Bill Sponsor: Sports Betting Overdue in Texas

Texans are proud of going their own way; it’s a tradition in the Lone Star State. But when it comes to sports betting, state Rep. Dan Huberty (l.) thinks it's time that lawmakers followed the crowd.

Try Harder

Problem gambling is a scourge that needs to be eliminated but the methods that states and corporations are using to attack it often don’t make sense. Richard Schuetz believes it’s time we streamlined the process to get help to the people that need it.

Covid-19, One Year Later

It’s been a year since the Covid-19 pandemic hammered casinos in the U.S. and abroad. Though viral cases are tumbling and restrictions have declined, it’ll take time for the industry to rebound 100 percent.

Amid Macau Concession Tenders, LVS’ $6 Billion Asia Play

Was Las Vegas Sands’ decision to exit the Strip a deal too good to pass up? Those at the top insist it had nothing to do with the Sands’ future in China (LVS’ first Asian casino, Sands Macau left), where gaming concession are up for retender. But they may protest too much.

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Vegas Bustling as Capacity Limits Wind Down

Spurred by Nevada’s new, more relaxed occupancy rule for casinos, restaurants and other businesses, tourists are descending on the Las Vegas Strip in numbers not seen since the Covid crisis first hit last year.

Nevada OKs Caesars William Hill Buy

The sale of William Hill to Caesars Entertainment was approved last week by Nevada regulators. The company says it plans to sell the international operations of Hill to concentrate in the U.S. business. Caesars CEO Tom Reeg (l.) says his company wanted to “take the wheel.”

Maryland House Approves Sports Betting Rules

The Maryland House of Delegates (l.) has approved a sports betting implementation bill that would place retail sportsbooks at 22 locations and award 15 licenses for mobile betting.

Macau Operators Curtail China Operations

Fear of Beijing’s new crackdown on overseas gambling has induced at least three of Macau’s casino licensees to suspend or curtail the services they offer their customers in mainland China.


Vietnam Mega-Resort to Open in April

Vietnam developer VinGroup will open a multibillion-dollar, 10,000-room resort in Phu Quoc in late April. The complex will include the country’s largest theme park as well as a casino.

Grand Korea Reopens in Seoul

South Korean casino operator Grand Korea Leisure has reopened its casinos in Seoul. The Seven Luck-branded Gangnam COEX (l.) and Gangbuk Hilton were back in business as of Monday, March 15.


French Casino Changes Hands

The Hendaye casino (l.) near France’s border with Spanish has been sold. TH Finance sold the elegant property to gaming industry veterans Benjamin Frischer and Patrick Delahaye.

Gauselmann to PM: Let Us Open

Paul Gauselmann (l.), founder and CEO of the Gauselmann Group, has written a personal letter to U.K. Prime Minister Boris Johnson, entreating him to allow high street gaming shops to open.


Argentine Casino Ship Due for Facelift

The Commercial Tourism Company of Argentina plans to restore an eight-story casino ship, the Nicolás Mihanovich (l.). The firm plans to invest $60 million in the overhaul.


Peru Mulls iGaming to Boost Sector

The South American nation of Peru is considering legalizing online gaming. Supporters say it's a way to save a gaming industry that has been badly battered by the Covid-19 pandemic.

Rush Street Interactive Lauds iGaming Growth

Rush Street Interactive, in its first earnings call as a public company, reported revenue growth of 337 percent in revenues from its online casino operations. CEO Greg Carlin (l.) says the company is the second-largest U.S. operator.


North Dakota Lawmaker Amends His Gambling Bill

North Dakota state Rep. James Kasper (l.), sponsor of two sports betting bills that passed in February, has added amendments banning the use of credit cards for betting and excluding all North Dakota college sports.

Wyoming House Switches Gears, OKs Sports Betting

In a 32-28 vote, the Wyoming House defeated an online sports betting bill, but the next day, in a reconsideration vote pushed by state Rep. Mike Yin (l.), lawmakers approved it with the same count.

Ohio Gaming Committee Holds Fifth Hearing

Ohio lawmakers recently heard testimony from representatives of sports teams like Ted Tywang (l.), speaking for the Cleveland Browns, who said holding up legal sports betting is “delaying the inevitable.”

Circa Sports Opens Off-Strip Sportsbooks

Derek Stevens, who opened Circa Sports at his new Circa Las Vegas last year, is now bringing his successful sportsbook operation to the off-Strip Tuscany (l.) and the Pass in Henderson, Nevada.

FanDuel Sportsbook Opens At Illinois Racino

FanDuel Sportsbook & Horse Racing (l.) at Fairmount Park in Collinsville, Illinois opened, just in time for March Madness. The new facility includes a 98-inch video screen, multiple video displays, live betting windows and kiosks.


Fast Lane Opens for New York City Casinos

A New York Senate budget bill would authorize the state Gaming Commission to request applications for the Big Apple’s three highly coveted licenses by July 1 and award them before the end of the year.

Springfield Master Plan Would Benefit MGM Casino

The city of Springfield, Massachusetts and the MGM Springfield Casino are working hand in hand on a city master plan that will help revive the downtown area along Main Street adjacent to the casino.

In Virginia, Rush Street Plans Casino, No Hotel

Rush Street Gaming officials said the $300 million casino venue (l.) in Portsmouth, Virginia could be the state’s first casino, opening in fall 2022. However, officials couldn’t say when a hotel would be built there.

Gaming Tax Hike Heads to Nevada’s Voters

The Nevada legislature failed to act on a proposal by the Clark County Education Association to raise the state’s gaming tax to boost funding for schools. The proposal now goes to the 2022 ballot.

Gary Casino Confirms Spring Opening

The $300 million, land-based Hard Rock Northern Indiana (l.) in Gary is on track to open this spring, replacing the Majestic Star riverboats. Officials are hiring hundreds of new employees and lining up suppliers.

Peninsula Pacific Holds St. Tammany Parish Sessions

Residents of St. Tammany Parish were invited to two sessions on Peninsula Pacific’s proposed $250 million casino near Slidell, Louisiana. Attendees were concerned about traffic security and property values above all.

MGM Reduces REIT Ownership

MGM Resorts International will receive around $1.2 billion after redeeming 37. 1 million partnership units of MGM Growth Properties, reducing the operator’s stake in the REIT to 42.1 percent.

LVCVA Tapping ‘Slot Influencers’

So-called “slot influencers” are being utilized by the Las Vegas Convention and Visitors Authority as part of a campaign to lure slot players back to the market. The niche has made stars of slot experts like Brian Christopher (l.)

Scarlet Pearl Pays Employees To Get Vaccinated

The Scarlet Pearl Casino Resort in D’Iberville, Mississippi is paying employees up to $300 to get vaccinated against Covid-19. On-site immunizations are available at the on-site casino clinic, according to CEO LuAnn Pappas (l.).

Travel Group Sues MGM Over Resort Fees

A travel advocacy group based in Washington, D.C., is suing MGM Resorts International over resort fees charged by the nearby MGM National Harbor resort (l.) in Maryland.

Gambling Court Judge: Nevada Model More Important Now

The former judge of Nevada’s Gambling Treatment Diversion Court continues her push to export the program to other states. Judge Cheryl Moss (l.) says alternative treatments are more important now, as gambling expands.


Navajo Nation Casinos Reopen

The Navajo Nation reopened two of its four casinos as Covid-19 cases declined. Capacity is limited to 25 percent and employees and customers must wear masks and have their temperature taken. At left is the Fire Rock casino outside of Gallup, New Mexico.

Group Opposes Long Island Casino Proposal

A group of Long Island residents and politicians are joining together to oppose a Hamptons casino proposed by the Shinnecock Indian Nation. The casino would offer bingo, video lottery, poker, dining and entertainment.

Maine Bill Would Allow Tribal Casino

The Maine legislature’s Committee on Veterans and Legal Affairs has begun hearings on a bill that would allow tribal casinos in the state. It would apply to the state’s four federally-recognized tribes.

Sky River Casino to Include 12-Table Poker Room

A groundbreaking for the $500 million Sky River Casino (l.) in Elk Grove, California took place March 12. The resort casino is being built by the Wilton Rancheria in partnership with Boyd Gaming.

California Resort to Add Entertainment Center

Thunder Valley Casino Resort (l.) in Lincoln, California has broken ground on a new entertainment center to called the Venue. The 4,500-seat facility will host music events, sporting events, conferences and banquets.


Texas House Approves Lottery Expansion Bill

A Texas legislative committee has moved a lottery expansion bill to the floor. Critics say it’ll bring keno to establishments with liquor licenses and greatly expand the state’s gaming opportunities.

Alabama Legislators File Lottery Bill

Despite the defeat of Alabama state Senator Del Marsh’s bill allowing casinos, a lottery and sports betting, lawmakers filed new lottery only gambling legislation.


Rosenberg Named GameCo CEO

Las Vegas-based GameCo, a pioneer of casino games designed to attract a new base of gaming customer, last week announced the appointment of Adam Rosenberg (l.) as its new chief executive officer.

GeoComply Promotes Slader, Adds Kornett

GeoComply announced last week that it’s promoted Lindsay Slader (l.) to the position of managing director of gaming and added Chad Kornett as vice president of global government relations.

Everi Names Lowenhar-Fisher General Counsel

Everi Holdings has named Kate Lowenhar-Fisher (l.), a prominent gaming attorney who has represented clients on the supplier and operator sides, as the company’s new general counsel.


Aristocrat Launches RevMax Plus Analytics Tool, Buffalo Link

Aristocrat Gaming has launched RevMax Plus, a performance analytics and optimization tool designed to help operators maximize revenues through proactive monitoring. The company has also debuted Buffalo Link, the first game in the legendary Buffalo series (l.) to employ Aristocrat’s pioneering “hold-and-spin” game mechanic.

Nevada Resorts Add Aristocrat Lounges

Aristocrat Gaming and Mesquite Gaming have opened two Lightning Link Lounges at the CasaBlanca Resort, Casino, Golf & Spa and the Virgin River Hotel & Casino in Mesquite, Nevada.

PointsBet Acquires Banach Technology

Global sportsbook PointsBet has entered into an agreement to buy Banach Technology Ltd., putting the company in a prime position to take advantage of in-play wagering growth in the United States.


OIGA Changes Dates And Location

The Oklahoma Indian Gaming Association’s 2021 annual conference and trade show will move from late July to August 16 through August 18 and will be held at the new Oklahoma City Convention Center.




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