Protecting the Alternative Games: High Card Flush

Another in his series on protecting alternative gaming, table game expert Bill Zender talks about how High Card Flush offers several opportunities for casino scammers to strike and how to parry those efforts.

A Career and a Half

Thirty years after co-founding the Spectrum Gaming Group, Fred Gushin’s role in the gaming industry can’t be underestimated, according to his partner, Michael Pollock.

Ohio Joins Sports Betting States

On New Year’s Day, Ohio sports betting officially kicked off, making it the 32nd state, plus the District of Columbia, to legalize the wager. Baseball’s hit king Cincinnati native Pete Rose (l.) made the first bet at Hard Rock Cincinnati on the Reds to win the World Series.


Welcome to a special holiday edition of the GGB Podcast. Today we sit down with Earle Hall, the CEO of, on how his groundbreaking company is providing data services to the casino industry and pioneering cloud technology.

Churchill to Acquire Exacta Systems

Churchill Downs Incorporated has entered into a definitive agreement to acquire all outstanding equity interests of Exacta Systems, expanding CDI’s reach in the historical horse racing market, and instantly making it the dominant player.

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WEEKLY FEATURE: January Signals a New Era for Macau Casinos

Macau’s newly relicensed casino concessionaires will begin their second concession terms on January 1. Under the new rules, they must double foreign visitation (non-Chinese or Hong Kong) and invest some $12.5 billion into their properties for the 10-year period, according to Secretary for Administration and Justice André Cheong (l.). New game caps and junket rules will take effect, too.

Fontainebleau Gets Construction Financing

With a “groundbreaking” for renewed construction on the Fontainebleau Las Vegas more than a year old, the owners of the property last week revealed they had received the final $2.2 billion financing to finish construction of the property, scheduled to open in late 2023.

Times Square Businesses Welcome Caesars

A coalition of more than 20 New York City restaurants, businesses and labor unions has released a statement in support of Caesars Entertainment’s plan for a Times Square casino (l.).

Philippines: Decision Time for POGOs?

Philippine Senator Grace Poe (l.) says it’s time for lawmakers to craft a formal policy on iGaming operations given its association with crimes including kidnapping. Poe alleges that an acquaintance was victimized.

U.K. Minister Vows to Help Racing, Betting Sectors Thrive

U.K. Minister Paul Scully (l.), who has been put in charge of updating the law on horse racing and gambling is warning: “Nobody is going to get everything they want.” But he’s also assuring the sectors that he will do what he can “to make sure that horseracing and the betting sector can thrive.”

Massachusetts Licenses MGM Springfield, Plainridge Park

The Massachusetts Gaming Commission completed licensing its three in-person sports betting casinos. The sometimes lengthy hearings ended up with lingering concerns for MGM Springfield (l.) and Plainridge Park, which must submit to an investigation of the Penn-owned Barstool Sports.

FANTINI’S FINANCE: Betting the House on Full House

When looking for winners in the gaming market for 2023 , the big names don’t have nearly the same growth potential as Full House Resorts, a regional operator with innovative new properties and proven leadership.


Osaka IR Land Lease Set at $18M/Year

The yearly land lease to be paid for an integrated resort on Yumeshima Island in Osaka, Japan has been estimated at $18.3 million per year, assuming the Japanese city’s bid for an IR is approved in 2023.


Cypriot Crime Boss Ran Money Laundering Through Malta

Halil Falyalı (l.), a Cypriot crime boss murdered two years ago in a hail of machine gun fire, had connections to illegal money laundering and illegal betting based in Malta. The facts came to light recently when Turkish police investigated his homicide and found links to Maltese operators.

Norway Pauses Fines Against Kindred

Norway has paused fining the Unibet operator Kindred for targeting Norwegians. It had been charging the operator $116,930 every day it didn’t withdraw from the Norway market. Now it has conceded that it is allowed to take passive bets from the country.

Many Self-Excluded Belgians Still Gamble

A study done by the Belgian Gaming Commission (GC) has revealed that about a quarter of those who have self-excluded from gambling are still able to gamble. The statistic came from a survey of 272 players who had self-excluded using Excluded Persons Information System (EPIS). GC Chairman Magali Clavie (l.) wants to expand the EPIS technology.

KSA Investigates Operators who Allow Excessive Losses

Dutch regulator KSA has begun investigating gaming operators that it believes are allowing some players to “lose excessively.” KSA Chairman René Jansen (l.) says such operators are failing to implement a “duty of care” of its consumers.

Ukraine Cancels Casino Licenses Linked to Russia

Ukraine’s Gambling and Lotteries Regulatory Commission (KRAIL) has pulled the licenses of three operators: Play Fan Investment, a casino and sports betting operator; and casino operators Alphagme and Joker UA. An investigation showed they were “controlled by residents” of Russia.

EGBA Urges Unified Markers of Harm Standards

The European Gaming and Betting Association (EGBA) says that a list of standardized harm markers for EU jurisdictions is “essential.” It is urging the European Committee for Standardization (CEN) to adopt its proposed list.


Proposed NSW Tax Hike Leaves Star Scratching its Head

The NSW state government and Treasurer Matt Kean (l.) recently revealed plans to increase tax rates on poker machine and table game winnings, in order to fund state programs. Star Entertainment, however, was surprised by the announcement, and not in a good way.


Kambi Signs Partnership Top Brazil Fantasy Site

The Kambi Group plc has signed and online sportsbook partnership with Brazil’s leading daily fantasy sports operator Rei do Pitaco to leverage Kambi technology to offer sports betting to its growing customer database which has amassed more than 3.4 million app downloads

Court Upholds £5.8 Million Fine Against Rank Group

The Rank Group has failed in its appeal of a £5.8 million fine (€6.7 million/$7.2 million) imposed last year by the Great Britain Gambling Commission over social responsibility and anti-money laundering issues.


Nevada Lawmaker Seeks End to Fed Tax on Sports Betting

In 1951, Congress passed an excise tax on sports betting in Nevada. Though small in percentage, the revenue adds up, especially since the expansion of sports betting. Nevada Rep. Dina Titus (l.) is spearheading efforts to end the tax.

Ohio Fines Penn Entertainment for Barstool Violations

Barstool Sportsbook seems to have a cloud hanging over its head. The company courted controversy in the Plainridge Park Casino License, and Ohio regulators recently fined the sportsbook $250,000 for promotions on campus.

NHL, Predators Ink Deals with Bet99, BetMGM

BET99 and BetMGM have signed separate deals. BET99 partnered with the NHL, while BetMGM, who already had a deal with the league, signed a sponsorship agreement with the Nashville Predators.

D.C. Sports Betting App Focus of Heated Debate

Washington D.C. has a sports betting app that seems to have a monopoly in the district but one outgoing official, Elissa Silverman (l.), would like to see more operators brought in to help stimulate competition.


Las Vegas Creates New Court System for Crime on the Strip

Las Vegas officials have created a new court system in which Justice of the Peace Melissa Saragosa (l.) will oversee all crime cases in and around the Las Vegas Strip. The new court, known as the Resort Corridor Court, will take effect at the start of the new year.

North Carolina Casino Political Scandal Continues

Evidence that officials of North Carolina’s Cleveland County, including Commissioner Eddie Holbrook (l.), drew huge campaign donations from supporters of the Catawba Nation’s Two Kings casino project is fueling a scandal.

Repeated Cost Hikes Raise Questions About MSG Sphere Venue

The development costs for MSG’s Sphere entertainment venue (l.) are continuing to rise, with the total bill recently surpassing $2 billion. Even though the venue looks to offer one-of-a-kind experiences, will it be enough to turn a profit in one of the most competitive entertainment environments in the U.S.?

Hard Rock Northern Indiana Delays Hotel

A hotel will not be built in the near future at the $300 million Hard Rock Northwest Indiana (l.) casino, which opened in May 2021. Meanwhile officials have invested $7.2 million in the venue, which has become the state’s revenue leader.

Lawmaker Targets Gas Station Gambling in Missouri

Missouri lawmaker Rep. Rasheen Aldridge (l.) is proposing legislation that would ban illegal slot machines in gas stations and convenience stores, but he faces stiff opposition from a powerful lobbying group.

Louisiana Casino Makes A Comeback

Foundation Gaming, the new owners of DiamondJacks Casino (l.) in Bossier City, Louisiana will invest $2 million to renovate the property, including building the market’s first land-based casino. The property has been closed since March 2020 due to Covid.

Station Purchases More Acreage from City of Henderson

Not long after the city of Henderson agreed to purchase the site of the former Fiesta Henderson from Station Casinos, the two sides have switched, as Station recently completed the purchase of 3.76 acres of city-owned land adjacent to another 45-acre plot that the company purchased back in 2007.

Arkansas Casino Completes Transformation

Delaware North recently completed the 3-year, $320 million expansion at Southland Casino Hotel (l.) in West Memphis, Arkansas. Officials said the final greyhound race will take place December 31.


New York Tribe Opens Second Class II Casino

The Cayuga Nation opened a new Class II gaming facility (l.) near Seneca Falls on the site of a former casino operated by a rival faction of the tribe, which Clint Halftown, tribal leader, had demolished in 2020.

Senate Bill Advances Arizona Casino

The Old Pascua Community Land Acquisition Act passed the U.S. Senate and awaits President Joe Biden’s signature, paving the way for the Pascua Yaqui Tribe’s third Tucson-area casino. The site is near Old Pascua, the tribe’s historic homeland.

Oregon Tribe Tries Again for Medford Casino

Oregon’s Coquille Tribe is trying again to get authorization from the Bureau of Indian Affairs to build a small, Class II casino in Medford. The first attempt was in 2020, when the Trump administration and Governor Kate Brown all turned thumbs down to the proposal.


IGT Extends Contract with Swiss Lottery

IGT Global Services has extended its contract with the Swiss lottery until 2031, during which time it will continue to provide the lottery technology and deploy its iLottery system.


Tiina Siltanen Appointed Vice Chair of ECA

The European Casino Association has appointed longtime industry executive Tiina Siltanen as its new vice chair. Siltanen currently serves as managing director of Veikkaus Casinos Finland.


Bluberi Approved in Minnesota

Bluberi Gaming announced that regulators in Minnesota have approved the company for a gaming license in the state, opening up an important tribal gaming market for the company.

Ainsworth Expands HHR System Across New Hampshire

Ainsworth Game Technology recently completed installations of its Historical Horse Racing System in three venues in New Hampshire, which is one of five states that currently offer the new game format.




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