A Stupid, College-Educated White Boy

In today’s world, navigating business and politics is difficult enough, but that’s especially true if the industry is tribal gaming and the politics are in California. It’s certainly a world all its own, one that can feel impossible to understand—here are a few things that an outsider like Richard Schuetz (l.) has learned over the years.

Wynn Reveals Details on UAE Casino Resort

Wynn Resorts has revealed details of Wynn Al Marjan Island (l.), its new $3.9 billion integrated resort in the United Arab Emirates. It has also named the man who will oversee the project as President, Thomas Schoen. The company is looking at a 2027 opening.

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New Jersey Workers Urge Smoking Ban; Missouri Joins the Fight

CEASE, an Atlantic City casino workers group, is urging New Jersey lawmakers to eliminate the casino exemption to the state’s indoor smoking ban before the legislature breaks for the summer. The efforts are also picking up steam in St. Louis County, the first jurisdiction in Missouri to consider the issue.

Missouri Official Pressured To Return Donations

Missouri Attorney General Andrew Bailey (l.) withdrew from a lawsuit against the state Highway Patrol filed by two companies accused of operating illegal gambling machines. Now Bailey’s being urged to return campaign contributions from the firms.

Macau GGR Hits Three-Year High

Macau casinos posted brisk gaming revenues for April, up 450 percent year on year and more than 15 percent from the previous month. Tourism was healthy for the Labor Day holiday, which started April 28.

U.K. White Paper Elicits Varied Reactions

The U.K.’s long awaited gambling white paper, spearheaded by the Department of Culture, Media and Sport, was finally released late last month, and so far the reforms have garnered a range of reactions from operators, responsible gambling advocates and everyone in between.

Washington Tribes Seek to put Land Into Trust for Casinos

Two Washington tribes want to be the first to build a casino in the Tri-Cities area. Confederated Tribes of the Colville Reservation have applied to put land in Pasco into trust. Meanwhile, the Confederated Tribes and Bands of the Yakama Nation want to place their second casino in the area.


Japan IR Opening Pushed Out to 2030

Japan’s first casino, to be built on Yumeshima Island in Osaka Bay, is now set to open in 2030, a year later than recently planned. The resort is a project of MGM Resorts International and its Japanese partner, Orix Corp.

Mohegan Inspire on Track to Open This Year

Mohegan Gaming’s long-awaited South Korean resort, Inspire, is set to open in late 2023, according to the U.S.-based tribal gaming enterprise. Inspire will include a foreigners-only casino.


RMG Pays £117.6 to Racetracks

RMG (Racecourse Media Group) has paid out £117.6 million to its member racecourses for 2022. The profits were generated from media and data rights paid by betting shops, online bookmakers, pay TV, mainstream TV, international wagering and non-betting distribution.

Dutch Gaming Authority Projects 15 Percent Market Growth

The Dutch online gaming market is projected to grow 15 percent in 2023. That’s the prediction by Kansspelautoriteit (KSA), the Dutch gaming authority. KSA stated, “This fourth monitoring report shows a growth in the market for online games of chance, as we previously predicted.”

Germany Declares DFS is Illegal Gambling

Germany’s GGL gaming regulator has classified some forms of daily fantasy sports (DFS) as illegal gambling. A member of the GGL board said that the decision was made to protect vulnerable players from addiction and illegal gambling.


Grupo Televisa to Spin off Gambling, Soccer

Grupo Televisa, which is the largest media conglomerate in Mexico, has obtained permission from its shareholders to spin off part of its business to create a “gambling and soccer” operation. It will be listed on the Mexican Stock Exchange (BMW).

ACMA Fines Entain for Offering Online In-Play Bets

In-play bets cannot be offered in a purely online format in Australia. Entain found that out the hard way when it was fined by the Australian Communications and Media Authority for doing so last October.

Ontario Casino Reopens After Ransomware Attack

Two weeks after being brought to its knees by a ransomware hack attack, Gateway Casino in London, Ontario reopened on May 1. Now Gateway is reopening the rest of its Ontario casinos one by one. It claims no personal information was compromised by the attacks.




A’s Ballpark Deal Comes with Both Problems and Perks

The Oakland A’s have found their new ballpark site (l.), but the question remains as to how it’ll get funded. The team previously solicited Strip operators for potential tax breaks, but that won’t work for the site they chose. What will work, however, are the large-scale transportation upgrades coming to the area.

Virginia Cities Continue Casino Competition

The competition for a casino continues in Richmond and Petersburg, Virginia. After Richmond voters rejected casino gambling in 2021, Petersburg lawmakers maneuvered to block a do-over, and aim to do it again.

Genting Abandons Miami, Looks to New York

In 2011, Genting Malaysia acquired a bayfront parcel in Miami with plans to develop a casino there. Now the company will sell that prime real estate to a Florida investor and use the funds on a New York casino bid.

Virginia’s Third Casino Opens May 15

Caesars Virginia will open a 40,000-square-foot temporary facility in Danville on May 15, becoming the state’s third casino. The permanent $400 million facility (l.), opening in late 2024, is being built on adjacent property.


Apaches Face Fines for NIGC Violations

The Apache Tribe of Oklahoma could be ordered to pay large fines due to multiple violations cited by the National Indian Gaming Commission at two tribal casinos dating back to 2013.

Omaha, Nebraska Casino To Open In 2024

Construction will start next month on the WarHorse Casino in Omaha, Nebraska, to be completed in late 2024. WarHorse Lincoln’s temporary casino opened in September 2022. Ho-Chunk Inc. and Nebraska Horsemen are partners in the projects.

Sky River Casino Considering Expansion

Eight months ago Boyd Gaming opened the $500 million Sky River Casino (l.) for the Wilton Rancheria in Elk Grove, California. The property has done so well that the tribe is considering an expansion that could include a hotel, convention center and live entertainment venue.


GLI Announces Slew of Promotions

Gaming Laboratories International recently announced four promotions throughout its upper-level management staff, three of which are from the Europe, Middle East and Africa region.





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