Study: Voluntary Betting Controls Don’t Work

A study by the University of Sydney of 40,000 gamblers in Australia found that voluntary betting controls for responsible gaming don’t work, because most people don’t use them, as evidenced by the chart that shows when the controls were implemented, thousands opted out.

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WEEKLY FEATURE: Hong Kong-Macao Travel Bubble Bursts

A plan to reopen travel between Hong Kong (l.) and Macau has been tabled for now due to ongoing Covid-19 infections. It was hoped the resumption of travel would help boost Macau’s battered gaming and tourism business. But Singapore and Philippine bubbles may go forward.

Crown Apology Tour Marred by New Allegations

As Australia’s Crown Resorts works to repair its battered reputation, it’s faced with another potential money laundering issue, having accepting credit card payments for gaming chips and cash at Crown Melbourne.

Melco’s Lawrence Ho to Launch SPAC

Lawrence Ho (l.), chairman of Melco Resorts & Entertainment, plans to launch a $150 million special purpose acquisition company, according to a U.S. SEC filing.

Richmond Casino Delayed at Least 9 Months

The reality of the referendum to legalize casinos in the city, the licensing process and getting financing has hit home for Richmond as the new timeline toward opening has been revised. It will be at least October 2024 before the casino opens its doors, nine months after the previously considered date, according to Leonard Sledge (l.), the city’s economic development director.

New York Sets Sports Betting Guidelines

After initially missing the July 1 deadline for a request for applications, the New York State Gaming Commission finally issued guidelines, and as expected it may be a heavy lift for applicants.

U.K. to Lift Covid-19 Restrictions

The United Kingdom says July 16 as the date to remove Covid- 19 restrictions including masks, social distancing and capacity limits. The Betting and Gaming Council would also like to see travel eased.

Las Vegas Visitation Up 11.8 Percent in May

The streets of Las Vegas, virtually deserted in the early days of Covid-19, are now teeming with visitors. Almost 2.9 million tourists flocked to the city in May, with visitation up 11.8 percent from April.

Wisconsin’s Oneida Nation Offers Sports Betting

Wisconsin Governor Tony Evers and the Oneida Nation will amend the tribe’s gaming compact to allow betting on professional sports events and drafts and nationally televised award shows. College sports are excluded.

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Nagasaki IR Threatened by Surveillance Plan?

A proposal by political factions in Nagasaki would intensify government surveillance of land used by foreign entities. IR proponents in the prefecture are concerned that it may affect a resort in Sasebo City.

Korean IR May Not Open Until 2025

A South Korean integrated resort project (l.) originally undertaken by Caesars Entertainment may not open until 2025. Construction of the resort was suspended last year due to Covid-19.

Philippine Island Again Considering Gaming?

Boracay Island in the Philippines may be considering a gaming venue as part of a larger entertainment complex. The local government has established a development authority, the first step in such a process.

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Appeals Court Affirms Norwegian Gaming Monopoly

Norway’s Borgarting Court of Appeal has confirmed Norsk Tipping’s monopoly on gaming doesn’t violate the European Free Trade Association Agreement. This decision could be appealed to the Supreme Court.

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Ex-IPI Workers Want Millions in Assets Sold

A group of construction workers who sued Saipan casino operator Imperial Pacific International for labor violations and human trafficking want a U.S. District Court to auction off millions in assets to pay the judgment.

Delta Corp. Opens Indian Casino

Indian gaming operator Delta Corp. has reopened its Casino Deltin Denzong (l.) in Sikkim, but its properties in the state of Goa remain closed due to Covid-19.

Workers’ Comp Group Wants Packer to Pay

An Australian workers’ compensation group wants Crown Resorts honcho James Packer (l.) to reimburse it for damages paid to a onetime Crown security guard. The man claimed he was assaulted by the billionaire.

Australia Puts Digital Wallets on Trial

Digital wallets are the latest effort to rely on cashless options in gaming. But Australia will look at more than payments for playing slots during a trial period. They will examine use in dealing with gambling harm.

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Michigan Online Gambling Exceeds Forecasts

Analysts estimated online gambling in Michigan would generate $200 million to $300 million in adjusted gross receipts in six months. In reality, it produced $369.4 million from the January launch through May 31.

China Crackdown Shifts iGaming Markets

China’s crackdown on online cross border gambling shows no signs of letting up. Beijing’s use of “soft power” across Asia has shifted the primary targets for iGaming.

PlayStar to Enter Pennsylvania iGaming Market

PlayStar Casino has followed up a deal under which it will enter the New Jersey online gaming market later this year with a new agreement with Caesars to enter the Pennsylvania market.

Greentube Debuts Online in Germany

Greentube has debuted online in Germany with OnlineCasino Deutschland, placing titles including Diamond Link and Seven Seas Jackpot in the market.

Playtech Games Now Live with SkillOnNet

Playtech’s Casino and Live Casino games are now available on the platform of SkillOnNet, with an award-winning platform that has launched in the U.K. and is expanding internationally.

Real Dealer Debuts Roulette Titles

Online casino game developer Real Dealer has launched two new games in its Real Roulette series featuring RNG game play and a cinematic player experience.

Ontario Creates New Online Gaming Entity

Canada’s Ontario Province has announced the creation of iGaming Ontario. The new entity will oversee online gaming. This includes the recently legalized single-game wagering.

Kindred Takes Over Online Developer Relax

Sweden’s Kindred Group has purchased the remaining shares of Relax Gaming, giving it complete ownership. However, it plans for Relax to operate independently with its own board and management team.

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Louisiana Prepares for Sports Betting

While Louisiana casino operators and state officials prepare for sports betting in 55 of the state’s 64 parishes, the Gaming Control Board remains leaderless since Mike Noel (l.) abruptly quit.

DFS Operators Forced Out of Connecticut

All but two daily fantasy sports operators were forced to leave Connecticut when they couldn’t forge partnerships with a casino or the lottery. DraftKings and FanDuel are still around.

Again, Maine Moves to Legalize Sports Betting

The Maine legislature is moving toward passing a bill that would authorize sports betting. A final vote in the Senate will send the bill to Governor Janet Mills (l.). Her decision to sign it is by no means certain.

Illinois Coach Opposes Betting on College Games

Illinois legislators are poised to pass legislation to allow sports betting on in-state college games. Despite almost certain passage, Illini athletic director Josh Whitman (l.) opposes the bill, citing its potential for harm.

Drew Brees New PointsBet Ambassador

NFL great Drew Brees (l.) has officially joined mobile sports betting provider PointsBet as a brand ambassador. The legendary New Orleans Saints QB is now a broadcaster with NBC, also a PointsBet partner.

U.K. Team Sponsorships Fall Off

A U.K. study found that gambling companies are less likely to sponsor sports teams and players. The percentage of the market dropped from 15.3 percent to 8.1 percent. Other industries fared much better.

Melco Partners with Yokohama Soccer Club

Melco Resorts & Entertainment Japan has re-upped its initial two-year partnership agreement with Japanese soccer club Yokohama F Marinos (l.). Melco is among the bidders on an integrated resort in the prefecture.

VSiN Debuts on Mexico’s Totalplay

The Sports Betting Network VSiN has made a deal to distribute its sports betting content, information and analysis for the first time in a Latin American market.

Clarion Partners with Bayes Esports

Clarion Gaming is partnering with Bayes Esports to provide expert commentary on the esports betting calendar exclusively on the site ICE365.com.

Elys to Acquire U.S. Bookmaking

Elys Game Technology will acquire U.S. Bookmaking, founded by Vic Salerno (l.), a member of the AGA Gaming Hall of fame. USB is a supplier of sports wagering services including turnkey solutions, risk management, design and consulting.

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Harrah's to Operate New Nebraska Casino

Caesars Entertainment has been selected by Columbus Exposition and Racing to operate its new casino at Ag Park. The venue will feature a one-mile horse racetrack and casino with 400 slots and 20 table games.

Cincinnati Hard Rock Casino to Open July 15

In Cincinnati, the Hard Rock Casino, formerly Jack Horseshoe Casino, will reopen July 15. In the Hard Rock tradition, the venue will feature rock and roll memorabilia, including stage costumes worn by Devo and KISS.

Louisiana Parish Officials Face Two Lawsuits

In an 8-6 vote, the St. Tammany Parish council in Louisiana approved allowing a voter referendum on a $325 million casino in Slidell. Now the council president and members face two lawsuits to stop the vote. The plan is to move the license for the now shuttered DiamondJacks Casino (l.) in Bossier City to Slidell.

Nevada Casino to be Upgraded, Rebranded

Montbleu Resort Casino & Spa in Stateline, Nevada has been renamed “Bally’s Lake Tahoe.” The property, acquired by Bally’s Corp. in 2020, will undergo a renovation and add an events center.

Facelift in the Works for Caesars Palace

Caesars Entertainment has unveiled plans to renovate the main entrance and gaming areas of Caesars Palace in Las Vegas. The multimillion-dollar makeover should be complete by New Year’s Eve.

California Card Club Relocates

Fresno, California’s Club One Casino, closed for months by Covid, will reopen in another part of the city. It will occupy the former Club Imperio nightclub. Workers are building a permanent card club.

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Washington Tribe Buys Spokane Racetrack

Washington’s Kalispel Tribe of Indians has purchased the 243 acre Spokane County Raceway. Spokane County’s Board of Commissioners approved of the sale for $6.1 million. The county had owned the raceway since 2007.

North Carolina’s Catawbas Open Temporary Casino

Local, state and federal officials took part in the opening of the Catawba Nation’s temporary “pre-launch” Two Kings Casino (l.) in North Carolina. Construction of the tribe’s $273 million facility will begin later this year.

Texas Tribe Hopes for Casino Gaming

The Alabama-Coushatta Tribe of Texas hopes Congress will eventually pass a bill that would allow them to legally operate a full casino in the state, where they already operate the Class II Naskila Casino (l.). So for the House has passed a bill, but it’s stuck in the Senate.

New Mexico’s Sandia Resort & Casino Reopens

The Covid-19 pandemic last year closed down Sandia Resort & Casino, near Albuquerque, New Mexico. It reopened July 2 and showed off the $100 million in renovations that it made during the months closed.

Seminole Tribe Donates to Support Surfside Fund

The Seminole Tribe’s Hard Rock International and Seminole Gaming gave $250,000 to the Support Surfside Fund to help people affected by the Champlain Tower collapse (l.). The fund’s total has reached $2,250,000.

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Maryland Sports Betting Panel Named

Maryland Governor Larry Hogan (l.) has named the seven members of the Sports Wagering Application Review Commission, which will approve sports betting licenses in the state.

Silver Heritage Appoints New Chairman

Australia-listed Silver Heritage Group, developer of the Tiger Palace Resort Bhairahawa (l.) in Nepal, has appointed a new chairman, John Dougall and announced the exit of two other board members.

Gardner Named Assistant GM of Sahara Restaurant

Sahara Las Vegas last week announced the appointment of Elani Gardner to assistant general manager of Bazaar Meat by José Andrés. Gardner has 10 years of experience in the restaurant and hospitality industry.

Sottosanti Joins Compliable Advisory Board Member

Former Penn National Gaming general counsel Carl Sottosanti, has joined the board of advisors of licensing expert Compliable, formerly Rebric. The firm recently secured funding to develop its U.S. platform.

San Manuel Adds Two Executive Chefs

San Manuel Casino has hired two top executive chefs to serve under Chef Oliver Wolf, vice president of Culinary Operations. They are Everton Clarke, culinary-related services and Matthew Smith, culinary operations.

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Zitro Enters Oklahoma Market

Zitro USA has signed a distribution agreement with Delta Gaming Solutions to place Zitro Class III video slots in Oklahoma casinos, beginning with “88 Link Progressive.”

Stakelogic Approved as Ukraine Supplier

Stakelogic, a slot developer based in Malta, has been approved by the Commission for the Regulation of Gambling and Lotteries in Ukraine for a supplier license. It provides games for Malta, Romania and the U.K.

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