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Sazka Group benefits from acquisitions and organic growth in Q2

Lottery and gaming operator Sazka Group has seen second quarter net gaming revenue climb by 177 per cent to €449.1m following the resumption of retail operations in Austria and Greece.

The company benefited from the uninterrupted operation of its retail lottery businesses in Austria and the Czech Republic, although Austrian casino [...]

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OPAP

Strong first half for OPAP as online contribution soars

Athens-listed lottery and gaming operator OPAP has reported a 12 per cent increase in first half gross gaming revenue (GGR) to €570.1m, with its growing online casino business contributing €96.0m to the total.

The company enjoyed a strong performance during the second quarter as GGR soared 120 per cent year-on-year to [...]

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Sinn Féin introduces bill to ban gambling on credit in Ireland

Lawmakers in Ireland have introduced legislation to ban the use of credit cards for gambling.

The bill introduced by opposition party Sinn Féin would officially ban the use of credit cards for gambling in retail betting shops and online, and is in line with the industry’s own proposed ban which will [...]

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Pollard Banknote rolls out eInstant games in Lithuania

Pollard Banknote subsidiary Next Generation Lotteries (NGL) has signed a two-year contract to provide games to Lithuania’s national lottery operator EULOTO.

The contract includes a one-year extension option and sees NGL deliver its portfolio of eInstant games to the lottery’s Perlas.lt site, alongside its cloud-based Remote Gaming Server (RGS).

“We are pleased [...]

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Shareholders delight as gaming shares bounce back in August

August proved to be a good month for shareholders of many of the leading publicly-listed gaming operators and suppliers, as the combined value of the shares on the Gaming Intelligence Stock List increased by 9 per cent.

After a tricky start to the third quarter of 2021 as gaming shares struggled [...]

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Danske Spil

Sports betting and lottery boost Danske Spil in H1

Denmark’s state-owned gaming operator Danske Spil has posted a 2 per cent increase in gross gaming revenue (GGR) to DKK2.34bn (€314.7m) for the first half of 2021.

Revenue from Danske Lotteri Spil, which operates the Lotto, Vikinglotto and Eurojackpot games, increased by 3.5 per cent to DKK1.35bn as a result of [...]

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High Court rules lottery betting illegal in South Africa

Lottery betting operator LottoStar has been ordered to withdraw its service from South Africa after the High Court of Mpumalanga ruled that its activities are unlawful.

Last week’s ruling is the culmination of a six-year legal battle between the bookmaker and the National Lotteries Commission, which had accused the operator of [...]

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China lottery market grows to €4.7bn in July

China’s two state-owned national lotteries posted a 0.3 per cent increase in total lottery sales to RMB36.25bn (€4.73bn) in July 2021.

The market grew year-on-year for the seventh consecutive month, with a 21 per cent increase in Sports Lottery sales to RMB24.99bn offsetting a 27 per cent decline in Welfare Lottery [...]

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BCLC

Record Lottery and iGaming revenue fails to offset BCLC’s retail struggles

Canada’s British Columbia Lottery Corporation (BCLC) has reported a 62 per cent fall in total revenue to CAD$965.6m for the 2020/21 fiscal year, despite seeing revenue from its PlayNow.com iGaming brand more than double during the year.

BCLC said that its diversified product portfolio mitigated the overall impact of facility closures [...]

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Canada’s Alberta province launches first online sportsbook

The Canadian province of Alberta has become the latest to launch a new online sportsbook through a partnership with NeoPollard Interactive (NPi) and FDJ-owned Sporting Solutions.

The Alberta Gaming, Liquor and Cannabis (AGLC) launched Play Alberta's first sports betting platform this week, following in the footsteps of other Canadian provinces which [...]

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Scientific Games

Scientific Games enters Azerbaijan with 10-year lottery supply deal

New York-listed gaming and lottery supplier Scientific Games has signed a long-term deal to provide its retail and iLottery platform to the Azerbaijan national lottery.

The 10-year agreement will see Scientific Games exclusively supply retail and digital instant games to Azerlotereya, the Azerbaijan national lottery operated by Turkish conglomerate Demirören Group, [...]

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Virginia sports betting handle drops to $161.9m in July

Virginia’s regulated sports betting market generated total handle of $161.9m in July, the lowest monthly total since the opening of the market earlier this year.

The sixth full month following the launch of regulated sports betting on 21 January saw Virginia's total sports betting handle decline by 31 per cent month-on-month, [...]

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