Hard Rock’s Athens IR Project Falters

Hard Rock International and its partner Gek Terna are being asked to put up another €120 million ($132.18 million) to keep their integrated resort project in Athens, Greece (l.) alive. They have already agreed to invest €250 million ($275.37 million).

India to Tax Gaming, Horse Racing at 28 Percent

India’s two houses of parliament almost unanimously and with due haste voted recently to pass the revised Goods and Services Tax. This will tax all forms of gambling, casinos, online gaming and horse racing at a uniform 28 percent.

DFS Firms Fight Attempts to Label Them Illegal

Before the Supreme Court allowed any state the right to offer its citizens sports betting, there was fantasy sports. There are some who think the fantasy part was—and still is—sports betting dressed up.

PAGCOR Lays Out Timeline for Casino Sale

A plan by the Philippine Amusement and Gaming Corp. to sell off its casino assets now has a new timeline, a little later than recently indicated. CEO Alejandro Tengco (l.) has shifted the date from 2024 to 2025.

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WEEKLY FEATURE: NSW Gov’t Reworks Machine Tax Hike, Saving Star Entertainment

The New South Wales government and Treasurer Daniel Mookhey (l.) have announced that the state’s previously proposed casino poker machine tax hike has been scrapped and reworked to make things more feasible for Star Entertainment, which couldn’t have accommodated the steep hikes that were set to take effect this summer.

Virginia Judge Blocks Richmond Casino Vote

A Virginia circuit court judge blocked a voter referendum on a casino in Richmond after a charitable group filed a motion to intervene, claiming the city violated state law by not taking bids from other developers, among other dissents.

Wynn CEO: First UAE Casino License is Imminent

Wynn Resorts expects that it will soon be issued a license to operate an integrated casino resort (l.) in the Northern Emirate of Ras Al Khaimah. This would be the first such casino resort in the United Arab Emirates.

Entain Could Pay £585 Million in U.K. Bribery Settlement

Entain has reached an agreement with U.K.’s Crown Prosecution Service to pay £585 million over bribery charges stemming from its former Turkish sports betting firm Sportingbet. The alleged offenses occurred when Entain was known as GVC.

Lawsuit Could Delay Illinois Casino Construction

Full House Resorts may have to delay construction of its permanent $400 million casino in Waukegan due to the Forest County Potawatomi Community’s revived lawsuit claiming the license selection process was a “sham.”


Inspire South Korea Phase 1 Set to Open this Year

Barring unforeseen circumstances, U.S.-based Mohegan Gaming still plans to debut Phase 1 of non-gaming attractions at its South Korea resort, Inspire, by the end of the year. CEO Ray Pineault says the timetable is firm.


UKGC Claims Gambling Stats Being Misrepresented

The U.K. Gambling Commission (UKGC) is warning that there has been a “significant increase in the misuse of statistics around gambling” to make arguments for or against specific gaming proposals. The warning was sent out as an open letter.

Italy’s Parliament Authorizes Gambling Overhaul

Italy’s Parliament has voted to revamp gambling laws as part of approving the “Tax Delegation Law.” The bill aims to reorganize tax duties and introduce “new player protection measures” that will “create a more transparent and accountable industry.”

888 Reaches £3 M Settlement With Gibraltar

The gaming company 888 has reached a £2.9 million settlement with the Gibraltar Gambling Commission. A subsidiary of 888 was found to have employed ineffective know your customer routines with Middle Eastern VIPs, among other violations.


SkyCity Recognizes Penalty Provision, Braces for AUSTRAC Ruling

In preparation for potential penalties from AUSTRAC, SkyCity Entertainment has recognized a AUD$45 million (US$29.2 million) civil penalty provision as well as a AUD$45.6 million (US$29.6 million) impairment to the casino license value of SkyCity Adelaide.



Kentucky Woman Files Suit Against Illegal Sportsbooks

A Kentucky woman who lost a mint with an illegal sportsbook has filed suit against the offshore companies involved. A class action suit. The class wants its losses returned. And a Kentucky law from the 1800s may help.

PlayUp CEO Optimistic Amid Turmoil

Australian bookmaker PlayUp has been kicked out of the only two states it was licensed in. Employees have not been paid in a timely fashion. Yet CEO Daniel Simic (l.) seems so optimistic.


New Mexico Judge Rejects Racino Lawsuit

A New Mexico District Judge rejected Coronado Partner’s lawsuit against the state Racing Commission, which refuses to grant a sixth racino license. She sided with the commission due to state law, but called its actions “not commendable.”

Alabama Lawmakers Eye 2024 Gambling Legislation

An informal group of Alabama House members is working on creating lottery and gambling legislation that could pass in 2024. Previous efforts to regulate the state’s “Wild West” of illegal gambling have been unsuccessful.

Polson, Montana Commissioners Approve Annexation

In a 6-1 vote, the Polson City, Montana commission approved annexing acreage for a 25,000-square-foot casino development to be operated by S&K Gaming and the Confederated Salish and Kootenai Tribes.

Shuttered Biloxi Margaritaville Sold

Margaritaville Resort Biloxi (l.), closed for nine years, was sold to Harry Mohney, owner of Dick’s Last Resort restaurants, Cat’s Meow karaoke bars and Déjà Vu, operator of more than 130 strip clubs throughout the U.S.


Senecas Reject Compact Offer

Top officials of the Seneca Nation have rejected a proposed new gaming compact with the state of New York, its president calling the new offer “absurd” and “insulting.”

CA Legislature Could Give Legal Cudgel to Gaming Tribes

A bill in the California Legislature, Senate Bill 549, replicates some language in Proposition 26, an initiative that the voters turned down last November. The bill would make it possible for gaming tribes to sue card clubs directly.


North Carolina Lottery Approves Digital Instant Games

Gambling continues to expand in North Carolina as the Education Lottery Commission approves digital instant games. The legislature also is considering authorizing four “entertainment districts” including casinos.



Macau Gaming Equipment Firm Explores AI

Macau’s Asia Pioneer Entertainment is working on a prototype that would bring artificial intelligence to the gaming floor. APE distributes electronic gaming equipment to global gaming companies.


NOVOMATIC Readies for EAE 2023

NOVOMATIC will participate in the 15th edition of Entertainment Arena Expo, which will take place from September 5 to 7 2023 at Romexpo in Bucharest.


Regulators Delay Decision on Playboy Chip Fund

Regulators in New Jersey have delayed a ruling on what to do with $875,000 in a closed fund that had been used by players to cash in gaming chips from the former Playboy Hotel and Casino.




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