposit limit.

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    The Elitloppet at Solvalla racecourse - the largest event on the Swedish harness racing calendar - is set to attract betting interest from a record 18 countries, former racing monopoly AB Trav och Galopp (ATG) has said.

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    Spain’s gambling regulator has warned some gaming venues that they must remain closed despite much of the country emerging from lockdown.

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    Twin River Worldwide Holdings’ Hard Rock Biloxi Casino in Mississippi reopened on  May 21, joining other major casinos in the state in resuming activities following the novel coronavirus (Covid-19 lockdown).

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    Finnish gambling monopoly Veikkaus has announced that it will resume raffle draws from 1 June, following a month-long suspension.

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    A fine issued by Sweden’s gambling regulator in 2017 to a news portal that linked to unlicensed gambling sites has been upheld by the Jönköping Administrative Court of Appeal.

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    Romania has now added more than 70 online gaming domains to its blacklist this year after announcing the latest outlawed sites.

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    New Zealand’s Racing Industry Transition Agency (RITA) will cut 230 jobs, including 150 permanent staff, at the Totalisator Agency Board (TAB) as a result of the disruption caused by novel coronavirus (Covid-19).

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    The Malta Gaming Authority (MGA) has signed a data-sharing agreement with the Darts Regulation Authority (DRA), while the regulator has also announced a partial reopening of gaming parlours on the island.

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    The British Horseracing Authority (BHA) has released a provisional fixture schedule for June, July and August as courses prepare to resume activity from next week following the novel coronavirus (Covid-19) lockdown.

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    Chinese lottery sales continued their recovery into April, though with the novel coronavirus (Covid-19) pandemic not allowing some provinces to resume sales until May, the monthly total was down 35.0% year-on-year.

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    Churchill Downs Incorporated (CDI), the former owner of social gaming studio Big Fish Games, and Aristocrat Leisure, its current owner, have entered into an agreement in principle to settle two class-action suits related to the business.

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    Danish gaming operator Danske Spil has reported a marginal year-over-year increase in revenue for the first quarter of 2020, with declines in its igaming and gaming machine arms mitigated by growth in its lottery business.

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    Tom Ustunel, betting and gaming director for media giant News UK, has stepped down from his position to pursue new opportunities in the sector.

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    Children’s exposure to gambling advertising has declined is falling back to 2008 levels, amid an overall decline in TV viewing amongst children, according to the Advertising Standards Authority (ASA).

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