Big Game Betting

In the lead up to the highly anticipated San Francisco-Kansas City championship rematch this weekend, the AGA’s Vice President of Research Dave Forman (l.) explains how American demand for legal wagering has reached a new high as the Super Bowl comes to Las Vegas for the first time ever.

A New Vocabulary for A New Las Vegas

The Las Vegas of today is far different from its past iterations. As such, why don’t we think of some new terms and shorthand to add to the ever-evolving city lexicon? As always, Vegas expert Ira David Sternberg (l.) has some ideas.

Hacking the House: Insights on Social Engineering Tactics

In 2023, cybersecurity was undoubtedly the biggest topic of conversation throughout the gaming world, and for good reason, given the high-profile attacks that rocked the industry. In efforts to change that narrative for 2024, cybersecurity expert Mishaal Khan (l.) breaks down various hacking techniques and how to combat them.

Tropicana Will Close April 2, Clearing Path for A’s Ballpark

It’s official: the Tropicana Las Vegas (l.) will close April 2 to make way for a new $1.5 billion ballpark for the Oakland A’s, soon to be the Las Vegas A’s. Additionally, team owner John Fisher recently made his first public speaking appearance, in which he confirmed the possibility of selling minority shares in the franchise.

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Culinary Reaches New Deals as Negotiations Continue

The Culinary Union is continuing to sign new labor contracts with independent contractors throughout Las Vegas, having whittled down the remaining list to less than 10 ahead of the extended February 5 deadline.

Virginia Senate Committee Approves Petersburg Casino Vote

A bill that would allow Petersburg to replace Richmond as a casino host city is moving forward in the Virginia Senate, following Richmond’s double defeat. Also advancing is a measure allowing Fairfax County to hold a casino referendum.

Judge Closes Book on Wynn Sexual Harassment Saga

The 2019 sexual harassment case that ultimately crumbled the legacy of Steve Wynn (l.) and derailed his former company Wynn Resorts has now been officially closed, following the approval of an undisclosed settlement that was first announced last September.

Goa Tax Change Could Benefit Gaming

The cabinet of the state of Goa, India has repealed the Goa Goods and Services Tax (Amendment) Ordinance of 2023. It is substituting the Goa Goods and Services Tax (Amendment) Act of 2024, which clarifies how gambling is taxed.

FANTINI’S FINANCE: Be Still My Flutter-ing Heart

Flutter Entertainment’s recent listing on the New York Stock Exchange has U.S. investors grinning with glee over the possibility of continued market share growth coupled with pared down promotional spending. But does the international powerhouse have the tools to succeed where others haven’t?


PAGCOR Wants to Cut Tax on Gambling Win

In an effort to be more competitive with jurisdictions like Macau and Singapore, the Philippines’ gaming regulator wants to reduce the tax on casino winnings. A bill is now before the Senate.

Imperial Pacific Adds CNMI Governor to Lawsuit

Imperial Pacific International has added the governor of the Mariana Islands to its lawsuit against the Commonwealth Casino Commission. IPI claims that wrong actions by both defendants absolves it of millions in fees.


French Regulator Makes Protecting Minors a Priority

ANJ, the independent French gaming administrative authority is making protecting minors a top priority in its 2024-26 strategic plan. That is one of three central pillars of the plan that was created after stakeholder consultations.

HRI Racecourses Acquires New Sponsors

O’Driscoll’s Irish Whiskey has become a new sponsor to Horse Racing Ireland (HRI), the governing body of horse racing in Ireland. HRI has been busy the past 18 months obtaining sponsorships from sponsors in non-gaming industries.



Maryland Considers Online Casino Bill

Maryland Senator Ron Watson will sponsor new legislation to legalize online casinos and poker in the state. The bill would allow each of Maryland’s six casinos to partner with two online gaming operators.


Missouri Sports Betting PAC Supported by DraftKings, FanDuel

Missouri's professional sports teams and the online gambling industry have come together to push for the legalization of sports betting in the state. With the formation of the "Winning for Missouri Education" PAC, there is renewed hope for progress in this area.


Alabama Lawmakers To Sponsor Gambling Measure

Two Alabama House Republicans are working on legislation to allow a minimum number of casinos, create a state lottery and legalize sports betting. The bill also would strengthen enforcement of laws against illegal gambling.

Mississippi Regulators Approve Biloxi Casino Site

After four attempts over 16 years, RW Development won the Mississippi Gaming Commission’s approval for a Biloxi casino site. But Secretary of State Michael Watson (l.) said the situation “reeks more of politics than a legal development.”

Florida Lawmakers Consider Illegal Slots Measures

Two bills in the Florida Legislature would clarify laws regarding gray-market slot machines and classify operating an illegal gambling venue as a third-degree felony instead of a more lenient second-degree misdemeanor.

Alaska Lawmakers Eye Cruise Slots

Legislation to authorize slot machines on Alaska Marine Highway System ferry boats was met with skepticism from lawmakers in its first committee hearing.

NJ, WA Could Establish Problem Gambling Courts

Lawmakers in New Jersey and Washington State have filed bills to establish special courts for people whose financial crimes are precipitated by gambling disorder. The model was created by a Nevada judge.

PGCB Fines Two Licensees

Two gaming industry companies have been fined a total of $27,500 by the Pennsylvania Gaming Control Board. They are Stakelogic, which manufactures interactive games, and TA Operating LLC, which has a video gaming parlor.

Michigan Regulator Praises Governor’s Objectives

Henry Williams, executive director at the Michigan Gaming Control Board, said he agrees with Governor Gretchen Whitmer’s (l.) economic goals for the state, noting Michigan’s gaming industry plays a vital role.


CNIGA Opposed CA Ballot Effort From the Start

On the surface, Eagle1’s effort to get ballot referendums ready for voting on behalf of tribal interests in California was genuine. But the major tribes in the state demanded they pull the effort. And so they did.


BMM Testlabs Promotes Foley, Turrini and White

BMM Testlabs last week announced that it has promoted three veteran executives, Travis Foley, Marzia Turrini and Kirk White as the company restructures from a regional to fully global organization.

Global Gaming Women Announces Leadership Appointments

Global Gaming Women has appointed Konami Sales VP Lauren Bates as president of the organization’s board of directors, and has appointed Light & Wonder Gaming CEO Siobhan Lane and Caesars Entertainment SVP Brandi Ellis as vice presidents.

Scientific Games Names Andrew Jackson ESG VP

Andrew Jackson was named vice president of Environmental, Social and Governance at Scientific Games. Most recently he was director of Quality, Compliance and R&D at its instant game production and technology facility in Leeds, UK.


Report: BetMGM and X Close to Deal

The Fortune magazine story that reports a potential collaboration between BetMGM and X to bring sports betting odds to the social media platform could reshape the online gambling landscape.




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