What’s In a Name

Is “gambling” the same thing as “gaming”? Responsible gaming expert Brianne Marie Doura-Schawohl claims it matters what we call it, when we’re talking about a disorder.

Historic Advancements in Responsible Gaming

It used to be a discipline followed by very few people or organizations, but today responsible gaming is an important part of the industry’s maturation. But more needs to be done, argues Connie Jones (l.) director of responsible gaming for AGEM.

Problem Gambling: Regulation Is Not Working

Are responsible gaming programs designed by gaming companies effective? And if not, why not? Gambling researcher Dr. Kahlil Philander (l.) suggests that perhaps an increased involvement by regulators will give the industry the incentive to create truly effective programs.

Problem Gambling: Comorbidity & Smoking

As industry veteran and former regulator Richard Schuetz (l.)notes, compulsive gamblers usually are addicted to some other thing—drugs, alcohol, etc.—so what does the lack of a smoking ban in casinos say about the industry?

UAE Creates Gaming Authority; Murren Voted as Chairman

The United Arab Emirates has moved to establish the General Commercial Gaming Regulatory Authority, the first-ever gaming regulatory body in a region that has historically been staunchly opposed to all forms of gaming. Former MGM Resorts CEO Jim Murren (l.) has been tapped to be the agency’s inaugural chairman.

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Temporary Chicago Bally’s Preps For Opening

Intensive tests were conducted ahead of licensing at Bally’s temporary Chicago casino, located at the historic Medinah Temple (l.), which will operate while the permanent $1.7 billion venue is built near Halsted and Grand.

Virginia Casino Resort Announces Plans

In November, voters in Richmond, Virginia will have a second chance to approve or reject the $562 million Urban One and Churchill Downs project, rebranded as Richmond Grand Resort & Casino.

Osaka IR Now Set to Open in Late 2030

The government of Osaka has confirmed that an integrated resort planned for Yumeshima Island in Osaka Bay will likely open its doors in the fall of 2030. The IR (l.) was originally targeted for opening in 2025, then 2029.

New Ontario Ad Restrictions Causing Confusion

The Alcohol and Gaming Commission of Ontario (AGCO) announced recently it was changing its rules regarding online gambling advertising, and the confusion could lead to companies trying to circumvent the rules.

U.K. Criticized for Backing Away from Gambling Ad Ban

The U.K. ministry in charge of gambling is being criticized for backtracking from previous proposals to ban gaming ads. Minister Stuart Andrew is being mocked for saying there is “little evidence” that such ads lead to gambling harms.

Kentucky Releases Limited Betting Menu

Kentucky is launching sports betting just as the NFL begins. Great timing. The state is also allowing wagers for 18-year-olds. Those concerned about responsible gaming say that can contribute to more problems.


Macau Gaming Crimes More than Doubled in H1

Macau saw a spike in gaming-related crimes in the first half of 2023. Data released by the government last week showed more than 400 cases, for an increase of 113.1 percent. But the figures are still down compared to 2019.

Saipan Gaming Operator Still Owes Millions

Imperial Pacific International, operator of a failed Saipan casino (l.), still owes $76.5 million to the local government. Lawmakers in the commonwealth suspended IPI’s license in April 2020.

MGM China Chooses Health Tourism as Investment Focus

The government of Macau may require the city’s casino concessionaires to invest more in non-gaming, depending on the rate of gaming revenue growth. MGM China would invest in health tourism, says Chair Pansy Ho (l.).


Finland Gaming Monopoly may lay off 240

Veikkaus, Finland’s state-owned gambling monopoly will soon end that status and operate in a new regulated market. To do that, it plans to restructure, shedding 240 of its 815 employees while 195 will see “significant changes” to their employment.

RMG: Proposed Irish Ad ban Could Hurt Horse Racing

The horse racing industry in Ireland faces an existential threat from a proposed ban on betting ads. So says the Racecourse Media Group (RMG), which holds media rights to all 26 of Ireland’s racetracks.

Denmark Fines Streamer for Illegal Gambling ads

Denmark’s gambling regulator has fined a Twitch streamer for advertising gambling services when it operates out of Malta without a Danish license. Spillemyndigheden recommended a fine of DKK10,000 (£1,153/$1,466/€1,341).


Pressure Mounts to Pass Brazil’s Sports Betting Bill

Arthur Lira, president of Brazil’s Chamber of Deputies, is pressuring that chamber to quickly pass a sports betting bill. He said the vote carries “constitutional urgency” as he works to clear the chamber of bills during the final months of the year.




North Carolina Republicans Debate Casinos Plan

As the North Carolina House Republican caucus held a lengthy meeting to discuss a plan for four casinos in the state, protesters held a rally urging lawmakers to allow voter referendums or not to support the plan.

Suburban Chicago Video Gambling Revenue Declining

Illinois received $818 million in video gambling tax revenue from August 2022 through July 2023, a 7 percent increase over the previous year. But a Chicago Daily Herald investigation found it’s declining in some suburban locations due to oversaturation.

ND Lawmakers Ponder Future of E-Tab Machines

North Dakota lawmakers involved in a study of charitable gaming are questioning electronic pull-tab machines, and whether regulation is needed on where the machines can be located.

AGA Kicks Off Responsible Gaming Month

The American Gaming Association kicked off Responsible Gaming Month with a consumer survey reporting high engagement levels with responsible gaming safeguards.



Sky River Announces Slew of Executive Appointments

Sky River Casino (l.) has appointed four new executives—Michael Facenda is president, Matthew Morgan has been named senior vice president and assistant general manager, Clay Crawford as chief financial officer and Jeffery Jarvis as vice president of information technology.


IGT Invests In Canadian University

The McKenna Institute at the University of New Brunswick in Canada will receive an investment from IGT to fund programs and research in AI, data science, gaming software and hardware platforms and automation.




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