Security and Surveillance the Focus at Las Vegas Conference

Last month’s World Game Protection Conference had many revealing presentations, including money-laundering expert Jeffrey Robinson warning casinos of criminals who use vendors for back-door money laundering, and show organizer Willy Allison’s (l.) unveiling of the “Top Five Casino Scams” of the century.

Thailand Again Mulls Casino Gaming

Government officials in cash-strapped Thailand are considering legalizing casinos. It’s estimated that Thais spend billions annually on gaming, and frequently cross into Cambodia to patronize its casinos. Premier Prayut Chan-o-cha (l.) is worried about underground casinos in the country.

States Observe Problem Gambling Awareness Month

As access to gaming grows, concerns about at-risk players are on the rise. March is Problem Gambling Awareness Month. Here’s how states, health professionals and the gaming industry are collaborating on solutions.

Scientific Games Rebrands as ‘Light & Wonder’

Scientific Games Corp. is changing its business name to Light & Wonder Inc., a reflection of its omnichannel gaming approach of only gaming and the company’s core games. The company was required to rebrand when it sold off its lottery division and the name.

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WEEKLY FEATURE: Brazil Lawmakers Take Sides on Legal Gaming

Today, many countries have legal gaming. Now it’s Brazil’s turn to consider a legal industry, and lawmakers are facing off across both sides of the divide. The Chamber of Deputies has approved a wide-ranging gaming bill, but President Jair Bolsonaro (l.) has said he will veto the bill, so the end result is far from certain.

Macau Extends Concession Deadline

The slow movement of the legislature considering the revised Macau gaming bill has caused Macau’s Secretary for Economy and Finance Lei Wai Nong (l.) to extend the June deadline for naming the next round of concessions until December 31.

Bill Submitted to Raise Jackpot Limit Reporting

For almost 50 years, the U.S. has required casinos to report jackpots of $1,200 or more to the IRS. A new bill sponsored by Nevada Rep. Dina Titus (l.) and others will raise the threshold to $5,000 but it’s not the first time it has been proposed.

Gaming Companies Rally Around Ukraine

Gaming firms are rallying to support Ukraine, raising relief funds and severing business relationships in Russia. Karolina Pelc (l.), founder and CEO of BeyondPlay, announced a fundraiser for Ukraine relief.

No Profit, Big Losses by New York Sportsbooks

For all the cheering over sports betting records in New York, the quest to win customers came with a steep cost. Operators made no profits, and took major losses due to the state’s stratospheric tax rate. Now state Senator Joseph Addabbo is (l.) pushing online casinos.

Las Vegas Sands Doubles Down on Texas Casino Push

The Las Vegas Sands Corp. has formed a political action committee to push legal casinos in the Lone Star State. The PAC is funded by Miriam Adelson (l., with her late husband Sheldon) to the tune of $2.3 million.

EKG Holds Fourth Slot Awards

Eilers & Krejcik Gaming held its fourth annual EKG Slot Awards event in Las Vegas, with awards for 2021 performance dominated by Aristocrat. At the event, industry legends Bob Luciano and Michael Laubach were inducted into the Hall of Fame in the slot category.

FANTINI’S FINANCE: Chaos and Confidence

As the world recovers from Covid, other crises have rushed in to worry investors, including the escalating assault on the Ukraine. Now is the time to stay the course: finding and buying good companies at good values.

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City of Dreams Manila at Full Capacity

The City of Dreams (CoD) Manila (l.) is operating at full capacity now that most Covid restrictions have been lifted. That glad fact was reported by the CEO of the company that owns it, Melco CEO Lawrence Ho Yau Lung.

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U.K. Bookies Minimize Bets to Limit Wins

U.K. bookmakers use a process called stake factoring to clamp down on how lucky bettors can get. One good lucky streak could hurt bookies, so the process reduces how much a player can bet.

France to Curb Gaming Ad ‘Oversaturation’

The French national gaming authority has announced it will crack down on ubiquitous gaming ads, claiming a “line has been crossed” by the industry. It will take aim at ads that exaggerate the chances of winning.

Spanish Monopolies Must Cut Sports Sponsorships

Spain’s state-owned monopolies have been ordered to spend no more than 2 percent of their budgets on sports marketing and sponsorship budgets. Any expenditures will require permission from the government.

U.K. Fines 888 for ‘Social Failures’

The U.K. Gambling Commission has fined 888 Casino £9.4 million for failing to observe social responsibility and guard against money laundering. The agency cited individual issues where the company failed.

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Puerto Rico Licenses Three New Casinos

The Puerto Rico Gaming Commission has granted three new licenses, authorizing casinos in the Aloft San Juan (l.), the Hampton Inn in Dorado and the Tribute Portfolio by Marriott hotels in Ponce.

Could Crown Civil Proceedings Derail Blackstone Bid?

Crown Resorts is being sued for “innumerable” compliance breaches at its Australian casinos. Hefty fines, to be determined by AUSTRAC’s Nicole Rose (l.), could trigger an exit clause for the Blackstone Group, which plans a multibillion-dollar takeover.

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Churchill Downs Eliminates Online Betting

Churchill Downs will eliminate online sports betting and casino gambling in the next six months. Officials said the company will sell its market access and focus on its retail sportsbooks and online horseracing business.

MGA Launches iGaming Roulette

MGA Games has launched a new online roulette game featuring Spanish celebrities and a fully immersive RNG-based game-play experience. The game is unique to the European iGaming market.

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Kentucky Lawmaker Proposes Sports Betting Bills

Kentucky state Senator David Yates’ (l.) bill would legalize retail and mobile sports wagering, online poker and daily fantasy sports. Senator Adam Koenig’s measure would legalize most forms of sports wagering.

Missouri House Committee Delays Sports Betting Vote

A Missouri House committee will hold a hearing on mobile sports betting legislation this week. An earlier vote was delayed as members sought changes relating to problem gambling, off-site wagering fees and promos.

Alabama Lawmaker Proposes Sports Betting Bill

Alabama state Senator Greg Albritton (l.) has announced plans to introduce a sports betting bill along with two other measures expanding the state’s casino market and creating a state lottery.

California Sports Betting Measure Survives Challenge

California’s Supreme Court has rejected an attempt by card clubs to stop a ballot measure that would give gaming tribes a monopoly on sports betting. The clubs claimed the measure would violate the state constitution.

Supreme Court Hears Texas Casino Case

On March 1, the U.S. Supreme Court heard arguments from the state of Texas and the Tigua Indians on whether the tribe can continue offering casino games at the reservation’s Speaking Rock Entertainment Center (l.).

Wisconsin Tribe to Offer Sports Betting

The Forest County Potawatomi and Wisconsin Governor Tony Evers have signed an amended compact allowing the tribe to offer sports wagering at its Milwaukee casino (l.). Interior Department approval is expected.

South Dakota Lawmakers Nix Mobile Sports Betting

A South Dakota House committee has rejected an online sports betting bill, so wagering will be limited to Deadwood city limits (l.). Proponents say if lawmakers don’t act, a citizen-led ballot initiative is likely.

BetMGM Signs McDavid as Brand Ambassador

BetMGM last week announced it has added Connor McDavid (l.) as its latest brand ambassador. The Edmonton Oilers captain is the first active player from the four major sports to sign with the sportsbook.

FanDuel Signs Deal with Buffalo Sabres

The agreement between FanDuel and the Buffalo Sabres provides branding, sports betting odds and promotions during broadcasts. FanDuel gets rights to branding and use of logos.

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Conventions Complicate Chicago Casino Plans

Three Chicago casino proposals include McCormick Place (the Bally’s plan at left). A survey of exhibitors and organizers indicates they would support a casino nearby but not onsite, where a casino could lure customers from conventions.

Casino Re-Vote Delay ‘Shatters’ Richmond Officials

Officials in Richmond, Virginia thought a casino re-vote was a sure thing for approval of the One Casino Resort (l.). But the state Senate proposed a feasibility study for a Petersburg casino, delaying a Richmond do-over until at least November 2023.

Nebraska Lawmakers Debate Racino Limits

Nebraska lawmakers are at odds over how many racinos the state can accommodate. Some legislators don’t want to “stifle” the industry. Senator Tom Briese (l.) wants to allow tracks to relocate to more accessible locations.

Ohio Officials Approve Proposed Casino Plan

Officials in Columbus, Ohio both have approved a proposal for a casino, racetrack and hotel to be developed by Convergence LLC. Mayor Jim Bulkley (l.) cited no public opposition to the plan.

WV Senate Committee Approves Satellite Casino Bill

The West Virginia Senate (l.) approved a bill allowing casinos to operate satellite locations within the same county. Now the bill moves to the House. Voters and the Lottery Commission also will have to approve it.

New Mexico Racehorse Owners vs. Regulators

New Mexico racehorse owners allege the state Racing Commission and Gaming Control Board are taking money intended for them and using it for racecourses expenses. They have filed an ethics complaint.

AC’s Borgata to Invest in Rooms, Casino Floor

Faced with reinvestment from its nearest competitors, Atlantic City market leader Borgata has committed to revamping hotel rooms and the casino. Borgata President Travis Lunn (l.) says he wants to attract patrons from other MGM properties.

Caesars Palace Unveils Renovations

One of the most iconic layouts in one of the most iconic casino hotels in Las Vegas is showing off its renovation. The work at Caesars Palace added new tiling, new ceiling and a new statue of the man himself.

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Maine Tribes Push for Full Sovereignty

The tribes of Maine are lobbying the legislature to pass a bill that would recognize their sovereignty. The tribes would like to operate casinos and other things U.S. tribes do—a right they lost in a 1980 land settlement.

Massachusetts Tribe Sued Again Over Casino

The Mashpee Wampanoag Tribe is being sued in federal court over a $1 billion casino it would like to build in Taunton, Massachusetts. Some residents of the city say the tribe isn’t eligible to put land into trust

Jamul Casino Opens Updated VIP Rooms; Pays Off Debt

California’s Jamul Casino has opened newly renovated high-limit rooms with a dedicated bar, a separate Asian Games room and a private VIP lounge. The spaces are designed to invite good fortune. The tribe has also refinanced its construction debt.

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Indiana Governor Supports iLottery

Indiana Governor Eric Holcomb (l.) supports online lottery games, but some lawmakers urge caution. For example, a Senate committee amended a tax bill requiring the legislature’s approval of internet lottery sales.

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Red Rock Appoints Kreeger as President

Red Rock Resorts has named Scott Kreeger (l.) as the company’s new president. Since September 2021, Kreeger has served as the Las Vegas-based company’s senior vice president of development.

Dorsey Takes Reins at AGEM

Daron Dorsey (l.) officially took over on March 1 as executive director of the Association of Gaming Equipment Manufacturers, as Marcus Prater said his goodbyes via email to AGEM members.

Davis Named Director of Sales at Valley Forge

Boyd Gaming has welcomed Sybil Davis (l.) to the leadership team at Valley Forge Casino Resort in Pennsylvania. Davis brings “exceptional business acumen and expertise” to the position, the company stated.

Melinda Chan Reappointed CEO of Macau Legend

Melinda Chan (l.) has been reappointed as CEO of Macau Legend Development, the company announced last week. Chan has expressed the hope that Macau Legend will soon win its own gaming concession.

IGSA Announces 2022 Board

The International Gaming Standards Association has announced its board of directors for 2022, headed by new chairman John English (l.), managing director of Maxxsure and partner in Global Market Advisors

Agua Caliente Appoints Newton for PR

Agua Caliente Casinos California has expanded its marketing team with the addition of Jessica Newton (l.). Newton will oversee public relations for three properties in of Rancho Mirage, Palm Springs and Cathedral City.

Hoiana Appoints Jit Ng as CMO

Hoiana casino resort in Vietnam has appointed Jit Ng (l.) as chief marketing officer. Ng will be responsible for strategic planning, creative development and marketing outreach.

Swedish Gaming Association Names New CEO

The Swedish Gaming Association, known as Spelbranschens Riksorganisation, has named Maria Wennerberg Sedigh (l.) as its new chief executive. She will take the helm starting March 30.

Oinonen Joins CashMagnet as Marketing Lead

CashMagnet Ltd. has appointed industry veteran Joni Oinonen (l.) as its new chief marketing officer. CashMagnet described Oinonen as a “heavyweight” who will oversee marketing strategies in the U.K.

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Aruze, Galaxy Launch Bonus Craps Game on RTW

Galaxy Gaming and Aruze Gaming America have announced that the world’s most popular craps side wager is now available on the groundbreaking semi-autonomous game, Roll to Win Craps.

Sega Sammy Partners with Exacta on HHR

Exacta Systems announced a new license IP agreement with Sega Sammy Creations, Inc., under which Sega Sammy slot titles will be ported to Exacta’s platform for historical horse racing.

Quixant Announces Rebrand

Quixant is re-branding with a new logo, identity and enhanced product and support platform, aiming to enhance its position as a technology provider.

Pechanga to Deploy Marker Trax

California’s Pechanga Resort will make Marker Trax cashless slot credit markers available to guests through an interface with Light & Wonder’s SDS slot management system.

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