North Carolina Court Calls Fish Tables Illegal

Fish table video gambling machines are illegal games of chance according to a North Carolina Appeals Court and the state Supreme Court. But operators claim they’re games of skill and should be allowed.

Puerto Rico Marks 75 Years of Gaming

It's been 75 years since legislation was enacted to bring gaming to Puerto Rico. Jaime Rivera Emmanuelli (l.), of the Puerto Rico Gaming Commission, said the industry has been good for tourism and economics.

A Technological Response to Concerns Raised by U.S. Rep. Dina Titus

Nevada Rep. Dina Titus has had a very public back-and-forth with both the NCAA and the NFL about its sports betting policies and missteps. Headlines and barbs aside, industry veteran Bruce Merati (l.) argues that the crux of the conversation is integrity, and the use of up-and-coming technology could help tremendously on that front.

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Nevada Labor Market in Flux Before Busy End to 2023

Perhaps no state in America is more dependent on one industry as much as Nevada depends on gaming and hospitality. That said, the state’s workforce has changed considerably in recent years, and operators are trying to keep up with demand as they prepare for a busy end to 2023.

Ukraine Mulls Blocking Bank Loans to Self-Excluded Gamblers

Ukraine’s committee on Finance, Tax and Customs Policy is proposing that banks not loan to gamblers who have placed themselves on a self-exclusion list. It would require expanded checks by lenders. The proposal is awaiting official approval.

NFL, Nevada Lawmaker Butt Heads Over Sports Betting

Nevada Rep. Dina Titus (l.) wants the NFL to be more transparent about sports betting violations in the league. The NFL responded, but Titus didn’t like the response. Stay tuned for As the Sportsbook Turns.

WynnBET Pulls Up Stakes

In a major sign of weakness in the sports betting industry, WynnBET will no longer do business in most of the U.S. states where it operated. The company will continue operations in Nevada and Massachusetts, according to CFO Julie Cameron-Doe (l.)

GLOBAL GAMING BUSINESS PODCAST: Michael Silberling, CEO, Metropolitan Gaming

In a market as mature as the U.K., it can be hard to be a disruptor, especially on the brick-and-mortar side. However, Metropolitan Gaming and CEO Michael Silberling (l.) are looking to do just that. In just a few short years, Metropolitan has revamped its retail properties, built a new loyalty program and launched a new online gaming platform.


PAGCOR Approves New EGM Standards

The Philippine Amusement and Gaming Corp. has approved the initial version of new technical standards for electronic gaming machines. The new standards will take effect in January.


Malta Cancels Several Gaming Licenses

The Malta Gaming Authority has suspended or canceled licenses of three gaming companies. They include EGMIT Elite Ltd., SFJL Holding Ltd. and Green Feather Online. Once suspended or canceled, a company may not conduct gaming operations.

Greece Prepares for Regulatory Overhaul

The Hellenic Gaming Commission has released a new draft of regulatory updates, and interested parties may now submit feedback on the proposal through mid-September.

U.K. Sports Fans Wagered $20 Billion in Five Years

U.K. bettors are responsible for about a tenth of total online sports betting volumes since 2018, or almost $20 billion. That figure is expected to more than double in the next five years, with football drawing the most action.

Self-Excluded may not Work in Bulgarian Casinos

Bulgaria’s National Revenue Agency (NRA) has adopted a rule that casinos may not employ anyone who has self-excluded from entering a gambling establishment. Casinos that violate this law could face a fine of BGN20,000 (£8,800/€10,200/$11,200).


Peru Sports Betting, Online Gaming Regulations Still Pending

A year after the Peru legislature, the Congress of the Republic, adopted a bill that created a regulatory framework for operating online gaming and sports betting, regulations haven’t yet been issued. A “regulatory impact analysis” is still required.

Victoria to Ban Sports Betting on Minors, U-18 Teams

Regulators in Victoria have announced that bookmakers have been given 60 days to remove all minors-only competitions from wagering markets. Bettors will also be barred from placing bets on the individual performance of underage players in open competitions.



Fertitta: Big Plans Ahead for Hard Rock Lake Tahoe

Tilman Fertitta has vowed to revamp Hard Rock Lake Tahoe (l.) by redoing the guest rooms, putting in new dining options and more. The property will also be rebranded under Fertitta’s Golden Nugget brand.

Lawmakers Oppose Elections Gambling

U.S. Senator Jeff Merkley (l.) and several colleagues told the Commodity Futures Trading Commission that gambling on election outcomes, as proposed by a private predictions company, would harm election integrity.

Political Strategist Challenges Richmond Casino

A political strategist said he plans to sue Richmond, Virginia (l.), alleging the city should have requested bids on a proposed casino resort instead of moving ahead with EVA Entertainment Holdings and scheduling a second casino referendum.

Michigan Casino Worker Charged With Embezzlement

On July 30, Danika Nicole Young, a cage supervisor at Four Winds Hartford Casino in Michigan, received an anonymous call telling her to bring $700,000 to Gary, Indiana, where she was arrested. The money hasn’t been found.

Wichita Approves Illegal Gambling Machine Penalties

The Wichita City Council approved penalizing businesses other than state-owned or tribal casinos that offer unregulated gambling machines. Penalties range from a written warning to a year-long license suspension.




Liu Joins Wynn Resorts Board

Paul Liu (l.) of the United States’ National Committee on U.S.-China Relations has joined the board of Wynn Resorts. The former banker was appointed on August 3.



Reaction Positive to ICE Relocation to Barcelona

Clarion Gaming’s announcement that it will move its ICE and iGB Affiliate events to Barcelona beginning in 2025 has garnered positive reactions. Including praise by the European Casino Association and Zitro International President Sebastian Salat.


‘Blackout Drunk’ Defense Loses Case for Gambler

A heavy-spending gambler in the U.K. lost his case when he claimed the casino he was playing at plied him with cocktails and wine until he was too drunk to know he was losing £589,724. The court disagreed and ordered Lester Hui to pay up.




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