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    Brazil’s Investment Partnership Programme (PPI) has adopted a new tactic as it looks to finally privatise the country’s instant win gaming business Loteria Exclusiva Instantânea (Lotex), allowing bidders to pay their winning fee in eight installments.

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    Online gambling revenue in the regulated Lithuanian market increased to €17.5m (£15.9m/$19.3m) in the first six months of 2019, while revenue from land-based gaming was also up year-on-year.

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    A report on the Swedish Gaming Authority’s (Spelinspektionen) enforcement efforts in the country’s igaming market has concluded that many licensees are simply “unaccustomed” to its regulatory approach.

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    Revenue from Denmark's regulated online gaming market increased 6.1% year-on-year to DKK1.73bn (£210.2m/€232.0m/$256.1m) in the second quarter of 2019, with mobile growing in prominence and online casino's contribution close to overtaking sports betting revenue.

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    The UK’s Royal Society for Public Health (RSPH) will encourage people to take a break from online gambling as part of its second annual 'Scroll Free September' initiative next month.

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    Sports betting solutions provider Kambi has signed a multi-year extension to its sportsbook partnership with NagaWorld, a subsidiary of Cambodia-based hotel, gaming and leisure operator NagaCorp.

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    Scout Gaming Group has reported a year-on-year rise in operating loss for the first six months of 2019, despite seeing a rise in both revenue and net sales during the period.

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    The Philippines’ ambassador to China has refuted the suggestion that the Chinese government’s calls for the country to ban online gambling will force President Rodrigo Duterte to acquiesce.

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    The New South Wales Gaming Machines Regulation 2019 and Casino Control Regulation 2019 will both come into effect on 1 September, bringing in changes predominantly related to harm minimisation measures.

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    Finnish gambling monopoly Veikkaus has appointed Regina Sippel as its new chief financial officer and announced an organisational restructuring that sees a number of executives take on additional duties.

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    Rhode Island’s regulated sports betting market has reported a 61.5% month-on-month decline in revenue for July. However, mobile betting may soon launch in the state, with a roll out planned for the start of the National Football League season.

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    DraftKings has launched its mobile sportsbook in the West Virginia market, while the operator has also added NetEnt content to its igaming offering in New Jersey.

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    The state of Nordrhein-Westfalen claims criticism of the third amended State Treaty on Gambling by the European Commission will not lead to any major changes to the wording of the legislation.

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    The Swiss canton of Glarus has launched a public consultation on a series of changes to its gambling laws, following the implementation of the Federal Act on Real-Money Gaming (Bundesgesetz über Geldspiele) in January 2019.

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    US expansion costs have led to a significant increase in PointsBet's net loss for its financial year ended 30 June, though the Australian online sports betting operator was able to more than double revenue for the period.

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    The Malta Gaming Authority (MGA) has created a new Sports Integrity Unit in an effort to increase focus and resources dedicated to preventing the manipulation of sporting events and competitions.

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    Nasdaq First North-listed operator Enlabs has signed a letter of intent to acquire a licensed land-based gaming operator in Belarus.

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    One in ten young people in the UK are accidentally spending money on in-app purchases, while more than 95% of those aged between 11 and 18 currently use a gaming app on their mobile or tablet, according to a new report by the Safer Online Gambling Group.

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    Sports betting will go live in Indiana on 1 September after the state Gaming Commission approved regulations for the vertical, with five casinos also authorized to launch retail wagering.

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    Melco Resorts & Entertainment has amended its agreement to acquire a 19.99% stake in Australia’s Crown Resorts to allow the New South Wales Liquor and Gaming Authority to complete an investigation into the transaction and other matters related to the seller.

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