Cordish Comebacks

Two blemishes on the otherwise stellar record of the Cordish Companies may be removed if a casino is permitted in Peterburg, Virginia, and an integrated resort (l.) is built in the Madrid region of Spain.

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WEEKLY FEATURE: Ontario’s Gray Market Grace Period Ends, as Pinnacle Transitions

Pinnacle, known in Ontario for its many years of operating in the “gray market,” is set to go live October 26 in the regulated market. Additionally, the Alcohol and Gaming Commission of Ontario has ended its grace period for others looking to make the same transitions. Paul Burns (l.), head of the Canadian Gaming Association, says the time for leniency is past.

Caesars Palace Times Square?

Proposals for one of the three licenses available in the “southern tier” of New York—the New York City area—are drifting in but this week’s proposal for a Caesars Palace in Times Square has garnered lots of attention.

Defiant Okada Vows to Reclaim Control of Philippine IR

On October 17, casino magnate Kazuo Okada (l.) was arrested on arrival at an airport in Manila, Philippines. The Japanese billionaire is charged with coercion in his takeover of the Okada Manila integrated resort in May. Now out on bail, Okada vowed to continue his quest for control of the IR.

Star’s NSW License Suspended; Regulators Impose Record Fines

Regulators in New South Wales have announced that Star Sydney’s (l.) casino license will be suspended as of October 21, and that independent monitor Nicholas Weeks will oversee operations for the foreseeable future. Oh, and don’t forget about a record $62.7 million fine on top of it all.

Genting Officially a Contender in Macau

GMM S.A., a last-minute entrant in Macau’s casino license race, is now an official contender for a gaming license in the city. A unit of the Genting Group joined six incumbents to vie for 10-year gaming licenses.

FANTINI’S FINANCE: Gleaning Trends from Small Sample Sizes

It’s third quarter earnings season, and Las Vegas Sands and Monarch Casino are the first operators to report thus far. However, because the two are unique in their own ways as opposed to other high-profile casino companies, it’s hard to tell if their mostly positive results will be extrapolated to the industry at large.


Osaka Lawmaker Pushes IR Approval

In comments before the Japanese parliament, Osaka MP Taku Ikeshita urged Prime Minister Fumio Kishida to approve an integrated resort (l.) in the prefecture by March 2023 “at the latest,” or risk years of delays.

VIP Now a Minor Segment in Macau

The high-roller segment in Macau’s gaming industry hit a new low in the third quarter of 2022, accounting for just over 20 percent of gross gaming revenues for the period.


U.K. to Test “Single Customer” Monitoring

The U.K.’s Gambling Commission, headed by CEO Andrew Rhodes (l.), is ready to begin trials on a system that will monitor the activities of single customers, combining data on their activities from multiple operators. The goal is to prevent players from avoiding intervention by spreading their unsafe gaming activities over several operators.

Malta, France Collaborate on AML Strategies

The gaming authorities of Malta and France met for a remote workshop on September 27-28. The purpose was to collaborate on strategies for Anti-Money Laundering/Combating the Financing of Terrorism (AML/CFT). Some of the subjects covered include updates on legislation, and obligations of licenses to enforce regulations.

Paddy Power Ups Spending on Safer Gaming Measures

Paddy Power, a subsidiary of Flutter Entertainment, says it has been spending more than €100 million annually on safer gaming measures in the U.K. and Ireland. Both countries are on the verge of significant revisions of their gaming laws.

Germany Pushes ISPs to Block Lottoland

Germany’s regulator Die Glücksspielbehörde is pressuring the country's ISPs to block the lottery wagering site Lottoland. It promises the providers hefty fines if they don’t block Lottoland. The regulator feels that Lottoland is especially undesirable because it could confuse consumers that it is a legal lottery.

Italy Regulates Fixed-odds Betting

Italy has finally issued a decree that has been hanging fire since 2017 that updates regulations on fixed-odds wagering on sporting and non-sporting events—excluding horse racing. The decree, which brings Italy’s regulations in line with international standards, goes into force October 28.


Queensland Govt. Cracks Down with New Regulations

The Queensland state government has wasted no time in implementing stricter regulations after Star Entertainment was recently deemed unsuitable for casino licensure in the state. Shannon Fentiman (l.), Queensland’s attorney-general, announced higher fine limits as well as the implementation of independent managers.

New South Wales to Implement Facial Recognition in RG Push

New South Wales is close to rolling out a statewide facial recognition program in gaming areas that will help identify self-excluded gamblers and prevent them from further engaging in problem behavior, according to two trade organizations in the state.


New Jersey Lawmakers Seek to Keep LIV Golf Circuit Out

An upstart golf tour has made inroads into the golf circuit. But the LIV Tour, and member Phil Mickelson (l.) has carried a lot of baggage, namely its funding by the Saudi Arabian government, which has been accused of several human rights violations.

Arlington Heights Seeks Zone Change for Bears Sportsbook

The Bears paid close to $200 million for an unused race course so the team can move out of Chicago. They’ll still be called the Chicago Bears but will play in a new stadium in Arlington Heights at the site of the shuttered Arlington Park Racetrack (l.).

ESPN and DraftKings Close to a New Partnership

ESPN owns a small piece of DraftKings. Now the network and the sportsbook are reportedly on the cusp of something big. Bettors would say it has to do with sports betting—they’d probably be right.

Esports in AC?

The Casino ESports Conference was recently held at Stockton University (l.) in Atlantic City, where the ribbon was cut on a new esports lab that could create jobs and benefit casinos.


Bally's Signs Labor Agreement For Chicago Casino

Bally’s Corporation has signed a multi-project labor agreement for the construction of its $1.7 billion casino-resort in downtown Chicago (l.). The venue will offer 3,400 slots, 170 table games and a 500-room hotel.

Fertitta’s Proposed Strip Casino Approved by Clark County

Clark County commissioners have given the green light to Tilman Fertitta’s proposed casino-hotel project on the Las Vegas Strip near Harmon Avenue. The plot (l.), which was purchased in June, will soon be cleared to make way for the new 43-story development.

Alabama Casino Requests State Supreme Court Rehearing

In the latest round of Alabama versus electronic bingo, Victoryland (l.) asked the state Supreme Court for a rehearing on its decision that casinos must stop offering “illegal gambling activities,” i.e., electronic bingo.

Virginia Town Considers Skill-Game Ordinance

Virginia’s ban on unregulated “skill games” is the subject of a lawsuit from a state senator who supports the machines; the town of Marion (l.) seeks to act now to limit their numbers.

Louisiana Riverboat Casino Moving Ashore

The Treasure Chest riverboat casino (l.) in Kenner, Louisiana, which opened in 1994, broke ground on its new $100 million land-based facility. It’s among the first riverboat casinos to move ashore under a 2018 law.

Mississippi Company Eyes Shuttered Louisiana Casino

If Louisiana gaming regulators approve, Mississippi-based Foundation Gaming plans to invest $200 million in DiamondJacks Casino (l.) in Bossier City, Louisiana. The property closed in 2020 during the Covid-19 pandemic.

Caesars Rebrands Its Only Florida Casino

Caesars’ only Florida casino, the former Isle Casino Pompano Park (l.), will become Harrah’s Pompano Beach in December, company officials said. Renovation and expansion are expected to be completed by early 2024.

Nebraska Casino Gamblers Wager $1.4 Million On Day One

Players at the temporary, 433-slot WarHorse Casino (l.) in Lincoln, Nebraska wagered an estimated $1.4 million on opening day, September 23. The permanent venue will open in November 2024 with 1,100 slots, 100 table games, a sportsbook and live and simulcast horse racing.

Aurora, Illinois Mulls Loan to Build New Casino

Aurora, Illinois, is considering taking out a general obligation bond loan for $50 million to help the Hollywood Casino (l.) build a new casino and hotel in the downtown area. Penn Entertainment is building a $360 million casino project. The loan would be paid back out of increased property tax revenues.


North Carolina Tribe Kicks Off $275 Million Expansion

The Eastern Band of Cherokee Indians broke ground on the $275 million expansion at Harrah’s Cherokee Valley River Casino (l.) in Murphy, North Carolina. It will be the first major expansion at the property, built in 2015 for $110 million.

Me-Wuk Tribe Celebrates Topping off of Casino Resort

The Chicken Ranch Casino Resort (l.) in Tuolumne County, California October 5 celebrated a topping off ceremony for the 9-story structure. The project will include a hotel with 190 rooms and 9,600-square foot convention center.


David Tsai Named CEO of Crown Perth

Former MGM executive David Tsai has been named CEO of Crown Perth, as the company looks to get back into the good graces of regulators throughout Australia.

GLPI Announces Promotions for Moore, Burke

Gaming and Leisure Properties, Inc. has announced two executive-level promotions—Brandon Moore has been appointed as chief operating officer and Desiree Burke has been named chief financial officer.


J.P. Morgan Invests in Sightline Payments

J.P. Morgan Payments has negotiated an investment deal with Sightline Payments, in which the two companies will develop a new offering for the resort and hospitality industry.

Swintt Partners with Joi Gaming

Software studio Swintt has signed a new partnership with Dutch-based Joi Gaming, in which Swintt titles will be available to iGaming players nationwide.

Konami’s BattleBots Slots Previews in Las Vegas

Last week, the world’s first BattleBots casino slot games debuted at World Championship VII in Las Vegas, ahead of an official launch in casinos. The game was created by global casino games developer Konami Gaming.


EKG G2E Roundtable Lauds Aristocrat

At the Eilers & Krejcik Gaming Post G2E Roundtable, slot operations executives named Aristocrat Gaming the top slot supplier displaying at this year’s Global Gaming Expo.




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