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Turning Away Gamblers, Macau Risks One-Fifth of GGR

China’s crackdown on cross-border gambling includes closer scrutiny of mainland visitors to Macau. Since 2021, immigration officials have identified some 90,000 frequent gamblers, who were then declined entry to the special administrative region. The policy could cost the industry 20 percent of gross gaming revenue.

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WEEKLY FEATURE: Chicago Wants More Money from Bally’s

Chicago reportedly is looking for a sure bet from its planned Windy City casino. It has proposed that the River West site of a billion-dollar Bally’s casino resort (l.) be assessed at $125 million a year, minimum. A planned vote by City Council was scheduled for Friday, but delayed.

Sports Betting Fails Again In Missouri, Oklahoma, Minnesota

The Missouri legislature adjourned May 12 without passing a sports betting bill for the second consecutive year. One issue was the bill’s original tax rate of 10 percent compared to the 21 percent rate for casinos. In Oklahoma, a bill from Rep. Ken Luttrell (l.) that would have allowed state tribes to offer sports betting was tabled.

Tiger Challenges Okada’s Reinstatement

Tiger Resort, Leisure and Entertainment Inc., which runs the Okada Manila resort in the Philippines, says it will fight a move by founder Kazuo Okada (l.) to return to the company’s board. Okada got the boot in 2017.

Chairman Toppled as More Star Officials Depart

Chairman John O’Neill (l.) announced last week he will leave Star Entertainment, the Australian casino giant under fire from New South Wales regulators. Like Crown Resorts, Star ignored its AML obligations to cater to high rollers. O’Neill follows many Star executives who have left the company.

Wisconsin Tribe Approved for Trust Land Plans Casino

The Bureau of Indian Affairs announced it will take into federal trust 33 Wisconsin acres owned by the Ho-Chunk Nation in Beloit, on the Illinois border. The tribe plans to build the largest casino (l.) in the state. No timeline has been given for the project.

In Las Vegas, MGM Closes Deal to Buy Cosmo Ops

MGM Resorts has acquired the operations of the Cosmopolitan in Las Vegas from Blackstone Group in a $1.625 billion deal. MGM hopes the property will attract millennials. Blackstone will look for new gaming opportunities.

Ho Chi Minh City to Test Locals Gaming

Vietnam’s program to establish locals-friendly casinos around the country is expanding, and Ho Chi Minh City (formerly Saigon) is the latest location to join the candidate pool.

European Dealer Champion Named

Emerging from a two-year Covid interruption, the European Casino Association’s European Dealer Champion was held at Casino de Monte-Carlo last week with a record number of participants.

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Wynn, MGM Both Liable for VIP Room Losses

A Macau court has ruled against Wynn Macau and MGM China in their claims for compensation for lost deposits due to the Dore theft incident or in VIP rooms (l. MGM Cotai) of the now-shuttered Suncity junket operator.

Macau Court Denies Deadline Extension for AAEC

A Macau court has denied Asian American Entertainment Corp. an extension of the deadline to appeal a ruling in its suit against the Las Vegas Sands Corp. AAEC sued for damages related to Macau operations.

ARF Concerned About White-Label Gaming Sites

The Asian Racing Federation has completed an analysis that warns about the increased use of “white-labeling” for gaming websites. The practice makes it hard for consumers to tell legal from illegal gaming operators.

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U.K. Bookmaker License Suspended

The U.K. Gambling Commission has suspended the operating license of Goldchip Ltd. for violating the 2005 Gambling Act. The commission also levied penalties at two other companies.

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IPI Seeks Funding to Reopen Saipan Casino

IPI (Imperial Pacific International LLC) has signed an agreement with the IH Group of South Korea, in which IH commits to provide funds that will allow IPI to complete its Imperial Palace Casino (l.) on Saipan.

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Pragmatic Play Partners with Bet365

Pragmatic Play has launched its complete portfolio of slot games with bet365, which also is participating in Pragmatic’s popular “Drops and Wins” promotion.

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In U.S., Legal Sports Betting Exceeds Expectations

When PASPA was overturned in 2018, no one could have predicted the kind of revenues that followed for the sports betting industry. In four years, bettors have wagered $125.4 billion, for taxes of $8.8 billion.

DraftKings Gets Late Start in Ontario Sportsbook Market

DraftKings has entered Ontario’s sportsbook market six weeks late. DraftKings’s CEO Jason Robins (l.) said, “We do not believe that the timing of our launch will have any impact on the share we are able to achieve in that province.”

Ohio Sports Betting Expected by January 1

The Ohio Casino Control Commission expects nearly 3,000 applicants for 25 online and 40 retail sportsbooks this summer. The “universal start date” is on or near January 1, says Executive Director Matt Schuler (l.).

Kansas Legalizes Sports Betting, Gets Sued

When sports betting was legalized in Kansas, Boyd Gaming’s Kansas Star Casino (l.) filed suit, claiming that allowing historical horseracing machines at Wichita Greyhound Park breaches Boyd’s contract with the Kansas Lottery.

Hard Rock Sportsbook to Open July 8 in Virginia

Hard Rock Sportsbook will open a retail sportsbook July 8 at the temporary Bristol Casino in Virginia. The permanent $300 million venue will open at the former Bristol Mall late next year. A mobile app already is available.

Peru Parliament Considers Sports Betting Regulation

The Finance Committee of the Peruvian Congress has approved a bill to regulate online wagering and tax it at 20 percent. The tax would help make up for the reduction of Peruvian sports, whose budgets have been cut.

Las Vegas Raiders Lose Two Execs Over Dispute with Owner

Accusations of a difficult work environment under owner Mark Davis (l.) plus a high-powered resignation and a high-powered firing have put a strain on the Las Vegas Raiders organization. But the deal with the stadium is intact.

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New Jersey Seeks Early Appellate Hearing on PILOT Lawsuit

Atlantic County, New Jersey, has accused the state of putting the cart before the horse. The state has asked for an appellate hearing when the case challenging the change to the Atlantic City casinos’ PILOT payments has not been completely adjudicated.

Hollywood Casino Baton Rouge to Move Onshore

In 2018 the Louisiana legislature made it legal for riverboat casinos to move their operations ashore. The first to do this will be the Hollywood Casino Baton Rouge (l.). It plans to go ashore next spring in a $700 million expansion.

HHR Machines Heading for New Hampshire Casino

New Hampshire’s Ocean Gaming Casino (l.) has added 50 historical horse racing (HHR) terminals. IGT, AGS, and IntuiCode will supply the machines. Taxes will go to education and charities.

Minnesota Track Still Has Casino Issues to Deal With

Canterbury Park (l.) kicked off its 65-day meet, but hovering around is the status of a 10-year-old agreement with a tribal casino set to expire. The tribe paid the track for high purses in exchange for not becoming a racino.

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No Signature, No Michigan Casino

The Little River Band of Ottawa Indians will have no more options if Michigan Governor Gretchen Whitmer (l.) doesn’t approve its proposed $180 million resort by June 16. Construction could start within weeks.

Oklahoma Tribe Closer to Reopening Casino

A recent appeals court ruling may allow the United Keetoowah Band of Cherokee Indians to reopen its casino (l.) in Tahlequah, Oklahoma, which it closed when the Cherokee Nation sued the UKB in 2013.

Michigan Casino Breaks Ground on Hotel, Aquadome

A $300 million expansion at Gun Lake Casino in Wayland Township, Michigan will include the 32,000-square-foot Aquadome, featuring three pools under a glass dome, as well as a 15-story hotel, all put together by HBG Design.

Seminole Hard Rock ‘Best Managed Company’

Seminole Hard Rock has received its second consecutive recognition as one of the Best Managed Companies in the U.S. The list is presented each year by Deloitte Private and the Wall Street Journal.

Canadian Casino Proposes Move to Hotel

The O’Chiese Band has applied to Alberta Gaming, Liquor and Cannabis (AGLC) to move the Jackpot Casino (l.) in Red Deer from its current location to the Cambridge Hotel. The idea is to create a casino resort.

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Outgoing U.K. Lottery Operator Slams Successor

A case of sour grapes, or a genuine concern? Camelot Lottery Solutions, which lost out on its bid to continue running the U.K.’s National Lottery, contends that the new operator will be ineffective at best.

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Wild Streak, IGT Expand Collaboration

Bragg Gaming subsidiary Wild Streak Gaming is expanding its partnership with International Game Technology, providing four exclusive land-based titles to be released by IGT.

Light & Wonder Predicts 15 Percent Growth

Light& Wonder CEO Barry Cottle (l.) predicted at an investor’s day update that the company will grow by 15 percent annually until 2025, with adjusted pre-tax earnings targeted at $1.4 billion.

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