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    Betclic Everest Group subsidiary Bet-at-Home has reported a 2.3% decline in net betting and gaming revenue for 2018, blaming the decline on increased fees and levies paid out over the year.

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    The Gambling Commission, responsible for regulating gambling in England, Scotland and Wales, has reported a slight decline in the prevalence of problem gambling in 2018, though there were clear signs that public perception of the industry is worsening.

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    The North Carolina Senate is considering a new bill that would permit the state to legalise off-track pari-mutuel betting on horse racing.

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    Lawmakers in Georgia are to consider a resolution that would amend the state’s laws and legalise in-person sports wagering at licensed facilities.

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    Minnesota’s Senate Tax Committee will this week discuss a new bill that would legalise online, mobile and in-person sports wagering in the state.

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    The Department of Justice (DoJ) is set to extend the window in which it will not enforce its revised interpretation of the Wire Act, according to sources close to the matter.

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    Lawmakers in New York are to run the rule over a new bill that would legalise sports betting on mobile devices, in licensed casinos and at designated wagering lounges across the state.

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    888 Holdings has agreed to purchase the Irish sports betting operator Betbright, including its proprietary platform, in a deal worth £15m (€17.5m/$19.9m). The deal will give 888 complete ownership of its technology and product development across the four leading igaming verticals, as well as growing its presence in the sports betting market.

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    Lotteries and gaming solutions provider Intralot has named chairman and founder Sokratis Kokkalis as its new chief executive, replacing Antonios Kerastaris.

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    Customer wins saw Nevada sports betting revenue fall in January, despite amounts wagered reaching a record $497.0m. Overall statewide gambling revenue was down 3% year-on-year for the month

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    US casino giant Caesars Entertainment has reached an agreement with Carl Icahn, which will see the activist investor support all proposed board nominations at the operator’s 2019 Annual General Meeting.

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    Intralo and TurkCell's Inteltek has lost out in a tender to run Turkey’s sports betting monopoly, with the new ten-year contract awarded to a joint venture between Scientific Games and Turkish conglomerate Demirören Group.

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    William Hill reaffirmed its goal of doubling profits by 2023, despite reporting a £721m loss for 2018. Its strategy, first outlined at its capital markets day in November last year, is centred around three areas: driving digital growth in the UK and internationally; growing a business of scale in the US; and remodelling UK retail.

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    Casino games and platform supplier Relax Gaming is to launch its poker product in the regulated French market via its partnership with long-term customer Kindred Group.

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    Ninja Casino operator Global Gaming has reported a 100.0% increase in revenue for 2018, despite admitting that it had missed its internal revenue and earnings targets in the fourth quarter of the year.

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    Bookmaker Betfred has agreed a two-year deal to become the new title sponsor of golf’s British Masters.

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    William Hill has posted a £721.9m (€840.3m/$955.8m) pre-tax loss for 2018, as a result of an £882.8m write-down of the value of its retail business ahead of maximum B2 machine stakes being cut to £2 from April. Despite this, the operator hailed good underlying progress achieved over the year, with 2018 revenue up 2% year-on-year to £1.6bn.

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    Lawmakers in North Carolina are to the run the rule over a new bill that would legalise sports betting on tribal lands in the state.

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    Dutch gambling regulator Kansspelautoriteit (KSA) has moved to increase its fines for unlicensed online gambling activities in the country, after saying the previous penalties were not “terrifying” enough.

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    GVC Holdings-owned PartyPoker has launched its online operations in the Czech Republic, via a partnership with leading poker room King’s Resort.

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