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    California Attorney General Xavier Becerra has announced the Los Angeles-based cardroom Hawaiian Gardens Casino has agreed a $3.1m settlement with his office for misleading gambling regulators.

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    An appeal against the Swedish Gaming Authority’s (Spelinspektionen) decision to limit Videoslots’ operating licence to a two-year term has concluded with the operator having its licence extended to 31 December, 2023. The Linnköping Administrative Court ruled a regulatory settlement with the GB Gambling Commission was insufficient grounds for curbing the licence duration.

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    The Betting and Gaming Council (BGC), the newly formed trade association for the UK gambling industry, has appointed former Shadow Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport Michael Dugher as its new chief executive.

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    Gambling operator Caravel Entertainment has secured licences to offer online sports betting and games of chances in the Portuguese market. Caravel now plans to launch real-money igaming under the Moosh brand.

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    The Australian Banking Association (ABA) is looking to gather stakeholder feedback on potential restrictions on the use of credit cards to fund online gambling, and how banks can help better protect players. Interested parties will have until 4 March, 2020 to share their views on controls such as an outright ban, and how and when this could be implemented.

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    The Malta Gaming Authority (MGA) has entered into a data sharing partnership with the Malta Football Association, the sport’s governing body in the country.

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    Ireland’s parliament has passed an amended version of the Gaming and Lotteries (Amendment) Bill 2019 after protests against the maximum amount of money bingo operators could pay out in the initial version of the bill.

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    The National Council on Problem Gambling (NCPG), the US organisation for people affected by problem gambling and addiction, as announced a new advisory board, featuring a number of executives and senior personnel from across the industry.

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    International Game Technology (IGT) has launched sports betting for the Akwesasne Mohawk Casino Resort in Akwesane, New York, the third venue to roll out its PlaySports technology in the state. 

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    The Massachusetts Lottery has extended its retail management deal with Scientific Games for a further three years.

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    The Australian Parliament has approved legislation to establish the country’s National Self-Exclusion Register, with the Morrison Government hailing its passage as filling a “critical gap” in the country’s consumer protection safeguards.

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    Gamesys Group and Scientific Games have together launched a new website, Rainbow Riches Casino, focused on its Rainbow Riches slot brand.

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    Eldorado Resorts is a step closer to completing its $17.3bn (£13.3bn/€15.6bn) acquisition of Caesars Entertainment Corporation after receiving regulatory approval in Missouri.

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    Sports betting exchange Tradesports will return to the US market on 8 December, starting with a free-to-play beta launch before a planned real-money launch in 2020.

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    Operators in the Netherlands who fail to verify the age of players risk being added to a ‘bad actor’ list ahead of the introduction of the country’s licensed gambling framework in 2021.

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    UK young people will have developed regular patterns of play and gambling habits by the age of 20, with more than half of 17 year-olds gambling in some form, a University of Bristol study claims.

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    The New Jersey Division of Gaming Enforcement (DGE) has issued two civil penalty packages to NYX for unapproved games and regulatory violations, as well as a penalty to William Hill for self-exclusion failings.

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    SoftSwiss has acquired Estonian online gaming operator Kingswin Online in a move that will see the online gambling software developer expand its services into the country for the first time.

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    Payments and Know Your Customer (KYC) solutions provider iSignThis has launched legal action against the Australian Securities Exchange (ASX) over the decision to suspend, then fail to reinstate, trading of its shares.

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    Spread betting and contracts for difference (CFD) provider IG Group Holdings expects revenue for the first half of its 2020 financial year to match the prior year's £250m (€296.4m/$328.5m) total, despite a year-on-year decline in revenue from core markets.

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