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Wynn Boston Harbor Can’t Bring Fifth Avenue to Everett, Scales Back High-End Retail Space

Wynn Boston Harbor retail shopping

Wynn Boston Harbor in Everett, Massachusetts, won’t become the next Fifth Avenue or Newbury Street. Appearing before the Massachusetts Gaming Commission (MGC) earlier this month to provide an update on the $2 billion construction project, Wynn Boston Harbor President Robert DeSalvio revealed that the casino resort is greatly scaling back its retail shopping space. The…Read More

Australian Online Poker Exemption Rejected By Senate, Passes Bill Ensuring Demise

Senator David Leyonhjelm

The Australian Senate hammered the penultimate nail into the coffin of online poker on Tuesday. Lawmakers rejected a carve-out amendment, proposed by Liberal Democratic Party Senator David Leyonhjelm, that would have saved the game in the country. Instead they chose to pass a proposed amendment to the 2001 Interactive Gambling Act (IGA). The amendment has…Read More

Las Vegas Oddsmakers Are March Madness’ Big Winners After Two Rounds

Las Vegas sportsbooks March Madness

Las Vegas oddsmakers are welcoming in spring with open arms. After a run of 12 months that was filled with underdogs overcoming long odds, the NCAA men’s basketball tournament is providing casino sportsbooks with the perfect elixir. With the first week of March Madness in the books, it was the oddsmakers in Nevada that played…Read More

Vietnamese Billionaire Trinh Van Quyet Wants to Cash In on Country’s Casino Boom

Vietnamese Casino

Trinh Van Quyet is betting $2 billion that the Vietnam government’s new legalization allowing locals to gamble will pay off big. The company he co-founded, FLC Faros Van Don, announced plans to build a $2 billion casino resort located in the Van Don Special Economic Zone located on two spots  on the islands of Ngoc…Read More

Philippines Gaming Regulator Announces $500 Million Integrated Casino Resort in Cebu

Philippines casino PAGCOR Andrea Domingo

Philippines gaming regulator PAGCOR has approved a $500 million casino resort in the central island of Cebu. When the project is completed, it will mark the country’s first integrated gambling destination outside of the Manila capital. PAGCOR (Philippine Amusement and Gaming Corporation) has been directed by President Rodrigo Duterte to grow gaming revenues and make…Read More

UK Betting Industry Exempted from Punishing AML Directive

UK bookmakers exempted from AML controls

The UK bookmaking industry has been exempted by the country’s Treasury from the new Fourth EU Money Laundering Directive, thus escaping the onerous and expensive fate of conducting due diligence on every transaction of €2,000 (£1,740 / $2,150) and above. As the industry breathed a heavy sigh of relief, the government said the decision had…Read More

David Baazov Forms New Global Investment Company

David Baazov forms investment company Ahaka Capital

David Baazov has a new career. The Amaya founder and former CEO and chairman, who resigned from the board last year as accusations of insider trading threatened to bury him, has formed a new company, installing himself as chairman of the board. Ahaka Capital is a “global multi-sector private equity firm” which was incorporated last…Read More

Russian Slots Hacking Gang Refocused on Europe and South America After US Arrests

Russian slots cheat gang targeting Europe and South America

A sophisticated team of slots hackers that bilked US casinos of millions of dollars has moved on to new territories, a security expert told regulators at a conference in Las Vegas last week. The group is now focusing its attention on the casinos of South America and Europe, following the arrest of four of its…Read More

MGM Grand Launches Skill-gaming Indoor Golf Concept Golfstream

Golfstream unveiled at Level Up, MGM Grand

MGM Grand is has unveiled its new skill-gaming indoor golf suite, Golfstream, which opened at the casino’s millennial-friendly Level Up skill-gaming entertainment lounge over the weekend. MGM is touting the suite as a “first-of-its-kind golf experience [that] uses augmented reality and laser guidance … in a new approach to skill-based contests,” allowing users to play…Read More

UKGC Brands Skin Betting Operators “Parasites”

Sarah Harrison and UKGC condemn skin gambling sites

The UK Gambling Commission has weighed in on skin-betting, the practice of gambling with virtual in-game items, branding the third-party sites that facilitate such gambling “parasitic.” The video games industry needs to do more to counter these sites, which present “a clear and present danger to players, including kids,” said Sarah Harrison, UKGC chief-exec. What…Read More

Melco Crown to Change Its Name as It Seeks Post-Crown Identity

James Packer’s Crown to be dropped from Melco Crown

Melco Crown Entertainment is getting a name change and a complete rebranding. The Asian casino giant will drop the “Crown” from its English moniker and has proposed renaming itself “Melco Resorts & Entertainment,” as the company, much like Mariah Carey, contemplates a life without James Packer. Packer and Crown chose to reduce investment exposure to…Read More

Asian-Focused Lucky Dragon Casino Bets Big on VIP Gamblers

Lucky Dragon Asian-themed Las Vegas

The Lucky Dragon Hotel & Casino in Las Vegas is the first resort that’s truly focused on the Asian visitor. And four months since the venue opened its doors, the marketing strategy is reportedly paying off. The Lucky Dragon recently announced modifications to its property that will create more gaming space for VIP players. The…Read More

Two New Mississippi Casino Projects Rejected by Gaming Commission, And Not Everyone Is Unhappy About It

Mississippi casino expansion Biloxi Diamondhead

Mississippi casino expansion efforts were rejected by the state’s Gaming Commission unanimously this week, after the regulators deemed that two proposed sites didn’t qualify as suitable for the projects. The three-member panel met privately on Thursday for about 90 minutes, deliberating whether to approve two new casinos in Biloxi and Diamondhead. When they emerged, Mississippi…Read More

New York State Senate Factors Revenue from Online Poker into Draft Budget Plan

New York Assemblyman Gary Pretlow will back online poker in the House this year.

The New York State Senate has included revenue from legalized, regulated online poker in its 2017-18 budget plan. But before you New York poker players break out the ticker tape start dancing, a couple of caveats. First, online poker was also included in the first draft of the Senate’s 2016-17 budget and yet regulation did…Read More

North Dakota “Historic Racing” Machine Bill Poses Threat to State’s Charitable Gambling Industry

North Dakota instant racing plan would hurt charitable gaming

North Dakota’s plans to expand gambling by creating up to six state-owned casinos have been grabbing the headlines in the local news, because of the probable impact on tribal and charitable gaming operators. But now an under-the-radar bill, spotted by local radio host Mike McFeeley this week, poses a second threat to the 300-odd charitable…Read More