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Friday, 29th January 2021
Lottery.com has entered the Turkish market after agreeing a 30-year partnership with lottery operator Inball. Turkish lottery operator Inball will offer select Lottery.com products in the country, both...
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Friday, 29th January 2021
For the second year in a row, Bet365 CEO Denise Coates and her family have topped the British taxpayer list. According to the Sunday Times Tax List 2021, which covers tax liability for 2020, Coates and...
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Friday, 29th January 2021
The European Gaming and Betting Association (EGBA) has flagged up concerns regarding the impact the UK’s exit from the European Union (EU) will have on the online gambling industry. The UK reached...
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Friday, 29th January 2021
Safer gambling charities GamCare and Young Gamers and Gamblers Education Trust (YGAM) have announced the duo exceeded first-year targets for the joint programme aimed at preventing gambling harm among...
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Friday, 29th January 2021
Catena Media has confirmed Michael Daly as its new CEO, with the change effective from 1 March 2021. Daly has been in charge of Catena Media’s US operations since April 2018. Prior to the role,...
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Friday, 29th January 2021
According to data released by the government, Macau’s VIP gambling sector has 77 gaming rooms and 1,566 gaming tables, continuing a downward trend in the region. While no exact numbers were released,...
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Friday, 29th January 2021
White Supreme Corp, a company that recently acquired 50% of Genting Macau Holdings Ltd, will be given the opportunity to purchase the remaining stake. The acquisition, completed back in December, cost...
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Friday, 29th January 2021
Crown Resorts has announced the appointment of Nigel Morrison as a new non-executive director to the Crown Board. A former CEO of SkyCity Entertainment Group, Morrison is planned as a direct replacement...
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Thursday, 28th January 2021
Supplier Suzo Happ has confirmed Tim Kennedy as its new VP of sales for Europe. Formerly director of sales for the UK, Kennedy will now work across the whole European continent effective immediately. Suzo...
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Thursday, 28th January 2021
Kambi has entered into a multi-year agremeent to provide its sportsbook services to Argentine operator Casino Magic. The sports betting supplier will support the launch of a digital Casino Magic sportsbook...
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Thursday, 28th January 2021
White Hat Gaming has committed to a programme that will strengthen its social responsibility and anti-money laundering procedures, following an investigation from the Gambling Commission. The regulator...
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Thursday, 28th January 2021
Rank Group’s H1 2020/21 results suggest pre-COVID-19 level revenue will be reached by the end of 2022, according to an analyst. Rank Group saw its group revenue drop by 58% year-on-year for the...
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Thursday, 28th January 2021
The Star Entertainment Group has announced that it will increase the capacity at its flagship property The Star Sydney to 5,000 people across the casino area. The decision comes as the New South Wales...
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Thursday, 28th January 2021
Fonbet has been announced as the official sports betting partner of Italian football club AC Milan in the Russia and Commonwealth of Independent States (CIS) region. The Russian-based sports betting operator’s...
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Thursday, 28th January 2021
Oshidori International Development Godogaisha and Mohegan Gaming & Entertainment (MGE) have announced a partnership to bid for an integrated resort (IR) licence in Nagasaki, Japan.  According...
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Thursday, 28th January 2021
Sands China Ltd has reported total net revenue of $672m for Q4 2020, a 70% decline from $2.24bn for the same period in 2019. Net loss was $246m against net income of $513m reported for Q4 2019. Quarter-on-quarter...
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Thursday, 28th January 2021
New Las Vegas Sands chairman and CEO Robert Goldstein says that the operator is exploring the potential of entering the sports betting, digital and online gaming marketplace. Goldstein recently took over...
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Wednesday, 27th January 2021
As the US sports betting market heats up to never-before-seen levels of activity, especially with the Super Bowl around the corner, Tipico has announced a new marketing initiative in the state of New Jersey. Tennessee,...
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Wednesday, 27th January 2021
William Hill has announced that it has moved all of its UK electricity supply to renewable energy as part of the operator’s sustainability initiative drive. The operator has switched from grid electricity...
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Wednesday, 27th January 2021
Robert Goldstein has been announced as Las Vegas Sands’ permanent CEO and chairman following the death of founder Sheldon Adelson earlier this month. Goldstein was initially named as acting CEO...
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Wednesday, 27th January 2021
Tennessee’s online sportsbooks reached $180m in handle for December 2020, thus recording the best two-month debut in US sports betting history. According to data from The Tennessee Education Lottery,...
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Wednesday, 27th January 2021
SkyCity Entertainment, the New Zealand-based operator, has announced the addition of three executives to its new leadership team.  Callum Mallett is to be appointed as COO New Zealand, in charge...
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Wednesday, 27th January 2021
China has pushed forward with the campaign against overseas gambling by expanding the blacklist of countries that target Mainland Chinese as customers. But the Ministry of Culture and Tourism (MCT) in...
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Wednesday, 27th January 2021
Philippine Offshore Gaming Operators (POGOs) collected PHP7.18bn (US$149.3m) in tax in 2020, a 12% increase from the PHP6.43bn collected in 2019. According to information from the Bureau of Internal Revenue...
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Tuesday, 26th January 2021
Dr Carl Brincat has been appointed Malta Gaming Authority (MGA) CEO by the regulator's board of directors. The appointment takes place with immediate effect following a public call for applications in...
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Tuesday, 26th January 2021
Sazka Group has announced a management reshuffle, whereby Aleš Veselý will become Sazka CZ CEO, although predecessor Robert Chvátal will continue to manage the parent company,...
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Tuesday, 26th January 2021
The Swedish Gambling Authority (SGA) has enforced an injunction on Videoslots after the online casino was judged to have violated Sweden’s deposit cap. The SGA found that Videoslots was non-compliant...
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Tuesday, 26th January 2021
NetEnt has expanded its US offering by becoming the latest to launch in the Michigan online gaming market. Online sports betting and casino gaming went live in Michigan on 22 January, after the Michigan...
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Tuesday, 26th January 2021
XLMedia has outlined a new approach to recover the casino vertical for the affiliate, by “significantly reducing the overall number of sites and upgrading the quality of those remaining.” In...
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Tuesday, 26th January 2021
The Okada Manila casino resort has issued an advisory warning over the rumours the casino is planning to sell its business and assets.  Okada Manila, located in the Philippines, is operated...
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Tuesday, 26th January 2021
Caesars Entertainment has announced a strategic investment in the daily fantasy sports platform SuperDraft. The investment will strengthen the company’s mobile sports and gaming network by adding...
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Tuesday, 26th January 2021
Great Canadian Gaming Corporation CEO Rod Baker has resigned after breaking emergency rules to travel to a remote town to receive a COVID-19 vaccination. Both Baker and his wife Ekaterina have been charged...
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Monday, 25th January 2021
Playtech has announced that an offer has been made to acquire its financial trading division for up to $200m. The online gaming software supplier confirmed that a management consortium backed by Israeli...
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Monday, 25th January 2021
Concluding the GI Huddle's debut series on problem gambling, we're joined by Perrin Carey, formerly of Stride Gaming, who specialises in governance, risk and compliance. On the show, Carey raises a number...
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Monday, 25th January 2021
Gaming Realms has announced an expanded partnership with BetMGM which will see the supplier increase its presence in the US. The three-year direct integration agreement with BetMGM, the joint venture...
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Monday, 25th January 2021
PointsBet has appointed National Basketball Association (NBA) legend Shaquille O’Neal as its Australian brand ambassador. The three-time MVP will headline the sports betting operator’s new...
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Monday, 25th January 2021
DraftKings has announced the launch of its sportsbook in Virginia, becoming just the second operator to go live in the state. The fantasy and sports betting operator’s online and mobile sportsbook...
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Monday, 25th January 2021
India’s online skill gaming industry has collectively recommended that the Indian national government establish a new institution to standardise gaming regulations.  According to Asian...
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Monday, 25th January 2021
HatchAsia Inc, a Philippine company, has completed the takeover of Australia-listed casino operator Silver Heritage Group Ltd. Silver Heritage operated Tiger Palace Resort Bhairahawa on...
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Monday, 25th January 2021
International Game Technology (IGT) has signed a seven-year contract extension with Supreme Ventures Limited (SVL) to continue providing lottery technology and content in Jamaica. The new agreement will...
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Friday, 22nd January 2021
The Global Lottery Monitoring System (GLMS) has reported a 41% year-on-year increase in the number of suspicious sports betting alerts generated to its members for 2020. The lottery industry sports betting...
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Friday, 22nd January 2021
Tab New Zealand (Tab NZ) has seen its revenue for December rise 13% year-on-year as well as posting an increase in profit for the month. The racing statuary body and sports betting operator saw its gross...
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Friday, 22nd January 2021
The police in Kuala Lumpur have arrested five men in a raid of a Seputeh condominium in connection with illegal online gambling activities. The raid was conducted by the Brickfields and City police CID....
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Friday, 22nd January 2021
The Thailand government has set up three sub-committees to tackle illegal gambling dens, one of the main causes of the spread of COVID-19 in the country, according to officials. The first sub-committee...
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Friday, 22nd January 2021
Macau casino resort The Londoner Macao will launch its first phase on 8 February. The announcement came from Sands China Ltd that operates the venue. The Londoner Macao, previously known as Sands Cotai...
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Friday, 22nd January 2021
Esports Entertainment Group has completed its acquisition of esports events organiser Esports Gaming League (EGL). The esports and online gambling company first announced details of the deal in August...
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Thursday, 21st January 2021
HSBC UK and First Direct have announced an increased cooling off period to their gambling block feature, from 24 hours to 72 hours, amid a rise in gambling throughout the latest lockdown. When switched...
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Thursday, 21st January 2021
Entain has reported a 7% increase in year-on-year revenue for Q4 2020, mainly due to a significant increase in online activity. The Ladbrokes and Coral operator, previously known as GVC Holdings, saw...
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Thursday, 21st January 2021
A total of 77 gambling addicts were added to the Macau Social Welfare Bureau’s (IAS) central registration system in 2020, a 30% decrease from 2019. Last year saw 110 people added to the system,...
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Thursday, 21st January 2021
Kambi has expanded its worldwide offering by becoming the sports betting partner of Racing and Wagering Western Australia (RWWA). The long-term partnership will see Kambi provide its sports betting technology...
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Thursday, 21st January 2021
Galaxy Entertainment Group became the fifth operator to offer extra payments to eligible employees. The special one-off payment, equivalent to one month salary, will be granted on 10 February. 98% of its...
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Thursday, 21st January 2021
Resorts World Genting (RWG), owned and operated by Genting Malaysia Bhd., announced a temporary closure of its venue from 22 January to 4 February 2021. The decision was made to comply with the Movement...
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Thursday, 21st January 2021
Jette Nygaard-Andersen has been appointed as the new CEO of Entain with immediate effect. Nygaard-Andersen, currently an independent non-executive director of Entain, takes over from Shay Segev, who has...
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Thursday, 21st January 2021
The Gambling Commission has published new data showing how the COVID-19 lockdown has impacted gambling behaviour in Great Britain. The data reflects the period between March and November 2020, covering...
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Wednesday, 20th January 2021
Allied Esports Entertainment will be selling poker-related business and assets, including the entities comprising the World Poker Tour, to Element Partners, LLC. According to the agreement, Element will...
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Wednesday, 20th January 2021
BetMakers has announced ­that it has raised AU$26.3m (US$20.4m) through a share purchase plan (SPP), significantly exceeding its target amount. The Australian-based gaming technology supplier had...
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Wednesday, 20th January 2021
New York Governor Andrew Cuomo believes the legalisation of online sports wagering could generate $500m in annual revenue once implemented. As reported by the New York Times, state officials also said...
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Wednesday, 20th January 2021
New research has suggested that online gamblers reduce their spending limits by nearly half once industry-set options for deposit limits are removed. The research from the Behavioural Insights Team (BIT)...
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Wednesday, 20th January 2021
The launch of the online gaming market in the Netherlands has been further delayed after the Dutch Remote Gambling Act (Koa) was pushed back by a month. Minister for Legal Protection Sander Dekker, announced...
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Wednesday, 20th January 2021
A total of 5,896,848 people visited Macau in 2020, representing an 85% decline from 2019, according to the Statistics and Census Service (DSEC). Same-day visitors represented 52% of the total at 3,074,811,...
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Wednesday, 20th January 2021
Osaka is steadily moving forward with its integrated resort (IR) plans, but the city is also aiming for some restructuring. An ordinance will be presented to the city’s council which most notably...
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Wednesday, 20th January 2021
The Star Entertainment Group has announced plans to develop a new AU$400m (US$310m) hotel and apartment tower at The Star Gold Coast. The new 63-story development will include an internationally recognised...
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Tuesday, 19th January 2021
A number of recent developments have created a thought-provoking debate within the UK gambling industry regarding the threat of the black market. On the one hand, the Gambling Commission has joined campaigners...
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Tuesday, 19th January 2021
MGM Resorts International has decided against submitting a revised offer to acquire Ladbrokes and Coral operator Entain. The US casino operator submitted a proposal to acquire Entain, formerly known as...
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Tuesday, 19th January 2021
Shareholders holding an 11% stake in Enlabs have rejected a bid from Entain to acquire the Baltics operator, as the offer “materially undervalues” the company. Earlier this month, Ladbrokes...
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Tuesday, 19th January 2021
Synot Games has announced it has obtained a supplier licence from the Gambling Commission. The content supplier is also licensed by the Malta Gaming Authority, with its games certified in several jurisdictions...
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Tuesday, 19th January 2021
New Mexico might bring live poker, blackjack, craps and a sportsbook to its racetracks. Representative Raymundo Lara sponsors a bill that would convert racinos, located in the state’s racetracks,...
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Tuesday, 19th January 2021
MGM China Holdings Ltd, the Macau casino operator, announced it would pay a discretionary bonus to eligible non-management staff. According to the company, close to 90% of staff will receive these payments...
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Tuesday, 19th January 2021
South Korean foreigner-only casino operator Grand Korea Leisure (GKL) has extended the closure of its Seoul and Busan casinos until at least 1 February amid the ongoing coronavirus pandemic. The decision...
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Monday, 18th January 2021
The black market debate is most certainly heating up in gambling right now, with the Gambling Commission accusing the industry of overstating the black market's threat. If the industry's go-to argument...
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Monday, 18th January 2021
In part 3 of our problem gambling series, the GI Huddle is joined by Matthew Hickey, interim CEO of the Gordon Moody Association. This year, the Association plans to open its first ever gambling...
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Monday, 18th January 2021
UK gambling firms have been accused of exaggerating the scale of black market betting, in an attempt to fend off tougher legislation from the Government. The 2005 Gambling Act is currently under review,...
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Monday, 18th January 2021
Playtech has signed a partnership with Danske Spil to provide the Danish state-owned operator with its virtual sports portfolio. The deal with the supplier’s sports division, will see the operator,...
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Monday, 18th January 2021
Scientific Games has announced the appointment of Glen Saville as its new Global Trading senior director. Saville will be based in Las Vegas and responsible for growing the supplier’s global trading...
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Monday, 18th January 2021
Flutter Entertainment-owned Sky Betting & Gaming came up with a novel way for its players to wager on Liverpool v Manchester United in the English Premier League on Sunday. Indeed, the operator offered...
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Monday, 18th January 2021
The legalisation of casinos in Thailand hit a hurdle as the Stop Gambling Foundation (SGF) warns legalisation won’t help with illegal gambling and might even cause more social problems. The government...
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Monday, 18th January 2021
Oshidori International Development Ltd, one of four companies aiming for the Nagasaki IR bid, appointed Keigo Nakatani as its COO to help with their IR development. Nakatani has extensive experience in...
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Monday, 18th January 2021
Credit rating agency Fitch Ratings is forecasting SJM Holdings to generate EBITDA of HK$2bn (US$258m) at its new integrated resort (IR) in Macau in 2022. Fitch also forecasted that the new IR, Grand Lisboa...
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Monday, 18th January 2021
The New South Wales (NSW) Crime Commission has raised concerns about the state’s poker machine profits, which it believes could be linked to money laundering. Liquor and Gaming NSW reported gaming...
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Friday, 15th January 2021
Dickinson Wright’s Jeff Silver, Of Counsel, and attorneys Greg Gemignani and Patrick Sullivan, believe the election of the Joe Biden administration could signal the end of the Wire Act dispute borne...
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Friday, 15th January 2021
England international footballer Kieran Trippier’s 10-week ban for betting breaches will stand after the Football Association (FA) failed in its bid to appeal the decision. The ban, which started...
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Friday, 15th January 2021
Police in Thailand have arrested 40 people at a suspected gambling den in Nonthaburi province, as reported by the Nation Thailand. Acting on a tip-off, the Crime Suppression Division raided a house in...
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Friday, 15th January 2021
Sportradar has been announced as the official worldwide data and associated media rights partner of the Asian Football Confederation (AFC) until 2028. The partnership with the governing body of football...
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Friday, 15th January 2021
Authorities on Jeju island, South Korea, have recovered about KRW12bn ($10.9m) in cash. The sum is part of the total KRW14.56bn ($13.38m) that went missing from a casino building belonging to Landing...
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Friday, 15th January 2021
Moody’s Investors Service Inc. predicts Asian operator Melco Resorts & Entertainment will see its consolidated debt grow from $6.1bn to $7bn over the next 12 to 18 months. Inside Asian Gaming...
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Friday, 15th January 2021
Entain, formerly known as GVC Holdings, is in advanced talks to appoint Jette Nygaard-Andersen as its next chief executive, as reported by Sky News. If the appointment goes through, Ladbrokes owner Entain...
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Thursday, 14th January 2021
Hard Rock International has acquired the casino premise licence from The Ritz Club in London. The operator says the transaction will allow it to "seek out and establish a new casino premise in London,...
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Thursday, 14th January 2021
Global Gaming Expo (G2E) Asia, the trade show for the Asian gaming and entertainment industry, will take place at the Venetian Macao on 17-19 August, 2021. The event is traditionally held in May but has...
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Thursday, 14th January 2021
Gambling with Lives, a charity aiming to raise awareness of problem gambling, has called on the UK Government to raise standards in the gambling industry after suggesting licensed operators offer “totally...
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Thursday, 14th January 2021
Zoë Osmond will be replacing Marc Etches as GambleAware's new CEO at the end of March 2021. Osmond previously served as communications and engagement director at the gambling charity, while also...
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Thursday, 14th January 2021
Gambling Integrity has announced that regulatory executive Clive Hawkswood has joined its team in an advisory role. The UK gambling governance consultancy company, which helps organisations focus on safer...
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Thursday, 14th January 2021
Sazka has enlisted Justin King to advise on its bid for the UK National Lottery licence. The European lottery group last year entered the Gambling Commission’s competition to select the operator...
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Thursday, 14th January 2021
Melco Resorts Finance, a wholly-owned subsidiary of Melco Resorts & Entertainment, has announced an international offering of 5.375% senior notes due 2029. According to a statement from the operator,...
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Thursday, 14th January 2021
South Korean baseball club Doosan Bears has asked the league office to suspend two minor league players, pitcher Jeong Hyun-wook and catcher Kwon Ki-young. Jeong reportedly purchased Sports Toto lottery...
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Thursday, 14th January 2021
The Association of Gaming Equipment Manufacturers (AGEM) has announced its latest leadership team, to be headed by newly elected president David Lucchese. Lucchese, EVP sales, marketing & digital...
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Wednesday, 13th January 2021
The latest guest to join us on the GI Huddle is Marc Wood, sales and marketing director for 1account. 1account is a specialist provider of age and identity verification solutions, an area that has...
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Wednesday, 13th January 2021
Gambling harm prevention charity GambleAware has announced it received £4.5m ($6.1m) in voluntary donations from the gambling industry in the first three quarters of its financial year. The amount,...
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Wednesday, 13th January 2021
In its trading update, William Hill has reported a 16% year-on-year drop in net revenue for full-year 2020 in what the operator called an “extraordinary” year due to the impact of COVID-19. Group...
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Wednesday, 13th January 2021
South Korean police have discovered unidentified cash worth KRW8.1bn ($7.4m) at a resort casino on Jeju Island, potentially connected to alleged theft by an employee at the company. The Jeju Provincial...
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Wednesday, 13th January 2021
The Philippine National Police Anti-Kidnapping Group (PNP-AKG) has stated that the number of kidnapping cases involving Philippine Offshore Gaming Operators (POGOs) almost doubled last year amid the COVID-19...
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