DOI, Indian Affairs to Host Tribal Consultations

In May, Assistant Secretary for Indian Affairs Bryan Newland (l.) said the U.S. Department of Interior and Indian Affairs will consult with tribes on changes to the process for taking land into trust and streamlining Class III gaming compact approvals.

Symptoms of Capture: The Nevada Gaming Control Board

How much influence does the Nevada gaming industry have over state regulators? That question has a series of long and complicated answers depending upon the circumstances, but none has been so clear as the reluctance to approve remote funding for sports betting accounts, according to gaming expert Richard Schuetz.

Chicagoans Drill Casino Finalists

In three recent and often contentious community meetings, officials from Hard Rock, Bally’s and Rush Street Gaming presented their vision for a downtown Chicago casino, and responded to questions about their proposals.

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New York Budget Counts On NYC Casino Licenses

The New York State budget set last week included three casino licenses in or around New York City. Odds favor two racinos in Queens and Yonkers operated by MGM Resorts at Empire Casino at Yonkers Racetrack (l.) and Resorts World at Aqueduct Racetrack.

Report: Macau Satellites Need Stricter Regulation

A new report from Macao Polytechnic University says the crackdown on satellite casinos in the Chinese city is called for, as they are “fraught with opacity and undesirable business practices.” The Golden Dragon casino (l.) is a satellite affiliated with the SJM group.

Crown Pushes Blackstone Sale

Crown Resorts is encouraging shareholders to vote in favor of an AU$8.9 billion bid from the U.S. private equity group Blackstone, saying the offer “represents a fair outcome for Crown shareholders.”

Seminole Tribe Maintains Florida Monopoly

In Florida, a political action committee backed by the Las Vegas Sands Corp. has dropped a lawsuit regarding its petition to put a casino question on the November ballot. That leaves the Seminole Tribe’s monopoly on gaming intact.

L&W Completes Lottery Divestiture

Light & Wonder has completed the sale of its lottery business to Brookfield Business Partners LP, under which the business will continue to be known as Scientific Games.

G2E Asia Relocates to Singapore

Continuing Macau travel restrictions has forced the operators of G2E Asia to relocate the 2022 version of the show to Marina Bay Sands (l.) in Singapore. The new dates are now August 24-26.


Bally’s Eyes Japanese IR

Bally’s Corp, announced a plan to build an integrated resort in the Japanese city of Fukuoka, although local officials have said they are not interested in hosting an IR. But Bally’s Chairman Soo Kim says the company will not compete in the first round of bidding later this year.


Tanzania Board Clarifies Licensing Authority

The Tanzania Gaming Board is making it clear that it is the only bod that can issue gaming licenses. Apparently other agencies in the African nation have tried, violating Tanzania’s Gaming Act.


Chile Updates Law to Include iGaming

Chile is changing its existing gaming laws to include online gaming. The government wants to tap the thriving online gaming industry and is looking at using a VAT tax.

Bragg’s Oryx Gaming Live in Bahamas

Bragg Gaming Group’s Oryx Gaming subsidiary has gone live with its first iGaming content in the Bahamas, partnering with iGaming operator Island Luck.

White Hat Inks U.S. Deal with Resorts Digital

White Hat Studios, the content division of major iGaming platform provider White Hat Gaming, has continued its expansion in the U.S. after striking a major deal with Resorts Digital Gaming.


Alabama Fails to Pass Gambling Legislation

Alabama legislators again failed to pass any of the four proposed lottery bills. State Senator Greg Albritton (l.) said anti-gambling groups shouldn’t stop lawmakers from “gaining control of this industry and regulating it.”

Kansas Sports Betting Bill On Hold

The Kansas House has passed legislation allowing mobile and retail sports betting, but the Senate won’t vote until April 25. The measure would direct 80 percent of sports betting taxes to fund a professional sports facility.

Georgia Rejects Sports Betting Again

Two sports betting bills previously passed by the Georgia Senate in 2021 made a last-minute appearance in the House, but lawmakers didn’t act on either. Atlanta Braves CEO Derek Schiller (l.) says he’s “incredibly disappointed.”

March Madness Bettors Bet More This Year

The NCAA Men’s Basketball Tournament could be the most wagered athletic competition in the world. 31 percent placed a bet. Of those 65 percent bet more this year than last.

DraftKings Soon to Close on Golden Nugget Online

By the end of May, DraftKings will have Golden Nugget Online Gaming in its portfolio of acquisitions. The $1.56 billion deal expects to close by the end of May. Golden Nugget will rebrand Its sportsbooks as DraftKings.

DraftKings to Enter Puerto Rican Market

DraftKings and the Mashantucket Pequot Tribal Nation will enter the Puerto Rican sports betting market. DraftKings will operate out of the Foxwoods El San Juan Casino (l.) the tribe is renovating for $137 million.


Riviera Site Sold to Siegel Group

The Las Vegas-based Siegel Group last week purchased the 10-acre site that once hosted the former Riviera hotel. The group reportedly has “big plans” for the property.

U.S. Casinos Off to Best Start Ever

Commercial casinos in the United States have recorded the best two-month start ever, according to 2022 statistics released by the American Gaming Association.

Hard Rock Announces Temporary Virginia Opening

The Hard Rock Bristol will open a temporary facility in Bristol, Virginia on July 8, Hard Rock officials announced. The venue will offer 900 slots, 20 table games, sportsbook, restaurants and a sports bar, and create 600 jobs.

Illinois Golden Nugget Groundbreaking Set

Ground will be broken for the Golden Nugget Danville Casino on April 19, with opening set for March 2023. The casino will offer 500 slots, 14 table games, a sportsbook and two restaurants, and create 300 jobs.

More N.J. Lawmakers Support Casino Smoking Ban

Little by little, New Jersey lawmakers have joined the supporters of a full smoking ban, with no legal carveout for casinos. Now the majority of members of the health committees in each chamber are on board.


Sonoma County Board Opposes Koi Nation Casino

The Sonoma County Board of Supervisors has voted to oppose the casino plans of the Koi Nation of northern California. The Koi want to build a $600 million Shiloh Resort & Casino (l.). Most of its neighbors oppose it.



On Forbes Rich List, Adelson Tops Gaming Category

Forbes’ World’s Billionaires List 2022, released last week, ranked Miriam Adelson (l., with her late husband, Sheldon) at No. 50 overall, and No. 1 among gaming moguls. Adelson's net worth is estimated at $27.5 billion.

AGA Announces Promotions, New Hires

The American Gaming Association announced the promotions of four senior-level team members to new vice president positions in government relations, research, finance and member/partner relations.

Rush Street Names Caughill in Ontario

Rush Street Interactive has announced that Bruce Caughill will serve as managing director of its Canada sports betting operation. RSI’s BetRivers just launched in Ontario, which opened the market on April 4.

Trombetta to Lead Florida Gaming Control Commission

Florida’s Gaming Control Commission has appointed Louis Trombetta, director of the Division of Pari-mutuel Wagering at the Department of Business and Professional Regulation, as its new executive director.

Washington's Cowlitz Tribe Names Caputo COO

The Cowlitz Indian Tribe has appointed Kent Caputo as chief operating officer. Caputo has 30-plus years of experience in executive and legal positions and is a former COO of the Kalispel Tribal Economic Authority.

O’Neill Named Star Executive Chairman

John O’Neill has been named interim executive chairman of Australia’s Star Entertainment Group. The company is seeking a permanent replacement for former CEO Matt Bekier, who resigned on March 28.

South Carolina Tribe Appoints New Chief

Gregory Crummie has been sworn in as chief of the Santee Indian Tribe of South Carolina. He replaced Randy Crummie, who died of Covid-19 in October after 12 years leading the tribe.


JCM Global Creates Cube Art at Oklahoma Casino

JCM Global has installed 30 video cubes at the Grand Casino Hotel & Resort in Shawnee, Oklahoma. The three-dimensional cubes provide a unique attraction along the passage from the hotel to the gaming floor.

Hard Rock Lake Tahoe, Intelity Launch Branded App

Hard Rock Lake Tahoe (l.) and Intelity have launched a cloud-based mobile app that lets guests check in, access entertainment schedules, order food and drinks and request other services from their mobile devices.

California Casino Deploys QCI Slot Platform

Cache Creek Casino Resort in Brooks, California has deployed the slot optimization software platform of Quick Custom Intelligence, as a way to maximize the benefit of data on the slot floor.

BMM to Open Lab in Slovenia

BMM Testlabs will open a gaming testing lab in Slovenia in May, led by Damjan Semec (l.), former manager of the gaming department for the Slovenian Institute of Quality and Metrology.





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