California NAACP Sues to Remove Quotes From Ballot Material

If you read over ballot literature regarding Prop 26 in California, you would get the impression that the state NAACP branch opposed the measure, based on remarks made by its Los Angeles president emeritus, Minnie Hadley-Hempstead (l.). Not so, and the chapter is suing to have the statements removed.

Will Three be the Charm?

The requirement to list a person’s “scars” in almost every gaming license application is outdated and unnecessary. Longtime gaming observer Richard Schuetz says the stipulation needlessly infringes on the applicant’s privacy and need to go.

Inspired Makes $370 Million Offer for PlayAGS

Inspired Entertainment has made a $370 million cash offer to acquire slot manufacturer PlayAGS, per Reuters. Neither company has commented on the offer, but the market responded favorably, as PlayAGS shares rose over 30 percent August 12. More details are expected in the coming days.

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Caesars Adds Tribal Partner, Breaks Ground in Virginia

Caesars Entertainment will now invest $650 million, not $500 million as previously announced, in Caesars Virginia in Danville, Virginia (l.), opening in 2024. It’s now a joint venture with the Eastern Band of Cherokee Indians. All gathered last week to break ground on the new resort.

Okada Manila Boards Battle Over Access to Funds, Son of Okada

The competing boards of Okada Manila in the Philippines continue to argue about access to casino funds. The ousted board has demanded that the Kazuo Okada-led board stop dipping into the casino cage for money. And Okada accused the board of manipulating his son, Tomohiro Okada (l.).

FanDuel Canada Plans To Get More Women To Bet Sports

As Canada’s regulated sports betting industry continues to grow, FanDuel is investing in the rising demographic of female sports bettors. The company features numerous female executives, including CEO Amy Howe (l.), and is encouraging more women to jump into the male-dominated industry.

Abrams Supports Expanded Gambling for Georgia

Georgia Democratic gubernatorial candidate Stacey Abrams (l.). is adamant that the state needs to legalize casino gambling and sports betting to generate revenue for the HOPE scholarship program and “make our economy stronger for everyone.”


South Korea Orders Casino to Limit Player Visits

In an effort to curb problem gambling, the government of South Korea has ordered Kangwon Land (l.) to limit patron visits to 100 per year. Under the current rule, gamblers may enter and play at a casino 148 days a year.

SJM Takes Control of Fisherman’s Wharf Operation

Macau Legend Development has turned over gaming operations at its Fisherman’s Wharf complex (l.) to concession-holder SJM Holdings Ltd. through 2022. Macau Legend continues to run non-gaming operations at the site.

South Korea Lures Casino Patrons with Visa-Free Entry

Trying to stoke foot traffic at South Korea’s foreigner-only casinos, the government has offered visa-free entry for travelers coming from Japan, Taiwan and Macau. Only one casino in the country is open to locals.

APG: Philippines Makes Progress on AML

The Asia/Pacific Group on Money Laundering is giving the Philippine casino industry better marks on anti-money laundering measures. It says the sector has “addressed gaps” in its supervision of PAGCOR casinos.

Macau Junket Boss Levo Chan Charged by Prosecutor

Levo Chan (l.), a former chief executive of Macau Legend and head of the Tak Chun junket, has been officially charged with criminal organization, illegal gambling and money laundering. He faces 20 years behind bars.


Ukraine Gaming Regulator Resumes Work

KRAIL—Ukraine’s Gambling and Lotteries Council—has returned to business as usual five months after having to duck and cover when Russia launched its invasion. The gaming industry continues to function, and now KRAIL has begun regulating it again.

Developer Eyes Isle of Man Casino-Entertainment Complex

The proposed 3-story casino and entertainment complex proposed for Douglas, the capital of the Isle of Man, would include the Palace Casino, which would move from its current location (l.), office space and a 250-vehicle parking area.


Brazil’s Senate to Vote on Gambling Law After Elections

Brazil’s Senate will wait until after the national elections in October to vote on a highly controversial law that would legalize gambling in the country. Senate leader Carlos Portinho (l.) told the media outlet Valor that the gaming sector “needs to be regulated.”

Ontario Moving Towards Retail Sportsbooks by September

Ontario’s first retail sportsbooks could open as soon as September, just in time for the NFL season. Both the Niagara Casinos, operated by Mohegan Gaming & Entertainment and Great Blue Heron Casino, operated by Great Canadian Corp. are hiring to fill sportsbook positions.

Cohen: NSW Standalone Casino Regulator is Asking for Trouble

New South Wales recently established the NSW Independent Casino Commission in efforts to improve casino compliance after numerous violations were uncovered by state inquiries. However, former Victorian regulator Peter Cohen (l.) asserts that this will only lead to further trouble.

Striking Ontario Casino Workers Reach Deal with Employer

Nearly 2,000 striking workers of the Pickering and Ajax casinos in Ontario are back to work. Their Unifor Local 1090 reached an agreement with Great Canadian Gaming Corp. Workers ratified the agreement by a 92.8 vote and returned to work August 6.

Cullen Report Puts Canadian Casino Regulators on High Alert

British Columbia’s neighboring provinces have been shaken by the Cullen Report, headed by Commissioner Austin Cullen (l.), that shows in detail how B.C.’s casinos were unwitting conduits for money laundering for ten years. Officials in other provinces worry that they too are vulnerable.

Potholes in Chile’s iGaming Market Onramp

Issues of politics, including accusations of an insufficient tax framework, has hobbled the introduction of an online gaming market in Chile. At the beginning of 2022 things looked optimistic, but the Ministry of Finance’s efforts to pass a bill have faltered.

Columbia’s Petro Wants to Reduce Gaming Taxes

Columbia’s new president, Gustavo Petro Urrego (l.), wants to reform the country’s taxes. He proposes to raise taxes on the “ultra-wealthy” while cutting taxes for others, including the occasional gambler. He has submitted his proposal to Colombia's Congress.

Canadian Provinces Appeal to Bettors to Avoid Black Market

Five Canadian provinces have banded together to appeal to consumers to use legal online gaming sites. Alberta, British Columbia, Manitoba, Quebec and Atlantic Canada warn that illegal offshore sites lack consumer protections. Also true is that the provinces don’t collect taxes from those sites.

Study Shows Brazilians Prefer Roulette

A study done by the betting company Betsson shows that in Brazil, players prefer roulette over the next most popular casino game by a factor of more than two to one. After roulette they prefer poker, blackjack and then slots. The study was done using data from Google searches.


WSOP Online Begins August 14

The World Series of Poker Online begins preliminary events August 14, with the main tournament September 10 through October 18, with Michigan and Pennsylvania residents competing for the first time.


New York Sports Betting Numbers on a Decline

When the chute opened on January 8, sports bettors set new records that made folks forget all about New Jersey. It kept up in February, but the volume has declined for the last five months since.

FuboTV Re-evaluates Indie Sportsbook Plans, but Pursues N.J.

Faced with what the company said is a not-so favorable economic situation, FuboTV will re-evaluate its plan to present sports betting and live video of games with an independent online sportsbook. But, it still plans to secure a license in New Jersey.


New Lawsuit Complicates Atlantic City PILOT Decision

An unexpected second lawsuit has emerged in the battle over the New Jersey PILOT amendment. The latest legal issue challenges the constitutionality of the original legislation, but sides with the county for the time being.

Richmond Casino Referendum Moved To 2023

Urban One officials said they’ll pursue a second vote on their proposed $565 million casino resort (l.) in 2023 instead of this November, due to language in the state budget. Richmond voters narrowly rejected the project in 2021.

NJ Employee Group Urges Indoor Smoking Ban

A group representing Atlantic City casino employees in their effort to close the casino loophole to the indoor smoking ban say they will help provide an outdoor smoking alternative.

Wynn Reports Record 2Q Revenues for Las Vegas, Boston

It’s officially earnings call season, and Wynn Resorts’ recent second-quarter call provided some interesting insights, most notably that it tallied record revenues in Boston and Las Vegas. CEO Craig Billings (l.) said the company’s performance “speaks for itself.”

Red Rock Plans to Double LV Portfolio, Hints at New Developments

Representatives from Red Rock Resorts announced on a recent earnings call that the company is standing firm on its decision to close three of its Las Vegas properties, while also asserting that it plans to double its portfolio in the area, with projects such as the upcoming Durango Station casino (l.).

Clark County Reconsiders Gaming in Strip Clubs

Officials of Clark County, Nevada, are reviewing a 42-year-old regulation that prevents gaming machines from being placed in strip clubs after one club, Sapphire (l.), requested an exemption from the rule.

Travel Firms Petition NV Supreme Court to Dismiss Tax Suit

The lawyers for several big-name online travel companies have asked the Nevada Supreme Court to overrule District Judge Mark Benton (l.) and dismiss a lawsuit against them alleging dubious business practices that resulted in millions of dollars of lost tax revenue for the state.

PA’s Mount Airy Again Permits Smoking

Pennsylvania’s Mount Airy Casino Resort (l.), one of the few casinos in the state to have implemented a voluntary indoor smoking ban, again permits smoking on the gaming floor.

Las Vegas to Host Pro Bowl Again in 2023

The NFL Pro Bowl will return to Las Vegas in 2023, the league has announced. The partnership between the two sides is continuing to grow, as the city has already hosted two NFL events this year and will host the Super Bowl in 2024.

Las Vegas Union Seeks Governor’s Assistance

The Operating Engineers union, seeking to organize at Resorts World Las Vegas (l.), asked Nevada Gov. Steve Sisolak to review the licensing process of Resorts World’s owner Genting Group for connections to Chinese businesses.


Washington Tribe Says Maverick is Attacking Sovereignty

A Washington gaming tribe, the Shoalwater Tribe, has filed a motion in federal court asking that a case brought by one of its members be dismissed. Maverick Gaming, whose CEO is Eric Persson (l.), a tribal member, has sued to end the monopoly on sports betting by state tribes.

Tejon Indian Tribe Backs Prop 26 for CA Sports Betting

California’s Tejon Indian Tribe has announced its endorsement of Prop 26, which would limit sports betting in the state to tribal casinos and tracks. Like most tribes, they are concerned about the effects legalization would have on their sustainability and sovereignty moving forward.

Supply Chain Issues Delay Oklahoma Casinos

The Osage Nation announced its Oklahoma casinos in Bartlesville and Pawhuska (l.) will be delayed to 2023 because of supply chain issues with construction materials. Both projects started in June 2021 and both were expected to open this fall.

Arizona Casino Resort Reimagined After Pandemic

The Fort McDowell Yavapai Nation’s We-Ko-Pa Casino Resort (l.) has renovated, upgraded and expanded its casino floor, AAA 4-Diamond hotel, award-winning dining options and two-course golf venue.


Massachusetts Treasurer Wants Online Lottery Sales

If folks can bet on sports online, then they should be able to buy lottery tickets online, says Massachusetts treasurer Deborah Goldberg (l.). Lawmakers agreed, until they saw tax relief funds and pulled back.


Lupo Replacements Named in Atlantic City

Hard Rock Atlantic City has found its new president in Anthony Faranca (l.), following the recent departure of Joe Lupo. Faranca has gaming experience across several states. Also replacing Lupo is Mark Giannantonio as president of the Casino Association of New Jersey.

Herrera to Head Interblock’s EMEA Divisions

Interblock has appointed Marco Herrera as its new president for the areas of Europe, Middle East and Africa. Herrera is a gaming veteran with over 30 years’ experience across numerous countries.


Chun: Slot Suppliers Face Microchip Shortage

Jay Chun (l.), the president of the association representing Macau equipment manufacturers, says their biggest challenge is a shortage of microchips owing to supply chain issues caused by Covid-19.