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    Cognitive behavioural therapist Paul Dent discusses the importance of tackling past trauma in the treatment of gambling addiction

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    In the second part of Joanne Christie's analysis of how lotteries must evolve after lockdown, discussion turns to the content and channels of marketing campaigns, and the importance of a digital fallback for the core retail offering.

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    Many lotteries have reported an increase in online players due to retail shutdowns in place across the world. But will this lead to a permanent shift in player behaviour, asks Joanne Christie

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    If employers in the betting and gaming industry don’t properly manage the transition out of lockdown, they risk alienating both their existing and prospective talent base, says Gambling.com Group’s Ellen Monaghan

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    As novel coronavirus (Covid-19) swept the globe and lockdowns followed, concerns were raised over a potential “boom” in online casino. But to what extent has play in the vertical actually grown, and is it sustainable or does it represent a growth in higher-risk behaviour?

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    With the share prices of some of the major online players currently proving more resilient than expected following a period of vastly divergent performances across the sector, David McLeish analyses the immediate opportunities and likely drivers of consolidation plays over the next 12-18 months

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    Much of the gambling industry has ground to a halt as a result of novel coronavirus (Covid-19). However, this can be used as an opportunity to upgrade and enhance underlying technology, allowing operators to future-proof their systems, says DataArt's Russell Karp.

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    Newgioco has plans to dominate the industry in the coming years, but expansion efforts in markets such as the US and its native Italy have been slowed by novel coronavirus (Covid-19). However, as chief executive Michele Ciavarella tells Robin Harrison, rather than deterring the business, it has instead prompted a temporary shift in approach.

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    ICE North America Digital concluded with a look to the future through a discussion of esports and innovation, and featured a very special guest, with New Jersey Division of Gaming Enforcement director Dave Rebuck joining the discussions. 

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    The third day of ICE North America Digital focused on the brick-and-mortar industry, namely the path back to business for an industry shuttered since mid-March by novel coronavirus (Covid-19).

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    The second day of ICE North America Digital focused on sports betting, looking both at the regulatory prospects in the wake of Covid-19’s disruption, as well as examining the new products growing in popularity during the shutdown.

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    The head of product and partnerships at Bayes Esports Solutions, the joint venture between Sportradar and Bayes Holding discusses the potential for growth in esports betting to be sustained after the novel coronavirus (Covid-19) pandemic.

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    Searches for unlicensed casino are already up in Sweden, and channelisation rates are falling. But should new restrictions for online casino be pushed through by the country's government, the situation stands to significantly worsen, writes BonusFinder's Fintan Costello.

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    The inaugural edition of ICE North America opened with an overview of the impact of the novel coronavirus (Covid-19) from H2 Gambling Capital, while expert panels explored how igaming is being leveraged by a crisis-hit land-based sector and digital transformation in the US lottery space

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    The launch of legal igaming in Sweden has been a reality check for an industry grappling with stricter approaches to regulation and proved more fraught than it would have liked. But Camilla Rosenberg, director general of the country’s gambling regulator Spelinspektionen, argues it has strong and constructive dialogue with the sector. And, she adds, it’s only the first stage in a process that faces yet more twists and turns ahead. By Robin Harrison

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    For gambling companies, the Covid-19 crisis has further intensified political and regulatory scrutiny of their activities and increased the possibility of interactions with the GB regulator. Adam Epstein, Philip Evans and Kyan Pucks explore how best to engage with the Gambling Commission throughout any part of the process to increase the likelihood of a positive outcome

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    In conjunction with Chris Elliott and Beth French of Wiggin LLP, iGB provides a regulatory snapshot of igaming across Europe. Germany, Great Britain, Greece, Spain and Sweden are among those updated for this edition, with a number of these related to the Covid-19 pandemic

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    Sweden is at a crossroads in its regulatory journey, but risks undermining its legal market with increasingly punitive controls. But rather than engage in a war of words to add to an already febrile atmosphere, all stakeholders need to work together to find common ground, writes International Betting Integrity Association (IBIA) chief executive Khalid Ali.

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    Sazka CEO Robert Chvatal talks to Joanne Christie about the company’s strategy of pushing online sales to overcome the worst effects of novel coronavirus.

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    With single event betting once again on the agenda, and momentum towards regulation building in Ontario, Canada’s igaming market looks set to be opening up. However, don’t expect similar progress in other provinces, writes Jake Pollard.

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