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Star Shocked by Second Inquiry into Star Sydney

NSW regulators have expressed doubt that Star Sydney (l.) is progressing adequately in its ongoing remediation efforts—as a result, the property will be subject to a second regulatory inquiry, with its future potentially at stake.

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Strip Operators Eagerly Await New A’s Stadium Plans

The Oakland A’s have yet to release new renderings for its proposed $1.5 ballpark that is set to be built on the site of the Tropicana Las Vegas, which is stalling developments for both MGM Resorts and Bally’s Corp.

Virginia Lawmakers Advance Petersburg Referendum

A Virginia legislative panel advanced a measure that would allow Petersburg to hold a casino referendum in November. Also, Fairfax County officials are seeking a casino in Tysons, while residents express numerous concerns.

Macau Exceeds 1 Million Visitors for CNY

Macau welcomed more than 1 million visitors during the weeklong Chinese New Year holiday. That’s up 3.7 percent compared to 2019 and the highest figure tabulated since 2017.

Nigeria Mulls Banning Sports Betting

Nigerian lawmakers have adopted a resolution prohibiting sports betting. According to the News Agency of Nigeria, more than 65 million adults make sports wagers, spending an average of $15 per day.

Dutch Lawmakers Eschew Ban on Gambling Ads

Lawmakers in the Netherlands turned back a bill that would have banned gambling ads. However, they did vote, over the head of the Minister for Legal Protections Franc Weerwind, to enforce loss limits.

FANTINI’S FINANCE: Mother Was A Mudder

The ho-hum fourth-quarter results for U.S. operators have been, well, a little boring. What is exciting, however, is the solid performance and future growth prospects of racers-turned-HHR-extraordinaires Churchill Downs.

GGB PODCAST: The PA Skill Game Debate with Joseph Grad, Co-founder and Partner, Hensel Grad P.C.

The skill game debate is as prominent as ever across the U.S., but Pennsylvania has become the hotbed of the issue, thanks to high-profile court rulings as well as the ever-increasing amount of money at stake. In this special edition of the GGB Podcast, gaming attorney and former regulator Joseph Grad (l.) gives insight as to how this issue has evolved thus far and where it might be headed.

GGB Podcast sponsored by iGamingPlayer.

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Albania Approves Online Sports Betting, Eliminating 2018 Ban

Albania's decision to legalize online sports betting marks a significant shift in the country's gambling landscape and hopes to strike a balance between industry growth and mitigating the risks associated with addiction and criminal activities.

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Brazil May Ban Celebrity Sports Betting Ads

Lawmakers in Brazil’s Senate will vote this year on a bill that would ban celebrities from being used in sports betting marketing. The long-awaited sports betting market is expected to launch in 2024.

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PAGCOR Calls on Public to Reject Illegal iGaming

The Philippine Amusement and Gaming Corp. says it has successfully blocked up to 80 percent of illegal iGaming sites in the country, but needs the cooperation of the public to shut down the black market industry.

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Alabama Gambling Bill Lacks Majority

A constitutional amendment allowing Alabama voters to approve casinos, a lottery and sports betting doesn’t have the required three-fifths majority of state senators’ votes—yet.

U.S. Casinos Log Another Record Year

Commercial casinos in the U.S,. posted $66.5 billion in revenue for 2023, a 10 percent increase over the previous record of $60.5 billion posted in 2022.

Arizona Tracks Could Offer Online Betting

A bill sponsored by Arizona state Rep. David Cook could help the state’s struggling horse racing industry by allowing racetracks to apply for an online sports betting license, in partnership with a professional sports franchise or a tribe.

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CA’s Mechoopda Casino to Open in Butte County

The Mechoopda Casino (l.) in Butte County, California, opened February 15. The casino, which has nearly 500 slots, a smoke free casino, bar and restaurant, is the first phase of what the tribe calls a “Mega Resort.”

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NIGC Chairman Simermeyer to Depart This Month

E. Sequoyah Simermeyer (l.), who guided the National Indian Gaming Commission during a turbulent five years that included the pandemic, is resigning as chairman. His last day was February 24.

GAN Makes McGill Permanent CEO

GAN announced that Seamus McGill (l.), who had been serving as interim CEO since the September departure of Derek Smurfit, has been named CEO on a permanent basis.

Fontainebleau Exec Departs for Station

Casino executive Mark Tricano (l.), who helped to open the new Fontainebleau resort on the Las Vegas Strip, has moved to Station Casinos, where he will serve as senior vice president of operations.

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Caesars Acquires WynnBET Michigan iGaming Operations

Caesars Entertainment will acquire WynnBET’s Michigan online gaming operations, transitioning current users to the new platforms later this year. Also, Caesars will acquire access rights to the Sault Ste. Marie Tribe’s online gaming platforms.

Evolution Cleared of Misconduct

The New Jersey Division of Enforcement has closed its investigation of software developer Evolution Gaming, concluding that there was no evidence to support misconduct allegations.

Mohegan Inspire Installs Light & Wonder Products

Light & Wonder’s L&W Engage platform is now in use at the new Mohegan Inspire in South Korea. Engage will handle the operation and marketing for slots, tables and cashless and cardless solutions.

FanDuel Buys Software Provider BeyondPlay

FanDuel purchased the iGaming software company BeyondPlay. The company puts an emphasis on new product development for online casinos. The acquisition should grow FanDuel’s status in the field.

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