Disruption, Making A Difference & Making Strides

Are women getting enough credit for the progress being made in the engineering sector of gaming technology? Maja Maljkovic (l.), vice president of engineering for SB22 believes there are advances that can still be made.

Corporate Compassion and Industry Action

The American Gaming Association recently formed a task force aimed at eliminating human trafficking via a comprehensive industry effort. Around the world, human trafficking impacts an estimated 25 million people every year.

Sharing Data on Problem Gamblers a Problem for Connecticut Operators

Connecticut requires bookmakers and iGaming operators to offer tools to help problem gamblers, but not to share proprietary data. Rodney Butler, chairman of the Mashantucket Pequot Tribal Nation (shown with Connecticut Governor Daniel Malloy at left) says he’s committed to sharing “pertinent” data.

Macau Shutdown Extended; Analysts Call ‘Zero-Covid’ Policy Unsustainable

Following a spike in Covid-19 infections, the order that Macau non-essential businesses, including casinos, close for a week, has been extended for five days to July 22. Analysts warn that the government’s “zero-Covid” policy is unsustainable, the Las Vegas Sands Corp. has injected $1 billion into its China operations.

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Virginia’s First Casino Opens In Bristol

Virginia’s first casino, the temporary Hard Rock Bristol, recently opened in a former mall with 870 slots, 21 table games, a sportsbook, food service and a Hard Rock store. The permanent casino resort is on track to open in May 2024.

Texas Drops Effort To Shut Down Naskila Gaming

After decades of trying, Texas will no longer try to close the Alabama-Coushatta’s Naskila Gaming electronic bingo hall (l.). A federal appeals court and the U.S. Supreme Court both recently ruled in favor of the tribe.

Will IRs Be Abe’s Posthumous Triumph?

Japanese lawmakers could soon issue the country’s very first integrated resort licenses, kicking off an era of legal casinos in the country. Late prime minister Shinzo Abe (l.), the pivotal figure in IR legislation, won’t be around to see the fruits of his labor. He was assassinated July 8.

Universal to Press Case Against Okada

Universal Entertainment Corp. announced last week that it will pursue criminal charges against Kazuo Okada (l.) and his “collaborators” for what it describes as the forced takeover of Okada Manila in the Philippines.

Aquis, Iris Capital Strike $42 Million Deal for Casino Canberra

Following a back-and-forth bidding war, Iris Capital has acquired the gaming operations of Casino Canberra (l.) from parent company Aquis Entertainment Ltd. The offer is for $42 million, which trumps the existing $39.5 offer from Capital Leisure & Entertainment Pty Ltd.

CA Democrats Oppose Online Sports Betting Measure

So far, over 80 organizations have announced opposition to Proposition 27, the California measure that would authorize online sports betting across the state. One of the latest is the California Democratic Party, the state’s dominant political party, which has long been supported by state tribes.

Collins to Oversee U.K. Gambling Act Review

The Conservative U.K. government has named Damian Collins (l.), the Undersecretary of State for Online Safety at the Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport (DCMS), to lead the review of the 2005 Gambling Act. He is now the fourth minister to have been given the task.

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Sri Lanka to Issue Licenses to Four Casinos

The troubled island nation of Sri Lanka has approved issuing licenses to four casinos. This will make it easier for the government to collect the gaming taxes the Inland Revenue Department says it is owed. The country is in the throes of massive unrest over economic conditions.

Survey: Majority of Thai Residents Support Casinos

A survey of 3,200 Thai citizens indicates that the overwhelming majority—more than 80 percent—support a legal casino industry in the country. Five casinos are part of the proposal, including one in Bangkok (l.).

Anti-Casino Group Persists in Bid to Overturn Osaka IR

Anti-casino activists in Osaka, Japan, may sue the government for signing off on a land deal they claim violates the local finance act. The city has set aside millions of dollars for soil remediation at the proposed casino site.

Vietnam Could Expand Casino Pilot Program

Vietnam’s Ministry of Finance has asked the government to extend a pilot program that allows locals to gamble. The ministry also wants to add two new casinos to the program.

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Italian Gaming Licenses Extended

The government of Italy has extended gaming concessions until 2024. Licenses had been due to expire in 2022 and the country’s bookmakers, such as Snaitech and Lottomatica, faced an uncertain future, since they could not open their shops without licenses.

Dutch Gaming Ad Ban to Begin January 1

The Dutch government has announced several actions targeting gambling ads and team sponsorships. The measures supported by Minister Franc Weerwind (l.) will phase in bans on “untargeted” ads and gambling sponsorships. Online and direct advertising will be left alone—but only for the moment.

Dutch Regulator to Overhaul Curaçao’s Gaming Regime

The island country of Curaçao’s Council of Ministers has approved a new system that will reform its online gaming regime. As part of the reforms, it will create a new licensing body, the Curaçao Gaming Authority (CGA). The goal will be to make it harder to enter the island’s gaming market.

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RSI’s Mexican Online Casino, Sportsbook Goes Live

RushBet.mx, the online casino and sportsbook, has gone live in Mexico. It is a joint project of Rush Street Interactive and media giant Grupo Multimedios. RSI now becomes the first U.S. iGaming company to go live in Mexico.

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888 Completes Sale of Bingo Business

888 Holdings has completed the sale of its bingo businesses to Broadway Gaming Group’s Saphalata Holdings for a total consideration of $47.3 million.

Bet-at-home Permanently Exits UK Market

Bet-at-home has reacted to the announcement that the British Gambling Commission has suspended its license with an announcement of its own: it is permanently exiting the United Kingdom’s gaming market.

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Bally Bet Goes Live in New York

The 9th and final sports betting license for mobile play in New York went live July 7. Bally Bet, part of Bally’s Corp., will take it slow and keep marketing costs down.

Kansas Regulators Finalizing Sports Betting Rules

Legal sports wagers may not be taken in Kansas for several months, as co-regulators Kansas Racing and Gaming Commission and Kansas Lottery finalize rules and get feedback from casinos and stakeholders.

Ohio Sports Betting Applications Finalized

The Ohio gambling commission set a launch date for sports betting as January 1. But potential licensees must have had their application for a license in by July 15. That date brought a rush of filings, which included all of the big names.

MLB Expands Alliance with MGM, BetMGM

MGM Resorts International and BetMGM have expanded their partnership with Major League Baseball. As baseball’s official sports betting partner, MGM will offer its gaming options across league and team platforms.

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States Oppose New Federal Horseracing Law

The federal Horseracing Integrity and Safety Act was designed to standardize thoroughbred horse racing regulations. But Texas, Louisiana, Oklahoma and West Virginia claim the new law infringes on states’ rights.

Arkansas Seeks Problem Gambling Services

After more than three years since a constitutional amendment required Arkansas to provide at least $200,000 a year for problem gambling services, the Arkansas Problem Gambling Council is seeking proposals from service providers.

Signatures Submitted For Arkansas Casino

A Choctaw-funded group seeks to stop Cherokee Nation’s Legends Casino (l.) in Pope County, Arkansas. The group submitted more than 100,000 signatures supporting a ballot to let voters decide if the county should have a casino at all.

Players Want Massachusetts Casino to Add Poker Tables

Before the pandemic, the two Massachusetts casinos offered a total of 95 poker tables and operated around the clock. Now they have 29 with limited hours. The gaming commission wants the two casinos, including Encore Boston Harbor (l.), to address this.

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Minnesota Racetrack’s Deal With Tribe Ending

The 10-year contract between Canterbury Park racetrack (l.) and the Shakopee Mdewakanton Sioux tribe will end December 31. Discussions are ongoing about extending the deal, which generated $68.5 million for the formerly struggling venue.

Saskatchewan to Launch Online Gaming in November

The Saskatchewan Indian Gaming Authority plans to go live with online gaming this November. Its vendor is British Columbia Lottery Corp. Also the online gaming vendor for Manitoba, BCLC operates the only gaming website in North America.

Hard Rock Options Wisconsin Acreage

Rumors are flying after Kenosha Landco Company agreed to pay $100,000 for an option to purchase a 60-acre tract in Kenosha, Wisconsin for $15 million. The company shares an address with Hard Rock International.

Wind Creek Takes Steps to Attack Inflation for Staff

It may seem like a small step, but give Wind Creek Hospitality an A for effort against inflation. The tribal company will give each employee a one-time stipend and a possibility of working three or four days a week.

$400 Million Snoqualmie Casino Expansion Gets Underway

More than 14 years after opening its tribal casino, the Snoqualmie have started work on a long-planned expansion to its casino (l.). The additions include a hotel tower, convention center, spa, pool, and 11,000 square feet of casino space.

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South Africa Changes Lottery Leadership Post-Scandal

The government of South Africa has named human rights activist Barney Pityana (l.) as the chairman of the National Lotteries Commission (NLC.) Pityana was appointed to clean up the commission after senior members were accused of accepting illegal payments.

Luvisutto Appointed COO of Wynn Macau

Frederic Jean-Luc Luvisotto (l.) will become chief operating officer of Wynn Macau Ltd. early next year, following the departure of President Ian Michael Coughlan in February 2023. He will replace Linda Chen, who is taking Coughlan’s role.

Cutcliff Named CFO of Marker Trax

Casino fintech company Marker Trax has named Chad Cutcliff as its new chief financial officer. Cutcliff boasts more than 20 years of experience in finance, and will join the company at a time of steady growth.

Farahi Appointed to AGS Board of Directors

David Jacques Farahi has been appointed to AGS’ board of directors, the company announced. Farahi’s 20-plus year gaming career includes numerous executive roles, including four terms as president of the Colorado Gaming Association.

Galaxy Gaming Appoints Brill to Board

Galaxy Gaming, Inc. has appointed Meredith Brill to its board of directors. Brill replaced William Zender, who resigned from the board as of July 1, and will serve until the next election of directors.

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Table Trac to Supply CMS to Lucky Strike

Table Trac will install its CasinoTrac casino management system at Stillwater Gaming’s Lucky Strike Casino, adding to the supplier’s footprint at Stillwater’s Nevada properties.

Symplify Enhances CRM Solution

Symplify has enhanced its casino management system for the land-based casino industry, which deploys artificial intelligence to enhance customer loyalty programs.

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