Sportsbooks, Sports Bars Team Up In a Win for Both

A proliferation of partnerships between taverns and sportsbooks promises to increase the bottom line of both businesses. The formula is all over the country, from Philly to Pittsburgh, DC to Nashville, and of course Nevada. Cordish Gaming’s Sports & Social at Live! Philadelphia above.

The Rest of the Story: Insights into the California Sports Betting Scene

California is the holy grail for sports betting. With more than 40 million people chomping at the bit to get started, there is money to be made. But will the fox be watching the hen house? The regulators who have a terrible track record of favoritism. Maybe the legislators who live for campaign donations. Former Golden State regulator Richard Schuetz explains.

Big Deal: DraftKings to Buy Golden Nugget Online

In an unexpected move, DraftKings will purchase Golden Nugget Online Gaming for $1.56 billion. The deal gives DraftKings access to a combined database of more than 5 million customers as well as online casino players, a strength of GNOG.

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Japan IRs in the Home Stretch, Nagasaki Chooses Casinos Austria

Casinos Austria has been chosen by Nagasaki prefecture as its integrated-resorts partner to develop the Huis Ten Bosch property (l.). Wakayama is also set with Clairvest, and MGM is the presumed partner in Osaka. But an election could do in the effort in Yokohama.

AGA: Commercial Gaming Breaks Record in Q2

The American Gaming Association reported that U.S. commercial gaming revenue reached $13.6 billion in the second quarter of 2021, breaking the previous quarterly record of $11.1 billion.

Entain Buys Unikrn, Sets Up Esports Division

In an important endorsement of the importance of esports to betting companies, the UK-based Entain has bought esports betting company Unikrn (founders Karl Flores and Rahul Sood at left) and set up a separate division dedicated to the subject.

Interior Approves Florida Gaming Compact

The U.S. Interior Department has OK’d the gaming compact between Florida and the Seminole Tribe, signed by tribal Chairman Marcellus Osceola Jr. and Governor Ron DeSantis. The tribe gets onsite and online sports betting plus roulette and craps in return for $2.5 billion the first five years.

Crown Bank Account Disguised VIP Transactions

Crown Perth created a bank account, Riverbank Investments, just for VIP transactions, according to recent testimony in Western Australia. Former Crown CEO Ken Barton (l.) said he was unconcerned at the time.

FANTINI’S FINANCE: The Consolidation Waltz

Penn National has bought Score Media and Gaming. DraftKings has acquired Golden Nugget Online. It’s safe to say there will be further consolidation in the online realm. Who’s next, and which partners are best matched?


Singapore Capacities Eased for the Vaccinated

Singapore’s Ministry of Health eased some Covid-19 restrictions for fully vaccinated people starting August 10. Indoor dining, meetings and conventions, weddings and sporting can all take place.

Saipan Tax Could Shut Down iGaming Venues

A new tax on electronic gaming devices in Saipan, including poker machines inside iGaming facilities or hotels, could shut down several gaming venues and put 70 people out of work.


Spain Will Soon Ban Gaming Ads

Spain’s new Minister of Consumer Affairs, Alberto Garzon is no fan of gaming. He plans to end all forms of gaming ads beginning September 1. The government also plans to require players to set individual loss limits.


Goa Casinos May Not Reopen

Chief Minister Pramod Sawant (l.) of the Indian state of Goa said last week that the government may not restart local casino operations. Goa has six offshore casinos and hotel-based onshore venues.


World Poker Tour Online Comes to Borgata

The World Poker Tour Online Borgata Poker Open stops by September 19 It’s all part of partypoker U.S. Network Online Series from September 12. The tournament marks the return the Sexton Cup.

German State Begins iGaming Table Tender

The Germany state of Nordrhein-Westfalen has opened a tender process for online table banker games. The Fourth State Treaty on Gambling now allows states to grant concessions for non-poker table games.

Indian Court Throws Out iGaming Ban

The high court of Madras, India has overturned a ban on skill-based online games ordered by the state of Tamil Nadu. New Delhi TV called the move “another key step for the industry in India.”

Portugal’s Online Gaming Rise Driven by Sports

Online gaming revenue in Portugal jumped 81.9 percent for the second quarter over the first. This dramatic rise was fueled by a 224.5 percent jump in sports betting revenue, according to the country’s gaming regulator.


Massachusetts Left Out of Sports Betting

Although most New England states have embraced sports betting with both arms, Massachusetts is lagging. The reason appears to be a less than enthusiastic Senate President, Karen Spilka (l.).

Nevada Startup Pushes Peer-to-Peer Sports Betting

A California startup, ZenSports, seems on track to operate the Big Wheel Casino and Baldini Sports Casino in in Nevada. It wants to upend sportsbook by offering peer-to-peer betting and accept cryptocurrency.

North Carolina Sports Betting Bill Moves Forward

SB 688, which would legalize sports betting in North Carolina, passed two Senate committees with bipartisan support, but still faces more scrutiny. Governor Roy Cooper (l.) said he’ll sign it if it reaches his desk.

BetRivers Adds Mike Ditka to Ambassador Roster

Rush Street Interactive has gone to one of the most recognizable icons in NFL history for its next brand ambassador. Mike Ditka (l.), Mr. Chicago Bears, will do various events to promote BetRivers in Illinois.

NBC Sports Division to Include Betting

NBC Sports has created a new division that will center on betting and gaming. Executives see this as a way to expand opportunities across sports and technology.


Chicago Casino a Hard Sell

Chicago Mayor Lori Lightfoot (l.) has extended the deadline for a Chicago casino application two months to October 29. She said some bidders needed more time. Others say the real reason is operators’ lack of interest.

Maryland Casinos Log Another Record Month

For the third time in five months, Maryland’s casinos, including MGM National Harbor (l.), set a gaming revenue record in July, generating a total of $180.1 million, up 28.7 percent from the capacity-restricted July 2020.

Caesars to Sell a Las Vegas Casino in ’22

Caesars Entertainment plans to sell one its properties on the Las Vegas Strip next year, according to statements made during a conference call by CEO Tom Reeg. Several properties are in play, but Bally’s Las Vegas (l.) and Planet Hollywood the most likely to go.

Penn Opens York Mini-Casino

Penn National Gaming has officially opened Hollywood Casino York, the operator’s first Category 4 “mini-casino” and the second satellite casino to open in Pennsylvania.

Arkansas Supreme Court to Rule on Pope County Casino

The Arkansas Supreme Court will determine whether Gulfside Casino Partnership, which plans to build the River Valley Casino Resort (l.), or Cherokee Nation Businesses will be awarded Pope County’s casino license. The case has dragged on since 2018.

Florida PACs Spent Millions On Gambling Initiatives

In Florida, three political action committees out to change the state’s gaming laws raised less than $100 but spent more than $7 million in June. Major gaming operators contributed more than $52 million to the PACs.

Louisiana Parish Seeks to Tax Casino Comps

The East Baton Rouge Parish Metro Council wants to tax complimentary rooms given to gamblers at its two casino hotels, based on a Louisiana Supreme Court ruling that Harrah’s New Orleans (l.) owed millions on comps.

NC State Senator Proposes Casino In Former Macy’s

North Carolina state Senator Eric Nelson will sponsor legislation allowing casinos to open satellite facilities in their home counties. He’s proposing a casino at the former Macy’s (l.) in the Charleston Town Center mall.

Bally’s Rebrands Colorado Racetrack

Bally’s Corp., which operates Bally’s Black Hawk in Colorado, has begun the rebranding of its recently acquired Arapahoe Park racetrack (l.) in Aurora. The new brand name is Bally’s Arapahoe Park.


Class III Gaming Opens At Four Winds South Bend

Guests at the Pokagon Band of Potawatomi’s Four Winds Casino (l.) in South Bend, Indiana now can play blackjack, roulette and other Class III games. Converting the casino’s 1,400 slots is expected to take several months.

Arizona Tribal Casinos Introduce New Games

Arizona’s gaming tribes have begun introducing new tables games. The games, including craps, baccarat, roulette, pai gow and sic bo, are authorized by the new gaming compact that also authorizes sports betting.


Lottery License Delay a Boon to Camelot

The delay in selecting a new company to run the U.K. National Lottery could produce a windfall for current operator Camelot. The money going to charities pales by comparison to the profits reaped by Camelot.


Senate Confirms Bryan Newland

Bryan Newland, the former president of the Bay Mills Indian Community, has been confirmed by the U.S. Senate as assistant secretary-Indian Affairs at the Department of the Interior.

BMM Names Stuckey SVP of Business Development

BMM Testlabs has named John Stuckey, a 20-year veteran of the gaming and telecommunications industries, as the company’s new senior vice president of business development for Europe and South America.

PlayStudios Hires Jason Hahn as Executive

Jason Hahn is the new executive vice president at PlayStudios, in charge of corporate business development. His many tasks include growth strategy, expansion, new genres. Hahn has 15 years of experience.


Ainsworth, Caesars Launch Online Slots in NJ

Ainsworth Game Technology Ltd. and Caesars Entertainment recently announced a deal to bring Ainsworth slot games to,, and in New Jersey.

AGEM Index Logs Rare Decline

The AGEM Index of supplier stock prices suffered a rare decline for July, but the index remained up by more than 100 percent for the entire year compared to 2020.

Everi Reports Record Earnings

Everi Holdings logged record first-quarter revenue of $139 million, and all-time quarterly record net income $21 million, adjusted EBITDA of $75 million, and free cash flow of $44 million.

Entain Joins Sustainability Effort

The Entain Group has joined the “50 Global Leaders” campaign supporting sustainable business practices and responsible gaming on Bloomberg’s global media platform.


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 in Oklahoma City This Week

The Oklahoma Indian Gaming Association Trade Show and Conference will take place in Oklahoma City August 16-18, at the Oklahoma City Convention Center.




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