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Major Leagues Create Sports Betting Ad Group

Seven major U.S. sports leagues formed the Coalition for Responsible Sports Betting Advertising. As legalization of sports betting spreads nationwide, advertising has come under intense scrutiny and consumer protections must be established.

U.K. Gambling White Paper Finally Unveiled

When the U.K.’s gambling white paper was first announced, no one knew just how much turbulence it would have to go through—including a carousel of lawmakers—to see the light of day. Well, that day has come, as the long-awaited paper was released April 27, under the guidance of Prime Minister Rishi Sunak (l.).

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Atlantic City Edgy About New York Casinos

New York casinos could pose a threat to Atlantic City by siphoning off gamblers in the Mid-Atlantic and Northeast regions. Operators could offset the competition by bidding on NYC licenses.

Maybank IDs Potential PAGCOR Casino Buyers

Maybank Securities suggests there may be a few bidders for casinos owned by the Philippine Gaming and Amusement Corp. They include operators in Clark, Philippines as well as the Travellers Hotel Group.

Italy’s Parliament Moving Quickly on Gaming Overhaul

Italy’s government, under Prime Minister Giorgia Meloni (l.), seeks to move quickly on legislation that would reform gaming laws for land-based casinos. This is the third attempt in eight years to reform the gaming sector.

Michigan Tribe Seeks Governor’s Casino Approval

The Little River Band has asked Michigan Governor Gretchen Whitmer (l.) to meet and approve their second proposed casino. Whitmer rejected the tribe’s request last June as another tribe with claims to the same land awaited federal recognition.


Macau Junket Boss Gets 14 Years in Prison

On April 21, Macau junket kingpin Levo Chan (l.) was sentenced to 14 years behind bars for illegal gaming, fraud, money laundering and other crimes. In January, his rival, Alvin Chau, got 18 years on similar charges.

Macau Visitation Jumped in March

Visitation continues to climb in Macau, which reopened its borders in January. For March, arrivals increased 271.4 percent year-on-year and 22.8 percent over February.


Numbers of Ukraine’s Self-Excluded Gamblers Rises Rapidly

Statistics for the first four months of the year by the Ukrainian Commission for the Regulation of Gambling and Lotteries (KRAIL) revealed that the numbers who have self-excluded are rising dramatically. This year there are 687, small in actual numbers, but a large increase percentage wise.

Holland Casino sees Revenue up 148 Percent

Holland Casino, which operates 14 casinos in the Netherlands, reports that its gross revenues rose 147.7 percent year-over-year. This occurred in spite of the operator having to close its casinos for 25 days during 2022.

Problem Gamblers Could Cost Denmark Millions Annually

The government of Denmark projects that problem gambling will cost the country 10 million kroner a year. According to the Ministry of Tax, that is the amount Denmark is preparing to spend to fight gambling addiction.

Former Swedish Gaming Monopoly Prospering

Svenska Spel, the former Swedish gaming monopoly that was set free to compete in a competitive market, is doing very well. Its revenues are up 2 percent over the same quarter of last year. This occurred in spite of new responsible gaming measures that were imposed on the industry.


Kenya to Consider Regulating Betting

Kenyan lawmakers are considering a bill to take the place of the Betting, Lotteries and Gaming Act. One purpose of the new legislation, says MP Duncan Mathenge (l.), is to discourage the participation of youth in gambling.

Chile Mulls Banning Sportsbook-Athletic Ads, Sponsorships

The Chamber of Deputies of Chile has approved a ban on sports betting advertising. The Senate will next take up the bill. The proposed ban would apply to online sports betting advertising and sponsorships in sports events and clubs.


Maine Looking at iGaming Bill

Maine lawmakers are mulling over an online internet gaming bill that would affect both casinos and sports betting, even though sports betting hasn’t launched in the state.

New Hampshire House Considers iGaming

The New Hampshire House of Representatives is debating a bill passed by the state Senate that would legalize online table games and poker, but not online slot games.


Kentucky Sees Sports Betting in Play By NFL Season

Kentucky approved sports wagering and now the state will attempt to work with the Horse Racing Commission to complete the regulations by an early September launch date. A tall task, but it’s been done that soon in the past.

Iowa Sportsbooks Report Increases in March

Iowa’s 19 casinos reported nearly $160 million in adjusted gross revenue for March, paying $32 million in state taxes. Sportsbooks took in $17.5 million from wagerers, up from $12.5 million February, with nearly 90 percent of bets made online—Horseshoe Casino Council Bluffs (l.) was the top performing sportsbook.


A’s Partner with Stadium Contractor, but Not Culinary

Now that the Athletics have agreed to make the jump to Las Vegas, the team has started the process of procuring the necessary manpower to build and staff its proposed $1.5 billion stadium. The construction is accounted for, but its relationship with the Culinary Union hasn’t gotten off to the best start.

‘Skill Game’ Supporters Rally in PA

Supporters of unregulated “skill games” rallied at the Pennsylvania Capitol in support of a bill that would establish the legality of the slot-like devices, and regulate and tax the machines.

Missouri Mayor Seeks Casino License

Dennis Newberry (l.), the mayor of Lake Ozark, Missouri, thanked legislators for their support of two bills that would authorize a voter referendum to change the state constitution and allow a casino hotel on the Osage River.

Nebraska’s Two Casinos Set Gaming Tax Records

Open for seven months, WarHorse Lincoln and Grand Island Casino (l.) in Nebraska have set tax contribution records for three consecutive months, posting combined tax revenue of $1.55 million in March, $1.34 million in February and $1.2 million in January.

New Jersey Unveils New Steps to Curb Problem Gambling

The state Attorney General Matthew Platkin (l.) delivered a speech at the East Coast Gaming Congress in Atlantic City detailing new efforts to lessen problem gambling. The steps involve gambling ads, exclusion lists, and marketing.

Lawmakers Band Together to Support NV-CA Train Line

Lawmakers from Nevada and California are joining forces to try and convince U.S. President Joe Biden to allocate billions in funding toward the construction of a high-speed train line that would connect Las Vegas and southern California.

South Dakota Regulators Approve New Operator

SGMSD and owner John Grant Lincoln have received licenses from the South Dakota Commission on Gaming and now can move forward with purchasing the historic Franklin Hotel and Silverado casino (l.) in Deadwood from Super G Investments.

Michigan Charities Post $5 Million In 2022

Michigan charities’ licensed Millionaire Parties generated nearly $5 million in net profit in 2022. The number of events increased by 137 percent in 2022 compared to 2021.

Missouri Attorney General Loses Lawyers

Lawyers for Missouri Attorney General Andrew Bailey (l.) withdrew from a case against the state filed by Torch Electronics and Warrenton Oil after Bailey’s political action committee took donations from the two plaintiffs.

Plans Progressing in Atlantic Club Makeover

The shuttered Atlantic Club (l.) casino-hotel is in the process of being rebuilt and refurbished into a mixed-use development including hotel towers, condominiums and a retail mall.


Washoe Tribe Buys Wa She Shu Operation

The Washoe Tribe has bought the Wa She Shu casino (l.) and truck stop near Gardnerville, Nevada from Wind Creek Hospitality, and will take over operations July 1



Rivers Schenectady Names New GM

Rivers Casino in Schenectady, New York, has named Joe Lodise (l.), a longtime executive of Caesars Entertainment, as the property’s new general manager.


Italy’s Lottomatica to offer IPO

Lottomatica, a gaming company based in Italy, is offering an initial public offering. The IPO seeks to raise up to €600 million from an issue of existing shares and newly issued stock, with shares ranging in price from €9 and €11.




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