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.
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.
Two California parents have initiated a class action lawsuit against Roblox, an online game platform, alleging sites are using it for illegal gambling that targets minors.
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.
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.
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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Workers at the New York Gaming Commission are saying the agency presents a “toxic” work environment plagued with sexual harassment, racial discrimination and bullying.
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.
New data from the American Gaming Association shows that the majority of Americans view so-called “skill games” as unregulated games of chance.
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 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.
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.
Betting on your own team. Betting when your state has an in-state college ban. These are kind of low-level infractions. But schools concerned about a stain on their record are hiring monitors to check for breaking rules.
Raynham Park (l.) in Massachusetts is in the midst of building a sportsbook but has no one to run it and no license. Also, the state sports betting board announced they were reviewing ESPN Bet.
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?
Officials of the Catawba Nation, operators of a North Carolina casino, met with state lawmakers to express opposition to draft legislation that would allow three new casinos and video lottery terminals.
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.
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.
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.
Macau gaming operator SJM Holdings continues to pay 2,000-plus former staffers despite the closure of the satellite casinos where they worked. The local government requires operators to keep those employees on payroll.
A Hong Kong-based junket, which abruptly closed shop in the Philippines on August 15, denies that the shutdown is related to arrests for alleged money laundering in Singapore.
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.
Sweden’s National Audit Office has announced an audit of gambling regulator Spelinspektionen. Its goal is to develop a safe market and minimize customer harm.
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 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.
Destination Brisbane Consortium (l.), the upcoming multibillion-dollar development owned by Star Entertainment and two other partners, has been served with a court summons over claims made by one the project’s developers, Multiplex Constructions.
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.
This year’s Women’s World Cup saw an increase in betting overall, but especially from female bettors, who are embracing the sport.
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.
Fanatics is in business in Cleveland. The retailer's subsidiary, Fanatics Betting and Gaming, opened the retail sportsbook outside the right field gate at Progressive Field (l.). And bettors can earn FanCash on each bet.
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.
FanDuel, the biggest sportsbook operator in the United States, has partnered with YouTube to offer a unique promotion for NFL Sunday Ticket.
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.
The much-anticipated high-speed railway connecting Las Vegas and Southern California may finally break ground after 10-plus years of speculation. The only thing left to do now is to wait for approval on a $3.75 billion federal grant.
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.
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.
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.
Hard Rock’s proposed 660-foot guitar-shaped hotel tower (l.), which will take the place of the Mirage, has been approved by the Clark County Zoning Commission.
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.
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.
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.
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 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.
Veteran gaming attorney Bob Blair (l.) has been named deputy general counsel at supplier AGS.
The New Zealand National Lottery announced it has partnered with Scientific Games to replace its lottery gaming system with new technology.
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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