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    Finland’s state-owned gambling operator Veikkaus said operational efficiencies enabled it to record a lift in profits for the third quarter and the year to date, despite a fall in revenues.

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    The Michigan House of Representatives has passed the legislation filed by Representative Brandt Iden to legalize online gaming and sports betting in the state.

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    Legislation designed to clarify the tax status of Philippines Offshore Gaming Operators (POGO) has been filed in the country’s legislature.

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    Voters from nine cities in New Hampshire will have the opportunity to vote on whether to permit retail sportsbooks to operate in their communities at the state’s municipal elections on November 5. 

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    The start of the NFL season brought Nevada back to the top in sports betting as players wagered $546.4m (£421.2m/€488.6m) on sports in September, helping total gaming revenue climb 6.8% to $1.06bn.

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    The head of Portugal’s leading online gambling trade group has called for the authorities to block payments to unlicensed operators after it was found that a significant number of players continue to gamble with illegal sites.

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    Veikkaus has announced that it will speed up the implementation of its social responsibility strategy, by introducing new marketing controls and bringing forward the introduction of compulsory identification on slot machines by a year.

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    Novomatic's interactive subsidiary Greentube has bolstered its presence in the Swedish market by launching a range of online gaming content with Svenska Spel Sport & Casino.

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    Asian gaming giant Melco Resorts and Entertainment has revealed a 14% year-on-year increase in revenue for the third quarter, while operating income more than doubled during the period.

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    Gambling operator Betsson AB has launched a new social impact website as part of an ongoing drive to improve its responsible gambling measures and report its corporate social responsiblity efforts to stakeholders.

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    Online casino operator Videoslots has brokered a deal with Betradar’s Managed Trading Services (MTS) division as it prepares to enter the sports betting vertical in 2020. 

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    The sports betting bill filed by Representative Brandt Iden has moved closer to passing the Michigan House, after it was passed by the chamber’s Ways and Means Committee by a vote of 10-1. 

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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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