Gaming Pioneer Steve Norton Recognized at ECGC

The life and times of Steve Norton (l.), who led the effort to legalize gaming in Atlantic City, was on display last week at the East Coast Gaming Congress where they paid tribute to the man with a video featuring appearances by some of the people whose lives he touched.

Macau Aims to Be ‘City of Performing Arts’

With new non-gaming investments by Macau’s Big 6 gaming concessionaires, the city is well on the way to becoming what Chief Executive Ho Iat Seng has called a “city of performing arts.”

Excellence on the East Coast

Excellence on the East Coast Photo: Thomas E.Briglia /PhotoGraphics
As former DGE chief David Rebuck (shown with show organizers Lloyd Levenson and Michael Pollock) was honored at the impressive East Coast Gaming Congress, panelists and speakers assailed the rise of so-called “skill games,” illegal online gambling, and debated responsible gaming and financial issues. (All photos courtesy Tom Briglia/PhotoGraphics)

Bell Two Spells Disaster for Star Entertainment

Things have gone from bad to worse for Star Entertainment after the first week of hearings for the Bell Two inquiry unearthed several damaging revelations about the company’s remediation efforts, or lack thereof. The future of Star Sydney, or perhaps the company overall, now hangs in the balance.

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Virginia Replaces Richmond With Petersburg

The Virginia General Assembly approved a November referendum for Petersburg voters to determine if they want a casino. Petersburg will replace Richmond, where voters twice rejected a casino, as the state’s fifth casino host city.

Pennsylvania Casino Smoking Bill Stalls

The Pennsylvania House of Representatives planned to vote on amendments to a casino smoking bill last week. But sponsors pulled the legislation from the agenda due to lack of support.

Thai Ministries Studying Casinos

In Thailand, multiple government agencies are studying a House report on legal casinos, which reportedly could significantly increase tourism to the country.

Gambling Ads Become Election Issue in Croatia

Gambling policy became an issue in the snap election in Croatia that was held April 17. One of the smaller parties, MOST, could become a coalition maker, and if so might implement its proposed ban on gambling ads.


Macau Casino Credit Bill to Become Law

Macau’s new gaming credit bill, to become law on August 1, restricts the issuance of credit to casino concessionaires, allows contracts with junkets and gives the government the power to terminate any credit arrangements.

Hong Kong Court Appoints Liquidator for IPI

On April 15, a court in Hong Kong ordered a liquidator for Saipan casino operator Imperial Pacific International. IPI owes millions in licensing fees and judgments, plus interest and costs.

Macau Legend Pushes Back Sale of Laos Resort

Hong Kong-listed Macau Legend Development expected the sale of its Savan Vegas casino complex in Laos (l.) to close by mid-April. That timeline has been delayed once again, this time to May 3.


Greece Approves Casino Resort in Athens

A suburb north of Athens, Greece, could become home to a luxury casino complex. North Star Entertainment has proposed the €250 million casino resort with 5-star hotel, convention facilities and dining.

Netherlands Bill Would Ban Online Gaming Ads

The House of Representatives of the Netherlands has voted for two gaming related bills. One would ban online gaming ads. The other would target “high-risk” online casino games.


NSW Cashless Trial Garners Mixed Results

The first report from Aristocrat’s cashless gaming trial in New South Wales revealed that the technology did well in gathering data and integrating RG tools, but was hampered by sign-up difficulties and other bugs.



Lawmakers Seek to Expand Online Wagering in Delaware

When Delaware approved a contract for BetRivers sportsbook in 2023, the state seemed content with a lone company. Now lawmakers are testing the waters for an expansion of up to five sportsbooks—if they find takers.


Kentucky Lawmakers Overturn Governor’s Veto for New Reg. Body

Kentucky’s Republican-controlled legislature overturned Democratic Gov. Andy Beshear’s (l.) veto of Senate Bill 299, which will create a new independent agency to regulate gambling. Beshear called the bill “unnecessary and unworkable,” but was ultimately overruled.

Mississippi Official Wants Tidelands Law Approval

Mississippi Secretary of State Michael Watson said lawmakers must pass a bill giving his office sole control over coastal tidelands, since a recent Supreme Court ruling “effectually gutted” the current law.

Illinois Harness Group Opposes Hawthorne’s Veto Power

Under Illinois’ 2021 gaming legislation, Hawthorne Race Course has a monopoly on vetoing any proposal for a harness racino within 35 miles of its Cicero site. The Illinois Harness Horsemen’s Association said it’s time to end that arrangement.


Biden Urged to Fill NIGC’s Vacant Chair

Indian Gaming Association Chairman Ernie Stevens, Jr., is urging the Biden administration to appoint a new chairman for the National Indian Gaming Commission. The vacancy has existed since February.

Feds Take Washington Tribal Land Into Trust

The Puyallup Tribe will have 17 acres of tribal waterfront land added to its Tacoma reservation under the recently passed Puyallup Tribe of Indians Land Into Trust Act, which awaits President Joe Biden’s signature.

Texas Tribe To Build New Casino Resort

The Alabama-Coushatta Tribe of Texas will build a new casino resort at its Polk County reservation near Livingston. The tribe also plans to extensively remodel and install electronic bingo machines at its Ischoopa/One Stop Convenience Store and Truck Stop.



Rush Street Interactive Names Sapp CMO

Brian Sapp (l.), a 20-year veteran of data-driven marketing and live operations within the mobile industry, was named chief marketing officer at the online casino and sports betting company Rush Street Interactive.




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