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Rock & Brews, a rock n’ roll restaurant concept with investors that include two members of Kiss, is exploding in the gaming space. Adam Goldberg, the CEO of the company, explains how it works for casinos.
Call of Duty streamer Nick “Nickmercs” Kolcheff (l.) recently signed a reported eight-figure contract with Kick and said he will also stream gambling.
Texas has been shy about embracing gambling, but Dallas Mavericks owner Mark Cuban (l.) wants to bring resort-style casinos to the Lone Star State.
Digital payment provider PayNearMe recently released new research that outlined the important role that the payment experience plays in converting and retaining mobile sports bettors and iGamers. Leighton Webb, the company’s vice president and general manager of iGaming and sports betting, talked to GGB News about how operators can better position themselves for success in a crowded landscape.
All of the Big 3 Las Vegas Strip operators—MGM Resorts, Wynn Resorts and Caesars Entertainment—agreed to terms with the Culinary and Bartenders unions last week, narrowly avoiding what would have been the first citywide walkout in decades.
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New York Mets owner Steve Cohen (l.), in partnership with Hard Rock International, has revealed his plan for an $8 billion casino complex including gaming, a hotel and a music venue dubbed Metropolitan Park.
A vote last week to bring a casino to Richmond, Virginia didn’t go the right way for developers. Almost 60 percent of the turnout rejected the plan that would have brought a $562 million casino (l.) to the city.
As the Detroit casino strike nears its first month, union leaders are asking for greater protections for picketers, including the right to assemble freely, be safe from traffic and build bonfires for warmth.
The Philippine Amusement and Gaming Corp. has earmarked millions more in gaming revenues to the national budget for 2024, taking its total contributions into the billion-dollar range.
The United Arab Emirates are considering granting a casino license to each of the seven emirates. This would encourage more tourism in the UAE while limiting gambling’s proliferation. Sharia law currently bans gambling.
The British racing industry has reared up in protest against government proposals to introduce betting affordability checks. A petition has been initiated against the checks by Jockey Club CEO Nevin Truesdale (l.).
ESPN Bet replaced Barstool Sports as the operator for PENN Entertainment. PENN will pay big bucks to ESPN to use their very popular name. The ESPN Bet sportsbook will debut November 14.
Arizona and Mississippi joined a growing list of states that want Daily Fantasy Sports pick’em contests to stop. The games resemble prop-bets which puts them into the sports betting category.
The Seminole Tribe is coming into play with caution after legal victories. They opened online sports betting on a limited basis and won’t go retail until December 7.
With the largest charity casino currently operating in New Hampshire, Eureka Casinos COO Andre Carrier (l.) explains how gaming works in that state and the unique ownership structure of his company.
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Marina Bay Sands (l.), one of two integrated resorts in Singapore, is the latest major casino property to fall victim to hackers. Last month, “unauthorized” actors got hold of names, phone numbers and other personal data.
As Macau works to add non-gaming attractions, casinos are still the main draw. Chief Executive Ho Iat Seng (l.) predicts that the city will generate $26.8 billion in gaming revenues next year.
Almost half of Spain’s adult population participates in some form of gambling. A new government study, “Prevalence Study of Gambling on the General Public of Spain” aims to develop policies to protect consumers.
Sweden’s gambling authority has called for a ban on gambling by credit card in a dissenting response to a government investigation on risky lending.
Denmark’s Ministry of Taxation has proposed expanding the powers of Spillemyndigheden, the Danish Gambling Authority (DGA). It would enhance the agency’s ability to fight match-fixing and protect sports integrity.
North Carolina officials hope for the best as they prepare to launch sports betting next year. These days, they work on the rules that are an integral part of the success of these wagers.
More than 1 million people attempted to use mobile apps to bet on sports in September and October in Texas but were blocked. A new record. Some 2 million bets were placed illegally.
Critics and mental health professionals are discussing what the NHL can do to help its players, like Ottawa Senators Shane Pinto, who get caught up in gambling.
It was a successful first weekend for the state of Maine and its launch of sports betting. DraftKings announced they took in $3.4 million in bets, netting $82,000 in tax revenue for the state.
In Pennsylvania, a bill that would close the loophole in the Clean Indoor Air Act of 2008 that allows indoor smoking in casinos is set to move in the state House.
The Venetian and Palazzo recently updated their policy to allow smoking at all table games. Non-smokers may request a smoke-free table on a case-by-case basis.
The battle between residents and the Rockingham County Board of Supervisors has heated up over a proposed casino in a North Carolina town.
A bill from Michigan Rep. Cynthia Neely was created to crack down on illegal slot machines in the state. But as written, it could also make arcade games—such as those at kiddie arcades—illegal under the law.
Donald Trump Jr. testified in the civil fraud trial involving his father’s businesses that Bally’s Corporation paid $60 million to lease the Trump Golf Links Ferry Point land for a potential casino.
September set a new record for the casinos and racinos in Ohio. The record extends to table games and slots. Overall 11 locations took in $191.9 million.
Health officials in California’s Contra Costa County have warned that persons who entered California Grand Casino (l.) in Pacheco in the last five years may have been exposed to tuberculosis. Eleven cases are linked to the poker room.
Stockton University recently announced it will offer a new eight-week gaming operations course as well as a new esports degree program that is a partnership with nearby Camden Community College.
The Pala Band of Mission Indians, often at the forefront of tribal proposals, claimed no part of the recent initiatives filed to approve sports betting in California. The tribe considered filing a proposal but changed its mind.
Oklahoma Governor Kevin Stitt (l.) isn’t the favorite of the state’s many tribes, and last week annoyed them even further when he suggested he'd be open to online sports betting run by non-tribal entities.
French Lottery Operator La Française des Jeux (FDJ) has acquired Premier Lotteries Ireland (PLI), operator of the Irish National Lottery. This signals FDJ’s international ambitions in lotteries, sports betting and online gaming.
Finns playing lottery scratchcards will have to produce some sort of ID beginning next year. Veikkaus, Finland’s gaming monopoly, announced the mandatory ID checks on November 7.
Hungary’s national lottery, Szerencsejáték Privately Held Company Limited (SZRT), has made an agreement with OddsMatrix to revamp the company’s sportsbook.
Finance veteran Bob Woodbury (l.) has been appointed as chief operating officer for Koin.
Nick Rust (l.) has been named the inaugural chairman of the U.K. Gambling Commission’s (UKGC) Industry Forum. The industry veteran, who will serve a two-year term, will provide an industry perspective to the commission.
Gaming industry veteran Chris Creasey (l.) has been appointed as vice president of gaming at Suffolk.
Longtime industry veteran Karen Marcela Sierra-Hughes (l.) has been appointed as an ICE Ambassador by Clarion Gaming.
Internet gaming technology supplier GAN announced it has agreed to a merger plan under which the company will be acquired by gaming supplier Sega Sammy Creation.
Lottomatica, the former IGT division now owned by Apollo Global Management, has agreed to acquire Italian online and sports betting operator SK365.
BetConstruct has announced the release of its new offering BetCloud, which allows operators to accept bets beyond established limits while also minimizing risk.
Jooba Tech and Gaming Innovation Group have announced a new partnership in which Jooba’s Jackpot Management System will be available through the GiG Marketplace.
Zitro Digital is poised to unveil a host of new iGaming content at the upcoming SiGMA Europe show in Malta.
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