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    Colorado Governor Jared Polis has signed off on a bill that would legalise sports betting in the state, but the measure must now be ratified by voters in order to come into effect.

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    Sports betting revenue in the state of Rhode Island hit an all-time high of $1.97m (£1.56m/€1.77m) in April, despite a significant decline in customer activity over the month.

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    Brazil’s much-delayed privatisation of the state’s instant lottery games business Loteria Exclusiva Instantânea (Lotex) has once again been postponed following a lack of interest in from potential bidders.

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    Danish gambling operator Danske Spil has revealed that Allan Auning-Hansen is to step down as its chief financial officer. Auning-Hansen will become a partner and CFO of juice bar and coffee shop chain, Joe & The Juice.

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    The Czech Republic’s Ministry of Finance has confirmed that it will increase the tax rate on certain gambling activities in the country from January 2020. Taxes will be split into three levels, according to how harmful the government perceives the activity to be.

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    Online gaming software supplier EveryMatrix has struck a deal to sell off its customer-facing brand Jetbull to Swedish operator Amgo iGaming in a €2m (£1.8m/$2.2m) deal.

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    Belgium’s licensed igaming operators are facing a number of significant restrictions on advertising, with a package of controls approved in October 2018 coming into force this Saturday (June 1).

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    Scientific Games has appointed Jamie Odell, formerly CEO of Aristocrat Leisure, as special advisor to both its chairman and CEO.

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    SugarHouse Casino has moved a step closer to becoming the first gambling operator to roll out an online and mobile sportsbook service in the regulated state of Pennsylvania after beginning a series of test launches. Should this soft launch be completed without any issues, it could officially launch its offering later this week. 

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    Spanish police have made a series of arrests over alleged match-fixing activities in the country’s top two divisions of club football, with current players among those caught up in the scandal.

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    Former Swedish gambling monopoly Svenska Spel has appointed NetEnt’s Anna Romboli as business area manager for its Tur division. Romboli will join the operator on August 12.

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    Roar Digital, the joint venture between GVC Holdings and MGM Resorts, has been awarded an igaming licence by the Nevada Gaming Commission, as well as a transactional waiver by the New Jersey Department of Gaming Enforcement.

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    Gaming platform and services provider Nektan has expanded its existing partnership with BetVictor with a deal to develop a range of exclusive casino content for the igaming operator.

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    Paddy Power Betfair has completed its rebrand as Flutter Entertainment, after shareholders overwhelmingly backed the name change earlier this month.

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    Stockholm-listed Better Collective will significantly expand its presence in the US market through the acquisition of daily fantasy and sports betting affiliate Rical LLC, operator of the RotoGrinders and SportsHandle portals.

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    Tennessee Governor Bill Lee has allowed a bill to legalise sports betting to pass without his signature, despite having made clear his opposition to expanding gambling in the US state.

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    Supplier cites digital growth as it posts year-on-year increases in revenue and profit in H1

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    Swedish gambling operator Svenska Spel has appointed Carolina Swaffer to the new role of head of agents, customer service and partner services. Swaffer will join from postal service PostNord Sverige on June 1.

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    Online gambling operator Betway has extended its sponsorship deal with English Premier League football club West Ham United, in an agreement that represents a record partnership for both parties.

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    Bet365 has confirmed that it is to increase its operational presence in Malta and relocate certain functionality to the country due to ongoing concerns as to how the UK’s exit from the European Union will impact its business in Gibraltar.

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