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Pennsylvania Joins the US Online Gaming Fray in 2017, as We Look Back on the Highs and Lows of the Internet Push

Pennsylvania Governor Tom Wolf legalizes online gambling

On October 30, 2017, Pennsylvania became the fourth US state to legalize online gambling and the first since 2013, when New Jersey, Nevada, and Delaware took that unprecedented leap. Pennsylvania’s push to make internet gambling legal had been in the cards for some time and there had been lots of pressure in Harrisburg to get…Read More

The Day That Changed Las Vegas in 2017: How a Mass Murderer Shook Up Everything We Know About Casino Security

Mandalay Bay Resort and Casino Las Vegas

On October 1, 2017, high rolling gambler Stephen Paddock brutally murdered 58 people and injured 546 more when he opened fire on a country music concert on the Las Vegas Strip from his room at the Mandalay Bay Resort and Casino in Las Vegas. It was a day that would change the way casinos look…Read More

Cyber Security in 2017: Who Won, Who Lost, Who Freaked Us Out

Online gambling cyber-security in 2017

Globally, 2017 saw cybersecurity become a key issue across all industries, and online gambling was no exception. Internet operators have long been targets for DDoS attacks, which have become more frequent in recent years, as well as more powerful and more creative, and this year, all hell broke loose. DDoS (distributed denial of service) attackers use…Read More

Millennials and the Gaming Industry in 2017: New Directions Take Hold

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Millennials don’t seem to have the penchant for old-school gambling that their parents did, and casinos in Las Vegas, Atlantic City, and elsewhere continued to struggle to find the magic formula that would win their business in 2017. The challenge of rebuilding the very core of the gaming industry has not been a small one,…Read More

Great UK Gaming Battles of 2017: From FOBTs to Phil Ivey’s Legal Fight and Protecting Children

UK gaming battles 2017

While the United Kingdom has established itself as a global leader n regulated gambling, it’s still a country that regularly fights battles over exactly how far the gaming industry can and should go. And 2017 was no exception. Several legal and legislative fights took place this year over gambling regulation in the UK, with fixed-odds…Read More

How Politics and Gaming Met Up in 2017: Trump, Immigration Status, and Betting Limits Take Center Stage

Politics and gaming in 2017 Donald Trump

When politics met gaming in 2017, the intensity hit from all sides of the fence. And when Donald Trump officially became the 45th President of the United States in January, becoming the first former casino owner ever to hold the office, there was no doubt that politics and gaming would be deeply intertwined all year and…Read More

Casino Mergers and Acquisitions in 2017: Matches Made in Heaven (and a Few Made in Hell)

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Casino mergers and acquisitions shook up the gaming industry over the past 12 months. Some of Las Vegas’ most notable conglomerates sold properties and reshuffled their portfolios. Gaming operators and manufacturers joined forces, while one online consolidation effort failed to materialize when a major stockholder balked at the alliance. The start of 2018 will look…Read More

Gaming Money Battles: Which States Fought It Out with Operators, and Who Won In 2017

Gaming money battles 2017

Florida spectacularly failed to seal the deal with the powerful Seminole tribe on what would’ve been the biggest tribal casino revenue sharing deal in the history of the US in 2017. In 2016, the tribe had agreed on a new compact, thrashed out with Governor Rick Scott, which would have been worth $3 billion to the…Read More

Las Vegas Hits NFL Jackpot in 2017 with Oakland Raiders Decision to Relocate

Las Vegas Raiders

Much to the delight of Las Vegas football fans and city officials, the Oakland Raiders became the second major professional sports team to decide to make the eventual move to southern Nevada this year. The NFL team joined the NHL’s Vegas Golden Knights in Southern Nevada, though its road to the Strip was a lot…Read More

Achieving Immortality: Which Gaming Icons Left Their Mark in 2017 Through Charity, Politics, and Sports

gaming icons Sheldon Adelson Las Vegas

From powermongers like Sheldon Adelson to the billionaire Fertitta brothers, 2017 saw some gutsy and passionate moves by the gaming industry’s most illustrious movers and shakers. Whether it was millions of dollars in donations in times of crisis and natural disaster, political influencing in DC through campaign contributions, or multibillion-dollar deals towards professional sports teams,…Read More

Las Vegas Switches Gears for 2017 Marketing Strategies: Courting Millenials, Skirting Tragedy

Las Vegas marketing in 2017

It was a changing year in 2017, as Dr. Phil would say, for Las Vegas and the city’s tried-and-true iconic marketing strategies. Hoping to lure more millennials and ultimately to bounce back from one of the worst tragedies since the MGM fire in 1981 that killed 85 people, Sin City finished out the year still…Read More

Top Gaming Industry Salaries of 2017: Which Casino Barons Brought Home the Most Bacon

Big money casino industry 2017

The gaming industry had a dynamic 2017, but for casino operators, there’s only one true way to count success, and that’s by taking a look at their ledger sheets at the end of the year. The top dogs in the business didn’t get there by being faint of heart, and this year, the industry’s notables took…Read More

Florida Gambling Battles in 2017: Not All Sunshine By Any Means

Florida’s gambling battles 2017

The Florida gambling landscape witnessed two major political power struggles in 2017. The first was between the State and the influential Seminole tribe; the second between the two polarized chambers of the State legislature. The biggest winners in both battles, were, arguably, the Seminoles. In November 2016, a federal court in Tallahassee delivered the shock…Read More

Casinos Pay Price for Unusually Stormy Year, as Mother Nature Lets Loose in 2017

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Casinos across the US and its territories, as well as in Macau, bore the wrath of Mother Nature over the past 12 months. In the end, it was gambling revenues that took the hit, as numerous Cat 4 and 5 hurricanes and typhoons pummeled both the American and Asian gaming markets in 2017. Casino closures,…Read More

Betting on Asia: Emerging Casino Markets Brought in Major Industry Players in 2017

Asian casino market Japan

For gambling operators, emerging casino markets is Asia has created the most sought-after regional market on Earth today. And over the last 12 months, every major casino industry player in the world jockeyed for position in a race to expand the gaming industry’s presence on the planet’s most populous continent. Japanese Import No country garnered…Read More