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Pennsylvania takes first steps in sports betting regulation
30th May
American Gaming Association outlines US sports betting stance
29th May
MGM Resorts expands into New York with $850m acquisition
29th May
Nevada top executives paid $145m in 2017
25th May
New Jersey rubs salt into NCAA wounds with $150m lawsuit
24th May
Washington DC considers sports betting legalisation
24th May
Aristocrat revenues up 28.5% during H1 2018
23rd May
Paddy Power Betfair agrees FanDuel acquisition
23rd May
Vietnam changing course on casino development incentives
23rd May
Thirteen casinos targeted in Cyprus money laundering probe
22nd May
IGT sole bidder in Rhode Island sports betting roll out
22nd May
Race for Andorra casino licence nears final furlong
22nd May
IGT reports 5% revenue growth in Q1 2018
21st May
Bet365 upping sticks to Malta post Brexit
11th May
MGM Resorts to buy back $2bn of its own shares
11th May
The Stars Group Q1 2018 revenues up 23%
10th May
Kambi Group creates Chief Product Officer role
10th May
Louisiana DFS bill moves a step closer
10th May
Hard Rock receives Atlantic City licence
9th May
Mohegan Sun takes sole ownership of Incheon casino project
8th May
Moldova to end monopoly system on gambling
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William Hill enjoys strong online and US growth
4th May
Remote Gambling Association issues GDPR guidelines
4th May
Catena Media revenues up 57% in Q1 2018
3rd May
Scientific Games reshuffles its executive pack
3rd May
Scientific Games revenue up 12% in Q1 2018
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LeoVegas hit with £600,000 UKGC penalty package
1st May
Nektan makes double COO appointment
1st May
Cherry AB increases its stake in Almor
1st May
Macau revenue up 27.6% in April
1st May
Connecticut tribes demand exclusivity on sports betting
1st May
Nevada's billion dollar revenue streak continues
30th April
Wynn Boston Harbour to rebrand following regulatory scrutiny
26th April
Caesars continues its non-gaming expansion into Mexico
24th April
National Indian Gaming Association outlines its support for sports betting
24th April
AffiliateCon Sofia welcomes Google Performance Marketeer
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Connecticut tribal casino row rumbles on
23rd April
Malta Gaming Authority appoints new CEO
23rd April
The Stars Group buys Sky Betting & Gaming for $4.7bn
20th April
UK football leagues stand with US sporting associations
19th April
Global Gaming CEO steps down
18th April
Cherry AB reports 104% revenue growth during FY2017
17th April
DraftKings heads down under with Australian expansion
17th April
Caesars signs agreement with Buena Vista Rancheria
17th April
Tri- State online poker network launches 1 May
17th April
SG Digital gets foot in the door in New Jersey
16th April
Caesars announce non-gaming themed Dubai expansion plans



IN-DEPTH 18 February 2020
A decade to remember

As we celebrate our 10th birthday, David Cook looks back on a momentous decade for both the industry and this publication.

What an incredible 10 years it’s been in gaming. At the start of the last decade, mobile gaming was in its infancy, there was no regulated online gambling in the US (or single-game sports betting outside Nevada), the fixed-odds betting terminal (FOBT) debate in the UK had barely gained traction, and some of gaming’s biggest holding companies either didn’t exist or were amoeba-sized compared to what they are now.

Another thing the gaming industry was yet to know about in 2010 was Gambling Insider. There was a gap in the market for a magazine to come along that could provide first-class insight into both the land-based and digital markets within one publication, while also covering all territories across the globe. Our founders used their industry contacts wisely and with a great amount of effort, built a publication that every significant company in gaming has wanted to be involved with at one time or another.

Whether you’ve been an avid follower of our work across the last decade, or whether you’re reading us for the first time, we hope you see how much effort goes into making sure we cover all relevant topics that the senior management who read this magazine want to know about. It’s not always easy to keep on top of everything, but in an industry that changes as quickly as this one does, there is never going to be a dull moment and we’re never exactly going to be short of topics to discuss.

You will see in this magazine, which will be distributed at ICE London, that our annual CEO Special feature is still one of our best and it continues to go from strength to strength. We first launched the CEO Special in our January/February 2015 issue, which featured the CEOs of Betfred, IGT International, Microgaming and MGM Resorts International. The list of big names hasn’t ended there, as we’ve gone on to feature the leaders of the likes of GVC Holdings, 888 Holdings, Novomatic, NetEnt, Scientific Games and, well, I could go on, but I’m sure you get my point.

I’ve personally enjoyed seeing our other products grow, including several focus issues, GamblingInsider.com and of course, the GI Huddle podcast, which we launched last year.

Looking ahead to this decade, I wonder just how much more consolidation we will see, as this has been a key theme of the industry in recent years. Ten years ago, Ladbrokes, Coral, Bwin, PartyGaming (all now owned by GVC), Paddy Power, Betfair, PokerStars and Sky Bet (now owned or will be owned byFlutter Entertainment) all operated as individual brands. Flutter also owns FanDuel. That’s without mentioning the deals we’ve seen on the supplier side, as OpenBet’s sale to NYX Gaming Group in 2016, followed by NYX’s sale to Scientific Games in 2017, were a sign of what can happen when one sports betting supplier takes such a strong hold in the market.

On a personal note, it’s been fascinating to see how the industry works above what you would normally see at ground level as a consumer. From the moment I successfully placed a £4 bet on England’s national football team to beat Mexico 3-1 in a friendly in 2010 (beginner’s luck, of course), I’ve had moments where I’ve fallen in and out of love with gambling as a player, but I must admit it’s been frustrating to see so much negative coverage of the industry, at least where we are based in the UK.

It was actually surprising to see a lack of regulation in so many markets around the world when I first started working for Gambling Insider, as here in the UK, gambling has until often been accepted as an enjoyable pastime. Sadly, that narrative has been lost in recent years, in part due to aggressive marketing, and in part due to some at times unfair and imbalanced coverage. It almost feels like we’ve had a headstart on a nation like the US, but the two markets seem to be moving in opposite directions; that’s certainly if the maximum stake reduction on FOBTs, from £100 to £2, and the pending ban on credit card gambling in the UK, are anything to go by.

Our job is not necessarily to get involved in the debates about whether the industry should be loved or hated, but to provide thought-provoking, detailed content that we hope helps our readership learn the fundamentals of how to keep improving operationally. If the industry is not up to scratch in any particular area, then of course we have to cover it, but it’s about focusing on how the industry moves forward.

With that in mind, if you just happen to be holding a glass of champagne while reading this, then please raise it to what I’m sure will be another memorable 10 years for us all – let’s reassess where we are in 2030!

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