GiG Gets Affiliate Marketing License in Romania

Online gambling company Gaming Innovation Group today announced that it has obtained a license by Romania’s gambling regulator to provide affiliate marketing services.

News about GiG’s Romanian expansion arrive shortly after it became known that the company got regulatory approval to enter the Spanish online betting and gaming market. read more

Hard Rock’s Hollywood Casino Resort Seeks Staff for $1.5 Billion Expansion

Seminole Hard Rock Hotel & Casino Hollywood is looking to fill 600 job positions as it is entering the final stages of a massive $1.5 billion expansion project that, among other things, includes the world’s first guitar-shaped hotel.

Hard Rock International, parent company of the South Florida-based property, has announced that the hotel and casino resort will host a three-day job fair from July 7-9. This will be the second event of this kind to take place at the property in as many months. A job fair that took place last month attracted 2,500 job applicants and saw more than 500 positions being filled. read more

Evolution Gaming Expands in Italy with Planetwin365 Deal

Live Casino supplier Evolution Gaming today announced that it has extended its footprint in the Italian online gambling market through a recent supply deal with locally licensed operator Planetwin365, a brand of SKS365 Group.

Under the terms of the agreement between Evolution and the iGaming operation, Planetwin365 has gone live with the provider’s full range of Live Casino games in Italy. Planetwin365 is among the leaders in the provision of sports betting and online gaming services in the lucrative Italian market. Aside from its digital operation, the brand also runs betting shops around Italy. read more

888 Given the Go-Ahead for Shared Poker Liquidity in Portugal

Portugal’s gambling regulator SRIJ has recently authorized 888 to share poker liquidity with Spain. News about the operator receiving regulatory green light to join the shared online poker liquidity project arrive a little over five months after 888 received a license to operate in the Portuguese market.

The shared liquidity project was launched early in 2018 and was the result of prolonged negotiations between the gambling regulators of France, Spain, Italy, and Portugal. The project was introduced in a bid to revitalize Europe’s underperforming online poker segment. Italy later on dropped out from the scheme, but France, Spain, and Portugal have moved on to its materialization. read more

Global Gaming Confirms Tobias Fagerlund as CEO

Online gambling company Global Gaming today confirmed the appointment of Tobias Fagerlund as its CEO and President with immediate effect from today, July 2. Mr. Fagerlund has served as the operator’s Acting CEO since April when he replaced Joacim Möller.

News about Mr. Fagerlund’s appointment came two weeks after one of Global Gaming’s subsidiaries, SafeEnt Limited had its operating license yanked by the Swedish Gambling Authority and was ordered to discontinue operations in Sweden due to multiple serious violations of the country’s gambling law. read more

Online Casino Supplier Nektan Announces New CFO Appointment

Online gambling technology platform and services provider Nektan today announced the appointment of a new member of its senior management team. Simon Hay will join the company as its new Chief Financial Officer from June 17, 2019, it became known.

Mr. Hay boasts more than two decades of experience in accountancy and consultancy. He joins Nektan from a previous role as Finance Transformation Director at gambling powerhouse GVC Holdings. He is a Chartered Accountant who had qualified with global auditor KPMG where he also served as a Director. With KPMG he also held roles in audit, restructuring, and deal advisory, a statement on his appointment as Nektan’s new CFO reads. read more

Derek McMaster Wins 2019 WSOP $1,500 Omaha Hi-Lo 8 or Better

Derek McMaster, a player from Minnesota, is off to a great start of the 50th WSOP. The player reached his first final table and won last night his first title from the world’s longest-running tournament poker series for a six-figure payout and a shiny gold bracelet.

McMaster triumphed in Event #4 of this year’s edition of the WSOP. He took down the $1,500 buy-in Omaha Hi-Lo 8 or Better last night, the first four-card event on the schedule of the series, which kicked off last week at Rio All-Suite Hotel and Casino in Las Vegas. read more

Spelinspektionen Fines Two More Operators for Bonus Offer Failures

Two more operators have been fined for violating Sweden’s strict bonus offer rules after Betway and Mandalorian were slapped SEK14 million in fines last month

Spelinspektionen has lived up to its promise to punish severely those who violate Sweden’s newly enforced gambling law. The regulator announced today that it has slapped two more fines to operators that were found to have tried to circumvent the existing strict rules. read more

Illinois Legalizes Sports Betting, Expands Casino Gambling

The Illinois Legislature has finally passed a sweeping overhaul of the state’s gambling industry after multiple previous unsuccessful attempts. Over the weekend, the State House and then the State Senate voted in favor of a comprehensive legislation that, among other things, would now bring legal sports betting and expanded casino gambling to the state.

The bill now needs Gov. J.B. Pritzker’s signature in order to become law. The state’s top official has been among the staunchest supporters of the legalization of sports betting in Illinois and has previously said that he would sign a gambling expansion bill. This means that Illinois has joined about a dozen of other states that have legalized sports betting since last May’s ruling of the US Supreme Court that struck down a long-time federal ban on the practice. read more

More Than 35,000 Swedes Sign Up To Gambling Self-Exclusion Registry

Sweden’s self-exclusion registry for people who want to ban themselves from gambling for a certain period of time has passed the 35,000 mark, the nation’s gambling regulator said last week

Sweden re-organized its gambling market on January 1, 2019 when its new gambling law came into effect, enabling international gambling companies to obtain licenses from Spelinspektionen and operate in a regulated environment. The launch of the Spelpaus.se self-exclusion registry was part of the market’s overhaul. read more

Iowa Legalizes Sports Betting

Iowa Governor Kim Reynolds signed Senate File 617 into law on Monday, legalizing sports betting in the state. Though the law is effective immediately, no sports betting is available yet, as the regulations still need to be hammered out.

“Gov. Reynolds believes that legalizing sports betting will bring this practice out of an unregulated black market. This law will regulate, tax, and police sports betting in a safe and responsible way,” spokesman Pat Garrett told the Des Moines Register. read more

North Carolina Legislature, Governor Legalize Charitable “Casino Nights”

It seems that the tide is turning in one
of the more conservative areas of the country when it comes to gambling. The
North Carolina General Assembly, while it weighs whether it will open for
sports betting in the state, has hit the green light for charitable “casino nights”
in the state. This action will allow several “acts of gambling” like blackjack,
poker, roulette and other table games to be played, if it is raising money for
charity. The new regulations even allow for one of the things that was
supposedly taboo at these events, the availability of alcoholic beverages.

Cooper
Signs Bill After 2017 Veto
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Maurice Hawkins Wins Record 13th WSOPC Gold Ring

Hawkins pulled off his best poker tricks for a record-breaking performance at WSOPC Horseshoe Tunica

Heading into the final day of the WSOP Circuit Horseshoe Tunica Monster Stack event, Maurice Hawkins wore a Nike sweatshirt with the company’s famous slogan Just do it. And Hawkins did it… again. read more

Maxwell Young Wins Sixth WSOPC Gold Ring

Young says he does not consider himself an Omaha expert, despite recently winning an Omaha event for a gold ring

Maxwell Young has become a bit of an expert in winning a WSOP Circuit gold ring. Only recentlyy, the player from Seaside, Oregon won his sixth gold piece from the series. read more

Florida Seminole Indians Introduce New Wrinkle to Gaming Negotiations

Long at the forefront of casino gaming,
especially when it comes to the Native American population, the Seminole Indians
of Florida have traditionally been hard core negotiators. With both the federal
and Florida governments, the Seminoles have more often than not come out on the
winning side when it comes to negotiations
over their sovereign gaming rights
. Now the Seminoles are looking to
stretch that reach even further.

The
Seminoles Look to Online Gaming…
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Maine Legislature Considering Multiple Sports Betting Bills

Maine has become the latest state to take a serious look at sports betting, as a pair of bills have been introduced in the state House of Representatives with the same goal of legalizing sports gambling, though with different takes on the matter.

LD 1348 was introduced a month ago by Rep. Jeffrey Evangelos (I – Friendship) and includes most of what one would expect in a sports betting bill. The legal gambling age would be 21 and betting would be permitted at racetracks, off-track betting shops, casinos, and online. read more

Genting Subsidiaries Sell $1 Billion Bond to Finance Vegas Casino Construction

Resorts World Las Vegas owner sells $1 billion bond to finance its construction; property on track for late 2020 opening

Two subsidiaries of Malaysian casino and hospitality giant Genting Bhd priced on Tuesday $1 billion senior notes to fund the construction of Resorts World Las Vegas, a $4-plus-billion integrated resort currently under development on the Las Vegas Strip and slated to open doors in late 2020. read more

Wynn Executives Concealed Sexual Misconduct Allegations against Steve Wynn

Top-level Wynn Resorts employees concealed key information about former boss Steve Wynn when the company was applying for a Boston casino license

Wynn Resorts executives intentionally concealed sexual misconduct allegations against the company’s founder and former boss, Steve Wynn, according to a report by the investigative team of the Massachusetts Gaming Commission. read more

Smile-Expo Debuts Zurich iGaming Affiliate Conference This June

It’s already been a busy year for Smile-Expo, and the event organizer is now gearing up preparations for yet another brand-new iGaming affiliate event

After the Prague iGamiing Affiliate Conference and the Minsk iGaming Affiliate Conference, both slated to take place later this month, Smile-Expo will next debut the Zurich iGaming Affiliate Conference, yet another premium event in its extensive portfolio. read more

Melco Awards Cyprus Casino Resort Construction Contract

A joint venture of Greek companies was awarded the construction contract for the City of Dreams Mediterranean casino resort

Integrated Casino Resort Cyprus Ltd. (ICR Cyprus) awarded Tuesday the concession for the construction of what would be the Republic of Cyprus’ first integrated casino resort to Avax – Terna J.V., a joint venture between Greek companies GEK Terna and J&P Avax. read more

MGM Completes MGM Northfield Park Acquisition, Rebrand

MGM acquires Hard Rock Rocksino Northfield Park’s operating assets to add another gambling property to its ever-growing portfolio

MGM Resorts International announced Monday that it has completed the acquisition of the operating assets of Hard Rock Rocksino Northfield Park from its real estate investment trust MGM Growth Properties. As part of the transaction, MGM will lease the real property from its REIT. read more

West Virginia Becomes Fifth State to Authorize Online Gaming

The news for online gaming and poker continues to be on the rise. Coming out of nowhere, the state of West Virginia has become the fifth state to authorize online gaming and poker inside its borders. The bill pushing for such activities became law after Governor Jim Justice did not sign the legislation passed by the West Virginia legislature earlier this week, thereby immediately passing the bill and enacting it into law.

Don’t Rush to the Internet Just Yet… read more

US DoJ Files Motion to Dismiss New Hampshire Lottery Wire Act Lawsuit

The United States Department of Justice has filed a motion to dismiss the lawsuit brought by the New Hampshire Lottery Commission (NHLC) over the DoJ’s revised opinion on the Wire Act.

In what is probably the biggest gaming news of the year so far, the Justice Department’s Office of Legal Counsel (OLC) published a new opinion on the Wire Act in January, though the opinion was officially issued in November of last year. It reverses the opinion the OLC wrote in late 2011, when it said that the Wire Act only bans interstate online sports betting, not all internet gambling. Prior to that 2011 opinion, the Justice Department had interpreted the Wire Act in a clearly incorrect way, saying it applied to all online gaming. read more

WPT Regular Blake Bohn Bags One of Biggest Stacks after WPT L.A. Poker Classic Day 1

The WPT L.A. Poker Classic, one of the hottest events on WPT’s schedule, kicked off on Saturday at Commerce Casino for a few days of quality poker action and unmatched thrill

Day 1 of the tournament saw 523 players register into the $10,000 buy-in freezeout tournament. Of those, only 337 bagged and tagged for the night to return to the host casino later today for Day 2. read more

Unionization Effort at Ocean Resort Casino Progresses Smoothly

Ocean Resort Casino workers make important step toward unionization, secure approval from the New Jersey State Board of Mediation

Workers at Ocean Resort Casino are entering the final stages of their unionization effort, The Press of Atlantic City reported Friday. The Atlantic City hotel and casino resort, which is also in the process of changing its owner, opened doors last June together with Hard Rock Hotel & Casino Atlantic City. read more

Icahn-Named Directors Join Caesars’ Board; Is the Company Succumbing to Sale Pressure?

A sale of Las Vegas casino and hospitality giant Caesars Entertainment Corp. seems more and more likely by the day as an investor with a history of shareholder activism is pressing for the move as a plausible next stage in the company’s development.

Caesars announced yesterday that it has submitted to the latest demands of Carl Icahn and has reached an agreement with him to appoint three new members to its Board of Directors, all three named by the billionaire investor himself. Last month, Mr. Icahn said in a filing with the US Securities and Exchange Commission that he has amassed a 9.78% stake in Caesars, confirming reports abut his involvement in the company that floated around for several months. read more

Georgia Senate Committee Passes Horse Racing Bills

In what might be a first for me in my nearly decade and a half here at Poker News Daily, I am writing about horse racing. I know nothing about horse racing beyond the “Let’s Go to the Races” VCR game that I played when I was a kid. But when I read that a Georgia Senate committee passed a resolution to legalize horse racing in the state, my eyebrows raised.

While just a tiny step in a process, the vote by the state Senate’s Economic Development and Tourism Committee to pass Senate Resolution 84 interests me for two reasons. First, I live in Georgia and the state is devoid of legal gambling aside from the lottery. And second, should horse racing – and the associated betting – become legal, that could open the door, at least a crack, for further expansion of gambling in the Peach State. It has always disappointed me that horse racing tends to be given more serious consideration by lawmakers around the country than does any other form of gambling, but I get it. Horse racing is a more traditionally accepted pastime than, say, online poker, and the horse racing industry has a strong lobby. read more

New Hampshire Lottery Sues Justice Department Over Wire Act

We knew there would be legal backlash against the U.S. Department of Justice for the Office of Legal Counsel’s revised opinion on the Wire Act and the first shoe to drop comes from New Hampshire. The New Hampshire Lottery Commission has filed a lawsuit against the DoJ and Attorney General William Barr, demanding that the Wire Act not be enforced using the new interpretation.

Though New Hampshire does not have regulated online poker, it did rely on the 2011 OLC opinion on the Wire Act to sell lottery tickets via the internet. For years, the Wire Act was interpreted by the Department of Justice to ban all online gambling, but the OLC took a look at it and in late 2011, issued the opinion that it only applied to sports betting, as the text of the Act plainly reads. read more