Super Sunday

The Super Bowl this year is headed to the next level. With legal sports betting now in 30 states and jurisdictions, wagering on the gaming is expected to soar. The American Gaming Association has the details.

Message From a Small Town

Is the Nevada regulatory system still the “gold standard”? Gaming expert Richard Schuetz believes it is tarnished, especially after last week’s hearing about the Apollo purchase of Las Vegas Sands. Schuetz believes an engaged press is the only reason we know the facts about the transaction, which regulators ignored.

Massachusetts Tribal Leadership Passes to a New Generation

Mashpee Wampanoag Tribal Chairman Brian Weeden (l.), elected last May, is the youngest person ever to hold the role. He foresees a turning point for the Massachusetts tribe, which has faced considerable turmoil in recent years, including allegations of corruption at the top, and a struggle to develop its first casino resort.

Playtech Votes Down Aristocrat Takeover Offer

Shareholders of Playtech PLC torpedoed the offer of Aristocrat Leisure Ltd. to acquire the online gaming giant, falling far short of the required 75 percent shareholder approval. Former bidder and second-largest shareholder TTB Partners may make new bid.

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New York Smashes Sports Betting Records

It’s not a surprise that the most populous state to legalize online sports betting posted record handle. In just three weeks, New York sports bettors wagered more than $1.6 billion, easily eclipsing the previous record set in September in New Jersey. A report by GeoComply seems to indicate the record revenue came without cannibalizing the former record holder, New Jersey.

Second Macau Junket Boss Jailed

On January 30, the chairman of Macau junket operator Tak Chun Group was arrested and jailed. Chan Weng-Lin (l.), known as Levo Chan, is being detained in the same facility that holds former Suncity head Alvin Chau.

Brazil Closer to Legal Gaming

Within weeks, the National Congress of Brazil could pass a bill to lift the longtime ban on gaming. President Jair Bolsonaro (l.) promises to veto such a bill, but has conceded he also expects his veto to be overridden.

Richmond, Virginia Council Passes Casino Revote

In November, Richmond, Virginia voters rejected the Urban ONE casino project by less than 1,500 votes. City council is taking steps toward a revote, and a state senator has proposed moving the casino to Petersburg.

Regulators Approve Apollo to Buy LVS Strip Properties Management

Apollo Global Management will assume operation of the Venetian, Palazzo and Venetian Expo Center after real-estate investment trust VICI acquires the real estate. But the Nevada Gaming Control Board ignored a controversy that linked former Apollo Chairman Leon Black (l.) with the notorious Jeffery Epstein.

U.K.: New RG Campaign Aimed at Women

The U.K. charity GambleAware has launched a responsible gambling campaign specifically aimed at women. According to its research, up to 1 million women in the U.K. may be at risk for gambling harms.

Acres Launches Foundation App Store

Acres Manufacturing has launched the Foundation App Store, a new marketplace allowing for rapid development and deployment of apps for any slot or table linked to the Acres Foundation system, according to COO Noah Acres (l.).

Hunter: ICE London Will Happen in April

Stuart Hunter (l.), the managing director of ICE London producer Clarion Gaming, says the conference and exhibition is on track for April 2022, despite several exhibitor cancellations.


Wakayama Nixes IR Referendum

Wakayama officials have voted against a referendum on the city’s plan to bid on a Japanese three integrated resorts. Japan’s central government will choose up to three regional locations and their operating partners this year.

Genting SkyWorlds to Open This Week

Genting SkyWorlds (l.), the $789 million theme park at Malaysia’s Resorts World Genting, will mark its soft opening February 8. The 26-acre venue will be “loss-generating” at first, analysts say, but eventually earn its keep.

Donaco Chief Anticipates Cambodia Rebound

The reopening of borders in Cambodia could point to renewed prosperity for the Star Vegas casino (l.) in Poipet, according to Porntat Amatavivadhana, chairman of Australian-listed operator Donaco.

Lisboeta Macau Opens New Hotel

Lisboeta Macau (l.) has announced the launch of its latest hotel brand, the 164-room Maison L’Occitane. The luxury hotel accepted its first bookings just days before the start of Chinese New Year.


Sweden Mulls New Gaming Ad Controls

Swedish Minister of Finance Ardalan Shekarabi (l.) has unveiled new draft rules for gaming that would require licensing of software manufacturers, a ban on the promotion of illegal gaming and target ads aimed at youth.

Infractions Cost Genesis Global Millions in Fines

Failure to accept social responsibility and implement anti-money laundering safeguards has cost Genesis Global £3.8 million in fines. The company has a history of running afoul of the U.K. Gaming Commission.


Crown Regulator Admits Lax Performance

Western Australia’s gaming regulator concedes it did not properly oversee operations at Crown Perth (l.). Meanwhile, parent company Crown Resorts is reviewing a new takeover bid from U.S.-based Blackstone Group.


Indiana iGaming Bills Fail to Advance

Two online gaming measures failed to move out of an Indiana House committee. Observers said lawmakers felt little pressure advance the bills in an election year, with the state financially sound.

Rush Street Interactive to Expand into Mexico

Rush Street Interactive has signed a 25-year partnership agreement with Mexican media company Grupo Multimedios to bring Rush Street’s iGaming platform to Mexico. RSI CEO Richard Schwartz (l.) said he appreciated Grupo Multimedios’ record of success.

First Nation Opposes Ontario iGaming

The Mississaugas of Scugog First Nation in Ontario is fighting an unrestricted online sports betting market planned by the provincial government. The nation says it will hurt its economy.

Bally Casino Goes Online in New Jersey

Bally’s Atlantic City has another iGaming site under its wing. Bally Casino offers a full range of table games and slots. PointsBet Casino opened in July under the Bally’s name.


Louisiana Sports Betting Now Live Online

Mobile sports betting kicked off in Louisiana on January 28, with six online wagering sites. First-day activity was “very heavy,” according to state Gaming Board Chairman Ronnie Johns.

Nevada Looks to Expand Esports Wagering

The Nevada Gaming Control Board has appointed a seven-members committee to recommend ways to expand esports wagering. One avenue is to streamline the regulations to make it easier to approve such wagers.

Virginia Sports Betting Bills Could Bring Change

Virginia legislators are considering bills that would create a sports betting commission, require sportsbook operators to pay taxes on bonuses and promotions after year one, and allow bets on in-state college sports.

Missouri Casinos, Teams Discuss Sports Betting

Representatives from Missouri casinos and sports teams met to find a path to legalizing sports wagering in the state. One major roadblock is state Senator Denny Hoskins (l.), who insists that VLTs be legalized too.

Ohio Commission Finalizing Sports Betting Rules

The Ohio Casino Control Commission is accepting public comments on draft rules for sports betting, starting in 2023. Meanwhile, JACK Entertainment has a sports betting “training camp” on its website and app.

NYRA Partners with Caesars Sportsbook

Caesars Sportsbook has formed a partnership agreement with the New York Racing Association making Caesars an official sports betting marketing partner and the title sponsor of the NYRA Turf Triple Series.

Navajo Nation, Hard Rock Partner on Sportsbook

The Navajo Nation and Hard Rock Digital have partnered to offer a sportsbook in Arizona. The digital sports betting site is expected to go live in March. It will be the 12th mobile operator in the state.


Bill Would Allow Gambling in Hawaii

John Mizuno (l.), vice speaker of the Hawaii House of Representatives, has introduced a bill that would authorize a casino in Waikiki. It wouldn’t allow locals to play—only guests at an Oahu hotel.

Illinois Approves Hard Rock Casino

The Illinois Gaming Board has approved the final license for the Hard Rock casino project in Rockford, owned by the Ho-Chunk Nation as the tribe awaits final BIA approval for land-in-trust.

Florida Horse Group Declares Law Unconstitutional

Last May, the Florida legislature passed a law decoupling live racing from other gambling at Pompano Park harness track, but not at thoroughbred tracks. A Florida horse group claims the law is unconstitutional.

Formula 1 Racing on the Vegas Strip?

Formula 1 Racing is reportedly considering a race on one of the world’s most famous thoroughfares—the Las Vegas Strip. If the plan comes to pass, a portion of the highway would be closed for the event.

Changes in Store for Tropicana Las Vegas

It’s a new owner, a new name and a potential new look for the Tropicana Las Vegas, to be acquired by Bally’s Corp. this year. The 1,470-room resort dates back to the late 1950s.

MGM Resorts Kicks Off New Loyalty Program

MGM Rewards, the MGM Resorts new loyalty program, gives points for gamblers and those who don’t spend big in the casino. The rewards range from hotel stays, concerts, restaurants. Tier levels remain in place.

Missouri Lawmaker Wants Increased Veterans Revenue

Missouri receives $400 million annual gaming revenue, including from the state lottery, and state Rep. Dave Griffith (l.) wants half of that to go toward veterans’ programs. The lottery and educators are likely to object.


Trial of Former Mashpee Chairman to Begin April 19

The former longtime chairman of the Mashpee Wampanoag tribe of Massachusetts is going to court in April on corruption charges. Cedric Cromwell (l.) is accused of taking bribes related to the tribe’s proposed casino.

Oregon Tribes Oppose North Salem Casino Plans

Members of Oregon’s Confederated Tribes of the Grand Ronde oppose a casino proposed by the neighboring Confederated Tribes of Siletz Indians. They say it will hurt revenues generated by their casino.


Convicted Lottery Scammer Tipton Out on Parole

Eddie Tipton (l.), the former U.S. lottery official convicted of rigging the results in multiple states, has been released on parole after less than five years behind bars. Tipton confessed, but now claims he is an innocent man.


Atkinson Named President of Fontainebleau Las Vegas

Hospitality veteran Cliff Atkinson is the new president of Fontainebleau Las Vegas. When the lavish Strip resort opens at the end of 2023, it will be “a beacon of change for the future of Las Vegas,” he said.

Former PaySafe VP Gabriel Joins GeoComply

Sarafina Wolde Gabriel has joined GeoComply as senior director of global markets. Gabriel has lengthy experience in digital technology, and is the former vice president of strategy for Income Access, a unit of Paysafe.

Bailey Named VP of Marketing at Valley Forge

Valley Forge Casino has named Dedren Bailey vice president of marketing of the Pennsylvania resort, a Boyd Gaming property. Resort GM Ron Bailey called Bailey “one of the most talented marketers in our trade.”

Boeskov Leaves Kindred

Britt Boeskov has left her position as chief experience officer for Kindred Group PLC, after 17 years as an executive of the online gaming operator. Boeskov first joined the firm in 2005.


Entain Launches ‘Innovation Hub’

Entain has launched Ennovate, a lab described as an “innovation hub” that has pledged to invest up to £100 million in innovation projects, start-up investments and partnerships.

Zitro Installs 88 Link at Bingo Gorrión

Zitro has installed 88 Link, its award-winning multi-game video unit, at the Bingo Gorrión casino in Alicante, Spain, the first casino in the Spanish region of Valencia to install the game.

Arizona Casino Partners with QCI

The San Carlos Apache Gaming Enterprise has brought in Quick Custom Intelligence to install its United Gaming Platform-Nimble Edition at San Carlos Casino. The software monitors how volatile a slot floor is.


IAGR Melbourne Calls for Speakers

The International Association of Gaming Regulators announce a call for speakers for its annual conference, slated for October 17-20 in Melbourne, Australia.




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