NOTE Willy Allison, the organizer of the World Game Protection Conference, to be held March 5-7 at Tropicana in Las Vegas, and one of the top experts in casino surveillance, sent out this article on his game protection blog in the run-up to his show. This week, the GGB News Special Report will reprint it in installments each morning. Today’s report is the final part of the series and focuses on training and paying attention to detail. .
Five Things that are Absolutely Necessary to Protect Casino Games, Part 3
NOTE Willy Allison, the organizer of the World Game Protection Conference, to be held March 5-7 at Tropicana in Las Vegas, and one of the top experts in casino surveillance, the, sent out this article on his game protection blog in the run-up to his show. This week, the GGB News Special Report will reprint it in installments each morning. Today’s report is part 3 of the series and focuses on dealers.
Five Things that are Absolutely Necessary to Protect Casino Games, Part 2
NOTE Willy Allison, the organizer of the World Game Protection Conference, to be held March 5-7 at Tropicana in Las Vegas, and one of the top experts in casino surveillance, the, sent out this article on his game protection blog in the run-up to his show. This week, the GGB News Special Report will reprint it in installments each morning. Today’s report is part 2 of the series.
Five Things that are Absolutely Necessary to Protect Casino Games
NOTE: Willy Allison (l.), the organizer of the World Game Protection Conference, to be held March 5-7 at Tropicana in Las Vegas, and one of the top experts in casino surveillance, published this article on his game protection blog in the run-up to his show. This week, the GGB News Special Report will reprint it in installments each morning. Today’s report is part 1 of the series.
Sports Betting Legislation Likely in Some States, Unsure in Others
There are six states that are mulling over legalizing sports betting and while North Carolina seems certain to pass legislation, states like Alabama are finding it hard to gain any momentum on the topic.
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WEEKLY FEATURE: Bermuda Premier Wants to Save Casino Industry
The government of Bermuda, a British Overseas Territory, has called for a redo of gambling laws in order to restart the process for bringing casino gambling to the country. Promoting the building of integrated resorts has been a goal of Premier David Burt (l.), but recently a developer, Century Casinos, withdrew from a longtime project and a casino looks unlikely.
Maverick Lawsuit Against Tribal Monopoly Dismissed
Maverick Gaming and its CEO Eric Persson (l.) have lost what they believe is merely the first round in a long legal battle over tribal exclusivity of sports betting in Washington state. A U.S. District judge dismissed Maverick’s lawsuit on February 21.
Brazil Government Ends Delay, Will Regulate Sports Betting
Brazil could soon have functioning sports betting regulations by the end of February. That’s if President Luiz Inácio Lula da Silva (l.) signs a Provisional Measure (PM) that would provide regulations to Federal Law No 13,756. The law was approved in 2019. The PM would be in force for 60 days until approved by Congress.
Tonko’s Bill to Ban Gambling Ads Draws Fire
When New York Congressman Paul Tonko (l.) introduced a bill to ban ads for sports betting, did he expect this reaction? Either way, the reaction among the industry has been swift and critical.
Macau Rebound Limited by Labor Shortages
Macau tourism has bounced back since travel restrictions were lifted in January, and non-gaming spend is also on the rise. But staff shortages in the hospitality sector could affect the city’s ongoing recovery.
New York City Competition Heats Up
New York City Mayor Eric Adams (l.) is staying out of the competition for three casino licenses in and around the Big Apple, even as new developments crop up with several bidding entities, and his former chief of staff signs on with one of the applicants.
U.K. Gambling White Paper Delayed Again
Another day, another new Culture Secretary for the U.K. and another delay in the release of the White Paper that will detail proposed changes for the Gambling Act of 2005. According to a report by CDC Gaming Reports, the new secretary, Lucy Frazer (l.), will need time to acclimate to her new job before taking up the proposed changes.
Penn Entertainment Concludes Purchase of Barstool Sports
It took three years, but Penn Entertainment has completed its purchase of Barstool Sports. The multi-faceted entertainment company will continue enhancing its role as a sportsbook.
FANTINI’S FINANCE: Pixels at the End of the Tunnel
To this point, much of gaming’s momentum from 2022 has continued into 2023, but as fears of recession continue to rise among brick-and-mortar outfits, online sports betting and iGaming operators appear to finally be on the right path to real growth.
GLOBAL GAMING BUSINESS PODCAST: Mark Lipparelli, Chairman, International Center for Responsible Gaming
Mark Lipparelli, new chairman of the International Center for Problem Gaming, spoke with GGB Publisher Roger Gros in February in Las Vegas.
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China, Cambodia Allies in the Fight Against Illegal Gambling
The Chinese government is backing Cambodia in its efforts to rein in online and cross-border gambling. The industry, once based primarily in Sihanoukville (l.), has been linked to crimes including human trafficking.
Waiting Game Continues for Nagasaki, Osaka
The Japanese government is taking its time approving integrated resorts in Nagasaki (l.)and Osaka. But officials in the prefectures are moving ahead with plans and funding for the multibillion-dollar complexes.
More than a Year Later, NagaWorld Labor Dispute at a Stalemate
The labor dispute between Cambodia’s NagaWorld casino and dismissed employees remains at an impasse, more than a year after it started. Labor leaders continue to press for the reinstatement of fired workers.
Venetian Macao Prepared to Welcome Global Tourists
A foreigners’ gaming zone with baccarat and English-speaking staff is ready for guests at the Venetian Macao, in a space once reserved for VIPs. Meanwhile, consultant Alidad Tash says VIPs may move beyond Macau.
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U.K. to Let Premier League Decide on Limiting Ads on Shirts
The U.K. could have taken a stern approach and insisted on a ban on gambling advertising on Premier League shirts. But instead they are letting the league voluntarily make the decision of whether or not to get rid of the sponsorships.
Italy Moves to Reorganize Gaming Laws
Italy’s new “National Conservative” government is calling for a reorganization of the country’s gambling laws. Treasury Deputy Italo Volpe (l.) said his goal is “bringing stability to the marketplace.” He added that regulatory intervention “must be made.”
Swedish Regulator Switches Stance of License Requirements
Under pressure from an adverse legal ruling, Spelinspektionen, the Swedish Gambling Authority, has reversed itself on the question of rejecting casino license applications because of negative equity. This arose when the gaming company Avento appealed the rejection of its license to the Administrative Court.
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Star Announces New Potential Funding to Supplement Losses
Star Entertainment racked up $861 million in losses for the second half of last year, but the good news is that U.S.-based Oaktree Capital Management may be providing some $545 million in funding to help get the beaten-down operator back on its feet.
NSW: Key Union Boss Warns that Increased Taxes Would Cost Jobs
Dario Mujkic, head of Australia’s United Workers Union, has waded into the conversation surrounding proposed tax increases for table games and poker machines in New South Wales, telling NSW Treasurer Matt Kean (l.) that a large number of casino employees would lose their jobs if the increases are fully adopted.
Multimillion-Dollar Sports Betting Scam Uncovered in NSW
Investors of Simply the Bets, a fictitious sports betting platform perpetrated by Sydney resident Michael Pryde (l.), have begun filing lawsuits in New South Wales, alleging that Pryde defrauded them of millions of dollars.
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N.Y. State Senator Proposes to Fund MTA Through iGaming
Joseph Addabbo (l.), the state Senator from New York, is never without an idea to help his constituents and the state. The latest move is a bill to approve iGaming and send the tax revenue to fix the MTA.
Maryland Senate Considers Online Gambling Bill
Maryland state Senators on the Budget and Taxation Committee heard testimony on a bill to allow a voter referendum on online gambling next year. Black and minority business owners asked to be included in future gambling expansion.
NJ Online Poker Soars with Multi-State Pool
Online poker revenue in New Jersey rose nearly 25 percent after January 1 activation of a multi-state player pool created by players in New Jersey and Michigan.
Experts Laud NJ iGaming RG Policy
Experts are saying the new policy requiring online casino and sportsbook operators to monitor for activities indicating a potential gambling disorder could become the new industry standard.
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William Hill’s Woes Cause Headaches for Caesars
It’s been a rough few months for William Hill and Caesars Entertainment, which has seen its William Hill Nevada app crash during the Super Bowl, employees’ embezzling money, and a $30 million payoff for a wager.
Ohio Regulators Won’t Offer Bettors Wagers on XFL
If you’re in Ohio and you care about a complete football fix in the spring off-season, one league is off limits. The XFL has not been approved for betting by the Ohio Casino Control Commission.
Former Track in Line to Secure License for Sports Betting
Suffolk Downs (l.) is holding on to its simulcasting license because it’s the ticket to something bigger—Suffolk will receive a sports betting license to operate a brick-and-mortar sportsbook.
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Rio Announces Large-Scale Renovations, Operational Shake-Up
Dreamscape Companies CEO Eric Birnbaum (l.), owner of the Rio, recently raised over $800 million in capital and has big plans for it, including a large-scale renovation of the property and the formation of two new companies that will presumably be used to supplant Caesars Entertainment as the operators of the off-Strip casino.
Temporary American Place Casino Opens In Illinois
More than 14,000 people visited the new Temporary by American Place in Waukegan, Illinois in two and a half days following its February 17 opening. Construction on the permanent structure is expected to start later this year.
New Site Emerges for A’s Vegas Relocation; Team Hires Group of Lobbyists
Out of nowhere, the Rio (l.) has emerged as a third potential relocation site for the Oakland Athletics, who have long been looking to follow the Raiders’ footsteps by migrating to the Las Vegas Valley. The team has also hired a gaggle of lobbyists to try and convince state lawmakers to put public money towards a new, $1 billion ballpark.
Charitable Gambling Unaffected By Nebraska Casinos
Casinos have not caused a decline in charitable gambling in Nebraska, according to official figures from state lottery director Brian Rockey (l.). In 2020, voters approved casinos at the state’s licensed racetrack. Since then, three temporary casinos have opened.
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Tribes: California Sports Betting is Possible if Operators Show Respect
In the wake of stunning defeats of both sports betting propositions in California, tribal leaders have given an opening to sportsbook operators. Their message: Work with us and understand we hold the best hand.
Boyd, California Tribe Consider Casino Expansion
Sky River Casino (l.) near Sacramento opened in August, six weeks earlier than expected, and now Boyd Gaming and Wilton Rancheria are making plans to expand the property with a hotel and convention center.
Pokagon Band Opens Indiana Hotel Tower
The Pokagon Band of Potawatomi Indians will open its 23-story, 317-room hotel tower (l.) at its Four Winds Casino in South Bend, Indiana on March 1. The facility offers a spa, pool restaurants and event space and will employ 400 people.
Latest Attempt to Bring Lottery to NV Centered Around Mental Health
Even though lawmakers have tried to establish a lottery system in Nevada for decades, their efforts have always failed. This year, however, Assemblyman C.H. Miller has proposed an amendment to the state Constitution that would create a lottery and earmark revenues for youth-focused mental health services.
Watson Out as MSG Sphere President Ahead of Long-Awaited Opening
Investors and entertainment lovers alike have waited patiently for the opening of the long-delayed, multibillion-dollar MSG Sphere venue on the Las Vegas Strip, which is set for September. However, Sphere President Lucas Watson (l.) has left the company, creating a storm of new uncertainties.
Ted Chan Appointed Galaxy CFO
Galaxy Entertainment Group has appointed Ted Chan (l.) as the company’s new chief financial officer, replacing Robert Drake. Chan was formerly COO of the group’s Japan development unit.
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MGM Resorts Endorses United Nations Water Mandate
MGM Resorts International endorsed the United Nations CEO Water Mandate to address water crises and challenges. MGM is the first gaming company to sign the mandate, along with more than 230 other companies worldwide.
GiG Looks to Split Into Two Companies
Gaming Innovation Group is reviewing a plan to split into two independent, publicly listed companies, one handling online gaming media services and the other for its sportsbook platform.
Novomatic Americas to Relocate Headquarters
Novomatic Americas will relocate its headquarters from Mount Prospect, Illinois to a specially designed and equipped headquarters in Buffalo Grove, Illinois (l.).
Global Payments Gaming Division to Become Pavilion Payments
Parthenon Capital has acquired the gaming arm of Global Payments Inc., Global Payments Gaming Solutions, and will rebrand it as an independent company known as Pavilion Payments.
Merkur Partners with Reel Games
Merkur Gaming has signed a sales partnership with Florida-based Reel Games, which will now be responsible for marketing and after-sales service of Merkur games in Latin American markets.
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WISE (Women in Sports & Events) Las Vegas and Global Gaming Women (GGW) Team Up For Inaugural Event
Last week, WISE (Women in Sports & Events) Las Vegas and Global Gaming Women (GGW) announce the "Women of Inspiration" celebration in honor of women's history month at Allegiant Stadium. The inaugural event celebrates inspirational women at the intersection of gaming and sports.
BCLC Plans RG Conference, March 6-8 in Vancouver
The British Columbia Lottery Corp.’s 11th annual New Horizons in Responsible Gambling Conference will be held March 6-8 in Vancouver, B.C.
Konami Showcasing All Facets at Upcoming Indian Gaming Tradeshow
Konami Gaming announced that it will showcase a range of new products at the Indian Gaming Tradeshow & Convention next month.
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