5 NFL Players Suspended for Violating Gambling Policies

The NFL has suspended five players, including standout wide receiver prospect Jameson Williams (l.), for violating league gambling rules. Three of the players bet on NFL games specifically, whereas the other two—including Williams—placed bets while located on team property.

Revenue Roundup: States Report Mixed March Results

Revenue tracking among states is one of the broadest and simplest ways to track the health of the U.S. gaming industry, but March’s up-and-down results didn’t provide much clarity as to what to expect for the rest of the year.

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European Leagues Continue to Grapple with Gambling Sponsorships

The English Premier League enacted a ban on gambling advertising on their front of shirts worn on match day, while the Scottish Professional Football league resisted a similar ban; Australia, not to be outdone, is also considering taking action against the sponsorships.

In Osaka, IR Work Is Just Beginning

The Japanese government has given a thumbs-up to a plan to build an integrated resort on Yumeshima Island in Osaka Bay. But that’s just the first step in a long process to bring the project to fruition.

Texas Pro Teams Push Sports Betting as Deadline Looms

The Texas Legislature has little more than a month to approve sports betting, or else wait two more years to get another chance. Representatives from 11 professional teams in the state are among those putting on a full court press.

Data Show Tribes Have Big Economic Impact on States

Tribal gaming in Oklahoma and Arizona have had major impacts on the economies of both states. The Cherokee Nation contributes $3.04 billion a year to the Oklahoma economy and Arizona gaming tribes have contributed almost $2 billion since 2004.

FANTINI’S FINANCE: Raging Bulls and Cash Cows

First quarter earnings season is upon us, and two companies, Las Vegas Sands and Monarch Casino, represent opportunities in distinctly different ways—one is perhaps best positioned to take advantage of a Macau resurgence and the other is just, well, collecting cash and performing steadily.


Mass Baccarat Leads in Macau

Mass-market baccarat has become the chief contributor to Macau’s casino industry, adding $2.54 billion in gross gaming revenues for the first quarter, or 59 percent of the total.

Incheon Casino Opening Delayed to 2024

A casino complex in South Korea’s Incheon Free Economic Zone won’t debut its first phase of development until March 2024, a year after the originally scheduled opening.


U.K. Study: Ethnic Minorities at Risk From Gambling Harms

Blacks and Asians are more at risk from gambling due to systemic racism and poverty. That’s the conclusion of a report by the U.K. Commission on Crime and Gambling Related Harms: “Lived experiences of gambling, gambling-related harms, and crime within ethnic minority communities.”

Sweden Approves 8 More Gaming Supplier Licenses

Spelinspektionen, Sweden’s gaming regulator, has approved eight more licenses for suppliers for gaming operators. That brings the number to 24. The goal is to make it harder for illegal gaming operators to operate in the gray market.

German Court Rules for Gambling Regulator Against TV Outlet

A high court in Germany has ruled that Gluecksspiel, the German federal gambling regulator, acted correctly when it ruled against a TV broadcaster. The broadcaster had promoted a gaming offer that the regulator ruled violated rules against illegal forms of gambling.

Paf Voluntarily Lowers Loss Limit

Finnish gaming operator Paf has announced it will lower mandatory loss limits for all online games from €20,000 (£17,598/$22,024) to €17,500 (£15,400/$19,276). Paf said the new rule, which goes into effect this summer, is an effort to increase responsible gaming.


Hearing Confirms 15 Percent tax on Brazilian Sports Betting

Brazil’s Ministry of Finance has confirmed that the Provisional Measure regulating sports betting will tax the activity at 15 percent of gross gaming revenues. The revelation came during an official hearing on April 12 attended by stakeholders, trade bodies, operators and football clubs.

Sports Betting in Puerto Rico Boosted by Tournaments

March Madness, college football and the World Baseball Classic had a salutary effect on sports betting on Puerto Rico, the Puerto Rico Gaming Commission announced April 17. Sports Betting Bureau Director Eric De La Cruz said government revenues dramatically increased as a result.




NYC Casino Bidders Jostle for Position

As Caesars and SL Green battle opposition from local theater owners to their proposed Times Square casino, the Mohegans double down on efforts to gain support for their Midtown Freedom Square project.

LVCC Renovations Begin; LVCVA Says No Shows to be Impacted

The Las Vegas Convention Center (l.) is slated to begin a $600 million renovation project, but the Las Vegas Convention and Visitors Authority has pledged that the work will not interfere with the city’s bustling convention schedule.

Las Vegas Mirage Offers Locals Perks

Hard Rock International, which bought the Mirage (l.) on the Las Vegas Strip from MGM Resorts International last year, has begun offering free parking, show and spa discounts and other perks to locals with a valid Nevada ID.

State, Local Governments Allocate Treatment Funds

Virginia Governor Glenn Youngkin (l.) signed legislation establishing the state’s Problem Gambling Treatment and Support Advisory Committee. Sheridan County, Wyoming will utilize annual allocations for prevention and treatment programs.


Oregon Governor Opposes Tribal Gaming Expansion

Oregon Governor Tina Kotek (l.) has clarified that she opposes expanding any form of gambling in the state, whether it’s tribal casinos or Oregon Lottery. It includes the two casinos that the Coquille Tribe in Medford and Siletz Tribe in Salem want to add to their existing holdings.

Michigan Tribal Casinos Report Payments Dip

Michigan’s tribal casinos’ annual payments to local governments dropped by 2.2 percent, from $31.5 million in 2021 to $30.8 million in 2022, according to the Michigan Gaming Control Board’s annual Tribal Gaming Report. The Pokagon Band of Potawatomi Indians reported the largest drop.


Massachusetts Governor Supports Online Lottery

Longtime expanded-gambling opponent Massachusetts Governor Maura Healey (l.) said she now supports an online lottery. If proposed legislation passes, iLottery could launch in the state in mid-2024.





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