Gambling at 18

All of the passionate back-and-forth about whether or not 18-year-olds are fit for gambling has former regulator Richard Schuetz (l.) thinking about a similar debate from a far-off time—and to be clear, he ain’t no fortunate son.

Blackstone: Big Investments Planned for Crown Melbourne

Now that Blackstone’s acquisition of Crown Resorts is complete, firm President Jon Gray recently confirmed to the Australian that his company plans to invest heavily in renovations and improvements for Crown Melbourne (l.).

8 Tips for Growing Your Business with the Help of ChatGPT

Artificial intelligence? Large language models? Machine learning? Today’s leading tech platforms—with ChatGPT chief among them—- can certainly enhance your efficiency and productivity, but only if you understand how to utilize them. Thankfully, entrepreneur Ray Blakney (l.) has some tips to help all businesses, including casinos, take advantage of these resources.

Bipartisan Lawmakers Seek To Ban Greyhound Racing

A group of U.S. House representatives are re-introducing a failed bill from 2020 that would ban greyhound racing at West Virginia’s two dog racetracks, the only ones remaining in the U.S. But state and federal lawmakers are pushing back.

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Virginia Casino Referendum Do-Over Approved

In Virginia, the Richmond City Council approved a second referendum on a proposed $562 million casino resort which voters narrowly rejected in 2021. The Virginia Lottery and Richmond Circuit Court need to approve the referendum for the November ballot.

Seneca NY Compact in Question

A non-disclosure agreement, secretive negotiations, and a possible Rochester casino have clouded the prospects of the new gaming compact deal for the Seneca Nation in New York.

Rhode Island Moves iGaming Bills

Rhode Island’s state House has cleared iGaming legislation for floor vote, after several amendments to the legislation were approved in committee. The state Senate passed a companion bill.


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Osaka Council Nods Next IR Steps

The Osaka City Council has formally approved a planned integrated resort with gaming on Yumeshima Island (l.). Not all were on board with the plan, which was approved by the central government in April.

Macau GGR Continues to Grow Post-Holidays

Gross gaming revenues in Macau have reached their “highest non-holiday levels” since the beginning of the Covid-19 pandemic, say analysts at JP Morgan. But those numbers are expected to grow at a more modest rate.

Greater Investment for Westside Manila Casino

Investors in a Manila casino must come up with more than $340 million in cash equity to secure a new loan. The property is being built by Suntrust Resort Holdings as part of the capital city’s Westside development.

Macau Legend to Sell Laos Casino

Macau Legend Development has announced plans to sell its Laos casino, Savan Legend, for $45 million. Japanese businessman Shundo Yoshinari will acquire the casino, pending regulatory approval.


FAI Likes Irish Betting Tax

The heads of the Football Association of Ireland are enthusiastic about a betting tax increase to help underwrite the sport. Chairman Roy Barrett said football has been “grossly underinvested in” compared to other sports.

Group Launches Probe of U.K. Gambling White Paper

A U.K. parliament group that monitors gambling regulations promises to do a deep dive on proposals by the Gambling Act white paper. The Gambling Related Harm All-Party Parliamentary Group (APPG) will begin with hearings.

UKGC: Slot Reforms Led to “Reduced Play Intensity”

Reforms the U.K. Gambling Commission adopted two years ago to strengthen protections for vulnerable players have led to “reduced play intensity,” says the commission, with “no significant negative impacts on play or behaviors.”

Danish Gambling Industry Remains Steady

Gross gambling revenues in Denmark have remained steady for the last year. The Spillemyndigheden Danish gaming authority announced that online betting led the sector with a 38 percent rise while slots and land-based casinos saw a decline.

Netherlands to Teach Gambling Risks at Schools

A Dutch initiative will introduce the teaching of the risks of gambling to students in all primary and secondary school classes. The “money matters, debt, and understanding risks,” program will be introduced beginning in 2024.


Casino Resort Toronto to Launch June 20

The largest casino resort in Canada, the $1 billion Great Canadian Casino Resort Toronto (l.), is slated to open June 20. The casino resort will include 4,800 slot machines and 145 table games. It will create $500 million in economic activity.


PAGCOR Announces New POGO Fines

Philippine offshore gaming companies that allow other operators to do business under their licenses will be fined by the country’s gaming regulator.


Fliff Faces California lawsuit, Ohio Probe

Fliff, a company that says it’s a sports prediction game, is facing a $5 million lawsuit in California and a regulatory probe in Ohio alleging that it is in fact a sports betting operation.

Cincinnati Reds Seek to Relocate BetMGM Sportsbook

The Cincinnati Reds were very excited to open a BetMGM Sportsbook inside of Great American Ballpark. Now that it’s been dubbed as the worst-performing book in the state, however, relocation sounds like a good idea.

Simplebet’s Sophomore NBA Season a Success

Following the recent conclusion of the 2023 NBA season, micro-betting gurus Simplebet announced that its second season offering wagers went very well, to the tune of the 350 percent growth.


Maverick Gaming Sells Washington Casino

Washington-based Maverick Gaming LLC has sold its Palace and Chips casino (l.) in Lakewood, Washington to Oak Street Real Estate Capital in Chicago. The sales price was $27 million, a tidy profit since Maverick purchased it for $4.5 million.

Alabama Judge Bans VictoryLand Electronic Bingo

A Macon County judge permanently banned VictoryLand Casino (l.) from having electronic bingo machines unless the state legalizes them. The state Supreme Court unanimously declared the machines illegal gambling devices last year.

NJ Rolls Out Pair of RG Resources

The state of New Jersey recently unveiled two new responsible gaming resources, those being a new dedicated helpline and a virtual self-exclusion program.

Illinois Riverboat Move Approved

Penn Entertainment’s plan to relocate its Hollywood Casino riverboat (l.) in Aurora, Illinois to a $360 million land-based venue was approved by the planning and zoning commission.

Miami Poker Player Robbed After Being Followed Home

Alejandro Eugenio Arguello of Plantation, Florida was charged with armed robbery after following a poker player at the Casino at Dania Beach to his Miami home and robbing him at gunpoint of $128,000 in chips and checks.

Casino Fraud Suspect Arrested in FL Armored Truck Heist

A fugitive from Puerto Rico accused of fraud at a casino was arrested as a suspect in a heist of a June 7 armored truck courier in Pembroke Pines Florida. Emanduel Victoria, 28 was arrested and will be arraigned in a federal court.



Nebraska Casino Hires Sportsbook Manager

WarHorse Lincoln (l.) has hired Jason Johnston as sportsbook manager. But the casino’s sportsbook may not open until late June, following several security steps and Nebraska Racing & Gaming Commission approval.


IGT to Explore Divesting Gaming Business

International Game Technology is evaluating “strategic alternatives” for its Global Gaming and PlayDigital business segments, including possible sale or spinoff of its slot division.

Entain Acquires Polish Bookmaker STS

Entain recently announced that it has continued its spending spree, purchasing Polish bookmaker STS for $946 million, making it the fourth company acquired by the firm in the last two years.

Konami Brings Proven Games to Asia

Konami Gaming is responding to the “reset” in the post-Covid Asia-Pacific casino industry by introducing products that have succeeded in other international markets.




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