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    Joint efforts from police in China and Cambodia to combat illegal online gambling in both countries have led to the arrest of almost 1,000 people so far this year.

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    Germany’s Federal Centre for Health Education (BZgA) will look to educate players about the risks associated with gambling, especially around land-based slot machines, with a new annual awareness raising day taking place for the first time this week. The centre, a subsidiary of the federal Ministry of Health, estimates there are around 500,000 problem gamblers across Germany.

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    Yehuda Dahan has stepped down as chief financial officer of XLMedia with immediate effect. The digital marketing services provider will now begin a search to appoint a permanent replacement.

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    The GB Gambling Commission has given its approval to Rank Group’s proposed acquisition of online casino and bingo operator Stride Gaming. The bid, tabled in May, values Stride at £115.3m (€130.6m/$143.6m).

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    The UK’s Competition and Markets Authority (CMA) has given its approval to Inspired Entertainment’s proposed acquisition of Gaming Technology Group (GTG), a division of Austrian gaming equipment and solutions giant Novomatic’s UK subsidiary.

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    Oddschecker Global Media, the affiliate marketing subsidiary of the The Stars Group-owned Sky Betting and Gaming, has struck a deal to acquire football statistics portal WhoScored.com.

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    Australian sportsbook operator PointsBet has bolstered its horse racing betting services by launching a customised racing channel in partnership with online wagering solutions provider BetMakers.

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    The Taiwanese Ministry of Justice has proposed an amendment to its legal code that would criminalise online gambling, which it describes as the cause of "social and family problems" in the country.

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    Isle of Man-based iGaming software supplier Microgaming has confirmed that it will close its Microgaming Poker Network (MPN) in 2020 following 16 years of service.

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    The National Association for Stock Car Racing (NASCAR) launched in-race betting Sunday, at the first race of the NASCAR Cup playoffs in Las Vegas. Bets were offered on in Las Vegas as well as casinos in three other states.

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    Gaming Innovation Group (GiG) has agreed to extend its partnership with Hard Rock International and support the casino operator with the launch of its new sportsbook offering in Iowa.

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    Gambling operator Betsson has placed SEK1bn (£82.3m/€93.4m/$103.3m) in senior unsecured bonds, attracting interest from a number of large institutional investors throughout the Nordic region.

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    Affiliate marketing giant Better Collective has purchased a 19.99% stake in gambling intelligence software solutions provider Mindway AI for DKK4m (£471,688/€535,718/$592,728).

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    Senior Philippine politicians have filed a resolution calling for an investigation into reported irregularities in Philippine Offshore Gaming (POGO) centres in the latest action against the gambling hubs.

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    Tabcorp has become the official wagering partner of the National Football League (NFL) in Australia as it seeks to tap into the growing popularity of the US sports league.

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    The Stars Group has announced job losses at its Isle of Man office, citing operational difficulties its PokerStars brand is experiencing in some of its international markets.

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    Online casino Mr.Play, of which Aspire Global owns 40%, has launched a sportsbook product, featuring 35 sports and over 65,000 monthly events.

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    10bet has signed its biggest sports club partnership to date after becoming the official gaming and betting partner of Italian football giants Juventus.

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    Mississippi’s sports betting market bounced back in August after a weak July, as bettors placed $19.9m in sports wagers in August, up 48.5% month-on-month.

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    Kambi Group is to provide its multi-channel sportsbook technology to properties owned by JACK Entertainment in the US.

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