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    Exclusive data from H2 Gambling Capital lays bare the decline in British betting and gaming gross win as a result of novel coronavirus (Covid-19), though iGB's principal data partner suggests the igaming sector should help the sector rebound.

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    New Zealand’s Racing Industry Transition Agency (RITA) has welcomed a NZD$72.5m support package from the country’s government.

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    The Malta Gaming Authority (MGA) has entered into a data-sharing agreement with the Swedish Football Association (SvFF).

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    A Ukrainian court has ordered internet service providers (ISPs) in the country to block access to 59 online gambling websites, based on evidence provided by the Security Service of Ukraine (SBU).

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    A 40-day suspension Chinese lottery sales due to novel coronavirus (Covid-19) meant AGTech’s first quarter revenue declined 32.2% to HKD$13.7m (£1.4m/€1.7m/$1.8m).

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    US casino giant Las Vegas Sands has abruptly withdrawn from the process to secure one of Japan’s integrated resorts (IR) licences, saying that the regulatory framework in place meant the project was not viable.

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    The Michigan Gaming Control Board has revealed that revenue generated by the three commercial casinos in Detroit was down 39.2% year-on-year during the four months to the end of April 2020.

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    MGM Resorts has set out a new strategy for safely reopening its casinos, having been forced to close venues in March due to novel coronavirus (Covid-19).

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    Dutch licensees will be required to start from scratch when they launch in the country’s regulated igaming market, with the use of customer data gathered from any activity in the unregulated market prohibited.

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    Online gambling rates in Denmark have declined during a nationwide lockdown to limit the spread of the novel coronavirus (Covid-19), according to data from the country’s Gaming Authority (Spillemyndigheden).

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    Online affiliate and content marketing provider Raketech has said that despite experiencing a 76.6% year-on-year decline in profit during the first quarter of 2020, it was a “stable” period of trading for the business.

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    The UK’s Betting and Gaming Council (BGC) has praised the government for its decision to extend the novel coronavirus (Covid-19) furlough scheme through to October, saying this will help to protect thousands of workers in the gambling sector.

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    British Horseracing's Executive Committee are working on plans to restart racing in the country on 1 June, after new government guidelines confirmed this as the earliest date from which sporting events may be held.

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    The Afghanistan Cricket Board (ACB) has banned national team player Shafiqullah Shafaq from all forms of cricket for six years after he admitted to breaching the organisation’s Anti-Corruption Code.

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    Swedish operator Svenska Spel has extended its partnership with the Swedish Sports Federation until the end of 2020, in a deal that will see a further SEK17m (£1.4m/€1.6m/$1.7m) distributed to organisations across the country.

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    The Danish Gambling Authority (Spillemyndigheden) has ordered Bingo.dk operator Winteq to conduct a risk assessment for money laundering and terrorism financing after discovering its current processes had not been updated.

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    Admiral Sportwetten, a brand operated by Novomatic subsidiary Löwen Entertainment, has announced that it will withdraw from the German retail betting market, blaming years of regulatory stasis for the move.

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    The Swedish government’s consultation on proposals to set deposit and bonus limits for online casino during the novel coronavirus (Covid-19) pandemic have prompted a largely negative reaction from the gaming industry.

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    More people in the UK have stopped gambling under lockdown than started or increased play, according to new data from the British Gambling Commission, though the regulator warned that evidence suggested session length for existing customers had risen.

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    The Oklahoma Indian Gaming Association (OIGA) has voted to suspend two of its members after they signed new gaming compacts to offer Class III games, including sports betting, in the US state.

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