According to research, casino workers are likelier than other people to develop gambling problems. New approaches to treatment may help those workers manage the condition—without forfeiting their careers.
Sometimes a person who thinks outside the box can make quite a difference to his field of endeavor. That’s the case with Spanky, a legendary sports bettor who launched Bet Bash, a gathering of like-minded people in the field. Richard Schuetz (shown with Spanky at left, and Susan Hensel) explains why Bet Bash 2 worked well.
Racetracks Seek Younger Fans
In an effort to lure new, younger fans, horse tracks and auto racing tracks are offering more than just races. Parties and experiences include popular musical performers, Instagram opportunities, art exhibits and circus acts.
AGA: Smashing ESG
When it comes to sustainability, diversity and responsible operations, the gaming industry is hitting its marks. The American Gaming Association recently completed an assessment of the industry’s ESG efforts, according to AGA VP Cait DeBaun (l.).
Japan Gaming Process Takes Another Hit
In what Governor Yoshinobu Nisaka (l.) called a “bitter blow,” a longstanding plan to develop an integrated resort in Wakayama, Japan was nixed last week by the prefectural assembly. Wakayama’s withdrawal doesn’t bode well for the nascent industry, conceived before the pandemic to bring in international tourism.
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WEEKLY FEATURE: Maine Sports Betting Bill Goes to Governor
A bill to legalize sports betting has passed in the Maine Senate and House and could soon be on the desk of Governor Janet Mills (l.). Complicating the bill’s progress is the larger debate on tribal sovereignty in the state and opposition from the commercial casinos in the state.
Macau GDP Won’t Bounce Back for Years
The International Monetary Fund says Macau’s gaming-centric economy won’t return to pre-pandemic levels until 2025. The contraction is a reminder of the need to diversify, as demanded by Beijing.
Report: Gambling in UAE will ‘Happen Soon’
A Reuters report quotes unnamed sources in revealing that legalized gambling in the United Arab Emirates in the form of integrated gaming resorts is close to reality.
Vegas Operators Still Interested in New York Casinos
Three casino licenses are up for grabs in the New York City area. Two could go to existing racinos, with the other really up for grabs. A handful of names from Las Vegas have considered entering the quest.
U.K. Commission Establishes New Rules of Behavior
As part of its attack on possible player harm, the U.K. Gambling Commission has created a set of rules to intervene with at-risk players. Guidance on how to detect such behavior will be unveiled in June.
Kentucky Sports Betting Bill Dies In Committee
Sports betting legislation died on the last day of the Kentucky legislative session. Senator Damon Thayer (l.) expressed disappointment in the outcome, but said sentiment will probably change next year.
Indian Gaming No Longer an ‘N Word’
The Indian Gaming 2022 tradeshow held las week in Anaheim, California, was also the rebranding of the National Indian Gaming Association. The conference and tradeshow was declared a success when almost 7,000 attended, according to IGA Chairman Ernie Stevens Jr. (l.).
California Tribe Files for Massive Casino Expansion
The Federated Indians of Graton Rancheria have resubmitted expansion plans for their casino that are larger in scale than originally proposed in 2017. Studies are ongoing, and a public forum is open through May 4.
FANTINI’S FINANCE: Slowdown Ahead?
Too much confidence in the gaming sector may be unrealistic given inflation, which may cut into consumers’ leisure spend. As first-quarter earnings reports near, it may be time to adjust expectations.
GLOBAL GAMING BUSINESS PODCAST: Tom O’Brien, President, Aristocrat, Americas & EMEA
This week, the GGB Podcast sits down the Tom O’Brien, the president of Aristocrat for the Americas and EMEA on his new position and how he’s working with Aristocrat CEO Hector Fernandez.
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Singapore IR to Renovate Three Hotels
This spring, Resorts World Sentosa (l.) in Singapore will begin the renovation of three hotels, the Hard Rock Hotel Singapore, the Hotel Michael, and the Festive Hotel. Collectively, the three hotels include 1,200 rooms and suites.
U.S. Accuses Macau of Censorship
A U.S. report says Macau saw more limits on free speech and assembly in 2021. Chief Executive Ho Iat Seng (l.) upheld freedom of the press, as long as the press adheres to a “love of the motherland” principle.
Committee to Report on Thai Casinos
An extraordinary committee of the Thai House of Representatives will soon issue a report on the pros and cons of an integrated resort in the country. Bangkok (l.) could host the first casino complex.
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U.K. Women Seeking Gambling Support Rose 6 Percent Last Year
GamCare support group saw an increase of 6 percent in the number of women seeking help. As many as a million women may be at risk for gambling-related harms in the U.K.
Armenian Lawmakers Consider Ban on Cash, eWallets for Gambling
The Armenian legislature is working on laws that will ban the use of cash and eWallets for gambling. The campaign is designed to help stop problem gamblers.
Dutch Regulators Warn About Overuse of Autoplay
In an attempt to help deal with problem gamblers, the Dutch regulators will crackdown on use of autoplay on online casino play. The function is banned in the Netherlands.
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Okada Manila Introduces iGaming in Philippines
Last week, Tiger Resort, Leisure and Entertainment Inc. announced the soft launch of its iGaming platform. TRLEI operates Okada Manila in the Philippine capital’s Entertainment City casino zone.
Cambodia-Thai Officials Train in iGaming ‘Rescue’
Officials in Cambodia and Thailand are training local law enforcement to intervene on behalf of Thai workers who were deceived into working in online casinos in Preah Sihanouk Province.
India Mulls Online Gaming Regulations
India’s government has introduced the Online Gaming (Regulation) Bill that would for the first time introduce regulations for online gaming. Currently, India has no laws governing iGaming.
Ontario Study: Covid Spurred More Risky Online Gaming
Covid played a role in motivating homebound residents of Ontario to not only bet more online, but to take financial risks. The study was done by two nonprofits whose mission is fighting problem gambling.
Light & Wonder to Release Stargate Megaways
Light & Wonder will soon release what the company calls its “flagship” for 2022, Stargate Megaways—the first new title on the OpenGaming platform under the new company name.
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Nevada Racebooks Hopeful For Kentucky Derby Bets
Nevada racebooks hope they can take bets on this year’s Kentucky Derby. It hasn’t happened for two years due to a contract dispute over simulcast fees between Churchill Downs and the Nevada Pari-Mutuel Association.
Choosing Sides in California’s Sportsbook Election
The sides are being drawn in what promises to be a very expensive campaign to decide if sports betting in California is legalized. Opponents began issuing advertisements and press releases this week.
Missouri Senate Considers Sports Betting Bill
A sports betting bill allowing retail and mobile wagering is on its way to the Missouri Senate, which is expected to increase the House bill’s 8 percent tax rate to 21 percent in a bill sponsored by Sen. Denny Hoskins (l.), and include $500,000 for problem gambling services.
MAC Wants NCAA Clarification on Sports Betting Rules
The Mid-American Conference wants some clarity on Section 10.3 of the NCAA Division 1 manual. The section deals with gambling bans and may come into play with respect to data distribution deals.
Pro Teams from Las Vegas Feed Sports Betting Coffers
In 2017, the Golden Knights team debuted by making it to the Stanley Cup Finals. Maybe it was the unexpected start, but the Raiders moved from Oakland, the WNBA got a franchise and MLB, and the NBA are looking.
As Licensing Drags On, Ontario Sportsbooks Lament Black Market
Ontario gaming operators were given an April 4 deadline to comply with new licensing regulations, but some companies continue to operate sans licenses, such as Malta-based BetRegal (l.). Local authorities have been slow to crack down.
Michigan’s 15th Sports Betting Platform Debuts
The Saginaw Chippewa tribe’s Soaring Eagle Gaming launched Eagle Casino & Sports, Michigan’s 15th sports betting and online casino platform, in partnership with GAN.
Better Collective Acquires FIFA-Focused Site Futbin
Better Collective, a sports betting media group, has acquired popular FIFA-based esports website Futbin in a $113 million deal. The company is looking to expand its growing footprint in the esports industry.
Las Vegas’ Circa Sports to Expand to Northern Nevada
Circa Sports and Olympia Gaming have announced that Circa will build and operate a sportsbook inside of Olympia’s new Legends Bay Casino project in Sparks. This will be Circa’s first location outside Las Vegas.
Blackmon Signs First MLB Sportsbook Sponsorship Deal
Colorado Rockies outfielder Charlie Blackmon (l.) is baseball’s first active sportsbook ambassador, signing a promotional deal with MaximBet. The deal is permitted under the league’s new collective bargaining agreement.
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AGA: Gaming CEOs Bullish on 2022
The American Gaming Association’s Industry Outlook report says gaming CEOs are maintaining a positive business outlook for 2022, with 67 percent saying conditions are good.
Mississippi Casino Hotel Sold to Saratoga Owners
After 11 years, the owner of Magnolia Bluffs Casino and Hotel (l.) in Natchez, Mississippi has sold the property to Saratoga Casino Holdings LLC. The sale came as a surprise to the mayor of the city, Dan Gibson.
Virginia Judge Dismisses Cordish Lawsuit
A Virginia circuit court judge has dismissed the Cordish Companies’ lawsuit against the city of Norfolk, which partnered with the Pamunkey Indian Tribe to build a casino. Cordish claimed it also had a deal to build a casino (l.).
Louisiana Regulators Announce Possible DiamondJacks Sale
The Louisiana Gaming Control Board said the long-shuttered DiamondJacks Casino (l.) in Bossier City may be sold by owners Peninsula Pacific Entertainment to Foundation Gaming of Mississippi.
Atlantic City Visitor Numbers Climbing
The South Jersey Transportation Authority has some positive news to report. Traffic on the Atlantic City Expressway rose in the first quarter on 2022 as did the number of passengers using the airport.
Former Indiana Casino Heavyweight Pleads Guilty to Tax Fraud
John Keeler (l.), former executive at New Centaur and Spectacle Entertainment, has pleaded guilty to filing a false tax return in a scheme to funnel casino funds to Republican political campaigns.
Illinois Golden Nugget Breaks Ground
Ground was broken for the Golden Nugget Casino in Danville, Illinois, which will create 300 jobs and offer a 41,500-square-foot gaming floor with 500 slots, 14 table games, two restaurants and a sportsbook.
Chicago Council Members Criticize Casino Sites
Chicago officials including Alderwoman Pat Dowell (l.) are concerned about traffic and safety issues that may come with a proposed new casino. Residents also spoke their minds at recent community meetings.
Racetrack Proposal Rankles Massachusetts Town, County
Residents of Plymouth and Plymouth County, Massachusetts will have the chance to voice their opinions on a proposed $500 million thoroughbred racetrack in a non-binding ballot question and community forums.
‘Skill Game’ Supplier Sues PA Liquor Bureau
Pace-O-Matic, supplier of unregulated “skill games” to locations around Pennsylvania, has sued the state’s Bureau of Liquor Control Enforcement over opposition to the games.
Live! Casino Pittsburgh Will Open Event Center in June
The Live! Casino in Pittsburgh announced last week that it will open a new 7,000-square-foot event and entertainment space called the Venue in June. The space was created for meetings, weddings, concerts and special events.
Mississippi Casino Offers ‘Earned-Wage Access Tool’
When some of its employees were targeted by high-interest payday loan firms, the Scarlet Pearl Casino Resort in Mississippi created an alternative plan, giving workers early access to already earned but unpaid wages.
Vegas ‘Miracle’: Fontainebleau to Open in 2023
The Fontainebleau hotel and casino in Las Vegas, an on-and-off project for close to 15 years, could finally open in late 2023. The resort has changed hands a number of times, but will be completed by the original developers.
Casino Near Penn State Challenged
A combination of a lawsuit by a losing bidder and numerous negative comments from local residents will weigh on regulators’ decision on a license for a casino near Penn State University. Investor Ira Lubert (l.) and Bally’s would own and operate the property.
Massachusetts: Casino Layoffs Higher in Nonwhite Workers
A public policy research group in Massachusetts studied patterns in layoffs in the aftermath of the Covid-19 pandemic. It found that women, people of color and low-wage workers bore the brunt of layoffs.
Unlicensed App Could Cost New Hampshire Lottery Megabucks
The New Hampshire Lottery could end up losing hundreds of thousands of dollars from an unlicensed app used by bettors placing wagers on horse races. The app is owned by Churchill Downs Inc.
More Bally’s Twin River Employees Join Labor Lawsuit
Many employees from Bally’s Twin River Lincoln Casino (l.) in Rhode Island may join a lawsuit alleging labor law violations by the company, including discrepancies over overtime benefits and hourly wages.
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CA Supervisors Reverse Course, Endorse Win-River Relocation
After sitting down the Redding Rancheria CEO Tracy Edwards (l.), the Shasta County Board of Supervisors reversed a previous decision to oppose the Win-River Casino relocation proposal by a 3-2 vote. The board will send a formal endorsement to the Bureau of Indian Affairs.
Mohegan Sun to Invest $15 Million in New VIP Lounge, Upgrades
Mohegan Sun (l.) in Connecticut will invest $15 million in new amenities for the casino’s high-end clientele, including a new VIP lounge as well as hotel suite and golf course renovations.
Former Mashpee Chairman Goes to Trial
Former Mashpee Wampanoag tribal Chairman Cedric Cromwell (l.) went to trial last week on federal charges of bribery. For years, Cromwell led the Massachusetts tribe’s efforts to build a casino in Taunton.
San Manuel Band Elects Lynn Valbuena as Chairwoman
On April 12, Lynn Valbuena (l.) was reelected chairwoman of the San Manuel Band of Mission Indians for the fifth time. She and newly chosen tribal council members were sworn in and began their terms in office.
BMM Testlabs’ BIG Tech Names Sharma as CEO
BMM Testlabs’ technology company BIG Tech has appointed Amit Sharma as its chief executive officer. BIG Tech provides cyber-defense systems, regulatory technology and media solutions.
Holland Casino Names Miener as Chief Compliance Officer
Holland Casino has promoted Malinda Miener to the position of chief compliance officer. The former Royal Netherland Navy officer joined the company last year as director of compliance.
OpenBet Names Groumoutis Canadian VP of Commercial
OpenBet has appointed Stewart Groumoutis as its new VP commercial, Canada, part of the company’s commitment to extend its footprint in Canadian sports betting.
Thompson Named Chairman of Indiana Gaming Commission
Indianapolis sports and entertainment attorney Milt Thompson has been appointed as chairman of the Indiana Gaming Commission. Thompson will serve in the role through at least September 2023.
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With Lottery Sale, Light & Wonder Reduces Debt by Half
Light & Wonder, Inc. has retired a $4 billion term loan and redeemed $3 billion of its secured and unsecured notes, reducing its long-term debt by half using proceeds from the sale of its lottery business.
Gary Platt Chairs Installed in High-Limit Rooms at Jamul
The newly renovated high-limit rooms at San Diego’s Jamul Casino (l.) just got more comfortable with chairs from Gary Platt Manufacturing. The manufacturer and tribe collaborated on a custom design for the VIP space.
Aruze Gaming Debuts Muso Curve 55 Midnight Edition
Aruze Gaming America last week introduced its new Muso Curve 55 Midnight Edition Cabinet. Along with the cabinet, Aruze also announced the debut of two exclusive game titles.
Win Systems Expands in Oklahoma with WIGOS CMS
Win Systems, a leader in gaming and entertainment software technology, has installed its WIGOS casino management system at the Madill Gaming Center in Oklahoma, run by the Chickasaw Nation.
Novomatic, R2 Gaming Announce Agreement
Novomatic Americas has announced a multi-year distribution agreement with top Canadian distributor R2 Gaming, Inc. R2 will make Novomatic products available throughout Canada.
White Hat Studios Makes Content Deal with Tipico
White Hat Studios, the content division of iGaming platform provider White Hat Gaming, has struck a content partnership with Tipico U.S. The deal will give Tipico customers access to White Hat games.
Everi Acquires XUVI Platform Assets
Everi Holdings has acquired strategic assets of XUVI, a privately owned platform provider—in particular, the BeamStudio marketing platform.
Zitro Adds Product to Spain’s Arcadia
Zitro has supplied its Altius Glare cabinets, the new Wheel of Legends game and other top products to Cocamatic Group’s Arcadia gaming salons in Madrid, Spain.
Light & Wonder Extends Partnership with Entain
Light & Wonder has extended an existing agreement to supply terminals for Entain’s Coral and Ladbrokes licensed betting parlors in the U.K.
Sycuan Launches Tangam Slot Optimization
Sycuan Casino Resort has become the first property to deploy the Slot Optimization & Data Analytics software package to improve the guest experience for customers.
JCM Global Partners with Cassida Pro
JCM Global has partnered with Cassida Pro on transaction and payment technology, including its Cassida Pro Zeus two-pocket currency discriminator.
OKTO Brings Digital Payment Option to EU Casinos
OKTO, a payment provider in the gambling sphere, has signed a deal with the European Casino Association to bring innovation to the group with digital payments. Such advances are among the fastest in the sector.
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