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    Louisiana looks set to miss out on sports betting this year after the state’s House of Representatives rejected amendments to a fantasy sports bill that would have given citizens a vote on legalising wagering.

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    The Kenyan National Assembly is considering a bill that would revamp the country’s regulatory framework for gambling, imposing significantly higher costs on licensed operators and establishing the country’s first national lottery.

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    Online gaming operator Metal Casino has launched a new sportsbook offering in partnership with Gaming Innovation Group (GiG).

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    Kindred Group has launched its Unibet brand New Jersey through a partnership with the Hard Rock Hotel & Casino Atlantic City, marking its debut in the regulated US market.

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    Finnish gambling monopoly Veikkaus will significantly expand the range of content it offers online through a new supply deal with International Game Technology (IGT).

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    Gambling operator Cirsa has reported a net loss of €5.6m (£5.0m/$6.3m) in the first quarter of 2019, despite its Spanish operations and Latin American casinos helping drive revenue up.

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    Sports betting integrity monitoring body ESSA has rebranded as the International Betting Integrity Association. It has also revealed a sharp decline in suspicious betting alerts generated by tennis over the first quarter of 2019, with the total number of alerts across all sports down 26% year-on-year.

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    English Premier League football clubs Wolverhampton Wanderers and Burnley have both agreed new shirt sponsorship deals with Asian online gambling operators, while Championship side Birmingham City has struck a deal with Boylesports.

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    Camelot UK Lotteries has revealed that the UK’s National Lottery generated a record £1.83bn (€2.06bn/$2.32bn) in digital sales in 2018-19, with overall tickets sales also rising to £7.21bn.

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    A New Hampshire District Court Judge has ruled in favour of the state in its legal challenge against the US Department of Justice’s (DoJ) revised Wire Act opinion, stating that the 1961 act only applies to sports betting.

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    Online gaming operator 888 has cited the performance of both its sports betting and casino operations as the key drivers behind a 6% year-on-year increase in revenue during the first 15 weeks of the year.

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    Online gaming operator Mansion Group has secured a licence to begin offering its MansionBet sportsbook in the Irish market. The licence will also cover its MansionCasino, Casino.com and Slots Heaven casino brands.

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    Gaming platform and services provider Nektan has named Simon Hay, currently of GVC Holdings, as its new chief financial officer. Hay will begin his new role on June 17.

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    Improved performances from both the sports betting and casino verticals helped push Spanish online gaming revenue up 20.1% year-on-year in the first quarter.

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    Isle of Man based igaming software supplier Microgaming has appointed Leon Thomas as its new managing director of bingo.

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    Irish operator BoyleSports has made its long-awaited move into the UK retail betting market through the acquisition of Midlands-based bookmaker Wilf Gilbert.

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    Independent gaming software developer and operator Gamesys Group has rolled out its Virgin Bet sportsbook in the UK market, through a partnership with SBTech.

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    Greek lotteries and gaming solutions provider Intralot has reported an 8.5% year-on-year decline in revenue for the first quarter of its financial year, following weaker performances from all key business units.

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    Swedish gambling regulator Spelinspektionen has again imposed financial penalties on Genesis Global and AG Communications, the Swedish-facing subsidiary of Aspire Global, for failing to adhere to the country's igaming regulations. Both have been sanctioned for offering 'recurring' bonuses to players.

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    The Illinois House and Senate have both voted through a wide-ranging gambling expansion bill, which includes measures to legalise sports betting in the US state. SB 690 will now move forward to Governor J.B. Pritzker for signature later this month.

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