From Casino Pioneer, A Pioneering Idea for Player Protection

The El Cortez in Downtown Las Vegas and a local graphic design firm have created a device to help protect players and dealers when the industry reopens. El Cortez GM Adam Wiesberg (l.) and designer James Swanson discuss the easy-to-install clear acrylic partitions, which are capturing the interest of casinos across the country.

‘No Compromise on Safety’: New San Manuel Chairman

When it comes to reopening its casino, California’s San Manuel Tribe is in no hurry. Kenneth Ramirez, recently elected tribal chairman (being sworn in at left), believes in safety first; the San Manuel Casino in Highland, San Bernardino County, is expected to open sometime in June.

LV Sands Drops Japan IR Bid

The Las Vegas Sands Corp. announced last week that it will not pursue an integrated resort license in Japan. Sands boss Sheldon Adelson (l.) said the country’s regulatory “framework” made his goals “unreachable.”

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WEEKLY FEATURE: Hard Rock Buys Back Vegas Brand

Hard Rock International’s acquisition of the name “Hard Rock Las Vegas” positions the gaming powerhouse for expansion into the city. The timing could be just right, with some of Caesars’ and possibly MGM’s Strip properties expected to hit the market soon. Hard Rock currently operates a Hard Rock Café (l.) on the Las Vegas Strip.

More U.S. Casino Markets Poised to Reopen

Two months after U.S. casinos shut down due to the coronavirus, many have opened or are planning to do so. Tribal casinos have been opened in California, Arizona and Oklahoma, and states like Mississippi, Arkansas, South Dakota and Louisiana are scheduled to open this week—except for Bossier City, Louisiana’s DiamondJacks casino (l.), which announced it has closed for good due to the crisis.

Macau’s Top Regulator Resigns

Paulo Martins Chan (l.), the Macau government’s chief gaming regulator, is leaving to rejoin the Public Prosecutor’s Office. His four-year tenure is credited with strengthening the territory’s historically lax regulatory culture, especially in its oversight of the junket industry.

Virginia Fast-Tracks Sports Betting

Virginia Lottery officials hope to accept the state’s first sports bets by year’s end. Rules and regulations have been finalized, with Governor Ralph Northam giving the go-ahead. Initially, betting will be mobile and online until casino sportsbooks are approved in a referendum.

Coronavirus Takes a Bite Out of Atlantic City Convention Business

Atlantic City and Las Vegas depend on conventions and trade shows to boost tourism, especially in the off-season. But the coronavirus that closed casinos has also decimated that part of the business, leaving spaces like Harrah’s Waterfront Conference Center (l.), in AC’s Marina District, empty.

MGM China’s Bowie to Take Early Retirement

MGM China CEO Grant Bowie (l.) will retire effective May 31, but stay on as the company’s executive director for a time and also accept an advisory position. Analysts speculate that his successor will be promoted from within.


Greek Gambling Shops Now Open

Greek gaming operator OPAP has reopened its retail betting shops. Last Monday, May 11, the national government eased some restrictive measures related to the Covid-19 outbreak.

BGC to Wales: Please Help Gaming Sector

The U.K. Betting and Gaming Council is beseeching Welsh First Minister Rebecca Evans (l.) to include sportsbooks and other gaming businesses in the country’s coronavirus relief programs. The BGC says 2,000 jobs are at stake, along with four casinos and some 300 betting shops.


NZ Racing Welcomes Financial Aid Package

The New Zealand government has stepped in with a $72.5 million support package for the horseracing industry. Racing executive Dean McKenzie (l.) said closures due to Covid-19 have “presented the racing industry with one of its greatest challenges in its 150-year lifetime.”


Rush Street to Launch AGS Online in PA

Rush Street Interactive has become the first iGaming operator to launch real-money online games from AGS in the Pennsylvania market, at and

Ocean Casino Adds Everi Online

Ocean Casino Resort in Atlantic City has added online versions of three Everi Holdings game titles to its iGaming site.

Romania Adds iGaming Websites to Blacklist

Romania’s National Gambling Office has added 41 new domain names to its list of illegal gambling websites. Anytime Casino, Fruity King, Vegas Mobile Casino and Cool Play Casino are among the blacklisted sites.


Premier Lacrosse League Inks Betting Deal

The seven-team Premier Lacrosse League sees itself as a way to fill a sports betting vacuum until the major pro sports resume play. To that end, the league has signed on with Genius Sports to provide official data for bettors.


Nevada Casinos Still On Waiting List to Reopen

The first phase of Nevada’s return to limited normalcy is under way. But the gaming industry isn’t part of that yet, and it doesn’t appear that Governor Steve Sisolak (l.) will give the OK to resume before the end of the month, and possibly not until sometime in June.

Caesars Details Phased Reopenings

During its first-quarter earnings report, Caesars Entertainment proposed a phased opening of its casinos in four markets, including nine in Las Vegas and three in Atlantic City. The plan lays out protocols on cleaning and social distancing.

Penn National Regroups After $600 Million Loss

Penn National Gaming CEO Jay Snowden (l.) told investors the operator is rethinking its strategy after reporting a first-quarter 2020 loss of more than $600 million. Online gaming and sports betting earnings are bright spots.

AC Tourism Goes South

2019 was a very good year in Atlantic City, and 2021 may be too. But 2020, the year of the pandemic, will go down in history as a uniquely bad year. If April casino figures are any indication, it will be bad for travel, tourism and the gaming industry.

Missouri Senate Approves Truck Stop Pull-Tabs

One hundred pull-tab machines may show up at Missouri truck stops if the House approves a $30 billion Senate bill with a provision allowing the games. Missouri Senator Eric Burlison (l.) said the proposal “disgusted” him.

Hard Rock Releases Virginia Renderings

Hard Rock International has released two new architectural renderings of its proposed Bristol Hard Rock (l.), to be developed in a vacant mall in Virginia. Hard Rock was the only applicant for the Bristol gaming license, which has to be approved by voters in November.

Indiana Considers Spectacle Application

The Indiana Gaming Commission was set to hold a virtual public meeting Friday, May 15 to consider Spectacle Jack LLC's application for a Vigo County gaming license. If Spectacle receives the license, construction on its $125 million Hard Rock Rocksino Terre Haute (l.) would begin this year.

Golden Entertainment Likes Montana Slots Demand

Golden Entertainment Inc. CEO Blake Sartini (l.) is encouraged by the heavy activity his casinos enjoyed when they opened May 4 in Montana. He thinks it’s a harbinger of good things to come when Golden casinos in Nevada reopen on at the end of the month.

MGM Springfield Foresees Heavy Layoffs

The employees of the MGM Springfield are facing layoffs. Two months after closing in response to the coronavirus, MGM is contemplating laying off as many as 1,887 workers, at least some of them permanently.


Outbreak Means Ongoing Devastation for Tribes

For many tribes, the gaming industry is the new buffalo. But like their ancestors, today’s tribes are seeing a vital source of revenues and independence threatened by Covid-19. Bryan Newland (l.), chairman of Michigan's Bay Mills Indian Community, calls it "life and death."

Navajo Gaming Extends Closure Until June 7

The Navajo Nation Gaming Enterprise last week extended the closure of gaming operations until June 7, including its Twin Arrows resort (l.) near Flagstaff, Arizona. The Navajo have been hard hit by the Covid-19 outbreak, with more than 3,000 cases and 119 deaths. Employees will continue to be paid.


New Mexico Lottery Sales: Up & Down

Despite the coronavirus and stay-at-home orders, the New Mexico Lottery saw a bump in sales of retail scratch-off tickets. However, residents are spending less overall, so the lottery expects a dip in fiscal-year revenues.

Lower Gas Prices, Casino Closures Boost Arkansas Lottery

The Arkansas Scholarship Lottery posted a record $49.5 in total revenue for April, up from $43.9 million in 2019, according to state data. The bump was attributed in part to the March closure of the state’s casinos in West Memphis, Hot Springs and Pine Bluff.


Borg-Barthet Joins BMM Testlabs

BMM Testlabs has announced the appointment of Julian Borg-Barthet (l.) as vice president of iGaming Business Development. He will be responsible for generating and retaining all iGaming business for BMM, as well as identifying new opportunities.


Smith Rosen Partitions: Technological Innovations to Combat Covid-19

The Las Vegas company that invented self-cleaning slot partitions is now developing technology to make table games safer. Smith Rosen Gaming, creator of partitions to ensure social distancing on the slot floor, has also created the Reverse Oxygen Yoke (ROY), which absorbs airborne particles that keep players from potentially transmitting illness.

Sands China Models New Health Standards

Sands China Ltd., the Macau subsidiary of the Las Vegas Sands Corp., has launched a new program, “Sands SafeStay,” to protect workers and visitors at its Macau resorts including the Venetian (l.). Enhanced health and safety measures include more contactless services.

Greentube, Playtech Strike iGaming Deal

Greentube, a division of Novomatic Interactive, has signed a deal to share online casino content with gambling technology company Playtech. Titles will include Book of Ra Deluxe and Lucky Lady’s Charm Deluxe.

GAN Raises $62.5 Millon with IPO

Gaming software supplier GAN reported that its U.S. initial public offering raised a total of $62.4 million, significantly more than had initially been projected.

FeedConstruct Partners With Marbello Exhibition Series

FeedConstruct, which provides digital content, has signed a multi-year contract to be the official data and video partner of the Marbello Exhibition Series. It will live-stream the tennis series to licensed sportsbook operators all over the world.


Phil-Asian Trade Show Postponed to 2021

The Phil-Asian Gaming Expo (PAGE) has postponed this year’s trade show until January 7-9, 2021. It was to have been held July 30-August 1 at Manila’s SMX Convention Centre and World Trade Center.




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