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    Playtech has closed all of its Snaitech retail shops across Italy after the country’s government announced a nationwide lockdown in an effort to stop the spread of novel coronavirus (Covid-19).

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    The Betting and Gaming Council has called on UK Chancellor of the Exchequer Rishi Sunak to take action against unlicensed gambling sites and to increase the threshold for the small business rate relief.

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    Affiliate marketing giant Catena Media has appointed Peter Messner as its new group chief financial officer, with effect from 1 April.

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    Intralot has appointed Christos Dimitriadis, currently group chief services and delivery officer, as its permanent chief executive.

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    Done Brothers (Cash Betting) Ltd, owner of the Betfred business, has acquired a 3% stake in William Hill for an undisclosed sum.

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    The Nigerian National Lottery Regulatory Commission (NLRC) and the Corporate Affairs Commission (CAC) have struck a new partnership fight “unscrupulous companies” in the country's gambling industry.

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    The Ontario Lottery and Gaming Corporation (OLG) has announced that Stephen Rigby is to step down as its president and chief executive after five years at the helm.

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    New York’s four commercial casinos have reported losses of $179,593 from sports betting in February, with del Lago the only venue to actually generate revenue during the month.

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    Betclic Everest Group’s Central Europe-facing subsidiary Bet-at-Home brought in revenue of €143.3m in 2019, almost exactly level with its 2018 total, while back taxes in Austria hit the operator's full-year profit.

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    BetMGM, the sports betting brand operated by the Roar Digital joint venture between MGM Resorts and GVC Holdings, has gone live in Nevada.

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    The BetRivers sportsbook at Rivers Casino Des Plaines will take the first legal sports wagers in Illinois today (9 March) after receiving approval from the Illinois Gaming Board.

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    New Jersey Attorney General Attorney General Gurbir Grewal has filed an amicus brief setting out the state’s opposition to the US Department of Justice’s (DoJ) reinterpretation of the 1961 Wire Act, arguing federal law permits most forms of online wagering.

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    News that the Norwegian government has moved to finally close the loophole allowing offshore operators to advertise in the country has been greeted with dismay by the trade association representing these companies, Norsk Bransjeforening for Onlinespill (NBO).

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    Regulated sports betting is set to begin in Michigan this week, with Detroit's three commercial casinos expected to be authorised to launch retail wagering by the Michigan Gaming Control Board. 

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    Bills that would legalise certain forms of sports betting in Virginia have moved forward to Governor Ralph Northam for signature, after securing approval in the state’s House of Representatives and Senate.

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    The British Gambling Commission has collected £58.5m in financial sanctions and voluntary settlements over a five and a half year period between June 2014 and December 2019, according to the results of a public records request from the Gambling Business Group (GBG).

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    La Française des Jeux (FDJ) scored a 99/100 for 2019 in France’s gender equality index, created by the Avenir Professionnel (professional future) law, which was passed in 2018.

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    Sazka Group and Österreichische Beteiligungs (ÖBAG), the two largest shareholders in Casinos Austria AG (CASAG), have come to an agreement over the joint control of the business.

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    An Australian House of Representatives committee has called for the country’s government to introduce new restrictions on loot boxes in video games in order to better protect children and young people from gambling-related harm.

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    Åland Islands-based gaming operator Paf has struck a deal to acquire gaming operator Mandalorian Technologies for an undisclosed sum.

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