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    A senior figure in Spanish politics has called for an all-out ban on commercial gambling advertising and review of licensing regulations. Francisco Fernández Marugán, Spain’s citizens' rights ombudsman, has recommended that the government explore the total prohibition of advertising related to gambling and betting in the media, radio, television and internet.

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    International Game Technology (IGT) has reported a 5% year-on-year decline in group revenue for the first quarter of 2019, a result of lower revenue from gaming operations.

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    Gambling technology provider Playtech has struck a deal to provide a casino platform and live casino suite to Spanish sports betting operator RETAbet.

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    Former Remote Gambling Association (RGA) chief executive Clive Hawkswood is seeking new members for Responsible Affiliates in Gambling (RAIG) after being appointed as the chairman of the new trade association, which has been established by Better Collective, Oddschecker and Racing Post.

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    Tom Watson, deputy leader of the UK's Labour Party, has called for all online casino operators in the country to be forced to reapply for their licences in a letter to the Culture Secretary and Gambling Commission.

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    Lottery solutions provider AGTech Holdings has won a contract to develop and deploy augmented reality technology for the China Sports Lottery, one of the country’s two major national lotteries.

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    The parliament of the German state of Schleswig-Holstein has approved the reintroduction of its liberalised regulatory framework for online gaming, which will be in effect until June 30, 2021.

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    Pragmatic Play has announced Interwetten as the first operator to sign up for its new live casino solution.

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    Unions have reacted positively to the news that the proposed privatisation of state-owned Holland Casino has been called off by Justice Minister Sander Dekker following political opposition to the plans from within the Senate.

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    The Danish delegation to the Council of Europe has called upon European Union member states to address contentious elements of the Convention on the Manipulation of Sports Competitions to ensure it can be implemented across the bloc.

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    The Pennsylvania Gaming Control Board (PGCB) has revealed that the state has generated tax revenue of $3.4m (£2.7m/€3.0m) from its first full year of regulated fantasy sports contests.

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    The Horseracing Betting Levy Board (HBLB) has warned that the Levy for the UK industry in 2018-19 is set to fall short of expectations by some distance, with forecasts placing the sum paid to the industry down by £17m (€9.4m/$21.7m) from the previous year.

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    Online gambling operator Esports Entertainment Group has appointed John Brackens, previously of Activision Blizzard, as its new chief information officer.

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    Betfan has rolled out its gambling services in the Polish market, claiming to be the only with the online operator offering consumers in the country the chance to wager on a range of non-sporting events.

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    Irish Minister of State David Stanton has revealed that work on developing a new framework for regulating gambling in the country, including the establishment of a new authority to oversee and implement the legislation, will take up to 18 months.

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    Mississippi has seen revenue from its legal sports market plummet in April, with basketball remaining the most popular sport for wagering.

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    The Council of Europe’s (CoE) Convention on the Manipulation of Sports Competitions, also known as the Macolin Convention, is finally set to enter into force from September 1, though concerns remain over its definition of illegal sports betting.

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    Betting technology supplier Newgioco has cited costs related to ongoing expansion plans as the main reason for posting a net loss in the opening quarter of the year.

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    Finnish gaming monopoly Veikkuas has reported marginal year-on-year increases in both gaming revenue and profit for the first quarter, with growth driven by a strong performance from its lottery vertical.

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    Åland Islands-based operator Paf has cited the introduction of mandatory customer loss limits for its online gaming services as the main reason behind a year-on-year decline in revenue and profit for 2018.

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