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    Oregon residents wagered $17.1m via the state lottery’s SBTech-powered sports betting app  Scoreboard in November, the first full month of legal mobile wagering in the state.

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    WatchandWager has agreed an extension of its agreement with the board of directors of the California Exposition & State Fair in Sacramento, allowing it to continue its Cal Expo harness racing operations through to May 1, 2025.

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    Affiliate marketing giant Better Collective has raised SEK312m (£25.1m/€29.5m/$32.7m) for future M&A activity through the directed issue of 4m shares in the business.

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    International Game Technology (IGT) has announced that its IGT Global Services subsidiary has signed a 10-year extension to a private management agreement with the four licence-holders and beneficiaries of the Barbados Lottery.

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    Hard Rock International has launched PlayersEdge, a new initiative designed to help customers learn about responsible gambling and how to better manage their gaming habits.

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    Penn National Gaming has made a number of changes to its executive management team to coincide with the transition of Jay Snowden to the role of chief executive next month.

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    Just under one in six Australians aged 16-17 gambled in the past year, according to the Longitudinal Study of Australian Children's (LSAC) annual statistical report.

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    The latest edition of Sweden’s annual survey on gambling participation has revealed that the percentage of the country’s adult population has dropped six percentage points in the past year.

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    Baltic-facing gaming operator Enlabs has made a number of changes to its senior management, including appointing George Ustinov as its new chief operating officer and Adam Jonsson as chief financial officer.

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    Danish gambling regulator Spillemyndigheden has ordered 888 to improve its anti-money laundering processes after ruling that the online gaming operator’s licensed subsidiary in the country fell short of requirements set out in the national Money Laundering Act.

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    The Lithuania Gambling Supervisory Authority has revealed that turnover from regulated lottery gaming in the country during the nine months to 30 September 2019 climbed 10.1% year-on-year to €82.3m (£70.2m/$91.2m).

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    Just over half of over-16s in England gambled in 2018, with 0.4% identified as problem gamblers, according to the National Health Service’s (NHS) Health Survey for England study.

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    The Danish government is to increase the tax paid by the country’s licensed igaming operators to 28% of gross gaming revenue, claiming that this will ultimately raise DKK150m in new revenue.

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    iGaming software supplier and white label solutions provider EveryMatrix has appointed Stian Hornsletten, its co-founder and previously chief executive of its casino division, as its new chief commercial officer.

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    The Stars Group (TSG) is set to take full control of BetEasy after agreeing a deal to acquire the remaining 20% interest in the Australian sports betting operator for AU$151m (£79.5m/€93.3m/US$103.3m). Current BetEasy chief executive Matthew Tripp will shift to the role of non-executive president of the business from January 2020, with director of strategy and regulatory affairs promoted to serve as his replacement.

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    Caesars Entertainment-owned Harrah’s Philadelphia Casino and Racetrack in Pennsylvania has entered into a marketing partnership with the Philadelphia Eagles National Football League (NFL) franchise.

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    Slot developer Stakelogic has received a supplier licence from the GB Gambling Commission, allowing its titles to be used by British-licended operators.

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    Lottery solutions provider Pollard Banknote has struck a deal to acquire London-based mobile app developer Mkodo for an initial purchase price of £7.8m.

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    Finnish gambling monopoly Veikkaus is to begin reducing the number of slot machines operating across the country from January next year, with around a fifth of its installed base to be taken out of service by the end of the year.

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    Software supplier Global Daily Fantasy Sports will acquire live dealer games supplier Playgon Interactive after executing a definitive share purchase agreement which will see Global acquire all of Playgon’s shares for CAD$9.5m.

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