Juliano on AC: Pandemic Comeback, iGaming, AC Smoking Ban

Bally’s Atlantic City is wrapping up a $100 million upgrade, just in time for the busy summer season. Bally’s Executive VP and CMO Phil Juliano (l.) says overall changes in the resort town are fueling the post-Covid comeback. But challenges loom for the shore resort: like a possible New York City casino. Bally’s will offset the threat by applying for a license.

No ‘Great Resignation’ at California Tribal Casino

For casino operators, employee loyalty may be as vital as customer loyalty—especially in the era of the Great Resignation. As other properties struggle to staff up, Graton Resort and Casino in Northern California has retained a full complement of loyal employees.

Peru, Chile Ponder iGaming as Revenue Source

Alejandro Weber (l.), Chilean undersecretary of finance, says the country wants to join the online gambling marketplace. Weber estimates the industry could generate around $55 million a year in taxes. In Peru, the ministry in charge of gaming in Peru is circulating a draft bill to regulate sports betting and online gaming.

Hitting the Jackpot

An effort to raise the ceiling on the jackpot limits that are required to be reported to the IRS is an important initiative from the American Gaming Association. A new bill has been introduced that would boost the limit from $1,200 to $5,000.

Sticker Shock: NY Casino License Could Cost $1 Billion

As budget time approaches in New York State, one issue before lawmakers is the potential cost of a casino license. How does $1 billion sound? The state may license up to three casinos in and around New York City, two of which are almost pre-determined.

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Chicago Mayor Nears Casino Decision

Chicago Mayor Lori Lightfoot (l.) will soon announce how she ranks five downtown casino proposals, then present her top choice to the city council. The mayor says one or two plans may not meet the city’s requirements.

LVS Ponders Asian Expansion

Rob Goldstein (l.), CEO of the Las Vegas Sands Corp. has revealed that the operator is in discussions with officials of a “top-tier” Asian country about building a major new integrated resort. Analysts believe he is referring to Thailand, which is currently considering legalizing gaming.

AGA: March Madness Could Break Betting Records

The American Gaming Association predicts that 45 million adults will bet up to $3.1 billion on the NCAA Men’s Basketball Tournament. Credit nine new sportsbook states for the record setting performance.

California Lawmakers OK New Tribal Compact

Officials in Kings County, California have approved the ratification of a new compact agreement with the Santa Rosa Rancheria Tachi Tribe, which operates the Tachi Palace Casino Resort (l.) near Fresno.

NHS Calls for Gaming ‘Addiction Levy’

The National Health Service has called for a levy on gaming revenue to fund prevention and treatment of gambling harm. Henrietta Bowden-Jones and Matt Gaskell say the levy is based on the polluter pays principle.

Star Entertainment Public Hearings Underway

Public hearings into Star Entertainment’s suitability to operate its Sydney casino began last week. Adam Bell was appointed to conduct the review, which holds the authority of a state royal commission.


Macau Stocks Plummet on Covid Surge

Macau gaming stocks have taken another gut punch, losing a combined $4.4 billion, or a combined 8.7 percent of their value, due to a recent rise in Covid cases.


Sweden Assesses Covid Limits

The Swedish Gambling Inspectorate put loss limits and other restrictions in place during the Covid-19 pandemic. An interim report assessed the success of the limits and ways to deal with future lockdowns.



U.K. Study: iGaming Rises Among Women

A U.K. Gambling Commission study found that more women are gambling. The main focus is lotteries, bingo and scratchcards, but increasingly, women are drawn to online casino gaming.


FanDuel Pulls Out of Connecticut DFS

Due to change in regulations by the state of Connecticut, FanDuel has let its provisional license for the daily fantasy market lapse. The sportsbook giant expects to return prior to football season.

Missouri Legislature Takes Up Sports Betting Bills

Sports betting legislation is moving ahead in Missouri. Two Senate bills and a House measure, which advanced to the full floor, are backed by the state’s pro sports teams, 13 casinos and the Sports Betting Alliance.

Minnesota Sports Betting Bill Moves Ahead

A Minnesota House committee has sent a bill to the Senate that would legalize online and retail sports betting. State Rep. Zach Stephenson (l.) said, “This is the year we get sports betting done in Minnesota.”

Kentucky House Committee Passes Sports Wagering Bill

A Kentucky legislative committee has unanimously approved state Rep. Adam Koenig’s (l.) bill to legalize sports betting, daily fantasy sports and online poker. It’s Koenig’s fourth attempt at sports wagering legislation.

Insider Trading on Brady?

Westgate SuperBook VP Jay Kornegay says recent wagers on the Tampa Bay Buccaneers indicate bettors had the inside track QB Tom Brady’s (l.) return and he wants to know why.


Churchill Downs Has Big Plans For Colonial Downs

Churchill Downs, the soon-to-be new owner of Colonial Downs (l.) in New Kent County, Virginia, has big plans for the thoroughbred racetrack, including additional racing days and a Kentucky Derby qualifying race.

Florida Jai-Alai Fronton Keeps Sport Alive

Magic City Casino (l.) in Miami could be the last professional jai-alai fronton in the nation. However, younger players, streaming services and online betting are breathing new life into the sport.

Indiana County Approves Churchill Downs Agreement

Vigo County, Indiana commissioners have OK’d a development agreement with Churchill Downs to develop the Queen of Terre Haute casino (l.). The agreement spells out CDI’s obligations to a nonprofit foundation.

Georgia Senate Defeats Horserace Betting Measure

The Georgia Senate has rejected a ballot question about wagering at five horse tracks. State Senator Jeff Mullis (l.), the bill’s sponsor, said he’s “disappointed” that his colleagues they didn’t let voters decide.

Virginia Lawmakers Pass Gambling Education Measure

In addition to education about drug and alcohol addiction, young people in Virginia may soon learn about gambling addiction, provided Governor Glenn Youngkin signs state Del. Sam Rasoul's (l.) recently passed bill.

Alabama Senate Committee Approves Gambling Bill

An Alabama legislative committee has approved a bill to bring casinos, a state lottery and sports betting to the state. If three-fifths of lawmakers say yes, a constitutional amendment will appear on the November ballot.

40,000 Jobs Unfilled at Nevada Casinos

Las Vegas continues to recover from the pandemic, but tens of thousands of casino jobs remain unfilled. Ana Puljic of the Culinary Academy of Las Vegas says it’s a “a talent war” as resorts try to attract employees.

Labor Union Wants Virginia Casino Vote Delay

Union leaders want Virginia legislators to delay a revote on Urban One’s proposed Richmond casino resort (l.) and study a possible Petersburg casino. They claim Urban One would create low-wage jobs with poor benefits.

Anti-Smoking Advocates Laud PA Bill

A bill in the Pennsylvania legislature to remove the casino exception to the indoor smoking ban is receiving praise from national anti-smoking advocates.

Melco Could Face U.S. Delisting

Melco Resorts & Entertainment could possibly be delisted by the NASDAQ exchange due to new regulations adopted by the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission governing foreign companies.

Colorado Casino Unveils $400 Million Expansion

A decade-long, $400 million expansion is complete at the Monarch Casino Resort Spa (l.) in Black Hawk, Colorado. The 516-room project features 100 VIP suites, including a sprawling 2,000-square-foot penthouse suite.


New York Demands $540 Million from Seneca Nation

New York lawmakers say the Seneca Nation owes $540 million in past-due gaming revenues to the state. The Senecas want a revised compact that reflects “a new day in Albany,” says Seneca President Matt Pagels (l.).

Seminoles Air ‘Thank You, Florida’ Ad

The Seminole Tribe is thanking Floridians for not supporting efforts to expand gambling in the state. The digital and broadcast ads have received more than 1.2 million views.


Lavan to Succeed Capp as Bally’s CFO

Bally’s Corp. has appointed Bobby Lavan (l.) to replace Steve Capp as the company’s chief financial officer. Lavan said he looks forward to Bally’s emergence as “a global omni-channel gaming leader.”

Earle Hall Joins GBA Board

The Government Blockchain Association has nominated Earle G. Hall (l.) to its board of directors. Hall will also serve as part of the Standards and Certification Workgroup.

BMM Promotes Heng, Petrella

BMM Testlabs has announced two promotions, elevating Yi Miin Heng (l.) to the role of client services manager in Asia and Paul Petrella to compliance manager in Australia.

VGCCC Appoints Kimmitt as Chief Executive

The Victorian Gambling Casino Control Commission has announced the appointment of Annette Kimmitt (l.) as its new CEO. Kimmitt is the former CEO and managing partner of MinterEllison, Australia’s largest law firm.

White Hat Studios Appoints Whitworth CEO

Andy Whitworth (l.) is the new CEO of White Hat Studios. He has 19-plus years of experience in the gaming sector, including stints at Entain, NetEnt and SG Digital. Most recently, he was White Hat’s chief commercial officer.

Stakelogic Names Walker Head of Live Casino

Stakelogic Live has named industry veteran Richard Walker (l.) as its new head of live casino, charged with responsibility for operations, studios, product and commercial activities.


Hard Rock Rockford Deploys QCI Platform

Hard Rock Casino Rockford in Illinois has deployed the unified gaming platform of Quick Custom Intelligence as a player development, marketing and service tool.

IGT Observes Problem Gambling Awareness Month

IGT has announced it is supporting Problem Gambling Awareness Month with the launch of its Positive Play social media campaign and a donation to the International Center for Responsible Gaming.


SBC to Buy Canadian Gaming Summit

SBC has agreed to purchase the Canadian Gaming Summit, Canada’s longest-running gaming conference, from co-owners Canadian Gaming Association and MediaEdge Communications Inc.

SGS to Highlight Hall of Fame Induction

Five industry leaders will be inducted into the Mississippi Gaming Hall of Fame during the Southern Gaming Summit, to be held May 3-6 at the Beau Rivage Resort & Casino in Biloxi.




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