Longtime IGSA President Peter DeRaedt Steps Down

Peter DeRaedt (l.), the longtime president of the International Gaming Standards Association, has announced that he has stepped down from his position after more than two decades at the helm of the organization. Vice President Mark Pace will fill in as acting president until a permanent replacement is named.

Gaming and Politics: Perfectly Imperfect Together

In the U.S., just about every industry ties back to politics in some form, and gaming is a great example—the impact of its tax revenues make it fairly bipartisan in terms of support, but as Michael Pollock (l.) notes, that doesn’t mean that the resulting policies are always optimal.

What to Know about NV’s ACES Initiative Regarding Technology Approval

In recent years, the sense around the Nevada gaming industry has been that cumbersome approval processes have hampered innovation—as such, the NGCB recently enacted several changes to the approval process, and Lewis Roca attorneys Karl Rutledge, Glenn Light and Salma Granich have the insight to help companies best understand these changes.

Chile Lawmakers Adopt Online Gaming Bill

Chile has moved one step closer to debuting a regulated online gaming market following the Chamber of Deputies’ passage of a bill outlining a potential regulatory framework.

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Culinary Reaches New Deals with Mirage, Tropicana

The Culinary Workers Local 226 and Bartenders Local 165 unions have agreed to terms with the Mirage and the Tropicana on new five-year labor agreements covering about 2,000 workers across the two properties.

Mohegan Inspire Casino to Open by February

The casino at the Mohegan Tribe’s new Inspire Entertainment Resort should open just in time for the Lunar New Year holiday, starting February 9. The resort opened earlier this month in Incheon, South Korea.

UKGC Begins Second Round of White Paper Consultations

The U.K. Gambling Commission is soliciting feedback on proposed financial penalties and key event reporting in its second round of consultations on the white paper recommendations. The 13-week consultation will run until March 2024.


Macau Legend Takes a Loss on Laos Casino

Macau Legend has announced it will sell its Savan Vegas casino in Laos (l.) for $39 million—$6 million less than the original asking price. The buyer is Japanese businessman Shundo Yoshinari.


Entain Ponders Future Following CEO Exit

Entain has been in turmoil over a bribery scandal that led to a huge settlement with the U.K. government. Now, with a departing CEO and new board members, it may be a good buy. So argues Jefferies analyst James Wheatcroft.


Curaçao Gaming Bill Goes to Parliament

Lawmakers in Curaçao are now reviewing legislation to determine how gambling in the Caribbean island will be regulated in coming years. The new regulations will include changes in license fees.

AUSTRAC to Focus Heavily on Gaming in 2024

Australian financial watchdog AUSTRAC has listed the gaming industry as one of its areas to monitor in 2024, following a number of anti-money laundering and counter-terrorism financing fines and proceedings.




Illinois Hard Rock Seeks 400 More Employees

Hard Rock plans to hire 400 employees for its permanent Hard Rock Rockford (l.) in Illinois, set to open in late August 2024. Currently 350 employees work at the temporary venue, where a craps table recently opened.

Bally’s Chicago To Stay Open 24/7

Starting Wednesday, December 27, Bally’s Chicago (l.) will be open 24/7. Officials also announced Bally Rewards members will have access to free or discounted parking, shuttle service will be expanded and the Wabash Café also will be open 24/7.


Mohegan Holds Firm on LV Market Despite Recent Losses

Mohegan Gaming & Entertainment has had a tough time operating the casino inside Virgin Hotels Las Vegas (l.) over the last two years, but the company is still confident it can make the casino a staple in its overall portfolio.

California Tribes Push for End of Sports Betting Initiative

You can’t say California Nations Indian Gaming Association hasn’t made the effort to end the sports betting initiative that has popped up in the state. The organization has opposed the proposition from the start. Still, it remains alive.

Oklahoma Tribal Casino Installs Playtech Technology

Seeking to expand its tribal-casino presence, Playtech partnered with Aristocrat’s Anaxi to launch its Class II Mobile-on-Premise technology at the Chickasaw Nation’s WinStar World in Thackerville, Oklahoma.


State-Owned Swedish Operator Names New CEO

Anna Johnson (l.) has been named chief executive officer of Svenska Spel, the Swedish-owned gaming operator. Johnson is currently CEO of the Swedish subsidiary of the global accounting services group Grant Thornton.

Light & Wonder Hires Chow As Chief Financial Officer

Las Vegas-based Light & Wonder named Oliver Chow (l.) as executive vice president, chief financial officer and treasurer. Previously, Chow was senior vice president of corporate finance and served as interim chief financial officer since August.

Seneca Gaming Names Sebastian Entertainment Director

Seneca Gaming Corporation named 20-year Foxwoods entertainment executive Monique Sebastian (l.) as executive director of entertainment. Sebastian will oversee live performances and events at Seneca Gaming’s three New York properties.


SpinCity Inks Deal with Flows

Casino and sportsbook software supplier SpinCity Solutions has signed a partnership agreement with Flows for the provision of its no-code integration and automation platform.




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