GGB Magazine Announces Its 25 People to Watch for 2023

GGB’s annual list of the movers and shakers in the gaming industry’s highest honor. The January issue features such high flyers as FanDuel’s Ann Howe, BetMGM’s Adam Greenblatt, Everi’s Randy Taylor, Casino Austria’s Erwin van Lambaart, Light & Wonder’s Siobhan Lane, Hard Rock Las Vegas’ Joe Lupo and many others.

Panel: Danger Exists of More Cyberattacks

A panel discussion at the recent National Council of Legislators from Gaming States conference warned that casinos are vulnerable to further cyberattacks. Continent 8’s Michael Tobin (l.) says the attacks have soared over the last year.

Hospitality Heros Honored in Vegas

Hospitality Heros Honored in Vegas From left, LVCVA CEO and President Steve Hill, award winners Candace Ortiz, Ericka Stokely, Paola Crow, President of the Latin Chamber of Commerce Peter Guzman, and award winner Keoki Hill pose for a photo during a reception for the winners and nominees of the LVCVA’s 2022 Hospitality Heroes award Thursday, December 15, 2022 the Las Vegas Convention Center. (Sam Morris, LVCVA Archive)
The Las Vegas Convention and Visitors Authority last week celebrated the city’s top hospitality workers with the tourism industry’s “Best of the Best” honored during Hospitality Heroes reception. LVCVA President Steven Hill and Peter Guzman, president of the Latin Chamber of Commerce, handed out the awards to the winners.

Backroom Brawl

Illegal gaming has been around forever and the growth of legal gaming has forced it back into the shadows. But it hasn’t gone away, as proven by a recent reports issued by the American Gaming Association and The Innovation Group.

Macau’s Big 6 Sign New 10-Year Deals

On December 16, Macau’s six gaming concessionaires, including SJM at left, officially signed 10-year licensing deals with the government. The new concessions under revised terms will begin in January and infuse $15 billion into the industry.

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Bolsonaro Throws Brazil’s Sports Betting Market Into Chaos

Brazilian President Jair Bolsonaro (l.) may be leaving office at year’s end, but he’s not going quietly, after refusing to sign sports betting regulations before a key December 12 deadline. The future of the market now looks uncertain, as lawmakers will likely have to start from scratch.

Virginia’s First Permanent Casino To Open In January

The first permanent casino to open in Virginia, Rivers Casino Portsmouth (l.) will debut January 15, 2023. The venue will feature 1,448 slots and 57 table games on the casino floor, a sportsbook, Top Golf Swing Suite, poker room and dining options.

Japan IR Decision Unlikely this Year

Osaka and Nagasaki may have to wait until 2023 to learn if they can build Japan’s first integrated resorts with gaming. Osaka would develop its IR with gaming partner MGM Resorts, and Nagasaki with Casinos Austria.

Cordish Selected To Develop Petersburg Casino Resort

The Petersburg, Virginia City Council selected the Cordish Companies to develop a $1.4 billion casino resort (l.) over 15 years. However, that depends on legislative and voter approval, and no casino in Richmond.

Star Rocked by $67 Million Fines from Queensland Government; Feds Charge Execs

Australian regulators are continuing to deal out substantial fines to operators across the country, with the latest being a $67 million penalty against Star Entertainment from the Queensland government over a number of regulatory failings. And the federal government brought charges against 11 former Star execs, including CEO Matt Bekier (l.).

FANTINI’S FINANCE: Here for a Good Time, Not a Long Time

Now that Macau’s Big 6 have signed new concessions, it may seem as though everything is back on track for the market that once dominated the global industry. And, in some ways, there is room for optimism in the short-to-medium term. That being said, the amount of uncertainty is simply too great to believe in the region as a long-term success.


At Trial, Former Junket Runner Proclaims Innocence

Last week, former junket head Levo Chan (l.) denied that his company engaged in illegal betting at Macau casinos. Chan and eight others have also been charged with criminal association, fraud and money laundering.

Korean Casino to Relocate

A foreigners-only casino run by Grand Korea Leisure Co. will move from the Millennium Hilton Seoul to Seoul Dragon City, just in time for New Year’s Eve.


Glücksspiel (GGL) Now in Charge of German Gambling

Glücksspiel (GGL), the regulator of interstate gaming in Germany, is set to take up its new duties. Joint-Chief Executive Benjamin Schwanke (l.) says, “We’re ready to go. We have set up the appropriate structures and processes to effectively regulate the online gaming market from January 1, 2023.”

New Irish Gambling Law Requires ‘Opt In’ for Ads

Ireland’s proposed Gambling Regulation Bill includes a requirement that consumers may not be hit by gambling ads in streaming, video services and on social media unless they “opt in.” The bill is being discussed in the Dáil, the lower house of parliament.

UKGC in Hot Water for World Cup Tweet

U.K. Gambling Commission quickly apologized for posting a Tweet that promoted sports betting before the World Cup, but also had images of children. It quickly deleted the Tweet and added, “We realize this was an oversight and undermined an important consumer protection message.”

Norway Extends Horse Racing Bet Monopoly

Norway has extended by a decade the horse racing wagering monopoly of Norsk Rikstoto to the year 2032. Norway is one of the few remaining countries of the European Union that have state gaming monopolies. Its other such monopoly is Norsk Tipping, which offers online casino gaming.

KSA Warns Operators Regarding World Cup Ads

Dutch gaming regulator Kansspelautoriteit (KSA) contacted two operators that employed banned advertising during the World Cup. The agency stated: “The KSA has approached two providers about advertising in a game in which people can create a World Cup pool. This is not allowed.”

Scottish Gambling Report Calls for Ad Restrictions

The Scottish Parliament Information Centre (SPICE) (l.) has issued a report on how a public health approach would relate to gaming regulations, which suggests taking a page from how tobacco, alcohol and drugs are treated.


UFC betting Back in Alberta Sportsbooks, Ontario Holds Out

The Alberta Gaming, Liquor and Cannabis organization, which oversees sports betting in the province, said they were lifting a ban on UFC wagering after they were satisfied the UFC was complying with investigations regarding suspicious betting patterns. Ontario regulators, however, kept the ban in place.


Indiana Lawmakers Will Reintroduce iGaming Bill

For the fourth consecutive year, Indiana state Senator Jon Ford and state Rep. Ethan Manning (l.) will introduce a bill allowing internet versions of poker, slots and table games, and authorizing the Hoosier Lottery to offer online games.

As More States Push for iGaming, Nevada Lags Behind

Nevada is widely accepted to be the gaming capital of the U.S., but iGaming remains absent from its offerings. As more states push for legalization, the pressure is mounting for the Silver State to do the same.


Texas Alliance Hires Rick Perry to Push for Sports Betting

Texas will be a tough state to crack for sports betting, but it’s not for lack of trying. The Sports Betting Alliance, a collection of sportsbook operators and state pro sports teams has hired former governor Rick Perry (l.) as a spokesman.

NFL Streams First Live Game on Caesars Sportsbook App

The Dallas Cowboys crushed the Indianapolis Colts in what turned out to be the first NFL game to be livestreamed on a sportsbook app. The game appeared on the Caesars app. At the same time, viewers could place bets.


Bally’s LV Rebrands as Horseshoe

Caesars Entertainment has officially rebranded its Bally’s Las Vegas property as Horseshoe Las Vegas (l.), after Caesars sold Bally’s Corporation rights to the Bally’s casino brand.

VICI Properties Funds Missouri Casino

VICI Properties real estate investment trust will provide $51.9 million toward three Century Casinos properties, including a new land-based casino and hotel at Caruthersville, Missouri (l.).

World Series Of Poker Returns To The Strip

Caesars Entertainment announced for the second consecutive year, the World Series of Poker will return to the Strip, at Paris Las Vegas and Horseshoe Las Vegas, starting May 30, 2023.


Alabama Tribe Still Lobbies For Gambling Bill

Comprehensive gambling legislation failed to pass in Alabama last year, but Poarch Band of Creek Indians leaders still are lobbying for a bill allowing voters to approve sports betting, casino gambling and a lottery.

Washington Tribe’s Luxury Hotel Opening In 2025

The Washington-based Snoqualmie Tribe released images of its new 210-room luxury hotel, opening in 2025. It’s part of the tribe’s $435 million expansion that also includes additional gaming area, spa, entertainment and meeting facilities and new restaurants.


Canadian Gaming Assn. Adds new Board Members

The Canadian Gaming Association held its annual meeting in Vancouver and learned a lot about the dynamic British Columbia gaming market. It also named six new board members: Bruce Caughill, Mark Harper, Charmaine Hogan, Dale Hooper, Niaz Nejad, and Scott Vanderwel.

Executive Team for Upcoming Durango Casino Taking Shape

Station Casinos’ Durango Casino and Resort project may still be under construction, but its management team is starting to come together. The company recently appointed David Horn (l. to r.) as vice president and general manager, Kai Speth as vice president of hospitality and Daniel Ye as executive chef.

Mobile Global Esports Adds Jaitly as Advisor

Mobile Global Esports has added Rishi Jaitly as the company’s chief strategic advisor. Jaitly previously led Twitter’s entry into India and Asia Pacific markets, and headed public affairs for Google and YouTube.


Perwyn Acquires VIXIO

Private equity investor Perwyn has acquired VIXO, a supplier of regulatory and business intelligence to the global payments and casino industry.

PA Casino Launches Cashless Payment Options

Last week, Pennsylvania’s Parx Casino announced the launch of cashless gaming across its casino floor through a new partnership between Sightline Payments and Light & Wonder.

Playtech Funds Academic Responsible Gambling Research

Playtech Plc has committed to funding a four-year project called: “A Safe Bet: design and evaluation of a player-tailored online responsible gambling promotion framework.” It will work with Erasmus Rotterdam and the University of Amsterdam, along with Holland Casino.




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