Texas House Committee Considers Poker Rooms Legislation

Currently 56 poker clubs operate in Texas without regulation. But a House committee is considering bills that would let local officials approve or ban the clubs, and change state gambling law to include poker clubs under the definition of private games.

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Japan Approves Osaka IR, Nagasaki Resort in Doubt

Japanese lawmakers have approved plans for the country’s first casino, an integrated resort to be built on Yumeshima Island in Osaka Bay. The IR will be developed by a unit of MGM Resorts International and its Japanese partner, Orix Corp. A bid from Nagasaki is still under consideration.

NV Regulator Raises Eyebrows with Rebuke of MGM Resorts

Former Las Vegas judge George Assad (l.), who was appointed to the Nevada Gaming Control Board in January, recently caused some controversy by questioning the recent business decisions of MGM Resorts International at a hearing involving the company.

LV Spending Higher Than Ever, but LVCVA Cautious for the Future

The latest economic report from Applied Analysis shows that Las Vegas visitors are spending more than ever, even surpassing pre-Covid averages. Despite this, the Las Vegas Convention and Visitors Authority, led by CEO Steve Hill (l.), is projecting flat tax revenues for next fiscal year, thanks to economic pressures and fears of recession.

Legal Sports Wagering Unlikely In Missouri

The Missouri House passed a sports betting measure last month, but Senators can’t seem to agree on whether they want a sportsbook-only bill, a video-lottery-only bill, a bill that includes both or no expansion of gambling whatsoever.

Lottery Debate Rages On in Nevada Legislature

There have been over 20 attempts to repeal Nevada’s lottery ban, none of which have succeeded. The latest try, in the form of the bill AJR5, is currently being considered by the Nevada Legislature, reigniting the age-old debate once again.


J.P. Morgan: Thumbs Up on Macau

J.P. Morgan analysts have upped their projections for Macau’s gaming industry, forecasting $407 in gross gaming revenue for the first three months of 2023, and noting a strong start for the second quarter.


BOS Supports Fee Hike to Fund Swedish Regulator

Online Gaming Industry Association (BOS) supports the Spelinspektionen’s proposal to increase fees to help the gaming regulator do its job more efficiently. BOS said the regulator needed to be “sufficiently funded.”


Sportsbooks Invest Lion’s Share in Brasileirão

Brazil’s sports betting sector will invest BRL 327 million ($64.75 million) this year in sponsorships for the A Series of the Brazilian Championship, the Brasileirão. Sports marketing agency Neo Brands published the survey.

OLG Releases RFPQ for Caesars Windsor

Ontario Lottery and Gaming Corporation (OLG) has begun the process for finding a company to manage Caesars Windsor casino (l.) near the Canadian-U.S. Border. The process begins with a Request for Pre-Qualification (RFPQ).


Indian State Tamil Nadu Bans Online Gambling

The government of Tamil Nadu, a state in India, is near finalizing its process of banning online gambling. The Legislative Assembly had passed the bill and Governor R.N. Ravi has approved it.

Philippine Lawmaker Wants Special Zone for POGOs

Philippine Senator Ronald ‘’Bato’’ dela Rosa (l.), chairman of the Public Order and Dangerous Drugs Committee, says all offshore gaming operations should be relocated to a special zone for better oversight.

Caesars Opposes iPoker Cheating Bill

Caesars Entertainment, the only operator of online poker in Nevada, is opposing the state’s legislation that would require operators to provide a list of suspended and banned customers to the state.


New York Mobile Sportsbooks Have Record March

Buoyed by the NCAA tournament, New York mobile sportsbook operators raked in big bucks. Sports betting goes into a slowdown in the summer, with no major sporting events until the fall.

Sportsbook Alliance Urges D.C. Mayor to Use Funds Properly

The Sports Betting Alliance, the trade association for sportsbook operators, has asked D.C. Mayor Muriel Bowser (l.) not to allocate tax revenue for unapproved uses. The Alliance urges them to keep the small pot of money for problem gambling.


NGCB Begins Process of Revising Outdated Regulations

It’s spring cleaning time for the Nevada Gaming Control Board, which is currently undergoing an internal review to look for subsections that could be deemed outdated or irrelevant. Governor Joe Lombardo gave the directive to all state agencies at the beginning of the year.

PA Board Looks to Regulate Skill Games

Proposed regulation would bring so-called skill games under the oversight of the Pennsylvania Gaming Control Board, creating a tax structure and monitoring-and-control system.

Missouri House Committee Passes Casino Bill

Missouri voters may have a chance to vote for a constitutional amendment allowing a 14th casino on the Osage River. Current state law limits casinos to the Mississippi and Missouri Rivers. Meanwhile, the Osage Nation is moving forward on its own Osage River casino.

Judge Dismisses Lawsuit Against MGM Resorts

U.S. District Court Judge Sul Ozerden (l.) dismissed a lawsuit against MGM Resorts International, in which the plaintiff claimed MGM cheats slot players by using a redemption system that only returns whole dollars and no coins.

Another Strip Casino Sale in 2023? Not From Caesars

There has been some speculation recently that a Las Vegas Strip casino could be hitting the auction block before year’s end—the only problem is that none have emerged as serious candidates. Caesars, which was at the heart of such talks last year, looks to have dropped out of consideration.




AGEM Index Down Slightly

The AGEM Index monthly stock performance guide showed a decrease of 5.1 points in March, despite positive results from Konami and Aristocrat.

MBS Gets Smart with New Hotel App

Marina Bay Sands in Singapore has launched a new Smart Hotel app to enhance the guest experience. Visitors can use the app for mobile check-in and in-room dining and also to communicate with staff.




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