Philippines Limits Gaming Growth—For Now

The Philippines’ gaming regulator has announced that it will curtail the growth of gaming, both online and land-based, for the time being. Philippine Amusement and Gaming Corp. (PAGCOR) boss Andrea Domingo (l.) said limiting expansion will help existing operators succeed. The ban on new licenses will reportedly last until at least 2022.

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WEEKLY FEATURE: Will Latest Snafu Undo Greek IR?

Once again the ambitious plan to develop a multibillion-dollar integrated resort complex at Hellenikon (l.), the former Athens airport, has hit a setback—if not a dead end. Unspecified paperwork lapses have both license bidders—Mohegan Gaming & Entertainment and Hard Rock International—threatening to sue.

Tribes, Governor Still Far Apart in Oklahoma

With a January 1 deadline fast approaching, there has been no movement on either side in the showdown between the tribes of Oklahoma and the governor, who is demanding that the tribe re-negotiate their compacts to provide the state with more revenue. Tribal attorney Stephen Greetham (l.) says the state is reneging on what it negotiated 15 years ago.

California Sportsbook Proposals Compete

Eighteen California gaming tribes are campaigning for legal sportsbooks at tribal gaming halls and racetracks, but not card clubs. Senator Bill Dodd (l.) and Rep. Adam Gray have proposed a broader plan. Can they succeed in a battle with the tribes?

Gaming Revenue ‘Mess’ Brewing in Macau

A soft Chinese economy, currency woes, the trade war with the U.S., political turmoil in Hong Kong…take your pick, they all played a part in making November the second-worst month for gaming revenue in 2019. And December could be worse.

In Las Vegas, Nothing ‘Stays Here’ Forever

The U.S. economy appears headed for a slowdown, and a Las Vegas economist expects visitation and gaming revenue to soften along with it. In response, it appears the famed “What Happens Here” slogan (l.) could be in for a makeover as tourism officials look for new ways to sell the city.

Canada: Casino Revenues Stall Amid Money Laundering Probe

Between 2012 and 2015, millions of dollars were reportedly laundered through British Columbia casinos including River Rock (l.). A widespread investigation of money laundering in the province has caused casino revenues to stagnate.

Slot Stars Bring New Audience to the Gaming Floor

The phenomenon of YouTube “slot influencers” has more casinos allowing filming on the slot floor. Among the most popular: Brian Christopher (l.), whose BCSlots YouTube channel has more than 200,000 subscribers and more than 4 million views per month.

Rio Deal Closes

Caesars Entertainment last week announced that the deal to sell the off-Strip Rio hotel and casino in Las Vegas had been completed. The new owner is Dreamscape Companies, which is owned and controlled by Eric Birnbaum. Caesars will manage the property for at least two more years and the World Series of Poker will be held there once again in 2020.

The Boys’ Club

Proposed regulations to codify sexual harassment and workplace discrimination in Nevada don’t go far enough, says former gaming regulator Richard Schuetz (l.). He claims the proposed regulations have been “weakened” from an earlier draft that was written by former Gaming Control Board Chairwoman Becky Harris.

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Donaco Shakeup Leads to Stock Suspension

The Australian Stock Exchange (ASX) last week suspended trading of Donaco International after shareholders ousted the board chairman and several non-executive board members, leaving only three members standing. As a result, CEO Paul Arbuckle (l.) submitted his resignation.

Jail Time for Ho Nephew in Casino Prostitution Bust

Alan Ho’s (l.) original sentence of 13 months in jail was upped to eight years after Macau prosecutors argued he profited from prostitution at the Hotel Lisboa as part of an organized criminal enterprise. Three former Lisboa executives also had their sentences increased.

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Scottish Pol Pushes for Problem Gambling Treatment

Scottish National Party Leader Nicola Sturgeon (l.) wants more help from the UK government to treat problem gambling. The party seeks tougher measures preventing minors from gambling and tougher laws against loot box access.

Tax Hike to Close Nine Lithuanian Gaming Halls

Baltic-based Olympic Entertainment Group (OEG) will close nine of its Lithuanian betting shops and two Lithuanian casinos, says OEG Managing Director Saulius Petravičius (l.). The plan follows tax increases on bingo, arcade and betting.

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IR Developer Far East Consortium Looks at Spin-off

Hong Kong-listed construction firm Far East Consortium International Ltd. may spin off and separately list some of its hospitality projects in Australia, Singapore, Malaysia and the UK to boost revenues and advance expansions.

Denmark Kicks Off Problem Gambling Campaign

Danish gaming regulator Spillemyndigheden has implemented a new campaign to boost awareness of the StopSpillet initiative, a problem gambling awareness campaign introduced earlier this year.

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Washington Gaming Seeks Smartphone Exemption

A new organization called Game On WA, which includes major companies like ISGA, WTIA, One Redmond, and SciPlay, will lobby Washington state lawmakers to make it clear that so-called “social games” aren’t banned by the state’s anti-gambling laws. This effort was formed after a federal judge left the status of mobile app games up in the air.

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Michigan Sports Betting Bill at the Finish Line

Michigan's sports betting and iGaming bill is about the be passed if you can believe sponsor state Senator Curtis Hertel Jr. (l.), one of the sponsors of a package of bills that would address all the important issues. Moving it forward was the agreement of Michigan tribes to the measures, as long as the playing field is level with the state's commercial casinos. Tribes could withhold revenue sharing payments if they believe their exclusivity rights are violated.

With Pro Sports Teams, AC Just Can’t Win

In the casino era, professional teams from all major sports tried to make a go of it in Atlantic City. The Surf. The Bullies. The Seagulls. And most recently, the Blackjacks. They all failed. Are all minor league pro teams doomed in the resort? And all had some degree of financial support from the New Jersey Casino Reinvestment Development Authority (CRDA).

Analysts: Illinois Sports Betting Could Be Worth $5.2 Billion

Global Market Advisors estimates Illinois bettors could place $5.2 billion in wagers by 2023 after sports betting launches. Camelot Lottery Solutions said 450,000 Illinoisans would place bets once sportsbooks open at casinos, racetracks and large stadiums.

Ohio Sports Betting Moving Slowly Forward

In Ohio, state Senator John Eklund and Rep. Dave Greenspan will sponsor sports betting legislation in the 2020 session. The two disagree on the regulatory aspect and betting at veterans and fraternal organizations. But Eklund said the "heavy lifting" is nearly finished.

Mohegan Sun PA Joins Online Sports Betting

Mohegan Sun Pocono in Pennsylvania now offers two options for sports wagering. Gamblers can bet in the sportsbook inside the casino or the new online option. Sports betting is offered at 12 retail and seven online locations.

New York Tribal Casinos Ink Sportsbook Deals

The company that owns the Buffalo Bills and Buffalo Sabres has partnered with Seneca Resorts & Casinos in anticipation of sports betting in upstate New York. The deal includes development of sportsbooks and lounges at Seneca resorts in Salamanca, Niagara Falls and Buffalo.

Sports Team Owners Buy Into Digital Media

Leaders from all major U.S. sports franchises including Miami Dolphins owner Stephen Ross (l.) have invested in the Action Network, a new digital media company designed to serve the sports gambling community. The company raised $17.5 million earlier this year.

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Missouri First State to Approve Eldorado-Caesars Deal

Missouri is the first of 18 states to approve the $17.3 billion sale of Caesars Entertainment to Eldorado Resorts. The Missouri Gaming Commission also approved the sale of Eldorado's Isle Casino Cape Girardeau (l.) and Lady Luck Caruthersville to Century Casinos to avoid any antitrust concerns.

Just One Applicant For Indiana Casino License

Spectacle Entertainment, Gary, owner of Indiana's Majestic Star, was the sole applicant for a Vigo County casino license. If approved, the company plans to develop the $300 million Hard Rock Rocksino (l.) in Terre Haute.

Ruffin Discloses Plans for Circus Circus

Billionaire resort operator Phil Ruffin told Nevada regulators he will add an $11 million, 2,000-seat theater at Circus Circus, which he is buying from MGM. The other big change: a sand beach with lapping waves to replace the resort’s 10-acre RV park.

Group Proposes Buying Illinois Harness Track

A developer has signed a contract to purchase Balmoral Park harness track (l.) in the suburbs of Chicago. State legislators must amend the state's new gaming expansion law to allow racing in the area; the Illinois Harness Horsemen’s Association is skeptical about the plan.

Virginia Municipality Issues Casino RFP

Danville, Virginia has issued a request for proposals (RFP) from would-be casino developers. At least four are said to be interested. Danville is one of five cities in Virginia authorized to have a casino under legislation signed earlier this year by Governor Ralph Northam (l.).

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No Truth To Minnesota Casino Closure

A rumor that the Grand Portage Lodge & Casino (l.) in Minnesota is closing is false and "malicious," said Grand Portage Band of Lake Superior Chippewa Chairwoman Beth Drost. The rumor started on social media.

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Massachusetts Lottery Sales Falter

The lack of a big Mega Millions or Powerball jackpot has adversely affected the Massachusetts Lottery over the past four months, said Executive Director Michael Sweeney (l.) in a report to the state lottery commission.

North Carolina Lottery OKs ‘Digital Instant’ Games

"Digital instant" games are closer to reality in North Carolina following the North Carolina Education Lottery Commission's recent vote. The commission must vote again to approve the launch of the games once they're created. The games could bring in $80 million a year for the state.

Indian State Gets Ready for Lotteries

Lawmakers in the Indian state of Meghalaya last week approved a set of rules that will govern a new lottery. Meghalaya is planning to re-launch the state lottery that was shut down in 2005.

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Glebocki Named CEO of Atlantic City’s Ocean Resort

A former management executive with Revel Entertainment has risen to become the CEO of its successor, Ocean Casino Resort. Terry Glebocki will take the reins at the Boardwalk resort, succeeding interim chief Eric Matejevich.

Longtime MGM Spokesman Uri Clinton Steps Down

Uri Clinton, who represented MGM Resorts during a tumultuous time in New England, has stepped down as spokesman. He also unexpectedly left his job as president of Empire City Casino in Yonkers, New York.

CNIGA Elects New Chairman, Executive Board

The California Nations Indian Gaming Association (CNIGA) elected a new slate of officers at its annual organizational meeting at the Rincon Tribal Government Center in in Valley Center, California. Heading the list is James Siva (l.), chairman.

GLI Names Global Compliance Director

GLI has named Peter Wolff as director of global technical compliance, where he will be responsible for concentrating on technological advances within the gaming industry.

Win Systems Names New U.S. Chief

Win Systems has named Chad Dickie executive vice president and general manager, USA, charged with leading the manufacturer’s expansion efforts in the United States.

Galaxy Appoints Pather as Senior VP

Macau casino operator Galaxy Entertainment Group Ltd. announced last month that it has appointed Joey Pather (l.) as the group’s senior vice president of the MICE sector.

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Pachinko Partners Install Slots in Macau

Singapore-based slot supplier Weike Gaming Technology has placed three video slot games it developed with pachinko hall operator Dynam Japan Holdings at Macau’s Legend Palace casino.

Everi Holds Public Stock Offering

Everi Holdings announced the commencement of a public offering of 10 million shares of its common stock, with underwriters given an option to purchase an additional 1.5 million shares.

Hard Rock Launches Gaming Literacy, Education Program

Hard Rock International has launched a gambling literacy and education program that is the first of its kind in the United States. It will help veteran and unlettered players better understand themselves and their possible risk of gambling addiction.

Comviva, Inlogic Announce Partnership

Comviva and Inlogic have announced a partnership that will help both companies expand their markets. Inlogic Games will help Comviva provide richer game content to telecom partners. Comviva will help Inlogic enter new markets.

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East Coast Gaming Congress Speakers Announced

The 24th East Coast Gaming Congress and NexGen Gaming Forum, the longest-serving gaming conference in the eastern U.S., will be held April 27-28, 2020 at Harrah’s Waterfront Conference Center in Atlantic City. Among the speakers will be Rush Street Gaming CEO Greg Carlin (l).

PAGCOR Supports SiGMA Asia/ICE in Manila

SiGMA Group has announced that the Philippine Amusement and Gaming Corp. (PAGCOR) has officially approved a strategic partnership proposal between SiGMA and ICE Asia to run the inaugural SiGMA/ICE Asia exhibition and conference in Manila in June 2020.

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NFL to Staff, Players: You Bet, You Lose

With the recent suspension of Arizona Cardinals’ Josh Shaw (l.), the NFL is again warning league personnel and players that they’re prohibited from “placing, soliciting, or facilitating any bet on any NFL game, practice or other event.” Break the rule, and they could be outta there.

AC Casino Owner Supports Government Overhaul

Resorts Casino Hotel owner Morris Bailey (l.) has contributed more than $126,000 to a political action committee called Atlantic City Residents for Good Government, which hopes change Atlantic City’s form of government.

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