Increased Adoption of Cashless Benefits Compliance Efforts

Gaming isn’t always synonymous with emerging innovation, but Ana Galeski (l.), executive director of compliance for Marker Trax, argues that cashless credit and play can help with compliance efforts in ways that physical cash simply cannot.

Keith, I Need a Favor

Carol O’Hare (r.) has been a trailblazing figure in the world of problem gambling treatment and management for decades, and when industry veteran Richard Schuetz needed some help in drafting an article about O’Hare’s tenure at the Nevada Council on Problem Gambling, he enlisted the help of another industry titan, Keith Whyte (l.).

Gaming Tax Rates are Simple—Gaming Tax Policy is Anything But

As more jurisdictions around the U.S. adopt various forms of gaming, the challenge of setting effective tax rates remains as important as ever. However, as veteran consultant Michael Pollock (l.) notes, tax rates should be part of an overarching gaming tax policy that takes many different factors into account.

Amazon Sued for Alleged Illegal iGaming

A Nevada resident has filed a class-action suit against over Amazon’s social casino apps, alleging sales of virtual chips makes the apps an illegal internet slot operation.

Richmond Casino Proponents Crushed by Second Defeat

The second attempt to pass a casino referendum in Richmond, Virginia failed 62 percent to 38 percent, even worse numbers than the 2021 outcome of 51 percent to 49 percent. Developers Urban One and Churchill Downs spent $10 million compared to opponents’ $200,000.

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MLB Approves A’s Move to Las Vegas

A unanimous decision by the owners of all 30 Major League Baseball teams has given the permission for the owners of the Oakland A’s to move to Las Vegas. Commissioner Rob Manfred (l.) said he did “everything humanly possible” to prevent the relocation.

New York Judge Voids Sands Nassau Lease

A Nassau County Supreme Court judge has nullified the 99-year lease agreement between the Nassau County government and Las Vegas Sands, signed to allow LVS to place a casino at the site of the Nassau Coliseum (l.).


Macau Stocks Weak, Despite Rebound

The collective market value of Macau’s Big 6 gaming operators has slumped to November 2022 levels, despite strong growth in the third quarter. Analysts are scratching their heads.

Philippines POGO Scandal Sparks Larger Probe

Philippine Senator Win Gatchalian has asked for an investigation of crimes at an iGaming site in Pasay City. Workers have reported torture and sexual assault. In the fallout, more than two dozen police officers have been fired.

MGM China Prez: Don’t Duplicate Non-Gaming

Macau’s gaming concessionaires have committed billions of dollars for non-gaming attractions over the next 10 years. MGM China President Hubert Wang warns against “repetitive” investments.


Veikkaus Cuts Workforce as it Ends Finn Gaming Monopoly

The Finnish gaming monopoly Veikkaus has announced it will divide into three units and lay off 25 percent of its workforce. The moves are happening as Finland ends the monopoly, opening gaming up to a regulated marketplace.


Rummy, Poker Declared legal in Tamil Nadu, India

The highest court in the Indian state of Tamil Nadu has overturned portions of a law that banned rummy and poker. The Madras High Court has ruled that both are games of skill rather than gambling.

Paraguay Deputies Call to Modify Gambling law

Fourteen members of Paraguay’s Chamber of Deputies are asking the government to amend the proposed Gambling Law. They want less power to flow into the National Gambling Commission in granting gaming concessions.



Underdog Alters Game to Peer-To-Peer Pick’Em

Cease and desists and other efforts were threatening the existence of Underdog and other fantasy competitions. Underdog has come up with a game which might just be legal. Peer-to-Peer Pick’em.

DraftKings Considered Acquisition of 888

Over the summer, DraftKings made some inquiries about the availability of 888, owned by Entain. The deal was never consummated, but never say never in this business.


Detroit Casino Workers Boycott Online Betting Platforms

Striking casino workers at Detroit’s three casinos have called for a boycott of four online betting platforms, which are significant sources of revenue for the casino operators. Union workers went on strike on October 17.

Alabama Legislators Consider Gambling Regulation

Alabama House Speaker Nathaniel Ledbetter (l.) said he’ll propose legislation to regulate gambling prior to legalizing a state lottery, although a lottery could generate up to $300 million in annual tax revenue.

Durango Opening Delayed to December 5

Red Rock Resorts has pushed back the opening of its Durango Casino and Resort from November 20 to December 5. Company representatives told investors on a recent call that certain aspects of the property had not been completed to their liking.

Revenue, Admissions Drop At Bally’s Chicago

The Illinois Gaming Board reported both revenue and admissions at Bally’s temporary Chicago casino (l.) declined for the month of October compared to the casino’s opening on September 9 through September 30.

Report: Problem Gambling Higher in New Jersey

A new report suggests that problem gambling in New Jersey is three times the national average. New Jersey AG Matthew Platkin (l.) says the state must do more “for our most vulnerable populations.”


Graton Resort & Casino Observes First 10 Years

The Graton Resort & Casino (l.) in Rohnert Park, Northern California November 5 celebrated its 10th anniversary. During that decade it welcomed more than 50 million visitors. It has a reputation as one of the best employers in the region.

Wisconsin Tribe Closer To Casino Development

The Kenosha City Council approved an agreement with the Menominee Indian Tribe allowing a $360 million Hard Rock Kenosha. Voters passed a Kenosha casino referendum in 2003 but it was vetoed by then-Governor Scott Walker.

Oklahoma Tribe Opens Second Casino

Oklahoma’s Osage Nation November 16 opened its second casino in two months: Osage Casinos Bartlesville. Just a month ago the nation opened Osage Casino and Hotel in Pawhuska.


Sphere Reports 3Q Loss as CFO Walks Out

The Las Vegas Sphere (l.) is the talk of the town, having just opened earlier this fall. However, Gautam Ranji, the chief financial officer of the venue’s parent company, recently walked out just before the company reported a quarterly loss of $98.4 million.


Better Collective Buys Playmaker Capital

Better Collective A/S will acquire Playmaker Capital for $191 million as part of a plan to expand its presence in the Americas. Playmaker attracts more than 200 million monthly impressions from that market.

AGS Opens First ‘Hog Heaven’ Slot Zone

AGS recently debuted its first “Hog Heaven” slot room at Miccosukee Casino & Resort in Miami, Florida, which features a number of the company’s Rakin’ Bacon machines.





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