Sports Betting Celebrates 5

The rejection of the Professional and Amateur Sports Betting Protection Act (PASPA) turns five next month with improvements in the AGA’s Code of Conduct.

Kentucky Sports Betting Approved, Takes Effect June 28

Kentucky passed a sports betting bill last week and it was signed into law by Governor Andy Beshear (l.) nearly 24 hours later. The legislation will take effect in late June, from which the state has six months to officially launch.

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Japan IR Decision Delayed, Again

Japanese lawmakers apparently will not announce their decision on integrated resorts in the country until after local elections this month. The wait has frayed the nerves of potential developers in Osaka and Nagasaki.

Australia: Leading Bookmakers Grilled on Excluding Winning Players

In Australia, an ongoing inquiry into the effects of online gambling, led by Peta Murphy MP (l.), has turned its focus to online sports betting. Recently, representatives from the country’s leading bookmakers faced fierce questions about whether or not they exclude winning players.

U.K. Gaming Operators May See New Tax

U.K.’s gaming operators may be required to pay a new tax to support treatments related to gambling problems. Currently they pay charitable contributions, however the National Health Service refuses that money.


Macau’s Studio City Opens Phase 2

Macau’s Studio City has launched the first of its Phase 2 amenities, opening a new indoor water park and hotel tower. An outdoor water park will debut later this month.


Younger Georgians Banned From Gambling

Residents of the republic of Georgia under 25 years old will not be allowed to gamble. The Georgian Ministry of Finance disclosed the new regulations on March 28. They are considered part of a vulnerable population.

Labour Party Proposes Full Gambling Ad Ban in Ireland

The Irish Labour Party is proposing a bill that would ban all gambling advertising in Ireland, following a call to action from Kildare Senator Mark Wall (l.). Wall argued that it is up to the government to take on the gambling industry and protect children and other vulnerable groups.


Victorian Regulators Order Crown Melbourne to Impose Time Limits

As part of the recommendations from the Royal Commission, Victorian officials have ordered Crown Melbourne (l.) to implement a new time limit system under which patrons may only gamble for a max of 3 hours at a time, 12 hours per 24 hours and 36 hours per week.

Brazil’s Sports Betting on Verge of Regulation

Brazil’s Ministry of Economy has committed to releasing regulations that will regulate the country’s sports betting sector. Brazilian Institute of Responsible Gaming (IBJR) President Andre Gelfi (l.) says the industry welcomes regulation.


PAGCOR Mum on POGO Shutdown, Vows ‘Integrity’

As Philippine senators demand a swift shutdown of online gaming operations, the country’s gaming regulator has reiterated its “commitment to uphold the integrity” of the gaming industry, including online ops.

New Hampshire Senate Passes iGaming

A bill legalizing online gaming has passed the New Hampshire Senate, but faces long odds against the measure’s passage in the state House, due to concerns the games will cannibalize charitable gaming.

Rush Street to Exit Connecticut

Rush Street Interactive, operator of the BetRivers and SugarHouse iGaming sites, will sever its partnership with the Connecticut Lottery Corp. when the lottery chooses a new partner.


DraftKings Hopes to Offer Wagers on Boston Marathon

The Boston Marathon is the most recognized long distance race in the U.S., DraftKings, which calls Boston home, wants to offer bets on the outcome of the race. They await a decision from the state gaming control board.

Robbed Colorado Casino Pays Sports Betting Fine

Several weeks before a cashier at Monarch Casino (l.) in Black Hawk, Colorado allegedly stole $500,000, three sports betting employees placed 79 bets for off-site customers, resulting in a $400,000 fine for the casino, one of the largest ever approved by state gaming regulators.


Strip Operators Push Back on Collusion Suit

Several Strip hotel operators recently requested that a lawsuit alleging them of using a revenue management platform to collude on increased room rates be dismissed, according to court filings.

Appeals Drag On in PA Mini-Casino Case

Cordish Companies continues to file appeals to the Pennsylvania Supreme Court in its quest to delay or reverse the awarding of a license to SC Casino for a mini-casino near Penn State’s campus.

West Virginia Casinos Trade Places For Top Spot

In West Virginia, from February 26 through March 25, the Greenbrier (l.) beat Charles Town in handle and revenue for the first time since August 2022. Those two casinos accounted for 90 percent of the state’s five casinos’ handle and revenue.

Danville, Virginia Approves Casino Ordinance

Taking care of a “housekeeping issue” in anticipation of the opening of Caesars Danville (l.), the city council in Danville, Virginia approved an ordinance allowing casino gambling within city limits and 24/7 alcohol sales.

Las Vegas Loop Tunnel Adding Stations

The Boring Company, owned by Elon Musk, announced the planned Las Vegas Loop tunnel system will offer 69 stations, not 51 as originally proposed, including stops in the downtown area and beyond.


Ilani Casino May Drop Mohegan Partnership

The Cowlitz Tribe of Washington will vote on whether to take over management of its Ilani casino from the Mohegan Gaming Authority. The management contract will expire in June 2024.



RIP Ron Bauman

It is with deep sadness and difficulties we say goodbye to the legendary Ron Bauman who passed away this week.

Star Sydney CEO Resigns Less Than a Year Into Tenure

Longtime banking veteran Scott Wharton (l.) has announced his departure as CEO of Star Sydney, less than a year after accepting the position last July. The company will now look for a new face to drive its remediation efforts moving forward.

Asher, Cameron-Doe Recommended for Nevada Licensure

Last week, gaming executives Joe Asher (l.) and Julie Cameron-Doe were recommended for licensing by the Nevada Gaming Control Board. Asher is president of sports gaming for IGT. Cameron-Doe is CFO of Wynn Resorts.


Responsible Gaming Coalition Adds New Members

Fanatics Betting and Gaming, Hard Rock Digital and PointsBet recently joined Bally’s, BetMGM, DraftKings, Entain, FanDuel and MGM Resorts International as members of the Responsible Gaming Coalition.




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