Hybrid Gaming: What is it and Why Does it Matter?

As the technology and regulatory framework behind the U.S. online gaming industry continue to evolve, hybrid gaming has emerged as a way to bridge the gap between traditional live-dealer games and virtual formats.

Dutch KSA Sets Gambling Deposit Limits

The Dutch gambling regulator Kansspelautoriteit (KSA) has set new gambling deposit limits for younger players. It set a deposit limit of €300 ($325) for players 18-24 years old and €700 ($760) for players over 24.

GameON Rocks Boston

The seventh edition of the unique AGS GameON Customer Summit offers compelling sessions, networking in an intimate setting, and the amenities of Encore Boston Harbor.

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Hard Rock Delays Opening of Permanent Bristol Casino

Bristol, VA bettors will have to wait a little longer for the city’s permanent casino, as Hard Rock officials announced last week that the property will host a full opening later this year rather than a phased opening beginning in July.

Texas Senators Unlikely To Support Gambling Legislation

Texas’ Lt. Gov. Dan Patrick (l.) has stated he will not bring gambling legislation to the Senate floor unless a majority of Republican senators support it. He’s concerned casino resorts’ economic benefits can’t compensate for the societal costs.

Executive Shakeup at Newport Philippines

In a surprise exit June 1, top executives at Newport World Resorts in Manila followed retiring CEO Kingson Sian out the door. On the same day, COO Hakan Dagtas and CFO Bernard Than also resigned.

Alberta Mulls Ontario’s Model for Sports Betting

Alberta, Canada is looking at neighboring Ontario’s sports betting model, which includes a competitive market. Currently the province has a government-run monopoly called Play Alberta that isn’t very popular.

North Carolina Tribal Casino Construction Starts

The Catawba Indian Nation broke ground on its permanent $700 million casino resort near Charlotte, N.C., at the site of its temporary facility. The project was delayed by a development contract dispute.

GGB PODCAST: Rob Norton, President, Cordish Gaming

This week we sit down with Rob Norton (l.), the president of Cordish Gaming, to talk about the expansion of the company’s Live! casino brand. Norton also pays tribute to his late father, the gaming pioneer Steve Norton.

GGB Podcast sponsored by iGB Live.


UEC May Seek Damages from Former CEO

Japanese conglomerate Universal Entertainment Corp. could file suit against former director, president, CEO and CIO Jun Fujimoto, who allegedly breached his fiduciary duties in a $43 million money transfer.

In Cambodia, Low Gaming Taxes Bring Mass Players

Lower taxes on GGR attract more mass players to Cambodia, says gaming commission advisor Daniel Li. Mass revenues are taxed at 7 percent, versus about 35 percent in Vietnam and up to 22 percent in Singapore.


Kids Exposed to Fewer Gambling Ads in U.K.

The exposure of children 16 and under to gambling advertisements in the U.K. has declined precipitately in the years since 2010. That’s according to a study conducted by the Advertising Standards Authority (ASA).

Ukraine Cracks Down on Illegal Gambling Sites

Ukraine, in an ongoing campaign to squash illegal and unregulated gambling, is targeting 433 illegal online operators. This is a team effort of the Ukrainian Gambling Commission and Security Service of Ukraine.



Michigan High Court To Hear Case Against BetMGM

Jacqueline Davis believes she won $3.2 million on an online slot on BetMGM’s site. The sportsbook says Davis didn’t win because the game had a glitch. The Michigan Supreme Court will try to settle the issue.



Investor Speculation Sends Caesars, Penn Soaring

Two of the biggest U.S. operators saw their stocks jump more than 15 percent due to investor speculation. For Caesars, that involved the potential reintroduction of Carl Icahn and for Penn, that involved a very harsh open letter to management.

Louisiana Casino Is Latest To Move Ashore

The 30-year-old Treasure Chest in Kenner, Louisiana moved from a riverboat to a land-based $100 million facility (l.). The new venue offers a 48,000-square-foot casino, four restaurants and convention space.

Alabama Official Wants Gambling Special Session

Alabama legislators failed to pass a lottery and casino gambling but David Bronner at Retirement Systems of Alabama said he hopes Gov. Kay Ivey will call a special session on gambling to provide retiree funding. Ivey, however, said she has no plans for that.


Bressler Named Interim CFO of Bragg

Finance veteran Robbie Bressler (l.) was named interim chief financial officer of Bragg Gaming Group, following previous stints at Bally’s Corp. and Gamesys Group.