Vegas Of The Month Club

How can we increase visitation to Las Vegas? How about special packages each month that encapsulate everything that is cool about Vegas. Columnist Ira David Sternberg explains how it would work.

The Next-Generation Casino Resort: Know Your Real Customer

Casinos can’t attract younger players if they don’t understand who they are. Let’s look at the myths and misperceptions surrounding this group—which is broad-based, growing and maturing, with the discretionary income to support entertainment.

Could Maryland License 100-Plus Sportsbooks?

When it comes to awarding licenses, Maryland has expanded the sportsbook universe. In addition to casinos, racetracks and mobile licensees, applicants could include OTBs, taverns and even bowling alleys.

Big News From Wynn Resorts

Wynn Resorts is planning an integrated resort with gaming on Al Marjan Island (l.), a man-made island in the United Arab Emirates, in partnership with an international developer. And sources last week revealed that Wynn is trying to put its interactive division, WynnBet on the market at a deep discount.

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Florida Casino Petitions Can’t Win

An investigation found evidence of fraud in a drive to bring casinos to Florida. That aside, it’s unlikely a Sands-backed PAC can get the signatures to put the issue on the ballot. And the bid to open up sports betting in the state, sponsored by DraftKings and FanDuel, threw in the towel. The deadline is Tuesday, February 1.

Bally’s Las Vegas to Become Horseshoe

The famous Horseshoe casino brand will return to Las Vegas as Caesars Entertainment transforms the existing Bally’s resort (l.). The renovation will begin this spring.

Oklahoma Lawmaker Proposes Amending Compacts

Oklahoma state Rep. Ken Luttrell (l.) sponsored a bill to amend tribal gaming compacts to include sports betting. But tribal officials said legalizing sports betting has to make economic sense to tribes, which would take all the risk.

European Casinos Still Under Pressure from Covid

Although the worst of the pandemic appears over, European casinos are still under tremendous strain imposed by Covid governmental measures, according to European Casino Association Chairman Per Jalding (l.). The association’s survey discloses these challenges.

Ontario Covid Restrictions Could Ease

The government of Ontario, Canada under Premier Doug Ford (l.) will soon ease pandemic restrictions at provincial casinos. Proof of vaccine and masks will still be required, but capacity limits will be lifted by March 14.

FANTINI’S FINANCE: Land of Opportunity

The influx of international gaming companies into U.S. markets and onto U.S. public listings continues. These companies see lots of opportunity stateside, particularly on the iGaming, sports betting and lottery sides.


Vietnam Gaming on the Ascent

The Vietnamese economy is coming back strong, and its gaming industry will be a beneficiary. With more than 90 percent of the population vaccinated against Covid-19, travel is expected to surge.

Macau Reopens for International Travel

Starting midnight on January 24, Macau was once again open to international passenger flights. On arrival, incoming travelers still must quarantine from 21 to 28 days.

NagaWorld: Layoffs Did Not Target Unionists

NagaWorld insists it didn’t try to reduce union representation at the property through Covid layoffs. The resort in Cambodian capital of Phnom Penh said most of those furloughed signed “mutual separation deals.”

Sands China Celebrates Excellence

At a ceremony on January 21, Sands China honored outstanding suppliers, recognized local small businesses graduating from its procurement training program and launched a book highlighting their success stories.

PAGCOR Recognized by Philippines AML Council

Andrea Domingo (l.), head of the Philippine Amusement and Gaming Corp., recently accepted a commendation from the country’s Anti-Money Laundering Council for PAGCOR’s “invaluable contribution” AML efforts.


Armenia to Restrict Gaming Ads

Armenia is poised to adopt a ban on gaming advertisements. The ban is advocated by Minister of Finance Armen Hayrapetyan (l.), who wants to adopt rules like those in Latvia, Estonia, the Czech Republic and Georgia.

Sweden Minister Pushes for Stricter Licensing Rules

Sweden’s Minister of Social Securities Ardalan Shekarabi (l.) wants to tighten gaming license requirements. He said Swedish consumers are “vulnerable and “the government is right to take back control.”


Michigan: Hotline Calls Increased with iGaming

Calls to Michigan’s problem gambling hotline are up since iGaming became legal a year ago. The state took in $209 million in online and sports betting revenue; only $1 million goes to problem gambling services.


Louisiana Launches Mobile Sports Betting

Retail sportsbooks at 14 Louisiana casinos launched in October and mobile sports betting finally caught up on January 28, just in time for the National Football League conference championships. WynnBET is using former LSU basketball star Shaquille O’Neal (l.) as a spokesman.

Kansas Lawmakers Hope for Sports Betting this Year

Kansas lawmakers are optimistic for sports betting in 2022. Legislators could take up the Senate bill that passed or return a House bill to committee, although a dog-racing provision likely led to its demise.

Mississippi Sports Betting Bill Has Drawbacks

A sports betting bill filed by Mississippi state Rep. Casey Eure would allow mobile wagering but require annual in-person registration. State Rep. Cedric Burnett (l.) has also filed a sports betting bill—the third in four years.

Word ‘Correction’ Derails Arkansas Mobile Launch

By changing a single word in its sports betting rules, the Arkansas Racing Commission blocked mobile sports bets on the February 13 Super Bowl. The “correction” is a response to lawmakers’ and the public’s concerns.

Tennessee Sportsbooks Miss Minimum Hold

Tennessee sportsbooks missed the 10 percent minimum hold requirement for 2021, coming in at 7.3 percent. As a result, BetMGM, DraftKings and FanDuel will likely choose to pay more taxes.

MGM, Entain to Invest $450 Million in BetMGM

MGM Resorts International and Entain Plc each own half of BetMGM, even though they’re on opposite sides of the pond. The two gaming giants will add $450 million to help get into new markets.

Sportsbooks Position to Compete in Ontario

When Ontario’s sports betting market opens, operators will be lined up to appeal to its 15 million person market. They include PointsBet, Fan Duel, DraftKings, BetMGM, Caesars, BetRivers and theScore Bet.

Esports Group Licensed in New Jersey

Publicly-traded Esports Entertainment Group has received an order from the New Jersey Division of Gaming Enforcement enabling it to accept bets in the state.

Houston MLS Team, Fubo Sign Partnership

The Houston Dynamo Football Club has signed a multi-year deal with Fubo Gaming in a partnership potentially valued at $178 million. The deal paves the way for Fubo in the event Texas legalizes sports betting.

Genius Sports Partners with Betway

Genius Sports and Betway have a good thing going. They signed a partnership for Genius to exchange data for sportsbook operator Betway. The deal includes the NFL and NCAA basketball.

Peer-To-Peer Platform Wagr Launches In Tennessee

Tennessee is the first state to offer the peer-to-peer betting platform Wagr, which allows customers to bet against each other. Based in Nashville, Wagr charges players a 5 percent transaction fee per wager.


Philadelphia Considering Skill-Game Ban

Philadelphia City Council is considering an ordinance that would ban the so-called “skill games” that have been spreading in convenience stores in the region.

Is Georgia Gaming Bill Moving Forward?

Georgia lawmakers may OK sports betting ahead of casino gaming this session. Conservative groups still could hold up legislation, but as state Senator Brandon Beach (l.) says, “It’s going on anyway, through bookies.”

Richmond Council Supports Casino Second Vote

Richmond, Virginia voters may get a do-over on Urban One’s proposed $565 million casino-resort, which was narrowly defeated in November. Mayor Levar Stoney (l.) proposed a real estate tax cut to sweeten the deal.

Oregon Racetrack Still in Limbo

Grants Pass Downs (l.) says it can’t run a racing season—despite permission from the Oregon Racing Commission—without the Flying Lark gaming center being approved. Oregon tribes oppose the center.

Nebraska Debates Racino Limits

Seven new horse racetracks have been proposed in Nebraska, including one that would affect Ho-Chunk’s proposed $200 million WarHorse Casino in Omaha. State Senator Tom Briese (l.) says enough is enough.


Koi, Chickasaw Partner on California Casino

The Koi Nation of Northern California and the Chickasaw Nation of Oklahoma will partner on the Koi’s Shiloh Casino & Resort (l.) near Windsor. The venue will feature 2,500 slots and 200-room hotel and create 1,100 jobs.


Allwyn to List on NYSE

European lottery group Allwyn will list on the New York Stock Exchange after merging with the special-purpose acquisition company Cohn Robbins Holdings Corp. Karel Komárek (l.), chairman of the board, says it’s the next step in the company’s history.


Lim Kok Thay Exits Genting HK

Malaysian billionaire Lim Kok Thay has resigned his post as chairman, CEO and executive director of struggling cruise ship operator Genting Hong Kong. He was followed by Deputy CEO Colin Au.

Everi Announces Board Appointments

Everi Holdings has announced two new appointments to its board of directors, Secil Tabli Watson and Paul Finch (l.). A new lead independent director was also chosen to replace Ronald Congemi, who is retiring.

DraftKings Appoints Stephanie Sherman CMO

Long time DraftKings executive, Stephanie Sherman, has become chief marketing officer responsible for all marketing and promotion efforts. She joined the company nine years ago.

Fortuna’s Per Widerström Announces Departure

Per Widerström (l.) has announced he will end his seven-year term as chief executive of the Fortuna Entertainment. David Vaněk, general manager of Fortuna’s Czech unit, will succeed him on March 1.

Chris Bell Nominated for Nueva Codere Board

Nueva Codere, formerly Grupo Codere, has nominated ex-Ladbrokes CEO Chris Bell as its new non-executive chairman. If approved, Bell would leave his roles at XLMedia and Rank Group to dedicate himself to Codere.

Kyle Brady Joins FSB

B2B sports betting and iGaming service provider FSB has appointed former SkyBet trading and risk leader Kyle Brady to support the company’s pre-sales solutions team.

Texas Tribe Elects New Council, Chairman

The Texas Alabama-Coushatta Tribe has named a new tribal council and chairman, Rick Sylvestine. Their priority is the health and safety of tribal members and the preservation of the tribe’s Naskila Gaming casino (l.).

Longtime Maine Gaming Champion to Join SBA

Maine state Senator Louis Luchini worked for decades to expand gaming in the Pine Tree State. Now he has retired from the legislature and will join the U.S. Small Business Administration.

Coastal Mississippi Names Young Executive Director

Judy Young, formerly vice president at the New Braunfels, Texas Convention and Visitors Bureau, has been named the new executive director of Coastal Mississippi, which promotes tourism in three counties.


Everi, Exacta Sign HHR Agreement

Everi Holdings has signed an agreement with Exacta Systems under which it will use Exacta’s platform to offer its titles to the historical horse racing market. Exacta’s Ross O’Hanley (l.) says the deal will increase player engagement.

Bluberi Launches Reels of Steel in New Cabinet

CCO Casey Whelan (l.) says Bluberi has launched its new Reels of Steel game at the Yaamava’ Resort & Casino in Highland, California. It is the first game on Bluberi’s larger-than-life Big Mech cabinet.


BCLC Schedules RG Conference in March

The British Columbia Lottery Corp. will present its 10th New Horizons in Responsible Gambling Conference on March 9-10, in a virtual format. Stanford neuroscientist David Eagleman (l.) will be the keynote speaker.

IAGA Opens Registration for 2022 Summit

The International Association of Gaming Advisors has opened registration for the 2022 International Gaming Summit, to be held in Boston in June. The event is expected to draw operators, suppliers, investors, regulators and more.




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