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Tuesday, 30th June 2020
According to a panel of Maltese industry experts, there is room for improvement when it comes to the successful recruitment of new talent to the Maltese gaming industry. Speaking during the ‘Mind...
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Tuesday, 30th June 2020
The Culinary Workers Union on Monday filed a lawsuit against several Las Vegas Strip casinos, accusing them of not offering safe working conditions amid the coronavirus pandemic. Under the Labour-Management...
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Tuesday, 30th June 2020
Golden Nugget Online Gaming (GNOG) is to go public after Landcadia II entered into a purchase agreement to acquire it. The online casino division of Golden Nugget, owned by Tilman Fertitta’s Landry’s...
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Tuesday, 30th June 2020
Kansspelautoriteit (KSA), the Netherlands gambling regulator, stated the temporary leniency it extended towards online bingo during COVID-19 lockdown will end on 1 July.  Online bingo operators who didn’t have...
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Tuesday, 30th June 2020
Sands China president Dr Wilfred Wong assured the public the construction of Londoner Macao remains on track despite the virus outbreak.   The $1.35bn project is set to turn Sands Cotai Central...
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Tuesday, 30th June 2020
Responsible Affiliates in Gambling (RAiG) has announced its support for a statutory licensing regime for affiliates active in the British gambling market. The trade association whose members include Racing...
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Tuesday, 30th June 2020
The coronavirus pandemic leading to an online gambling spike reinforces the need for a global self-exclusion scheme more than ever, according to a social media manager.  The global lockdown which...
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Monday, 29th June 2020
Sports Information Services (SIS) today announced its full shareholding acquisition of GVC and William Hill’s online retail platform 49’s Limited.    The agreement...
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Monday, 29th June 2020
Michael Dugher, CEO of the Betting and Gaming Council, has described Scottish ministers’ plans to reopen the nation’s betting shops with added restrictions as “frankly ridiculous.” Betting...
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Monday, 29th June 2020
A UK parliamentary report has criticised the Gambling Commission for having an “unacceptably weak understanding” on the impact of gambling harms and how to reduce problem gambling. The report...
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Monday, 29th June 2020
Betsson will launch its online sportsbook in the state of Colorado after signing an agreement with Dostal Alley Casino. The online sportsbook is expected to launch in the first half of 2021 and will be...
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Monday, 29th June 2020
Philippine casinos earned PHP45.40bn ($910.8m) in gross gaming revenue (GGR) for Q1 2020, according to data published by the Philippine Amusement and Gaming Corp (PAGCOR).  The sum is 14%...
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Monday, 29th June 2020
13 Singapore entertainment venues have been allowed to re-open on 1 July, including Marina Bay Sands and Resorts World Sentosa casinos.   The resumption of operations was...
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Monday, 29th June 2020
Esports is able to stand alone as an offering for operators as new players will stay with the vertical, according to the CEO of EveryMatrix.   The vertical has...
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Friday, 26th June 2020
Imperial Pacific International (IPI) has until 10 July to appoint a new CEO, as ordered by the Commonwealth Casino Commission (CCC). According to commission chairman Edward Deleon-Guerrero, the order...
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Friday, 26th June 2020
The stars aligned for Betsson Group CEO Jesper Svensson on Friday morning, as it transpired his scheduled video interview with Gambling Insider was taking place the day after his beloved Liverpool Football...
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Friday, 26th June 2020
888 Holdings anticipates its 2020 financial forecasts to be significantly higher than expected, after year-to-date revenue increased 34% year-on-year. The operator announced the average daily revenue...
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Friday, 26th June 2020
Ainsworth Game Technology on Thursday finalised an exclusive partnership with Roar Digital to launch a series of online slots in the New Jersey gaming market. The deal with Roar Digital – an MGM...
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Friday, 26th June 2020
Sportech has provided a trading update to provide information on the company’s current situation amid the COVID-19 pandemic. The sports betting company announced that due to mitigating actions,...
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Friday, 26th June 2020
The Philippine government announced that offshore gaming operators who failed to pay their taxes won’t be allowed to operate. Presidential spokesperson Harry Roque stated the Government...
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Friday, 26th June 2020
Casinos operating in Asia-Pacific (Apac) markets will likely face a drop in EBITDA. Moody’s Investors Service Inc suggested the market with experience a “fall around 70% in 2020 before a gradual...
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Friday, 26th June 2020
On Wednesday, it was announced Evolution Gaming had made an offer of SEK 19.6bn ($2.1bn) to acquire Red Tiger owner NetEnt. The proposed offer, which is yet to be accepted, valued each share in the Swedish...
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Thursday, 25th June 2020
888 Holdings announced on Thursday its decision to partner with Betgenius in a bid to deepen its global in-play and pre-match trading capacity for its sportsbook brand 888sport. Betgenius – whose...
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Thursday, 25th June 2020
Today, Dutch online gambling association Speel Verantwoord became the first national group to officially endorse the new data protection code launched earlier this month by the European Gaming and Betting...
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Thursday, 25th June 2020
A court in the Netherlands has ruled that the country’s gambling licensing procedures must comply with EU law, after an appeal from Kindred Group. The Dutch Council of State, the highest administrative...
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Thursday, 25th June 2020
Evolution Gaming has extended its partnership with Rush Street Interactive to launch first person games in Colombia. The six Evolution first person games will be launched on Colombian online gaming platform...
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Thursday, 25th June 2020
Travellers International Hotel Group, a Resorts World Manila operator, experienced a 35% decline in net profits in 2019, earning only Php945m ($18.9m) despite the increase in gaming revenues and the success...
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Thursday, 25th June 2020
The inquiry into Crown Resorts, an Australian casino operator, will continue. NSW Independent Liquor & Gaming Authority (ILGA) had to delay its investigation for three months due to COVID-19....
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Thursday, 25th June 2020
FanDuel has announced the launch of its standalone casino app in Pennsylvania. The operator’s casino offering was originally part of its sportsbook, launched in Pennsylvania in partnership with...
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Thursday, 25th June 2020
Leading international gaming supplier IGT is set to sponsor the land-based operator of the year Award at the Global Gaming Awards Las Vegas 2020. A consistent nominee and previous winner at the Global...
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Thursday, 25th June 2020
Gambling Insider caught up with Pontus Lindwall, CEO of Betsson AB, to discuss the operator’s Swedish troubles, including a recent SEK 20m ($2.1m) fine. Could you explain a bit about the offences...
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Wednesday, 24th June 2020
The Washington State Gambling Commission (WGC) has warned industry players against hedging bets on any state-wide sports wagers arising in 2020. This comes after an official meeting on Tuesday, where...
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Wednesday, 24th June 2020
Sportradar denies any wrongdoing in response to legal threats by the Ukrainian Association of Football (UAF) over “unauthorised” data collection and distribution. The data supplier was one...
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Wednesday, 24th June 2020
Flutter Entertainment-owned Paddy Power hasn’t let lockdown disrupt its traditionally mischievous approach to marketing. Indeed, in its latest bid to entertain – and potentially do bit of...
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Wednesday, 24th June 2020
Chilean undersecretary of finance, Francisco Moreno, announced on Tuesday that the government will send a transitory bill to Congress proposing the automatic renewals of 14 casino operating licenses scheduled...
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Wednesday, 24th June 2020
GVC Holdings chairman Barry Gibson has said the operator is well positioned to emerge from the coronavirus pandemic in a “position of financial and operational strength” as live sport resumes. Gibson...
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Wednesday, 24th June 2020
Canadian operator FansUnite has acquired esports betting supplier Askott Entertainment, in an attempt to create one of the leading gaming companies in the country. The Vancouver-based operator, which...
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Wednesday, 24th June 2020
Another day, another mega merger for the gambling industry. Sector consolidation is showing no signs of slowing down and, as some have predicted, the coronavirus pandemic may be hastening the need for...
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Wednesday, 24th June 2020
Evolution Gaming has offered approximately SEK 19.6bn ($2.1bn) for the takeover of NetEnt, valuing each share in the Swedish slots and online casino supplier at SEK 79.93. The offer represents a premium...
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Wednesday, 24th June 2020
Emperor Entertainment Hotel Ltd announced a drop in net profits for the financial year which ended on 31 March. The operator manages two hotels in Macau and recently reported a fall of almost 28%, earning...
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Wednesday, 24th June 2020
DraftKings has announced the launch of its standalone mobile casino app in New Jersey. The app uses DraftKings’ in-house technology and will feature games only found in the operator’s games...
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Wednesday, 24th June 2020
In the must-read cover feature of Gambling Insider’s upcoming magazine, we examine the industry’s new, post-pandemic landscape. Below is an extract featuring Lightning Box Games CEO Peter Causley: Perhaps...
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Tuesday, 23rd June 2020
Betting and Gaming Council (BGC) CEO Michael Dugher has furthered his outspoken lobbying during the coronavirus pandemic, following the news casinos will not reopen in the UK on 4 July. The BGC began...
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Tuesday, 23rd June 2020
Danske Spil has appointed former Danish Government minister Peter Christensen as its new chairman. Christensen, who served as a member of Parliament from 2001 to 2015, will take over from Peter Gæmelke,...
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Tuesday, 23rd June 2020
The Malta Gaming Authority (MGA) has published its 2019 annual report and financial statements. According to the report, the MGA cancelled 14 licenses over the course of the year, while 20 warnings were...
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Tuesday, 23rd June 2020
L’Autorité nationale des Jeux (ANJ) has officially taken over as France’s new gambling regulator. The country’s new regulatory authority launched with its first meeting taking...
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Tuesday, 23rd June 2020
Kiron Interactive has become the first virtual sports supplier to launch in the regulated Latin American market after going live in Colombia. The supplier’s partnership with Colombia’s largest...
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Tuesday, 23rd June 2020
PH Resorts Group Holdings, the gaming and hospitality branch of Udenna Corporation in the Philippines, stated the opening of the Emerald Bay integrated resort that’s being built...
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Tuesday, 23rd June 2020
Imperial Pacific International continues to experience money troubles and recently signed a Memorandum of Understanding with a “strategic partner” - Zhongfeng International Investment...
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Tuesday, 23rd June 2020
Rush Street Interactive has announced a new sports betting partnership with the Little River Band of Ottawa Indians in Michigan. The new agreement will see Rush Street operate a retail sportsbook at the...
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Tuesday, 23rd June 2020
Evolution Gaming CEO Martin Carlesund believes the majority of casino revenue will be digital in the future, though he warned the “online evolution has just started.” Discussing the lack of...
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Monday, 22nd June 2020
Novomatic Group has resumed operations in several European markets under strict health and safety measures, after the coronavirus pandemic forced a land-based shutdown in March. Operations at many of...
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Monday, 22nd June 2020
China’s Ministry of Public Security announced it has confiscated 229bn yuan ($32.4bn) since launching a campaign against illegal cross-border gambling and related crimes earlier this year. The campaign...
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Monday, 22nd June 2020
The Dutch gaming authority Kansspelautoriteit (KSA) has started a tender process to appoint a national problem gambling helpline. In February, the KSA announced the service will be supported by a problem...
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Monday, 22nd June 2020
UK operators have raised £250,000 ($310,675) for charity based on profits made at the Britannia Stakes Race at Royal Ascot last week. Betting and Gaming Council (BGC) members agreed to donate all...
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Monday, 22nd June 2020
Cambodian casino operator NagaCorp Ltd has offered notes to global investors to combat the losses from the Covid-19 pandemic. The net proceeds will be used for the group’s outstanding...
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Monday, 22nd June 2020
The Royal and Harbourside Resort, a venue on Paradise Island in the Bahamas, will be opening its doors on 7 July. Another casino, the Cove, will be following suit on 14 July. Both properties are managed...
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Monday, 22nd June 2020
The COVID-19 pandemic has created difficulties for most companies within the industry, as lockdowns suddenly closed down land-based operations and social distancing measures cancelled major sport leagues. After...
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Friday, 19th June 2020
Scottish racing will return on 22 June after the country’s government confirmed that professional sport can resume, following coronavirus restrictions being eased. The devolved Scottish government...
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Friday, 19th June 2020
The Gambling Commission has set out new measures to improve the way VIP schemes are offered by operators. There has been plenty of criticism of the high-value customer scheme, with the Gambling-Related...
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Friday, 19th June 2020
SkyCity Entertainment group has raised NS$230m (US$147.6m) in new equity in an effort to recover from the coronavirus pandemic. The New Zealand casino operator generated NZ$180m through institutional...
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Friday, 19th June 2020
Scientific Games has expanded its sports betting partnership with Betfred into the state of Colorado. The supplier will power Betfred’s recently launched sportsbook at Saratoga Casino in Black Hawk,...
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Friday, 19th June 2020
Switzerland’s online casino market is experiencing difficulties with payment processing. Seven licenses have been issued, but not all permitted casinos are open to customers. Two of the country-regulated...
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Friday, 19th June 2020
Société des Bains de Mer (SBM), a casino operator from Monaco partnered with Macau’s Galaxy Entertainment Group, recorded a net profit of €26.1 million ($29.3 million) for the...
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Thursday, 18th June 2020
This week, gambling operators were able to breathe a collaborative sigh of relief as the English Premier League finally returned from its three-month COVID-19 hiatus. After a long sport-less summer in...
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Thursday, 18th June 2020
A UK government survey found the majority of gambling companies have seen revenue fall by at least 50% year-on-year, as a result of the coronavirus pandemic. The Coronavirus Business Survey (DCMS) conducted...
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Thursday, 18th June 2020
Golden Race is to offer its virtual sports products to licensed operators in Sweden after receiving certification. The virtual sports operator is now able to distribute its range of products including...
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Thursday, 18th June 2020
Scientific Games International (SGI) aims to offer private note worth $550m. The proposal is part of the company’s continued effort to boost liquidity. The offering was initially announced to be...
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Thursday, 18th June 2020
Betway has decided to stop offering markets related to player transfers, in an effort to tighten up on responsible gambling. The move coincided with the English Premier League’s return on 17 June,...
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Thursday, 18th June 2020
La Française des Jeux (FDJ) has released an update on the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on its performance ahead of its general meeting. For the two month of lockdown, the French operator saw...
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Wednesday, 17th June 2020
Paddy Power has closed its betting shops in the Republic of Ireland just a day since reopening, after the Irish government confirmed bookmakers are unable to reopen doors until 29 June. The operator initially...
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Wednesday, 17th June 2020
There is probably not an industry in the world that doesn’t have at least one company or employee excited by the return of the English Premier League. For sports betting companies, the anticipation...
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Wednesday, 17th June 2020
Bethard will halt all operations in the UK next month – almost three years after being awarded its license in the market. The operator has sent an email to its customers informing them of its decision...
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Wednesday, 17th June 2020
Okura Holdings, a Japanese pachinko hall operator, issued a profit warning that stated the company’s 83% drop in profits (before income tax). The statement encompasses 11 months of operations, ending...
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Wednesday, 17th June 2020
Genting Malaysia will be re-opening two Malaysian hotel resorts: Resorts World Kijal and Resorts World Langkawi. The resumption of work is set for 18 June and the re-opened properties will function as...
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Wednesday, 17th June 2020
Genting will not restart its live poker activities after closing casinos as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic. According to Poker News, an anonymous employee in the Birmingham Cardroom was informed of...
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Wednesday, 17th June 2020
William Hill has reported a revenue drop of 32% year-on-year for the first 23 weeks of 2020 to 9 June, due to the coronavirus pandemic, but has seen an online recovery in recent weeks. The operator’s...
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Tuesday, 16th June 2020
The Gambling-Related Harm All Party Parliamentary Group (APPG) has called for sweeping changes to online gaming in the UK, including a ban on all gambling advertisement and £2 ($2.53) stake limits...
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Tuesday, 16th June 2020
Despite the major impact online gambling reform recommendations would have on the UK industry, it wouldn’t be a surprise if they were implemented, according to a gaming lawyer. Earlier on 16 June,...
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Tuesday, 16th June 2020
The Gambling-Related Harm All Party Parliamentary Group (APPG) has called for sweeping changes to online gaming in the UK, including a ban on all gambling advertisement and £2 ($2.53) stake limits...
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Tuesday, 16th June 2020
Italy’s gaming venues are re-opening after the shutdown during the virus outbreak. The venues, which were closed on 10 March, include betting shops, gaming arcades and bingo halls. With the country...
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Tuesday, 16th June 2020
Spain’s government lifted the temporary restrictions on gambling advertising it implemented during lockdown. Gambling market limits on ads were issued on 1 April and the emergency state in the country...
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Monday, 15th June 2020
In March, Chris Dimitriadis took on the role of Intralot Group CEO and was immediately confronted with the challenges brought on by the coronavirus pandemic. Now, though, with different countries coming...
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Monday, 15th June 2020
Japanese police in Saitama Prefecture have arrested 18 people in association with an illegal gambling operation. Tomohiro Hanaya, the 50-year-old manager of the gaming facility, has been arrested in addition...
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Monday, 15th June 2020
Cyprus’ Melco Resorts opened its casinos again following a three-month closure due to the coronavirus pandemic. C2 Ayia Napa, C2 Nicosia, C2 Paphos and C2 Limassol, a temporary venue belonging to...
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Monday, 15th June 2020
The Swedish Gambling Authority (SGA) has launched a media campaign to promote awareness of its self-exclusion service, Spelpaus.se. The gambling suspension system was introduced to the Swedish market...
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Monday, 15th June 2020
Some casinos and bingo halls reopened in Canada following Stage 2 of Alberta’s relaunch strategy as opposed to the previously predicted Stage 3. Table games, however, won’t be available. Casinos...
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Monday, 15th June 2020
GVC Holdings CEO Kenny Alexander has once again reiterated his stance that punitive regulation will not help problem gamblers. As betting shops reopen in England and Wales, GVC has produced a blog which...
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Monday, 15th June 2020
Five members of the Betting and Gaming Council (BGC) have pledged to spend £100m ($125.4m) to improve treatment services for problem gamblers. Bet365, GVC Holdings, William Hill, and Flutter’s...
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Saturday, 13th June 2020
As casinos reopen after months of closure in response to COVID-19, the World Series of Poker (WSOP) will move to its online format “World Series of Poker Online” for a two-month summer 2020...
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Friday, 12th June 2020
San Manuel Casino will open in phases to the public starting 15 June. This reopening comes three months after the California tribal casino was the first to temporarily close on 15 March to stop the potential...
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Friday, 12th June 2020
Sazka Group has reported a decline in gross gaming revenue (GGR) of 11% year-on-year for Q1 2020, primarily as a result of the coronavirus pandemic. GGR fell to €405m ($457.7m), while net gaming...
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Friday, 12th June 2020
Betsson AB has announced the appointment of former Paddy Power CEO Andrew McCue to its board of directors. McCue will assume the position of non-executive director, effective immediately, announced by...
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Friday, 12th June 2020
Wynn Macau expects adjusted EBITDA for April and May to fall somewhere between $118.8 and $126.1million, representing a 157% drop from $215.2 million for the same period in 2019. The drop is attributed...
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Friday, 12th June 2020
Spelinspektionen, the Swedish Gaming Inspectorate, ordered a withdrawal of 10 gambling operators that are targeting the Swedish market. The operators allegedly don’t have the license to legally serve...
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Friday, 12th June 2020
GVC has provided a glimpse into what its Ladbrokes and Coral betting shops will look like when they reopen from 15 June. The operator announced earlier this week that all 2,445 of its shops in England...
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Friday, 12th June 2020
New regulation in Sweden is like old news. Gambling Insider itself has been so inundated with comment on Swedish regulatory proceedings, I very nearly did not write this article for fear of over-covering...
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Thursday, 11th June 2020
Spain has lifted temporary restrictions on online gambling advertising enforced during the coronavirus pandemic lockdown. The publication of Royal Decree Law (RDL) 21/2020 in the Official State Gazette...
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Thursday, 11th June 2020
GamCare is one of several UK helplines that have launched a campaign aimed at encouraging people to seek support for problems aggravated by the coronavirus pandemic lockdown. The campaign #readytotalk...
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Thursday, 11th June 2020
As the operating costs continue to grow, Lui Che Woo, chairman of Galaxy Entertainment Group, spoke about opening borders between Macau and Guangdong Province to stem losses. The company revealed it has...
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