Woke-Ing Las Vegas

Losing is never fun, so maybe Las Vegas casino operators should apologize for beating the pants off most of their players. Would a “woke” Las Vegas be more friendly to the millions of users? Ira David Sternberg explains how that might work.

Philly VC Fund Devoted to Sports Betting

A Philadelphia sports venture capital firm has launched a second fund to invest in sports betting companies. SeventySix Capital expects to raise $50 million and included a bevy of pro and college fixtures. Investors include Atlanta Falcons owner Arthur Blank (l.).

Caesars Back In Japan

In 2019, Caesars Entertainment walked away from plans to vie for an integrated resort license in Japan. In a surprise move last week, the company jumped back in, partnering with Clairvest on its Wakayama project (l.). At the same time, MGM Resorts was formally chosen as Osaka’s bidding partner.

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WEEKLY FEATURE: MGM Takes Over Cosmopolitan

Blackstone has agreed to sell the operations of the Cosmopolitan of Las Vegas to MGM Resorts International, while selling the land to the Blackstone real estate investment trust. It’s one more mega-deal for MGM on the Las Vegas Strip.

Singapore Reinstates Strict Covid Measures

Singapore has transitioned from relaxed to stricter Covid-19 measures due to a rise in viral infections. The newly reimposed safeguards will be in place until October 24, the government has announced.

Sports Betting Goes Live in Connecticut

Legal sports betting began September 30 in Connecticut. Governor Ned Lamont placed the first bet at the sports book at Mohegan Sun following the ribbon cutting (l.).

Scientific Games Sells OpenBet to Endeavor

Scientific Games has entered into an agreement to sell its sports betting division, OpenBet, to Endeavor Group Holdings for $1.2 billion in cash and stock. The transaction completes one phase of SG’s divestiture.

Miami Businessmen File Suit vs. Seminole Compact

A second federal lawsuit has been filed against the new 30-year Seminole gaming compact. Miami businessmen Armando Codina and Norman Braman (l.) say the deal, which includes sports betting, violates IGRA.

Asher Named President of IGT Sports Betting

Joe Asher, who led William Hill US for many years until the Caesars buyout, has been named as the president of sports betting for IGT and will promote the company’s PlaySports platform, which powers over 50 U.S. sports books.


Macau Kicks Off RG Campaign

Macau’s Gaming Inspection and Coordination Bureau and associated public welfare entities have launched a Responsible Gambling Promotion to boost awareness of gambling disorders.


GAMSTOP Sees Spike in Self-Exclusion

The U.K. self-exclusion program GAMSTOP said it registered 25 percent more people on its national list in the first six months of 2021. Almost 75 percent were male and 59 percent were between the ages of 18 and 34.

U.K. Racing Demands Levy Change

The U.K. horse racing industry wants the government to change the levy system or risk financial instability. Supporters spoke before the House of Commons on the need to do something now, not in three years.

Italy Mulls Gaming Reforms

Italy is contemplating an overhaul of its gaming sector in the wake of Covid-19, which caused a precipitous decline in revenues in 2020. Former treasury official Claudio Durigon (l.) has lobbied hard for a restructuring.

Swedish Court Rejects Penalty Appeal

Sweden’s administrative court has upheld a penalty against the FrankFred and Klirr operator, XC Gaming. The company, under a former owner, paid bonuses and gave gifts to players to sign up.


Crown Royal Commission Hears Loan Shark Allegations

In ongoing testimony before a Western Australia royal commission, panel members heard allegations of loan sharking at the casino at Crown Perth (l.). At stake is Crown Resorts’ license to operate in the state.


Entain to Go Digital in Retail Shops

Entain has begun converting its retail betting shops to bring them into the digital age. To start with the change will affect two of its popular brands across the U.K. and one in Italy.

Netherlands Grants 10 iGaming Licenses

Among 28 applicants, Dutch gaming regulator de Kansspelautoriteit has granted 10 licenses for online gaming in the Netherlands. KSA Chairman René Jansen (l.) expects more licenses to become available.

Germany Transitions to Regulated iGaming

Germany’s online gaming industry is in a transitional period, moving toward a federally regulated market created by the Interstate Treaty on Gambling (IST 2021). Soon all operators will be governed under it.


Caesars Sportsbook to Appear on Caps Jersey

Caesars Sportsbook will put a patch on the Jerseys of the Washington Capitals in time for the 2022-23 season. The patch marks the first such sportsbook placement on a jersey in the league.

Sportradar CEO: Sports Betting Exploding

Carsten Koerl (l.), CEO of Sportradar, told attendees at the SBC Barcelona Summit that sports betting is becoming integral to business throughout the world. In his view, America will overtake Europe in the near future.

Are Colorado Sportsbooks Overdoing the Ad Blitz?

Colorado’s sports betting market is in its infancy. But some lawmakers are fed up with the proliferation of advertising by digital platforms and retail sportsbooks. Colorado House Speaker Alec Garnett (l.) wants it to stop.

BetMGM Makes a Deal with Comedian Burr

Sportsbook and iGaming giant BetMGM has announced a content partnership with comedian Bill Burr (l.) and All Things Comedy, a leading comedy podcast network.

U.K. Football Club to Cut Betting Ties

The Bolton Wanderers Football Club have taken a bold step by agreeing to eliminate onsite betting ads at its stadium. The club will also stop entering future sponsorships and commercial partnerships.

Canada First Nations Cleared for Sports Betting

The First Nations of Saskatchewan have signed a new gaming framework that will allow them to offer sports betting. Chief Bobby Cameron (l.) said it took “hours, days, weeks, months, and years” to achieve the outcome.


Presentations Set for Illinois Casino Applicants

The Illinois Gaming Board will hear presentations from the four south Chicago suburbs, including Calumet where Delaware North has proposed a casino (l.), and three Waukegan casino license applicants on October 13. “Preliminary suitability” will be announced by early January.

NY Judge Dismisses Casino Opponents’ Lawsuit

A New York district judge said Islandia residents seeking to close Jake’s 58 Casino (l.) failed to prove former owner Delaware North colluded with the village board, and called plaintiffs’ allegations "nothing more than conjecture and speculation."

Illinois Casino Celebrates 30 Years

Illinois’ first riverboat casino, the Argosy Casino Alton, celebrated its 30th anniversary. The vessel has been replaced with a larger facility that’s still a boat. It has survived two floods, a runaway barge and Covid-19.

Caesars Undertakes Virginia Demolition

Demolition began last month at a former Danville, Virginia mill (l.), making way for the Caesars Virginia Casino. Plans include a $500 million destination resort with 500 hotel rooms, a spa, pool area and fitness center.

Push for Vegas NBA Team Hampered by Finances

Billionaire Jay Bloom (l.) wants the NBA to award him a league franchise in Las Vegas, and is willing to put up millions of his own money. But records show he’s got financial problems, including a bankruptcy.


Does Sonoma County Need Koi Nation Casino?

The Koi Nation of California wants to build a $600 million casino resort on 68 acres in Windsor, Sonoma County. The Federated Indians of Graton Rancheria is fighting the development, saying the market is saturated.

Feds Side With Senecas in NY Dispute

The Department of the Interior and National Indian Gaming Commission are siding with the Seneca Nation in its dispute with New York state over casino revenue. At stake: $470 million in revenue-sharing lawmakers say the tribe owes.

Mohegan Sun Prepares to Celebrate 25 Years

The 25th anniversary of Mohegan Sun will occur roughly at the same time that it will unveil iGaming and sports betting. The casino has bounced back better than ever from losses suffered during the pandemic.

BIA Approves Colville Sports Betting

Amendments to the gaming compact between Washington State and the Confederated Tribes of the Colville Reservation have been approved by the BIA. This allows the tribe to offer sports betting on its reservation.


West Virginia Lottery Revenue Holds Steady

West Virginia Lottery Director John Myers says revenue at the state’s five casinos and 1,200 Limited Video Lottery locations has held steady, despite a surge in Covid-19 cases in the state.


ICRG Appoints New President

The International Center for Responsible Gaming last week announced that Arthur Paikowsky has been named president of the organization, which is dedicated to conducting research into disordered gambling.

Gaming Arts’ Venneman Named COO

Gaming Arts LLC, has promoted Jean Venneman from chief commercial operator to chief operating officer. The company also added Mike Smykowski as director of sales.

Machado is AGLC President, CEO

Kandice Machado has been named president and CEO of Alberta Gaming, Liquor and Cannabis. Machado has served in the position on an acting basis for 10 months.

Crown Resorts Adds Board Member, Secretary

Crown Resorts has appointed Redbubble Chair Anne Ward (l.) as a board member and Craig Durham as secretary/legal counsel. The additions are part of a strategy to reconstitute Crown leadership in a challenging time.

Svensk Resigns as Betsson Chair

Betsson AB Chairman Patrick Svensk has resigned following a statement by major company shareholders that they “no longer have full confidence” in him.


IGT to Trial Digital Wallet in Australia

IGT will supply its Resort Wallet with IGTPay cashless gaming solution for a trial at Club York in Sydney, Australia, one of the private gaming clubs prevalent in New South Wales.

Sightline, Konami Announce Cashless Partnership

Sightline Payments and Konami Gaming have formed a partnership to deliver cashless gaming solutions through Sightline’s Play+ digital payments technology and Konami’s Synkros casino management system.

Greek Casino Offers Latest Novomatic Games

Novomatic recently installed a diverse selection of cabinets, games and progressives to the slot floor at one of Europe’s largest casinos, Casino Loutraki in Corinthia, Greece.

Sports Betting HOF Class of ‘21 to Be Inducted

The Sports Betting Hall of Fame will induct its Class of 2021 at the SBC Summit North America in December. Among the inductees are legendary bookmaker Jimmy Vaccaro (l.), of South Point Casino in Las Vegas.


G2E Is Back, Masked, Vaxxed and Upbeat

Last year, the gaming industry had to settle for a virtual G2E. This year, although the world hasn’t quite returned to normal, the live event has returned, with masks and vaccine mandates.




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