What Not to Expect from Vegas

Las Vegas is evolving like never before, and so are its offerings. One can expect to find so many different things in Sin City that it begs the question, what can’t you find? Fret not—Ira David Sternberg (l.) has a list.

Oklahoma Choctaw Casino Resort Opening in May

The Choctaw Nation’s $238 million Choctaw Landing Casino and Resort, which opens in May in Hochatown, Oklahoma, less than four hours from Dallas, is expected to attract 443,000 visitors annually and create 400 jobs.

Shohei Ohtani, Interpreter in Center of Sports Betting Storm

Baseball’s regular season kicked off as March drew to a close. But Ippei Mizuhara (l.), the interpreter for two-time MVP Shohei Ohtani, brought loads of baggage for his debut as a Dodger in the form of wire transfers and illegal sports betting.

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WEEKLY FEATURE: Maryland iGaming Far From a Sure Thing

With the passage of an online gaming bill in the Maryland House, voters could have a chance to vote on the matter this fall. But the Senate is in no hurry to pass a companion bill, which must preface a constitutional amendment.

Fontainebleau Fires Back with Counterclaim in WLV Feud

Representatives from Fontainebleau Las Vegas have filed a counterclaim in response to a recent contract infringement lawsuit from Wynn Las Vegas, saying that Wynn is simply jealous of the shiny newcomer. The saga, while steeped in legal jargon, resembles that of a young adult novel.

Rytenskild Out as Tabcorp CEO Over Alleged Sexual Comments

Tabcorp CEO Adam Rytenskild (l.) has been ousted following an internal investigation—the longtime executive allegedly made sexual comments toward a female regulator when the company was attempting to secure a betting license extension in Victoria.

FANTINI’S FINANCE: Big Apple of My Eye

The race for New York City casino licenses is an intriguing one, and deeply political. The proposals are numerous, expansive and expensive, but no matter who the winners are, investors will be salivating.


Bloomberry, GGAM Settle Solaire Dispute

Philippines gaming operator Bloomberry Resorts, which owns Solaire in Manila, has settled a longstanding legal dispute with Global Gaming Asset Management, agreeing to buy back 921 million shares held by GGAM.


Chile’s Senate Debates Online Gaming Bill

The Chilean Senate Economic Commission is studying a bill to legalize online gambling and create a competitive market. But some industry critics say the 37 percent total tax is way too high to benefit the industry.

Both Dubai and Abu Dhabi on MGM Radar for Casino

MGM Resorts International, which wants to open the first casino in the United Arab Emirates, is looking at two possible locations. CEO and President Bill Hornbuckle (l.) is aiming at Dubai or Abu Dhabi.




Editorial States Bally’s Chicago Concerns

The Chicago Sun Times published an editorial outlining numerous concerns about Bally’s Chicago, including its need for $800 million for construction, falling stock price, underperforming temporary casino, revised hotel plans and more.

Poll Indicates Support for North Carolina Casinos

A new Survey USA poll showed 55 percent of North Carolina residents strongly or somewhat support casino gambling in rural areas, mirroring an earlier poll indicating 57 percent of voters in favor of commercial gambling.


Four Tribes Oppose Oregon Tribe’s Medford Casino

The Coquille Indian Tribe of Oregon has worked for 10 years to open a new casino in Jackson County, near Medford. This project is opposed by four tribes that have sent a letter to the Department of the Interior.

Osage Nation Competes for Missouri Lake Casino

The Oklahoma-based Osage Nation recently hired a lobbying firm to assist with efforts to develop a casino at Missouri’s Lake of the Ozarks. But an investor group supported by Bally’s also has its sights set on a lake-area casino resort.


IGT Makes Executive Changes

IGT’s Marco Drago will step down as a non-executive director, to be replaced by his son, Enrico Drago, in that role on the board, while Gil Rotem is elevated to president of IGT PlayDigital.

Mike Larragueta Appointed CEO of RSCVA

Mike Larragueta (l.) has been confirmed as the new CEO of the Reno-Sparks Convention and Visitors Authority, after an extended search process that left him as the sole candidate remaining.

Jamul Casino Names Charles Daniels IT Chief

Charles Daniel has been named vice president of information technology for Jamul Casino (l.). Daniel brings a wealth of IT experience with him to the San Diego County casino. He has been in the industry for 20 years.





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