Women Understand Their Place

In a rebuttal to an update by Richard Schuetz published on September 7, attorney Lynne Levin Kaufman says name-calling is never a good idea, and that there are many women on the program of the East Coast Gaming Congress

Numbers Predict a Record Year for NFL Betting

Whether crowds packing sportsbooks, bettors placing wagers online, and trade group predictions, 2021 promises to be a record breaker after the Covid-19 fueled doldrums of 2020. Hang on to your helmets, folks.

In Yokohama, Melco and Genting Close Up Shop

With the election of anti-casino mayor Takeharu Yamanaka, Melco Resorts & Entertainment and Genting Singapore have ended their plans to pursue an integrated resort development in Yokohama, Japan. Melco’s project (l.) was designed by noted architect Zaha Hadid.

American Favorability Toward Gaming Grows as Industry Expands

The ongoing record-setting gaming industry recovery has been pegged to gaming’s commitment to responsibility and communities as Responsible Gaming Education Week 2021 kicks off, according to American Gaming Association President and CEO Bill Miller (l.).

Proposed Gaming Changes Send Macau Casino Stocks into Freefall

A proposed crackdown on Macau’s gaming industry sent stocks plummeting last week for a loss of more than $18 billion in combined market value. Secretary for Economy and Finance Lei Wai Nong (l.) outlined the proposed changes, which are up for public comment through October.

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WEEKLY FEATURE: Surprise! MGM Wins Osaka Bid

In the runup to the bids to operate an integrated resort in Japan, MGM Resorts and its partner Orix were chosen by the government of Osaka as one of the finalists for a license. The team was the last applicant standing as others withdrew or were disqualified.

Auditor: Crown Resorts May Not Survive Intact

For months, Australia’s Crown Resorts has endured testimony about compliance breaches, money laundering at its casinos and tax dodging. Crown has pledged a total overhaul, but that may not be enough.

U.S. Operators Deliver Upbeat Outlook

Executives of Caesars Entertainment, Boyd Gaming and Gaming & Leisure Properties delivered upbeat assessments of the outlook for the casino industry at the J.P. Morgan investor conference. But MGM’s Bill Hornbuckle’s (l/) comment about a possible purchase of Entain and the Cosmopolitan raised eyebrows.

MGE Cuts Share in Greek Venture

Mohegan Gaming & Entertainment has cut its majority share as investor in the Elliniko casino complex (l.) in Greece. The gaming company is either going to lower its profile or withdraw completely from the project.

Bally’s Brand Expands

The transformation of the former Twin River casinos to Bally’s properties continued last week in Rhode Islands, Illinois and Atlantic City where the company got the go-ahead to invest $100 million into Bally’s Atlantic City (l.).

DeSantis Seeks Dismissal of Compact Lawsuit

Attorneys for Florida Governor Ron DeSantis (l.) are working to dismiss a lawsuit against the new Seminole compact, filed in July by two parimutuel owners. The Seminole Tribe also asked for the lawsuit to be dismissed.

IGT Creates Digital & Betting Business Segment

IGT announced a commercial reorganization, creating a Digital and Betting business segment out of the iGaming and sports betting divisions formerly part of its Global Gaming department. The new division will be led by CEO Enrico Drago (l.).

FANTINI’S FINANCE: China Drop-Kicks Macau

Macau casino companies lost billions of dollars in value last week, and the long-term value of their investments are questionable too. A Chinese government crackdown on gaming has Orwellian overtones, with operators compelled to possibly undermine their own industry.

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New RG Measure: Clocks on Macau Slots

The Macau government has mandated new player protections, with clocks to be added to slot screens by the end of 2024. The feature will flash periodically to make gamblers aware of their time at play.

Macau Golden Week Promotions in Full Force

Macau expects more than 30,000 visitors per day during the annual Golden Week holiday in the first week of October. To that end, tourism officials are rolling out promotions that emphasize the safety of travel to the SAR.

Grand Ho Tram Strip Reopens in Vietnam

Starting last week, Vietnam’s Grand Ho Tram Strip (l.) was cleared to reopen to domestic travelers. The resort is located in a so-called “green zone,” where Covid-19 is under control.

Some of Philippines’ Richest Are Gaming Titans

A Forbes list of the richest Filipinos includes a number of people in the gaming business. They include the family of late casino tycoon Henry Sy (l.), which owns Belle Corp., an investor in City of Dreams Manila.

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U.K. Trade Group: Gambling Ads Singled Out

Michael Dugher, CEO of the U.K. Betting and Gaming Council, has complained about efforts to paint gambling ads with a sinister brush. People don’t like any ads period, he said.

Hungary Renews Gaming Concessions in No-Bid Deal

Five of the highest-grossing casinos in Hungary have been given 35-year extensions to their licenses. What's raised eyebrows among critics is that they were extended without a competitive bidding process to a company controlled in part by Istvan Garancsi (l.).

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Former B.C. Lottery Director Was Whistleblower

The whistleblower who led to the investigation of widespread money laundering at British Columbia, Canada, casinos, testified before the Cullen Commission recently. Ross Alderson (l.) is currently living in Australia.

Rise in Chile’s Gambling Sparks New Guidelines

Chile’s gaming regulator, alarmed by rising levels of gambling activity, has issued a new Decalogue of Good Practices of Responsible Gaming. Its purpose is to encourage responsible gambling behavior.

South Africa’s Oldest Casino Gutted by Fire

The oldest casino in South Africa has been badly damaged by fire and will be closed for at least three months. Some guests were injured but none killed in the Mmabatho Palms Hotel, Casino and Convention Resort (l.) blaze.

Brazilian Lawmakers Push Legal Gaming

Reviving and regulating casinos in Brazil is vital to the rebuilding of the country’s economy. That was the message of several Brazilian legislators who met with the head of the Chamber of Deputies, Arthur Lira (l.).

Venezuelan President: Casinos Can Reopen

Casinos closed by Venezuelan dictator Hugo Chavez 10 years ago can reopen. The order was issued by Chavez’ successor Nicolas Maduro (l.), who hopes the 30 casinos will help revive the country’s economy.

Crown Resorts’ New ‘No Jab, No Entry’ Policy

Crown Resorts has joined a growing list of gaming firms that now require all employees and patrons to receive Covid-19 vaccinations. Crown CEO Steve McCann (l.) says about half of 20,000 workers have had the jab.

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Indian State Poised to Ban Online Gaming

The Indian state of Karnataka is preparing to amend existing law to make online gambling illegal. The action was requested by the High Court of Karnataka. Violators would be punished by up to three years in prison.

Netherlands iGaming Group: Ad Controls Inadequate

The Netherlands Online Gambling Association (NOGA) is calling for a stricter code of regulating gaming advertisement. Currently gaming ads are limited to three per commercial break, but only on the internet.

CNMI Governor Wants to Review eGaming Fee Hike

Slot parlors on the island of Saipan are closing or threatening to close after a fee increase was adopted that is doubling the license fees per machine. CNMI Governor Ralph Torres (l.) is reviewing the matter.

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Arizona Sports Betting in Time for NFL Kickoff

Commercial Sportsbooks in Arizona opened on September 9—just in time for the first day of the NFL season. Tribal sports books will have to wait a little longer due to a needed addendum to their gaming compacts.

NJ Regulator Warns Sportsbooks to Control Ads

David Rebuck (l.), the head of the New Jersey Division of Gaming Enforcement, says if sportsbooks don't rein in advertising on their own, regulators will take action. He’s not the only one with that view.

Massachusetts Governor: Hurry, Sports Betting

Bay State Governor Charlie Baker (l.) is on a one-man campaign to get lawmakers to approve sports betting. After the first Patriot football game of the season he tweeted: “It’s time to act and get this done.”

First Washington Sportsbook Goes Live

Snoqualmie Casino became the first Indian casino in Washington state to offer a sportsbook. And it did it on the first day of the NFL season. The tribal casino is partnered with International Game Technology

Connecticut Sports Betting Agreements Now in Force

The Interior Department has OK’d the Mohegan and Mashantucket Pequot tribes to offer sports betting in Connecticut. Governor Ned Lamont (l.) called it “a critical step to modernize our gaming landscape.

Ontario Now Accepts Single-Game Bets

Single event betting got to a smooth start in Ontario Province with ProLine+ taking in more than $1 million in bets from 10 sports online. Baseball, football and soccer accounted for 80 percent.

Auditors Criticize D.C. Sports Betting

An independent auditor’s report says urgent changes are needed to boost revenue from Washington, D.C.’s sports betting operation, such as boosting odds and streamlining regulatory processes.

Nebraska Sports Betting Could Launch Late 2021

Nebraska Governor Pete Ricketts (l.) signed a sports betting bill in May, but wagering may not launch until late 2021. Bets only will be taken at on-site sportsbooks and bettors will not be allowed to wager on the Cornhuskers.

Sports Betting Debuts at Four Deadwood Casinos

Four Deadwood, South Dakota casinos, including the Gold Dust (l.), opened sportsbooks on September 9. Gamblers can place bets at windows or digital kiosks. Soon wagers can be placed through phone apps while the bettor is on-site.

SuperBook, University of Denver Sign Deal

The SuperBook in Colorado agreed to a multi-year deal with the University of Denver that focuses on branding, media and responsible gaming education. The partnership follows one with the University of Colorado and PointsBet.

Genius Sports Strikes Partnership Deals

Genius Sports has had a busy late summer signing partnerships with Caesars Sportsbook, WynnBET and Barstool. The deals come as the NFL season gets underway. Genius provides data and streaming.

Fubo Gets Arizona License, Deal with Jets

Upstart Fubo Gaming secured a license for online sports betting in Arizona. The company also concluded a deal with the New York Jets as a sports betting partner. The Jets added WynnBET as well.

PointsBet, NBC Sports to Debut Content

PointsBet and NBC Sports developed a partnership last year. With PointsBet named an approved NFL sportsbook, the operator will add program content with NBC Sports.

Tipico Expands Sports Betting Operations to Iowa

Malta-based Tipico will launch a mobile sports betting app in Iowa in the fourth quarter. The company formed a 10-year partnership with Caesars Entertainment to base its operations at Isle Casino Hotel in Bettendorf.

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Churchill Downs Silent On Arlington Buyer

Three finalists have bid on Arlington International Racecourse (l.), but owner Churchill Downs Inc. hasn’t announced a buyer. Observers said CDI is willing to sell the racetrack to a non-gaming entity to avoid competition at its Rivers Casino.

Louisiana Gaming Board Approves St. Tammany Casino

The Louisiana Gaming Board unanimously approved Pacific Peninsula Entertainment’s request to move its closed Bossier City riverboat casino to Slidell. First, St. Tammany Parish voters (l.) must approve the relocation.

AC Council Supports Casino Smoking Ban

City Council in Atlantic City approved a resolution to support a Senate bill that closes the loophole that allows smoking on the casino floor. The casinos went smoke-free during the Covid-19 restrictions.

Alabama Track Owners Launch Ad Campaign

The owners of Alabama’s four racetracks, including Birmingham Race Course (l.), have formed an association and launched an ad campaign highlighting the revenue the state’s losing by not allowing casino gambling, a lottery and sports betting.

Station Casinos, Culinary Clash on Casino Plan

Nevada’s powerful Culinary Union is working to halt a proposed new casino development planned by Station Casinos. Station has owned the development site on Durango Road (l.) in Las Vegas for more than 20 years.

Vaccines A Must for New Hires at Resorts World

Want to work at Resorts World Las Vegas? Be prepared to get a Covid-19 vaccines. The Genting property, Las Vegas’ newest resort, has announced it will require all new hires to be inoculated.

Missouri AG Returns Campaign Donations

Missouri Attorney General Eric Schmitt (l.), who is running for U.S. Senate in 2022, returned campaign contributions from the owner of controversial video gambling company Torch Electronics.

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Navajo Casinos Ponder Smoking Ban

Should Navajo Nation casinos, including Twin Arrows (l.) finally go smoke-free? Public health concerns, heightened by the effect of the Covid-19 pandemic, may resolve the issue once and for all.

NY Court Sides with Cayuga Nation Over Gaming

The village of Union Springs, New York, failed once more to prove to the courts that the Cayuga Nation should not be permitted to run a gambling facility there. Village officials said municipal laws prohibit gambling.

Choctaws Mum on Stadium Rights Deal

Choctaw Nation of Oklahoma leaders said they can’t reveal what the tribe paid the Texas Rangers for naming rights at the former Globe Life Park, now Choctaw Stadium (l.), according to their multi-year partnership.

Pamunkey Tribe Announces Norfolk Casino Builders

W.M. Jordan Company and Suffolk have been selected to build the Pamunkey Tribe’s $500 million casino resort (l.) in Norfolk, Virginia. The contract requires “high participation goals” for black-owned businesses.

Ho-Chunk President WhiteEagle Faces Removal

Ho-Chunk Nation President Marlon WhiteEagle (l.) has been accused of violations to the tribal constitution and could be removed from office at the next annual general council meeting.

Cherokee Approve Expanded Alcohol Sales

A majority of Eastern Band of Cherokee Indians in Cherokee, North Carolina have passed a referendum allowing expanded beer and wine sales, including restaurants and hotels at the tribe’s casino properties.

California Tribe ID’s Land for Reservation, Casino

The Koi Nation of California has chosen 68 acres in Sonoma County to be its new tribal home. It plans to build the Shiloh Resort & Casino, which will have 2,500 slots, a 200-room hotel, dining and a meeting center.

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Ainsworth Names Harald Neumann CEO

Ainsworth Game Technology has named Harald Neumann (l.), former CEO of Ainsworth majority-owner Novomatic Group, as Ainsworth’s new chief executive officer.

EveryMatrix Names Lin CFO

EveryMatrix has named venture capital and equity expert Anton Lin as its new chief financial officer, where he will oversee performance across all business units.

Mohegan Gaming Names Madigan COO

Jody Madigan (l.) is the new chief operating officer for Mohegan Gaming & Entertainment. Madigan was GM of Paragon Casino and Resort in Louisiana while it was being managed by Mohegan Gaming & Entertainment.

Lauren Jones Joins French Lick Marketing Team

Lauren Jones, former WAVE3 anchor and meteorologist and Covid-19 survivor, has joined the marketing team at French Lick Resort Casino in Indiana. She will emcee events and oversee social media for the venue.

Former CT Lottery Director Won’t Lobby for IGT

The former director of the Rhode Island Lottery, Gerald Aubin (l.), after retiring in 2020 considered becoming a lobbyist for IGT. He considered that position and opted not to work for the company he once regulated.

Wipfli Names Geer to Lead Tribal Consulting Practice

The accounting firm Wipfli has named Suresh Geer (l.) to lead its national tribal consulting practice. Geer brings 21 years of experience in tribal finance, including leadership roles with the Seminole Tribe of Florida.

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Acres Launches Cashless ‘Wallet’

Acres Manufacturing Company has officially launched Acres Wallet, a mobile setup blending cashless payments with loyalty and bonusing in real-time casino environments. COO Noah Acres (l.) says the wallet focuses on player incentives.

Strive Gaming OK’d in Colorado

Strive Gaming has been approving for a temporary vendor license by the Colorado Gaming Control Commission. The player platform business said it expects to grow quickly in the U.S. and Canada

Paltronics Acquires SkyWire

Paltronics Australasia, an Australian gaming and hospitality technology solution provider, has acquired SkyWire Point of Sale, Spa and Activities Scheduling assets from SkyWire Media Inc.

LeoVegas Strengthens Safer Gaming via AI

LeoVegas Group has released a new layer of AI-power messaging aimed at informing players about safer gambling. The messages, delivered by the PinkCasino, BetUK and 21.co.uk brands will be individually tailored.

BMM Celebrating 40th at G2E

BMM Testlabs will celebrate its 40th year of operations at this year’s Global Gaming Expo October 4-7 in Las Vegas, the company’s CEO has announced.

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NCPG Announces 2922 Conference Dates

The National Council on Problem Gambling announced the dates and formats for the 2022 National Conference on Gambling Addiction and Responsible Gaming, to be held in Boston July 20-23, 2022.

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