Vegas Goes Mad In March?

The NCAA March Madness will hit Las Vegas this month. But what would happen if Vegas really went mad? Columnist Ira David Sternberg has some suggestions.

Retail, Digital Gaming: Two Sides of One Industry

When illegal casinos come for the players of legal bricks-and-mortar casinos, jurisdictions need to consider the policy goals in place when those casinos were legalized in the first place, says Michael Pollock.

With House Bill, Brazil Moves Closer to Legal Gaming

For 30-plus years, Brazil has considered legal gambling. Now lawmakers are tantalizingly close to passing legislation. Last week, the House voted yes. Bill sponsor Felipe Carreras (l.), says the industry could bring in $3.9 billion in annual tax revenues and generate 200,000 jobs across Brazil.

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Galaxy Macau Phase 3: Close to Complete, Not Ready to Open

Last week, Galaxy Entertainment announced that construction of its Galaxy Macau expansion, Phase 3 (l.), is nearly complete, but the opening depends on market conditions, based in part on Covid-19. Galaxy also reiterated that it no longer works with junket operators.

Century Casinos Buys Nugget Casino

Century Casinos has acquired Nugget Casino (l.) in Sparks, Nevada. It paid $195 million to Marnell Gaming. The price included half of the real estate the casino is built on. It has an option to buy the rest within five years.

Norway to Kindred: Get Out or Else

Kindred subsidiary Trannel International runs Unibet. Norway’s gambling authority wants the company to exit the market or pay a stiff fine daily. An Oslo court could decide the fate.

Feds, Seminoles Face March 21 Deadline

The U.S. Court of Appeals has given the Interior Department and the Seminole Tribe until March 21 to propose how they will appeal a district judge’s rejection of a gaming compact, signed in May by Governor Ron DeSantis and Seminole Chairman Marcellus Osceola Jr. (l.).

Minnesota Hopes to OK Sports Betting Bill this Year

If at first, you don’t succeed, keep trying. Minnesota lawmakers continue to push legal sports betting. Senator Roger Chamberlain (l.) leads the charge on the Republican side; Rep. Zack Stevenson represents the Dems.

Hawaii Gaming Bill Dead for this Year

Hawaii has no aloha welcome planned for gaming soon. Bills to legalize casinos, sports betting and a state lottery failed to get out of the gate in the legislature this year, largely due to Eva Andrade (l.), head of a family coalition in the state.

FANTINI’S FINANCE: Three of a Kind

Optimistic projections, remarkable results: these Nevada gaming companies have more than proven their value for investors. The current environment means Monarch, Golden Entertainment and Eldorado/Caesars will keep going strong.

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MGM Signs Osaka IR Agreement

Last week, MGM Resorts Japan announced that it has signed a basic agreement with Osaka as part of its plan to develop an integrated resort (l.) on Yumeshima Island. MGM has also completed a draft development plan.

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Palestine May Reopen Casino Closed for 22 Years

The Oasis Casino (l.) opened in Jericho on the Palestinian West Bank in 1998, but only lasted two years. The Second Intifada led to its closing. Now the Palestinians and Israelis have talked about re-opening.

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Web Portal Will Guide India’s Young iGaming Market

The All India Gaming Federation has launched an advisory panel (l.) intended to help members of India’s online gaming industry navigate regulatory issues. It will also update them on the gaming news that applies to them.

Cambodia’s Internet Gateway a Problem for iGaming

The launch of Cambodia’s national internet gateway has been postponed, but soon the country will require service providers and telecom companies to connect to it, in a possible challenge to China-facing iGaming operators.

German State to Permit Online Gaming

The German state of North Rhine-Westphalia has announced it will license online casinos. It’s Germany’s largest market and the second state to open an iGaming market, following Schleswig-Holstein.

Glitnor Acquires Affiliate Leader KaFe Rocks

Glitnor Group has acquired affiliate leader KaFe Rocks, in a major play in the lead generation space in iGaming, its leaders noting that the move will add to the long-term growth of the business.

SkillOnNet Adds Apple Pay to Payment Gateway

SkillOnNet, the platform behind some of the world’s most popular online casino brands, is now accepting the popular Apple Pay to its payment gateway for deposits and withdrawals.

Snipp Completes Acquisition of Gambit Rewards

Platform-as-a-Service company Snipp has closed on its acquisition of loyalty gaming pioneer Gambit Rewards, connecting the iGaming and sports betting market with billions of unused loyalty points.

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Louisiana Mobile Sports Betting Surpasses Retail

For the first four days of legalized sports betting in Louisiana, January 28-31, the state’s six mobile sportsbooks took in $40.5 million. Thirteen retail sportsbooks took in $49.3 million for the entire month.

Oklahoma House Committee Advances Sports Betting

An Oklahoma House committee has passed a bill to allow sports betting at tribal casinos. Rep. Ken Luttrell (l.) said not all tribes are on board, but he expects the measure will encourage dialogue between the state and tribes.

Missouri House Committee Debates Sports Betting Bills

At a Missouri House committee meeting, representatives of the state’s pro sports organizations spoke in support of legalized sports betting, including St. Louis Cardinals President Bill DeWitt III (l.). Analysts say the bets could generate $15 million in annual tax revenue.

Arkansas Mobile Sports Betting Starts March 4

Legal online and mobile sports wagering will begin March 4 in Arkansas, following a legislative committee’s approval of rule changes. Currently, sports bets only can be placed on-site at the state’s three casinos, such as Oaklawn Racing Casino Resort (l.) in Hot Springs.

Golden State to Be Bombarded by Sports Betting Ads

Residents of the Golden State can expect to be pounded by ads for sports betting measures between now and election day in November. One measure has qualified for the ballot and three others are working on it.

Derby Winner Disqualified, Bettors Sue

Earlier this month, Medina Spirit’s 2021 Kentucky Derby victory was overturned by state racing officials due to a positive drug test. Now losing bettors say they’re winners, and want to be made whole.

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New York Casinos Not Fazed By Online Onslaught

New York is buzzing about the record-setting revenues generated by online sports betting from January to mid-February. At the same time, the four upstate casinos, including Resorts World Catskills (l.), increased their take.

Bill Would Create New Arizona Gaming Regulator

Arizona is moving to combine three commissions that regulate racing, gaming, boxing and martial arts. House Bill 2509 would combine their duties in a six-member Arizona Gaming Commission.

End of an Era: Sands Sells Out of Vegas

The Las Vegas Sands Corp. has completed the $6.25 billion sale of the Venetian in Las Vegas to Apollo Global Management and VICI Properties. The sale puts an end to the “Las Vegas” connection of the company, begun by its founder, the late Sheldon Adelson (l.), in the 1990s.

World Series of Poker Finds New Home on the Vegas Strip

This year’s World Series of Poker will be held for the first time at two Las Vegas Strip casinos. The tournament, starting July 3, will take place at two Caesars properties: Bally’s Las Vegas (soon to be rebranded as a Horseshoe) and Paris Las Vegas.

Caesars Plans Sale of Strip Asset This Year

Caesars Entertainment CEO Tom Reeg (l.) has outlined Caesars’ plans for the Las Vegas Strip, New York and Dubai in wide-ranging comments during the operator’s fourth-quarter earnings call.

Strip Operators Upbeat About Recovery

Leading operators on the Las Vegas Strip are looking forward to better days as the pandemic fades, pointing to this year’s Super Bowl and dropping of the mask mandate as a possible turning point.

Florida Jai Alai Gets A Second Chance, Maybe Harness Racing

The jai alai fronton at the Dania Beach Casino closed last year, but the final events attracted huge crowds and handles. So the owners announced upcoming events in April and December, with possibly more to come. And could harness racing save horseracing in the state? One legislator has a plan.

Missouri Lawmaker Files Lake Ozark Casino Measure

Legislation filed by Missouri state Rep. Ron Hicks (l.) would add a 14th casino license specifically for a location between Bagnell Dam and the Missouri River. Voters would have to approve the constitutional change.

Georgia Study Shows Horseracing Impact

Building three horseracing tracks in Georgia would have an economic impact of $1.28 billion and create more than 8,500 new jobs, according to a study conducted by Georgia Southern University.

Indiana Grand Now Horseshoe Indianapolis

Caesars Entertainment has rebranded the former Indiana Grand racino in Shelbyville as Horseshoe Indianapolis Racing & Casino, its second Horseshoe venue. The property recently completed a $33.7 million renovation.

Report: AC Casino Smoking Ban May Cost Jobs

A casino smoking ban in Atlantic City could mean the loss of thousands of jobs, according to a new report. New Jersey Casino Association President Joe Lupo (l.) took fire from some quarters when he said the industry can’t afford it right now.

Nebraska Planners Oppose New Casino Racetrack

The planning commission in Hastings, Nebraska (l.) has come out against a proposal to build a casino-racetrack in the community. Some locals support a casino, but in a non-residential area.

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Supreme Court Hears Tribal Sovereignty Cases

The United States Supreme Court has begun hearing oral arguments in two cases where tribal sovereignty is the hinge. One involves the right of a tribe in Texas to offer gaming on the reservation.

Foxwoods Announces Renovations, Expansions

Foxwoods Resort Casino has announced extensive expansions and renovations of existing facilities, including a Great Wolf Lodge indoor water park (l.). It all coincides with the 30th anniversary of when the Mashantucket Pequot tribe opened its bingo hall in Connecticut.

Did Former Interior Secretary Try to Undermine Tribes?

Ryan Zinke (l.), secretary of the Interior Department under former President Trump, has been accused of abuse of power. Zinke, who allegedly tried to stop Connecticut tribes from building a satellite casino, calls it a “hit job.”

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Missouri Lottery Grants IGT Three-Year Extension

IGT’s subsidiary IGT Global Solutions Corp. has signed a three-year extension with the Missouri Lottery, under which it will deploy new self-service terminals and expand the lottery’s customer base.

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Evangelista Named President of Hard Rock Bristol

The Hard Rock Hotel & Casino in Bristol, Virginia, has announced that industry veteran Allie Evangelistan has been appointed the property’s new president. The resort is set to open in mid-2022.

Full House Resorts Names Ferrucci as COO

Full House Resorts has tapped John Ferrucci to be senior vice president and chief operating officer of its temporary casino in Waukegan, Illinois—suitably named the Temporary at American Place.

Issenberg Joins Star Entertainment Board

Tourism industry veteran executive Michael Issenberg, now the chairman of Tourism Australia, has joined the board of Star Entertainment Group as a non-executive director.

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Everi Will Defend Patents in Sightline Case

Sightline Payments has filed a lawsuit against Everi Holdings alleging several patent infringements concerning elements of its online payment services, and Everi filed a countersuit challenging the patents.

Win Systems Completes Rebrand

Win Systems, provider of technology for the gaming and entertainment industry, has launched its new corporate identity, including a new corporate logo. The change coincides with the company’s 25th anniversary.

Rightlander Telegram Monitors Affiliates

Advertising compliance monitoring specialists have announced the launch of the Rightlander Telegram monitoring tool, to help gaming operators crack down on non-compliant affiliates.

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