Massachusetts Tribes May Consider Casino Purchase

The Mashantucket Pequot Nation and Mohegan Tribe are said to be considering purchasing MGM Resorts International’s MGM Springfield (l.) casino in Springfield, Massachusetts, either separately or together.

CASINO-OLOGY: Card Counting Indicators

Of all the ways that players attempt to cheat casino games, card counting in blackjack is the most popular, but surprisingly, the methods for teaching staff how to spot and stop card counting are incredibly ineffective in most cases. This edition of Casino-Ology from expert Andrew Uyal (l.) breaks down some more modern approaches to stopping the oldest trick in the book.

Crown Melbourne Returns to Full Suitability

Victorian regulators have determined that Crown Melbourne (l.) has regained the ability to hold its casino license, more than two years after it was conditionally suspended for anti-money laundering violations and other regulatory offenses.

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NYC Casino Licensing Far Off

The New York Gaming Commission estimates that applications for three downstate licenses for commercial casinos in and around New York City will not be accepted before Q1 2025.

Singapore IRs to Begin Massive Expansions

Resorts World Sentosa and Marina Bay Sands in Singapore both will undertake multibillion-dollar expansions starting this year as part of their concession renewal agreements with the government.

Star’s CEO, CFO Step Down as Company’s Struggles Continue

Star Entertainment has announced the resignation of CEO Robbie Cooke and CFO Christina Katsibouba, the latest in a growing list of departures that have plagued the company since it was first deemed unsuitable for licensure in late 2021 by New South Wales regulators.

NCAA Prez Calls for End of Prop Bets in College Games

Charlie Baker (l.), the president of the NCAA, wants proposition bets on college players stricken from sportsbook menus. Too much stress on young student athletes who have to worry about ticking off bettors who expected a certain performance.

Time Runs Short for Maryland iGaming Bill

Maryland senators declined to vote on an iGaming bill last Tuesday. If they don’t do so by April 8, the legislation is kaput for the year. The proposal passed the House 92-43 in March.

FANTINI’S FINANCE: Show ‘Em What You Got

Unfortunately, not much of the success from other sectors of the overall market has managed to spill over into the gaming side. The industry seems to have exhausted much of its one-time announcements and other hype generators, meaning that the fundamentals—leadership, planning and execution—will once again separate the winners and losers.


MGM’s Hornbuckle Meets Xi in Beijing

MGM Resorts head Bill Hornbuckle (l.) was part of a delegation of U.S. business leaders who met with Chinese President Xi Jinping last week. The move was called an attempt to thaw relations between the superpowers.


Entain and Former BetCity Owners sue Each Other

The former owners of the Netherlands-based BetCity and the U.K.-based gaming company Entain are suing each other. The suits, filed in the U.K. High Court, involve counterclaims regarding the sale of BetCity to Entain.


Chile Takes Casino License Bids

The period has closed to submit bids for casino operating licenses for two locations in Chile. The licenses are for the city of Castro on Chiloé Island and Coyhaique, the capital of the Aysén Region in Patagonia.



Minnesota Betting Bill Gains Support of Two Stakeholders

Last year, the charities said no deal to a sports betting bill that ended pull tabs, their source of income. This year, an increase in the sports betting tax to raise money for charities placated the group and the tribes as well.


Group Proposes Suburban Chicago Racetrack

The development group Lincoln Land Downs has proposed a $180 million racino in the south Chicago suburb of Richton Park. It plans to apply for a horse racing license and 2025 race dates this year, and open a casino by 2029.

Kentucky Proposes New Gambling Corporation

The Kentucky Senate passed a bill creating a new standalone corporation to regulate live horse racing, parimutuel wagering, sports betting and charitable gaming, replacing the Kentucky Horse Racing and Gaming Corporation.

Developers Add Casino To Proposed Mississippi Hotel

Developers recently added a casino to their proposed hotel in East Biloxi, Mississippi. But the $300 million Tullis Gardens Hotel & Casino (l.) faces challenges including the pending tidelands law and archaeological discoveries.



Saipan Operator Retains Executive Director

Saipan casino operator Imperial Pacific International has reappointed Chen Feng as executive director, with a term that began March 24. The operator is nearing a settlement to surrender its gaming license on the island.

Paradise Co. Appoints Co-CEOs

South Korean casino operator Paradise Co. has announced it now has two chief executive officers: current CEO Choi Sunguk and newly appointed co-CEO Choi Jong-hwan.

NIGC Announces Two Appointments

Department of the Interior Secretary Deb Haaland has appointed two to the three-person National Indian Gaming Commission (NIGC) as associate members. They are Sharon Avery and Jeannie Hovland.

Rytterstrom Named President of Borgata

The Borgata has elevated Niklas Rytterstrom (l.) to the position of president and chief operating officer, succeeding Travis Lunn, who recently returned to Luxor in Las Vegas.

Cordish Executive Named to GGW Board

Cordish Gaming Chief Marketing Officer Suzanne Trout has been named to the board of directors of Global Gaming Women for a term lasting through 2026.


iGaming Operators Launch New Trade Association

Last week, seven of the largest iGaming companies in the U.S. launched a new trade group, the Responsible Online Gaming Association. Its goal is to develop and advance responsible gaming practices.

Light & Wonder Fires Back at Aristocrat

Light & Wonder has rejected allegations in an Aristocrat patent infringement lawsuit, and will continue rollout and marketing of the subject slot game Dragon Train.




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