Japan IR Partners: This Bet Could Still Pay Off

A number of global gaming operators have ditched plans to develop integrated resorts in Japan. But the remaining bidders and partners may yet find the holy grail they were promised back in 2016. Clairvest Neem Ventures has already won the opportunity to pitch for an IR (l.) in Wayakama.

Virginia Senator Plans VGT Legalization Next Year

Virginia state Senator Joe Morrissey (l.) recently viewed video gambling terminals up close in Illinois and came back ready to push for legislation next year that would allow the “skill games” to return in Virginia.

VICI to Acquire MGM Growth Properties

VICI Properties, Inc., the real estate investment trust that owns top properties including Caesars Palace and Harrah’s, will acquire MGM Growth Properties, creating the largest REIT in the United States. The transaction price amounts to $17.2 billion.

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Grand Lisboa Palace Opens in Macau

The last major casino resort in Macau’s Cotai district has made its grand debut—finally. SJM Holdings’ sparkling Grand Lisboa Palace opened for business July 30 during a trying time for the Chinese SAR.

NHL’s Kane Denies Betting On, Fixing Games

San Jose Sharks forward Evander Kane (l.) has denied allegations made by his wife that he bet on NHL games, bet against his own team, and may have tried to fix hockey games. It’s the first allegation about game-fixing in professional sports in the U.S. since the legalization of sports betting in 2018.

Crown’s Coonan, Walsh Get Their Walking Papers

Crown Resorts Executive Chairman Helen Coonan and CEO Xavier Walsh are headed for the door as Victoria brings its royal commission to a close. The state’s regulatory body is also due for an overhaul.

Not So Fast on Chicago Casino

On Friday, Chicago Mayor Lori Lightfoot (l.) gave gaming operators two more months to respond to the city’s casino request for proposals. Chicago hopes to host a multibillion-dollar casino resort, possibly downtown.

Caesars Sells European & African Casinos to Metropolitan

In its ongoing effort to reduce operations in non-core assets, Caesars Entertainment last week so the casinos it operates in the UK, including London’s Empire Casino (l.), Egypt and South Africa to Metropolitan, a subsidiary of Silver Point Capital.

Catawba Nation Breaks Ground on NC Casino

The Catawba Nation will break ground for its $273 million Catawba Two Kings Casino in North Carolina on August 11. Meanwhile, the “pre-launch” facility, opened July 1, offers 500 slots in a modular building.

Online Gambling a Growing Concern in the U.K.

GamCare, a national gambling helpline in the U.K. reported a rise on the number of women seeking help for gambling addictions. Statistics indicate online gaming is a factor in this and other increases in gambling.

Registration Now Open for G2E 2021

The Global Gaming Expo (G2E) has officially opened registration for the 2021 edition, to be held at the Sands Expo and Convention Center in Las Vegas October 4-7.

AGA Promotes National Problem Gambling Help Line

The American Gaming Association announced it is recommending new efforts in national advertising campaigns to increase awareness of problem gambling help lines. AGA VP Jessica Feil (l.) says a national hotline will help more problem gamblers.


Singapore Gambling Rates Decline

Singapore’s National Council on Problem Gambling has found that fewer people are gambling—and they’re gambling less. The number of potential problem gamblers is unchanged.

Pachinko Not as Popular in Japan

Japan’s once-robust pachinko industry saw a 27 percent decrease in gross profits in 2020 as a result of the Covid-19 pandemic. Results also were tied to declining interest in the traditional games.

Manila Casinos Closed Until August 20

Casinos in Manila’s Entertainment City closed down August 6 and will remain closed until at least August 20 as the Philippine capital continues under “enhanced community quarantine.”

Genting Cruise to Nowhere Sails From HK

On July 30, Genting Cruise Lines saw its first “cruise to nowhere” depart from Hong Kong. The cruise line was put on pause for almost 18 months due to fallout from Covid-19.


Gauselmann Wins WestSpiel Casino Bid

The Gauselmann Group, which operates 28 casinos in Germany and elsewhere, has just added four more to its portfolio. It has won the bidding to operate the WestSpiel-Spielbanken casinos in North Rhine-Westphalia

Belgium Lowers Gaming Deposit Limit

Belgium’s government is taking actions to reapply the €200 (US$235.20) per week deposit limit for gaming. The limit was raised to €500 per week during the pandemic, when many Belgians were confined to their homes.

Portugal’s Casinos Reopen with Safety Protocols

Casinos in Portugal were allowed to reopen on July 24. In high risk areas or municipalities they will be required to ask for proof that guests have been vaccinated or to provide negative Covid test results.


Operators Keen on Saipan Casino: True or False?

Saipan gaming commissioner Andrew Yeom (l.) says the body is “moving in the direction” of canceling the license held by Imperial Pacific International. Are other potential operators waiting in the wings?

Seminar Explains Brazil’s Legal Gaming Market

Last month Brazil’s gaming law commission held a seminar on how regulations will make the country’s sports betting a better bet for players and providers. It also discussed the Olympics’ influence on sports gaming.


Scientific Games Acquires Lightning Box

In a major development, Scientific Games has acquired Lightning Box, and Australia-based content supplier that has a deep footprint in internet casino operations worldwide.

Poland Warns of Steep Penalties for Illegal iGaming

Poland is warning residents that they face high fines for playing on illegal, unlicensed online casinos. Up to $1.1 million. The unlicensed iGaming sites face even stiffer penalties, plus potential prison time.

Greentube Opens Online Casino in Ukraine

Vienna-based Greentube Internet Entertainment Solutions and First Casino in Ukraine have reached an agreement for Greentube to provide games from its portfolio to the casino. Ukraine legalized online gaming in 2021.


Monday Deadline for NY Mobile Sportsbook Bids

Bidders for a mobile sports betting license in New York State had until Monday, August 9 to submit their bids. Lawmakers will choose two platform providers and four online sportsbooks.

PointsBet Funds U.S. Expansion

Australia-based sportsbook PointsBet is looking to raise approximately $400 million to fund its expansion in the United States. The company opened a Denver headquarters in 2019.

D.C. Lottery Debuts Sports Betting Kiosks

D.C. Lottery self-service sports betting kiosks debuted at four popular sports bars on July 30. Revenue goes to the D.C. General Fund to help finance infrastructure and education.

Dakota Nation Sportsbook Plans Fall Opening

A Las Vegas-style sportsbook is coming to Dakota Magic Casino in Hankinson, North Dakota, this fall. The facility will be one of the state’s first retail sportsbooks, and also will offer self-service betting kiosks.

NC Senate Committee OKs Sports Betting Bill

A sports betting bill has passed the North Carolina Senate Finance Committee with bipartisan support. State Senator Jim Perry (l.) argued that residents already wager on sports, but the state receives no revenue.

Gun Lake, Parx Launch Online Sports Betting

The Gun Lake Band of Pottawatomi Indians launched online sports betting with the Parx Interactive platform on August 2. The tribe debuted online casino with the Play Gun Lake platform in April.

Betway Signs Deal with VfB Stuttgart

Sports betting and iGaming supplier Betway has signed an agreement to become the premium partner of the VfB Stuttgart football club, including branding at the team’s Mercedes-Benz Arena.

FIGC Urges Lifting ban on Betting Sponsorships

Italy’s government does everything it can discourage sports betting advertising and sponsorships. The Italian Football Federation is asking it to lift those bans to help the football industry recover from the pandemic.

Genius Sports Partners with BCLC

Genius Sports has signed a multi-year agreement with the British Columbia Lottery Corp. The BCLC is getting ready to roll out sports betting and U.K.-based Genius Sports will provide official data

WA Commission Approves Sportsbook Rules

Under sports betting rules just approved by the Washington State Gambling Commission, the state’s gaming tribes can begin taking wagers on August 30. That’s a few days before NFL season begins.

TwinSpires Latest to Join Arizona Sports Betting

The latest provider to join the Arizona sportsbook landscape is TwinSpires. July 30 the Churchill Downs owned provider announced a partnership with the Tonto Apache Tribe, which operates Mazatzal Hotel & Casino.

Wyoming Approves Sportsbook Rules

Sportsbook rules that could allow Wyoming to begin taking wagers before September 9 were approved August 2 by the Wyoming Gaming Commission. The rules need to be distributed widely to become effective.

South Dakota Adopts Sports Betting Rules

The South Dakota legislature approved sports betting regulations on August 2. The regulations will only apply to casinos operating in Deadwood, the one city in the state allowed to offer gaming.


Southern Nevada Tourism Industry Lost $34 Billion to Covid

A report commissioned by the Las Vegas Convention and Visitors Authority indicates that Covid-19 cost the Southern Nevada tourism industry an estimated $34 billion. Wayne Newton (l.) rolled the first dice at Caesars Palace when Nevada casinos reopened in June 2020.

Judge Says Wynn Lawsuit Can Proceed

A lawsuit by Wynn Resorts shareholders may proceed, a judge has ruled. Plaintiffs say Wynn execs withheld information about sexual harassment claims against Steve Wynn (l.), which later caused stock prices to plunge.

Richmond City Council Approves Casino Terms

The Richmond, Virginia city council unanimously approved plans and contract terms for a proposed casino resort. If local voters approve the project, media conglomerate Urban One will build a luxury casino resort.

Louisiana Mayor Will Vote No On Proposed Casino

Slidell, Louisiana Mayor Greg Cromer (l.) will vote “no” on a proposed $325 million casino in St. Tammany Parish. Developer Pacific Peninsula Entertainment accused Cromer of “flip-flopping” on the issue.

Work Begins on Rivers Casino Portsmouth in Virginia

Crews of S.B. Ballard Construction Co. have begun site work on the Rivers Casino Portsmouth, a $300 million facility that is planned for Hampton Roads, Virginia. Rush Street Gaming is the developer and will operate it.

Maverick Gaming Launches Nevada Casino

Washington-based Maverick Gaming is redeveloping and rebranding its 24 properties in Nevada, Colorado and Washington. Beginning with its property in Elko, Nevada, now rebranded as Maverick Casino & Hotel.

Massachusetts Doesn’t Press Casinos on Poker

Encore Boston Harbor General Counsel Jacqui Krum recently told the Massachusetts Gaming Commission why Encore dropped poker. One: dealers are rare. Two: the space is being used more profitably.

MGM Donates Land for Memorial

A memorial is planned for the victims and survivors of a 2017 mass shooting at Mandalay Bay in Las Vegas. MGM Resorts, which operates the venue, has donated the land.

Red Rock Plans New Nevada Casino

Executives of Station Casinos, a Red Rock Resorts subsidiary, have disclosed plans for a new casino hotel in the Las Vegas Valley. Groundbreaking is scheduled for early 2022.

Casino KC Rebrands As Bally's Kansas City

A special celebration this week will kick off the rebranding of Casino KC as Bally’s Kansas City. Bally’s President and CEO George Papanier says the company plans a “transformative redevelopment” of the property.

Five More Nebraska Cities Want Racetracks

Nebraska voters approved gambling at six horse tracks last November. Now five more cities have applied for racing permits with the possibility of adding a casino. Some Nebraskans feel 11 casinos is too many.

Fitch Lauds Bally’s

Fitch Ratings gave Bally’s Corp. a “B” rating, with positive marks both for the operator’s property business plans and its internet content provider.

Fresno Delays Club One Casino Reopening

In California, Fresno city council has postponed the reopening of Club One Casino, asking that CEO Kyle Kirkland contact his soon-to-be neighbors and meet them. Kirkland says delays are killing the relocation.


Ho-Chunk Nation Sues Insurers

The Ho-Chunk Nation filed a lawsuit against a group of insurers and underwriters refusing to cover the tribe’s pandemic-related losses. The insurers said Ho-Chunk’s coverage only applies to physical damages.


PA Lottery Logs Record Profits

The Pennsylvania Lottery generated record profits of more than $1.3 billion in the last fiscal year, marking the 10th consecutive year net income has exceeded $1 billion.


Seminole Gaming Adds Entertainment VP

Seminole Gaming has named Andrew Saunders (l.) vice president of entertainment for its Florida venues. Saunders offers more than a decade of negotiating and booking entertainment events.

Notah Begay III Joins PointsBet as Golf Expert

PointsBet brought on Notal Begay III (l.) to act as an ambassador for golf. A PGA Tour winner and Native American, Begay will work on content and initiatives to help the tribal communities.

Continent 8 Adds Tech Talent

Continent 8 Technologies has hired Simon Booth and Teddy Elias as technical operations managers, with responsibilities split across several global regions.

FSB Names Director for Latin America

FSB has named 30-year gaming industry veteran David Charnock (l.) as its business development director for Latin America, strengthening its position in the fast-growing market.


Exacta Systems, Konami Sign HHR Deal

Exacta Systems has signed an agreement with Konami Gaming, Inc. to bring Konami’s game content, featured on Exacta’s game cabinets, onto the Exacta historical horse racing (HHR) system.

Beach Point Invests $35 Million in WDTS

Walker Digital Table Systems announced a $35 million strategic investment from Beach Point Capital Management as it continues to expand in the global gaming industry.

Resorts World Employs JCM’s Fuzion

JCM Global is marking Nevada’s first floor-wide deployment of its Fuzion technology at Resorts World Las Vegas, along with the supplier’s bill validation and printer equipment.

Crane Co. Secures Revolving Credit

Crane Co. has secured a $650 million, five-year revolving credit agreement with JPMorgan Chase Bank as administrative agent and Wells Fargo as syndication agent.

OK Casinos Install Anti-Covid Air Filtration

Osage Casinos of Oklahoma will install an air purification system that reportedly kills almost 100 percent of the Covid-19 virus. The system is active at properties in Tulsa, Ponca City, Skiatook and Sand Springs.

BetConstruct to Offer New Games in U.K.

SoftConstruct (Malta) Ltd. has successfully registered its Blast and Striker games with the U.K. Gambling Commission. The approval is a major step forward in BetConstruct’s global expansion plan.

Galaxy Acquires High Variance Games

Galaxy Gaming has acquired the rights to the game portfolio of High Variance Games including Super Blackjack, Super Texas Hold’em, Super Pai Gow, Three Card Stud Triple Draw and Super Omaha Poker. The games were developed by High Variance CEO Jeff Hwang (l.).


IAGR to Meet in Boston, September 12-17

Registration is now open for the annual meeting of the International Association of Gaming Regulators. This year’s event, “Disrupting the Regulator,” will be held at the Boston Marriott Copley Place.

OIGA Meets August 16-18 in Oklahoma City

Mark your calendars for the 2021 OIGA Conference and Trade Show, to be held in Oklahoma City August 16-18. The event is expected to draw nearly 3,000 vendors, visitors and guest speakers.

Gameacon Comes to Agua Caliente August 14-15

The Gameacon convention will make its first visit to California’s Coachella Valley August 14-15. Known as “Comic Con for gamers,” it will be held at Agua Caliente Resort in Rancho Mirage.




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