Trends Emerge in Ontario Sportsbook Market

The Ontario sportsbook market is just two months old, but some trends are already clear. Such as that a third of residents place sports bets. And that the most popular sport to wager on is the NHL. Fan favorite Toronto Maple Leafs failed to advance beyond the first round once again.

Oakland Fans Abandon Team That Might Abandon Them

Baseball’s Oakland A’s franchise is in a state of limbo. The team is negotiating with the city of Oakland and a bay area advisory committee to build an iconic new stadium on the city’s waterfront. They are also negotiating with landowners in Las Vegas in case the other negotiations fall through.

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WEEKLY FEATURE: Labor Strife Threatens Montreal, Atlantic City

It’s strike season in Montreal and Atlantic City (l.), where casino workers are demanding higher wages as the industry recovers from Covid-19. In Las Vegas, however, Resorts World has successfully negotiated a new three-year contract with the Culinary Union.

Chau Indicted on Illegal Gambling, Fraud Charges

Macau officials last week indicted Alvin Chau Cheok Wa (l.) and charged him with illegal gambling, fraud and money laundering. Chau was the former leader of the junket operator, SunCity Group. Chau’s assets were recently sold to a senior executive with the company.

U.K. Gambling Reforms Will Include Sponsor Bans

One of the outcomes of the extensive review of gambling in the U.K. is to ban the use of sponsors on athletic jerseys. It might begin with the Premier League and then spread to lesser leagues. But not without a fight.

Digital Currency Could Be a Boon for Macau

The introduction of Chinese digital currency in Macau casinos could be the catalyst for Beijing to ease up on capital controls, according to Bernstein analysts. That would be welcome news for the city’s gaming industry.

Iowa Legislators Approve Two-Year Casino Moratorium

For the third time, Cedar Rapids and Linn County, Iowa officials were set to apply for a license for a proposed casino, Cedar Crossing (l.). Then the legislature, without warning, proposed and passed a two-year moratorium on new casinos in the state.


Bloomberry Planning New IR in Cavite, Philippines

Philippine operator Bloomberry Resorts Corp. has submitted plans for an IR project in Cavite, southwest of Manila. Construction is expected to begin once Bloomberry’s Solaire North property opens next year.

Thai Political Group Calls for Casinos

A group of political parties in Thailand has submitted a draft amendment to the nation’s gaming law that would allow legalization of land-based and online casinos. Bangkok (l.) is expected to open at least one casino should the legislation pass.



Shambala Begins Phase 2 Development for Russian Resort

Phase 2 of the Shambala casino (l.) in Russia’s Primorye casino zone is now underway, with completion set for 2025. Other operators in the area are pulling back on development amid economic and political uncertainty in Russia.


TTB Given Deadline in Playtech Takeover Bid

Playtech has given suitor TTB Partners a deadline of June 17 to announced whether it is making a bid to acquire the online gaming giant. Playtech’s board says shareholder value is its chief priority.

Take-Two Completes Acquisition of Zynga

Video game supplier Take-Two Interactive Software has completed its acquisition of social gaming giant and Farmville creator Zynga for $12.7 billion in cash and stock.

India to Tax Online Gaming at 28 Percent

India’s Finance Minister Nirmala Sitharaman (l.) seeks to tax the country’s online gaming at 28 percent per bet. Lawmakers want to level the difference between taxes of online versus brick and mortar casinos.


Minnesota Sports Betting Misses Finish Line

Sports betting legislation granting tribes exclusive rights to offer sports wagering sailed through the Minnesota House. But a Senate amendment extending sports betting to two horse racetracks led the measure to fail.

Canadians Can Soon Bet on Curling

One way to add coolness to the sport of curling is to bet on the games. In Canada, such wagers are on the way, with prop bets galore. In 2021, sportsbook PointsBet became the official partner of Curling Canada.


North Dakota Puts Hold on Slot-Like Games While Missouri Fails

A gas station is not a bar, says the North Dakota Gaming Commission, which voted to change the definition of a bar to limit the growth of electronic pull-tab machines. Lawmakers will address the situation in 2023. In Missouri, however, Senate President Pro Tem Dave Schatz says AG Eric Schmitt has “turned a blind eye” to unregulated, untaxed video gaming machines.

Illinois Judge Won’t Block Danville Casino

A Coles County, Illinois judge rejected Mervis Industries’ request that construction cease at the neighboring Gold Nugget Danville Casino, which began in April. He ruled Mervis “has failed to show that it will suffer irreparable harm.”

Steve Wynn, Lisa Bloom to Settle Defamation Suit

Ex-casino mogul Steve Wynn has agreed to settle a defamation suit against attorney Lisa Bloom for an undisclosed amount. The suit originated from a 2018 news release in which Bloom accused Wynn of sexual misconduct.

Detroit Hollywood Casino Goes Cashless

Hollywood Casino at Greektown introduced cashless, cardless payment. It’s the first Detroit casino to offer the technology that connects players’ mobile phones to slots and table games using the My Choice app.

Bally’s Sues R.I. Host Cities Over Tax Bills

The Rhode Island-based company that owns two casinos in the state is suing the host towns of Tiverton (l.) and Lincoln. Bally’s claims they overtaxed the casinos when they were forced to close due to Covid-19.


Michigan Governor Punts Tribal Approval to Interior

The Little River Band of Ottawa Indians awaits Michigan Governor Gretchen Whitmer’s approval on its proposed Muskegon casino (l.). The Grand River Band of Ottawa request for recognition complicates the issue. But Whitmer wants to hear from Interior Secretary Deb Haaland.

Court Rules for Redding Rancheria in Land Sale Case

A Superior Court has ruled for California’s Redding Rancheria in its case against the city of Redding. It ruled the city violated the law when it sold land to a private party that blocked access to the tribe’s proposed casino.

Federal Court Moves toward Unionizing Tribal Casinos

California’s gaming tribes may be forced to allow unionization. The 9th Circuit Court of Appeals says the Sycuan Band of the Kumeyaay Nation must abide by its gaming compact and allow its workers to organize at its casino (l.).

California Rancheria May Buy Prime Bay Area Land

California’s Guidiville Rancheria looks to be able to acquire 270 along the shores of San Francisco Bay for $400. It’s the result of the city of Richmond rejecting a development plan for its Point Molate.


Aruze Names Gabrielle Houston Finance SVP

Aruze Gaming America has named Gabrielle Houston, a veteran of both the supplier and operational sides of gaming, to the position of senior vice president of finance and accounting.

ICRG Adds Three to Governing Board

The International Center for Responsible Gaming has elected Sheila Morago (l.) of the Oklahoma Indian Gaming Association, MBM Resorts’ Stephen Martino and Q Casino’s Alex Dixon to its governing board.

California Casino Adds Albright as Director

Sky River Casino in Elk Grove, California last week announced that Timothy Albright, retired police chief, has joined the new operation as director of government and community relations.


BetConstruct Launches Sports Tournament Engine

BetConstruct has expanded its promotional tools with the introduction of its Sports Tournament Engine. The tool allows sports bettors to collect points from their bets and compete with each other.

Gamzix Debuts Book of Cairo Slot

Estonia-based iGaming development studio Gamzix has announced a new Egyptian-themed slot, Book of Cairo. The five-reel game will be widely available starting June 8.




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