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12th September
A minor problem?
GambleAware’s new advertising campaign addressing the dangers of problem gambling in young people has sparked debate amongst industry experts. Gambling Insider explores the magnitude of youth problem gambling, how the industry is presented in these “unsettling” adverts and what more can be done to protect young people from gambling addiction.
12th May
The ABB retaliates to Labour’s pledge to reduce maximum FOBT stakes
In response to Labour’s general election manifesto, in which the party pledged to reduce the maximum stake on gaming machines to £2, the Association of British Bookmakers (ABB) have described Labour's promises to be a "bizarre and unjustified attack on betting shops".
12th May
Amaya hires William Hill’s Robin Chhabra
Amaya has confirmed Robin Chhabra, William Hill’s Group Director of Strategy and Corporate Development, has been appointed to the newly created position of Chief Corporate Development Officer.
10th May
ASA bans Bear Group ad for objectifying women
The Advertising Standards Authority (ASA) has recently banned a gambling advertisement from Bear Group, promoting the company’s online casino, for both objectifying women and suggesting that betting could enhance personal qualities and attractiveness.
5th May
Media Relations Director of Ladbrokes steps down
David Williams, long-term Media Relations Director of Ladbrokes, recently confirmed via business network LinkedIn that he has stepped down from his position.
4th May
Q1 sees LeoVegas returning to profit
LeoVegas Group AB has reported strong growth within its product verticals as the company seeks to expand its footprint beyond its home markets of Scandinavia.
4th May
Ladbrokes Coral announces Q1 results
Ladbrokes Coral Group has announced that it traded in-line with expectations in the period from 1 January to 23 April, 2017, and reported growth within its online division.
4th May
Failure of Florida bill quashes hopes for the legalisation of DFS
Lawmakers in Florida recently announced that negotiations for a new gambling law in the state are “dead” for this legislative session, which will conclude next Friday.
3rd May
MGM Resorts partners with GVC to launch playMGM brand
MGM Resorts International and GVC Holdings PLC announced today that they have agreed to collaboratively launch online casino and poker games in New Jersey under the playMGM brand.
2nd May
Paradise Park approved by Wynn Resorts
Wynn Resorts intends to begin construction on the first phase of its $1.5bn Paradise Park as early as December, creating a white sand lagoon waterfront featuring attractions in Las Vegas.
28th April
STS completes acquisition of Greep Ltd.
STS has finalised its acquisition of Greep, Ltd. – a Czech software provider for gaming operators who offer mutual bets and lotteries in Europe.
27th April
Andy Duncan steps down as Camelot UK's CEO
Camelot UK has announced that Andy Duncan will leave his role as Chief Executive Officer of Camelot, the company which operates the UK National Lottery.
27th April
UK Government scraps free play tax in Finance Bill ahead of the general election
The UK Government has decided to remove a tax on free plays and bonuses from the Finance Bill 2017.
26th April
US casinos experience 2% revenue decrease in February
The University of Nevada Las Vegas’ Center for Gaming Research have recently published a report which detailed that commercial casinos in the United States reaped a total revenue of $3.3bn in February, amounting to a 2% decrease year-on-year.
25th April
Merger talks end between Margaritaville Casino and Alabama Indian tribe
The pending merger of Margaritaville Resort and Casino and the Poarch Band of Creek Indians, an Alabama Indian tribe, has ended.
24th April
Melco and Hard Rock set to open casino in Cyprus
The city of Limassol will host Cyprus’ first casino resort, which will be operated by the consortium of ‘Melco-Hard Rock’ (Melco International and Hard Rock Entertainment), according to Cypriot news sources.
21st April
Casino cheating laws: Is clarity being lost?
According to US and UK courts, world-renowned poker player Phil Ivey’s recent methods of winning at a casino game were on the wrong side of the law. However, the decision drastically split the judges in the UK Court of Appeal; so was this truly an open and shut case?
13th April
Federal appeals court overturns ruling blocking gambling facility in Massachusetts
A native American tribe’s plans for a gambling hall on Martha’s Vineyard has been given a second chance following the federal appeals court’s decision to reverse a block on the long awaited project made previously instated by a lower court in 2015.
13th April
Scientific Games completes acquisition of Spicerack Media
Scientific Games corp recently announced the completion of its acquisition of the privately held mobile and social game company Spicerack Media, Inc.
12th April
888 Holdings may consider moving to Malta after Brexit
888 Holdings stated in a report that should Gibraltar be negatively impacted by the UK’s exit from the European Union, the company will consider relocating its headquarters to Malta.
11th April
2017 Grand National was officially the busiest day of the year for NYX
NYX Gaming Group, end-to-end supplier and technology provider to sports betting and gaming operators, announced today that it handled a total of 24 million sports bets across all channels, via its OpenBet platform, on the day of the Grand National. This makes 8th April 2017 officially the busiest day of the year for NYX.
11th April
US Department of Justice establish repayment plan for victims of Absolute Poker’s “Black Friday” fraud
The Department of Justice have recently announced that Absolute Poker is to compensate players through a claims process similar to that of Full Tilt, which is part of an ongoing civil complaint settlement following the events of online poker’s “Black Friday” in 2011.
7th April
Sky Betting & Gaming prepares to enter German market
Sky Betting & Gaming (SB&G) has announced that it is preparing to enter the next phase of its international expansion entitled ‘Sky Bet Deutschland’, and is looking for new talent to join its Munich office.
6th April
Californian casino under investigation for money-laundering
The Bicycle Hotel & Casino in Bell Gardens has reopened following a 20-hour raid which was conducted by federal agents. The Times was told by law enforcement officials that the agents seized thousands of financial records as part of a money-laundering investigation.
30th March
Nevada's table games and slots takings down 4.48% in February
February’s gaming numbers for non-restricted casinos – those with table games and 15 or more slots – provided by the Nevada Gaming Control Board convey that there has been a state-wide 4.48% drop in gaming win from February of 2016, in which the state took $989m compared to the $945.6m taken for the same period this year.
29th March
39 arrested in Malaysia following gambling crackdown
The Malaysian government has completed a chain of raids as part of its plan to crackdown on unauthorised land-based betting centres and online gaming sites, arresting 39 people in the state of Sarawak. According to the national press, the government has targeted illegal operators of the iGaming sector and the four-digit public lotteries.
29th March
Galaxy teams up with SBM to bid on Japanese casino licence
Galaxy Entertainment Group, Operator of Galaxy Macau, has joined forces with its associates Société des Bains de Mer (SBM) in Monaco to bid for a Japanese casino licence in what is set to be the next big gaming hot-spot.
28th March
Habanero revels in revenue growth ahead of European expansion
Slots and table games provider Habanero has experienced a 15.3% average month-on-month increase in revenue throughout 2017.
27th March
New Hampshire considers bill allowing construction of two casinos
The New Hampshire Senate recently voted 13 to 10 in favour of approving a bill, SB 242, which would authorise the construction of two separate casinos within the state’s borders.
27th March
Kindred consider using AI to prevent problem gambling
Kindred Futures recently co-hosted a roundtable session in London to create a forum in which opportunities surrounding artificial intelligence (AI) could be used to detect early signs of problem gambling could be explored and developed.
24th March
Consortium propose casino and shopping complex in Malta
Midi, a development consortium from Malta, has proposed a casino hotel and shopping complex for Manoel Island
22nd March
Florida’s bill to freeze casino expansion passes through House committee
A key House committee voted 11 to 7 to pass HB 7037, despite opposition from Democrats. This bill will lock Florida’s gambling footprint in place for 20 years — completely vetoing any chance of casino expansion. The passing of this bill through the house has divided the Legislature over how to resolve the lucrative gambling compact with the Seminole Tribe.
21st March
Adelson tops Forbes' rich list again
According to the Forbes Magazine’s list of the world's wealthiest billionaires, Sheldon Adelson continues to be the richest person in the world connected to the gaming industry and the world’s 20th richest man, totalling at a net worth of $30.4b. In a Forbes feature designed to track worth in real time, the Las Vegas Sands CEO already has shot to $32.7b.
20th March
MGM Grand introduce skill-based interactive golf suite
MGM Grand has recently opening its new skill-based interactive VIP golf gaming suite, Golfstream, in the new 12,000-square-foot Level Up area.
17th March
West Virginia introduces first online gambling bill
West Virginia recently introduced House Bill 3067 – the first bill to legalise and regulate online gambling in the state.
17th March
Pennsylvania table games revenue drops 3% during February
Pennsylvania casinos experienced a dramatic decrease in gross revenue from table games during February 2017. According to data released by the Pennsylvania Gaming Control Board, gross revenue was down 2.8% compared to February of last year.
17th March
Two casinos rejected by Mississippi Gaming Commission
State regulators have recently rejected two proposed casino sites on the Mississippi Gulf Coast. This is now the second time that these two sites have been blocked by the Mississippi Gaming Commission.
17th March
‘Political risks’ expected to delay Cebu casino
A group of potential investors in the US$1.4-billion casino project on the Philippine island of Cebu has dropped out due to “perceived political risks and other issues in the country”.
16th March
Gambling Commission urges parents to be wary of video game gambling
The Gambling Commission is advising parents to be on their guard against the gambling-related dangers of video games.
16th March
Connecticut’s Public Safety Committee approves two casino expansion bills
A legislative committee in Connecticut have recently approved two separate casino expansion bills, sending them forward to be considered by the full House and Senate.
15th March
Lottoland hopes to be the first private lottery operator in Germany
Lottoland has filed an application to have its own lottery in several German federal states in order to challenge the German lottery monopoly and become the first private lottery operator of a major lottery in the country.
15th March
Norway threatens to crackdown on skin betting
The Norwegian Gaming Authority (NGA) has pledged to start controlling and sanctioning operators who offer skin betting services. Skin betting is a method of wagering a game’s purchasable add-ons, primarily virtual weapons, on the outcome of the game itself.
14th March
Bwin confirmed as title sponsor of Grand Slam of Darts 2017
Bwin have recently announced that it will be sponsoring the Grand Slam of Darts for the first time under a new two-year contract with the Professional Darts Corporation.
14th March
Mississippi governor approves Daily Fantasy Sports legislation
Mississippi finally passed new Daily Fantasy Sports (DFS) legislation that will allow operators to apply for a licence to run tournaments in the state.
14th March
Industry financiers tap into eSports betting market with Blinkpool investment
Blinkpool has recently secured $700,000 in funding from venture capital investors Velo Partners and 12 other industry players who are keen to tap into the $7.4b underground eSports industry.
13th March
Tabcorp switch regulatory supervisor of Tatts Group merger
Australia-based gambling operator Tabcorp Holdings recently made a surprise move by switching the regulatory body supervising its merger with Tatts Group.
10th March
Sky Racing World Expands Partnership with TVG
Sky Racing World, distributor of horse-racing content to the Americas and subsidiary of Australian wagering operator Tabcorp, recently announced the expansion of its partnership with TVG, the California-based racing-focused TV network and advance depositing wagering (ADW) site.
9th March
GambleAware appoints four new trustees
GambleAware announced today that it has appointed four new independent trustees to its Board.
8th March
GVC extends agreement with Leap Gaming
Today GVC announced that it will be extending its virtual sports content offering from Leap Gaming across their gaming sites bwin and partycasino. Leap will continue to provide GVC’s site with its scheduled racing events currently offered as well their newest products: In-Play Tennis, Football and Instant (on-demand) virtual events.
6th March
Illinois Senate approves plan for six new casinos
Illinois legislators have tabled a proposal to expand gambling in the state by constructing six new casinos. This proposal aims to boost the needy state’s finances following a failure to devise a viable annual spending plan over the last two years.

IN-DEPTH 12 July 2018
Harald Neumann: Focusing on the future
Harald Neumann is the CEO of NOVOMATIC, one of the world’s largest gaming technology providers and casino operators. He explains how this duality differentiates the business, and shares his exciting plans for expansion in the US