Losing The Information War

The gaming industry in the UK is in a struggle for its life. Anti-gaming activists are spreading lies and half-truths, and the industry is on its heels, says leading gambling consultant Steve Donoughue, and it’s time to regroup

Bringing Back Bettors, Sans Promos

New York State launched mobile sports betting with tons of promotions and heavy ad rotations. But when the promos stopped, profits were nowhere in sight. Firms like Enteractive specialize in keeping and retaining bettors, minus big-money bonuses.

Counting the Cost

Card counting costs the casino industry millions of dollars each year. But it’s not the person sitting at the table that’s doing it. Casino expert Bill Zender points the finger at the most unsuspected culprits.

I’ll Take Manhattan? Maybe Not!

New York lawmakers may hurry to award three casino licenses in and around New York City. The question is where to put the gaming halls: at racinos in Yonkers and Queens? In New York City?

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WEEKLY FEATURE: Boyd Gaming to Acquire Pala Interactive

Boyd Gaming announced that its wholly owned subsidiary Boyd Interactive Gaming, Inc. will acquire online gaming technology company Pala Interactive for $170 million in cash. The purchase shows Boyd’s commitment to online gaming, according to CEO Keith Smith (l.).

Lightfoot Creates Chicago Casino Special Committee

Following the announcement of her top three choices to develop a downtown casino, Chicago Mayor Lori Lightfoot created a special aldermanic committee to oversee the final selection. But critics accuse the mayor of stacking the committee in her favor by leaving off people like Ald. Sophia King (l.), who represents one of the impacted areas.

Macau Satellite Casino Operator Speaks Out on Impact of Closures

Jay Chun (l.), the head of Paradise Entertainment, operator of satellite casinos in Macau, is concerned about the potential loss of the sector, which he says makes a “significant contribution” to the local economy. A number of satellites have already announced they will close.

Bekier Exits Star Amid Deepening Probe

An inquiry into non-compliance at Australia’s Star Sydney casino resort has prompted Star CEO Matt Bekier (l.) to step down. The probe has uncovered evidence that Star ignored its AML responsibilities and misled regulators.

Most Massachusetts Senators Support Sports Betting

Twenty-four of Massachusetts’s 40 senators support a bill that would legalize sports betting in the Bay State. The House has passed the bill, but Senate President Karen Spilka (l.) is inexplicably holding things up.

Private Firm Plans $3 Billion Arena near LV Strip

Private sports entertainment venue developer the Oak View Group is planning a $3 billion, 20,000-seat arena and entertainment district just south of the Las Vegas Strip. The group that developed the Climate Pledge Arena in Seattle include producer Jerry Bruckheimer, billionaire David Bonderman, and Tim Leiweke, CEO of Oak View Group.

FANTINI’S FINANCE: Big Handle or Sleight of Hand?

As sports betting and iGaming expand across the United States, most operators and some analysts are touting impressive handle numbers. But those figures are easily picked apart, as Deutsche Bank’s Carlos Santarelli shows.


Wynn to Add Nongaming in Macau

Wynn Resorts CEO Craig Billings has indicated the U.S.-based operator may add more hotel rooms in Macau, as well as non-gaming facilities including sports venues and arts and cultural attractions, including at Wynn Palace (l.).

Osaka IR Approved by City Council

Members of the Osaka City Council have approved plans for an integrated resort (l.) in the Japanese prefecture, despite concerns about site remediation costs. The bid must go to the central government by April 28.

U.S. Investors Interested in Saipan Casino

With IPI’s Saipan casino license hanging in the balance, Andrew Yeom (l.), head of the Northern Mariana Islands casino commission, says U.S. investors have approached him about running a casino on the island.



Brazil’s Senate Still Unsure of Gambling Bill

The Brazilian Senate is in no hurry to discuss the bill approved by the Chamber of Deputies that will legalize gambling. The Senate has mixed views. And President Jair Bolsonaro (l.) will veto the bill.


GiG Completes Sportnco Acquisition

Gaming Innovation Group Inc. has completed its acquisition of iGaming company Sportnco, a provider of turnkey betting and gaming solutions for operators. The deal was first announced in December 2021.

Ontario iGaming Goes Live April 4, Could Create 2,600 jobs

Ontario, Canada’s new online gaming market, which goes live April 4, is expected to create 2,600 new jobs in the Canadian province. At least 30 operators are expected to enter the new market. But DFS won’t be a part as regulations forced both DraftKings and FanDuel to pull out of the province.

Australia Seeks to Block Offshore iGaming Sites

Australia’s communications regulator, ACMA, has issued blocking orders designed to prevent six offshore gaming websites from serving Australian residents. The orders ask internet providers to block the offenders.

Dutch Online Market Smaller Than Projected

The Dutch online gaming market is smaller than the regulator, de Kansspelautoriteit (KSA) initially estimated. KSA Chairman René Jansen (l.) revealed the information in his 2021 annual report.

WSOP.com Live in Michigan

It took a while, but WSOP is live in Michigan. Ty Stewart (l.), who runs the site for Caesars Entertainment, will make up for the late arrival with promotions and tournaments.


Kentucky Sports Betting Bill Gets Second Reading

A bill to legalize mobile sports betting at seven Kentucky racetracks and also online poker got a second reading in the House, just before the recess. Rep. Adam Koenig (l.) said he’ll fight for passage up to the last minute.

Kansas Sports Betting Bill Goes to Committee

The Kansas House recently passed sports betting bill SB 84, passed by the Senate last year. Now the measure goes to a conference committee to work out taxes and other issues before it heads to the desk of Governor Laura Kelly (l.).

Missouri Sports Betting Legislation Heads to Senate

A Missouri Senate committee is considering retail and online sports wagering legislation, crafted with the state’s 13 casinos and major sports teams. Analysts estimate annual sports betting handle of $150 million.

South Dakota May Allow Mobile Wagering in Casinos

Sports betting has been allowed at Deadwood, South Dakota casinos (l.) for six months, but only on kiosks and retail. Now the state Commission on Gaming may allow wagering on mobile apps inside the properties.

AJ Andrews Joins BetMGM as Brand Rep

AJ Andrews (l.), Major League Baseball Network personality and the first female winner of the Rawlings Gold Glove, has joined sports betting leader BetMGM as its newest brand ambassador.

Arizona Coyotes Want to Move License

The Arizona Coyotes professional hockey team want to temporarily move their mobile sports betting license from Glendale to Arizona State University. The move requires approval from the state legislature.


Clock Runs Down for Alabama Gambling Legislation

With the legislative session ending April 7, a lottery-only bill in the Alabama House and a bill sponsored by Senator Greg Albritton (l.) that includes a lottery, casinos and sports betting in the Senate have little chance of passage.

Culinary Union Going After Station Licenses

Nevada’s Culinary Union has appealed to regulators to revoke the gaming licenses of Station Casinos, while filing a mass action lawsuit alleging the operator violated Nevada law by not reinstating furloughed workers. But the union has no problem with Boyd Gaming, which has admitted to the same strategy but has a contract with the union.

Indiana’s Hoosier Park Begins $34 Million Expansion

Ground will break later this spring for the $34 million, 38,000-square-foot expansion at Harrah’s Hoosier Park Racing & Casino (l.) in Anderson, Indiana. The project will take 13 to 15 months and add 100 slots and 25 table games.

Caesars AC to Add Hell’s Kitchen Restaurant

Caesars Entertainment will open a Gordon Ramsay Hell’s Kitchen restaurant to its Atlantic City casino resort this summer. A Ramsay’s Kitchen will open this fall at Harrah’s Las Vegas.


New York State Compels Seneca Payment

For five years, the Seneca Nation and New York State have played hardball over tribal gaming revenues, which the tribe held in escrow pending resolution of a compact dispute. In response, Governor Kathy Hochul (l.) froze tribal accounts, forcing the tribe to pay up.

Casino Morongo Adds Poker and Bingo Rooms

A new expansion at the Morongo Casino in Southern California adds a 20-table poker room and an updated 250-seat bingo hall. The grand opening of the two new spaces was celebrated this weekend.

Michigan Tribal Casinos Lower Gaming Age to 18

Michigan-based tribal gaming operator Kewadin Casinos has lowered the gaming age limit from 19 to 18 at all five locations. The change, permissible under the Sault Tribe’s gaming compact, went into effect on March 30.


Losing Lottery Provider Camelot Sues UKGC

After losing its bid for another 10-year National Lottery contract, the Camelot Group has filed suit against the U.K. Gambling Commission. Camelot contends that the UKGC changed the selection process.


D’Arrigo Named San Manuel CFO

The San Manuel Band of Mission Indians has appointed Daniel D’Arrigo as chief financial officer for the San Manuel enterprise. D’Arrigo has more than 25 years of experience in gaming, leisure and hospitality.

Lin to Head Mohegan Gaming Legal Team

Mohegan Gaming and Entertainment has appointed Raymond Lin as the company’s chief legal officer. Lin will focus on developing Mohegan’s legal and compliance strategy.

Berninger Named HR Executive at Borgata

The Borgata Hotel Casino & Spa in Atlantic City has appointed Rick Berninger as vice president of human resources. Berninger joins the HR team with more than 20 years of experience in hospitality.


NCPG Raises Funds for Problem Gambling Prevention

The National Council on Problem Gambling last week announced the first Agility Grant award recipients for 2022. The initiative, funded by the NFL and FanDuel, funds problem gambling prevention programs.

Buenos Aires Casino Adds Zitro Games

Casino de Pinamar in Buenos Aires, Argentina has added three Zitro multi-game units to its floor—Link Me, Link King and 88 Link with Wild Duels and Lucky Charms game collections.





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