A Conventional Thought for Vegas

Now that Las Vegas is expanding past its traditional gaming-related boundaries, bookers and planners should start thinking of some new events to bring to Sin City. As always, Vegas veteran Ira David Sternberg (l.) has some ideas.

Macau Court Upholds Chau Sentence, Adds Fines

Macau’s Court of Second Instance has upheld the convictions of former Suncity CEO Alvin Chau (l.) and other Suncity employees and also increased the damages they must pay for money laundering. The same court acquitted Chau and six co-defendants on fraud charges.

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NV Regulators, Operators Debate Paying Trespassed Winners

If a patron is removed from a casino but then re-enters the property and wins a jackpot, should the winnings be paid out? That’s the question on the minds of Nevada operators and regulators after a recent incident in Mesquite shed light on the issue.

Florida Supreme Court Gives DeSantis 30 Days More in Suit

The battle between the Seminole Tribe vs West Flagler Associates continues to drag on. The Administration has 30 more days before it responds to the parimutuels. Chief Justice John Roberts stopped the appeals court decision. For now.

New York Senator Urges Governor to Close Seneca Deal

New York state Senator George Borrello has called on Governor Kathy Hochul (l.) to meet as soon as possible with Seneca Nation of Indians President Rickey Armstrong Sr. to finalize the tribe’s new gaming compact.

FANTINI’S FINANCE: Even the Best Fall Down Sometimes

On paper, Boyd Gaming is steady as can be, consistently checking all the boxes that investors look for in their search for well-run companies. And yet, its shares dropped significantly in reaction to less-than-stellar earnings. Could historically steady Boyd be the canary in the gaming coal mine?

GLOBAL GAMING BUSINESS PODCAST: E. Sequoyah Simermeyer, Chairman, National Indian Gaming Commission

Far removed from its humble beginnings, U.S. tribal gaming is now a force to be reckoned with. But as the revenues rise, so do the stakes, and effective regulation is more important than ever. As chairman of the National Indian Gaming Commission, E. Sequoyah Simermeyer (l.) is at the forefront of this effort, and his leadership will be vital to ensure that the sector continues to grow in a safe and sustainable manner.

GGB Podcast sponsored by IGT.


Macau Visitation Continues Comeback

In another sign of Macau’s post-pandemic recovery, officials recently tallied more than 105,000 visitor arrivals per day over consecutive days. On a recent holiday weekend, visitation reached levels not seen since 2019.

Macau CE Says Digital the Key to Diversification

Macau Chief Executive Ho Iat Seng (l.) says digital technologies will speed the city’s fiscal diversification. The Beijing government has ordered the casino hub to move beyond its reliance on gaming as an economic driver.


Norway to Double Down on Gaming Monopoly

When most other members of the EU are ending gambling monopolies, Norway is moving in the opposite direction. It is also proposing to require ISPs to block foreign gambling sites.

KSA Report Tracks Dutch Gaming Market

Kansspelautoriteit (KSA), the Dutch gaming authority, has published its “2022 Market Scan.” The study follows the performance of the regulated market that went live October 1, 2021.

Dutch Government to Fight Digital Fraud

Online gaming fraud is raising concerns in the Dutch Ministry of Legal Protection. It has launched a national campaign aimed at young people to fight business fraud.


Indian Operator Granted Stay on Tax Demand

The governments of several Indian states accuse India-based Delta Corp of owing a total of $2.8 billion in back taxes. Recently the high court of Sikkim gave the gaming company a temporary stay.

Blackstone: High-Dollar Investments Coming to Crown

Blackstone Group, which acquired Crown Resorts last year for US$6.5 billion, is planning to invest quite a bit more in the floundering operator to help turn the ship around, the company’s global head of real estate recently said in an interview with the Australian.



Questions Still Abound for TN Sports Betting Tax Structure

When Tennessee bucked every other state and included a 10 percent hold tax on sports betting, people howled it wouldn’t work. It didn’t so the state went to a handle tax instead of gross income. That doesn’t seem to be working either.


Virginia Casino Early Voting Continues

As of October 18, early voters in the Richmond, Virginia district where the proposed $562 million Richmond Grand Casino would be located have cast the most votes. Meanwhile an anti-casino activist’s lawsuit against the state elections commission was moved to federal court.


Nebraska Regulators Approve WarHorse Sports Betting

The Nebraska Racing and Gaming Commission will allow WarHorse Casino Omaha to offer sports betting after November 1 at Horsemen’s Park temporary facility, while construction continues on the permanent $250 million casino.


IAGR Announces New Leadership

The International Association of Gaming Regulators has named Ben Haden to succeed Dr. Jason Lane as president and has named Caroline Kongwa the new vice president.

Graton Appoints Ellis as Chief HR Officer

Graton Resort & Casino in California has appointed Amy Ellis (l.) to the new position of chief human resources officer. Ellis first joined the resort in 2017 as director of HR.

Manila IR Announces Executive Lineup

Manila integrated resort LET Westside has announced the appointments of three new executives, including ex-Star Entertainment COO Damian Quayle (l.). The IR is scheduled to open in late 2024.


OKTO Acquires Flexia Payments

Greece-based OKTO announced it has acquired U.S.-based Flexia Payments following Flexia’s successful exhibit at the Global Gaming Expo.

Bally’s Makes Record RG Donation

Bally’s Corporation has set a record as the largest donor over two years to the International Center for Responsible Gaming with a gift of $1.05 million.




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