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    French gaming operator La Française des Jeux (FDJ) has set out plans to ramp up corporate social responsiblity (CSR) efforts as part of a wider effort to clamp down on issues such as underage gambling, fraud and money laundering.

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    Las Vegas-based casino operator Affinity Gaming has appointed Mary Elizabeth Higgins as its new CEO, after Tony Rodio stepped down to take up the same role at Caesars Entertainment.

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    Scientific Games has agreed a deal to support Las Vegas-based casino giant Wynn Resorts with its roll out of digital sports betting and online gaming services in the US market.

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    Gaming platform and services provider Nektan has sold a 57.5% stake in its Respin US subsidiary to Alternative Investment Partners Limited (AIP) for an initial cash consideration of £300,000 (€346,350/$391,680). The price is significantly below the original £2m consideration that the supplier had previously announced.

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    Sports betting and gaming operator SKS365 has appointed Luca Grisci as its new director of retail as part of an effort to strengthen its land-based operations.

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    Gambling software developer BOSS. Gaming solutions has announced Jeff Letlat, formerly of Betsson Group and Adjarabet, as its new chief executive.

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    US casino giant Caesars Entertainment has appointed Anthony Rodio as its new chief executive officer. Rodio, who currently serves in the same role at Affinity Gaming, will make the move to Caesars within the next 30 days.

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    Nasdaq Stockholm-listed Ninja Casino operator Global Gaming has scrapped plans to issue a dividend to shareholders as a result of difficult operating conditions in the newly regulated Swedish market.

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    Greek lotteries and gaming solutions provider Intralot is to launch a cost reduction plan after reporting declines in turnover for all key operating segments in its 2018 results, with its struggles blamed on foreign exchange losses and the failure to secure new supply contracts during the year.

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    Spread betting and contracts for difference provider IG Group Holdings has confirmed that Andy Green is to step down as its chairman. Green will leave the role in September of this year.

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    Aspers, Caesars, Genting, Playtech and the Rank Group have all signed up as new partners of UK-facing responsible gambling body the Senet Group.

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    Madrid-listed Codere has announced a series of changes to its organisational structure as part of an effort to simplify management processes and give more accountability to regional divisions.

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    This week we look at role reversal in the lottery space, ponder the outrage over the M&M's slot-machine dispenser and payday loans and giggle at some of the more outlandish Royal baby name predictions

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    International Game Technology (IGT) has appointed Ian Freeman as vice president of global business development and commercial at its PlayDigital division.

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    Gauselmann Group has appointed Markus Ettlin as the new managing director and chairman of its Merkur Sportwetten sports betting business.

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    Las Vegas-based casino giant Wynn Resorts has abruptly terminated discussions with Crown Resorts less than a day after announcing that it was looking to acquire the Australian gaming operator.

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    The Rank Group has confirmed Alan Morgan will leave his role as managing director retail on July 31 this year in order to pursue other opportunities. Chief executive John O'Reilly will assume Morgan’s responsibilities upon his departure.

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    Australian gaming machines and content provider Ainsworth Game Technology has named Lawrence Levy as it new CEO. Levy will take up the role on a full-time basis from July 1, 2019.

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    Las Vegas-based casino operator Wynn Resorts has opened talks with Crown Resorts over a possible acquisition of the Australian gaming operator. The proposed offer is worth Aus$14.75 a share, valuing Crown at around Aus$10bn.

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    Sports betting and daily fantasy sports operator FanDuel Group has appointed Lainie Cooney to its newly created role of chief people officer. Cooney will lead the development and execution of FanDuel’s global human resources strategy

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