Betfair Threatens to Leave Italy Over Taxes

Marcello Minenna, the new director-general of Italy’s ADM customs and monopolies agency, has not made a good first impression in certain gambling circles. His across the board 0.5 percent tax increase on retail, digital and virtual sports has drawn fire from horseracing and licensed betting exchanges. The tax increase was green lit this summer after […]

SG, BetMGM Extend U.S. iGaming Partnership

Scientific Games Corporation has extended its major partnership with BetMGM and the group’s associated brands in the U.S., under which SG provides content via its OpenGaming platform. BetMGM is a leading sports betting a gaming joint venture between MGM Resorts International and GVC Holdings. “Extending our well-established partnership with BetMGM is a sign of our […]

Online Poker in West Virginia Worried About Feds

Online gambling works in West Virginia. So why isn’t online poker activated? That’s a question lawmakers will have to answer. Lawyers, too. Unlike the New Jersey battle to end the federal ban for sports betting, no one has stepped up to fight for online poker. The major obstacle is a law designed to fight organize […]

Spin Games Awarded Michigan iGaming License

Reno-based Spin Games LLC, a North American leader in remote gaming server technology and interactive content, announced that the Michigan Gaming Control Board (MGCB) has granted the company a Provisional Internet Gaming Supplier License. This license will enable Spin to deploy its proprietary and third-party iGaming content built upon the ROC remote gaming server (RGS) […]

PA Lawmakers Hear Testimony on Skill Games, VGTs

Skill-game manufacturer testifies at hearing A week after a Pennsylvania state Senate committee considered legislation to expand video gaming terminals from the current truck stops to bars and taverns, a state House committee held a public hearing in Ebensburg to consider the same subject, but with an added twist—possible inclusion of so-called “skill games” in […]

Smoke-Free Casino Could Trigger a Movement

Park MGM reopened September 30 after being shuttered by the coronavirus pandemic. Amid the usual array of post-Covid-19 restrictions and requirements, the casino added another: no smoking. On the surface, one casino ditching ciggies out of the dozens along the Strip and hundreds more throughout the country doesn’t seem to mean much, especially since similar […]

Osten Plans to Introduce Another Connecticut Casino Bill

Meet the new casino bill; just like the old casino bill. But with a few tweaks. Connecticut state Senator Cathey Osten, whose district includes both tribal casinos, for the third year running will introduce gaming legislation that she hopes will square the circle of gaming challenges that have eluded lawmakers for several years. In an […]

Twin River Casino Buys Bally’s Brand

The purchase of Bally’s Atlantic City by Twin River Worldwide Holdings was apparently the impetus for the Rhode Island-based company to complete a deal with Caesars Entertainment to buy the Bally’s brand for $20 million. Twin River paid $25 million for the Atlantic City property and said it would change the name, but the brand […]

$1.2 Billion Biloxi Casino Resort Planned

Universal Music Group and the Dakia U-Ventures investment group announced they will develop a $1.2 billion casino and 1,000-room hotel, the first of three UMUSIC Hotels, at the site of the circa 1939 Broadwater Beach Hotel, which closed in 2005—destroyed by Hurricane Katrina. The other two will be built in Atlanta and Orlando. Mississippi Governor […]

Casino Closures Devastate Tribal Health Services

In March, 524 tribal casinos operated in the U.S. The number fell to zero by mid-April due to closures forced by the coronavirus pandemic. The first ones reopened in early May but it was a long road back. As of October 12, 470 were back in business, according to the American Gaming Association. In the […]

Court Decision on Historic Races Devastating

The Kentucky Horse Racing Commission is mulling over a request to ask the state Supreme Court to reconsider its ruling that a slot-like game that appears in three of the state’s historical racing venues is not pari-mutuel wagering. Such machines resemble slot machines, but payouts are based on a parimutuel formula. Bets are determined by […]

Cosmopolitan Deploys Metal Detectors, Restricts Entry

The rise in violence on Las Vegas’s Strip has led the Cosmopolitan of Las Vegas to adopt new procedures, including deploying metal detectors and restricting access on weekends. On weekends, from 6 p.m. to 6 a.m. only those who have a reservation with the hotel or one of the restaurants, or Identity Rewards members, will […]

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