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Singapore Pools closes Livewire sportsbooks and off-course betting centres

Singapore Pools has implemented further measures to safeguard the health and well-being of its staff and customers in the wake of COVID-19.

With the country’s Ministry of Health introducing tighter measures to combat the coronavirus pandemic, Singapore Pools has confirmed that all live lottery draws for its 4D, TOTO and Singapore [...]

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New Zealand racing suspended as TAB retail outlets prepare to close

New Zealand has suspended all racing with immediate effect as the country prepares to close down all non-essential services for at least a month.

The TAB and New Zealand Racing are taking steps to close retail outlets and all racing has been temporarily suspended following the announcement that New Zealand is moving to [...]

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Australia latest to shut down gaming venues with restrictions lasting up to six months

Casinos in Australia could be closed for up to six months under new restrictions brought into force to contain the spread of COVID-19, including the shutdown of non-essential activities across the country.

In a National Cabinet meeting Sunday, Prime Minister Scott Morrison and state and territory leaders agreed to implement new [...]

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COVID-19 forces PAGCOR to suspend POGO operations in Luzon

The state-owned Philippine Amusement and Gaming Corporation (PAGCOR) has temporarily suspended all Philippine Offshore Gaming Operations (POGO) and its service providers in Luzon.

The suspension will last for the duration of the National Capital Region (NCR) community quarantine imposed by the Philippine government this week to prevent the further spread of COVID-19.

PAGCOR said that a [...]

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Governor Sisolak orders Nevada casinos to close for 30 days

The Nevada Gaming Control Board (NGCB) has enforced a temporary suspension of all gaming operations in the state of Nevada for the next 30 days.

In consultation with NGCB Chair Sandra Douglass-Morgan, Governor Steve Sisolak announced Monday that all gaming devices, machines, tables and related equipment would be shut down as of midnight [...]

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British horse racing suspended until end of April

The British Horseracing Authority (BHA) has confirmed that all horse racing in Britain will be suspended until the end of April, with effect from Wednesday.

Having announced Monday that British racing was to continue behind closed doors, the BHA has now changed stance and decided to cease all race meetings until the end of [...]

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Churchill Downs Incorporated reschedules Kentucky Derby for September

New York-listed gaming and racetrack operator Churchill Downs Incorporated (CDI) has confirmed that the Kentucky Derby will be postponed by four months until September.

The company has decided to reschedule the Kentucky Oaks from 1 May until 4 September, with the 146th Kentucky Derby, one of the most lucrative horse races in the [...]

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North American casinos take further action to reduce spread of COVID-19

More casinos have temporarily closed across the United States and Canada in a bid to reduce the spread of COVID-19.

Colorado

The Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment issued an order to close bars, restaurants, gyms, theaters and casinos for 30 days to slow the spread of the coronavirus.

“We understand [...]

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Switzerland steps up site blocking after closing land-based casinos

Switzerland has joined the list of nations closing its casinos as part of wider efforts to contain the spread of COVID-19, although licensed operators may continue to offer games online.

Following the decision to close public venues until 19 April, the Swiss government has also expanded its blacklist of unlicensed online gambling operators.

Under Swiss law, [...]

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Pennsylvania

Valley Forge Casino closes as Pennsylvania combats COVID-19

New York-listed operator Boyd Gaming is temporarily closing its Valley Forge casino in Pennsylvania due to the impact of the coronavirus COVID-19.

Valley Forge is located in Montgomery County, which has recorded the highest number of COVID-19 infections in Pennsylvania, prompting Governor Tom Wolf to introduce emergency measures which come into force today (March [...]

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Betway

Betway to pay £11.6m for inadequate AML and social responsibility controls

Inadequate management oversight and lax social responsibility controls have landed gambling operator Betway with an £11.6m bill from the UK Gambling Commission.

The penalty package was announced Thursday and concerns a number of social responsibility and anti-money laundering failures at the operator, which in one case led to a customer depositing £8m over four years without [...]

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Michigan prepares for retail sports betting launch on Wednesday

Michigan will become the latest US state to launch sports betting with three Detroit casinos expected to receive approval from the Michigan Gaming Control Board (MGCB) this week.

Less than three months after new sports betting and iGaming legislation was signed into law by Governor Gretchen Whitmer, the MGCB is expected [...]

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