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    Consumers in the US placed legal sports bets totalling $13bn in 2019, almost double the $6.6bn that was wagered in the previous year, according to data released by the American Gaming Association (AGA).

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    Affiliate marketing services provider XLMedia has appointed Iain Balchin as its new group chief financial officer and also brought in Sarah Clark as chief transformation officer.

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    The UK’s Competition and Markets Authority (CMA) has announced that it is to investigate the proposed mega-merger between Flutter Entertainment and The Stars Group (TSG).

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    A bill that would legalise land-based sports wagering at tribal casinos and bars in Arizona has been reintroduced into the state’s Senate.

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    Bulgaria’s Ministry of Finance has placed Georgi Yordanov in temporary charge of the country’s State Gambling Commission (SCC) following the resignation of Alexander Georgiev.

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    Several leading bookmakers in the UK have told a House of Lords Committee that they would consider a voluntary ban on gambling sponsorship on sports jerseys and perimeter advertising boards.

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    Sports wagering and daily fantasy sports operator DraftKings has appointed Christine Thurmond as its new director of responsible gaming.

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    William Hill-owned MRG has ordered its UK affiliates to cease promotions for its Mr Green UK casino and live casino products with immediate effect.

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    Online gambling revenue in Portugal amounted to €65.4m (£55.6m/$72.3m) in the fourth quarter of 2019, with national gambling regulator Serviço Regulação e Inspeção de Jogos do Turismo de Portugal (SRIJ) noting growth across all areas of the market.

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    Dutch gambling regulator the Kansspelautoriteit (KSA) has issued a warning to consumers over participating in ‘dipping’ lottery games on Facebook, saying that such activities are not legal in the country.

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    Asia-focused distributor QTech Games has announced that it has merged with games reseller Epic Media as part of an effort to enhance its market presence across emerging territories.

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    UK-based online gambling operator Tombola has posted a year-on-year decline in profit for 2019, despite experiencing an increase in group turnover during the year.

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    Affiliate marketing specialist XLMedia has said it is to accelerate a number of its planned strategic initiatives in response to concerns over Google's changes to its search algorithm.

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    Isle of Man-based esports betting operator Luckbox has appointed Quentin Martin as its new chief executive.

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    Playtech has entered into a new digital sports betting partnership with Greek operator OPAP, while the gambling technology giant has also signed an extension to its long-term agreement with online gaming operator Mansion.

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    Gambling software provider GAN has submitted a draft registration statement to the Securities and Exchange Committee (SEC) to publicly list its stock on an American exchange.

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    Former Labour Deputy Leader Tom Watson painted an optimistic picture of the industry’s future in his keynote speech at ICE London, provided operators and executives were prepared to engage and compromise when it came to new controls and restrictions.

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    The Rhode Island Lottery has reported sports betting revenue of $12.0m for the first half of the state’s 2020 financial year.

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    Australian sports betting operator BetEasy has entered into a data and games partnership with data and technology provider GTGNetwork.com.

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    The US National Council on Problem Gambling has issued new guidelines to payment providers, reminding them that they can play a “critical role” in reducing gambling-related harm.

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