Celebrating 25 Years of Responsible Gaming Education

September is officially Responsible Gaming Education Month (REGM), as according to Cait DeBaun (l.), vice president of strategic communications and responsibility for the American Gaming Association, RGEM 2023 provides a look back—and forward—on industry responsibility.

Macau Jockey Club At the Finish Line?

Asian media report that the Macau Jockey Club could shut down soon. Club Chair Angela Leong reportedly has been asked to explain the venue’s failure to upgrade its facilities as required by the local government.

The Evolution of Free-to-Play Games

Rob Egan (l.), business development director at The Unit, discusses how free-to-play games have transitioned from being an acquisition tool to a retention tool and how strategies for deploying these products will need to be developed.

Kentucky Governor Helps Unveil Sports Betting Timeline

At the end of March, Kentucky passed legislation to permit sports betting, retail and mobile. Five months later, the state announced the retail sportsbooks are opening September 7 and the mobile side is launching September 28.

Responsible Gaming Education Month & GGB

In support of the AGA’s Responsible Gaming Education Month initiative, we at Global Gaming Business magazine will devote our Daily Updates to articles submitted by the industry’s best responsible gaming experts every day in September, to dive deeper into the status of gaming’s most pressing problem.

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A’s Submit LV Relocation Application; Owner Breaks Silence

The Oakland A’s have submitted its Las Vegas relocation application to Major League Baseball, the last remaining step to finalize the deal. This and other details were included in an extremely rare interview given by team owner John Fisher, his first since the process started earlier this year.

VIP Gamblers Lead Macau Rebound

A note from Morgan Stanley analysts says high rollers are currently leading the Macau recovery, with the city’s premium mass segment edging out grind mass. VIPs are now wagering at pre-pandemic levels.

Brazil’s Lawmakers Want to Discuss Soccer Integrity

Brazil’s lawmakers and soccer stakeholders have declared war on match-fixers and others polluting the integrity of the game. The purpose of “Sports Integrity Week” in September is to open a dialogue on how to protect the integrity of the game.

Gambling Main Source of Guernsey’s AML Concerns

The island of Guernsey’s Financial Intelligence Unit (FIU) received more reports on money laundering from its gambling sector than from any other source. In 2022, 73 percent of SAR reports issued to the FIU were AML-related.

FANTINI’S FINANCE: A House Full of Affiliates

This week, the best of the affiliates get their turn in the spotlight, and overall, the sector seems well-positioned for current and future trends. Additionally, the floor may be falling out for Full House Resorts, but could that make the ceiling higher?

GLOBAL GAMING BUSINESS PODCAST: Chad Hoehne, President and CEO, Table Trac

In today’s industry, information technology is the name of the game, and few companies have been at it longer than Table Trac. The Minnesota-based firm, led for nearly thirty years by President and CEO Chad Hoehne (l.), is looking to expand like never before, including new product rollouts and a new office in Las Vegas.


VIP Group to Partner in Villar’s Philippine Casino

The Dowinn Group will partner with Philippine billionaire Manuel Villar Jr. (l.) to develop and operate a pair of casinos in Metro Manila. The Korea-based company operates VIP clubs at gaming halls in Manila and Clark.

MBS Expansion Costs on the Rise

The Las Vegas Sands Corp. expects that the expansion of its Marina Bay Sands resort (l.) in Singapore will “materially exceed” the previously stated $3.32 billion.

No Proxy Bets on Jeju Island

Jeju, South Korea will not introduce proxy betting in its foreigners-only casinos, due to lack of interest and the potential for diplomatic conflict. Still under discussion: whether the island will issue new land-based licenses.


Big Spenders Not Returning to London Casinos in Large Numbers

Rank Group CEO John O’Reilly blames London casino revenues that haven’t bounced back to pre-Covid days to a “tourist tax” caused by the removal of the VAT free-shopping from the city. It has, he says, made Paris and Milan casinos more attractive.

Malta Could Join Macolin Convention on Gambling Firms

Malta Gaming Authority (MGA) is pondering the wisdom of embracing the Macolin Convention on sports betting, which it has refused to join since 2014. It has consulted an international law firm on how joining might impact its gaming operations.



PAGCOR Chases Unpaid POGO Fees

The Philippine Amusement and Gaming Corp. will pursue legal action against offshore gaming operators owing millions in back fees. Some arrears are a year past-due, and some operators have now left the country.


New York Congressman Still Hopeful Ad Ban Succeeds

Congressman Paul Tonko (l.) of New York isn’t looking to end sports betting. But he does want to see an end to sports betting ads. He has a bill in committee waiting for more sponsors. Not an easy sell.

Vegas Prepares for NFL Contests; Circa’s Bet Biggest of All

Now is the time of year when Las Vegas sportsbooks prepare their season-long NFL contests, a niche but longstanding tradition in sports betting. Circa Sports, however, has bet big on this year’s contests, and could be on the hook for millions, again.

BetMGM Expands, Starting in the U.K.

MGM Resorts has decided to expand in one of the most mature sports betting markets in the world: the U.K. BetMGM went live August 17 on the LeoVegas platform, which the company acquired a year ago.


DeSantis Criticized for FGCC Turnover

Now that the Florida Gaming Control Commission has seen three resignations in a little more than a year, one expert believes that Governor Ron DeSantis (l.) may be to blame.

Formula One Backs Off of Steep Licensing Fees for Strip Venues

Earlier this year, loads of Las Vegas business owners received bills from Formula One for hundreds of thousands, if not millions, in licensing fees—the company then threatened to block race views for non-payers. Now, after facing heaps of backlash, those fees have been slashed to $50,000.

Nebraska Regulators Approve First Table Games

The temporary Grand Island Casino Resort in Nebraska has become the first to offer table games and the second to offer sports wagering, following the state racing board’s recent approvals.

Connecticut Casinos Maintain Smoking Bans

Mohegan Sun and Foxwoods casinos in Connecticut will keep the smoking bans they imposed during the Covid-19 pandemic, despite a report suggesting prohibiting smoking caused a drop in slot revenue.

Connecticut Officials Warn Against Offshore Betting

In a recently released statement, the Connecticut Department of Consumer Protection urged wagerers to beware of illegal, unregulated offshore gambling sites that leave players without legal recourse or protection.


Florida Tribe Begins Casino Expansion

The Miccosukee Tribe, operators of a casino resort in Miami, held a groundbreaking for its 8,500-square-foot expansion at the Miccosukee Service Plaza (l.), the only rest stop on Alligator Alley.


NJ Lottery to Sell Tickets Online

The New Jersey Lottery announced plans to sell tickets online, but the state’s current lottery retailers are pushing back on the plan, saying it will harm business.


Gateway CEO Tony Santo Dies at age 61

Gateway Casinos & Entertainment CEO Tony Santo (l.) has died at the age of 61. He oversaw Gateway’s 19 casinos in 19 casinos and 7,000 employees for 10 years. He was a “dawn to dusk” executive who constantly visited sites, learning about employees.


FBM Foundation Aids in Bulacan Typhoon Relief

FBM Foundation recently helped provide aid in the form of 2,000 food relief packages and 2,000 non-food relief packages to those affected by Typhoons Egay and Falcon in Calumpit, Bulacan.




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