Bidding For Bwin

888 Holdings is the latest player to bid for, the company has confirmed. GVC Holdings, partnered with Amaya Gaming, has also bid on the company setting up a bidding war. Bwin said it will decide on the new bids in the “coming weeks.” Once the leading poker site in the world operating as PartyPoker, the site has lost its luster in the past few years as it concentrated on legal, regulated iGaming and exited any grey markets.

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WEEKLY FEATURE: Movement in Macau

Last week’s G2E Asia crystalized, for many members of the gaming industry, just what is happening in Macau. And when Melco Crown’s Jamie Packer (l.) became the latest casino owner to admit that Macau’s problems won’t be solved overnight, attention turns to the attitude of both the Chinese and the Macau governments when addressing issues affecting casinos in the SAR.

Connecticut Senate Passes One Casino Bill

The Connecticut Senate has passed a bill that would authorize the state’s two gaming tribes to move towards opening a satellite casino in the state by communicating with communities that might be interested in hosting such a casino. The bill now goes to the House. Attorney General George Jepsen (l.) appears to be satisfied the bill is constitutional.

Nevada Approves Skill-Based Slots

A bill allowing for slots with the highest awards based on skill rather than luck has passed the Nevada legislature, and was immediately signed by Governor Brian Sandoval. The bill was supported by the Association of Gaming Equipment Manufacturers (AGEM) and the American Gaming Association.

Will Baha Mar Ever Open?

The massive Baha Mar resort being developed in the Bahamas will not open until September, according to the latest reports. The opening of the resort, reportedly the most expensive resort in the islands’ history, has been postponed four times since 2011. But an unverified report says that Bahamian Prime Minister Perry Christie (l.), attending the groundbreaking of Resorts World Las Vegas earlier this month) has brokered a deal for Genting to buy a controlling interest in the property.

Alabama Legislators Debating Taxes Vs. Gambling

Alabama Governor Robert Bentley (l.) is standing firm on raising taxes to fill the state's $280 million budget gap. Another option is Senate President Pro Tem Del Marsh's bill proposing a state lottery and gambling at the state's four dog tracks. And the Poarch Creeks still are offering $250 million for exclusive gambling rights.

Okada Gets New Manila Partner

Philippine-based Century Properties has settled its dispute with Universal Entertainment Corp., run by Japanese billionaire Kazuo Okada. The companies once planned to work together on Okada’s Manila casino, Tiger Resorts (l.). Okada, meanwhile, is said to have found a new partner.

Jens Halle Dies

Jens Halle, the Merkur Gaming CEO and longtime head of Novomatic’s gaming equipment manufacturing subsidiary, has died suddenly at the age of 57.

Land & Buildings Ends Fight With MGM

The proposal from Land & Buildings Investment Management, which would see MGM Resorts International vacate four board chairs, has come to an end after the company received heavy opposition from MGM board leaders. And forget about selling MGM China, says Bill Scott (l.), president of MGM Asia, Pacific and Diaoyutai MGM.

FANTINI’S FINANCE: Down to Business

The opening of the second phase of Galaxy Macau will kick off the second phase of Cotai expansion and begin to answer some questions about how the SAR will respond to additional capacity as demand continues to shrink.


Jeju Casinos to Pay Higher Tax?

The government of Jeju in South Korea will analyze the tax yield from the island’s eight casinos with a goal of maximizing revenue. It isn’t known if the government can or will raise the tax rate. The study is due to be complete in July.

U.S. Japan’s Ally in Casino Gambit

As Japanese lawmakers press for legal casinos in the country, the U.S. gaming industry is lending a hand. The American Gaming Association sent representatives, including SVP Sara Rayme (l.), to Tokyo to argue the case and reassure critics that casinos do not lead to massive social problems.


Time for London ‘Super-Casinos’?

Stricter reins on advertising and the addition of responsible gaming measures show the industry in the U.K. is ready to grow, says Roy Ramm (l.), a Caesars Entertainment exec who once worked at Scotland Yard.

Ho’s Russia Casino to Open in August

Lawrence Ho’s Tigre de Cristal casino resort in Russia will be completed by the end of June and be ready to open by August 28, according to a filing on the Hong Kong Stock Exchange.

Kokkalis Proposes National Lottery

Socrates Kokkalis, chairman of Greek betting services company Intralot, has submitted a proposal for a national lottery to Hellenic Minister of Finance Yanis Varoufakis. The proposed system would be state-owned but privately operated.

EU: No Shared Gaming Regs

The European Commission says it does not see a need for gaming regulations that apply to all members of the European Union, nor will it launch an across-the-board awareness program.

Ladbrokes' Landlords to Join Forces

A group of landlords for Ladbroke’s gambling shops have come together to seek better terms from the bookmaker as Ladbrokes seeks to close about a third of its shops. The bookmaker wants to pay rent only until the shops are closed.

Back to Square One in Germany

In 2012, Germany issued 20 licenses for online sports betting providers. The licensing process has since been called into question, and an administrative court is calling for a do-over.


Junket Operator Jumps to Australia

With VIP rooms in Crown Perth and Crown Melbourne (l.), Macau junket operator Iao Kun Group has officially penetrated the Aussie market. The company plans to import high roller clients who once patronized Macau.

Zimbabwe: No More Gaming Licenses

A dramatic uptick in gambling in the southern African nation of Zimbabwe has caused the government to put a moratorium on new gaming licenses. The country has a reported unemployment rate of up to 90 percent, including the underemployed.

Caesars Windsor Lays Off 60

Although numbers have been steady at Casino Windsor, the casino will lay off over 60 employees. Nearly 40 jobs though have recently been posted at the property.


California Online Poker Bill Still Has Life

Several actions happening in Sacramento, the state capital of California, leads gaming experts to give odds that this will be the year that the legislature adopts a bill legalizing online poker. Rincon Chairman Bo Mazzetti (l.) says it’s all about consumer protection.

Report: Online Gambling Growing Worldwide

A report by Germany’s yStats predicts that online gambling—as well as regulations governing it—will continue to grow worldwide. Europe remains the biggest online gaming market the study said, a fact supported by another study by the American Gaming Association. But who is profiting? Legal or illegal operators?

New Jersey Fully Licenses Three Online Gaming Companies

New Jersey gaming regulators have issued full online license to three companies—, Sportech and CAMS. The state first issued conditional transactional waivers to online gaming companies when online gambling started in the state in 2013.

Russia Battles Offshore Online Gambling Sites

Russia has passed amendments to its gambling laws to clamp down on illegal offshore online gambling sites reaching Russian bettors that want to participate in a new sports betting market to be introduced this year. The sites would have to locate servers in Russia.

New York Dems Oppose Federal Online Gambling Ban

A group of Democrat state Senators in New York are urging the state’s congressional delegation to oppose the Sheldon Adelson-backed push to outlaw online gambling. The group says the bill tramples state rights and could keep New York’s lottery from offering online games. The letter also comes as New York considers another online gambling bill.

DraftKings Teams With NASCAR

DraftKings has inked a deal to become the daily fantasy sports partner of NASCAR. The three-year deal lets DraftKings develop NASCAR fantasy sports games while the racing league will provide the site with up-to-the-minute information and statistics.

WSOP Offers Online Championship

The World Series of Poker will offer 11 new events this year including an online championship that will award a traditional WSOP bracelet to the winner. Players have to be in Nevada to play.

Apple to Allow Gambling Apps at Swedish App Store

Apple will reinstate gambling apps at the Swedish App Store after removing them due to complaints from the country’s gaming regulators. The apps are being restored after an intervention from the Swedish operator association Branschföreningen för Onlinespel.


Kansas Senate Approves Lower Racino Taxes

The Woodlands racetrack in Kansas City, Kansas could reopen thanks to the state Senate's 24-12 vote to lower gaming taxes to 22 percent. The track closed in 2008 after the legislature voted to allow slots with a 40 percent tax rate. The House now will consider the bill.

Vegas Appealing More to Foreign Visitors

The Las Vegas Convention and Visitors Authority said 20 percent of all tourists are international in Las Vegas, and has plans of raising that number to 30 percent in the near future by offering more custom amenities.

Deadwood Offering Keno, Craps, Roulette July 1

With dealers just about trained and a legislative committee set to give final rules approval, casinos in Deadwood, South Dakota will be ready for keno, craps and roulette July 1. Silverado Franklin, Tin Lizzie's, Cadillac Jacks, Gold Dust and Mineral Place have said they definitely will offer the new games.

Pence Passes Two, Vetoes One

Two gambling-related bills became law in Indiana without Governor Mike Pence's signature. He let pass a bill allowing riverboat casinos to move onto land, and another that helps the Indiana Horse Racing Commission promote the industry. Pence vetoed a bill that would have permitted online horserace wagering.

Illinois Video Gambling Generates $355 Million

Since video gambling terminals went live in Illinois in fall 2012, they have generated $355 million in state and local tax revenue, according to a report by the Illinois Gaming Operators Association. Tax revenue from the games will reach $300 million annually by 2020 without major expansion, the report said.

Trop AC Celebrates Renovation

Tropicana Atlantic City held a Boardwalk bash to celebrate completion of a $50 million renovation project creating new suites, casino areas and a state-of-the-art fitness center (l.).

Caesars Creditors Appeal Bankruptcy Venue

A committee of unsecured creditors appointed in Caesars Entertainment’s bankruptcy case has asked a federal judge to validate an involuntary bankruptcy petition.

Land Back on Vegas Market

The parcel of land which was to feature the Las Ramblas resort, is back on the market, and has a chance of finally getting off the ground, a decade after it was conceived. The site was supposed to host a casino resort that included actors George Clooney and Brad Pitt as investors.

Renovation, Expansion Proceeding At Hialeah

The $60 million expansion project at historic Hialeah Park Racing & Casino is moving forward with the recent opening of the Kings Court VIP Poker Room, which now offers 33 tables. The Fountain Terrace and horseracing simulcast area also will be updated.

Change That Station

Station Casinos received tentative approval from the Gaming Control Board to be treated like other casinos with private owners. The Nevada Gaming Commission will decide May 28 on a final decision.

Biloxi Overcomes Katrina, Oil Spill, Economy

Biloxi, Mississippi was the third-largest gambling market in the U.S. when Hurricane Katrina hit in September 2005. Now, having survived the storm, followed by the BP oil spill and the economic recession, Biloxi casinos are generating increasing revenue and expecting greater returns thanks to New Orleans' smoking ban and low gas prices.

Deutsche Bank: New Jersey Should Expand Casinos

A report from the Deutsche Bank—by gaming analyst Andrew Zarnett (l.)—says New Jersey should break Atlantic City’s casino monopoly in the state and allow casinos in northern New Jersey. The report says one or two new casinos could generate over $500 million in revenue.

Gaming More Than Blip On Nevada's Legislative Radar

Several bills have appeared in the most recent Nevada legislative committee, even though gaming has not been the top priority. Funding education has taken front seat, although some gaming bills could shape the future of the industry.

Atlantic City to Form Economic Development Corporation

Atlantic City will form a non-profit corporation to spur economic development. The corporation is modeled on one formed in New Brunswick New Jersey that brought $1.8 million in projects to that city. Officials say the Atlantic City Corporation will explore bringing a medical college to the resort. The city is also offering bonds for sale backed by the state of New Jersey.

South Carolina Supreme Court Hears ‘Uncharted’ Case

Lauren Proctor lost $700,000 playing illegal video poker at two South Carolina restaurants. A state court upheld her right to sue to recoup the money. But the two restaurants asked the state Supreme Court to determine if a gambler can sue for recouped losses on an illegal game. "It's uncharted territory," said the restaurants' attorney.

Ameristar East Chicago Opens Stadium Sports Bar & Grill

The new Stadium Sports Bar & Grill recently opened at Ameristar East Chicago, celebrating the history of Chicagoland sports with memorabilia, 70 draft and craft beers and a special menu. It's the fourth Stadium location at Pinnacle Entertainment properties.

Indiana Lawmakers Don't List Gambling Contributions

Indiana lawmakers failed to list any expenses or in-kind contributions for more than 20 events held at an off-track betting facility owned by Centaur Gaming, which lobbied for live dealers at its two racinos. Legislators also failed to mention in-kind contributions from Centaur's lobbyist. Many said they would file amended campaign finance reports.


Foxwoods Opens Indoor Tanger Outlets

Tanger Factory Outlets recently opened at Foxwoods Resort Casino in eastern Connecticut. Developed in partnership with Gordon Group, creators of Caesars Las Vegas' Forum Shops, it's the nation's first enclosed Tanger center--considered by observers to be the Mashantucket Pequot tribe's attempt to prepare for Massachusetts casino competition.

Federal Judge Rejects Claim that Tribal Casino is Not on the Reservation

Opponents of a casino resort at the Jamul Indian Village in San Diego County saw their lawsuit shot down by a federal judge last week. The judge ruled that the land put into trust for the tribe is actual Indian land, unlike what the Jamul Action Committee and Jamul Community Church claimed.

Connecticut Towns Oppose Proposed Tribal Recognition Rules

Connecticut towns that fear new federal rules for recognizing Indian tribes will lock out the ability of communities that might be affected by such recognition from presenting their concerns made their case recently to the Office of Management and Budget. The OMB is giving the rules a final review before they become effective.

Battle Over Arizona Casino is Also Battle of Lobbyist Money

The struggle by the Tohono O’odham Nation to operate a casino in Glendale, Arizona has morphed over the years from a political battle, to a legal battle, and finally a political battle to be decided by Congress. A bill that would prevent the tribe from opening its casino is now active in both the Senate and the House. The sponsor of one of those bills, Senator John McCain (l.), denies he has been influenced by lobbyists.

Idaho Tribe Announce $35 Million Expansion

Construction could begin in August on a $35.2 million expansion at the Shoshone-Bannock Tribe's Fort Hall Casino & Hotel in Idaho. The plan includes a new casino, hotel and bar, and converting the current casino into a bingo hall. Tribal members will vote May 29 if liquor may be sold at the new casino.

Cherokee Nation Reports Record Revenue

Cherokee Nation Businesses, owners of Cherokee Nation Entertainment, recently posted 2014 revenue of $829 million, an increase of $48 million over 2013 and a new record. In addition, a study indicated the tribe had an economic impact of $1.55 billion in northeast Oklahoma, a 50 percent increase since 2011.


Mississippi Sports Betting, Lottery Possible

A report by the Mississippi Internet Gaming and Sports Betting Task Force indicated a lottery and sports betting are more likely to be offered than online poker. House Gaming Committee Chairman, state Rep. Richard Bennett, established the group last year to review the financial, legal and technical impact of internet gambling and sports betting.


Brown in at Bellagio

Olivia Brown, who has spent 25 years in the hospitality industry, has been named general manager of Bellagio.

California’s Top Gaming Regulator Resigns

Tina Littleton, who has been executive director of the California Gambling Control Commission for four years, has resigned her job, possibly due to conflicts of interest deriving from an investigation of a former head of the Bureau of Gambling Control, Robert Lytle.

Oklahoma Chief Survives Recall Attempt

A group of Muscogee (Creek) Nation members attempting to remove Principal Chief George Tiger from office recently did not meet the 32,000-signature requirement. The group accused him of working with a competing tribe, bribery and embezzlement. Meanwhile, Tiger said he will run for a second term.

Leong Gone

Melina Leong, chief operating officer of Cotai Water Jet, a subsidiary of Sands China Ltd., has resigned from the company, where she has worked for the past 10 years.

Pechanga Names F&B Executive

Pechanga Resort & Casino has named a member of the Pechanga Band and a twenty-year veteran of the casino, Pam Toscano, to head its food and beverage division.

Small Named Acting Gaming Manager

Vernon Small, chairman of the Northern Cheyenne Tribe's gaming council, recently was named acting gaming manager at the Charging Horse Casino in Lame Deer, Montana. Small replaces long-term gaming manager Lori Limberhand who recently was terminated.


IGT to Sell Las Vegas Complex

Slot manufacturer International Game Technology has revealed its plan to sell its corporate headquarters campus in Las Vegas as consolidation continues following its merger with GTECH.

GLI Doubles Spain Operation

GLI has doubled the size of its lab facility in Barcelona, Spain, in response to increased demand from Spain’s casino industry for the lab’s services. GLI Spain head Martin Britton (l.) says the move will improve service levels for customers.

Amaya Results Boosted by PokerStars Buy

Amaya Inc. reported a huge jump in quarterly revenues the company attributed to its acquisition of the parent company of online gaming giants PokerStars and Full Tilt.

Konami Expands to Cyprus

Konami Gaming has installed its first games in Northern Cyprus casinos, as Merit Crystal Cove and Merit Royal have added its SeleXion multi-game machines.

Innovative Technology Partners with Jade

Innovative Technologies has formed a partnership with Jade Entertainment and Gaming Technologies Inc. to distribute gaming machines in the Asia-Pacific region.


G2E to Feature ‘Integrated Resort’

This year’s Global Gaming Expo will feature an event called “The Integrated Resort Experience,” using an interactive forum to demonstrate non-gaming offerings.

Winners of All Asia Dealers Championship announced

One of the new additions to G2E Asia was the inaugural edition of the All Asia Dealers Championship to honor the front line of the Asian gaming industry. Deals with Las Vegas Sands copped most of the top awards, with the team from Marina Bay Sands (l.) winning the top award.




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