NJ’s Second-Chance Jobs Program a Model for Other States

A New Jersey jobs program makes rehabilitated drug offenders eligible to work in AC casinos—a privilege once denied them. Casino Control Commission Chairman Jim Plousis (l.) says other states are already looking at the model, which was signed into law in January 2020.

Australia: Star’s Turn in the Hot Seat

Australian gaming regulators, focused for much of the year on regulatory breaches at Crown Resorts, have turned their attention to the No. 2 operator, Star Entertainment. Like Crown, Star allegedly failed to maintain money laundering controls and turned a blind eye to organized crime.

Featured Stories More

WEEKLY FEATURE: In Connecticut, Sports Betting Off to a Good Start

Last week, it was a smooth lift-off for sports betting in Connecticut ahead of statewide wagers on October 19. During a limited soft launch, retail and mobile bets were available on the same day, with Major League Baseball getting most of the action with the fan favorite Boston Red Sox (l.) in action.

MotorCity Casino Owners Take Over Atlantic City’s Ocean Casino Resort

Ocean Casino Resort has had a run of good fortune the last two years, and many credit CEO Terry Glebocki (l.) for her financial management. She resigned her position a day before Ilitch Holdings, the owner of Detroit’s MotorCity casino, received regulatory approval to take over management of the resort.

Japan Prime Minister All In for IRs

The new prime minister of Japan, Fumio Kishida (l.), has made it clear that he considers integrated resorts a linchpin of future tourism in the country. Kishida was elected on October 4.

Caesars, Spiegelworld Join Forces in Vegas, Atlantic City, New Orleans

Caesars Entertainment and Spiegelworld last week announced a multimillion-dollar live entertainment deal to create three, all-new, permanent shows in Las Vegas, Atlantic City and New Orleans. The new theater in Atlantic City will revive the classic Warner Theater façade (l.) on the Boardwalk.

Brazil Gaming Would Generate New Tax Revenues

Supporters of legal gambling in Brazil are touting the taxes that could be collected. Senator Angelo Coronel (l.), the leading proponent, says the country could collect $9 billion if a gambling ban is lifted.

Tribal Gaming Revenue Down 19.5 Percent

Gross gaming revenues for fiscal 2020 totaled $27.8 billion for tribal gaming, a decline of 19.5 percent compared to fiscal 2019, according to the annual report from the National Indian Gaming Commission. The losses were primarily attributed to the impacts of Covid-19.

MGM’s Hornbuckle Angles for Control of BetMGM

DraftKings has agreed to buy U.K.-based Entain, but not before MGM Resorts CEO Bill Hornbuckle (l.) tries to buy the rest of BetMGM. A positive financial report in the third quarter gives Entain leverage.


Malaysian Resort Reopens to Interstate Visitors

With declining Covid infections and increased vaccination rates, the Malaysian government has reopened interstate travel in the Southeast Asian nation, and may reopen soon to international visitors.

Seoul Exhibition Hall May Add Casino

The Korea International Exhibition and Convention Center (l.) is considering the development of a casino and hotels at the venue, the largest of its kind in South Korea. It needs the government’s OK to proceed.


Will Ireland Ban Gambling with Credit?

Irish lawmakers hope to ban credit card use for gambling. The move is designed to ensure problem gamblers don’t use credit to replace money. Operators can lose their licenses if they do not comply.


India’s Delta Corp. Seeks Fee Waiver

India’s largest casino company, Delta Corp., is asking the government of Goa to reduce or eliminate its licensing fees for the period when it had to close during Covid. The last quarter, it lost $3 million.


Bally’s Expects Online to Equal Retail Gaming

Bally’s CEO Lee Fenton (l.) expects half of his company’s business to eventually come from iGaming. “We’re about competing for time,” Fenton said, adding that Facebook is as much as rival as gaming companies.

POGO Taxes Way Down in 2021

Taxes generated by Philippine Offshore Gaming Operators were down significantly during the first seven months of 2021, due to Covid-19 as well as a newly implemented tax and a Chinese crackdown on iGaming.

BetConstruct Receives GLI-33 Certification

BetConstruct has obtained the “Events Wagering Systems’ certification, GLI-33, from Gaming Laboratories International for its sports betting and online gaming technology.


New York Reviews Sports Betting Applications

New York State lawmakers legalized mobile sports betting in April, and is now reviewing operator and platform applications with a decision expected by December. Wagers could add $500 million to state coffers.

First Sports Betting Network Launches in Canada

Parleh Media Group has launched Canada’s first dedicated sports betting broadcast network, Parleh TV. Parleh has partnered with media software provider Bitcentral and its tool FUEL to power the channel.

Pete Rose Debuts Sports Betting Podcast

The irony of Pete Rose being banned from the sport he loved for gambling isn’t lost on his latest venture: a sports betting podcast. The six times a week show offers insight bettors can benefit from.

No Date Set for Florida Sports Betting Launch

Seminole Gaming CEO Jim Allen (l.) said sports betting may launch next month at Seminole Gaming casinos. Meanwhile, two parimutuels and two Miami businessmen sued stop Seminole control of sports wagering.

Circa Mobile Sportsbook Live in Iowa

Circa Sports, one of the newer sportsbooks, has entered its third state, Iowa. The company also has a presence in Nevada and Colorado. Circa partnered with Wild Rose Casino.

Once Again, Mattress Mack Bets Big on Astros

Jim McIngvale (l.), known as Mattress Mack, has made two big bets on the Houston Astros to win the World Series. If the team wins, the mattress store owner stands to win more than $57 million.

Soccer Star Suspended for Betting on MLS

Midfielder Felipe Hernandez (l.), of Sporting Kansas City, was suspended by Major League Soccer for gambling on league games. The suspension is without pay. He may return on January 1.

Fubo Sportsbook Makes NASCAR Deal

Fubo Sportsbook, the new mobile sportsbook from Fubo Gaming, has announced that is now an authorized gaming operator for NASCAR. Fubo has also partnered with the New York Jets and the Cleveland Cavaliers.

Sportradar Partners with Int’l. Cricket Council

Sportradar has cut a deal with the International Cricket Council to provide official data and live streaming. The partnership, which covers 275 matches among eight tournaments, enhances fan engagement.

Rivalry Enters the Toronto Stock Exchange

Esports betting operator, Rivalry, raised $22 million in funding after going public on the Toronto Stock Exchange. The company hopes to grow its traditional sports betting and casino games business.

Esports Hub Provides Content for Bettors

Pinnacle Solutions has introduced Esports Hub, with live streaming and data-rich scoreboards to help esports fans make informed wagers. It is a service available to sportsbook providers.


Locals + Stimulus Checks = Big Nevada Wins

Nevada gaming is on a winning streak, thanks in part to locals, drive-in gamblers and federal stimulus dollars handed out during the worst of the pandemic. The tally has reached $1 billion a month over six months despite continued mask policies.

Genting Plows $150 Million into NY Resorts

Genting Malaysia has injected $150 million of equity into its U.S.-based Empire Resorts, the third such capital infusion since early 2020. Empire runs Resorts World Catskills and Monticello Raceway in Upstate New York.

Wisconsin Battles Unregulated Slots

A Wisconsin judge said unregulated slots that show the outcome of a spin are not illegal. The state appealed that decision. The appellate court’s ruling could end up in the state Supreme Court or allow more machines.

Tropicana Rebrands to Bally's Evansville Indiana

Tropicana Evansville (l.) now is Bally’s Evansville Casino & Hotel. Total rebranding will be completed in the first half of 2022, including interior and exterior signage, players club, dice, cards, gaming chips and table game layouts.

Indiana Officials Support Hard Rock Proposal

Officials in two Indiana counties have sent letters to state gaming commissioners supporting Hard Rock’s proposed $200 million Rocksino. Competitors include Churchill Downs, Full House and Premier Gaming.

Lawyers Clean Up On Kentucky Flutter Settlement

Kentucky’s lawsuit against Flutter Entertainment, owners of PokerStars, over allegedly unregulated online gambling, recently ended with a $300 million settlement. State attorneys, led by Jim Deckard (l.), will pocket $75 million of that total.

Southwest Vegas Site Prime Real Estate for Station

Station Casinos, which will break ground on a new resort in Southwest Las Vegas next year, has a number of vacant sites for potential future development. Experts say the Durango Drive site was a natural to go first.

Massachusetts to Scrutinize Gambling Ads

With the possible addition of sports betting to its responsibilities the Massachusetts Gaming Commission is becoming more interested in ads. They are looking into possibly limiting them to limit problem gambling.

EKN Development Acquires Tahoe Casino

The California-based EKN Development Group has purchased the Tahoe Biltmore Lodge and Casino for $56.9 million from Boulder Bay LLC. It plans to develop the property into “a branded marque destination,” it says.

PA’s Meadows Casino Changing Name

The Meadows Racetrack and Casino (l.) south of Pittsburgh has changed its name to Hollywood Casino at the Meadows, in line with the national flagship brand of parent company Penn National Gaming.

Nobu at Caesars Palace to Get Makeover

Caesars Entertainment is marking on a renovation/refresh of the luxury boutique Nobu Hotel at Caesars Palace, marking the eighth anniversary of the brand founded by Nobu Matsuhisa, Robert De Niro and Meir Teper.

NBA Head: Las Vegas on League Radar

NBA Commissioner Adam Silver (l.) promises Las Vegas will be considered when the basketball league is ready to expand. Silver said the success of the Summer League proves there’s a market.


Oregon Tribes Oppose Non-Tribal Casino

Dutch Bros. coffee billionaire Travis Boersma (l.) has proposed building the Flying Lark casino adjacent to his Grants Pass Downs racetrack in Oregon. Six Oregon gaming tribes object and want the governor to intervene.

Michigan Tribe Awaits Governor’s Word on Casino

The Little River Band of Ottawa Indians is waiting for Michigan Governor Gretchen Whitmer to OK its proposed $180 million Fruitport Township casino. The U.S. Department of Interior approved the project in December.

Connecticut Tribes Not Jumping Into Pot Biz

Connecticut’s gaming tribes aren’t rushing to join the movement among U.S. tribes to get into the cannabis industry. The Pequots are looking into it, but the Mohegan Tribe has no plans to get into the industry.


Bo Jackson Joins Casino Investment Group

Pro sports legend Bo Jackson has joined an investment group proposing a casino in the southwest Chicago suburb of Calumet City, which will draw from a new local hospitality management program.

FSB Names Melanis VP of Program Management

FSB has named Madinia Melanis, a veteran of sports betting products at IGT, as vice president of program management as the company establishes itself in the North American market.

PointsBet Makes Marketing Hire

Dave Rivers, formerly of Bell Canada, has been hired by PointsBet as vice president of marketing for its Canadian division. He was director of brand marketing and sponsorship for 18 years for Bell.

Zhang Named Executive Chef at Wynn Macau

Zhang Zhicheng has been appointed executive chef at the Michelin-starred Golden Star restaurant at Wynn Macau. Zhang recently took part in the Guest Chef Series at Wynn Macau and Wynn Palace.

Aziz Guilty in ‘Varsity Blues’ Scandal

Former casino executive Gamal “Aziz” Abdelaziz (l.) has been found guilty of bribing his daughter’s way into the University of Southern California, part of the wide-ranging “Varsity Blues” scandal.


Scientific Games to Acquire ACS PlayOn

Scientific Games has signed a definitive agreement to acquire the ACS cashless table game solution PlayOn, which provides a debit payment solution at live table games.

SIS Invests in Racelab Global

SIS, a multi-channel supplier of live betting services, has announced it will make a major investment in Australia’s Racelab Global, a racing data science company.


ICE London Registration Now Live

Registration has gone live for ICE London 2022, which will take place February 1-3 at the ExCeL Exhibition Centre in London after a two-year hiatus caused by Covid-19.




Outrageous pronouncements, simple statements and words of wisdom.