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GGB Magazine’s October issue (l.) is always the most important for the industry because of Frank Legato’s lengthy piece evaluating the new slot games offered by all the major manufacturers, Global Games. Here’s why.

Looking Back at Responsible Gaming, Looking Ahead to Safer Gaming

As we move on from Responsible Gaming Education Week, we should not move on from the topic, according to the founders of Spectrum Safer Gaming Advisors. The issue should remain front of mind for all gaming operators, vendors and participants so we can recognize and treat those who have problems.

DraftKings Offers $20 Billion for Entain

Sportsbook giant DraftKings has reportedly offered more than $20 billion to acquire gaming group Entain Plc. If the deal goes through, DraftKings would get 50 percent of the BetMGM sportsbook, leaving the other half to MGM Resorts, which is fighting back.

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Caesars, Nobu Announce Expansion

Caesars Entertainment and Nobu Hospitality will open two new Nobu Hotels and restaurants in New Orleans (l.), Atlantic City and Las Vegas, and renovate the original Nobu Hotel at Caesars Palace.

Russian Casinos Get Tax Holiday

Casinos in Russia’s Primorye gaming zone got three months tax-free in 2021 to help them endure through the Covid-19 pandemic. The special economic zone near Vladivostok is home to Tigre de Cristal and Shambala.

UKGC Head: Industry Growth Brings Risks

Tim Miller (l.), executive director of the UK Gambling Commission, says the industry is growing faster than regulators can handle, which “heightens old challenges and brings new risks.”

Macau Tests for Covid Again

Three positive cases of Covid appeared again in Macau, and now all residents and visitors must submit to a Covid test between Sept. 25 and 28. All casinos remain open for now, but it doesn’t bode well for next week’s Golden Week celebrations.

San Manuel Casino Is Now Yaamava’ Resort

The San Manuel Band of Mission Indians has rebranded its eponymous San Manuel Casino as the Yaamava’ Resort. The California tribe will “pursue additional growth opportunities under the San Manuel … enterprise.”


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POGOs Stuck With New Tax

Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte (l.) last week imposed a controversial new tax on the Philippine Offshore Gaming Operators that will dedicate the revenue to the nation’s fight against Covid.

RW Genting to Reopen in October

Resorts World Genting, Genting (l.), the Malaysian company’s flagship casino complex in Genting Highlands, is on tap to reopen as early as October 1, according to reports.

Philippines Form Boracay Development Authority

Philippine lawmakers have established the Boracay Island Development Authority, which will oversee the reopening of the island and ensure its environmental integrity. A casino owned by billionaire Andrew Tan (l.) is part of the planned development.

Wynn Macau to Receive $1.5 Billion for Debt

Lenders have agreed to give Wynn Macau a $1.5 billion revolving line of credit facility to refinance debt and general corporate expenses. The loans will reach maturity in four years.


France May Clamp Down on Gambling Ads

The French L’Autorité Nationale des Jeux, which regulates gaming, has begun a public consultation on advertising. It’s concerned that sports betting ads are targeting young people.

Creditors to Take Over Spanish Gaming Group Codere

Spanish-based Codere group will soon be taken over by its creditors. The change is part of a debt-for-equity agreement that cancels the debt and leaves the noteholders to run the company beginning November 5.

Ukraine Liberalization Could Equal Big Profits

Ukraine President Volodymyr Zelensky (l.) is predicting that the liberalization of laws to allow casinos again with create a boom. He estimates the new industry could bring in €160 million a year.

Netherlands to Prosecute Unlicensed Operators

Dutch Minister of Legal Protection Sander Dekker (l.) plans to prosecute off-shore gaming websites who accept money from Dutch players. The new licensed gaming regime goes into effect October 1 in the Netherlands.


Fitch Down on Crown

Fitch Ratings Agency maintains a negative rating on Australian casino giant Crown Resorts due to compliance issues that threaten its licenses to operate in three states in the country.

Tasmanian Casino Operator Fights to Keep Monopoly

The Federal Group, which currently has a monopoly on slot machines in the Australian state of Tasmania, is fighting to preserve that monopoly. A proposed bill would allow pubs and clubs to install the machines.

Working Group Updating Brazil’s Gaming Bill

Brazil’s Congress continues to move forward on legalizing casinos in the South American country. Members of the Chamber of Deputies have been added to a working group (l.) that will build a regulatory system.


Will NJ Online Casino Biz End in 2023?

When New Jersey lawmakers approved online casinos in 2013, the bill included an end date of 2023. At that point, the legislation needs to be reauthorized or online gaming will come to an end.

Indian State Lifts iGaming Ban

The Indian state of Tamil Nadu will again allow online gaming. The Madras High Court has struck down the ban on all real-money online games. Adda52, PokerBaazi, and MPL Poker are expected to return.

Belgium Separates iGaming Products

Belgium’s high court has ruled that online gaming operators may not host different types of games on the same website. This reflects existing law in land-based casinos, where sportsbooks and casino gaming are separated.


Maryland Opens Sports Betting License Applications

The state gaming regulatory agency in Maryland has opened license applications for the 17 locations, including M&T Bank Stadium (l.), home of the Baltimore Ravens, named in the state’s enabling legislations as eligible for sportsbooks.

New York Speeds Sports Betting

New York lawmakers won’t require oral presentations from would-be online sportsbook licensees, in the interest of launching by the Super Bowl. Senator Joe Addabbo (l.) says the move won’t compromise integrity.

North Carolina Sports Betting Bill Advances

A bill to legalize sports betting in North Carolina is now before four House committees. “Prohibition doesn’t work,” said sponsor Senator Jim Perry (l.). Wagers could generate $25 million to $50 million in taxes for schools.

Bears May Leave Chicago Over Landlord Issues

The Chicago Bears may leave the Windy City for the site of the Arlington International Racecourse if they win the bid for a racetrack there. Team officials have been unable to resolve their rift with the owner of Soldier Field.

Caesars Strikes Deals with Colts, LSU

Caesars Entertainment has reached marketing agreements with the Indianapolis Colts, Louisiana State University and the publisher of The three offer multiple opportunities for Caesars.

Dungy May Leave Football Over Sports Betting

Former NFL coach and sports broadcaster Tony Dungy (l.) may give up his position as a network analyst during the NFL season. The reason? The proliferation of sports betting and even worse, sports betting ads.

BetMGM App Launches in Mississippi

BetMGM, a leading sports betting and iGaming operator, announced last week that it had launched its mobile app at Gold Strike Casino Resort in Tunica, Mississippi.

Rush Street, Magic City Form Jai Alai Partnership

Rush Street Interactive’s BetRivers is the exclusive betting partner of Magic City Jai Alai in Miami, with access to official league data and streaming feeds for viewing and betting on live games in real time.

Ontario Finalizes Sports Betting Regulations

The Alcohol and Gaming Commission of Ontario has finalized regulation for online sports and event betting in the Canadian province. The Registrar Standards for Internet Gaming could go into effect by December.


Caesars Presents Danville, Virginia Plans

Caesars Entertainment has presented plans for its $500 million Caesars Virginia in Danville, set to open in 2023. The project calls for 1,400 slots and table games, 500-room hotel, sportsbook and World Series of Poker room.

Louisiana Casino Referendum Set for December 11

Voters in St. Tammany Parish, Louisiana will vote on a proposed $329 million Camellia Bay casino resort (l.) on December 11. The outcome could overturn a 1996 referendum rejecting casino gambling in the parish.

PA Township Approves Nittany Casino Plan

The College Township Council in Pennsylvania has unanimously approved a land development plan for the Nittany Casino, a satellite facility coming to the Nittany Mall near Pennsylvania State University to be owned by Ira Lubert (l) and built and operated by Bally’s.

Station-Culinary War: No Sign of Truce

When it comes to holding a grudge, the Hatfields and McCoys had nothing on Station Casinos and the Culinary Union. Their feud has been ongoing for more than two decades.

Wayne Newton Back Onstage in Vegas

Fans of Wayne Newton (l.) will say “Danke Schoen” to the entertainment legend, who will mark his 58th anniversary at the Las Vegas Flamingo with a series of stage shows. Newton has long been known as Mr. Las Vegas.”

Bally's Atlantic City Finishing High-Limit Room

Bally’s Atlantic City will open the first phase of its new high-limit room (l.) in October with the rest to be completed in November. The room has table games and an upscale lounge with light fare.

VICI Completes Equity Offering

VICI Properties has completed its $3.4 billion equity offering intended to aid in the acquisition of rival REIT MGM Growth Properties and the Las Vegas Strip assets of Las Vegas Sands Corp.


Tribal Gaming Icon Fred Dakota Dead At 84

Fred Dakota (l.), who opened a casino with a single blackjack table in his Baraga, Michigan garage in 1983, died at his home at age 84. The venue was considered a milestone for Native American gambling.

California Casino Announcement Sets Stage for Battle

The Koi Nation of Northern California has announced plans to put 68 acres of land into trust with the plan to develop a $600 million casino resort (l.) on the property. The Koi expect opposition from residents and other tribes.



Scientific Games Names Connie James CFO

Scientific Games Corp. has named Connie James (l.) as its executive vice president, chief financial officer, treasurer and corporate secretary, replacing CFO Mike Eklund.

Longtime MGM Executive Named Palms GM

The San Manuel Gaming and Hospitality Authority has announced the appointment of Cynthia Kiser Murphey (l.) as general manager of the Palms Casino Resort in Las Vegas.

Korsanos Resigns Crown Resorts Board

Toni Korsanos (l.), one of only two Crown Resorts board directors who was not forcibly removed during a sweeping leadership overhaul, has resigned her post. Nine other board members have left in the past year.

Nevada Gaming Commission Chair Moran Steps Down

John Moran Jr. (l.) has retired from his membership in the Nevada Gaming Commission. He also served as Commission chair. Vice Chairman Steve Cohen has assumed the position on an interim basis.

Betsson CEO Lindwall to Step Down

Pontus Lindwall (l.), founder and CEO of Betsson, will leave his position. Lindwall served in this capacity from 1998 to 2011 and again from 2017 to the present. He guided the company through a major expansion.

Barrett Named SVP, GM at Harrah's SoCal

Harrah's Resort Southern California has announced the appointment of Jill Barrett (l.) to the role of senior vice president and general manager. Barrett has almost 30 years of experience in the gaming industry.

Marketing Exec Gamble Joins PointsBet

Former NBA marketing exec Jeff Gamble (l.) has joined PointsBet as its new vice president of creative. Most recently, Gamble was VP of creative and content for the Brooklyn Nets and Brooklyn Sports and Entertainment.

RSI Names Barlow Director of CSR

Rush Street Interactive (RSI) has appointed Tammi Barlow (l.) as its director of corporate social responsibility. Barlow has more than a decade of experience in the field, and previously worked for Caesars.

PAGCOR’s Bondoc Joins Board

James Patrick Bondoc (l.), former VP of corporate social responsibility for the Philippine Amusement and Gaming Corp. has been appointed to the state-run gaming agency’s board of directors.

Playtech Reshuffles Board

Playtech announced new appointments to its board of directors, including a new non-executive director, Linda Marston-Weston (l.), and independent director appointments.

Sebastian Coe Appointed to Sazka Board

Sazka Entertainment has appointed Olympic two-time gold medal winner. Sebastian Coe (l.) to its board. The appointment comes as the Czech lottery giant seeks to become the licensee of the U.K. National Lottery.


Wynn Resorts Sets Environmental Goals

Wynn Resorts officials have announced a plan to combat climate change by reducing their carbon dioxide production by 2050 and doubling its renewable energy by 2030.

Entain Foundation Funds UNLV Grant

The Entain Foundation will give fund a study of responsible gambling, policy and health at the University of Nevada, Las Vegas. The project is a first for the U.S.

Aristocrat Enters Washington Systems Market

Aristocrat Gaming has entered the casino systems market in the state of Washington, converting the system at BJ’s Bingo & Casino to the Oasis 360 casino management platform.

Platt Equips Parx Sportsbook

Gary Platt Manufacturing announced it has equipped the new sportsbook (l.) at Parx Casino in Bensalem, Pennsylvania with its Sportsbook Club chair model.

Success Dragon to Supply Two Macau Casinos

Gaming services provider Success Dragon International has announced a deal to “supply, set up and manage” at least 120 slot machines and multi-terminal units at two Macau casinos, Grandview and Casa Real.





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