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Reporter: Erik Gibbs

Erik Gibbs covers global gaming news for His scope includes Europe, Latin America, the Caribbean and Asia. Erik has covered gaming markets in Europe and Asia for the past six years. Erik joined in November 2021.

Erik has written for numerous gambling- and a handful of industry publications has quoted casino-related media outlets over the years and. He is always excited to bring a new perspective on what's happening in the gaming space.

Erik enjoys following the global gaming industry, paying particular attention to innovation and regulation.

Originally from the US, Erik has spent extensive time living in various countries across the globe. He enjoys anything that has to do with the outdoors and exploration, although he readily admits that he would have no trouble spending all day fishing on a boat. He currently resides in Spain.

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2263 stories by Erik Gibbs

Frankie Dettori celebrates a win during the Royal Ascot

UK Gambling Tax Plan Just a Trojan Horse: Betting and Gaming Council

If a new tax plan the UK Treasury devised for the gambling industry moves forward, it would be another blow to horse racing. The Betting and Gaming Council (BGC) issued a warning about the plan on Monday, calling it nothing more than...

Erik Gibbs November 28, 2023
The Spanish flag flies outside the country's Constitutional Court

Spain’s Gambling Ad Ban Moves Forward After High Court Rejects Hearing

When Spain’s former Minister of Consumer Affairs, Alberto Garzón, introduced a law to prevent gambling advertising, the result was a legal battle over the constitutionality of the law. At the end of last week, the country’s Constitutional Court was ready to face...

Erik Gibbs November 27, 2023
A stage and meeting space in Entain's offices

Entain to Pay Almost $730M to Settle Turkish Bribery Claims

This past May, global gaming giant Entain announced that it would have to pay a massive fine for bribery charges related to its prior operations in Turkey. It began preparing for the financial penalty and has now agreed to pay £585 million...

Erik Gibbs November 27, 2023
Players celebrate after Sam Perkins won the 2022 Australian Poker League Tasmania Main Event

Tasmania Bans Poker as Illegal Gambling, Except at Casinos

Tasmania was the first state in Australia to introduce legalized gambling, and like many other parts of the world, poker has become a huge part of the gaming ecosystem. That has now changed, as the government has decided to ban the game...

Erik Gibbs November 27, 2023
The Star Gold Coast casino at night

Star Entertainment Avoids License Suspension, But It’s Still on the Table

Star Entertainment will keep its casinos in Queensland open for the holiday season, significantly important news given its recent revenue reports and new tax obligations. Queensland Attorney-General (AG) Yvette D'Ath will allow it to keep its license intact for now, although that...

Erik Gibbs November 24, 2023
Mexican police investigate the scene of an attack on an illegal casino

Tijuana, Mexico Illegal Casino Fire Suspected to be Caused by Firebomb

Illegal casinos are common everywhere – Mexico's no exception, and its plans to ban slot machines at licensed casinos could lead to more problems. Underground casinos in the country routinely become crime scenes, including one that is now the center of a...

Erik Gibbs November 24, 2023
An aerial view of Nai Harn Bay and beach

Illegal Gambling Leads to Seizure of Million-Dollar Properties in Thailand

Online gambling is illegal in Thailand. But that doesn't stop some would-be entrepreneurs from trying to get in the game. One recently saw his operations come crashing down, leading to his arrest and the seizure of luxury villas. Officials from Thailand's Department...

Erik Gibbs November 24, 2023
Spain's former Minister of Consumer Affairs Alberto Garzon in a committee meeting

Spain’s Anti-Gambling Minister of Consumer Affairs Officially Steps Down

In tandem with the controversial return of Pedro Sanchez as the Prime Minister of Spain, a number of changes are being made to the federal government. One includes the planned resignation of anti-gambling advocate Alberto Garzón from the Ministry of Consumer Affairs...

Erik Gibbs November 23, 2023
Brazilian poker player Rafael Caiaffa during a tournament

Pro Poker Player Banned for Cheating in the Brazilian Series of Poker

While it's possible to argue that a novice poker player may make a mistake at the table, that argument doesn't hold up if it involves an experienced poker pro. That was the excuse Brazilian poker player Rafael Caiaffa made during a recent...

Erik Gibbs November 23, 2023
The Brazilian flag flying against a background of the Christ the Redeemer statue

Brazil’s Sports Betting, iGaming Bill Survives Senate With Lower Tax Rate

Brazil's Senate has unclogged whatever was keeping the country's sports betting bill from moving forward. On Wednesday, the chamber's Economic Affairs Committee (CAE, for its Portuguese acronym) approved a project that regulates and taxes the sports betting and online casino market. The...

Erik Gibbs November 23, 2023