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    The Swedish Gaming Authority (Spelinspektionen) has launched an appeal against a decision to reduce a penalty levied against Svenska Spel subsidiary Casino Cosmopol for failing to comply with licence requirements for money laundering and terrorist financing.

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    The Czech Republic Ministry of Finance has defended its decision to introduce higher taxes on certain gambling activities, after a national newspaper claimed the increases would harm the country's land-based market.

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    DraftKings looks set to be awarded licences for retail and mobile sports betting in New Hampshire, after the operator’s proposals for each channel scored highest in the state’s licence tender.

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    Casino giant Genting Group has struck a deal to acquire LeoVegas’ live dealer solutions subsidiary Authentic Gaming in a €15m deal. (£12.9m/$16.7m).

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    The Swedish authorities may consider new restrictions on loot boxes, after the government submitted a report that warned of the video game feature's potential risks for children and the vulnerable to the country's Gaming Market Commission (Spelmarknadsutredningen).

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    Swiss addiction charity Sucht Schweiz has launched a new awareness-raising campaign to ensure the country’s citizens are aware of the potential dangers of online gambling.

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    Rhode Island sports betting revenue almost tripled month-on-month to $2.5m in September, with an increase in retail betting accompanied by the first contribution from mobile.

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    The International Cricket Council (ICC) has issued a two-year ban to Bangladesh captain Shakib Al Hasan after he accepted three charges of breaching its Anti-Corruption Code.

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    Finland’s Competition and Consumer Authority (KKV) has spoken out in favour of a central regulatory body for the country’s gambling sector being established to improve supervision of the country’s monopoly operator Veikkaus.

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    MGM Resorts and GVC Holdings’ Roar Digital joint venture has agreed a deal to power sports betting for Verizon Media-owned media platform Yahoo Sports.

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    The Swedish Gaming Authority (Spelinspektionen) has reported a 3.4% quarter-on-quarter decline in online gambling revenue for the Q3, ahead of it publishing full results for the period.

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    The International Olympic Committee (IOC) encouraged countries to ratify the Council of Europe Convention on the Manipulation of Sports Competitions, also known as the Macolin Convention, at the third International Forum for Sports Integrity (IFSI) yesterday (28 October).

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    Flutter Entertainment’s FanDuel has agreed an exclusive deal to become the official daily fantasy sports partner of Pennsylvania-based NFL franchise the Pittsburgh Steelers.

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    Researchers in the Australian Capital Territory (ACT) have warned the state needs to have a serious discussion about the role of gambling in society after estimating that as much as 14% of its population has been negatively affected by gambling.

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    RoBET, a tech start-up founded by entrepreneur Edoardo Narduzzi, has become the first blockchain-based sports betting business to secure a licence in the Isle of Man.

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    Greentube, the interactive division of Novomatic, has secured its first supply deal in the Croatian market with PSK.hr, an online casino brand owned by Fortuna Entertainment subsidiary Hattrick Sports Group.

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    PointsBet has reported a 138% year-on-year rise in turnover during the first quarter, primarily due to its launch and subsequent expansion in the US, while the online sports betting operator has also revealed plans to raise AUD$122.1m through a share placing.

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    Greece’s parliament has passed a package of legislation designed to boost economic development in the country, which includes a bill reforming the country’s gambling laws.

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    Canadian provincial lottery operator Loto-Québec has reported a 1.53% year-on-year increase in revenue for the first half of 2019, despite seeing a decline within its draw-based games business.

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    The Ukrainian government’s conservative evaluations have estimated that the country’s gambling bill could bring in between UAH5bn (£154.4m/€178.7m/$192.8m) and ₴9bn, according to the country’s Minister of Finance.

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