2022 World Cup Expected to Fetch Huge Betting Numbers in U.S.

The FIFA World Cup is undoubtedly the most-viewed sporting event across the globe, and for the first time ever, U.S. viewers will have widespread access to legal sports betting markets. According to research from the American Gaming Association and BettorOff, more than 20 million Americans plan to wager on the month-long tournament, for a total handle of over $1.5 billion.

AGA: Records Fall

Revenues are continuing to flow in to U.S. commercial casinos at unprecedented levels. The third quarter numbers again smashed records but have did we learned about this trend going forward?

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U.S. Commercial Gaming Surpasses $15 Billion Milestone

Commercial gaming revenues in the U.S. surpassed $15.17 billion in the third quarter of 2022, constituting a record in quarterly revenue and the first time it surpassed $15 billion. Graph (l.) courtesy of the American Gaming Association.

Bally’s CEO Hints at A’s Stadium; Sisolak Says No Public Funds

For months, rumors have been connecting the Oakland A’s and the Tropicana Las Vegas (l.), as the team looks for new stadium locations. On a recent earnings call, Bally’s CEO Lee Fenton said a ballpark is still a possibility, but local officials as well as Governor Steve Sisolak have made it clear that no public money is to be used, should a deal be made.

Mattress Mack Wins Record $75 Million After Houston Wins Title

Jim “Mattress Mack” McIngvale (l., with Caesars VP of retail sports Dave Grolman) loves every sports team in his hometown of Houston. When the Astros won the World Series in six games over the Phillies, Mack won a total of $75 million—$30 million from Caesars—the largest legal sports betting payout on record.

U.K. Could Soon End Uncertainty on Stake, Deposit Limits

The U.K. gaming giants are hoping that when the white paper recommending changes to the 2005 Gambling Act is released that it will propose standards that are industry-friendly while promoting consumer protection. The white paper is expected to be released this year.


Vietnam Joins China to Battle Cross-Border Gambling

Vietnam and China will work together in the fight against cross-border gambling. The agreement was forged when Nguyen Phu Trong (l.), general secretary of the Communist Party of Vietnam, recently visited China.

Closing Arguments in Chau Case Due November 21

The trial of former Macau junket boss Alvin Chau (l.) may be drawing to an end. The judge in the case reportedly will hear closing arguments on November 21. Chau is charged with illegal gambling and criminal syndication.


PokerStars Ordered to Pay Back Pre-Treaty Losses by German Court

The highest court in the German state of Nordrhein-Westfalen has ordered PokerStars to reimburse a man who lost €58,000 over six years before such gaming was legal in Germany. The man claims he did not know online casinos were only legal in Schleswig-Holstein.

Cyprus Casinos Q3 Activity Beats Pre-Covid Levels

Cyprus Casinos is experiencing volume in gaming activities that exceed levels the company achieved before the pandemic. Of those activities, gaming machines are the most popular and profitable, according to Melco Cyprus, which operates Cyprus Casinos.

U.K. Lifts LEBOM License Suspension

The U.K. Gambling Commission has lifted the week-long suspension on LEBOM, a football predictions app, after the company integrated GAMSTOP, a self-exclusion program. The integration of the program has been required for all online gaming since 2020.


Puerto Rico to License 7 Retail Sports Betting Companies

Puerto Rico has issued licenses to seven companies that operate or provide support for sports betting, according to Interim Director Jaime Rivera Emmanuelli (l.) of the Puerto Rico Gaming Commission. Five of the licenses are temporary. Before the licenses were issued, the commission assessed the profiles of the companies to determine suitability.

Australia: Sportsbet, Bet365 Face Audit, While Entain Pulls Sponsorships

The Australian bookmaking industry has come under heavy scrutiny in recent months, and it appears that dominoes are beginning to fall—financial authority AUSTRAC has called for Sportsbet and Bet365 to be audited, and while Entain has yet to be singled out, it too appears to be gearing up for potential backlash.

Landis: Mandatory Cashless Play is a Step Too Far

New South Wales may be headed towards mandatory cashless play for gaming machines, after an investigation by state officials revealed that the machines were extensively being used by criminals, either to launder money or play with crime profits. ClubsNSW CEO Josh Landis (l.), however, views this move as being too extreme, too fast.


Sands Said to Abandon iGaming Efforts

Las Vegas Sands Corporation may be abandoning its efforts to enter the online gaming space that began less than 18 months ago, according to a news report.

Play’N Go Enters New Jersey

Play’N Go has gone live with its games in the New Jersey iGaming market through operator BetMGM, with launch games including both Play’N Go classics and new releases.



Hard Rock Set to Take Ownership of Mirage by Year’s End

Now that 2022 is drawing to a close, Hard Rock International’s acquisition of the Mirage (l.) from MGM Resorts will soon be finalized. Although it is unclear exactly how Hard Rock will rebrand the property once it takes control, locals can at least breathe easy knowing that the iconic volcano show will continue—for now.

Gaming Interests Gave To New York Governor’s Race

DraftKings and Seminole Hard Rock executives donated to the successful campaign of New York Governor Kathy Hochul (l.), who was accused of operating “pay to play” schemes, awarding tax breaks and contracts to donors.

Indiana Re-Elects Online Gambling Supporters, Opponents

Indiana state Senator Jon Ford (l.) and state Rep. Ethan Manning, both pro-gambling, were re-elected. So was gambling opponent state Rep. Ben Smaltz, setting the state for another expanded gambling battle in the legislature.

M Resort Getting $206 Million Facelift

The M Resort (l.) in Henderson, Nevada, a southern neighbor of Las Vegas, is getting a $206 million renovation that will include a second tower with 384 rooms, a new ballroom, and meeting space.

Mississippi Casinos Could Move From Levees To Land

Mississippi state Rep. Cedric Burnett (l.) introduced a bill allowing Tunica County casinos to move from inside levees to dry land to avoid flood risk. Under the measure, casinos also could move closer to Memphis to increase attendance and revenue.

Caesars Announces Temporary Virginia Casino

Caesars Entertainment will open a temporary Caesars Virginia casino in Danville next year. The $650 million permanent casino (l.) will offer 1,300 slots, 85 live table games and 24 electronic table games, plus a sportsbook, poker room, concert venue and convention space.

Virginia Cities Compete For Casino Resort

Richmond, Virginia officials want a second vote on the proposed $565 ONE Casino (l.) voters rejected last year. But Petersburg legislators also are pushing hard for a casino. A recent study said both cities could support a casino but that would generate less revenue for each community.

Horseshoe Baltimore Announces Redevelopment Project

In an effort to push back against competitors and crime, Caesars Entertainment announced Horseshoe Casino Baltimore (l.) will be part of the new Walk @ Warner Street entertainment district, extending from the casino to M&T Bank Stadium.


Investigation Stalls North Carolina Tribal Casino

The Catawba tribe operates a temporary Two Kings Casino (l.) in North Carolina while the National Indian Gaming Commission winds up its investigation of contractual issues with developer Kings Mountain Sky Boat Partners.

Michigan Tribe Plans Massive Development Near Casino

The Match-E-Be-Nash-She-Wish Band of Pottawatomi Indians, also known as the Gun Lake Tribe, plans to put hundreds of acres into trust near its Gun Lake Casino (l.) in Allegan County, Michigan. The tribe wants to build a non-gaming development to include industrial, retail sales, health care and housing.



Sci Games’ Schaefer Joins NCPG Board

Scientific Games’ vice president of responsible gaming Carla Schaefer has been appointed to the National Council on Problem Gambling’s board of directors. Schaefer leads Scientific Games’ responsible gaming efforts.

Seneca Gaming Announces New York General Managers

Seneca Gaming Corp. promoted longtime employees Joanne Israel to general manager at Seneca Niagara Resort & Casino in Niagara Falls and Marc Papaj to general manager at Seneca Buffalo Creek Casino in Buffalo, New York.

Win Systems Names New Sales Manager

Natalia Kostova, a veteran of gaming and entertainment in Europe, has been named sales manager Europe-systems division by Spanish-based Win Systems. Her job will be to increase sales of the WIGOS casino management system in Europe to reflect its American successes.

Emmanuel Thomas Named GM of Hard Rock Live

Emmanuel Thomas has been named general manager of the 6,500-seat Hard Rock Live venue at Hard Rock Hotel & Casino Hollywood in south Florida. Thomas also previously worked at San Francisco’s Chase Center and New York City’s Madison Square Garden.


Kindred Partners with Gamban Blocking Software

Kindred Group is partnering with Gamban to use its consumer-protection software in Kindred’s Unibet platforms operating in France. The Gamban tool gives players control over their gambling activities by blocking sites and enabling self-exclusion.

Golden Entertainment to Utilize QCI Host in Nevada

Golden Entertainment has announced it will deploy QCI Host across all its casinos and taverns, including the PT’s brand (l.), in Nevada. QCI Host was first used at Golden’s Laughlin properties: the Aquarius and Edgewater casino resorts.

Zitro Launches ‘Seven Chests’ Link

Zitro has launched “Seven Chests,” a new multi-level progressive link with four inaugural titles represented by characters culled from popular fantasy.




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