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    Scientific Games and the Dutch State Lottery (Nederlandse Loterij) have agreed to expand their partnership and launch a new digital sports betting solution in the Netherlands.

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    Licensed operators in Indiana processed a collective $35.2m (£28.3m/€32.0m) in sports wagers during the first full month of regulated sports wagering in the state.

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    Sportradar says it has become a fully integrated turnkey sports betting provider after acquiring Spanish sportsbook and igaming platform Optima for an undisclosed sum.

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    Atlantic Lottery reported a net profit of CAD$422.2m, up 0.7% year-on-year and ahead of the company’s target of CAD$419.4m for the fiscal year ending 31 March, 2019, thanks to a high level of rollover MaxMillions jackpots.

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    Norway’s gambling regulator Lotteri-og stiftelsestilsynet (Lottstift) has revealed a 19% year-on-year decline in advertising spending by offshore operators over the past year, with plans in motion to stamp this out entirely.

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    Spanish regulator Dirección General de Ordenación del Juego (DGOJ) and tax agency la Agencia Tributaria (AEAT) have renewed their partnership and signed a new cooperation agreement.

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    Georgia’s deputy legislative counsel, D. Stuart Morelli stated that an amendment to legalise sports betting in the state may not be required, but is preferable due to the ambiguity of the current situation.

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    Churchill Downs Incorporated (CDI) has finalised its acquisition of Turfway Park in Kentucky from Jack Ohio LLC, an affiliate of Jack Entertainment LLC and Hard Rock International.

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    Dutch gambling regulator Kansspelautoriteit (KSA) has handed fines to LeoVegas and its Royal Panda brand for offering online games of chance in the Netherlands without a gaming licence.

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    A Georgia Senate committee studying gambling has heard presentations and testimony from a series of industry stakeholders, including suggestions for a possible sports betting bill in the state.

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    Gambling operator Betsson AB has confirmed that it has sold its stake in Global Gaming. Betsson acquired the minor shareholding in June, but offloaded the stake a matter of weeks later.

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    More than 40% of Welsh students aged 11-16 said they gambled in the last year, though activity was predominantly centred around fruit machines and the National Lottery, according to a new study from Cardiff University.

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    Scientific Games has announced the launch of OpenGaming, which packages its content aggregation technology, player account management system and in-game features into a single solution.

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    Petfre (Gibraltar) Limited, the online gambling operator trading as Betfred, has agreed a £322,000 (€357,588/$393,887) settlement GB Gambling Commission after it failed to carry out appropriate checks on a customer who gambled £210,000 of stolen money through its site.

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    The Irish Government has confirmed in its 2020 Budget that bookmakers in the Republic of Ireland will receive a relief of up to €50,000 from the 2% turnover tax levied on betting in the country.

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    The Kenyan government's struggles with the country's betting and gaming industry will hit mobile network operator Safaricom's revenue, with the contribution from its M-Pesa mobile payments solution set to decline, according to analysts for investment bank Genghis Capital.

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    Problem gambling funding body GambleAware has appointed former England international goalkeeper David James as an ambassador for its Bet Regret campaign, the next round of which will focus on keeping fans from placing impulsive bets.

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    The average number of people frequently gambling in Switzerland fell again in 2017, with research commissioned by the Inter-Cantonal Lotteries and Betting Commission and the Eidgenössische Spielbankenkommission showing just 16.4% of respondents gambled at least once a month.

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    Attendees of Svenska Spel's annual responsible gaming research day heard that player protection measures must be tailored to different age groups, and that mandatory limits are more effective than voluntary in ensuring players can gamble safely.

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    Centrist political party the Liberal Democrats has waded into the ongoing debate on responsible gambling in the UK, calling for a complete overhaul of the gaming sector’s approach to tackling responsible gambling.

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