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    Austria’s Financial Police have carried out a total of 278 inspections on suspected black market gambling venues since January, resulting in the confiscation of over 660 gaming machines. Over half of the seized machines were found in the nation’s capital, Vienna.

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    The New South Wales Independent Liquor & Gaming Authority (ILGA) has put in place a number of temporary measures for gaming machines in an effort to help venues in the Australian state impacted by the novel coronavirus (Covid-19) pandemic.

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    Exchange operator Smarkets has launched in Sweden, having received a betting licence from the country’s Gaming Authority (Spelinspelktionen) in April.

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    Sports data and content provider Sportradar has signed an expanded agreement with Badminton Europe (BEC), the sport’s governing body on the continent.

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    German betting and gaming operator Tipico has entered into a new partnership with NetEnt, as it continues preparations for its launch in New Jersey.

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    South Korean social gaming operator DoubleU Games saw revenue for the first half of 2020 rise 27.6% year-on-year to KRW326.2bn (£211.6m/€232.3m/$271.9m), aided by the sixth consecutive quarter of growth from DoubleDown Interactive.

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    Spanish online gaming association JDigital has appointed Andrea Vota as its first chief executive after a change in the organisation’s structure that also sees Bet365, Betway and Codere join its board of directors.

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    Online sports betting operator PointsBet has reported a 190.9% year-on-year rise in net revenue during its 2020 financial year, aided by strong growth from its core Australian operations.

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    Experience marketing agency A Game Above has linked up with Beanstalk, the company behind self-exclusion system Gamban, for a joint venture to launch a new solution designed to help regulators and governments clamp down on illegal gambling.

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    The International Betting Integrity Association (IBIA) has called for online in-play betting in Australia, claiming the lack of legal live wagering contributes to "stubbornly high" levels of offshore activity.

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    Industry giant Playtech announced today (27 July) it has extended its partnership with Fortuna in the Czech Republic, through the launch of end-user versions of its native casino app in the jurisdiction.

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    Superbet Group has acquired a 60% stake in online casino operator Lucky 7, in a deal the Central and Eastern European betting and gaming business said would help to diversify its operations.

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    Chinese lottery sales fell 41.7% year-on-year in the first half of 2020, after the market suffered significant disruption from the novel coronavirus (Covid-19) pandemic.

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    Consumers in Illinois will once again have to register in person for online sports betting accounts, after Governor J.B. Pritzker failed to extend a an executive order relaxing the requirement.

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    Rush Street Interactive (RSI) is set to be the latest US online gambling operator to go public after agreeing a reverse merger with special purpose acquisition company dMY Technology Group.

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    B2B fantasy sports supplier Scout Gaming announced it will launch a follow-on from last year’s Premier League season-long fantasy contest, The Quarter Million, by offering a guaranteed prize pool of €1m for the 2020-21 season.

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    The Austrian Financial Police have shut down a number of illegal gambling operations in the state of Upper Austria, following a series of raids that saw 38 gaming machines and two poker tables confiscated.

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    Lawmakers in Massachusetts are to consider a new economic development package bill that includes a section aimed at legalizing sports wagering in the state.

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    US House representatives and congressional Gaming Caucus co-chairs Dina Titus and Guy Reschenthaler have introduced a federal bill – HR7790 – to repeal the US’s 0.25% excise tax on sports wagering handle.

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    B2B marketing platform provider BlueRibbon Software has appointed Rafi Ashkenazi, former chief executive of The Stars Group, as a strategic advisor to the business.

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