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    Colombian sports betting operator Games and Betting S.A.S has become the seventeenth company to be granted an online gambling licence in the country.

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    The UK’s Advertising Standards Agency (ASA) has ruled that a Betfair television advert did not breach its guidelines and the online gambling operator will not face any punishment.

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    Golf’s PGA Tour is to expand its sponsorship programme and begin to consider gambling companies as official marketing partners for all six of its tours.

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    The Labour Party is to demand mandatory limits on player spending, staking and speed of play for online gaming as part of a root-and-branch overhaul of igaming regulation in England, Scotland and Wales.

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    The American Gaming Association (AGA) has praised the US casino gaming industry’s corporate social responsibility (CSR) efforts, after new research from the organisation found that the sector was responsible for $367m (£275.8m/€322.1m) in charitable donations in 2017.

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    US racetrack and casino operator Churchill Downs Incorporated (CDI) has cited its racing and online advance deposit wagering (ADW) divisions as key drivers of a 14.3% year-on-year increase in revenue for 2018.

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    The Senet Group is calling on gambling operators to help customers set and adhere to their own boundaries, after new research from the UK-facing responsible gambling organisation suggests all gamblers want to stay in control of their habits, regardless of their risk profile.

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    Sportradar has moved to enhance its relationship with Major League Baseball (MLB) to become the organisation’s official global data partner.

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    Codere has cited the devaluation of the Argentine Peso and subsequent impact on its business in the county as the main reasons behind a 9.9% drop in revenue in 2018.

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    Swedish operator Betsson has hired new product directors for gaming and sports as it continues to overhaul its management team. Cíara Nic Liam has been poached from William Hill, where she served as head of gaming, to serve as Betsson’s new gaming product director, while former Svenska Spel executive Joakim Thor will oversee the operator’s sportsbook as sports product director.

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    The Indiana Senate has passed a bill that would legalise sports betting in the state, with the House now set to debate the legislation.

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    Gaming solutions giant Playtech has agreed a deal to provide its various services and products to all brands under the GVC Holdings umbrella until 2025, including its US-facing ROAR Digital joint venture with MGM Resorts.

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    Webis Holdings, the parent company of WatchandWager, has reported a drop in revenue and profit for the first half of its financial year, mainly due lower turnover activity in its international B2B division.

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    The Arkansas Racing Commission’s rules for casino gaming and sports betting have been approved by the Joint Budget Committee's Administrative Rule & Regulation Review Subcommittee.

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    Gambling.com Group has cited organic growth, in combination with M&A activity, as a key driver of a year-on-year increase in revenue for 2018, and for helping it post a profit for the period after making a loss in its 2017 financial year.

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    The Global Lottery Monitoring System (GLMS) has said that it filed 631 alerts to its partners in 2018, with football responsible for more than 75% of the cases.

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    Gambling addiction charity GamCare has launched an invitation to tender for companies specialisting in digital cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT) solutions as it looks to expand the range of services it offers to those affected by gambling-related issues.

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    LeoVegas has launched its Pixel Digital esports betting brand in the regulated Swedish market after securing a licence from regulator Spelinspektionen.

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    MGM Resorts has ramped up its efforts to gain a foothold in the Japanese market after being confirmed as the title sponsor of Major League Baseball’s (MLB) season-opening fixtures in the country next month.

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    Dutch gambling regulator Kansspelautoriteit (KSA) has issued 1xBet with a fine of €400,000 (£344,200/$454,500) for targeting consumers in the country without permission.

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