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    The Gambling Related Harm All Party Parliamentary Group (APPG) has written a letter to industry body the Betting and Gaming Council (BGC), in which it picks apart the measures set out in its new ten-point player protection plan.

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    French operator La Française des Jeux (FDJ) has secured a syndicated loan worth €380m (£333.8m/$413.0m) to finance its acquisition of exclusive operating rights for lottery games in the country for a further 25 years.

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    The Illinois Gaming Board has announced that a temporary suspension on brick-and-mortar gambling in the state due to the ongoing novel coronavirus (Covid-19) crisis will be extended to April 30.

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    Clarion Gaming has rescheduled its iGB Live! and iGB Affiliate Amsterdam events to September this year as a result of the novel coronavirus (Covid-19) pandemic.

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    Greek gaming operator OPAP has begun the process of identifying a successor to chief executive Damian Cope, who is to step down from the role when his four-year contract comes to an end.

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    The European Casino Association (ECA) has announced the appointment of Hermann Pamminger as its new secretary general with immediate effect.

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    Greek gaming operator OPAP has reported a 4.7% year-on-year increase in revenue for 2019, though the shut-down of its retail network in the country looks set to have a significant impact on revenue and earnings in 2020.

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    William Hill has named Matt Ashley as its new chief financial officer, while the bookmaker has also brought in Flutter Entertainment’s Stephen Parry as chief operating officer.

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    iGaming operator and supplier Newgioco has reported a decline in sports betting revenue in March, though this has been mitigated in part by growth in other verticals.

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    Gamstop, the UK’s online gambling self-exclusion scheme, has urged people worried about their gambling while at home during the novel coronavirus (Covid-19) lockdown to exclude from all igaming sites to protect themselves from harm.

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    Nektan’s revenue from continuing operations more than doubled to £797,000 and losses fell more than 40% in the six months ended 31 December 2019 as the business pivoted to focus on B2B operations.

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    Sweden’s former gambling monopoly Svenska Spel has announced a series of measures to help the business mitigate the novel coronavirus (Covid-19) pandemic, including cancelling a proposed dividend and furloughing the vast majority of its casino staff.

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    Betiton, a new igaming operator founded by a former Aspire Global executive, has launched on Aspire’s platform.

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    Denmark’s gaming authority (Spillemyndigheden) and problem gambling helpline StopSpillet have issued guidance to consumers to encourage responsible play amid the novel coronavirus (Covid-19) outbreak.

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    The executive leadership of Scientific Games has voluntarily reduced its salaries by 50%, with chief executive Barry Cottle going without pay, as part of the solutions giant’s efforts to mitigate the novel coronavirus (Covid-19) pandemic.

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    UK-based mobile-focused bank Starling Bank has strengthened its gambling block by introducing a 48-hour delay for customers to reactivate gambling payments.

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    The European Gaming and Betting Association (EGBA) has issued new guidance on how operators should promote their products safely and responsibly during the novel coronavirus (Covid-19) pandemic.

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    Poland’s Association of Employers and Employees of Bookmakers has called on the country's government to step in and help the sector avoid significant job losses as a result of the novel coronavirus (Covid-19) pandemic.

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    Penn National Gaming (PNG) has taken measures to mitigate the effect of the novel coronavirus disease (Covid-19) on its business, selling and leasing back its Tropicana Las Vegas property and furloughing around 26,000 staff members.

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    The suspension of almost all live racing and closure of retail betting shops worldwide as a result of the novel coronavirus (Covid-19) pandemic has forced Sports Information Services (SIS) to shut down all non-essential services and furlough a significant number of staff.

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