Something Brewing In Las Vegas

It’s American Craft Beer Week in May… Oh, the possibilities to market Las Vegas brew pubs and casinos. Just imagine the fizz!

Iowa Greyhound Tracks Going Down for the Count

Iowa will see the last of its greyhound races come to an end May 15. The dog tracks have suffered more than most with the rise of casino gambling and sports betting, and are some of the last functioning parimutuel facilities for dog racing in the country.

All Casinos Hiring in Atlantic City

Atlantic City’s nine casinos are going all-out to entice new workers. Though Covid-19 restrictions have eased up, the workforce now stands at about 22,000, down from a high of 49,000 in 2003.

Palms Becomes First Tribally Owned and Operated Casino in Vegas

The third opening of the Palms in Las Vegas means that the San Manuel Band of Mission Indians have become the first tribe to own and operate a casino in the capital of gaming. Executives hope that players from the tribe’s Yaamava casino in Southern California will visit.

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WEEKLY FEATURE: Osaka, Nagasaki Sole Bidders for Japan IR License

In the end, just two prefectures submitted bids for integrated resort licenses in Phase 1 of Japan’s planned casino industry. Following the abrupt withdrawal of Wakayama last month, the prefectural governments of Osaka and Nagasaki (Casinos Austria project at left) filed their proposals with the central government.

Massachusetts Sports Betting Bill Approved by Senate

The Massachusetts Senate has finally acted on a bill to legalize sports betting. A bill was passed by the House months ago with an overwhelming vote, however the version passed by the Senate is vastly different, under which the MGM Resorts sign at Fenway Park would be OK, but not a BetMGM logo.

Crown Vote on Blackstone Buy Pushed to May 22

Crown shareholders won’t vote on the proposed Blackstone acquisition until later this month. A vote originally set for April has been delayed as Australian regulators size up the U.S.-based private equity firm.

Golden Nugget Owner to Acquire Six Acres on the Vegas Strip

Golden Nugget Owner to Acquire Six Acres on the Vegas Strip Detail by Las Vegas Review Journal
Casino mogul Tilman Fertitta is reportedly close to acquiring a six-acre property on the Las Vegas Strip, directly across from MGM Resorts’ Aria. No official announcements have been made, but Fertitta is expected to build a new resort at the location.

North Carolina Cherokees Approve Casino Bids

The tribal council of the Eastern Band of Cherokees have approved allowing EBCI Holdings CEO Scott Barber (l.) to bid on building two new casinos for a total cost of $90 million, including a $25 million equity commitment from the tribe.

Kansas Legislature Passes Sports Betting Bill

Kansas legislators have approved a bill that would legalize retail, online and mobile sports betting and direct the tax revenue to a special fund used to attract the Kansas City Chiefs across the Missouri state line. Governor Laura Kelly (l.) is expected to sign the bill.


Saipan Casino Hearing to Be Held May 3

The Commonwealth Casino Commission of Saipan will hold a hearing May 3 on whether to revoke the casino license now held by Imperial Pacific International. IPI’s casino (l.) on the island remains unfinished.

Analyst Touts Malaysia Gaming Prospects

RHB Research has written in a report that prospects for Malaysia’s gaming industry at Genting Highlands (l.) are “increasingly certain, citing Genting Malaysia and Genting Singapore among strong operators.

Macau Wins Big in Forbes’ 2022 Travel Guide

Forbes’ recent 2022 Travel Guide was very favorable to Macau. The Chinese city cemented itself as a powerhouse in the global travel market, winning dozens of awards and distinctions.


Buenos Aires Lifts Ban on Debit Cards in Casinos

Buenos Aires will allow debit cards for casino payments to lessen the risk of tax evasion and money laundering. But some including Casino Workers Association head Roberto “Chucho” Páez (l.) worry it will increase problem gambling.

Brazil Senate May Create Anti-Gaming Group

As Brazilian senators consider a bill to legalize casinos, some members have moved to create an anti-gaming coalition. Senator Angelo Coronel (l.) voted against it, saying it’s time to legalize gambling in the country.


Michigan iGaming Site Adds High 5 Games

U.S.-based online slot maker High 5 Games continues is now officially live on, Soaring Eagle’s new online casino. The iGaming site went live on April 14.


Survey: Most Minnesotans Support Sports Betting

In a recent survey of 650 Minnesota residents, the majority indicated that they supported legal sports betting in the state. The percentage of neutral respondents actually exceeded those who were opposed.

Beto Endorses Casino Gaming, Sports Bets in Texas

When asked about legal gaming and sports betting in Texas, gubernatorial candidate Beto O’Rourke (l.) suggested he would support both. His position goes against the state’s current anti-gaming regime.

Missouri Sports Betting Bill Dies in Senate

Missouri state Senator Denny Hoskins (l.) led a lengthy argument saying a bill to legalize sports betting also should legalize VLTs and add 5,000 machines. Following a four-hour filibuster, no vote was taken.

Mobile Sports Betting Launches In Arkansas, Arkansas’ first online and mobile sportsbook, recently launched. The app can be downloaded to Apple iPhones and allows bettors to place a wager from any location in Arkansas.

Ohio Bar Owners Question Sports Betting Limits

Ohio bar and restaurant owners question newly published sports betting rules like limiting establishments to two kiosks and requiring them to pay prizes up to $599 in cash. The rules could change before they’re adopted.

Cleveland Browns Signs Deal with Bally’s Interactive

Bally’s Interactive has teamed up with the Cleveland Browns as the official sports betting partner. The agreement includes a Bally’s branded lounge at FirstEnergy Stadium. And Ohioans will be allowed to bet in 2023.

Mike Golic Jr. Joins DraftKings

Football player and broadcaster Mike Golic Jr. (l.) has joined DraftKings Inc. as a brand ambassador. Golic will partner with former teammate Brandon Newman on “GoJo,” a new daily podcast debuting May 2.


Lightfoot Seeks $75 Million Upfront Casino Payment

Mayor Lori Lightfoot (l.) reportedly wants $75 million upfront from the winning developer of a downtown casino. Bally’s, Rush Street Gaming and Hard Rock are competing for the license for the multimillion-dollar project.

Cripple Creek Casino Hotel Moves Forward

Regulatory approval for the Midnight Rose Hotel is moving forward in Cripple Creek, Colorado. The 101-room luxury hotel is proposed by Triple Crown Casinos, which would have until 2024 to build it.

Grants Pass Downs Cancels Meet Over HHR Loss

The Grants Pass Downs racetrack has canceled its 2022 racing meet. The owners says it was forced to when the Oregon Department of Justice ruled it couldn’t operate 225 Historical Horse Racing (HHR) machines.

New Jersey Judge Will Respond to AC iGaming Suit May 2

A judge will rule May 2 whether New Jersey can remove online gaming and sports betting from calculations on what Atlantic City casinos owe the state. If Atlantic County prevails, those revenues will be included in the formula.


North California Casinos Compete for Workers

Northern California is a very competitive market for tribal casinos. Not only are the 15 Bay Area casinos, including Graton Resort (l.), competing for consumers, they’re also competing for employees. The stakes are very high.

Canadian Tribal Casino to Propose Relocation

Canada’s Jackpot Casino (l.) is expected to request a relocation and merger with nearby Cambridge Hotel due to space constraints. Both Alberta properties are owned by the O’Chiese First Nation.


Eriksen Named Norsk Tipping CEO

Thor Gjermund Eriksen has been appointed CEO of Norwegian betting and lottery operator Norsk Tipping. Eriksen is the former director-general of the Norwegian Broadcasting Corp.

888 Holdings Names Mittman U.S. Head

888 Holdings has named former Bleacher Report CEO Howard Mittman as its U.S. president. Mittman is joining the company as it prepares to launch its SI Sportsbook in the country.

AXES Appoints New Managers

Fintech firm has named Rosalinda Van Rooyen (l.) as chief product officer, Ian Brown as chief information officer, Danielle Parson as chief operating officer and Jacob Verret as chief information security officer.

JCJ Architecture Welcomes New Project Director

JCJ Architecture has welcomed JoyceLynn Lagula, associate AIA, to its Las Vegas office as senior associate and project director. Lagula will help design teams turn client visions to actionable plans.

Zender Resigns Galaxy Gaming Board

Last Monday, Galaxy Gaming, Inc. announced that Bill Zender, a member of the company’s board of directors since 2015, will resign the post effective July 1.


Real Deal Introduces Dealers Club Roulette

Dealers Club Roulette, just released by Real Dealer Studios, is iGaming’s first RNG casino game where dealers switch at regular intervals to keep the action fresh, just as they would in a land-based casino.

Beau Rivage Opens Aristocrat ‘Buffalo Zone’

Beau Rivage has become the first Mississippi Gulf Coast property to create a “Buffalo Zone,” featuring 50 slot titles in Aristocrat’s Buffalo franchise, including Buffalo Chief and Buffalo Gold.




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