Texas Tribal Casino Thrives Following Supreme Court Ruling

In June 2022, the U.S. Supreme Court ruled the Alabama-Coushatta Tribe of Texas could continue to operate its Naskila Casino (l.) in Livingston. The venue has created 825 jobs and generated $212 million in revenue for Polk County last year.

U.K. Dealer Crowned Champion at ECA Contest

The 15th European Dealer Champion, Alessandro Mesina (l.), was crowned on June 19 in Brussels, after 36 dealers vied for the title. They came from Europe’s top casinos. They showed their skills in American roulette and blackjack, chipping, card handling, cutting chips, pushing stacks and math.

Maltese Bill Shields Gaming Companies From Foreign Judgments

Some European countries want to stop the gambling operators of Malta from marketing to their citizens. Several have tried to enforce judgments in Maltese courts. Bill 55, passed by the Maltese parliament, would shield local operators from such judgments.

Rhode Island Legalizes Online Gaming

Rhode Island became the first state this year to enact a law authorizing online gaming, after a bill legalizing online slot and table games was signed by Governor Dan McKee (l.).

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With Funding Secured, A’s Focus on Relocation, Demolition

Now that Nevada lawmakers have agreed to a $380 million financing package for the Oakland A’s proposed stadium in Las Vegas (l.), the team must shift its focus to completing the MLB relocation process and the demolition of the Tropicana Las Vegas, the future site of the ballpark.

Genting’s Miami Bidder Bails

The planned sale by Genting Malaysia of four Miami properties has fallen through. The would-be purchaser, while tabling its current bid of $1.225 billion, remains interested in the 15-5 acres of land.

Australia: Star Entertainment Gets Tax Relief but Loses Casino Sale

It’s been a week of mixed emotions for Australia’s Star Entertainment—the operator rejoiced when an impending tax hike on its Star Sydney (l.) property was deferred, but that excitement was muted after the previously reported sale of its Treasury Casino and Hotel Brisbane collapsed abruptly.

The Guardian Stops Accepting Gambling Ads

The Guardian newspaper has announced it has stopped accepting gambling advertisements, except for lottery ads. As a result it will lose millions of dollars. The paper says that gambling ads contribute to the social ills associated with gambling, such as addiction.

Seneca-New York Compact in Limbo

The new gaming compact agreed upon by New York state officials and the Seneca Nation remains in question after lawmakers refused to authorize the deal.

FANTINI’S FINANCE: And That Has Made All the Difference

In gaming, two paths have formed: one with big names, glitzy locales and booms and busts, and the other with unsexy operations that perform consistently over time. When it comes to choosing one from an investment perspective , consider the one less traveled.


Nagasaki Still Hoping for IR Approval

Officials in Nagasaki Prefecture, Japan, remain hopeful that the central government will approve an integrated resort in the region. The development would be built adjacent to a theme park in Sasebo City.

Consultant: Osaka IR Needs More Non-Gaming

A Japanese business consultancy says the integrated resort planned for Yumeshima Island in Osaka Bay could increase and even double its revenues with more non-gaming amenities.


New Finn Government to End Gambling Monopoly

Finland’s new government has decided to break up the gambling monopoly Veikkaus and transition to a market-based gambling sector. The change to a licensing model will take place by 2026, says the government. The goal is to encourage more legal participation in gambling.

Report Shows Irish at Risk for Problem Gambling

A study by Ireland’s Economic and Social Research Institute (ESRI) warned that unregulated social casino games may act as a gateway to problem gambling and that it could affect more than 130,000 Irish people.




Canadian Gaming Summit Talks Rollout Plans

Single-event sports betting has proven successful one year after Ontario launched. Now is the time to discuss a rollout to other provinces. The Canadian Gaming Summit did that.


Virginia Casino Developers Submit Application

HeadWaters Resort & Casino officials submitted a development application to Norfolk, Virginia for phase one of the project, a partnership between the Pamunkey Indian Tribe and Tennessee billionaire Jon Yarbrough (l.).

Illinois Regulators Approve Temporary Extension

The temporary Hard Rock Rockford (l.) in Illinois received permission from the state gaming board to remain open until November 2024 as construction proceeds on the permanent venue, set to open in August 2024.

Alabama Lawmaker Opposes Gambling Amendment

Alabama state Senator David Sessions (l.) said he’d vote against a constitutional amendment lifting the state’s 1901 gambling ban if the legislature passes such a measure next year.


Graton Tribe Begins $1 Billion Expansion

The largest casino resort in Northern California, Graton Resort & Casino (l.), has begun a $1 billion expansion. Graton Rancheria broke ground June 16 on the project, which will add a parking structure, five story hotel, and 3,500 seat theater among other improvements.

Board Tables Missouri Tribal Casino Resolution

A resolution supporting a proposed Osage Nation casino was tabled by the Lake Ozark board of aldermen. Earlier, locals had expressed concern over a lack of details about the project. City staff continue to discuss casino plans with tribal officials.

Gaming Funds Help Elk Grove Increase Public Safety Budget

Northern California’s Wilton Rancheria’s Sky River Casino (l.) is contributing $4 million more annually toward the town of Elk Grove. As a result, and the recent approval of a sales tax hike, the city will have $53 million more this year—and will be able to double the size of the police force.


Gaming Veteran Michaels Launches Consulting Group

Jonathan Michaels (l.), a veteran of payments solution provider Sightline Payments and the American Gaming Association, has launched the consultancy Michaels Strategies to focus on gaming growth opportunities.

Ambrose So Steps Down from SJM Holdings

Ambrose So (l.), vice chairman, executive director and CEO of SJM Holdings, has retired. So spent nearly 48 years with SJM and was a trusted confidante of its founder, Macau gaming king Stanley Ho.

Shin Hwa World Chairman Retires

Yang Zhihui (l.), chairman of Hong Kong-listed Shin Hwa World Ltd., has retired from the company’s board. Shin Hwa World, formerly Landing International, is the promoter of Jeju Shinhwa World in South Korea.

Suntrust Appoints New Director

Suntrust Resort Holdings has appointed attorney Alvin C. Go as a director. The former banking executive was elected to the board during a stockholders’ meeting on June 16.




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