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German Court to Rule on Reimbursing Gaming Losses

A German federal court is poised to set gambling law precedent. It will begin hearing a case where a plaintiff sued for the reimbursement of gambling losses the player accrued while playing an unlicensed gambling site.

Tribal Gaming Takes Center Stage at IGA 2024

The Indian Gaming Tradeshow & Convention returned to Anaheim last week, gathering tribal leaders, operators and suppliers from across the U.S. to showcase the latest and greatest that Indian gaming has to offer.

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Thai Cabinet Says Yes to Casinos

Thailand is moving closer to a legal casino industry. Last week, the cabinet approved a House measure that could bring up to eight integrated resorts with gaming to the Buddhist kingdom.

Spanish Supreme Court Throws out iGaming Ad Bans

Spain’s Supreme Court has limited the power of the government to limit advertising of online gaming by regulation alone. The lesson: If the government wants to ban gambling ads, pass a law spelling it out.

Maine Legislature Divided Over Tribal Exclusivity

A recent vote on giving tribal exclusivity for internet casinos went down to defeat by a small margin in Maine. Supporters thought the tribes deserved this. Opponents worried about the fate of commercial casinos and jobs.

GGB Podcast: Ismail Vali, Founder and CEO, YieldSec

This week, we sit down with Ismail Vali (l.), founder and CEO of YieldSec, to talk about the company’s recent string of studies on the black market and how they’ve been received by the industry as well as the details behind YieldSec’s military-grade technology and its capabilities.

GGB Podcast sponsored by iGamingPlayer.

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Macau GGR Could Grow by One-Third in ’24

Gross gaming revenue in Macau could grow 34 percent to $30.3 billion for the year, according to projections from CSLA. The brokerage released its estimates based in part on a strong Chinese New Year.

Kangwon Land Details Expansion Plan

Kangwon Land, the only locals casino in South Korea, will invest $1.9 billion to expand its casino over the next eight years. The project is meant to draw more overseas players.

IPI Settlement Decision Due This Week

Commissioners in the Commonwealth of the Northern Mariana Islands will decide Monday whether to revoke the sole gaming license on Saipan. April 22 is the latest date for a ruling on Imperial Pacific International.

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France Sees Progress in Preventing Problem Gambling

ANJ (L'Autorité Nationale des Jeux), France’s national gaming regulator, sees “significant progress” in reducing problem gambling. It is also optimistic about the future of its 2024-26 strategic plan.

Court: Riga’s Gambling Ban Unconstitutional

Riga, the capital of Latvia, can’t adopt a blanket ban of gambling within city limits. That’s the ruling of the Constitutional Court, which says it must establish zoning standards where gambling is legal.

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U.S. Senator Tells Sports Betting Companies To Back Off

Eight major sports betting companies received warnings from U.S. Senator Richard Blumenthal (l.) to stop “abusive” activities, particularly VIP programs urging bettors to spend more, and instead help players who may have addiction problems.

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Minnesota Moves to Ban HHR

A Minnesota House bill would ban historical horse racing machines, authorized by the state Racing Commission but challenged by a state Indian tribe.

Churchill Downs Celebrates Indiana Casino Opening

A grand opening celebration was held at Churchill Downs’ $290 million, 400,000-square-foot Terre Haute Casino Resort (l.), in Indiana, featuring 1,000 slots, 36 table games, live poker, a sportsbook and dining options. A 122-room hotel and rooftop lounge will open May 15.

Genting Predicts $1 Billion in Taxes from RWNYC

Genting Malaysia has predicted an expansion of gaming at Resorts World New York City, made possible with one of the downstate casino licenses, would generate $1 billion in taxes for the state.

Century Casinos Opens New Missouri Hotel

Century Casinos’ new $30.5 million, 68,000-square-foot Riverview Hotel recently opened at Century Casino Cape Girardeau in Missouri. The company also buried a time capsule at the new hotel to commemorate the solar eclipse on April 8.

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Virginia Casino Construction Delays Continue

Norfolk, Virginia officials may request new bids for a casino developer since ground has yet to be broken for the Pamunkey Tribe and Golden Eagle Consulting’s HeadWaters Resort & Casino, approved in 2020.

Public to Comment on Washington Tribe’s Casino

The Confederated Tribes of the Colville Reservation’s proposed 12 Tribes Casino in Pasco, Washington will be the focus of a virtual public meeting on April 24, as the Bureau of Indian Affairs takes comments on the Environmental Impact Study.

Florida Gaming Tax Revenue Funds Environmental Projects

Florida Governor Ron DeSantis signed a bill directing $750 million in annual gaming tax revenue to fund various environmental projects. The money is generated under the 2021 gaming compact with the Seminole Tribe of Florida.

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Flutter Considers U.S. its ‘Natural Home’

Flutter Entertainment has flourished since it entered the U.S. sports betting market in 2018. So well, in fact, that it is shifting its HQ to the U.S. and hopes soon to be listed on the New York Stock Exchange.

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Pittsburgh to Host NCLGS Summer Meeting

The National Council of Legislators from Gaming States will hold its 2024 Summer Meeting July 17-20 at the Rivers Casino in Pittsburgh. Early-bird registration is in effect until May 15.

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