Meeting Scott Schettler: My Stardust Adventure

There’s nothing quite like a first impression: when former casino executive and regulator Richard Schuetz first met Scott Schettler at the Stardust (l.), things didn’t get off to the best start. However, decades later, Schuetz will now present Schettler as an inductee to the Sports Gaming Hall of Fame—funny how things work out.

CASINO-OLOGY: The Myth of Offsetting Betting

The message of this month’s behind-the-scenes breakdown of casino play from game extraordinaire Bill Zender (l.) is cut and dry: offsetting betting is a myth, and actually falls in the house’s favor.

Silverstein, Parx Casino Join NY Casino Race

Real estate mogul Larry Silverstein (l.) and his firm Silverstein Properties, in partnership with Greenwood Gaming, owner of Pennsylvania’s Parx Casino, have joined the race for a license to operate a casino in New York City.

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Rebound for Macau Junkets?

Macau junkets, decimated by Beijing’s crackdown on capital flights, are contributing more to the city’s post-Covid resurgence. But the remaining licensed junkets are treading lightly in their dealings with concessionaires.

Australian Committee Recommends Phased Ad Ban, Federal Regulator

A federal inquiry into Australia’s online gaming industry and its related harms, chaired by Peta Murphy MP (l.), has resulted in a slew of new recommendations, including a gradual ban on bettings during sporting events and the introduction of a national online gaming regulator.

NSW Cashless Trial Cut Short; State Machine Count Slashed

The first trial of cashless play in New South Wales has been cut short by a reported cyber attack, just one day before the state government announced plans to slash the statewide machine cap and lower the cash-in limit to just US$334.

New Fanatics Offer to PointsBet Seals Deal

The high-profile bidding war for PointsBet’s U.S. assets is now over, after Fanatics re-raised the pot to $225 million. DraftKings folded, but not after causing quite the stir.

NY Assembly Adjourns, No Seneca Compact

The New York State Assembly, despite returning for a special session that ended June 21, adjourned without passing a bill authorizing the finalization of the Seneca Nation’s gaming compact.

FANTINI’S FINANCE: The Importance of the Human Element

As investors, sometimes the things we overlook or take for granted are the simplest. When looking at the best performers in the casino space, oftentimes the best answers are the ones with solid leadership, a clear long-term vision and the money to make it happen.

GLOBAL GAMING BUSINESS PODCAST: Ryan Walker, General Manager, Legends Bay Casino

The Reno-Sparks gaming market remained largely unchanged for over 20 years before Legends Bay Casino opened its doors in August of last year. The venue took over 10 years to materialize, and industry veteran Ryan Walker (l.) assumed the role of general manager back in February with the goal of bringing the property to its full potential.


Steep Tax Hike in Store for HK Jockey Club

The Hong Kong Jockey Club is looking at a stiff increase in its football betting tax. Lawmakers have passed a bill that would assess more than $300 million per year in new taxes through 2028.

Zhijiang Battles Extradition to China

Casino bigwig She Zhijiang (l.), chairman of developer Yatai International, is fighting extradition to China on charges he ran an illegal gambling operation in Southeast Asia’s Golden Triangle.


France Proposes new Rules for Gambling ads

France’s gambling authority, Autorité Nationale des Jeux (ANJ), has issued a draft decree that requires all online gambling ads to include a warning about the dangers of excessive gambling. Such ads must also point to where consumers with gambling problems can get help.

U.K. Committee Takes Feedback on White Paper

The U.K.’s Department for Culture, Media and Sport (DCMS), which oversees gambling in Great Britain, has created a select committee into the regulation of gambling that will begin taking public input. Those wishing to provide feedback have until July 14 to submit it.

Sweden Tightens Party Lottery Rules

The government of Sweden is conducting an inquiry of rules that govern party political lotteries. Many regulations that apply to other lotteries don’t apply to these games that raise money for political parties. These rules also discourage transparency, say critics.


Sri Lanka to Create Gambling Regulatory Authority

President Ranil Wickremesinghe (l.) of Sri Lanka recently proposed the creation of a Gambling Regulatory Authority. The Cabinet of Ministers has agreed to create the panel and put it in charge of regulating the sector and collecting taxes from gambling.

Star Entertainment Sheds Grand Mirage GC

Australia’s Star Entertainment has agreed to sell its half-share of the Sheraton Grand Mirage on the Gold Coast for $128 million. The embattled company needs cash flow to pay off staggering legal bills and fines.

Brazil Begins Creating Sports “Betting Secretariat”

Staff from Brazil’s Ministry of Management and Innovation in Public Services (MGI) and Ministry of Finance are meeting to create a new sports betting secretariat. The agency will implement all of the new federal regulations governing sports betting and be in charge of funds raised from it.

Curaçao to Tighten Gaming Regulations

The Caribbean nation of Curaçao will begin subjecting its gambling industry to tighter regulations beginning September. The new National Gambling Ordinance (LOK) will conform the country with international standards and improve the country’s reputation, says its Finance Minister.

Mexican Casino Group Calls for Reforms of Gaming law

The Association of Permit Holders, Operators, and Suppliers of the Entertainment and Gambling Industry in Mexico (AIEJA) has requested that the government of Mexico update the Federal Law of Sweepstakes and Gaming. The law was written in 1947.

Taylor Swift Takes Heat for Crown Deal

Pop singer Taylor Swift has been criticized for partnering with Crown Resorts as part of her 2023 Australian tour stop. Anti-gambling activists say the alliance will encourage gambling among her young fans.


New York Lawmaker Eyes Online Casino, Lottery

New York state Senator Joe Addabbo (l.), chairman of the Senate’s Committee on Racing, Gaming and Wagering, said like online sports betting, online casino and online lottery could generate $1 billion in tax revenue for education.


Ohio: BetMGM Sportsbook to Move Out of GABP

The sportsbook that debuted in the Great American Ball Park (l.) is leaving for a hip section known as the Bank. It was the only operation in a ballpark that struggled financially. It also played a role in a potential scandal.

Arkansas Approves 17 New Sports Betting Markets

Arkansas regulators approved 17 new sports betting markets, adding to its original 15 authorized markets. The new options range from cornhole to beach volleyball, drag racing to table tennis and more.


Las Vegas’ Circa Burned for $1.17 Million in Latest Casino Heist

In the latest of what has been a puzzling string of casino heists across the U.S., a Las Vegas man has been arrested and charged with conning the Circa Hotel & Casino (l.) in downtown Las Vegas out of more than $1 million, with more than $300,000 of that still unaccounted for.

Rio Hotel Planning $850M Renovation

The Rio Hotel & Casino in Las Vegas will undergo a multimillion-dollar overhaul, remaining open throughout. The multi-year makeover will begin in the final quarter of this year.

Green Valley Ranch Announces Large-Scale Renovations

Green Valley Ranch (l.) in Henderson has announced a new slate of renovations, set to conclude by early 2024. The main focus will be the former buffet area, which will be redesigned into new restaurants and high-limit rooms.

Nebraska Racino Applies For License Move

Hastings Exposition and Racing asked the Nebraska Racing and Gaming Commission for permission to move its proposed $100 million horse racing track and casino from Hastings to Ogallala due to “uncertainty.”

Accel Agrees To Pay Illinois $1 Million

Ending a disciplinary case that began in December 2020, Accel Entertainment will pay the state of Illinois a fine of $1.1 million for “inducements” to businesses to install the company’s video gaming machines.

Louisiana Casino Moving Ashore

Treasure Chest Casino (l.) in Kenner, Louisiana will move off Lake Pontchartrain to a new $100 million land-based facility in spring 2024, with double the current gaming floor area, four restaurants and meeting space.

Virginia Launches Gambling Support Committee

Effective July 1, Virginia’s Problem Gambling Treatment and Support Advisory Committee will focus on preventing gambling addiction and providing resources to those fighting gambling addiction.



Kenji Hall Named GM at Yaamava’

The San Manuel Band of Mission Indians has named Kenji Hall (l.), who was the COO of the casino for the tribe, as the new general manager of the Yaamava’ Casino.

Rebecca Riant Named ClubsNSW CEO

Rebecca Riant (l.) has been tapped as the new CEO of ClubsNSW, an industry trade group representing gambling clubs in New South Wales, Australia. Riant was formerly with Tabcorp and the Star Sydney.

Mass. Gaming Commission Seeks New Director

Massachusetts Gaming Commission will begin a national search for an executive director. Current director, Karen Wells, is stepping down July after three and a half eventful years that included the pandemic. She is leaving an efficient organization different from the one she took over in 2020.


AGEM Calls for Award Nominations

The Association of Gaming Equipment Manufacturers has issued a call for nominations for the eighth annual Memorial Awards honoring Jens Halle and Peter Meade.


G2E Registration Open

Registration for Global Gaming Expo 2023 is now open, according to the trade show’s producers, the American Gaming Association and Reed Exhibitions.




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