Macau gaming concessionaire MGM China and its majority shareholder, MGM Resorts International, plan to open more international marketing offices to promote the Chinese gaming hub as a travel destination.
The South Carolina House pushed a sports betting bill to the Ways and Means Committee, but it appears unlikely it will get passed in this legislative session.
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 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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The shuttered Diamond Jacks (l.) in Bossier City, Louisiana will be sold to the Cordish Companies, which has grandiose plans for the venue. Foundation Gaming purchased the property from Peninsula Pacific just a few months ago.
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.
Elected village officials of Nassau County joined around 50 Long Island residents in yet another protest against the proposed Las Vegas Sands casino project at the site of Nassau Coliseum (l.).
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.’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.
One athlete received threats after he hit a 3-pointer and the opposing team didn’t cover the spread. Others faced threats to their families. A coalition has met to search for solutions.
Texas Lieutenant Governor Dan Patrick (l.) said sports betting and casino gambling have no support among state Senators. He added he would not pass a sports betting bill if it had mostly Democratic support.
The former Global Payments Gaming Solutions, a division of Global Payments, Inc., has debuted as Pavilion Payments, an independent company created with the acquisition of GPGS.
GLOBAL GAMING BUSINESS PODCAST: Brett Abarbanel, Executive Director, International Gaming Institute, University of Nevada, Las Vegas
The GGB Podcast today is a repeat episode featuruing Brett Abarbanel, the executive director of the International Gaming Institute at UNLV, on how she plans to approach her new position leading one of the university’s most important gaming education arm.
The Las Vegas Sands Corp. has announced that a billion-dollar renovation project at its Singapore resort, Marina Bay Sands, will be complete by the end of 2023.
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.
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.
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.
The Danish Gambling Authority has taken over the Anti-Doping Denmark’s StopMatchfixing program. Authority Director Anders Dorph (l.) said, “It's a very important task and a big responsibility that I'm glad we've been given.
The U.K. Gambling Commission has fined TGP Europe £316,250 ($394,079) for violations of social responsibility and anti-money laundering requirements. The commission also added new license conditions.
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 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.
Five people, including a former employee, have been charged in a cheating scam at the Woodbine Casino (l.) in Toronto, Canada.
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.
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 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.
The Maine Gambling Control Unit said that they are inundated with public comments regarding the rules of sports betting and no operators have applied yet for a license.
Rhode Island legislators have guided a bill through the state Senate that allows bettors to wager on college games in state. The bill limits participation to tournaments with a minimum number of teams. ...
The Massachusetts Gaming Commission ruled to uphold the regulation that prohibits horse racing wagers from being offered by mobile sportsbook operators.
New York state Assemblyman Dave Weprin (l.) introduced a resolution to amend the constitution to permit race tracks to seek a sportsbook license. If approved, it could be a boon for long suffering tracks. Or a bust.
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.
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.
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.
A bill in the North Dakota Senate to expand pull-tab machine gaming has failed, as lawmakers remain divided on the issue of legalizing sports betting.
Surveys done in Pennsylvania indicate that various signs of problem gaming are on the rise. Do those who notice a problem brewing seek help?
A businessman from Canada who lost $3.5 million from convicted fraudster David Bunevacz (l.) has submitted a subpoena request in Nevada court in an attempt to gather more information about whether or not his money was lost by Bunevacz at Wynn Las Vegas.
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.
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.
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.
New research from the American Gaming Association has shown that its workforce—including executive-level staff—is more diverse than the benchmarks set nationally and for the hospitality industry.
The Delaware Senate has passed a bill previously cleared by the state House that would reduce licensing fees for casinos that make capital investments in their properties.
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.
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.
Allwyn, Europe’s largest lottery group, has plans to make a bid for the Irish national lottery, as well as plans to improve the technology of the U.K. National Lottery.
It is with deep sadness and difficulties we say goodbye to the legendary Ron Bauman who passed away this week.
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.
TransAct announced that board member John M. Dillon (l.) has been named the company’s interim chief executive officer to replace Bart C. Shuldman, who resigned after 12 years as CEO.
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.
Industry veterans Charlie Skinner and Gary Larkin (l. to r.) have been appointed to the role of president for Marker Trax and Koin Payments, respectively.
Entain, the U.K. based betting giant, has added another purchase to its portfolio. The company bought 365scores for $150 million. Entain gets scores, sports info, content and more.
Light & Wonder has signed a deal with ReelPlay to distribute its games to the British Columbia Lottery Corporation, beginning with the hit game Hypernova Megaways.
NeoGames subsidiary Pariplay and Ainsworth Game Technology have signed an extended partnership agreement under which Pariplay will introduce Ainsworth online game content to Canada.
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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