First Study of Gaming During Lockdown Released in Australia

The University of Sydney has released the first in-depth research on how gamblers responded to the Covid-19 lockdowns. It showed that gambling frequency was reduced during first wave, and the majority of gamblers were dissuaded by fewer walk-in opportunities.

How’d They Do That? Ohio Casinos Break July Records

Ohio’s four casinos collectively broke records for gaming revenue in the month of July, despite the impact of Covid-19—or because of the virus’ impact on other entertainment options. Hollywood Casino Toledo (l.) has a record month. But now that Detroit’s casinos are open, the revenue picture may change.

Any Takers for Pennsylvania’s Next Mini-Casino License?

Hurting for revenues in the Covid age, Pennsylvania lawmakers will be peddling yet another mini-casino license—the proposed Penn National Hollywood Casino in Morgantown at left—next month. A new report from GGH Morowitz says there may yet be opportunity in the Keystone State—but only for the strategic, prudent investor.

A Failure of Regulation: Women’s Progress Stymied

A century after women won the right to vote in the U.S., the advancement of women in the gaming industry is still not where it should be according to gaming observer Richard Schuetz (l.). Why? He points the finger at regulators.

For Macau, Light at the End of the Tunnel

Analysts are looking for gaming revenues to come back strong now that the Chinese government will again issue tourist visas for individual travel to the casino hub. The program, which is already back in neighboring Zhuhai, will be expanded to all of Guangdong province—up to 70 percent of the Macau market—later this month and will go nationwide in September.

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Eldorado, Caesars Deal Promises Uptick in AC

The acquisition of Caesars Entertainment by Eldorado Resorts Inc. has created the largest casino company in the U.S. The deal also brings three casino resorts under the new Caesars brand in Atlantic City, plus one under a new owner. The dealmaking could be a boon for the local landscape.

IRS Targets DFS

In a new ruling the Internal Revenue Service has said that daily fantasy sports should be subject to the same regulations as sports betting, which means that compines participating in DFS such as DraftKings and FanDuel will have to pay the same 0.25 percent excise tax as sports betting companies do.

Genting: Singapore Expansion on Hold

Genting Singapore has confirmed that a planned US$3.3 billion expansion of Resorts World Sentosa will be delayed and possibly redesigned due to the far-reaching impact on supply chains of Covid-19.

British Casinos Finally Reopen

After a four month absence, British casinos were finally permitted to reopen on August 15. Betting and Gaming Council (BGC) leader Michael Dugher (l.) called the move “welcome relief” for 12,000 casino workers nationwide.

Sports Books Lose Big as Big Ten, Pac-12 Cancel Seasons

The Big Ten and Pac-12 conferences called it quits for the 2020 sports season, blaming Covid-19. The impact on sports betting will be palpable in sportsbooks all over the country. William Hill US CEO Joe Asher (l.) says the short-term impact will be bad.

Gambling Soon to Be Legal in Ukraine

Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky (l.) has signed off on a bill to create a regulated gaming industry. Legal gaming was a key campaign issue for Zelensky, whose SoP Party won control of the government last summer.

IPI Not Charged in U.S. Investigation

Imperial Pacific International, operator of the only casino resort on the Pacific island of Saipan, said it is not part of a U.S. investigation into racketeering, money laundering and more.

G2E Asia Canceled

Once postponed, G2E Asia has now been canceled for 2020. In addition, the first satellite show of G2E Asia to be held in Manila was also canceled. Both will be held in 2021 in May and November respectively.

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Japan’s Universal: Returns Up in First Half

Japanese gaming company Universal Entertainment Corp., which operates Okada Manila in the Philippines’ Entertainment City, saw an almost 25 percent increase in net sales for the first half of 2020, driven by its pachinko and pachislot business.

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Century Casinos Sells Calgary Property

Colorado-based Century Casinos has sold Century Casino Calgary to 2267166 Alberta Ltd. for $7.5 million. The deal is expected to be finalized later this year.

Colombian Casinos OK’d to Reopen

The Colombian government has approved a plan to let gaming venues reopen under the usual safety restrictions, including socially distanced gaming floors and physical barriers between players. Fecoljuegos President Evert Montero Cárdenas (l.) said casinos and bingo halls “are committed to the health and well-being of Colombians.”

Auckland, New Zealand Snapped Shut Again

The government of Auckland, New Zealand closed down businesses including casinos for three days due to a rash of new Covid-19 infections. Just a day before, the country had marked 100 days without a new case.

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Cordish Launches PA Online Casino

Cordish Companies’ Live! Casino division is launching its online casino brand, Play Live!, in Pennsylvania before its two brick-and-mortar casinos are open.

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Virginia Issues Phase 2 Sports Betting Regulations

A second set of proposed sports betting regulations has been issued by the Virginia Lottery, including rules for operations, internal controls and enforcement. The regulations must be approved by September 15. The first licensed operator could take wagers before the end of the year.

D.C. Sports Betting Starts Slow

Supporters expected big things of sports betting in the District of Columbia. But two months after wagers began, mobile sports betting has produced just $1.2 million in handle.

New Hampshire Sportsbook Opens

New Hampshire’s first retail sportsbook has opened. The operation, managed by DraftKings, is located at the Brook at Seabrook, owned by Eureka Casino Resorts.

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Vegas Visitation Down 70 Percent in June

Midweek occupancy remains in the doldrums absent the convention trade for which Las Vegas became famous. All in all, though, compared to April and May’s near-zero visitation, the first month of the gaming industry’s reopening looked pretty good.

Study: PA Shutdown Cost $424 Million in Lost Taxes

An analysis by the Allegheny Institute found that the shutdown of Pennsylvania casinos cost the state $424 million in taxes. The study, co-authored by Institute Executive Director Frank Gamrat (l.) said first-half revenues “didn’t cover a quarter of estimated losses from slot and table games.”

Caesars Kicks Off Virginia Referendum Push

Caesars Entertainment has launched the Caesars for Danville campaign to encourage voters in the Virginia town to support the company's proposed $400 million casino resort at a former industrial site. The project, if approved, would provide 900 construction jobs and 1,300 permanent jobs.

Century Casinos Reports Positive Cash Flow

Century Casinos Co-CEO Peter Hoetzinger said the company's casinos in Cape Girardeau and Caruthersville, Missouri have seen "record-breaking" results, despite temporary Covid-19 closures.

Iowa Casino Revenue Off 4 Percent

According to the Iowa Racing and Gaming Commission, the state’s 19 commercial casinos reported adjusted gross revenue in July of $120.4 million, about 4 percent less than in 2019. One-third fewer people visited. Commission spokesman Wes Ehrecke (l.) said, “We’re inching our way back.”

Ohio Casinos Set July Records

Ohio's four casinos posted a record $86 million in revenue for July, according to the Ohio Casino Control Commission. The closure of Detroit's three casinos, which recently reopened, contributed to the record revenue. On top was the Hollywood Casino in Toledo.

Arkansas Group Ends Push for Casino Referendum

Arkansas voters won’t have the chance to approve 16 more casinos in the state. Arkansas Wins in 2020, the committee behind the proposal, asked the state Supreme Court to dismiss its challenge against Secretary of State John Thurston's (l.) rejection of the ballot issue.

Rhode Island Town Sees Casino Money Again

The casino well ran dry for Tiverton, Rhode Island after the Twin River Tiverton Casino Hotel (l.) was closed by the pandemic. The casino has reopened, and a trickle of payments has resumed.

Massachusetts Still Bans Roulette, Craps at Casinos

At the August 13 meeting of the Massachusetts Gaming Commission the panel turned down the request of the Encore Boston Harbor and MGM Springfield that they be allowed to reintroduce roulette and craps. The commissioners said now is not the time.

A.C. Workers Say Casino Safety Is Lax

An Atlantic City union his calling on New Jersey Governor Phil Murphy to insist casinos follow Covid safety protocols. The union led by Bob McDevitt (l.) says five casinos have failed to take the temperature of all visitors as they enter, and some rooms were not cleaned appropriately.

West Virginia Dogracing Could End

A bill introduced in the U.S. Congress could put an end to greyhound racing at West Virginia's Mardi Gras and Wheeling Island tracks, owned by Delaware North. The bill would amend the Wire Act to ban gambling on commercial dog races.

Horse Racing Enjoys Banner Year

Across the U.S., horse racing has seen a surge despite the impact of the Covid-19 pandemic. The future holds promise for continued success even as major sports come onboard after months of lockdowns.

Wynn Resorts Discloses Covid-19 Test Results

Wynn Resorts is the only major U.S. operator so far to report the number of employees, roughly 300, who have tested positive for Covid-19. Will Wynn’s example induce other companies to open up? Others have refused citing privacy restrictions.

Problem Gaming On the Rise In Kentucky

The Kentucky Council on Problem Gambling's helpline answered more calls in June and July because more people were and searching for distractions, said KCPG Executive Director Mike Stone. He noted those most at risk are people with existing gambling problems.

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California Governor Signs Six Gaming Compacts

Governor Gavin Newsom (l.) of California has signed six tribal state gaming compacts and sent them to the legislature for ratification. Newsom also concurred with a recent Interior Department ruling that allows the Tule River Indian tribe to put 40 acres into trust for a relocated casino.

Kansas Sues Interior Over Wyandotte Casino

The state of Kansas, Sumner County, the city of Mulvane and two Indian tribes have sued the U.S. Department of the Interior in an effort to block the Wyandotte Nation of Oklahoma from building a casino in Park City. Interior in May reversed an earlier decision blocking the casino.

Stitt Attorneys Request Rehearing on Compact Issue

Attorneys for Oklahoma Governor Kevin Stitt (l.) have asked the state Supreme Court to rehear its July 21 decision, ruling Stitt's compacts with the Comanche Nation and Otoe-Missouria Tribe were invalid since they included house-banked card games and sports betting.

Interior Appeals Massachusetts Ruling

The U.S. Department of Interior has appealed the reversal of its ruling to remove land put in trust for the Mashpee Wampanoag Tribe of Massachusetts. Tribal Chairman Cedric Cromwell (l.) called the action “consistent with this administration’s constant failure to acknowledge or address the history of injustice against our tribe and all Native Americans.”

Choctaw Casinos Reopen in Mississippi

Casinos at the Mississippi Band of Choctaw Indians' Pearl River Resort in Philadelphia, Mississippi are reopening in phases. New health and safety protocols have been implemented

North Dakota Tribes Cope With Covid-19 Spikes

The Spirit Lake Nation and other tribes in northeastern North Dakota closed their casinos in March due to Covid-19. July 4 celebrations caused a spike in infections, and now the tribes may close the casinos again.

NCPG Recognizes Hard Rock, Seminole Gaming

Hard Rock International and Seminole Gaming has won the Corporate Social Responsibility Award of the National Council of Problem Gambling for their PlayersEdge employee training program.

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Arkansas Lottery Posts Record July Sales

The Arkansas Scholarship Lottery posted record sales for July, up $8.5 million to $49.7 million. Fiscal 2020 revenue set a new record of $53, beating the previous record of $516.2 million in fiscal 2019. Of that, the scholarship fund got $89.4 million, the sixth-highest total in lottery history.

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Grant Bowie Quits MGM China Board

Two months after resigning as CEO of MGM China, Grant Bowie (l.) completed his exit from the Macau gaming operator he led since 2008. Replacing him as a non-executive director is Ayesha Khanna Molino, senior vice president of government affairs for parent MGM Resorts International.

MGE Adds to Leadership Team

Mohegan Gaming & Entertainment has added David Martinelli and Judy Newman-Locke to its executive team. Martinelli will be chief marketing officer and Newman-Locke as vice president of Human Resources Management.

FSB Names Glenn Elliott COO

U.K. online tech company FSB has named Glenn Elliott Chief as its new chief operating officer. Elliott was formerly with OpenBet.

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Konami Logs Second-Quarter Loss

Konami Holdings Corp. reported a loss of JPY925 million for the second quarter for its gaming and systems divisions, citing worldwide casino shutdowns due to the Covid-19 crisis.

Michigan Casino Hires Red Square

The Gun Lake Tribe selected Red Square as agency of record for its Gun Lake Casino in Wayland, Michigan. Chicago-based Red Square will help the casino with brand and promotional advertising, strategic planning over media and digital platforms and promote new amenities in the casino's $100 million expansion.

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ASEAN Gaming Summit Postponed to 2021

The 2020 edition of the ASEAN Gaming Summit has been cancelled, with the next gathering scheduled for the second half of 2021, according to show organizer Asia Gaming Brief.

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MGM Offers Play Time for Homebound Workers

“Viva Las Office,” a program aimed to correct Las Vegas’ midweek visitation slump, targets telecommuters with discounted room rates, dedicated concierges and quick and easy flights from private terminals in several cities. As marketing brainstorms go, industry watchers think this one could catch on.

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