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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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    UK racecourse operator Arena Racing Company (ARC) has acquired a 45% holding in i-neda, a supplier providing pari-mutuel wagering technology to operators in the US, Europe and Asia.

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    Danish regulator Spillemyndigheden has established a new whistleblower scheme allowing employees of gambling operators to report evidence or suspicions of wrongdoing in relation to money laundering laws.

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    Richard Flint is to step down from his role as executive chairman of Sky Betting & Gaming, its parent company The Stars Group has confirmed. Flint has been with the online gaming operator since 2001.

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    Shareholders in Paddy Power Betfair have overwhelmingly voted to back plans to rebrand the gambling operator as Flutter Entertainment. Votes were cast at the group’s AGM, with 99.76% of shareholders supporting the proposal.

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    London-listed lottery brokerage Zeal Network has completed the acquisition of its former subsidiary Lotto24 via an all-share public takeover.

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    The Stars Group has appointed its chief corporate development officer, Robin Chhabra, as CEO of its new Fox Bet US sports betting joint venture with Fox Sports.

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    Women in Racing, an organisation committed to developing the profile of women in the sport of horse racing, has signed up as a strategic partner of the All-in Diversity Project.

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    Private equity group Blackstone has committed to a £175m (€202.7m/$227.5m) strategic minority investment in Romanian omni-channel sports betting and gaming operator Superbet.

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    The US National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) has formally withdrawn a ban on its events being hosted in states that offer legal sports betting.

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    Danish gambling operator Danske Spil has agreed a deal to take ownership of Tivoli Casino’s online gaming business. Danske Spil will be able to use the TivoliCasino.dk brand as part of its business for the next 10 years.

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    Australian gaming machines and content provider Ainsworth Game Technology has warned that it is likely to miss financial targets for the second half of its 2019 financial year, with its current performance failing to meet expectations.

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    Swedish gambling regulator Spelinspektionen has entered into a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with the Gibraltar Ministry of Commerce's Gambling Division (GGD), to formalise cooperation agreements between the two.

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    GambleAware has reiterated calls for UK operators to offer further financial support its problem gambling efforts after revealing that industry funding failed to meet its 2018-19 target.

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    SciPlay, the former social games subsidiary of Scientific Games, has begun trading on the Nasdaq Stock Market as part of its initial public offering (IPO). A total of 22m shares of Class A common stock have been made available at $16 per share.

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    Greek lottery and gaming solutions provider Intralot has reorganised its operations, technology, digital and commercial divisions as part of a wider restructuring of the business.

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    Happy Friday igamers! This week we do the sums on where good causes money is going in Ireland, ponder an odd image and say farewell to the man who threw the industry into disarray with his reinterpretation of the Wire Act.

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    The Jockey Club, the largest commercial horse racing organisation in the UK, has revealed that Simon Bazalgette will leave his role as group chief executive by the end of 2019.

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    LeoVegas has reported an 11.6% rise in revenue for the first quarter of 2019, though growing costs saw the Stockholm-listed gaming operator post a €31,000 (£26,611/$34,757) loss for the period.

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    Andy Hornby is to step down from his role as co-chief operating officer of GVC Holdings to become chief executive of The Restaurant Group. Hornby will have an annual base wage of £630,000 at the group.

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