With RFP, Chicago Casino Gets Real

This week, Chicago officially opened the door to bidders for the city’s sole casino license. Mayor Lori Lightfoot called it an “incredible opportunity,” complete with a temporary casino and airport slots.

California Tribes Talk Back on Fee-to-Trust Foot-Dragging

For nearly 30 years, San Diego County has opposed virtually all land-to-trust applications by local tribes. The policy has created simmering resentment in a county with more tribal casinos than any in the U.S, and Rincon Tribe Chairman Bo Mazzetti (l.) believes it’s a “racist” policy.

Is Formula 1 Racing A Fit for AC Entertainment?

Atlantic City officials are fielding a $2.7 billion proposal to develop historic Bader Field airport (l.), with a Formula 1 racecourse as its centerpiece. Is this the kind of diversification the casino city is looking for?

Bally’s Buys Tropicana Las Vegas

Bally’s Corp. has been hankering for a presence on the Las Vegas Strip. With the acquisition of the 65-year-old Tropicana, the acquisitive company has secured one without having to break the bank.

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Seminoles Reject Proposed Gaming Compact

Florida’s Seminole Tribe has rejected a gaming compact that would have allowed the tribe to control sports betting and build three new casinos in exchange for concessions, including allowing a Miami Beach casino. Governor Ron DeSantis (l.) says negotiations will continue.

Nevada Could Open Fully by June

Stepped-up plans outlined by Nevada Governor Steve Sisolak call for the state’s counties to take back control over capacity limits and other pandemic-related restrictions this spring. Mask mandates, however, will remain in place.

Macau in Line to Test Digital Yuan

Development of an electronic version of China’s currency is proceeding with increasing speed and Macau will be one of the test locations. For Macau’s gaming industry the changes will be dramatic.

In Crown Bid, Blackstone Lays Out Conditions

In its bid for Australia’s Crown Resorts, U.S.-based Blackstone has laid out some new conditions. For one thing, Blackstone says it will withdraw its offer if any of Crown’s licenses are put at risk.

Alabama Senate Approves Lottery, Casinos Bill

The Alabama Senate has voted 23-9 for a constitutional amendment sponsored by Senator Jim McClendon (l.) that would allow voters to approve a statewide lottery and six casinos. The measure also includes sports betting.

Maryland Passes Sports Betting Law

Maryland’s Senate and House of Delegates passed a compromise version of enacting legislation for sports betting on the last day of the legislative session, with wagering possible by the fall. License are reserved for retail, online, sports bars/restaurants and professional sports teams like baseball’s Baltimore Orioles (l.).

U.K. Betting Shops Primed for Reopening

April 12 marked the day betting shops can open their doors this year. The bookies have been sidelined since December as part of a national lockdown due to the pandemic. The reopening affects 6,000 shops.

Evolution to Acquire Big Time Gaming

Evolution Gaming reports that it will acquire Australian online gaming content supplier Big Time Gaming, and its titles including Bonanza and Extra Chilli.


Manila Casinos Still On Lockdown

Last week, Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte lifted some of Manila’s Covid-19 countermeasures, putting the city in “modified enhanced quarantine” until April 30. But the city’s casinos remain closed for now.

Macau, China Look to Ease Travel Obstacles

Talks are under way between authorities on both sides of the Macau-China border that could lead to eliminating the requirement for mainland visitors to present negative Covid test results.

SkyCity to Sever Junket Relationships

SkyCity Entertainment of New Zealand will no longer work with junket operators, opting to deal with patrons on a one-to-one basis. The move may have been inspired by Crown Resorts’ woes with Asian VIPs.


Chilean Casino Enjoy Chairman, Directors Resign

CEO Javier Martinez Seguí (l.) of Chilean casino firm Enjoy has resigned, along with four members of the board. Their exits are linked to conflict-of-interest investigations involving President Sebastián Piñera.


Sweden Could Continue Cap on iGaming Deposits

The Swedish government may extend restrictions on iGaming deposits until mid-November. The move is meant to curb problem gambling in the country, where people continue to be isolated as a result of Covid-19.


Connecticut Lottery Seeks Sportsbook Provider

The Connecticut Lottery has issued a request for qualifications for sports betting partners. Lottery Chairman Rob Simmelkjaer (l.) says the state could be in the sports betting business by fall.

Texas Mulls Sports Betting

Texas Rep. Dan Huberty (l.) is working to persuade legislators on both side of the aisle to approve a vote on legal sports betting. Huberty says the state could tap into $5.6 billion in betting revenues.

Nebraska Committee Nixes Sports Betting

A Nebraska Senate Committee and its chairman Tom Briese (l.) voted to not advance sports betting legislation, calling it an expansion of gambling. But another measure would allow sports wagering at racinos.

Ohio Lawmakers Debate Sports Betting Details

Ohio lawmakers hash out whether to limit sports betting to casinos or open it up to bowling alleys, bars and more. They must also decide who regulates the operations, the lottery or the gaming commission.

Tennessee Sportsbook Can Still Take Bets

A Tennessee judge ruled that Action 24/7 can continue to take bets as its legal case against it for fraud winds through the courts. The decision reversed a suspension of the sportsbook license.

Pittsburgh Penguins Arena to House Sportsbook

The PPG Paints Arena of the NHL’s Pittsburgh Penguins will soon open the BetRivers Lounge, a sports lounge where fans will be able to place bets on mobile devices while watching the game.

WynnBET Partners with Minute Media

WynnBET has entered into a multi-year content marketing an affiliate partnership with Minute Media, a technology and digital publishing platform and owner of six sports and culture brands.

Dybala Is Skrill Ambassador

Juventus superstar Paulo Dybala (l.) has agreed to a two-year deal with Skrill to represent the digital payments brand among football fans worldwide.


AC Casinos Showed Profit in Pandemic Year

The coronavirus pandemic meant lower revenues and fewer profits in Atlantic City in 2020. Still, seven of the nine casinos managed to turn a profit, and one, Ocean Casino Resort (l.), actually saw an increase in profits.

37-Foot Guitar Lit at Hard Rock Indiana

A 37-foot tall, 15-foot wide guitar has been lit at the $300 million Hard Rock Casino Northern Indiana in Gary. The resort’s grand opening has been set for May 14.

N.H. Mulls Historic Horse Racing

The New Hampshire legislature is move forward on bills that would make it legal for the state’s 16 licensed gaming operators to deploy historic horse racing machines. A portion of the money raised would go to charity.

Court Rules Against Oregon Poker Club

Oregon poker clubs may be losers in an appeals court ruling that their business model violates the state’s gaming laws. The Oregon Court of Appeals ruling was against the games at Oregon Racing Inc.’s Portland Raceway.

Resorts World Vegas Retailers Announced

Resorts World Las Vegas, the mammoth casino resort opening this summer on the northern end of the famous Strip, will span 70,000 square feet and include multiple high-end retail brands.


Groundbreaking Held For Oklahoma Tribal Casino

A groundbreaking ceremony was held for the Comanche Nation new casino in Cache, Oklahoma. The 17,000-square-foot facility will offer 250 gaming machines, a restaurant and convenience store, and create 50 jobs.

States Appeal Iowa Casino Ruling

Appeals are being heard in a suit filed by the city of Council Bluffs, Iowa and the states of Iowa and Nebraska against the Ponca Tribe of Nebraska’s casino in Iowa. A federal judge ruled against the plaintiffs in 2019.

Catawba Tribe to Open Temporary NC Casino

Despite an ongoing legal battle with the Eastern Band of Cherokee Indians, the Catawba Indian Nation will open a temporary facility on the site of its $273 million Two Kings Casino Resort (l.) in Kings Mountain, North Carolina.

Ho-Chunk Await Interior Department Go-Ahead

The Ho-Chunk Nation hopes the Interior Department will approve its $400 million casino resort and water park (l.) in Beloit, Wisconsin in the next few months so construction can start early next year.

Alberta First Nations Sue Over Competition

Two Alberta, Canada First Nations have sued the government of the province. They claim that it was a conflict of interest for the province to begin an online casino to compete against their tribal casinos.

DOI’s Haaland Begins First Tribal Listening Tour

Secretary of the Interior Deb Haaland (l.) has begun the first of many “listening” tours since being sworn in. She went to New Mexico and Utah to hear concerns from tribes about the environment and sacred sites.

California Tribe Moves On New Casino

California’s Tule River Tribe has broken ground for its new relocated Eagle Mountain Casino, on 40 acres in Porterville, Tulare County. Now it’s named HBG Design to its development team.

Seminole Hard Rock Named Best Managed Company

Seminole Hard Rock has become the first privately-owned gaming company to be recognized as a U.S. Best Managed Company, on a list compiled by Deloitte Private and the Wall Street Journal.


Glebocki Tapped to Lead NJ Casino Association

Terry Glebocki, who’s helped drive profitability at the Ocean Casino Resort in Atlantic City, has been appointed president of the Casino Association of New Jersey. She is the first woman to lead the group.

Tribal Member Named CEO of Oregon Casino

For the first time, a member of the Coquille Indian Tribe of Oregon has been named CEO of the Mill Casino-Hotel & RV Park near Coos Bay. Margaret Simpson (l.) will succeed outgoing chief executive Terri Porcaro.

GLI Announces Global Promotions

GLI has promoted multiple team members in its global offices, appointing several new senior vice presidents and adding other top posts. Among those promoted: Christine Gallo (l.), now senior VP of compliance and QA.

Slane Named UNLV Gaming Center Fellow

Industry veteran and former AGA executive Sara Slane (l.), founder of Slane Advisory, has been named a distinguished fellow at UNLV’s International Center for Gaming Regulation.

DraftKings Adds Chief Media Officer

DraftKings Inc. has hired Brian Angiolet (l.) as the company’s first ever chief media officer. Most recently, Angiolet served as senior VP and chief business officer at Verizon.

HBG Design Opens Dallas Office With All-New Team

HBG’s new Dallas-based office is staffed by former Wilson Associates architects and designers, all with rich backgrounds in hospitality commercial interior design. They are led by Lela Richardson (l.), NCIDQ.

SkyCity Director Carter Moves to Crown

In the next step of its rehabilitation, Australia’s Crown Resorts has named former SkyCity Entertainment Group Deputy Chairman Bruce Carter to its revamped board of directors.

Cache Creek Makes Two Leadership Hires

Cache Creek Casino Resort in Northern California has promoted Mark Pirruccello (l.) from within to be chief financial officer, while bringing on Stephen Bailey as vice president of information technology.

GameCo Adds Industry Veterans

GameCo has named three gaming industry veterans to its team. Michael Low and Gabriel Moraga (l.) join the company in executive roles, along with as Barry Iremonger.

Parimatch Appoints Supervisory Board

Parimatch has created an advisory team to take it to the next level in sports betting and iGaming, and navigate the firm though a possible IPO. Maksym Liashko (l.) will serve as co-CEO with Roman Syrotian.


Sportradar, TwinSpires Make Five-Year Deal

Sportradar, provider of sports betting and entertainment products and services, has signed a multi-year sports betting partnership with TwinSpires, the online sports betting arm of Churchill Downs Inc.

RG24seven Partners with Gamban

RG24seven has with Gamban to produce a video training course on dealing with self-excluded gamblers in an effort to create awareness and understanding of self-exclusion programs.

AI Robot to Debut at Korea Hotel

Paradise Hotel Busan has revealed that it will trial an AI serving robot as part of an ongoing plan to reduce face-to-face contact between people due to the COVID-19 pandemic.




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