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    The Japan Racing Authority (JRA) has criticised Betfair Australia and other betting exchanges after a dispute with the Flutter-owned operator over its offering of Japanese racing that saw Betfair pull the markets from its site.

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    Louisiana Governor John Bel Edwards has signed into a law a bill to arrange a parish-by-parish referendum on whether to legalise sports betting in the state.

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    Brazil’s Investment Partnerships Programme (PPI) Council, the government body responsible for driving investment in the country, has included sports betting in its plan to raise BRL37.03bn to help the country recover from the novel coronavirus (Covid-19) pandemic.

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    Singapore’s state-owned lottery operator Singapore Pools resumes online and telephone betting services following the closure of its operations in April due to the novel coronavirus (Covid-19) pandemic.

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    A coalition of major North American sports leagues have publicly expressed their support for single-event sports betting in Canada.

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    Newgioco Group has reported a “robust” increase in its sports betting handle in May as major sports events began to resume amid the ongoing novel coronavirus (Covid-19) crisis.

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    The percentage of the British public who have gambled appears to be in decline as lockdown continues, but online casino play is on the rise, according to new data from the Gambling Commission.

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    Leading responsible gambling charities the Young Gamers and Gamblers Education Trust (YGAM) and GamCare are accelerating the digital transformation of their educational resources during the Covid-19 pandemic.

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    Esports betting operator Luckbox has raised more than CAD$3.8m, well above expectations, in the first tranche of a funding round ahead of its initial public offering on the TSX venture exchange, prompting the business to launch a new funding round.

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    The latest amendments to Ukraine’s gambling bill have been published, with some licence fees lowered and others significantly raised, and a prohibition on online advertising removed. The bill also now includes a clause to block any Russian-owned gaming businesses, or those with Russian directors, from participating in the market.

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    Boyd Gaming has today (June 11) announced plans to reopen 3 casinos in Indiana and Ohio, bringing its total number of properties back in operation to 24 out of 29 across the US.

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    Alternative media business Media Central Corporation has entered a number of affiliate marketing partnerships with esports gambling websites as part of an effort to further monetise its new ECentralSports digital media platform.

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    New Zealand’s Transport and Infrastructure Select Committee has put forward a number of proposed changes to the country’s new Racing Industry Bill, with the legislation now expected to pass into law a month later than originally planned.

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    Sportsbook stakes in Indiana rose 41.9% month-on-month in May, as players shifted to betting on sports beyond the US major leagues.

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    Major League Soccer (MLS) will return from a suspension caused by the novel coronavirus (Covid-19) pandemic, for a new tournament starting on 8 July that will form part of the 2020 MLS season.

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    Newgioco Group has established a new US-facing operating subsidiary with the aim of expanding its sports betting operations throughout the country.

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    UK racecourse operator the Arena Racing Company (ARC) has temporarily suspended greyhound racing events at Belle Vue, saying that it is “simply uneconomical” to operate fixtures at the stadium at present.

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    The English Football League (EFL) has announced that Leagues One and Two, the third and fourth divisions in the country’s football pyramid, come to an immediate halt.

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    Churchill Downs Incorporated (CDI) has reopened its Derby City Gaming property in Louisville, Kentucky, and agreed a deal to acquire 1,250 historical racing machines (HRMs) from International Game Technology (IGT).

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    Swedish gambling regulator Spelinspektionen has maintained its criticism of the country’s upcoming casino stake limits, arguing amendments to the rules may make them even more difficult to implement in time.

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