Overcoming Adversity Together: That’s the Buffalo Way

The city of Buffalo has endured a lot over the last calendar year, but those hardships could not deter the community from banding together like never before. GGB recently sat down with Seneca Gaming President and CEO Kevin Nephew (l.) to discuss the resilience of the Seneca Buffalo Creek team and the city as a whole.

Keep it Simple, Stupid!

Sports books in the U.S. are making a mistake by using an odds formula that is more confusing than it should be. Bruce Merati explains why a more sensible system would make U.S. sports betting more understandable and intuitive.

The Gaming Connection in Education Continues

The appointment of Brett Abarbanel as executive director of UNLV’s International Gaming Institute connects the past with the future in a very positive manner, says gaming observer Richard Schuetz.

Tom Carver: Father of Sports Betting in New Jersey

Last week, Tom Carver, the former executive director of New Jersey’s Casino Reinvestment Development Authority and the former president of the New Jersey Casino Association, passed away at 87. His role in the development of the casino industry cannot be underestimated but to say he failed at his most important mission—legalize sports betting in New Jersey—is overlooking his other accomplishments.

Chau Conviction Signals Junkets’ Demise

The conviction and sentencing of Alvin Chau (l.), former head of Macau junket operator Suncity Group, signals the end of freewheeling VIP operations in the city. Chau was found guilty of illegal gambling and other charges and was sentenced to 18 years behind bars.

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Bermuda Casino Deal Falls Through; BGC Facing Backlash

Century Casinos announced it is abandoning efforts to develop the Hamilton Princess & Beach Club (l.) in Bermuda. Century Casinos CEO and president Peter Hoetzinger said “with the current legislative framework we do not assume this project can be realized in a reasonable time frame or at all.”

LVS to Bid for Long Island Casino; Saks 5th Avenue Makes a Bid

Las Vegas Sands Corporation announced it is applying for one of the three downstate New York licenses to build a casino resort on the site of the Nassau Coliseum (l.) on Long Island. And Saks 5th Avenue imagines a high-end casino on the upper floors of its building.

Macau: CNY Could Be Hampered by Labor Shortages

A tight labor market could put pressure on Macau resorts for Chinese New Year, a peak tourism period that could come back strong with relaxed Covid restrictions. The Year of the Rabbit began January 22.

South Carolina Tribe Appeals NIGC Report

The Catawba Nation of South Carolina appealed a National Indian Gaming Commission report citing the tribe for allowing an outside firm to expand its temporary casino without proper approvals. The tribe faces daily fines or temporary closure of the casino.

FANTINI’S FINANCE: Hold Those Feet to the Fire

As fourth-quarter earnings report season begins, it’s important to hold the big names accountable for any less-than-stellar performances. The time for glittering generalities has passed, and some investors may wish to make the switch from potential and promises to performance and profitability.


Thai Casinos a Long Way Off

Don’t expect a decision on casinos in Thailand for at least three years, if not longer, says lawmaker Pakornwut Udompipatsakul (l.). If and when a legal industry is approved in the kingdom, it could be many years more before they’re up and running.

Thai Casinos a Long Way Off

Don’t expect a decision on casinos in Thailand for at least three years, if not longer, says lawmaker Pakornwut Udompipatsakul (l.). If and when a legal industry is approved in the kingdom, it could be many years more before they’re up and running.

13 Chairman Coker Arrested in Thailand

Peter Lee Coker Jr. (l.), onetime chairman of a company that ran the failed 13 Hotel in Macau, was arrested in Thailand last week on fraud charges. The arrest involved Thai and U.S. law enforcement, including the FBI.

All Jeju Casinos Have Reopened

The Gongzi Jeju Casino (l.) recently reopened, meaning all eight casinos in Jeju, South Korea have reopened following lengthy Covid-related shutdowns. The casinos are open only to foreigners; the closures cost the Jeju Tourism Promotion Fund millions in revenues.

S&P: MGM to Invest $2.5 Billion in Osaka

MGM Resorts International, in its bid to run an integrated resort in Japan, could be responsible for up to $2.5 billion of an estimated $10 billion total investment. Lawmakers are expected to rule on two IR bids this month.


Romania to Limit Gambling Ads

A draft law that would ban any advertisements of gambling in Romania has received widespread support from all major political parties. Romania’s National Audiovisual Council (CNA) has unanimously voted to support the proposed bill.

German State Questions Online Casino Requirement

Germany’s Mecklenburg-Vorpommern is resisting the GlüNeuRStv (Fourth Interstate Gambling Treaty), which requires all 16 states to allow online gambling. State Chairman René Domke (l.) claims that there is “no specific obligation for individual states to offer online casino games.”

U.K. Gambling Black Market Risks “Overstated”

U.K. Gambling Commission deputy CEO Sarah Gardner (l.) says that worries about a burgeoning illegal gambling black market are “overstated.” The CEO made her comments speaking before an audience of Danish regulators.


NSW Labor Details Cashless Proposal; Banks, Veterans Take Sides

In New South Wales, cashless gaming has become arguably the most pressing issue ahead of March’s state elections. The NSW Labor party, led by Chris Minns (l.), has detailed its own cashless proposal, much less severe than what’s been championed by Premier Dominic Perrottet and his government. For what it’s worth, state banks and veterans services have supported the transition.

African Nations Struggle to Regulate Gambling Expansion

A study of gambling expansion in 49 African nations indicates that many jurisdictions are having trouble keeping up with the rapid growth of gambling technology and smartphone apps. That means that many countries don’t know the extent of problem gambling, says the study.

Brazil’s Paraíba First State to Regulate Sports Betting

Paraíba, Brazil, has become the first state in the country to introduce a regulated competitive market for sports betting. Governor João Azevêdo Lins Filho (l.) January 17 signed the executive decree that authorized Lotep – Lottery of the State of Paraíba—to create the market.

Pickering Casino Resort Opens in Toronto

Great Canadian Entertainment has opened a $500 million casino, the Pickering Casino Resort (l.), in Toronto, Ontario. The new property has 96,000 square feet of gaming space, 2,200 slots, 140 live-deal stadium terminals and 90 table games. It also has a dedicated sports betting lounge.


Chile to Regulate Online Gaming

Chile to Regulate Online Gaming 12 de Junio 2005 Seminario Trabajo y Equidad "Desafio para Chile" en la ponteficia Universidad Catolica de Chile. Foto: Alejandra De Lucca V.
Chile will begin going forward with regulating online gaming in March. Undersecretary of Finance Claudia Sanhueza (l.) told lawmakers about the plans when she spoke to the Economic Commission of the Chamber of Deputies.

Mansion Group to Leave U.K. Market

The Mansion Group, which operates three gaming sites in the U.K., is closing down its operations in the country after 20 years to focus efforts on improving operations in Spain, Ontario and elsewhere.


N.Y. Legislators Petition for More Mobile Sportsbooks, Disclaimers

Let’s face it—the 51 percent tax of mobile gross gaming revenue in New York is not very helpful to operators and the state. So state Senator Joe Addabbo (l.) and others introduced a bill to add five more mobile sportsbooks, thus lowering the tax rate. Oh, and they’d like to see more gambling addiction disclaimers as well.

Fanatics Opens First Sportsbook Inside NFL Stadium

Fanatics, the retail sports apparel giant, is making progress into the sports betting arena. In addition to preliminary approval for a license in Massachusetts, it opened a sportsbook at FedEx Field (l.) in Maryland.

Nevada: Updated Esports Regulations to Proceed to NGC

Nevada has long been the mecca of land-based gambling, but now it looks to become a leader in the digital space as well, as new guidelines for esports wagering have been recommended for approval by the Nevada Gaming Control Board.


Court Upholds Dismissal of Steve Wynn RICO Suit

Former casino magnate Steve Wynn (l.) has been entrenched in legal proceedings in recent years, but he and his legal team recently secured another dismissal, this time for a RICO claim brought against him and his former company Wynn Resorts.

Indiana Airport Approves Casino Agreement

In Indiana, the Terre Haute Regional Airport board approved an agreement with Churchill Downs Inc., developer of the $290 million Queen of Terre Haute Casino Resort (l.), that protects the airport against nuisance lawsuits.

Illinois Casino Agrees To Class Action Settlement

Boyd Gaming, owner of Par-A-Dice Casino (l.) in East Peoria, Illinois, agreed to an $825,000 settlement in a class action lawsuit alleging the casino’s use of facial recognition security cameras violated the state’s biometric Information Privacy Act.

Virginia Casino Opening Postponed

Officials at the new $340 million Rivers Casino Portsmouth (l.) in Virginia moved the opening of the venue from January 15 to January 23 to have extra time to complete gaming equipment testing.

Illinois Regulators Reverse License Denial

In 2021, the Illinois Gaming Board denied a gaming license to influential Chicago businessman James Banks (l.). Recently the board reversed its earlier decision and now Banks’ company can distribute video poker machines.

A.C. Anti-Smoking Group Wants Law by April 15

A group of Atlantic City casino employees that has been pushing for an end to smoking in casinos called on the New Jersey legislature and Governor Phil Murphy to enact a law banning smoking by April 15.


Michigan Tribe Appeals $89 Million Ruling

The Sault Ste. Marie Tribe of Chippewa Indians in Michigan announced it will seek relief from a county judge’s award of $88.8 million in damages to two developers who contracted with the tribe to build two new casinos.

Canadian First Nation Wins Court Decision

The Madawaska Maliseet First Nation of New Brunswick, Canada, has won its revenue-sharing dispute with the New Brunswick Lotteries and Gaming Corporation and the provincial government. At stake was $1.8 million that the tribe said it was owed for the Grey Rock Casino (l.).

Alaskan Tribe Puts Land Into Trust

The Tlingit & Haida Indian Tribes of Alaska have signed a deed that puts land into federal trust. The tribe purchased the land in 2007 that is located in the Old Juneau Indian Village. President Richard Chalyee Éesh Peterson (l.) declared, “This is a benchmark achievement in our land back initiative.”

Oklahoma Governor, Tribal Leaders Look Ahead

In Oklahoma, several Native American leaders joined newly re-elected Governor Kevin Stitt (l.) at his inaugural ball, symbolically leaving their previously contentious relationship behind and starting a new era of cooperation.


Spain Extends Ad Restrictions to Lottery

Spain’s gambling regulator has released draft regulations that would expand existing rules to the national lottery. Among the new rules are strict restrictions that ban TV and radio ads except for four hours in the early morning and which ban any promotional bonuses.


AGEM Appoints New Slate of Officers

The Association of Gaming Equipment Manufacturers has elected a new round of officers. Among them is Light & Wonder’s Bob Parente (l.), who was elected president.

888 Finance Chief Dafna Stepping Down

Yarif Dafna (l.), finance chief of betting giant 888, will resign following publication of full-year results at the end of March, after a decline in 888’s online sales revenue.


Lottomatica Considering IPO

Italian gaming operator Lottomatica is working with UniCredit and other financial institutions on an initial public offering that could raise around $1 billion.

Aruze Opens European Office

Aruze has announced the opening of a new office in the Netherlands, which represents the first European office for the company as it looks to grow its presence in the region, along with the Middle East and North Africa.




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