Responsible Gaming with the Power of AI and Blockchain

At this juncture, the gaming industry is presented with numerous challenges related to security, sustainability and responsible gaming. While the potential dangers of new technologies such as blockchain and artificial intelligence are certainly real, the potential benefits they could bring are worth the gamble, says industry veteran Bruce Merati (l.).

Can Macau Compete in a Crowded Sports Market?

In the quest to end its reliance on gaming for tax revenues, Macau is exploring its potential future role as a sports hub. Casino operators are already mounting large-scale sporting events.

Automation Impacts Striking Detroit Casino Workers

Among the issues raised by striking Detroit casino workers is the impact of automation on their jobs. Cocktail servers and housekeepers said new technology like Smart Bar and HotSOS make their jobs harder, not easier.

New Horizons: IGSA Details Latest Expansion with GSA Africa

After decades of collaboration and innovation around the world, the International Gaming Standards Association has set its sights on Africa, and IGSA Vice President Mark Pace (l.) recently spoke with GGB News about the backstory and future goals of its new division, GSA Africa.

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Tropicana Must be Demolished by End of 2024 if Approved, Officials Say

In a perfect world, the Oakland A’s would like to start playing in a new stadium on the Las Vegas Strip by the start of the 2028 regular season. In order for that to happen, the Tropicana (l.) would need to be shuttered and demolished by the end of next year, officials recently told the Las Vegas Stadium Authority.

Virginia Beach to Enforce Skill Game Ban

After the state Supreme Court overturned an injunction in a case challenging Virginia’s ban on skill games, the city of Virginia Beach announced a 30-day grace period before owners and operators face criminal charges.

Queensland Govt. Proposes New Casino Regulations

The Queensland state government recently proposed a bill that would greatly expand the regulatory obligations for the state’s four casinos, including mandatory pre-commitment and loss limits. Attorney General Yvette D’ath (l.) vowed that non-compliance will result in “significant” penalties.

Irish Government Rethinking Proposed Gambling Ad Ban

Under pressure from Ireland’s racing industry, the Ministry in charge of gambling may be rethinking a proposal to ban gaming advertising. That is part of the Irish Gambling Regulation Bill, the first update of the law in 100 years.

Oklahoma Lawmakers Reject Two Compacts

Stating compacts allowing two small Oklahoma tribes to offer off-reservation gaming contained “significant fatal flaws,” a legislative panel unanimously rejected the compacts negotiated in 2020 by Governor Kevin Stitt (l.).


Record-Breaking October in Macau

Macau casinos continue to rack up post-Covid revenue records. October GGR reached its highest level since the pandemic started at MOP19.5 billion ($2.42 billion). The city reopened to tourist traffic in early January.

Trafficked Workers Freed from Myanmar Casinos

Approximately 200 foreigners were recently rescued from workplaces at illicit casinos in Myanmar. The United Nations has said hundreds of thousands of people have been forced into similar work in Southeast Asia.


Netherlands Mulls Hiking Gambling Tax

Two Dutch MPs have filed an amendment to the Gambling Tax Act that would increase the tax on operators by 1 percent. That would bring it to 30.5 percent. They hope to lower excise duties on alcohol as a result.

100,000 Swedes Self-Exclude From Gambling

More than 100,000 Swedes have signed up for the gambling self-exclusion system. Spelpaus, run by Sweden’s gambling authority, Spelinspektionen, has operated since January 1, 2019 when it was relaunched from an earlier version.

Norwegian Operators Roll Back Marketing

In April Lottstift, Norway’s gambling regulator, ordered state-owned operators Norsk Tipping and Norsk Rikstoto to cut back advertising spending. It concluded that they don’t have to compete as much because illegal gambling is down.


Wynn’s UAE Gaming Project Called ‘Fantastic’

One of Dubai’s largest contractors, ALEC, has won the contract to build the casino for Wynn’s $3.9 billion casino resort. Newly appointed CEO Barry Lewis says, “It’s going to be fantastic for Ras Al Khaimah.”

OLG Basks in Competitive Market

The growth in both land-based and digital gaming has set records and the Ontario Lottery and Gaming Corporation is crediting competition for the increase in revenue.



PA Bill Would Ban Skill Games

Joint House/Senate legislation in the Pennsylvania General Assembly would ban the so-called skill games that have been placed in thousands of varied locations around the state.

Illinois Regulators Approve Bally’s Chicago License

The Illinois Gaming Board unanimously approved granting Bally’s Chicago a full gaming license for its $1.7 billion casino complex (l.), which must be completed by September 9, 2026. The temporary facility at Medinah Temple may continue to operate until then.

NV Judge Dismisses Las Vegas Room Rate Class Action Suit

A proposed class action lawsuit that accused several high-profile operators of violating antitrust law by conspiring to overcharge for room rates has been dismissed, but plaintiffs have already promised to re-file an amended claim within the allotted 30-day window.

Virginia Casino Supporters Spend Millions

Urban One and Churchill Downs have spent more than $10 million to influence voters to support the proposed $563 million Richmond Grand Resort and Casino, which was narrowly rejected in 2021.

MGM Springfield Settles Wage, Tip Complaint

MGM Springfield (l.) will pay $6.8 million to more than 2,000 workers in settlement of wage and tip violations found after an investigation by the state Attorney General’s office.

Social Gambling Brands Leave Michigan

Following a two-year investigation, Michigan Attorney General Dana Nessel ordered the social casino Golden Hearts Games to cease operations in the state. Virtual Gaming Worlds also pulled out, and the Michigan Gaming Control Board banned pick’em fantasy products.

Baccarat Carries NV in September; Several Markets Show Declines

The latest round of data from the Nevada Gaming Control Board showed that the state continued its run of $1 billion-plus in revenue, thanks mostly to stellar baccarat performance. Most other markets besides the Strip, however, posted year-over-year decreases.


Arkansas Supreme Court Upholds Casino Ruling

The Arkansas Supreme Court upheld a lower court decision that the license awarded to Legends Casino and Cherokee Nation Businesses by the Arkansas Gaming Commission was unconstitutional, since only one entity can hold a casino license.

Texas Tribal Casino Receives 100th Statement of Support

The city council of Port Arthur, Texas recently provided the 100th statement of support for the Alabama-Coushatta Tribe’s right to offer electronic bingo at its Naskila Casino (l.). Other resolutions have come from businesses as well as civic and governmental groups.


UKGC Adds Commissioners

The U.K. Gambling Commission has added seven new members. The regulator says the new commissioners “bring experience and knowledge from a wide range of sectors to help us ensure gambling is fair and safe.”

Pro-Gambling Ohio Lawmaker Stepping Down

Ohio State Rep. Bill Seitz (l.), who has been a staunch supporter of gambling measures including brick-and-mortar casino legalization and failed attempts to pass iGaming, will not run for re-election in 2024.

NJDGE’s Rebuck to be Honored at ECGC

David Rebuck (l.), director of the New Jersey Division of Gaming Enforcement, will receive a Lifetime Achievement Award at the 2024 East Coast Gaming Congress in Atlantic City.


Kambi, LiveScore Group Ink New Partnership

Kambi and LivesScore Group have formed a new partnership that will see Kambi’s sportsbook power the group’s LiveScore Bet and Virgin Bet online sportsbook brands globally.





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