Fanatics Finds a Way to Crack New York Market

After getting shut out of an online sports betting license in New York state, Fanatics found a way through the door. They bought the U.S. assets of PointsBet, which has one of the New York licenses.

PH Resorts May Sell Off Cebu IR

Philippines gaming firm PH Resorts has signed an MOU with property developer AppleOne Properties that would bring the latter in as investor or even owner of a stalled Cebu IR development called Emerald Bay (l.).

Fluharty Replaces Ford As Gaming Council President

The National Council of Legislators from Gaming States announced its president, Indiana state Senator Jon Ford, is taking a job in the private sector and will be replaced by West Virginia state Rep. Shawn Fluharty (l.).

Virginia Casino Developer Faces Stock Exchange Delisting

Maryland-based Urban One, one of the developers of a Richmond, Virginia casino resort, could be delisted by NASDAQ for noncompliance with federal reporting rules. A referendum on the casino, rejected by voters in 2021, will occur November 7

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Online Casinos: The Key U.S. Battleground People May be Missing

Paddy Casey (l.), co-founder of leading product development and digital marketing supplier The Unit, outlines the importance of future online casino regulation, what operators can do to find their place in U.S. markets and how this provides opportunities, while sports betting appears to be more of a closed shop.

Union Workers Authorize Detroit Casinos Strike

Union members working at Detroit’s three casinos overwhelmingly approved authorizing striking for higher wages, if necessary. The strike could occur as soon as mid-October when contracts expire.

NY Regulators Look at Sibella on Casino Bids

Regulators in New York are investigating the past of Scott Sibella (l.), who recently was fired by Genting’s Resorts World Vegas, and also was president and COO of MGM Grand, in probes related to downstate casino bids.

UAE State Gaming Could Surpass Singapore

The UAE could generate about $6.6 billion annually if it allows casino gambling at Ras Al Khaimah. Wynn Resorts has said it expects to receive a license for that property very soon.


SJM to Renovate Macau Palace

Macau officials have announced that Big 6 operator SJM Resorts will undertake improvements of Avenida Almeida Ribeiro, a main peninsula thoroughfare, and upgrade the Macau Palace, its “floating casino.”

U.N. Concerned about Mekong Money Laundering

The United Nations has expressed reservations about casinos in Southeast Asia’s Mekong region, concerned they are channels for organized crime entities to “traffic various illicit goods and launder money.”


Germany Looks Closer at Loot Boxes

German lawmakers are increasingly interested in regulating the loot boxes commonly found in video games. This was a hot topic at the Federal Congress on Gaming and Gambling.

Paddy Power Shutters 21 Irish Shops

Seventy-eight jobs at 21 Irish wagering shops are at risk as Paddy Power recently announced their closure. Flutter UK and Ireland, which owns them, says it’s an economic move.


Victorian Govt. Introduces Bill to Expand Gaming Oversight

The Victorian state government has introduced the Gambling Legislation Amendment Bill 2023, which would introduce a number of new harm minimization measures. It would also allow the government to step in and take control of Crown Melbourne (l.) should its remediation efforts fall short.



Maine Could Launch Sports Betting in November

The process is moving ahead, fast enough that state regulators think operators may be ready to accept wagers by mid-November. Certainly before the playoffs begin. It’s up to sportsbooks once licenses are in hand.

MLB Commish Predicts Bettors Will Wager During Games

In an interview on the Marchand and Ourand Podcast, Major League Baseball Commissioner Rob Manfred (l.) acknowledged change is coming. The game will be open to intimate wagers directly on the screen during shows.


NV Regulators, Suppliers Continue Talks About Approval Process

Gaming suppliers and regulators from the Nevada Gaming Control Board recently held another meeting to try and advance their ongoing conversation about potentially changing or removing regulations surrounding the equipment approval process in the state.

Video Gambling Revenue May Surpass Illinois Lottery

Tax revenue from Illinois’ 45,000-plus video gambling machines is catching up with the Illinois Lottery, still the state’s main source of gambling revenue. In fiscal 2023, video gambling generated $814 million compared to the Lottery’s $872 million.

Crime at Nebraska Casino a “Non-Issue”

Despite warnings of increased crime at Nebraska casinos, that hasn’t occurred at WarHorse Lincoln (l.). Police were called to the casino only 78 times in its first year of operation, according to department data.



Light & Wonder Adds Yoseloff as Consultant

Light & Wonder has added Dr. Mark Yoseloff (l.), former CEO of Shuffle Master and veteran of the table-game business, to the company as a consultant on strategic initiatives.


Light & Wonder in Growth Mode in Asia

Light & Wonder CEO Matt Wilson says the land-based casino market in Asia “is strategically very important” for the U.S. company. L&W, formerly Scientific Games, has set its sights on a larger presence in the region.





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