When the Smoke Clears in Vegas

Las Vegas may soon be the last jurisdiction in the world that allows smoking in its casinos. But what happens if that goes away? Ira Sternberg (l.) has some ideas.

CASINO-OLOGY: Counting Cards in a Small Casino

Even small casinos with low limits can be targets of card counters. In this guest edition of Casino-Ology, Andrew Uyal (l.), a casino executive with lots of experience with both small casinos and card counters, offers some guidance as to what works and what doesn’t.

Las Vegas Union Workers Vote in Favor of Strike Authorization

With no deal in place by the September 26 deadline, Las Vegas workers represented by Culinary Workers Local 226 and Bartenders Local 165 have voted in favor of a strike, meaning that the unions’ leadership may now call for a walkout of over 50,000 non-gaming employees throughout the city.

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Japan Formally Approves Osaka IR

Osaka, Japan’s integrated resort is finally a go, with final approvals by the country’s Ministry of Land, Infrastructure, Transport and Tourism. The MGM Resorts-led project will be the first casino in Japan.

Oklahoma Governor Seeks Compact Approval, Again

Oklahoma Governor Kevin Stitt (l.) wants the legislature to approve two gaming compacts that were rejected by the state Supreme Court in 2020. The compacts would generate additional revenue for the state.

FANTINI’S FINANCE: Watch What Happens Next

The third quarter of 2023 is complete, but it seems that much of the dialogue from the first half of the year will be repeated again here soon. As such, it may be more fun to identify key points to watch for the rest of the year.


Macau Limits Junket Partnerships for 2024

Gaming regulators in Macau have decreed that citywide casino operators can partner with a maximum of 50 junket runners in 2024. It’s the latest directive in an effort to manage the VIP industry.

PAGCOR Casino Sale Expected to Begin in 2025

The Philippine Department of Finance will help the country’s gaming regulator sell off its casinos. Finance Undersecretary Catherine Fong says it’s “very feasible” that the assets will be ready for market in 2025.

Failed Merger Spells End of 26 Capital

U.S.-based special purpose acquisition company 26 Capital has liquidated following the collapse of a planned merger with Philippines integrated resort Okada Manila (l.).

Philippines Still Fall Short of AML Protections

The Philippines remain on the “grey list” of the Financial Action Task Force, and must provide “strict enforcement” of anti-money laundering controls in casinos to get off the global watchdog’s rolls.


Denmark to Require ID to bet

Denmark has begun enforcing a law that requires retail bettors to have player ID cards. The goal is to prevent anonymous gambling and increase consumer protection.

Sweden Considers Gaming Tax Hike

Sweden’s government is looking at a hike on the gambling tax rate from 18 to 22 percent. If adopted by the Regeringen this could raise an estimated $48.4 million.

High-End London Casino Could Close

Crockfords Casino, the oldest in London, could follow the Ritz Club and the Clermont and close due to a lack of high-end gamblers. Recently foreign high rollers have been bypassing London for Paris and Milan casinos.


Brazil’s Sports Betting Grows 360 Percent

The sports betting market in Brazil has grown spectacularly since it was legalized in 2020. Supporters worry that high license fees and high tax rates could hobble that growth.

Mexico Prepares to Crack Down on Casinos

Mexico’s president has issued a decree that would ban slot machines. The decree, expected to come into effect soon, would also reduce how long casino licenses are good for.


Maryland Panel Discusses Online Casino Gambling

Maryland legislators and iGaming experts attending a panel on the future of gambling in the state agreed legalized online casino gambling is unavoidable, but it would offer increased tax revenue and consumer protections.


State Regulators Let Barstool Void Bets

Following a technical glitch on September 24, state regulators said Penn Sports Interactive was allowed to freeze the accounts and void the bets of Barstool Sportsbook customers who wagered on the Giants-Cardinals game.


Trading Commission Rejects Political Wagering

The Commodity Futures Trading Commission rejected Kalshi’s proposal to allow wagering on Kalshi’s regulated event exchange, calling it unlawful gambling with implications “beyond the election itself,” including fundraising and polling.

NV Regulators Approve Durango Despite Labor Questions

Red Rock Resorts’ newest project, Durango Casino and Resort, is now fully set for its November 13 opening following unanimous approval from the Nevada Gaming Commission. Sure, the company’s problems with Culinary remain, but that won’t prevent anything at this time.


Public Weighs In On California Casino Resort

The public had a chance to virtually comment on the Bureau of Indian Affairs’ economic impact study for the Koi Nation’s proposed casino resort in Sonoma County, California. County officials, residents and other tribes all oppose the project.

North Dakota Tribe Blesses Casino Ground

The Mandan, Hidatsa and Arikara Nation’s Son of Star facility is expected to open in 2026 in White Shield, North Dakota with 230 slots, six table games, a sportsbook, poker room, restaurant and campground.


Betfred COO Mark Stebbings Steps Down

Mark Stebbings (l.), chief operating officer of U.K.-based sports betting giant Betfred, has stepped down from his post after almost 30 years with the company.

Koin, Marker Trax Add Salce, Wiedemer

Marker Trax and Koin have appointed Sean Salce (l.) as vice president of business development, eastern region and Mark Wiedemer (r.) as senior director of business development.


Station, Sightline Partner for STN Mobile App

Station Casinos has partnered with payment provider Sightline to launch its new on-premises app, STN Mobile. In addition to gaming, the app also includes features for all aspects of Station properties, from dining to booking.





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