Aristocrat Unveils NFL Slots

Aristocrat Gaming has revealed the first details on its new series of NFL-themed slot games, beginning with the launch game NFL Super Bowl Jackpots.

Optimized Underwriting Will Continue Gaming’s Acceleration Toward Cashless

For decades, the mantra of the gaming industry was that cash reigned supreme, but in today’s market we appear to be on the verge of a widespread revolution, one spearheaded by cashless innovators like Marker Trax. The company is changing the way casinos issue credit, and a revamped underwriting process is key to that success, writes Chief Credit Officer Melissa Lambson (l.).

Smoking on Airlines

Decades removed from doctor-sponsored cigarette ads and the rise and fall of the Marlboro Man, the retail casino industry is the last in the U.S. still grappling with indoor smoking. As former regulator Richard Schuetz (l.) writes, the last time we had this song and dance was when airlines phased out the practice some 30 years ago.

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Steve Wynn Agrees to Settle NV Regulatory Dispute for $10 Million

Former casino executive Steve Wynn (l.) and Nevada gaming regulators have finally come to an agreement over a previous sexual misconduct complaint, ending a multi-year battle that has gone in and out of state courts. In the end, Wynn will pay a $10 million fine and sever all ties with the state’s gaming industry.

Illinois Regulators Seek Operator’s License Revocation

The Illinois Gaming Board is trying for the third time to revoke the video gambling terminal license of Chicago businessman Jeff Rehberger Jr. (l.), owner of Lucky Lincoln Gaming, which has 1,200 machines in more than 200 locations.

Yoshimura: Osaka IR Won’t Open in 2029

Osaka Governor Hirofumi Yoshimura (l.) has publicly acknowledged that an integrated resort in the prefecture likely will not open until 2030. The delay was attributed to the central government’s lengthy approval process.

Spanish Roulette Wheel Scam Nets More than €400K

A gang of roulette wheel fraudsters ripped off many Spanish casinos, gambling halls and bingo halls by manipulating the roulette wheels over three months. The gang took in more than €400,000 before most of its members were arrested, police reported.

Entain Acquires New Firms in Bid to Bolster BetMGM

BetMGM is respectable. Carrying a third place market share is nothing to sneeze at. But with the acquisition of Angstrom Sports and STS, Entain is determined to seek a higher share or at least be profitable.

FANTINI’S FINANCE: Getting Straight To It

We find ourselves at the precipice of second quarter earnings season, although Las Vegas Sands and Monarch Casino have already kicked things off. Let’s get these investor calls going, and please, no more speeches.

Indian Gaming Revenues for FY 2022 are Record Breaking

National Indian Gaming revenues set new records in FY 2022, the National Indian Gaming Commission (NIGC) has reported. Figures show that Gross Gaming Revenue (GGR) was $40.9 billion, $1.9 billion (4.9 percent) higher than in 2021.


Galaxy Macau Room Grows Premium-Mass

Galaxy Macau’s new premium-mass room won’t officially open until mid-August, but it’s already boosted average wagers in the category, says gaming analyst George Choi.

HK Jockey Club Breaks Records

The season finale at the Hong Kong Jockey Club set two new records for turnover. On July 16, the track exceeded historic results for both a single meeting and the year’s final run.


U.K. Gambling Commission Dishes Out AML Fines

The U.K. Gambling Commission has fined Betfred £3.25 million and Star Racing Ltd. £594,000 for failures to properly maintain anti-money laundering procedures. The companies were also criticized for not having sufficient controls in place to protect new patrons.

Svenska Spel Reports Digital Increase in Revenue

The former Swedish gaming monopoly Svenska Spel has reported dramatic increases in digital revenue for the first six months of 2023. This enabled the company to overcome less rosy figures from its land-based casinos and retail business.


Reform of Curaçao Goes Into Effect in September

The island nation of Curaçao’s National Ordinance for Games of Chance (LOK) will take effect in September. The island is updating its gaming ordinance at the behest of the Netherlands, which tied Covid economic relief to a gambling regulation overhaul.

Chilean Government Mulls 38 Percent Online Gaming Tax

Chile is considering a new tax rate for online gambling platforms. When all the taxes, including VAT, are taken into account, the Economy Committee of the Chamber of Deputies could decide to set the rate at 38.2 percent, among the highest in the world.


Colorado Looks at Online Gaming

A top revenue official of the state of Colorado has indicated talks are underway to push for a bill to legalize online casinos in the state, to add to the current mobile sports betting market.

Light & Wonder Unveils Live Game Show

Light & Wonder has launched a live game show, Authentic Gaming’s 7’s on Fire LIVE, using Light & Wonder’s intellectual property for the European market along with the 7’s On Fire franchise.


Ohio Kiosks Still Not Able to Get to Profitable

Ohio’s system of kiosks for sports betting and its oversight by the state Lottery Commission have yet to show signs of growth. The lottery is losing money because its fortune is tied to the kiosks.

PlayUp U.S. Still Hopes to be Acquired

The company tried to make ends meet in the U.S. but only managed to come away with two states. Now PlayUp hopes to find the magic after deals fell through.

Hard Rock Sportsbook Rebrands to Hard Rock Bet

Officials at Hard Rock Sportsbook announced last week that they have rebranded and are now called Hard Rock Bet in an effort to merge its sports betting and iGaming platforms into a single app.


Louisiana’s First Land-Based Casino to Open Late August

The Queen Baton Rouge (l.), the city's first land-based casino, will open to the public on Thursday, August 24, following an $85 million expansion. The venue will feature 750 slots, 18 table games, a sportsbook and Shaquille O’Neal’s Big Chicken.

Shuttered Sears To Become New Hampshire Casino

The Sears store at Pheasant Lane Mall, in Nashua, New Hampshire (l.), closed since 2020, will open as the Mint historical horse racing gambling facility in late 2024, said owners ECL Entertainment and partner, Toronto-based Clairvest.

North Carolina Kids’ Camp Fears Possible Casino

The Rockingham County, North Carolina planning commission voted against a casino developer’s request to rezone land near a disabled children’s camp. But the board of commissioners, whose members include the state Senate Majority Leader’s son, will have the final say.


NIGC Issues Scam Warning To Tribal Casinos

The National Indian Gaming Commission warned tribal casino operators about nationwide scams in which imposters claim to be vendors or state or tribal casino officials. The NIGC urged tribes to be alert and train staff to recognize a scam.

Oklahoma County Approves Travel Center Casino

The Muscogee (Creek) Nation received approval from Wagoner County, Oklahoma to build a travel plaza with a small casino in Coweta. No information has been given for the start of construction or other details.

Retired Sheriff Endorses Koi Nation Casino Project

A retired sheriff from a neighboring county has endorsed the proposed Shiloh Resort & Casino of the Koi Nation in Sonoma County. Former Sheriff Brian Martin (l.) spent more than 30 years in law enforcement and was Sheriff of Lake County for 17 years.






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