Snooker Stars Banned for Match-Fixing

Two Chinese snooker players have been banned from the games for life due to match-fixing. Liang Wenbo (l.) and Li Hang, suspended in January may appeal their sentences through June 20.

Gambling Companies Criticized for Targeting Africa

European gambling firms are taking advantage of poor inhabitants of sub-Saharan nations by preying on them. The Guardian recently reported on a 16-year-old boy who may have committed suicide because he got in way over his head when he gambled every day.

NFL Wades Deeper Into Betting Controversies

The NFL is, undoubtedly, the biggest and most influential brand in the U.S. sports market. For decades, the league eschewed betting entirely, often putting on airs to “protect the shield.” Now, however, the league has jumped head-first into the wagering ecosystem, and is dealing with a flurry of related scandals as a result. Could we be approaching a tipping point?

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Richmond, Virginia Considers Casino Do-Over

In 2021, the Virginia Legislature approved casinos in five cities, if voters approved them. Referendums passed in all five cities except Richmond, but the city council there is close to approving a re-vote in November—against the will of many residents.

A’s Ballpark Funding Deal Facing Tough Challenges

Nevada lawmakers are not jumping to pass the public funding package that would help fund the Oakland Athletics’ proposed new stadium smack-dab in the middle of the Strip. In fact, they haven’t even voted on it, despite a multi-day special legislative session.

Macau GGR Slows Down

Macau’s casino industry followed five months of growth with a seasonal slowdown. June is typically a lackluster month for casinos in the Chinese enclave, which reaped $223 million in the first four days.

Star Ent: Queen’s Wharf Brisbane Pushed to Early 2024

Given all the recent riff-raff, Star Entertainment would really like to get its multibillion-dollar Queen’s Wharf Brisbane (l.) development up and running. However, in efforts to get things right from the start, the company has delayed the opening to the first half of next year.

Norway Demands Kindred’s Exit From Market

Norway’s gaming authority Lottstift’s judgment against the Kindred Group has been upheld by an appeals court. The authority fined (€100,000) the subsidiary Trannel International Ltd. to force it to stop offering illegal online services to Norwegians.


China Pressure Behind Myanmar Blackout

A Thai entity that exported electricity to Myanmar reportedly bowed to China by cutting power to two border cities that host casinos. The action was linked to China’s crackdown on capital flight and illegal gambling.

Singapore Racetrack Set for Redevelopment

The Singapore Turf Club, which occupies almost 300 acres in the crowded city-state, will close sometime before March 2027, officials have confirmed. Reasons include a decline in racing and a need for developable land.

NagaWorld Expansion Delayed

NagaCorp, owner of Cambodian casino resort, NagaWorld, has announced it will delay the property’s Phase 3 expansion by as much as four years. The Hong Kong-listed firm is still in post-Covid belt-tightening mode.

South Korea Launches Gaming Trade Group

South Korea, home of 17 casinos, has formed an industry trade group, the Association of Korea Gaming Tourism Professionals. Members convened May 30 with a goal to make the gaming sector more competitive.


BGC Asks for Cooperation from Social Media

Britain’s Betting and Gaming Council (BGC) is calling on social media to do what it can to encourage safer gambling. And if blandishments won’t work, it is also calling on the government to put pressure on social media to do things like offer ways for consumers to opt out of gambling advertisements.


Rotana Hotel Group to Open Georgia Resort

A U.A.E.-based hotel group, Rotana Resort & Spa, Gonio, has announced plans to build the Pontus Rotana Resort & Spa, Gonio at Batumi beach, on the shores of the Black Sea. The casino-resort, the first built by Rotana, is planned for a 2026 opening.

NSW May Limit Pokies After Midnight in Latest RG Push

Parents often say that nothing good happens in the middle of the night—regulators in New South Wales are echoing that sentiment, and are considering a midnight cutoff for poker machines after a new study connected late-night play with problem gambling.


Maine Kicks iGaming Bill to 2024

Maine lawmakers have pushed a bill to 2024 that would give the state’s Native American tribes the exclusive right to offer iGaming and sports betting.

Chile Could OK iGaming in 2023

An iGaming bill drafted last year has been OK’d by the Economic Commission of Chile’s Chamber of Deputies. Commissioners voted 9-3 to approve the legislation.



PA Self-Exclusion List Reaches 20,000

Pennsylvania’s Casino Self-Exclusion program has received its 20,000th voluntary request, with 21 percent of those gamblers requesting lifetime bans.

Illinois Casino Interested In Golf Course Land

In Illinois, Hard Rock Rockford (l.) faces competition to acquire part of a 220-acre former golf course, located next to where the 180,000-square-foot casino and entertainment center are being built. The city’s Park District shuttered the course in 2020 as a money-saving move.

Michigan Racetrack Approved For Relocation

Plymouth Township, Michigan’s board of trustees is nearing approval of Northville Downs (l.) racetrack’s request to relocate. The 79-year-old racetrack, the oldest in the state, is moving to the former Detroit House of Corrections site.

Virginia Casino Benefits Local Businesses

Since the temporary Caesars Danville (l.) opened in Virginia in May, area businesses report increased activity and excitement in the former textile manufacturing center. The permanent casino will open in late 2024


Kansas Tribe Awaits Florida Sports Betting Ruling

The state of Kansas will allow the Prairie Band Potawatomi Nation to amend its gaming compact to offer online sports betting. But the tribe is awaiting the outcome of the Seminole Tribe of Florida’s appeal in federal court.


Experts Urge State Lotteries To Help Addicts

Gambling addiction experts interviewed in an ABC News report said states must do more to offer services to lottery addicts, who disproportionately are minorities or low-income. One official called the situation “a form of systemic racism.”


Four More Years for Wynn CEO Billings

Craig Billings (l.), CEO of Wynn Resorts since November 2021, will remain in the position until at least June 1, 2027 under a new four-year contract. The company has also extended the contract of CFO Julia Cameron-Doe.

GLI Names Otto South Africa GM

GLI has promoted Pierre Otto (l.), a longtime executive with extensive experience in the African gaming industry, to general manager, South Africa.

Leech Lake Gaming Names Michaud CEO

Leech Lake Gaming, operator of Minnesota casinos owned by the Leech Lake Band of Ojibwe, has named casino industry veteran Michael Michaud (l.) as its new CEO.


IGT Extends Wheel of Fortune Licensing

IGT has signed a 10-year extension to its exclusive licensing deal to produce slot machines based on the Wheel of Fortune game show, rights it has retained since 1996.

Sightline Receives Multiple Honors

Sightline received multiple honors in May, including congressional recognition, SBC Awards, and an American Business Award for communications.




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