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Analysts Predict Flat Macau Casino Win in 2019, China Economic Slowdown Blamed

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Fitch Ratings analysts say Macau casinos will report flat gross gaming revenue (GGR) or single-digit growth in 2019. The world’s richest gaming hub will be impacted by the ongoing economic slowdown in China, the country that is responsible for the vast majority of visitor arrivals in the enclave. Casinos in the Special Administrative Region won…Read More

Study Reveals Nevada Most Gambling Addicted State in America

When most people think of gambling in the United States, they think of Nevada. So, it shouldn’t be surprising that a study released this week shows The Silver State leads in the nation in gambling addiction. WalletHub, a personal finance web site, conducted research on 20 categories, including the number of casinos, legality of other…Read More

Las Vegas Saw Fewer First-Time Visitors in 2018, But Repeat Visitation Increases

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The Las Vegas Convention and Visitors Authority (LVCVA) released its 2018 Visitor Profile Study this week, and there are several unforeseen findings. The LVCVA hired GLS Research – a San Francisco-based analytical firm – to compile the annual report. The 2018 Visitor Profile found that 82 percent of visitors had been to Las Vegas before,…Read More

BC Regulator Report Exonerates River Rock Casino From Money Laundering But Journalist Says It’s Flawed

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A British Columbia Lottery Corporation report has apparently cleared the River Rock Casino in Richmond of wide-scale money laundering, Global News reports, despite the dirty-cash scandal that has engulfed the Canadian province’s casino sector over the past few years. A separate report commissioned by BC attorney general David Eby and published last year concluded the…Read More

Women Make Up Majority of Gambling-Addicted Swedes for First Time Ever: Study

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Women now make up the majority of people with gambling problems in Sweden, according to a new survey by the country’s health authority. The survey found that of an estimated 45,000 Swedes believed to be problem gamblers, 64 percent were women. It’s the first time a survey of this nature anywhere has placed women ahead…Read More

AGA March Madness Survey Shows Americans Love Watching and Betting on NCAA Tournament, But Not Always Legally

A new survey by the American Gaming Association (AGA) shows just how mad Americans are about college basketball this time of year. The findings, released on Monday, show 47 million adults — or nearly one in five — will make some type of bet on the NCAA Basketball Tournament, which starts this week at various…Read More

Nevada Tourism Industry Delivers State $67.6B Economic Impact During 2018 Fiscal Year

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The Nevada tourism industry was responsible for generating a state economic impact of $67.6 billion in the latest fiscal year. The statistics come in the Nevada Resort Association’s (NRA) Fact Book, which is published every two years and assesses the state’s tourism industry – which includes the gaming, hospitality, and leisure sectors. The review concludes…Read More

UK Gambling Commission Survey Shows Possible Decline in Problem Gambling Rates

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Problem gambling in the UK may have dipped slightly in 2018, according to new figures from the country’s gambling regulator, the UK Gambling Commission — but then again, they may not have. While the regulator’s annual Gambling Participation: Behaviour, Awareness and Attitudes survey found that participation in gambling was likely to have risen slightly, the…Read More

10 Percent of Teens in Ireland Illegally Gamble, Government Study Ascertains, But American Kids Are Way Ahead

In the Republic of Ireland, one-tenth of the population between 15 and 17 years old gambled illegally during a 12-month period, according to a survey prepared by NACDA — the country’s National Advisory Committee on Drugs and Alcohol and the UK’s Department of Health (DOH). Released this week by the DOH, research shows that in the…Read More

AGA Gaming Industry Study Shows Charitable Giving, Diversity as Major Tenets

The American Gaming Association (AGA) released a report on Wednesday showing the industry ranks above others when it comes to promoting social responsibility and a diverse workforce. The study — conducted by the US Chamber of Commerce Foundation on behalf of the industry lobbying group —  shows that in 2017, US gaming companies donated $367…Read More

American Gaming Association: 90 Percent of Casino Gamblers Play Responsibly

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The American Gaming Association (AGA) says new research has concluded that nine out of 10 customers who visit casinos in the US play responsibly. The gaming industry’s leading lobbyist group in DC says the findings come from two separate polls that were conducted late last year. The Mellman Group polled 1,000 registered voters on their…Read More

Voters in New York Support and Oppose Online Sports Betting in Equal Measure, Says Poll

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Voters in New York State are split right down the middle when it comes to the question of legalizing online sports betting. That’s according to a new poll conducted by Siena College, which found that 44 percent favored digital wagering and 44 percent were against it, with 12 percent undecided or indifferent. New York residents…Read More

Another New York Official Joins Call for Study on Problem Gambling

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The New York State Comptroller is the latest official to call for a comprehensive study on problem gambling in the Empire State. In an audit released this week, Comptroller Thomas P. DiNapoli said the Office of Alcoholism and Substance Abuse Services (OASAS) has insufficiently studied treatment programs for problem gamblers. “The agency is taking steps to…Read More

New York State Assembly May Launch Gambling Addiction Study, But Is There an Agenda?

In New York, a recent proposal to study gambling addiction is making its way through the State Assembly, even as questions arise if it is a thinly veiled anti-gambling measure. Assembly Bill A00591 calls upon Commissioner Arlene Gonzalez-Sanchez of the State Office of Alcoholism and Substance Abuse Services (OASAS) to commission a statewide evaluation on the…Read More

GVC to Fund Harvard Medical School Problem Gambling Research

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GVC is to plow $5 million into a five-year Harvard Medical School research project to investigate the causes and effects of problem gambling. The UK-based online gaming giant will also provide the school’s Division on Addiction with vast amounts of anonymized player data, collated across the full range of its brands, which include sports betting,…Read More