Smolentsev seeking assurances

Russian casino operator eyeing Crimea for new casino project

Maxim Smolentsev runs a pair of casinos in the Azov zone including the Shambala Casino. However, due to new legislation, he will be forced to close these enterprises by the final day of next year.

Russia | 29/05/2017

The man behind two casinos in Russia around the town of Azov is reportedly interested in opening a gaming facility in the recently-established Crimea gambling zone so long as authorities can guarantee that any such new venue would not be subsequently ordered to close.

Following Paddy Power Betfair office shut down

Gibraltar vows to adapt to remain relevant

Madrid, which maintains a claim to Gibraltar, considers it a "tax haven" and is opposed to "unfair competition" from the territory.

Gibraltar | 29/05/2017

Last week, local authorities vowed to do "whatever it takes" to keep its position as a leading online gambling jurisdiction despite Britain's looming exit from the European Union.

Tokyo and Yokohama are also among the possible choices

Melco: Osaka is the best choice for Japan IRs

“I’m not so sure Tokyo needs an integrated resort,” said Lawrence Ho, CEO of Melco.

Macau | 29/05/2017

The CEO of Melco Resorts & Entertainment, Lawrence Ho, said the company is considering to build a casino in Osaka rather than Tokyo because there are more opportunities to develop the smaller Japanese city as an entertainment destination.

New record set

France: Online sports betting rises 23% in Q1

France | 29/05/2017

According to figures released last week by the national regulator, the amount wagered rose from €516m in Q1 2016 to €633m in the first four months of 2017,

Event to take place on June 5 – 8 in Krakow, Poland

Intralot brings groundbreaking lottery solutions to EL Congress 2017

Poland | 29/05/2017

Solutions on display are designed to support Lotteries’ modernizationby focusing on digital technology and on the personalization of player experiences through all distribution channels and gaming verticals.

Opponents claim it will affect the industry

Kenyan lawmakers reject gambling tax increase

Kenya | 29/05/2017

The Assembly’s Finance Committee established that the measure that would’ve dramatically increased betting taxes from 7.5% of revenue to 50% won't be allowed.

Bill still needs approval from governor

Ohio Senate green lights casino employee amendment

United States | 29/05/2017

Lawmakers voted 32-0 to approve a bill amending a law that forbids casino employees from gambling at any of Ohio's four casinos.

On June 08 at Andel’s by Vienna House Prague

Czech regulators confirmed as speakers at Prague Gaming Summit

Czech Republic | 29/05/2017

The conference's panel is designed to point out the challenges of the new regulatory framework of the country, which became effective this year.

Company hopes to expand presence in Latin America & Caribbean

Vermantia to attend 2nd Juegos Miami

United States | 29/05/2017

Vermantia joins the C-Level event to further expand its presence in Latin America and the Caribbean, following its dynamic entrance in Brazil, Jamaica and the Dominican Republic.

Deal to result in accelerated growth across European gaming jurisdictions

Global Daily Fantasy Sports buys Mondogoal

Isle of Man | 29/05/2017

The purchase includes all of Mondogoal's intellectual property and client contracts. In exchange, Mondogoal receives a combination of cash on closing plus common shares of Global Daily Fantasy Sports, Inc. on an earn-out basis annually over the next three years

Proponents expect measure to boost struggling industry

North Jersey casino plan still on hold

United States | 29/05/2017

Under the current legislation, no gambling facilities can be operated outside Atlantic City. However, Jeff Gural -owner of Meadowlands Racetrack- said that his proposal to build a Hard Rock International Casino in East Rutherford can wait six years.

Olympic Casino Bel Ip

Olympic Entertainment completes liquidation of Belarusian subsidiary

Belarus | 29/05/2017

The leading provider of gaming services in the Baltic States has announced it has completed liquidation of its Belarusian subsidiary Olympic Casino Bel Ip.

Following merger

UK bookie shuts down Gibraltar office

Gibraltar | 29/05/2017

Paddy Power Betfair is to close its office in Gibraltar and relocate elsewhere. A spokesperson said that after the merger, they bookmaker has been reviewing arrangements with the aim of simplifying and centralizing operations.

Gov’t concerned about money laundering

South Africa toughens measures against illegal gambling

South Africa | 29/05/2017

Illegal gamblers have forfeited over R1 million of their winnings to the State, according to Trade and Industry Minister Rob Davies.

Oklahoma

Tribe to build USD 10M casino in rural town

United States | 29/05/2017

The Chickasaw Nation has broken ground on a 36,000 square foot facility in Terral town in Jefferson County.

NEW PRODUCTS

Willy Wonka Golden Ticket game offers chance to win up to USD 1B

Scientific Games launches multi-state linked game in the US

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Reasons for the collapse remain unclear

Deal to sell Sands Bethlehem to MGM is off - sources

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Macau gaming industry showing signs of recovery

Wynn Palace revenue could reach USD 4B by 2020, report shows

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Transaction still needs regulatory approval

SLS Las Vegas sold to Meruelo Group

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To fight illegal gambling and prevent underage gambling

European Parliament calls for unified online gambling regulation

HIGHLIGHTS

Statements by Francisco Vidal, CEO, Sortis & Golden Lion Casinos

Gambling boss sees opportunities in Russia

HIGHLIGHTS

Dispute over casino expansion in Connecticut continues

Schagthticoke tribe threatens to sue over East Windsor casino

HIGHLIGHTS

Claims his career was damaged

Former Pagcor official sues Wynn Macau

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At Federal Palace Hotel & Casino in Lagos

Sports Betting West Africa Summit 2017 to be held in July

HIGHLIGHTS

“GSA Executive Overview: Game Authentication”

GSA, iGaming Academy announce first e-learning module

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