Rockford City Officials Extend Casino Proposals Deadline to August 30

The City of Rockford, Illinois has extended the deadline for an ongoing request for proposals process for the development of a casino in the city.

City officials previously gave developers up to August 16 to submit their interest in building a casino in Rockford. However, interested companies now have through August 30 to participate in the request for proposals process. read more

BoyleSports to Make UK Retail Betting Debut Next Week

Irish bookmaker BoyleSports is set to enter the UK retail betting market next week through the recently announced acquisition of indie bookmaker Wilf Gilbert, the Racing Post reports.

It also became known that BoyleSports has tapped John Haddock, a gambling industry veteran with more than three decades of experience, to oversee the Irish operator’s UK betting shops. Mr. Haddock had previously served as CEO of Betfred. read more

Kester Capital Adds Gambling Compliance Owner to Investment Portfolio

Buy-out specialist Kester Capital has backed the management buy-out of provider of global gambling and payments regulatory intelligence ComplianceOnline, news emerged today.

ComplianceOnline is known to be the owner of Gambling Compliance and Payments Compliance, which provide in-depth insight, analysis, research and commentary on topics related to the growth and development of the sectors they cover. read more

Chicago City Hall Seeks Public Input on Casino Location with Online Survey

When locations are chosen for major city landmarks like a new stadium or casino, it is usually government officials and consultants that make the decisions. As the process starts to decide where Chicago’s first casino is going to be built, consultants and politicians are certainly going to make most of the decisions and have the final say, but Chicago Mayor Lori Lightfoot promised to give Chicagoans a say in the matter. On Friday, she took the first step in doing just that, posting an online survey seeking citizen input on where they think the future gambling venue should be.

Survey speaks in generalities

Now, the survey, aside from maybe one open-ended catch-all question, is not asking people for specific location suggestions. It isn’t asking respondents to say exactly where the casino should go. Instead, it speaks more in generalities, the types of locations people would like or not like and what concerns they have about possible spots. read more

New Swiss Online Gambling Law in Effect, Foreign Operators Barred

A little over a year ago, Swiss voters overwhelmingly approved a law – by about a 3-to-1 margin – that banned online gambling operators from outside of the country. That law is now in effect, with only the country’s casinos as the ones who are permitted to be licensed.

Even though 73 percent of those who voted in June 2018 were for keeping online gambling within the nation’s borders, those opposed to the initiative spoke loudly. They criticized legislators for seemingly getting into bed with the casinos and spoke out against the possibility of the government blocking access to foreign gaming websites altogether. They did not want the Swiss casino industry to be protected from competition. read more

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