UNLV Report Warns Sportsbooks, Media to Promote Responsibly

A report from the International Gaming Institute of UNLV advises sports betting operators to act responsibly when it comes to advertising and promos—before some bureaucracy tells it to. An ad by FanDuel (left) shows there’s some work to do.

Urban One the Winner in Richmond

Urban One, a primarily black-owned business from Washington D.C., is the winner of the Richmond casino sweepstakes, according to Mayor Levar Stoney (l.). The casino will be run by Peninsula Pacific Entertainment, the owner of the Rosie’s slot emporiums in Virginia. A November referendum will now be held to approve the decision.

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WEEKLY FEATURE: Florida Lawmakers Approve Seminole Compact

Florida lawmakers have approved a new 30-year gaming compact with the Seminole Tribe. It gives the tribe three new casinos, sports betting and additional table games in exchange for $2.5 billion over five years and billions more over the life of the pact.

IR Bidders Continue to Exit Japan

Japan was once hailed as the “Holy Grail” of gaming and the world’s next major market. Covid-19 has changed that. Cautious firms are no longer willing to spend billions to enter the market, and two more just withdrew, leaving only MGM Resorts and Melco Entertainment as major competitors for Japanese licenses.

Crown Resorts Rejects Blackstone Bid

Australian gaming giant Crown Resorts has refused the Blackstone Group’s AU$8.4 billion ($6.5 billion) bid for the company. But it’s still considering a merger proposed by Star Entertainment Group.

Athens Casino On Track to Open In 2025-26

The casino that Mohegan Gaming & Entertainment is building near the former Athens, Greece international airport will take about 36 months to complete. MGE CEO Ray Pineault made the prediction May 14.

Jackson Brothers Host Gary Hard Rock Opening

Marlon and Tito Jackson hosted the grand opening of the $300 million Hard Rock Northern Indiana Casino in their former hometown of Gary. The celebration featured Hard Rock’s traditional guitar-smashing.

Maryland Sports Betting Official

Legal sports betting became official in Maryland last week when Governor Larry Hogan (l.) signed HB 940 into law, with wagering expected to be live by September. Up to 60 licenses could be issued, more than any other state.

House Bill Would Allow Texas Tribes to Offer Gaming

The U.S. House has passed a bill that would let two Texas tribes offer more gaming. The legislation would affect the Ysleta del Sur Pueblo and the Alabama-Coushatta Tribe, which runs Naskila Gaming (l.), a bingo hall near Houston.

AGA: U.S. Casinos Roaring Back Post-Pandemic

U.S. casinos saw first-quarter gaming revenue top $11 billion, matching the industry’ highest-grossing quarter ever. The American Gaming Association’s Bill Miller (l.) says the Covid comeback is ahead of schedule.

GAN Buys Ainsworth Game Rights in U.S. iGaming Deal

Ainsworth and GAN last week announced a five-year multimillion-dollar partnership to supply current and future Ainsworth real money online games within North America. Ainsworth COO Ryan Comstock (l.) says it will broaden the reach of the company’s popular games.

FANTINI’S FINANCE: Blue Skies Falling

Look out! Gaming stocks of all kinds—operators, pure plays, brick-and-mortar/digital hybrids, technology providers, affiliates—are taking a tumble in the current deflationary climate. What’s an investor to do?


HKJC to Invest in China Horse Racing

The Hong Kong Jockey Club announced a HK$4 billion investment to develop horse racing in China, including construction of a new grandstand at Guangzhou’s Conghua track (l.).

Londoner Macao Almost Complete

In a sign of Macau’s ongoing economic recovery, the 370-suite Londoner Court at Sands China’s Londoner Macao will open gradually but be at 100 percent occupancy by Golden Week in October.


Ohio Senate Hears Sports Betting Testimony

The Ohio Senate is looking at a bill to legalize sports betting, with 20 Class A licenses for existing racetracks and casinos and 20 Class B licenses for brick-and-mortar facilities. Some senators prefer an open bidding process.

SD Commission OKs Deadwood Sports Wagering Rules

Casino in South Dakota’s Deadwood (l.) will be able to begin offering sports betting sometime after July 1, when the new law goes into effect. On May 18 the state Commission on Gaming approved regulations for sportsbook.

Dutch, U.K. Gaming Authorities to Cooperate

Kansspelautoriteit, the Netherlands gaming regulator and the U.K. Gambling Commission have reached a memorandum of understanding. They will work to “better support their respective supervisory tasks.”


Is Aquis Canberra Still in the Works?

Aquis Entertainment Chairman Tony Fung (l.) has confirmed he wants to resume talks with the Australian Capital Territory over the proposed AU$330 million redevelopment of Casino Canberra.

Former B.C. Gaming Minister Retracts Casino Comment

Rich Coleman (l.), who oversaw casinos in British Columbia for most of a decade has partially walked back comments made in 2011 about “something stinky” going on at BC casinos. Coleman says he went too far.

BIG’s Tinian Casino to Open in September

Bridge Investment Group will open its Tinian Ocean View Resort & Casino (l.) in the Western Pacific in September. According to Tinian Mayor Edwin P. Aldan, BIG has paid its licensing fees to build the casino.


Golden Nugget Online Gaming Boasts Strong Quarter

Golden Nugget’s online gaming spinoff reported a strong first quarter, with revenues 54 percent higher than in 2020. Continued online gaming growth along with expansion and addition of other markets played a role.

LeoVegas to Enter U.S.

Swedish company LeoVegas will enter the U.S. iGaming market in New Jersey. The online casino and sports betting firm will partner with Caesars Entertainment for a launch in the first half of 2022.


Missouri House Committee Considers Sports Betting Bills

The Missouri House Emerging Issues Committee is considering four sports betting bills, including one from Rep. Cody Smith (l.), which would only legalize retail wagering. The measures tax sports wagering revenue from 6 percent to 6.75 percent and allow both online and land-based betting.

Four Operators Vie for CT Sports Betting Partner

The Connecticut Lottery started out with 15 possible sportsbook operators and has narrowed that number down to four, according to board President Rob Simmelkjaer (l.). The lottery expects to announce its choice by June 10.

Ohio Sports Betting Bill Inches Forward

The latest change to the legislation permits casinos to submit an application for a retail sportsbook. Each licensee can have any number of sportsbook partners. The bill also permits non-gaming companies to have a license.

Nebraska Lawmakers Compromise on College Bets

As a compromise to get the legislation approved, Nebraska lawmakers will prohibit wagers on in-state colleges at home, but not for away games. The change should help get the bill passed.

Baffert Faces Suits Over Drug Test for Derby Horse

Bettors in Kentucky and California have filed suit against Hall of Fame horse trainer Bob Baffert (l.). His horse Medina Spirit won the Kentucky Derby but failed a post-race drug test, and bettors want compensation.

SIS Signs Deal to Broadcast Races at Hipódromo

Sports Information Services has signed an agreement to broadcast horse races from Hipódromo de las Americas racetrack (l.) in Mexico City, one of the most historic and popular tracks in Latin America.

FanDuel to Open Facility in Atlanta

FanDuel will invest more than $15 million in an office in Atlanta, even though Georgia still has no legal sports betting. The venue will employ 900 to handle product development and technology operations.

Tennis Fails to Find Betting Audience

Tennis remains popular among tennis fans, less so for sports fans overall—and sports bettors. Blame the lack of superstars beyond Serena Williams, as well as long matches and concerns over match-fixing.

Genius Sports Partners with NBA’s Africa League

Genius Sports has added to its growing portfolio of data partnerships with the NBA’s Africa League. The deal will provide real-time data and new technology for the games in the inaugural season which just began.


Vegas Is Back, Conventions & All

With the lifting of mandatory mask rules, a return to 100 percent hotel occupancy and the resumption of conventions at the city’s many meetings facilities, including the new addition to the Las Vegas Convention Center (l.), it’s starting to seem like old times in Las Vegas.

Three Still Down, One Going Up for Station Casinos in Las Vegas

Station Casinos has asked North Las Vegas officials for a second yearlong suspension of non-restricted gaming and liquor licenses at Texas Station (l.) and Fiesta Rancho—a clear indication the properties will not reopen. Fiesta Henderson also remains closed, but the company will begin construction on the Durango Station in south Las Vegas.

Louisiana House Passes Slidell Casino Measure

In a 63-28 vote, the Louisiana House passed a bill for a public referendum on a $250 million casino-hotel near Slidell in St. Tammany Parish. If the Senate approves the measure, the vote could be held in October.

Portsmouth Delays Vote on Rivers Casino

Although the city council of Portsmouth, Virginia, is supportive of the proposed $300 million Rivers Casino & Hotel (l.) it doesn’t want the rush things. Some council members May 11 voted to delay a vote on rezoning.

NY Gaming Commission: Casinos Owe $14.7 Million

Four casinos owe $14.7 million to the New York State Gaming Commission. So says the Comptroller’s Office, which says the commission failed to tap casinos for past-due amounts for several years.

Alabama Gaming Expansion Bill Dies

The Alabama House allowed an expanded gaming bill to die on the final day of the session. State Senator Jim McClendon (l.) was disappointed. “It was a lot of work, but so much for that this session,” he said.

Hospital Buys Shuttered Tahoe Casino

Barton Healthcare System has purchased the defunct Lakeside Inn & Casino, closed since the early days of the pandemic. It plans to replace the casino and expand its health services in South Lake Tahoe.


Eastern Band Forms New Leadership Group

The Eastern Band of Cherokee Indians said it expects the Indiana Gaming Commission to approve its new leadership group, EBCI Holdings LLC, as owners of the $250 million Caesars Southern Indiana (l.) in Elizabeth.



Sporting Group Names Andy Wright CEO

FDJ Group has named Andy Wright, a veteran of the sports gambling sector, as the new CEO of the Sporting Group, to succeed Simon Tri, who will continue as an adviser.


Konami, Bet.Works Partner on Loyalty System

Konami Gaming and Bet.Works have launched a casino loyalty system that interlaces player sports betting activity with core casino management system for seamless, real-time patron interaction.


G2E Asia Moved Again

The leading gaming trade show on the Pacific Rim, G2E Asia, was delayed for the second time and now will be held in Macau’s Venetian in November.

IAGR, IMGL Announce September Conference Dates

The International Association of Gaming Regulators and International Masters Gaming Law will meet in Boston for their annual conference, September 12-17. This year’s show is entitled “Disrupting the Regulator.”




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