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SkyCity Adelaide Review Resumes Following AUSTRAC Settlement

SkyCity will not have much time to lick its wounds after getting hit with a $44.6 million anti-money laundering fine from AUSTRAC—the previously paused review into its license suitability for SkyCity Adelaide (l.) will now recommence, officials said.

CBRE Foresees $1.38B Annual GGR for Wynn’s UAE Resort

Las Vegas and Macau have long been the two premier global gaming markets. The UAE, nestled in between them, is now piquing the interest of analysts and investors alike—some think it could be the next multibillion-dollar market.

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Boyd Eyeing Penn?

The appointment of a new member to the board of Boyd Gaming has sparked rumors that the company is considering a takeover/purchase of rival Penn Entertainment. But there are obstacles.

FANTINI’S FINANCE: Easy as 1-2-3

The dog days of summer are nearly upon us, and this sluggish economic environment highlights three important themes: creative growth plans, an emphasis on customer experience and a propensity to return capital to shareholders.

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Thai PM Pushes Ministry to Finish Casino Study

Prime Minister Srettha Thavisin of Thailand is pressing Deputy Finance Minister Julapun Amornvivat to complete a study on legal casinos, with a possible goal of getting an industry up and running before 2030.

Macau Cracking Down on Casino Freebies?

The Macau government reportedly has asked casino concessionaires to stop offering perks like free food and drink to their customers. Why? The practice is supposedly taking a bite out of small businesses.

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Casinos Could Raise $7.5B for Brazil, Says Senator

Senator Irajá Abreu, the Brazilian lawmaker who is rapporteur of the bill that would legalize gambling, says it could transform the country’s tourist trade. It will also, he says, raise as much as $7.5 billion a year.

Ontario Racetrack at Risk

In Innisfil, Ontario, Canada, Gateway Casinos requested a zoning change to build a new gaming facility before Georgian Downs’ (l.) lease expires by early 2028. If the request is approved, the city could lose millions in revenue sharing.

Crown CEO: Company Looking to Widen Customer Appeal

Crown Resorts is looking to emerge from its previous regulatory struggles as a company that appeals to all bettors and entertainment lovers rather than a VIP hub, CEO Ciarán Carruthers (l.) said in a recent interview.

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LVCVA Agrees to New Sale Agreement for North Strip Plot

Las Vegas officials have approved an amended sale agreement for a 10-acre plot on the north side of the Las Vegas Strip. Instead of a single purchase, the land will now be split among two development groups for a total price of $125 million.

Illinois Hard Rock Opening August 29

The Hard Rock Casino (l.) in Rockford, Illinois will open with a “guitar smashing” gala on August 29. The new venue will feature 1,300 slots, 60 table games, poker room and sportsbook, restaurants and a live entertainment area.

Arkansas Regulators Reject Gulfside Application

The Arkansas Racing Commission rejected Gulfside Partnership’s Pope County gaming license application because it lacked a letter of support from the local government. Cherokee Nation Entertainment remains the sole applicant.

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Tribes Fight Over Proposed Idaho Casino

Idaho’s Shoshone-Bannock Tribes and Shoshone-Paiute Tribes are at odds over a casino the Sho-Bans want to build in Mountain Home. Sho-Pai tribal chairman Brian Mason calls it “a bridge too far.”

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Palms GM Murphey Leaving June 30

Cynthia Kiser Murphey (l.), who has served for two years as general manager of the Palms Casino Resort in Las Vegas, has resigned effective June 30. Murphey said she’s not retiring, but taking time to spend with family.

Michigan Tribe Names Schrader Casino Manager

Casino industry veteran Michael Schrader (l.) was named general manager at the Little River Band of Ottawa Indians’ Little River Casino Resort in Manistee, Michigan. The venue will celebrate 25 years in July.

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