Pace-O-Matic and other skill-game operators, locations and players sued Kentucky over a new law banning the games which have proliferated statewide. Plaintiffs claim the law violates numerous aspects of the state constitution.
While traditional card counting measures won’t work on regular baccarat games, table game expert Bill Zender there are still methods that may be effective. Here’s how to combat them.
After the SEC brought the hammer down on unikrn back in 2020 over an ICO mishap, it seemed as though the up-and-coming esports, iGaming and mobile sports betting platform was nearing its end. However, now that the site has the backing of Entain and esports veteran Justin Dellario (l.), the company looks to regain its position in the market and then some.
The National Council on Problem Gambling announced Christopher Hebert, J.D. is the new chair and Martin Lycka is the new vice chair of the organization’s 2023 Advisory Board.
Sportsbooks set up shop in New York with eyes open with the outlandish tax rate. Lawmakers are reluctant to tinker with the rate, but they may go along with letting promotional costs be charged off against revenues.
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Texas state Rep. Mary Gonzalez (l.) is sponsoring a bill that would require the governor to negotiate Class III gaming compacts with three tribes that currently offer electronic bingo at their casinos.
After making a splash debut in the Las Vegas market last year, Tilman Fertitta appears to be pulling back on development, opting to wait and see how the market pans out. However, he does appear to be bullish on northern Nevada, having just acquired the Hard Rock Lake Tahoe (l,) for an undisclosed price.
The latest round of data from the Nevada Gaming Control Board revealed that the state had its best February ever in 2023, adding to its streak of 24 straight months with $1 billion-plus in revenues.
Puerto Rico is readying itself for online sports betting, and recently awarded nine companies licenses, including two sportsbook operators.
The U.K. Gambling Commission has fined William Hill £19.2 million for social responsibility and anti-money laundering failures. The amount is a record for the commission. The previous record fine was £17 million against Entain last summer.
The Philippine Gaming and Amusement Corp. has announced plans to sell off its portfolio of 40-plus casinos and serve only as a gaming regulator. But sticker shock may discourage buyers, say analysts at Morgan Stanley.
In response to the rising number of partnerships being formed between American universities and bookmakers, Senator Richard Blumenthal (l.) recently sent a request for additional information to over 60 schools around the country.
Philippine Senator Sherwin Gatchalian (l.) has joined the call to ban Philippine Offshore Gaming Operations. Gatchalian wants to fast-track the process and shut down POGOs within three months.
DraftKings ranks second in online sportsbook market share at 27 percent. While trailing the leader, FanDuel by a wide margin, most sportsbooks are in single digits looking up. But DraftKings position didn’t help in California, and CEO Jason Robins (l.) indicated that it may take more than one legislative cycle to regroup.
President Joe Biden has appointed Joe Asher (l.), president of sports betting for IGT PlaySports, as chairman of the Board of Trustees for the Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars.
All told, it’s been a rather good week—the latest data from the Nevada gaming industry remains as strong as ever, the IGA show in San Diego went swimmingly and a dear friend was honored with a presidential appointment. What more could you ask for?
The GGB Podcast today is meeting with Kenny Epstein, Co-Owner and COO, El Cortez Casino Hotel on how he’s keeping his Downtown Las Vegas young.
Last week, Suntrust Resort Holdings said it expects to open its Manila hotel casino project in 2024. The integrated resort will be part of the larger Westside City development.
Spillemyndigheden, Denmark’s gambling authority, has issued gaming licenses to BetConstruct and PopOK gaming. BetConstruct commented, “Obtaining a license from the Danish Gambling Authority is a sublime advantage for businesses to widen their game offerings.”
Coolbet’s exit from the Ontario, Canada market was a bit of a surprise, but many industry insiders believe that the market is stable there.
India’s draft rules for online gaming are almost ready to release. Minister of State for Electronics and Information Technology (MeitY) Rajeev Chandrasekhar (l.) declared, “We will certainly make it very, very difficult and certainly illegal for any wagering to happen on these games.”
Data from the Australian Institute of Family Studies is showing that the level of sports betting advertising in the country is higher than ever before, to the extent that the majority of respondents indicated that they wouldn’t mind a potential ban on such ads.
If the New Zealand Minister for Racing agrees, TAB New Zealand will partner with Entain to acquire management rights to the New Zealand sports betting monopoly. Entain will pay as much as $160 million for the strategic relationship, whose term is 25 years.
Legal iGaming in Japan is a long-term possibility with plenty of ifs, says a Japanese gaming industry official. Until it’s a reality, people who illegally gamble online are subject to fines up to almost $4,000.
Maryland lawmakers have failed to authorize online casino games during the 2023 legislative session, as prospects for iCasino bills weaken in several states.
A bill introduced in the Nevada Assembly is aimed at reducing cheating in online poker by creating a list of people whose accounts have been suspended or banned for cheating.
You kind of knew Sports Illustrated would eventually get involved with sports betting, but an online casino? That’s what they did in Michigan, where they also have a sportsbook.
Coming into play later than other states, Ohio learned from those that went before. Lawmakers kept the tax rate low at 10 percent and declined to let promotional costs offset tax dollars. The result speaks for itself.
Sports betting bills have come and gone in Vermont, failing here and failing there. But 2023 may be the year. The House approved with no debate. After two minutes it went to the Senate, which will take longer.
Location services company GeoComply told a North Carolina legislative committee that more than 166,000 online accounts tried to bet on sports illegally in the state.
The Mississippi Legislature passed a bill creating a task force to study online gambling and sports betting with the hope it passes next year. Governor Timothy Reeves (l.) cemented the task force by signing it into law.
SuperBook Sports and Gamewise have requested to use unofficial data for the upcoming NFL season and that has triggered two bills in the Tennessee Legislature.
One of the key reasons for a sportsbook to open in a stadium is the two go together to create an experience. That there was ever a prohibition seems odd. So far only four teams are in the business with a stadium.
Pennsylvania’s casinos have petitioned the state Supreme Court to consider a 2019 ruling on the legality of so-called skill games from supplier Pace-O-Matic.
A cashier at Monarch Casino (l.) in Black Hawk, Colorado was arrested on suspicion of stealing $500,000 on March 12. Sabrina Eddy claimed she was instructed to take the money to pay a lawyer. It’s the largest theft since casino gambling began in 1991 in Colorado.
Five Georgia Senators, including Senator Carden Summers (l.), introduced a resolution for a gambling study committee that would look at the issues of not only sports betting, but casinos and horse racing as well.
New rules will take effect soon in Virginia to regulate electronic games offered by fraternal, veterans and other charitable groups in Virginia, as well as the live Texas Hold’ Em poker tournaments they sponsor.
Atlantic City Mayor Marty Small Sr. (l.) signed a memorandum of understanding with developer DEEM Enterprises for the development of a residential complex and auto racetrack at Bader Field.
Hard Rock Casino Bristol in Virginia has added 63 new slots since opening last July, for a total of 890 slots plus 29 table games and a sportsbook. The venue’s unexpected success will allow a pool and spa to be included in phase one of the permanent facility, opening in July 2024.
The legendary Horseshoe casino brand is alive once more, as Caesars recently held a grand opening (or reopening) ceremony for Horseshoe Las Vegas, which was formerly Bally’s.
Congress has passed and President Biden has signed the Old Pascua Community Land Acquisition Act. The legislation puts 30 acres into trust for the Pascua Yaqui Tribe of Arizona. It will enable the tribe to put its third casino on this extension of the original reservation.
The California Assembly has passed a bill that would return a 25-year-old moratorium on new cardrooms in the Golden State. The vote sends AB341 to the Senate. The bipartisan bill, passed by 68-1, was supported by a coalition of cardrooms and gaming tribes.
The Oklahoma and Kansas Native American tribes are working with state legislators to make changes that could affect sports betting in their state.
Lottery supplier Intralot announced the appointment of Richard Bateson (l.) as the company’s new chief commercial officer as the company continues restructuring efforts.
Marker Trax, a digital casino marker platform, has appointed finance veteran Melissa Lambson (l.) to the role of chief credit officer.
Industry veteran Niaz Nejad (l.) has been named managing director of gaming, Americas for Light & Wonder.
Through an agreement with UK-based Gift & Go, casino operators using International Game Technology’s Advantage management system an offer players promotional gifts redeemable through Amazon Business.
Aruze Gaming recently announced the U.S. release of its Gong Gong Lai Fu title at the Indian Gaming Tradeshow & Convention 2023.
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