10 Tips to Avoid Regulatory Scrutiny as State AGs Focus on Gaming

In order for operators and bookmakers to flourish in a regulated industry, they must of course maintain good habits with regard to compliance. Thankfully, Ryan Bottegal (l.), an associate in the State Attorneys General Group at the firm Cozen O’Connor, has some tips to help keep companies in the black and out of trouble.

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A’s Ballpark: Both Vegas and Oakland Optimistic?

It appears as though the Oakland A’s are moving along nicely in their quest to build a new stadium on the site of the Tropicana, and everyone involved appears to be optimistic about their prospects. Everyone, including Oakland Mayor Sheng Thao.

Experts Fear High Taxes Could Hurt Brazil Sports Betting

The 18 percent tax for sports betting that Brazil’s President Luiz Inácio Lula da Silva (l.) included in his Provisional Measure has experts in the sector predicting smaller government receipts than anticipated. They also fear it could lead more to use illegal sites.

NSW Venues Begin to Alter Signage Ahead of Ban

Earlier this year, it was announced that all New South Wales bars and clubs would be forced to remove all gaming-related signage by September 1. According to the state government, about half have complied thus far.

FANTINI’S FINANCE: Smoke on the Horizon

After many months of obsessive recession-watching, the latest round of less-than-stellar data from June may finally be the signal investors have long feared. The margin for error appears to be tightening, and fast.

GLOBAL GAMING BUSINESS PODCAST: Jim Preston, VP, Global Innovation, Interblock

In recent years, Interblock has emerged as a market leader in electronic table games, a sector that is gaining in popularity in various markets around the world. One figure who is central to the future development of the company and its eye-catching products is Jim Preston (l.) vice president of global innovation.


Ho: Melco’s Macau Investment Unchanged

Lawrence Ho (l.), head of Melco Resorts & Entertainment, says the company’s total investment in Macau has not changed, speculation to the contrary. Melco pledged to plow $1.5 billion into the market over 10 years.

Philippine IR Back on Track?

PH Resorts Group, developer of a stalled integrated resort project in Cebu, Philippines, says new investors may sign on to see the plan through to completion. The IR is known as Emerald Bay.

Osaka Expo Complicated by MGM Project

The countdown is on to the 2025 World Expo on Yumeshima Island in Osaka, Japan. But simultaneous preparations for an integrated resort on the island could burden the country’s construction industry.


17 Arrested in Spanish Match-Fixing Case

Spanish national police have made arrests in two cities in connection with a probe of match-fixing. The investigation involved a third-division Royal Spanish Football Federation soccer team. The police are working in conjunction with Europol.


Enjoy Casino Puts Uruguay Casino up for Sale

Chile-headquartered Enjoy has put its Enjoy Casino in Punta del Este (l.)in Uruguay on the sale block. The property experienced losses in the first quarter of this year. That’s likely a key factor in selling the casino.


Iowa Online Casino Legislation Uncertain In 2024

Legislation allowing online casino gambling in Iowa was introduced in 2021 but hasn’t progressed due to lawmakers’ reluctance to expand gambling beyond sports betting and casinos’ unfounded fears of cannibalization.



Nevada Posts All-Time Records in FY2023

Nevada has set many gaming-related records in the last two years, and the data sheet for statewide performance in fiscal year 2023 is perhaps the most impressive ever.

Missouri Video Gambling Trial Rescheduled

A Missouri county judge delayed the high-profile trial of Torch Electronics against the Missouri Highway Patrol, whom Torch claims caused “irreparable injury” by seizing Torch’s video gambling machines from a convenience store.

Illinois Golden Nugget Hosts Grand Opening

Golden Nugget Danville (l.) held its official grand opening on August 4 although it’s been operating since May 27. Among the highlights, the local Boys & Girls Club received a check for $1 million from the developers and the casino.

Pennsylvania Regulators Approve Bally’s Casino

A $35 million Bally’s casino will occupy a former Macy’s department store at a mall (l.) in College Township, Pennsylvania, following Pennsylvania Gaming Control Board approval. The board also issued $67,500 in fines to casinos and individuals.

North Carolina County Approves Casino Referendum

Nash County, North Carolina commissioners voted 6-1 in favor of a voter referendum on a commercial casino, although it’s not required in proposed legislation that also recommends casinos in Anson and Rockingham counties.

New Hampshire Cities Vie for Casino Licenses

A proposed casino in Nashua City, New Hampshire’s second largest city, is facing a delay with the city’s Planning Board on getting an initial building permit. Meanwhile, folks in Rochester are optimistic about their chances.

St. Louis Smoking Ban Up in Smoke

A proposed ban on smoking inside casinos in St. Louis County, Missouri failed to pass. But new legislation could make it harder for smokers to light up, in casinos and in other public places.


Illinois Judge Enables Casino Selection Do-Over

Full House Resorts’ temporary Waukegan casino has been operating since February but an Illinois appeals court judge ruled the Forest County Potawatomi’s claims of a “rigged” selection process may have merit.


New York Launches State Lottery Online

Jackpot.com has launched in New York state. Residents are now able to buy tickets for Powerball, Mega Millions, Cash4ife, New York Lotto and Pick 10 from the comfort of their home, or anywhere.


John Bollom to Take Helm of U.K.’s Bacta

John Bollom (l.) has been elected to a two-year term as president of bacta, the U.K. trade association that is celebrating its 50th anniversary next year. In May, bacta accepted Bollom’s proposal for a new streamlined structure for the organization.



Problem Gaming Conference Spotlights Youth

Providing young people with education and services regarding problem gambling was a focus of the National Council on Problem Gambling’s 36th annual conference, recently held in Washington, D.C.




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