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Colombia Licenses First-Ever Regulated Online Gambling Company in South America, Blacklists 325 Others

Colombia’s Coljuegos issues first ever online gambling license

Colombia’s new online gambling regime began ordering ISPs to block unregulated operators today (Friday), just 24-hours after it issued its first license, the first online gambling license ever awarded in Latin America.    On Thursday Wplay.co, a subsidiary of Aquila Global Group, a slots operator based in Medellin, became the first regulated online gambling brand of…Read More

Mashpee Wampanoag’s Massachusetts Casino Ambitions Dealt ‘Mortal Blow’

Mashpee Wampanoag dealt blow over Massachusetts casino plan

The Mashpee Wampanoag tribe’s controversial quest to build a casino in Taunton, Massachusetts hit a major snag this week as the tribe abandoned its efforts to get the land surrounding the casino designated its sovereign territory by the Department of the Interior. The tribe, which was granted federal status in 2007, has already broken ground…Read More

Thailand Mulls Casino Legislation, But Restoring Democracy Takes Priority

Thailand to legalize casino gaming?

Thailand’s politicos have long harbored an interest in legalizing casinos and there is a very real sense they will take the plunge soon, although probably not before the much-anticipated general election, which is expected to take place in late 2008. This will be the first election since 2014’s coup, which saw a military junta seize…Read More

Hard Rock Calls Japan Casino Licensing Process “Unprecedented” in Difficulty

Hard Rock Japan Edward Tracy

Hard Rock executives preparing the company’s pitch for a Japanese integrated resort (IR) license say the country’s inexperience in the casino industry is making the process “unprecedented” in complexity. Daniel Cheng, senior vice president for business development, explained before the Japan Tourism Research Association in Tokyo that the lack of specifics regarding casino projects makes preparing…Read More

Vegas Sports Books Rooting For New Jersey in Supreme Court Case 

William Hill’s Joe Asher joins Vegas sports books in support of New Jersey

Las Vegas sports books were largely cheering the news on Tuesday that the Supreme Court had agreed to hear New Jersey’s plea to legalize sports betting. In fact, they’re probably already crunching the odds of the Garden State winning the whole case. Should the court ultimately side with New Jersey, the state would be permitted…Read More

Teddy Sagi Slashes Stake in Playtech, Ceding Control While Cashing Out

Teddy Sagi, founder of Playtech

Israeli Billionaire Teddy Sagi sold $430 million worth of shares in the online gaming software giant Playtech on Tuesday, giving up his majority stake in the company he founded in 1999. The sell-off caused Playtech’s shares to tumble nearly 3.4 percent in morning trading on Wednesday, after reaching an all-time high of £1,016 ($1,315) on…Read More

Macau Expects Three-Year High for June, Gaming Revenues Up 33 Percent

Macau gaming revenue June

The Macau Gaming and Inspection Coordination Bureau will release official statistics on June’s revenue performance for the industry on Saturday, and market experts are preparing for very good news. Richard Huang, a research analyst at Japanese financial services company, anticipates total gross gaming revenue to come in at MOP21.1 billion ($2.62 billion). Should his forecast…Read More

Ladbrokes Faces Probe After Gambling Addicts’ Details Found in Garbage Bag

Ladbrokes data protection violation

British bookmaker Ladbrokes was left red-faced this week after documents containing names, addresses and photographs of self-excluded gambling addicts were found dumped in a garbage bag outside a betting shop. The highly sensitive information was found by a passerby outside a Ladbrokes branch in a busy Glasgow street, opposite the Scottish city’s main railway station….Read More

Wynn Las Vegas Wants to Teach How to Run a Sportsbook, Be a Sommelier, and More

Wynn Las Vegas Master Class Johnny Avello

Wynn Las Vegas, like most casinos on the Strip, has long offered classes on how to play popular table games like craps and blackjack. But the resort is taking things a giant step further with the introduction of its Master Class series that will provide patrons with the opportunity to learn about a variety of…Read More

Connecticut Casino Expansion Bill Signed by Governor Dannel Malloy, Allows Tribes to Offer Gaming on Non-Sovereign Land

East Windsor Casino rendering

The legal path for a Connecticut casino in East Windsor is now paved, after Governor Dannel Malloy (D) signed Public Act 17-89, a bill that authorizes the Mashantucket Pequot and Mohegan tribes to jointly construct a satellite gambling facility. The controversial move allows the Native American groups, working together as an entity called MMCT, to…Read More

Sports Bettor Goes After Deadspin with $10 Million Defamation Suit

RJ Bell Sues Deadspin

Vegas-based professional sports-better and handicapper RJ Bell, who runs the tipster website Pregame.com, has launched a $10 million defamation case against sports site Deadspin. Proving his knack for backing a winner, Bell has hired lawyer Charles Harder, who represented Hulk Hogan in his $140 million invasion of privacy suit against Gawker, which published a sex-tape…Read More

New Cosmo Penthouse Suites: Technically Free, But Possibly Very Expensive 

Cosmopolitan Opens Boulevard Penthouse Suites

The 21 new Boulevard Penthouse suites at the Cosmopolitan in Las Vegas boast balconies overlooking the Bellagio Fountains, $56,000 bottles of Louis XIII Black Pearl cognac in the drinks cabinet and all come with a fleet of chauffeured luxury SUV’s at your beck and call. Each interior is unique, created with luxury in mind by…Read More

Looking for the Next Steve Wynn, UNLV Hospitality Program Coaches Las Vegas Teens Early

Las Vegas YES casino industry program

Twenty Las Vegas high school students are spending their summers in a way that could only happen in America’s gaming epicenter: learning first-hand the complex behind-the-scenes daily operations required to keep the massive Sin City casino industry running smoothly. A recent Las Vegas Review-Journal article on the topic brought the unique summer school opportunity to…Read More

Supreme Court to Hear New Jersey Case for Legalized Sports Betting

Raymond Lesniak, fighting for sports betting

In a surprise move, the US Supreme Court announced on Tuesday that it will hear arguments in New Jersey’s case to legalize sports betting within its own borders, casting aside an opinion from the solicitor general that there was little for the Court to consider. The case could effectively repeal provisions of the 1992 Professional…Read More

Millennial-Focused Atlantic City Fan Xpo Series Postponed Indefinitely

Atlantic City Fan Xpo canceled

The Atlantic City Fan Xpo (ACFX) at the Showboat Hotel has been put on hold. Organizers behind the weekend series that was geared towards the millennial demographic explain on their website, “Due to matters beyond our control we are postponing operations until further notice.” No specific information for the abrupt canceling was made available. And…Read More