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CG Technology Swerves License Revocation With $2 Million Fine After Regulators Make Company Sweat

CG Technology

Nevada sports book operator CG Technology — formerly Cantor Gaming — breathed a sigh of relief on Thursday when the Nevada Gaming Commission (NGC) accepted the company’s offer of $2 million to settle serious compliance failures but left its gaming license intact. According to the Las Vegas Review-Journal, the NGC took two hours to unanimously…Read More

California Tribes Sue Card Clubs Over ‘Illegal’ House-Banked Games


California’s Rincon Band of Luiseno Indians and Santa Ynez Band of Cumash Indians have launched legal action against many of the state’s card rooms for operating what the tribes consider to be house-banked card games. California’s 55 tribal operators have exclusivity on Class III casino gaming, per a 2000 ballot initiative, but have become increasingly…Read More

Crown Resorts Shares Plunge 20 Percent in Three Months, Packer Takes $824 Million Hit

Crown Resorts

Poor VIP turnout at Crown Resorts properties has shaken investor faith in the Australian casino giant, with share prices nosediving almost 20 percent since mid-August. According to The Australian Financial Review, the plunge has wiped over $824 million off the net worth of one of Australia’s richest men, James Packer. Packer owns a 46 percent…Read More

Congressman Demands DOJ Opinion on Sports Betting, Calls for Federal Regulation


US Representative Jim Sensenbrenner (R-Wisconsin) believes the “worst option” for the federal government is to defer completely to states on sports betting regulation. In a letter addressed to US Deputy Attorney General Rod Rothstein, dated November 15, Sensenbrenner writes that it’s “clear Congress had work to do to endure the public is protected, and any…Read More

Nevada Regulators Throw Black Book at $1.2 Million Bellagio Craps Cheaters

Bellagio craps cheaters

Two members of a Bellagio craps cheating ring will join the list of those barred from entering Nevada casinos as they take their place in the Gaming Control Board’s (NGCB) legendary “black book.” According to the Las Vegas Review-Journal, on Thursday Anthony Grant Granito and former Bellagio dealer James Russell Cooper became the 33rd and…Read More

Foxwoods Reports Slots Revenue Dips as MGM Competition Starts to Pinch, Satellite Casino Still Nowhere in Sight


Connecticut’s Foxwoods Resort Casino reported a 10 percent drop in slots revenue in October, as competition from Massachusetts’ MGM Springfield begins to bite. The Mashantucket Pequot-owned casino resort said the year-on-year plunge followed a 5 percent decline in September. Connecticut’s other tribal casino, Mohegan Sun, has not yet reported but said its slots revenue fell…Read More

Top Chinese Lottery Officials Paraded After Possible $20 Billion Embezzlement

Chinese lottery

Fourteen Chinese lottery officials are rumored to have siphoned off $20 billion from the state-owned Welfare Lottery. On November 9, the Chinese Communist Party’s internal disciplinary agency published videos on its website showing four senior lottery officials confessing to the embezzlement of an undisclosed amount of money from the lottery fund, while expressing remorse for…Read More

Controversial Saipan Casino Shut Down After Super Typhoon Yutu Causes ‘Millions’ in Damage

Typhoon Yutu

Embattled Saipan casino developer Imperial Pacific International (IPI) has announced it will close its Imperial Palace Casino “until further notice” from Friday after a super typhoon devastated the Pacific island three weeks ago. Super Typhoon Yutu struck Saipan and Tinian in the Northern Mariana Islands on the morning of October 25, killing two people and…Read More

Bet365 to Become Empire Resorts’ Second-Biggest Shareholder Through Sports Betting Deal


UK sports betting giant Bet365 has teamed up with Resorts World Catskills’ owner Empire Resorts in a deal that will see it provide the Upstate New York casino with digital and physical bookmaking operations — that’s provided New York regulates sports betting, as it is expected to shortly. Bet365 will also acquire up to $50…Read More

UK Government Backflips on FOBTs in Face of Party Revolt, Bookies Brace for April Double Whammy


A cut to the maximum stakes of the UK’s fixed-odds betting terminals (FOBTs) will be effective from April, following a humiliating government climbdown in the face of a full-scale party rebellion. On Wednesday afternoon, culture secretary Jeremy Wright announced reforms to the controversial machines would be expedited, as a growing number of senior Conservative Party…Read More

Imperial Pacific Denounces ‘Fake News’ Bankruptcy Rumors

Imperial Pacific

Saipan casino developer Imperial Pacific International (IPI) says that rumors circulating on social media regarding the company’s financial status and one of its senior executives are false. In a press statement released Monday, the company categorically denied it had entered into bankruptcy proceedings, adding that it had initiated legal action against the unnamed source of…Read More

NBA Signs First European Sports Betting Partnership with French State-Owned Gaming Operator Française des Jeux


The NBA is beginning to realize that opportunities arising from its new relaxed attitude to sports betting are not confined to the recently liberalized US market. On Tuesday, the league announced it had signed an exclusive partnership deal with Française des Jeux (FDJ), the government-owned French national lottery provider and the largest sports betting operator…Read More

‘Blue-Collar Worker’ Placed Five-Figure Sum on Daniel Sturridge Loan Move

Daniel Sturridge

A five-figure bet on Liverpool and England soccer star Daniel Sturridge moving to Inter Milan during last January’s transfer window startled one leading bookmaker, who suspected it was made using insider information, The Daily Telegraph reports. If it were, the information proved to be false because the striker moved to West Bromwich Albion days later….Read More

Cowlitz Tribe Sues to Block Release of UFC Casino Assault Video

Cowlitz Tribe

The Cowlitz Tribe has launched legal action to prevent the release of security video showing the assault of a customer last month after an Ultimate Fighting Championship event at its Ilani Casino in Washington State. Richard Christie was attacked by a group of strangers after the October 6 event. He has requested the footage from…Read More

Typhoon Mangkhut Cost Macau’s Casino Industry $119 Million


September’s Typhoon Mangkhut caused an estimated $119 million worth of damage to Macau’s casino industry, according to new figures from the enclave’s Statistics and Census Service (MSCS). The total economic hit to the enclave — both directly and indirectly — across all sectors was around $192 million. But these figures are lower than some analysts…Read More