Oklahoma Tribes Open, Announce Casinos

In Oklahoma, the Chickasaw Nation opened its West Bay Casino and Resort (l.) in Kingston, and the Iowa Tribe of Oklahoma announced a partnership with Caesars Entertainment to develop a Harrah’s casino resort between Tulsa and Oklahoma City.

SBC Summit: iGaming Emerging from Sports Betting Shadow

In the U.S., iGaming is largely hidden under the immense influence of sports betting. This is partly due to advertising, and also the fact that sports betting is much more widespread in terms of legalization. But that dynamic is slowly unraveling, according to a panel at the recent SBC Summit North America (Photo courtesy of CDC Gaming Reports).

Looking Back: Five Years Post-PASPA

It may seem hard to believe, but five years have passed since PASPA was struck down, paving the way for rapid sports betting expansion across the U.S. There've been some good times and some bad times—but you can’t deny it’s been a heck of a ride.

SBC Summit: U.S. Sports Betting Offerings Still in Infancy

For better or worse, the U.S. has a tendency to do things big—sports betting is no different. In the five years since states were given the right to vote on legalization, the sector has exploded. But in terms of product, the market still has a long way to go, according to a recent panel at SBC Summit North America (Photo courtesy of CDC Gaming Reports).

A’s Nix Red Rock Deal, Pivot Back to Tropicana Site

In a shocking turn of events, the Oakland A’s have pulled out of its previously announced deal with Red Rock Resorts and have decided to instead partner with Bally’s Corp. to build a new $1.5 billion, 30,000-seat ballpark on the site of the Tropicana Las Vegas (l.).

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Kentucky Derby Wagering Sets Record

The 149th running of the Kentucky Derby set records for betting, and wagering was up as a whole for the week leading up to the famed Triple Crown race.

Bally's May Offer Casino Shares To Chicago Residents

Bally’s said it may offer shares in its $1.7 billion Chicago casino (l.) to residents who “satisfy the qualification agreements.” No details have been released about the plan. Meanwhile, the company announced major management changes.

Macau Mass Gaming Picks Up Steam

With mass gaming on a roll in Macau, Morgan Stanley analysts are projecting the segment could almost equal revenues for 2019. April numbers were “circa 100 percent” of pre-pandemic levels, they say.

Brazil’s Lawmakers to Take up Sports Betting Bill

Brazil’s National Congress is preparing to begin work on the provisional measure (MP) that would create the legal infrastructure for a sports betting market in Brazil, which is one of the largest undeveloped markets in the world. The goal is to legalize both retail and online sportsbooks.

Analysts: U.K. White Paper Could Impact U.S. Sports Betting Policy

Could a government paper generated in London affect betting policy in the United States and Canada? Yes, say advocates of reform and responsible gambling. They are hoping that some recommendations from the U.K.’s white paper on gambling will influence policy on this side of the Atlantic.

Indian Gaming Breaks Record in ‘22: $48.4 Billion in Gross Revenue

Indian gaming has returned to and surpassed pre-pandemic levels. The latest Nationwide Impacts of Indian Gaming Report says the industry reached $48.4 billion in gross revenue in 2022. That’s a 10 percent increase over 2021. It comes from more than 500 casinos in 29 states.

FANTINI’S FINANCE: Shall We Brace for Impact?

By and large, the gaming industry has done a good job of surviving the economic pitfalls of Covid and just about everything else the last two-plus years have thrown at it. But an overall economic recession may just be unavoidable—now we wait to see just how much pain it may inflict.


Macau to Operators: Obey New Credit Rule or Pay

Gaming operators in Macau will be fined if they run afoul of a proposed new amendment to the gaming law. If passed, the law would prohibit management and sub-concessionaires from extending credit to gamblers.

Macau Stands by Junket Tax

The Macau government will not waive a 5 percent tax on commissions paid by casinos to junkets. An industry trade group had appealed for relief, saying junkets in the city are already facing enough pressures.


Bahamas May Ban Welfare Recipients From Gaming

Bahamians who receive welfare or social security payments may not be allowed to gamble at the island nation’s hotel casinos. Officials of the Bahamas Gaming Board May 3 announced they are considering such a move—among many other changes to local gaming regulations.


Caesars to Launch iCasino App

Caesars Entertainment has revealed it will launch a stand-alone iCasino app in the third quarter, after citing rising digital revenues as new states launch iGaming.



Malaysian Operator Tips NY Plans

Genting Malaysia will use $1 billion from the sale of Miami assets within 48 months from the completion of the deal, according to a filing. The receipts are likely earmarked for a planned expansion in New York City.

Colorado House Revives Bill Allowing Casino Loans

A bill to allow casinos in Colorado to extend credit to players was saved from the grave on May 6. The Colorado House originally voted 34-31 to kill the bill. Then two lawmakers changed their mind and the vote was taken again. This mulligan has sparked outrage among opponents.

Red Rock Says Durango Costs to Grow an Extra $30 Million

Red Rock Resorts has indicated that the costs for its Durango Station (l.) project have increased by approximately $30 million. Company officials said the added expenses are attributable to an expansion of the gaming floor as well as rising construction costs.

Ground Broken for LVCC Renovation

The Las Vegas Convention and Visitors Authority recently held a groundbreaking ceremony to kick off the $600 million renovation of the Las Vegas Convention Center (l.).

Several States Introduce Anti-Gambling Addiction Education

Five years since the U.S. Supreme Court lifted the federal ban against sports betting, the industry has expanded like a wildfire. Now some states want to throw a little cold water on the industry, at least by educating young people about the risks of gambling.

IPI Sued for Failing to Return Casino Deposits

A junket operator, BigBang Entertainment LLC, is suing Chinese-based Imperial Pacific International (IPI.) The plaintiff alleges that IPI kept funds that had been deposited at IPI’s Imperial Palace Saipan (l.) in the U.S. Commonwealth of Northern Mariana Islands (CNMI.)

Virginia Casino Fined For Alleged Violations

Rivers Casino (l.) in Portsmouth, Virginia was fined $275,000 by the Virginia Lottery for alleged violations including underage and voluntarily excluded individuals, slot-machine licensing requirements and unauthorized games.

New York Throws Lifeline to Catskill OTB

The Catskill off-track betting corporation, recently threatened with closure by New York Governor Kathy Hochul (l.), will be able to funnel money earmarked for capital expenses to continue operating.


Michigan Tribe Awaits Federal Recognition

After the Department of the Interior rejected its application for federal recognition in February, the Grand River Bands of Ottawa Indians in Western Michigan have been gathering additional documentation to prove it’s a “distinct community.”


Bally’s Names Marcus Glover CFO

Bally’s Corporation has named Marcus Glover (l.), a veteran of gaming operations who served high-level executive positions at the Borgata and Harrah’s, as executive vice president and chief financial officer.

Catena Names Erik Edeen to Replace CFO Peter Messner

Stockholm-based Catena Media has picked Erik Edeen to be interim Chief Financial Officer. He will replace Peter Messner at a job he is intimately familiar with, having served in that position from 2019-2020. They will begin the handover May 22.

Vanderwielen Joins Hard Rock Atlantic City

Mark Vanderwielen (l.) was named vice president of hotel operations at Hard Rock Hotel & Casino Atlantic City. Most recently he was general manager at Viceroy Hotel Group properties in San Francisco and also worked at Borgata Hotel Atlantic City.


Galaxy Launches Operating System

Galaxy Gaming has launched the Galaxy Operating System, a next-generation game management system enabling progressive jackpot options, LED sensors and digital tracking.

GeoComply Acquires OneComply

Geolocation solution provider GeoComply has acquired compliance and licensing management company OneComply, allowing clients to complete the licensing process from start to finish.

Blackstone Group Mulls Gambling Firm Cirsa IPO

The investment company Blackstone Group is looking at several options for the Spanish gaming company Cirsa. Blackstone acquired the company in 2018 and is considering an initial public offering to refinance its debts.

Entain Announces New Committees

Entain PLC has announced the formation of two new committees meant to increase the effectiveness of its board and the board’s engagement with employees.


Regulating the Game Announces London Event

Organizers of the Regulating the Game conference in Sydney, Australia were so pleased with the outcome they announced a second event that will take place in London in September.




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