Borders Open, But Covid Soaring—What’s Next for Macau?

After three years of a tough zero-Covid policy, the Chinese government has finally relaxed travel restrictions to Macau. But now, viral cases are through the roof. Will Beijing reinstate the strict policy, or let business owners do business?

Integrity is Core Principle in Evaluating Gray-Market Gaming

Can unregulated game suddenly become regulated games even though the operators claim they’re not gambling? If they want to be regulated, they need to jump through all the hoops and understand that a gaming license is a privilege and not a right, according to Spectrum Gaming’s Michael Pollock.

Recession? Lean on Analytics

After a brilliant post-Covid resurgence, the U.S. gaming industry now looks to be facing a new challenge, that being a recession of at least some magnitude. David Jacque Farahi (l.), executive chairman of Quick Custom Intelligence and former COO of Monarch Casino & Resort Inc., offers his thoughts about the importance of data analytics in an uncertain economy.

Keep It Going

The gaming industry’s hot streak is being threatened by illegal gambling, sports betting glitches and policy makers on Capitol Hill. But the American Gaming Association has a plan for 2023.

Thailand Closer to Legal Casinos

Lawmakers in Thailand are now reviewing a House study on legal casinos that could lead to integrated resorts in select regions around the country. For now, citizens who want to bet legally patronize casinos across the border in Cambodia, Laos and Malaysia.

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WEEKLY FEATURE: Four States See Gaming Legalization Efforts

Four states have historically held fast against the expansion of gaming and sports betting, but the tide could be turning as tax revenues continue to pour into their neighboring markets. Texas Governor Greg Abbott has said he is open to the legalization of gambling in his state, within certain limits.

Ten Years Later, Macau Junkets Hit a New Low

The number of junket operators in Macau now stands at 36, down 85 percent from their peak year in 2013. Back then, 235 junkets brought big-spending VIP gamblers to the town, for about 60 percent of all revenues.

Cohen Solicits Community Feedback for Casino Development

Mets owner Steve Cohen (l.) recently held a few community gatherings in Queens to get feedback on his idea to construct a casino in the vicinity of his ballpark, Citi Field. Residents didn’t exactly embrace the idea, but hey, there’s still time.

Arkansas Casino License Pulled

Pulaski County Circuit Judge Tim Fox ruled last week that the Cherokee Nation’s Legends Resort & Casino (l.), which the tribe wanted build in Pope County, was granted the license unconstitutionally, granting the motion by Gulfside Casino Partnership. Both said they’ll take the case to the state Supreme Court.

Compliance Sweep in NSW Bars, Clubs Reveals Numerous Violations

Cashless gaming is becoming extremely polarizing in New South Wales, and with elections around the corner, all parties involved are choosing sides. The bars and clubs have been perhaps the biggest opponents of the change, but their influence may be cracking after a recent compliance sweep uncovered a bevy of gaming law violations, including some relating to ATM placement.

Germany Approves 50 Online Gaming Licenses

New German gaming regulator Germany’s Gemeinsamen Glücksspielbehörde der Länder (GGL) has so far approved about 50 online gaming licenses since it took over on January 1, 2023. Nevertheless, it has earned a reputation as Europe’s toughest market for unlicensed sites.

MGM Solar Grid Downed Temporarily by Apparent Terror Attack

MGM Resorts’ sprawling solar complex in the Nevada desert (l.), which supplies most of its Las Vegas power needs, was recently attacked by a 34-year-old man from Colorado, causing a temporary outage. Police are investigating the incident as a terror attack.

Seminoles Break Ground On Florida Casino-Hotel

Ground was broken for the Seminole Casino Hotel Brighton near Lake Okeechobee in Florida, less than two hours from the Treasure Coast. The venue will replace the tribe’s existing facility and be completed in late 2024.

Kirk Hendrick Appointed as NGCB Chair

Kirk Hendrick (l.), an attorney with decades of gaming and sports-related legal experience, has been appointed as the new chairman of the Nevada Gaming Control Board by recently elected Governor Joe Lombardo.


Tourism Returning to Macau

For the new year, amid a general relaxation of Covid measures, Macau set a goal of 40,000 visitors a day. Almost immediately it met its goal, with nearly that number arriving January 8, the first day of a broader reopening.


Finland Could End Veikkaus Gaming Monopoly

Finland’s Minister of Europe and Ownership Management Tytti Tuppurainen (l.) says that the governing party has broad multi-party support to end the gambling monopoly of Veikkaus. She said the decision might be made next spring, when there are parliamentary elections.

Sweden to Probe Why Gamblers Self-Exclude

The government of Sweden has asked Spelinspektionen, the country’s gaming regulator, to collect data on why some consumers decide to self-exclude. It also wants figures on how many return to gambling on illegal sites.

BGC Insists It Has No Influence on GambleAware Initiatives

The U.K.’s Betting and Gaming Council is battling reports that its members have too much influence over the research, education and treatment (RET) projects that GambleAware does using charitable donations from gaming companies. Some are calling for an end to that influence.

Svenska Spel CEO: Create National Debt Register

The CEO of Sweden’s state-owned gaming operator Svenska Spel Patrik Hofbauer (l.) is calling for a national debt register to help identify vulnerable people who might suffer financial harm if they gamble too much. There is a relationship between problem gambling and debt, says Hofbauer.


Uruguay to Open Fifth Casino Resort

Uruguay’s President Luis Lacalle Pou (l.) in December signed a decree authorizing a fifth casino. It grants a license to Arena Paysandú to build a $22 million casino and hotel in the city of Paysandú. The approval opens the way for investors from Argentina to release the funds.

Curaçao Works to Overhaul iGaming Licensing

The island of Curaçao in the Caribbean is speeding up the schedule for the reworking of its online gaming licensing regulations. The reform—which was urged by the Dutch government— will tighten requirements to obtain a gaming license—which currently is considered open to corruption.


India Releases Draft of Online Gaming Regulations

The Ministry of Electronics and IT (MeitY), which has been put in charge of online gaming, has posted draft regulations. Intended as a way to combat black market gambling, the regulations require registering individual games and only offering legally approved games.

2023 May Be the Year for iGaming in Indiana

Indiana lawmakers have been attempting for two years to pass legislation to legalize iGaming in the Hoosier State. This year Rep. Ethan Manning (l.), among others, is hoping that the stars are in alignment to pass such a bill. But Senate President Pro Tempore Rodric Bray is saying not so fast.

Greentube Partners with LatAmWin

Novomatic online arm Greentube has signed a deal to provide its content to LatAmWin, which will distribute Greentube games in the Chilean iGaming market, with Mexico to follow.


Missouri Lawmakers File Sports Betting Bills

Two Missouri state representatives have filed similar bills that would legalize sports betting. A state Senator, Denny Hoskins (l.), also has sponsored a measure that would allow sports wagering as well as regulate video lottery terminals.

U.S. Sports Betting Jumps 70 percent in 2022

With a slew of new states coming online for sports betting in recent years, it’s no wonder that overall income is on a steep rise. New Jersey, Nevada and Pennsylvania ranked one, two, three.


Tropicana the Lone Las Vegas Site Left in A’s Ballpark Saga

For months there have been rumors connecting the Oakland A’s to the site of the Tropicana (l.), as the team looks to relocate from the perils of RingCentral Coliseum. However, what was once an expansive search has been whittled down over the last year, and it appears that the famed Las Vegas landmark may be the last option left.

MSGE Reportedly Mulling Tao Group Sale to Fund Sphere Project

The developer of the MSG Sphere (l.) venue on the Las Vegas Strip is reportedly considering selling off its stake in Tao Group, a prominent restaurant and club chain, with the idea being that the proceeds could help supplement rising construction costs for the Sphere.

Nebraska Lawmaker Announces Skill-Game Tax Bill

So-called skill games have proliferated across Nebraska; in fact, they outnumber legal slots. State Senator Tom Briese (l.) has proposed a 20 percent tax on skill-game revenue to provide property tax relief.

Indiana Casino Construction On Hold

Work crews have temporarily departed the Queen of Terre Haute Casino (l.) construction site in Indiana as owners Churchill Downs Inc. await official approval from the Department of Homeland Security.

Virginia Casino Showdown Intensifies

Richmond, Virginia Mayor Levar Stoney (l.) urged the city’s legislative delegation to block any bill banning a casino there, although voters rejected one in late 2021. But state lawmakers filed measures to do just that and build a casino in Petersburg instead.

Legal Battle Continues Over Nittany Casino

Stadium Casino, the Pennsylvania licensee that owns the two Live! casinos in Philadelphia and Pittsburgh (l.), is continuing its legal challenge to the gaming board’s award of a Category 4 license for a casino near Penn State University.

Louisiana City Opposes HHR Machines

The city of Slidell, Louisiana, is opposing the placement of state-approved historical horse racing machines at an off-track betting parlor, calling them “glorified slot machines.”

Virginia Lawmakers Seek to Create Gambling Addiction Committee

Virginia’s gaming market is expanding like never before, and with that comes added scrutiny to gambling addiction and related problems. However, a pair of officials have championed a bill that would establish a state committee dedicated to combating the issue.


Oklahoma Tribe Partners With Texas Destination

The Choctaw Nation of Oklahoma signed a 5-year agreement with the Grandscape (l.) shopping/entertainment destination in Dallas for brand promotion and sponsorships, in anticipation of legalized sports betting in Texas.

Arizona Tribe Plans Tucson Casino

The Pascua Yaqui tribe can move forward with plans for a second Tucson-area casino following passage of the Old Pascua Community Land Acquisition Act.



Matthew Muscat Named CFO of Videoslots

Longtime finance veteran Matthew Muscat (l.) has been promoted to chief financial officer for Videoslots. Muscat first joined the company as head of finance, and also served as finance director before his recent promotion.







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