Dallas Considers Possible Casino Gambling

As casino operators buy up Dallas real estate, a city council committee discussed urging state lawmakers to legalize casino gambling and the need to make plans now in case that actually happens.

EKG Announces Slot Awards Nominees

Eilers & Krejcik Gaming has announced the nominees for the 6th Annual EKG Slot Awards, covering both land-based and online games, with awards to be held February 29 at Cosmopolitan Las Vegas.

Sibella’s Plea Deal Rocks Industry

When former MGM executive Scott Sibella (l.) pled guilty last week to money laundering charges, the Las Vegas casino business was shocked. Is this the industry’s dirty little secret?

France’s FDJ Makes Takeover Bid for Kindred Group

French operator La Française des Jeux has made an aggressive €2.6 billion ($2.83 billion) takeover bid for Kindred Group, the latest in a series of expansionary moves for the firm as it looks to grow its European influence.

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Nebraska Regulators Reject Market Study

The Nebraska Racing and Gaming Commission said the Innovation Group’s recent gaming market study doesn’t have enough information to help them decide whether or not to grant new racino licenses.

Bally’s Chicago Resubmits Building Plans

Bally’s is working with Chicago officials on a new plan for a 35-story hotel tower at its permanent casino and entertainment complex, still expected to open in September 2026. The original project (l.) could have damaged city water pipes.

Nagasaki May Give IR Another Try

Nagasaki officials want to know why the prefecture was not approved for an integrated resort with gaming. Depending on the answers, they may try again to win an IR license.

Mohegan Inspire Wins Korean Casino License

Mohegan Gaming’s Inspire Entertainment Resort in Incheon, South Korea will receive a gaming license. The resort, which opened in November, had to win a five-star hotel rating before it could open its foreigner-only casino.

ATG CEO Urges Differentiated Tax Rate

Sweden’s Aktiebolaget Trav och Galopp (ATG) CEO Hans Lord Skarplöth (l.) says a proposed sweeping 4 percent gambling tax hike could hurt the already stumbling horse racing industry. He is calling for a differentiated tax rate.

FANTINI’S FINANCE: A Tale of Two Gambles

As we begin fourth-quarter earnings season, Las Vegas Sands and Inspired Entertainment represent two interesting examples of growth potential. While they couldn’t be more different in terms of size and scope, their risk/reward thought processes are somewhat similar.

United Nations Links Asian Casinos, Financial Crimes

A January 15 report from the United Nations says casinos and junkets are a “critical piece” of the “underground banking and money laundering infrastructure” in East and Southeast Asia, and the threat is growing.


Macau Jockey Club Could Become Concert Venue

The Macau Jockey Club, which is scheduled to close on April 1, may serve as a concert venue, says Elsie Ao Ieong, the city’s Secretary for Social Affairs and Culture. The club may be ideal after recent noise complaints.

Counterfeit Chip Scam Busted in Macau

A suspected counterfeit chip scam has been busted by Macau law enforcement. The scam reportedly caused losses of HKD1.62 million ($210,000) for a casino in the city.



Chilean Bill Would Regulate Online Gaming

The Chilean Ministry of Finance has submitted a bill to the Senate to regulate online gaming platforms. The bill, which was previously passed by Chile’s Chamber of Deputies, seeks to create a safe environment for consumers.

Codere Wins Victory in Mexican Court

Codere, a gaming company that operates in several Latin American countries, has won an initial victory in Mexico’s highest court. The company has challenged a $70 million-plus tax bill the Ministry of Finance says it owes.


Rhode Island to Launch iGaming March 1

Rhode Island has confirmed that online casino gaming will launch in the state on March 1, with an operating monopoly to Bally’s Corporation, which operates the only casinos in the state.


Missouri Faces Potential Flaws in Sports Betting Proposal

Missouri seems to be having some sports betting trouble. Let’s start with the tax—the administration says there is no mechanism to collect and transmit the tax to its rightful place. Nonsense. The state constitution provides the way to do it.

Maine Sports Betting Could Face Setbacks

Blame it on Milt Champion (l.), executive director of the Maine Gaming Control Unit. He issued temporary licenses and in order to fix the problem, the sports betting universe may have to shut down in Maine.


Casino Opponents Speak Up on Long Island

More than 300 Nassau County residents attended a public meeting in which supporters and opponents of the proposed Las Vegas Sands casino at the Nassau Coliseum (l.) site spoke their minds.

Virginia Senate Committee Considers Petersburg

A Virginia Senate committee is considering legislation that would change the parameters of a casino host city, allowing Petersburg to replace Richmond, where voters twice rejected a casino.

Alabama Lawmakers to Consider Gambling Amendment

Alabama House lawmakers are expected to debate a constitutional amendment to legalize casino gambling, a lottery and sports betting. A statewide referendum would be required if the legislation passes.



Star Appoints New Sydney, Brisbane CEOs

Star Entertainment recently announced that it has appointed Janelle Campbell as the new CEO of Star Sydney and Daniel Finch as CEO of the company’s Brisbane division.





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