Less than Perfect Work

As time goes on, diversity and proper representation in the workforce have become more of an expectation than a requirement. However, companies and organizations often partake in chicanery to get those figures above the average. Is gaming free from such shenanigans? Don’t be too sure, says Richard Schuetz (l.).

Temporary Caesars Virginia Debuts

Caesars Virginia in Danville (l.) opened May 15 in a 40,000-square-foot white tent with 740 slots, 25 table games, 28 electronic table games and sports betting kiosks. The permanent $650 million facility, under construction next door, will open in 2024.

Fanatics Makes Sports Betting Splash, Acquires PointsBet Ops

Fanatics has a handful of state licenses for sports betting, and it recently announced a deal to acquire PointsBet’s U.S. operations. The company, which made its mark selling sports apparel, memorabilia, and trading cards, hopes to tap this business to bolster sports betting.

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WEEKLY FEATURE: Aristocrat to Acquire NeoGames

Aristocrat Leisure Limited will acquire Israel-based online gaming solutions provider NeoGames SA for $1.2 billion, or $29.50 per share—104 percent higher than NeoGames’ pre-market price.

AGA: U.S. Gaming Sets Another Record

The American Gaming Association reports that the U.S. gaming industry has recorded its eight consecutive record for quarterly revenue, logging $16.6 billion for the first quarter.

A’s Ballpark Project Spurs Partnerships

Now that the A’s seem to have settled on the Tropicana (l.) for the site of its new ballpark, some new partnerships have formed: Bally’s and GLPI have partnered to build the stadium, and Culinary has joined the fray to bolster stadium workers’ rights.

Macau Comeback Continues, Analysts Adjust Projections

Macau’s recovery is continuing in full force, with economists now expecting gross gaming revenue to exceed expectations set in January. After three years of closures due to Covid-19, the city reopened on January 8.

Report: Some U.K. Residents See Gambling as ‘Quick Fix’

A study released by LifeSearch finds that more residents of the U.K. are succumbing to despair and viewing gambling as a “quick fix” to get them out of financial straits. That’s according to the Health, Wealth and Happiness Index, prepared by the Centre for Economics and Business Research.

Fallout from Alabama and Iowa Scandals Grows

The NCAA, along with U.S. Integrity, will sift through evidence to get to the bottom of the question marks about Alabama’s baseball team and dozens of players from Iowa and Iowa State.

FANTINI’S FINANCE: Survival of the Fittest

The U.S. iGaming and online sports betting markets have officially reached the tipping point of consolidation. The big guns are primed to take some big shots, and some, like Aristocrat and newcomer Fanatics, already have. Let the iGames begin!

Poker Fans, Stars Remember Doyle Brunson

Tributes continue to pour in for Doyle Brunson (l.), the “Godfather of Poker,” who died May 14 at the age of 89. Brunson won 10 World Series of Poker championships.


PAGCOR Pays $35M to Philippine Treasury

The Philippines’ gaming regulator PAGCOR recently paid $34.8 million in cash to the country’s treasury. The funds represent its declared dividends for 2022.

Grand Lisboa Palace to Fully Open This Year

SJM Holdings has indicated that its Grand Lisboa Palace resort should be fully operational by the end of the year, with almost 1,900 hotel rooms. GLP is located in the city’s Cotai district.


Italy’s Parliament Starts Work Reorganizing Gambling Sectors

Italy’s parliament has begun defining the parameters of the work to reform its gambling sector. The current government, which is seen as more friendly to gaming than the last one, plans to make the online gaming regulatory environment easier to navigate.

Finland Fines BML Group €2.4 M

The BML Group, based in Malta, has been hit with a €2.4 million fine by the National Police Board of Finland. It alleges that the subsidiary of Betsson AB has illegally targeted Finns with advertising from multiple channels.

European Song Contest to Benefit Ukrainian Relief Efforts

Bets placed on the recent Eurovision Song Contest will entirely benefit Ukraine refugees in the U.K. That was announced by the bookmaker William Hill. “If you place a bet on the Eurovision market this weekend, Ukraine will win regardless of if customer bet slips are successful,” said a spokesman.

KSA Reforms Reducing Illegal Gambling, says Authority

Dutch gaming authority Kansspelautoriteit (KSA)'s crackdown on illegal gaming is bearing fruit, says René Jansen (l.), chairman. “It must pay off for providers of games of chance to offer their games legally. That is only possible if we punish illegal supply harshly,” he declared.

Prague Airport Mulled for VIP Casino

The city of Prague and the Central Bohemian Region, in the Czech Republic, are considering a casino that would be located within the Vaclav Havel Airport in Prague (l.). It would cater to the extremely rich. It is proposed by billionaire Karel Pražák.


Brazil’s Sports Betting Measure Awaits Congress’s Action

The National Congress of Brazil will soon take action on the provisional measure (PM) that would create a legal market for sports betting. It has been agreed to by President Luiz Inácio Lula da Silva and endorsed by the ministries of finance, planning, management, health, tourism and sports.

Kenya Ready to Adopt Gaming Reforms

Kenya, the third largest gaming market in Africa, is poised to adopt two measures that would streamline the gaming industry. The National Lottery and the Gambling Control Bills would modernize the Betting Lotteries and Gaming Act of 1966.




CA Senate Approves Card Club Bill

Both the California Senate and the Assembly have approved Assembly Bill 341 which would reimpose a moratorium on new cardrooms in the Golden State. It would “allow for measured growth” of existing cardrooms. It is supported by tribal gaming and the cardroom industry.

NV Regulators Accommodate License Swap After BP Deal

What do you do with a property that’s on the brink of closure? Call the previous owner and see if they’ll take it back. That’s exactly what TravelCenters of America did when they recommended Robert Cashell Jr. (l.) to take over the gaming licenses it abandoned after selling its holdings to British Petroleum.

Casino Workers Want Smoking Ban

The advocacy group Casino Employees Against Smoking Effects originated in New Jersey and now has chapters in six states working to urge legislators to end casinos’ exemptions from state’s indoor smoking bans.

Texas Lawmakers Hand LVS Another Defeat

Despite spending millions on lobbyists to bring casino gambling to Texas, Las Vegas Sands was defeated once again, as lawmakers rejected a measure calling for a voter referendum on allowing four Las Vegas-style casinos.

Atlantic City “Road Diet” Concerns Casinos

The Casino Association of New Jersey and the Greater Atlantic City Chamber will commission an independent traffic study of the “road diet” project designed to improve safety for pedestrians crossing Atlantic Avenue.

South Dakota Hard Rock To Open August 8

Hard Rock Rocksino will open on Main Street in Deadwood, South Dakota on August 8, complete with a traditional guitar-smashing ceremony. The facility will offer 86 slots, a 22-room hotel, bar and restaurant and live music area.


Tribal Leaders Revive Task Force

The Indian Gaming Association (IGA) and the National Congress of American Indians (NCAI) jointly hosted a press briefing this past week, declaring the revival of the IGA/NCAI Tribal Leaders Task Force.

New York Tribe Wants Compact Changes

The Seneca Nation in New York has been negotiating its 20-year compact, which expires in December, with state gaming officials since last August. Tribal officials are frustrated Governor Kathy Hochul recused herself from the talks because her husband works for a competitor.

Michigan Tribes Find New Cash Crop

Several Michigan tribes that operate casinos also are discovering the benefits and profitability of participating in the legal medicinal and recreational cannabis industries with production, stores and lounges.


Kindred’s Tjärnström Resigns

Kindred Group CEO Henrik Tjärnström (l.) has resigned effective immediately, and the company’s board of directors has named Nils Andén interim CEO while a search is performed for a replacement.


Philippine Operator to Install RGB Slots

Asian gaming operator International Entertainment Corp. (IEC) will buy almost 400 slot machines from Malaysian gaming equipment firm RGB to outfit its New Coast Hotel Manila, a casino resort in the Philippines.




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