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    Camelot UK Lotteries, operator of the UK National Lottery, has appointed Keith Moor as its new chief marketing officer. Moor will join from banking group Santander in September.

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    London-listed igaming service provider GAN has credited higher than expected growth in New Jersey’s legal sports betting market for first quarter revenue growing to £4.6m, a new company record.

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    The Louisiana Senate has advanced a bill to legalise sports betting in the state, which now passes to the state House of Representatives for further scrutiny. SB153, which was prefiled by Senator Daniel Martiny in March, passed with 24 Senators voting in favour, and 15 against.

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    Sports betting and daily fantasy sports operator FanDuel Group has expanded its partnership with Sportradar to launch live streaming for US customers for the first time. 

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    A sports betting bill introduced earlier in April has been voted through the Colorado’s House of Representatives and transferred to the Senate, but only has until May 3 to progress through the state legislature. The bill has already been passed by the Finance and Appropriations Committees in the upper chamber.

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    Italy’s advertising and communications regulator Autorità per le Garanzie nelle Comunicazioni (AGCOM) has finally set out exactly how it plans to enforce the country’s ban on gambling advertising. The watchdog will permit information about odds or jackpots to be reported by Italian media, while land-based operators will be allowed to display branding in shop windows.

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    Betclic Everest Group subsidiary bet-at-home has reported an 18.8% year-on-year increase in net gaming revenue for the first quarter of 2019, with the operator crediting strategic marketing efforts for the growth.

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    Spain’s leading gaming trade association the Consejo Empresarial del Juego (CEJUEGO) has been incorporated into the country’s umbrella body for industry groups, the Confederación Española de Organizaciones Empresariales (CEOE). The country's gambling industry is likely to face higher taxes and new advertising restrictions following the victory of the Socialist Workers' Party in the country's third general election in less than four years.

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    Australian sports betting operator PointsBet has agreed a deal to provide its sportsbook services to Catfish Bend Casino in Burlington, Iowa, despite the state yet to finalise plans to legalise sports wagering.

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    Nevada’s licensed sportsbooks generated total handle of $596.8m in March, setting a new record for amounts wagered in a month where basketball dominated the market.

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    Swedish gaming operator Svenska Spel has reported a 5.9% decline in net gaming revenue for the first quarter of 2019, with growth in the new Sport & Casino igaming division offset by struggles in its lottery and land-based gaming units.

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    Casino games supplier NetEnt has reported a 2.8% decline in revenue for the first quarter of 2019, with lower volumes in the newly regulated Swedish market blamed for the decline.

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    Tennessee is closing in on legal sports betting after the state’s House of Representatives passed a bill yesterday (April 24), while its companion bill is headed for a floor vote in the Senate.

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    GVC Holdings has stepped up its responsible gambling efforts with a call to end all sportsbook broadcast advertising in the UK, urging other operators to follow suit.

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    The Indiana House and Senate have voted through a repackaged bill that would legalise certain forms of sports betting in the state, with a mobile wagering component restored. Governor Eric Holcomb will now consider signing the bill into law.

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    A new investigation into gambling advertising in Sweden will consider a number of new controls to halt what lawmakers consider to be overly aggressive marketing practices by the country’s licensed igaming operators, including a blanket ban on advertising.

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    Marketing platform provider First Look Games has formed a strategic partnership with iGaming Business, the publishing division of igaming events giant Clarion Gaming, to help increase exposure for games developers.

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    Unibet operator Kindred Group has reported an 8.0% year-on-year rise in revenue for the first quarter of 2019, though has seen earnings impacted by costs associated with its launch in Sweden’s newly regulated igaming market.

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    US-focused mobile lottery start-up Jackpocket has appointed Gavin Isaacs, the former CEO of Scientific Games and current chairman of SBTech, as a senior advisor to its board of directors.

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    Clarion Gaming’s inaugural edition of ICE North America, which takes place in Boston from May 13 to 15, will feature a keynote presentation from iconic boxer and Olympic champion Sugar Ray Leonard.

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