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17th January
Family ties severed as Codere reshuffles executive pack
Spain’s Grupo Codere has announced an extensive management and governance restructure that will see the founding Martinez Sampedro family end their tenure in charge of the gambling operator.
17th January
Vantiv acquires Worldpay in £8bn deal
American credit card company Vantiv have announced the agreement of an £8bn deal to purchase British payment processing firm Worldpay.
16th January
Polish gambling market dominated by unlicensed operators
A report published by Polish legal association Graj Legalnie has claimed that despite a recent amendment to the country's gambling act, over 60% of the Polish gambling market is still controlled by unlicensed bookmakers.
16th January
New Jersey rails against internet betting crackdown
Members of congress from the Garden State have penned a letter to the US Department of Justice (DOJ) voicing their opposition to any plans by the Trump administration to clampdown on states allowing regulated online betting.
15th January
Kindred and Betfilter launch new social responsibility tool
Online gambling company Kindred Group has announced the launch of a new online social responsibility tool in partnership with Betfilter, which aims to help prevent minors from being exposed to gambling advertisements online.
15th January
Nevada Gaming Control Board appoints first female chairwoman
The governor of the US state of Nevada has confirmed the appointment of Becky Harris to the post of Chairwoman of the Nevada Gaming Control Board, becoming the first woman to occupy the post since the organisation was founded over 60 years ago.
15th January
BACTA: FOBT clampdown impact ‘exaggerated’
The body representing the UK amusement industry, BACTA, has suggested that the impact of the proposed cuts to stakes on Fixed Odds Betting Terminals (FOBTs) has been ‘exaggerated’.
12th January
SEGA goes back to its roots with new slots offering
Worldwide gaming iconoclast SEGA has announced the launch of a progressive slots based casino mobile application based on its portfolio of console games.
12th January
LeoVegas acquires IPS in £65m deal
Online casino and gaming company LeoVegas have announced the signing of a £65m deal to acquire the assets of Alderney-based company Intellectual Property & Software Limited (IPS).
12th January
DraftKings begins massive recruitment and growth drive
American daily fantasy sports heavyweight DraftKings has announced its intention to begin an “aggressive hiring campaign” that will see the company increase in size by 75% over the next 18 months.
11th January
AGS receives IPO approval from from Nevada regulators
Las Vegas-based gaming equipment manufacturer AGS has been recommended for approval to launch an initial public offering to become a publicly traded company by the Nevada Gaming Control Board (NGCB).
11th January
GVC Holdings net gaming revenues up 24% in Q4 2017
Online gambling group GVC Holdings has announced a 24% year-on-year rise in its net gaming revenues for the fourth quarter of 2017.
11th January
Paddy Power Betfair appoints new CEOs
Sportsbook operator Paddy Power Betfair has announced the appointment of two new CEOs to head up its European and Australian divisions.
10th January
Aristocrat completes Big Fish Games acquisition
Australian gaming company Aristocrat Leisure Limited have announced the completion of its $990m purchase of American gaming company Big Fish Games Inc from Churchill Downs Incorporated.
10th January
Italy to commence online licences auction
Italian legislators have launched a bidding process for 120 licences to operate online gaming in the country by publishing a notice in the Official Journal of the European Union.
10th January
Sports betting and online gaming expected to dominate US 2018 agenda - Fantini
US gaming industry experts Fantini Research have released their 2018 National Legislative Preview outlining the year’s biggest issues, and as expected, sports betting and online gaming dominate the review.
10th January
Pennsylvania opens mini-casino auction
Regulators in the US state of Pennsylvania will today commence an auction for the first of ten licences to build mini-casinos in the state.
9th January
Affiliate site Gambling.com launches in the US
Affiliate network Gambling.com has launched a localised version of its affiliate site in the United States.
9th January
Indiana ramps up sports betting drive
Legislators in the US state of Indiana will soon consider a bill which will see sports betting legalised in the state, pending the outcome of the Supreme Court review into New Jersey’s sports betting appeal.
9th January
First US state-run online lottery affiliate program launched
The state-run Michigan Lottery has announced the launch of a first of its kind online lottery affiliate program, in partnership with marketing technology and services provider Income Access.
9th January
Martha’s Vineyard gambling hall moves a step closer
Justices in the US Supreme Court have refused to conduct a review into the opening of a gambling hall in Martha’s Vineyard, Massachusetts by the Wampanoag Tribe of Gay Head (Aquinnah).
8th January
UK Gambling Commission investigating seventeen operators
The UK Gambling Commission (UKGC) has confirmed that it is investigating seventeen remote gambling operators following the conclusion of its latest anti-money laundering and customer interaction compliance assessment.
8th January
Paradise Casino revenue down 8.6% in FY2017
South Korean casino operator Paradise Co Ltd has reported an 8.6% year-on-year decline in its full-year revenues for 2017.
8th January
Spokane Tribe to open third casino
The Spokane Tribe are set to open their third casino in their native Washington State this Monday, ending an eleven year wait to do so.
8th January
Group lobbies for casinos in Arkansas
A lobbying group in the US state of Arkansas has submitted a proposal to the state's Attorney General that would allow for the construction of up to three casinos in the state if ratified.
5th January
Sci Games' acquisition of NYX gets over the line
The acquisition deal between Scientific Games and NYX Gaming Group has now been completed, following months of legal challenges and retractions.
4th January
Voting begins for GGA London
The build up to the Global Gaming Awards London has now begun in earnest, with the judging panel now set to begin casting their votes and crowning the winners.
3rd January
Fortbet Holdings tables bid for Fortuna Entertainment Group
Fortbet, the majority shareholder in European bookmaker Fortuna Entertainment Group have announced that they will make formal takeover offer for the company.
28th December
Baha Mar developers sue Chinese construction firm for $2.25bn
The original developers of the Bahamas’ new Baha Mar integrated resort is suing the Chinese contactor responsible for its construction, seeking over $2bn in damages.
28th December
Irish government rejects betting tax increase
Ireland’s finance minister has dismissed proposals to increase the current 1% tax rate on revenue paid by the country's betting operators in the wake of outcry from the industry.
22nd December
Cherry acquires majority stake in Game Lounge
Online gaming company Cherry has announced it will exercise an option to purchase up to 100% of the shares in affiliate company Game Lounge Limited.
22nd December
Tabcorp Tatts Group $11.3bn merger begins
One of the gambling industry's longest running corporate mergers came to a head today when Australian lottery operator Tabcorp successfully began its merger with the Tatts Group.
22nd December
GVC and Ladbrokes Coral agree £4bn merger
Global gaming group GVC and UK bookmaker Ladbrokes Coral have now agreed a £4bn merger deal following months of speculation.
21st December
Boyd Gaming to acquire Valley Forge Casino resort
US-based Boyd Gaming Corporation has today announced it has entered into an agreement to acquire the Valley Forge Casino Resort in King of Prussia, Pennsylvania, for a fee of $280.5m.
21st December
NYX Gaming Group shareholders approve acquisition by Scientific Games
Shareholders of NYX Gaming Group meeting in Las Vegas yesterday overwhelmingly approved the $631m acquisition of the company by fellow gaming giant Scientific Games Corporation.
20th December
Pennsylvania table gaming revenues up 2.84%
Regulators from the Pennsylvania Gaming Control Board (PGCB) have confirmed that gross revenue from gambling at table games in Pennsylvania casinos during November 2017 was up 2.84% compared to November 2016.
20th December
All change at William Hill with new Chairman
UK and Ireland sportsbook operator William Hill has announced the departure of current chairman Gareth Davis, with effect from 2 April 2018.
19th December
Great Canadian Gaming and Clairvest win casino operations deal
A partnership between gaming developers Great Canadian Gaming Corporation and the Clairvest Group have been awarded a licence to operate and develop four casino properties in Toronto.
19th December
Mr Green acquires Evoke Gaming for €7m
Online casino operator Mr Green has announced it has finalised an agreement to acquire Evoke Gaming and its associated gaming properties for €7m.
19th December
PAGCOR announces new gambling restrictions
The Philippine Amusement and Gaming Corporation (PAGCOR) have announced the introduction of new rules prohibiting certain groups from entering its casinos, with the casino’s potentially facing severe sanctions for any infractions.
18th December
Pollard Equities Limited to support Scientific Games/NYX Gaming merger
Canadian investment firm, Pollard Equities Limited has announced it has reached an agreement with NYX Gaming Group and Scientific Games Corporation to support the proposed acquisition of NYX by Scientific Games for $631m.
18th December
Penn National Gaming to acquire Pinnacle Entertainment in $2.8bn deal
American casino operator Penn National Gaming Inc has announced the agreement of a $2.8bn cash plus stock deal to acquire fellow gaming operator Pinnacle Entertainment Inc.
18th December
LT Game settles IGT dispute
Gaming equipment manufacturer LT Game Ltd and two additional companies have agreed to pay IGT $800,000 to settle a dispute arising from a commercial deal signed in 2016.
15th December
Catena Media acquires Squawka for £1m
Affiliate heavyweight Catena Media has announced the acquisition of troubled football and DFS website Squawka.com for an upfront fee of £1m.
14th December
Pennsylvania fines five casinos $1.1m
Regulators from the Pennsylvania Gaming Control Board (PGCB) have issued fines totalling $1,167,000 against five casino operators in the state, following various violations.
13th December
Date set for Tabcorp/Tatts merger following Supreme Court approval
The long running A$11.3bn merger saga concerning Australia’s two biggest lottery operators, Tabcorp Holdings and Tatts Group looks to be coming to a close after the Supreme Court of Victoria approved the takeover schedule.
13th December
Aristocrat appoints new CFO
Australian slot games developer Aristocrat Leisure Limited has announced the appointment of Julie Cameron-Doe as chief financial officer, succeeding current CFO Toni Korsanos.
12th December
Nevada Gaming Control Board chairman resigns
The governor of Nevada has announced that the current chairman of the Nevada Gaming Control Board, A.G. Burnett will leave his post on 22 December, to take up a new role at gaming law firm McDonald Carano after more than 20 years in gaming regulation.
11th December
The Senet Group chair leaves to pursue NHS role
UK gambling oversight body The Senet Group have announced that its current chairperson, Wanda Goldwag will step down at the end of the year.
11th December
Remote Gambling Association calls for statutory levy
The Remote Gambling Association (RGA) has today urged the UK Government to introduce a statutory levy to replace the current system of voluntary funding for research, education, and treatment of problem gambling.



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