The More the Merrier

Gaming research needs to be upgraded to include more subjects and greater depth, according to Alan Feldman (l.), a distinguished fellow at the International Gaming Institute, University of Nevada Las Vegas and chairman emeritus of the International Center for Responsible Gaming.

Small Changes Can Make a Big Difference

Behavioral science principles can be an effective tool to reduce gambling harms, writes Dr. Sally M. Gainsbury (l.) and colleagues from the University of Sydney.

Collaborating for Success

Responsible gaming programs will only be effective when all facets of the gaming industry share their knowledge, writes Pavilion Payments CEO Christopher Justice (l.).

Malta Gaming Act Stirs E.U. Backlash

Malta recently amended its Gaming Act to make it so that operators based on the island are shielded from offshore liability. Other countries around Europe, namely Germany, haven’t taken too kindly to the change.

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Brooklyn Comes Out for Coney Island Casino

More than 10,000 residents of Brooklyn, New York have signed a petition in support of The Coney, the casino proposed by a consortium led by Thor Equities and the Chickasaw Nation.

Poll: Most North Carolinians Want Casino Vote

A poll of 600 North Carolina voters indicated 76 percent want a statewide referendum on allowing three commercial casinos and 55 percent support legalizing casino gambling. Three tribal casinos already operate in the state.

A Work in Progress

RG programs are a dime a dozen, but are they effective? How can laymen disseminate the complex research surrounding the issue? Have no fear—as ICRG President Arthur Paikowsky (l.) writes, the upcoming ICRG conference in October is designed to do just that.

GLOBAL GAMING BUSINESS PODCAST: John Payne, President, VICI Properties

Not too long ago, the idea of casino operators relinquishing their real estate assets seemed absurd—now it’s commonplace, thanks to several high-performing, gaming-focused real estate investment trusts (REITs). One of the biggest players in the space is VICI Properties, which has grown to become the biggest landlord on the Strip, thanks to highly experienced industry leaders such as President John Payne (l.).


Osaka Plans Rail Line to Future IR Site

A rapid transit operator has applied to operate a two-mile rail line to Yumeshima Island in Osaka Bay, site of a planned integrated resort and casino. The man-made island will also host the World Expo in 2025.

Vietnam to Increase Oversight of Casinos

The Vietnam Ministry of Finance is planning more frequent inspections of the country’s casinos to curtail patronage by “illegitimate customers” and the provision of services that are “not allowed.”

Counterfeit Chips Used in Macau Casino Fraud

A Macau criminal ring used fake chips to steal more than $700,000 from a Cotai casino. Two men were apprehended carrying several hundred of the bogus chips. At least six others are still on the loose.


U.K. Bankers May be Enabling Problem Gamblers

U.K. financial institutions’ lending practices may have the unintended consequence of extending credit to problem gamblers. The credit technology firm Abound concluded this after analyzing open banking data of loan applicants.

Finnish Gambling Monopoly Supports Licensing Model

Veikkaus, the state-owned gaming monopoly of Finland, has again supported the end of its monopoly and the introduction of a market system with licenses for competing gaming companies. The government plans to break up the monopoly by 2026.


Soccer League Could Appeal Ecuador Sports Betting Ad Ban

The Professional Soccer League of Ecuador—LigaPro—says it will challenge the ban on sports betting ads the government has announced. The ban would have “a direct impact on the financial health of soccer and the entertainment industry,” it says.

Chile Gambling Bill Defines Criminal Activities

Chile’s Congress is adding articles to the bill that is creating a legal framework for an online gambling and sports betting market. The newest articles lay out what is considered illegal gambling activities and what punishments they will bring.

India Bans Online Gambling Ads During Asia Cup

India has ordered all media in the country to stop showing ads or promotions for online gambling as the country begins its Asia Cup cricket tournament against Asian rivals. The Ministry of Information and Broadcasting considers online gambling illegal.

Uruguay Seeks Bids for La Paloma Casino Resort

The government of Uruguay has issued a call for bids to buy government-owned land in La Paloma. The land comes with the ability to build a luxury hotel-casino, along with a 20-year gaming concession and a royalty of 7.2 percent for seven years.


Online Cockfighting Ring Busted in Philippines

Philippine police under Chief Benjamin Acorda (l.) have identified more than 1,200 suspects in an illegal online cockfighting enterprise. Regional and national law enforcement worked to shut down the e-sabong ring.



Judge Allows Fifth Virginia Casino Referendum

Richmond, Virginia Circuit Court Judge William Marchant denied a non-profit group’s motion to block a second voter referendum on allowing a re-vote on Churchill Downs’ and Urban On’s proposed $562 million Southside casino resort.

GLPI Acquires Hard Rock Rockford Real Estate

Real estate investment trust Gaming and Leisure Properties has bought the real estate of Hard Rock Casino in Rockford, Illinois for $100 million, and Hard Rock International has signed a 99-year lease.

Shuttered Louisiana Casino Sale Moving Forward

The sale of the former Diamond Jacks Casino (l.) in Bossier City, Louisiana from Foundation Gaming to Cordish Companies is expected to be completed this fall. Cordish plans a $250 million land-based casino resort.


Amended Arizona Compacts Trigger Mini Building-Boom

Amended compacts signed in 2021, allowing more games per venue, most likely led to the Tohono O’odham Nation’s new $450 million Desert Diamond Casino and the Gila River Indian Community’s $180 million Santan Mountain Casino.

Oklahoma Tribe Announces Caesars Casino

The Iowa Tribe of Oklahoma is partnering with Caesars Entertainment to build a casino between Oklahoma City and Tulsa, with a casino, dining options and ultimately a hotel and 1,000 slots.


Bragg Gaming Names Mazij CEO

Bragg Gaming Group has named Matevž Mazij (l.), founder of Oryx Gaming and current Bragg Gaming chairman of the board, as the new CEO of Bragg Gaming.






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