New Traffic Report Raises Concerns About Temporary Chicago Casino

Next year, Bally’s is planning to open a temporary casino inside of the Medinah Temple (l.), an historic building in the heart of Chicago. However, some city officials are not happy with a recent traffic study that assessed the area could handle increased traffic.

Quebec Online Betting Sales Up; Illegal Bookies Up Too

Quebec, the second largest province in Canada, reported positive sports betting results during the fiscal first quarter. The numbers are more impressive given the competition from offshore operators. The province wants Ottawa to help.

Who is Watching the Kids?

As the Major League Baseball playoffs kick into high gear, gaming observer Richard Schuetz draws on some poignant memories of carefree days at the ballpark to remind adults not to take sports betting too seriously but to focus on those that are truly important—the children.

Okada, Associates Charged with Coercion in Resort Takeover

The Philippine Department of Justice has indicted billionaire Kazuo Okada (l.) and associates for their role in the forced takeover of Okada Manila, an integrated resort in the nation’s capital. On May 31, Okada’s allies occupied the IR and restored the directors who controlled the property in 2017.

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High Court Ruling to Close 3 Alabama Electronic Bingo Casinos

Three casinos that operate electronic bingo machines have been ordered to close by the Alabama Supreme Court. They are VictoryLand Casino (l.), White Hall Entertainment and Southern Star Entertainment. Attorney General Steve Marshall has been trying to close them for several years.

Report: Macau Recovery ‘A Long Way Off’

Researchers at the University of Macau (l.) say the SAR’s economy could contract 29.2 percent for 2022, with full recovery “a long way off.” But Fitch Ratings says Macau gaming will return to historic dominance over time.

Report: U.K. Anti-Crypto Betting Controls May Not be Effective

A new report has indicated that the safeguards that are supposed to protect U.K. consumers by banning wagering with cryptocurrency may not be effective. A team of reporters was able to poke holes in’s “stringent compliance process.” Stake specializes in crypto gambling.

Star Deemed Unsuitable Again, This Time in Queensland

Following the release of the Gotterson Review, Star Entertainment has been deemed unsuitable to hold a Queensland casino license, just weeks after New South Wales officials reached the same conclusion. Star will now be given one final opportunity to right the ship before its license is revoked, according to Queensland’s top regulator Shannon Fentiman (l.).

Roy Student, Frank Fantini to Receive AGEM Memorial Awards at G2E

Roy Student and Frank Fantini (l. to r.), two legends of the gaming industry, will be honored at G2E 2022 with the Jens Halle Memorial Award Honoring Excellence in Commercial Gaming Professionalism and the Peter Mead Memorial Award Honoring Excellence in Gaming Media & Communications, respectively.

Light & Wonder Acquires House Advantage Assets

Light & Wonder has acquired the assets of House Advantage, enhancing L&W’s systems business with omnichannel player loyalty solutions. House Advantage CEO Jon Wolfe (l.) will now serve as senior vice president, global systems and services for Light & Wonder.


Suncity Defendants Sentenced to Jail Time

In late September, two defendants in the court case involving former Macau junket firm Suncity Group were sentenced to jail by a Chinese court. At the center of the trial is former Suncity CEO Alvin Chau (l.).


Ho Family Could be Outbid for Portugal Casino License

The family of the man who built China’s Macau into the largest gaming center in the world is on the verge of losing a casino license in Portugal. Estoril Sol SGPS SA, owned by the heirs of Stanley Ho (l.), may be outbid by a rival for the license to operate Casino do Estoril.

U.K. Rejoins ECA After 2-Year Absence

The U.K. has rejoined the European Casino Association after leaving it two years ago. The return to the ECA came after a Memorandum of Understanding that confirmed that the U.K. will have full association status for its eight operators.

Malta Authority Proposes “Detailed” Player Protection Guidelines

The Malta Gaming Authority will be focusing on “detailed player protection” in its proposed guidelines for gaming licensees operating on the island nation. Its proposals would include “licensees’ obligations regarding their responsible gaming policies and procedures.”

Denmark’s Gaming Market Achieves 90 Percent Channelization

A decade ago, Denmark’s regulating gaming market came into being. When it did, 39 percent of market share was the state-owned monopoly and the rest was illegal and unlicensed websites. Today 90 percent of the operators in the market are licensed and legitimate, largely thanks to the country’s regulator, Spillemyndigheden, and its director Anders Dorph (l.).



NBA Unveils New Sports Betting App

The NBA took another deep dive into a gambling- centric platform. Last month, the league debuted NBABet Stream, a digital treasure trove of sports wagering content.


Nevada’s Gaming Revenues, Visitation Numbers Continue to Climb

The latest round of data from Nevada’s gaming market has shown that 2022 will likely fetch a new record in terms of gaming revenue, which seemed unfathomable just two years ago. Visitation rates, although still down from pre-Covid levels, are also steadily climbing.

Puerto Rican Casinos Recovering From Hurricane Fiona

Two weeks after being hit by Hurricane Fiona, most of Puerto Rico’s casinos and racetracks are up and running again. According to the island’s tourism association, “The flow of visitors is similar to what it was before the hurricane.”

Challenge to Pope County Casino License Goes Forward

Pulaski County Circuit Judge Wendell Griffen (l.) has allowed a lawsuit challenging the legitimacy and constitutionality of a casino license granted to Legends Resort and Casino by the Arkansas Racing Commission to go forward. The commission had tried to quash the lawsuit.

Pennsylvania Could Lift Limits on Hosting Gaming Terminals

Pennsylvania Rep. Seth Grove (l.) would like to change state law so that truck stops that sell less than 50,000 gallons of diesel fuel a month can host gaming terminals. Grove argues that many truck stop operators have been hard hit by rising fuel costs.

Deadwood Cracks Down on Minor Betting, Proxy Betting

The South Dakota Commission on Gaming aims to beef up changes in regulations to discourage minors from playing. It will consider rule changes at its December 14 commission meeting. Some commissioners feel that more attention is being paid to underage drinking than to underage gambling.

Steve Wynn Chinese Lobbyist Case Could go to Trial Next Year

Recent court filings have indicated that former Wynn Resorts CEO Steve Wynn (l.) could still face trial next year in a lawsuit filed by the Justice Department demanding that he register as a Chinese foreign agent. Wynn delivered a message to former President Donald Trump on behalf of Chinese officials in 2017, which the U.S. government sees as lobbying.

Pennsylvania Casino now Using Metal Detectors

Visitors to the Parx Casino (l.) in Bensalem, Pennsylvania are now being screened to determine if they are carrying firearms. If they are found to have firearms, they are being asked to exit the facility. William McVey, the township’s public safety director, says he totally approves of the policy.

Durango Tops Off in Vegas

Station Casinos last week celebrated the topping off of its newest property, Durango casino resort, in the southwest area of Las Vegas. It’s the first in a series of new developments planned for the company over the next decade.


Texas, Tiguas Tribe Agree to Dismiss Long-Running Case

A dispute between the state of Texas and the El Paso Tigua Tribe regarding bingo-like games at the tribe’s Speaking Rock casino (l.), which made it all the way to the Supreme Court, ended last week after both sides agreed to walk away.


Kristi Torgerson Named Chief of Enforcement for NGCB

The Nevada Gaming Control Board has appointed Kristi Torgerson as the new chief of its Enforcement Division, following the retirement of Chief James Taylor. Torgerson previously held the position of deputy chief since 2019.

Lynn Mah Promoted to CFO at Ainsworth

Lynn Mah has been promoted to chief financial officer of Ainsworth Game Technology, the company announced. Mah has worked in Ainsworth’s financial division since 2007, and she replaces Mark Ludski, who previously held the position for over 20 years.

New LeoVegas Board Announced Following MGM Merger

Now that MGM Resorts’ acquisition of iGaming operator LeoVegas is all but finalized, a new three-person board of directors has been announced. The new board consists of LeoVegas CEO Gustaf Hagman, MGM Resorts CEO Bill Hornbuckle and Gary Fritz, head of gaming for IAC.

Michael Gore, Well-Known Gaming Attorney, Dies

Gaming attorney Michael Gore, known for his Asian practice, passed away on September 22. Gore was a former regulator in New Jersey and earned degrees from Rutgers Law School and the University of Phoenix.

Playmaker Brings in Mike Stricoff as Senior Advisor

Playmaker has announced that media veteran Mike Stricoff will join the company in an advisory role. Stricoff will help the sports betting social media company further develop its content partnerships, including with Snap Inc., where Stricoff previously worked.


UNLV Announces New Indian Gaming Law Program

The University of Nevada, Las Vegas has formed a new tribal gaming law program, to be headed by Jennifer Carleton and John Tahsuda (l. to r.), both of whom have decades of experience in Indian gaming. Known as the Indian Nations Gaming and Governance Program, it will be offered via UNLV’s Boyd School of Law.

Endeavor Closes on Acquisition of OpenBet

Endeavor Group has closed on its previously announced acquisition of Light & Wonder’s sports betting platform subsidiary, OpenBet, for a total consideration of $800 million in cash and stock.

Everi to Acquire Assets of Venuetize

Everi Holdings will acquire strategic assets of Venuetize, a mobile-first, guest engagement technology solutions provider, expanding the company’s addressable market.

AGEM Index Down for September

The AGEM Index of gaming supplier stock prices for September was down 91.73 points compared to August, and 306.97 points, or 23 percent, year-on-year.

IGT Deploys Floor Manager in Peru

IGT has deployed its Floor Manager system, a cloud-based solution granting access to dozens of downloadable IGT games, at seven Qullqi casinos across Peru.


IGT Previews G2E Display

IGT has previewed a vast array of products it will display at this week’s Global Gaming Expo, covering all of the company’s verticals in casino, system and digital products.

Everi to Show Diverse G2E Lineup

Everi has previewed a lineup of products for display at the Global Gaming Expo that reflects the diversity of its games for land-based and digital as well as its fintech product portfolio.

Acres to Highlight Foundation Improvements

Acres Manufacturing will debut new features to its Foundation casino management system at G2E, and will highlight how it is helping operators drive player engagement and loyalty.

QCI to Demonstrate Player Services

QCI will use its G2E booth to showcase its platform, which empowers operators to create loyalty programs tailored to the needs of each customer.

Win Systems to Showcase WIGOS

Win Systems will showcase its WIGOS casino management system at G2E, and its WINUP player app, which has been the focus of the company’s development efforts.




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