Improving on the First

When Caesars Entertainment (then Harrah’s) first began to study responsible gaming, the goal was simple: to create a prevention program that will keep the vulnerable safe. Dr. Jennifer Shatley, the woman who led that program, shares practical tips and key components for operators to enhance efforts to promote responsible gaming based on lessons learned through that experience.

Responsible Gaming: The Nuts & Bolts

Putting together a responsible gaming package for your company may be confusing, even more so when it participates in both online and land-based gaming. Tammi Barlow, the director of social responsibility for Rush Street Interactive goes into valuable detail about how it can work.

The Future of Responsible Gaming

Online gaming has the advantage of technology in the fight to keep players informed about responsible gaming. It works great, so why can’t we apply the same technology to land-based gaming? It’s our responsibility to do so, according to Earle Hall, one of the industry’s visionaries.

Genting Makes Play for Macau License

Last week, Macau’s six incumbent gaming concessionaires formally submitted bids for new concessions, to start in January. The Big 6 were joined by a potential spoiler—a seventh bidder controlled by Genting Group Chairman Lim Kok Thay (l.).

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California Voters Confused by Rival Sports Betting ads

The voters of California are being subjected to an unprecedented advertising campaign from rival sports betting measures. Last week the amount of money committed to advertising on Propositions 26 and 27 exceeded $419 million, yet still voters are confused.

Cantor, Credit Suisse Could Fund Nagasaki IR

U.S. financial services firm Cantor Fitzgerald and investment bank Credit Suisse could fund a Nagasaki integrated resort, pending approval by the local government. Japan will approve up to two IR licenses this year.

Entain Under Investigation in Australia Amid Expansion to Ontario

Entain has had an interesting few weeks around the globe, highlighted by an investigation from Australia’s financial watchdog as well as an expansion into the newly regulated market of Ontario. The company is also established in the U.S. as the equal partner in BetMGM.

Study: U.S. Gambling Industry Tops $215 Billion

A study by the affiliate site PlayUSA puts the value of the gambling industry in the U.S., considering all forms of gaming, at more than $215 billion—that does not include charitable activities and offshore sites.

Swedish Gaming Industry Hopes for Rules Changes from New Government

Sweden’s government is expected to change as a result of recent elections. The gaming industry hopes to see a government less hostile towards its interests. Branschföreningen för Onlinespel (BOS) Secretary General Gustaf Hoffstedt (l.) says a new government will be welcome.

New Jersey Lawmakers Mull iGaming Extension

New Jersey lawmakers are considering a measure to extend online gaming—slated to sunset next year under current law—another 10 years to 2033. And esports could be on the table as well.

FANTINI’S FINANCE: Raising Salaries an Investment Not Expense

Recession and inflation are the two biggest economic concerns at the moment, and while recession is never desirable, the effects of inflation, especially for casino operators, can obliterate hard-fought operating margins. But in recruitment-challenged world are higher salaries really an investment?


Okada War Drags On with Fresh Lawsuit

The owner of Tiger Resort, Leisure and Entertainment Inc., which operates Okada Manila in the Philippines, has filed suit against Japanese billionaire Kazuo Okada (l.) for the allegedly violent takeover of the resort in May.

Levo Chan Trial to Start December 5

Levo Chan (l.), former head of Macau’s Tak Chun Group, will go to trial December 5 on charges of illegal gambling, money laundering, organized crime and defrauding the SAR government and its concessionaires.

Lists Put Cambodia’s Global Reputation At Risk

Cambodia’s position on gray and black lists for money laundering and human trafficking have damaged the country’s reputation, says Deputy Prime Minister Sar Kheng (l.). Many of the allegations are related to casinos.


Finland’s Veikkaus Mulls Change in Monopoly

Veikkus, Finland’s gambling monopoly, is trying to figure out what strategy to adopt to counteract online and retail revenue declines. Its CEO Olli Sarekoski (l.) notes that Veikkus saw declining revenues and a 5 percent drop in the digital market.

Dutch Gaming Regulator Urges Spending Limits

The Dutch gaming regulator Kansspelautoriteit (KSA) is calling on the government of the Netherlands to crack down on online gaming by imposing a spending limit. The is necessary to protect consumers, says KSA Chairman René Jansen (l.).

EGBA Strengthens AML Guidelines

The European Gaming and Betting Association has incorporated stronger anti-money laundering disciplines into its just-released pan-European guidelines. It provides best practices specific to each sector and tailored to both EU and individual national requirements.

GambleAware Completes Review of NGTS

GambleAware has updated its delivery model of actions intended to curb problem gambling after completing a review of its National Gambling Treatment Service.


Paraguay Seeks Sports Betting Operator

Javier Balbuena (l.), president of Corajzan, the gaming regulator of Paraguay, has put out a tender for applicants to operate sports betting in the country with an exclusive partnership. But it has also come under criticism from the gaming lobby for completing adoption of Law-1016, which they say should be done first.


Massachusetts Takes Time Setting up Sports Betting

The Massachusetts Gaming Commission is taking its time developing sports betting regulations. The commission received a request from state Treasurer Deborah Goldberg (l.) to protect the lottery when it regulates sports betting.

Sportsbook Signing Bonus Offers Disappearing

Historically, when sports betting has debuted in new states, operators have flooded the market with risk-free bets as a way to sign up players. So, handles were high, but operators lost money. That formula is on the way out.

FanDuel Sportsbook Now Live at Kansas Star Casino

Now that sports betting is live in Kansas, the Kansas Star Casino wasted no time in opening a FanDuel Sportsbook. Former NFL star and Kansas State alum Jordy Nelson put in the ceremonial first bet (l.).


Change Makes Great Falls Friendlier to Casinos

The Great Falls, Montana Planning Advisory Board has voted to adopt amendments to the city code. The changes make it more likely that a casino developer will build there. A staffer of the planning department said the city (l.) currently gets few requests to build casinos.

ACLU Files Suit Against City of Las Vegas Over Fremont St. Curfew

The American Civil Liberties Union of Nevada has filed suit against the city of Las Vegas over the recent 21-and-over weekend curfew that was implemented at the Fremont Street Experience (l.). The union, which is representing two 18-year-olds, said the curfew is unconstitutional.

December Opening Still Possible for Waukegan Casino

The temporary casino for American Place (l.) is still expected to be ready by New Year’s Eve even though it’s “taken longer than expected,” according to an official with Full House Resorts, the casino’s owner.

First Nebraska Casino Pushed Back

The temporary WarHorse Casino at Lincoln Race Course has been delayed at least 10 days as some of the gaming commissioners had an issue with granting a license via a Zoom meeting.

MGM Resorts Signs All-Pro Raider as Brand Ambassador

Las Vegas Raiders All-Pro Wide Receiver Davante Adams (l.) became the first active NFL athlete brand ambassador. Adams will be part of the MGM Resorts team, participating in marketing campaigns and special events.


Cyberattack Devastates Cherokees in North Carolina

The Eastern Band of Cherokee Indians in North Carolina, who own and operate Harrah’s Cherokee (l.). fell victim to a hacker and a ransom. The tribe turned to Microsoft to rebuild their system into an advanced product.

Court Rules for Redding Rancheria, Against Redding City

Redding, California, has reached an agreement with the Redding Rancheria for the city to take back land that it sold to a private company. A court had ruled that the city acted illegally when it sold the land, which then blocked the rancheria from developing its Win-River casino (l.) expansion.


India Loses Millions in Taxes to Offshore Lotteries

Some Indian states are losing revenues to illegal, offshore lotteries because they haven’t yet adopted the technology that would make them competitive in the industry. Younger generations gravitate towards black markets and foreign lotteries that use apps and social media.


New Irish Gambling Authority Head Appointed

The newly created Irish gambling authority will, once it is authorized by parliament, be headed by Anne Marie Caulfield, a veteran civil servant. The adoption of the Gambling Regulation Bill would be the first major change to gaming laws in Ireland since the 1950s.


Kambi Acquires Shape Games

Kambi Group PLC has acquired Shape Games, a Denmark-based supplier of front-end sports betting technology, for a total consideration of €78.1 million.

Acres Anticipates IPO

Acres Manufacturing said it is planning an initial public offering sometime next year, and is projecting substantial growth through 2025 thanks to its Foundation casino management system.

Allwyn Cites Peak Performance Ahead of Merger

Allwyn Entertainment has published solid earnings numbers ahead of a merger with a special purpose acquisition company that will make it the largest lottery company on the New York Stock Exchange.





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