Online sportsbetting bust in Taiwan

A 35-year-old Taiwanese man, identified only as Chang, has been arrested for operating illegal online betting websites in Taipei since January 2018 from his home….

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Irish tech firm Banach raises Euro 2.2 million in seed funding

Dublin-based betting technology firm Banach Technology Limited, founded in 2015, has raised Euro 2.2 million in enterprise seed funding which it will use to both…

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DFS Revenue Plateaus, Legal Sports Betting Could Be Dampening Thrill of Fantasy Sports

The daily fantasy sports market has stagnated, according to new figures released by the New York State Gaming Commission.

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Daily fantasy sports has plateaued in the US, so what next for market leaders DraftKings and FanDuel, now that individual states are free to legalize and license sports betting? (Image: Fortune) read more

Caesars ‘Divas Las Vegas’ Show Gets Dragged Into Scandal, Long-Running Production Suddenly Closes

Frank Marino’s Divas Las Vegas at Caesars-owned The Linq came to an abrupt end last Tuesday, and while the show that’s been a Strip staple for decades appears to have closed by mutual decision, there’s much more than meets the eye to this dramatic sayonara.

Frank Marino Divas Las Vegas

Frank Marino’s “Divas Las Vegas,” one of the Strip’s longest-running production shows, suddenly went dark last week. Marino has blamed an afternoon time slot for sluggish ticket sales, but could there be a darker reason? (Image: Las Vegas News Bureau/Frank Marino’s Divas) read more

Hard Rock Remains Committed to North Jersey Casino Despite Atlantic City Investment

Hard Rock International CEO Jim Allen says despite spending more than half-billion dollars in Atlantic City, the casino company remains interested in developing a resort in North Jersey.

Hard Rock Meadowlands Atlantic City

Hard Rock CEO Jim Allen, seen here in 2015 presenting his company’s casino vision for the Meadowlands, says he’s still keen on building outside New York City in North Jersey. (Image: Press of Atlantic City) read more

French Regulator ARJEL Weighs in on Loot Boxes, Calls for Pan-European Action to Lean on Developers

France’s online gambling regulator ARJEL has called for a “concerted course of action” from regulators across Europe to examine the phenomenon of loot-boxes in video games.

Loot boxes

A loot box, as featured the multi-player first-person shooter video game Overwatch, from developer Blizzard Entertainment. ARJEL says the in-play reward system does not amount to gambling under French law but is “close enough” to warrant further examination. (Image: Blizzard Entertainment) read more

New release from NoLimit City

Nolimit City launched its neon—futuristic, Asian-themed slot title ‘Coins of Fortune’ this past week. Set in the fast-paced cities of Tokyo, Beijing and Shang-Hai – this…

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Cherry awarded Polish license

Cherry AB has become the ninth licensed operator in the Polish market following a sportsbetting license award from Poland’s Ministry of Development and Finance, a process that…

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Sands Bethlehem Casino One Step Closer to Final Sale in Pennsylvania with Five-Year License Renewal

The Sands Casino in Bethlehem, Pennsylvania has been handed a five-year extension to its gaming license, which is one of the last barriers to completing its sale from billionaire casino mogul Sheldon Adelson to Alabama-based Wind Creek Hospitality.

Sands Bethlehem five-year license renewal

Situated near the remains of what was once the epicenter of America’s Rust Belt, the Sands Bethlehem casino will soon be under new ownership. (Image: Morning Call file photo) read more

Punk Rockers NOFX Shooting Joke Falls Flat in Las Vegas, Fallout Comes Fast and Furious

NOFX probably won’t be invited back to play Las Vegas again anytime soon. Although that may be the least of the band’s worries after what one band member made light of at a Vegas punk rock music festival last weekend.


A bad joke about the Las Vegas October 1 shooting has cost punk rock band NOFX a major sponsor, and an enormous amount of ill will from former fans. (Source: The Blast) read more

DraftKings Moves Into New Jersey Sports Betting Sphere, Partnering with Resorts Atlantic City

DraftKings — the biggest daily fantasy sports (DFS) operator on the market — is diving head first into the burgeoning business of sports betting. With the US market newly opened up following the Supreme Court’s May PASPA overturn decision, the DFS giant has been ready to roll for a while in anticipation of the move.


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UK teenager spent GBP 80,000 on sports betting

Over the weekend several UK newspapers illustrated the dangers of underage gambling when they reported on the GBP 80,000 sports betting activities of a 13-year-old….

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Las Vegas NBA Odds Give Cavs Little Chance After Golden Opportunity Lost in Dramatic Game 1

NBA odds on the Cleveland Cavaliers upsetting the Golden State Warriors are even longer after a wild Game 1 of the best-of-seven Finals.

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With the game tied in the closing seconds, JR Smith mysteriously dribbled away from his own basket. After later losing Game 1, the NBA odds are even longer on Cleveland winning the championship. (Image: Lachlan Cunningham/Getty) read more

ASA Crackdown: Fairy Tale-Themed Online Games Too Tempting for Kids, Says British Ad Watchdog Group

Are online betting games with titles like FairyTale Legends: Red Riding Hood likely to attract kids? The UK’s advertising watchdog, the Advertising Standards Authority (ASA), seems to think so, and it has rapped the knuckles of the website responsible for promoting this — and other kid-friendly sounding designations — on the internet.

FairyTale Red Riding Hood online gaming ASA UK

With familiar fairy tale themes and cartoon graphics, the British ad oversight group ASA thinks this online real-money game is too close for comfort when it comes to attracting children. (Image: NetEnt/You Tube) read more

Online cricket betting investigation expands in India

The arrest and interrogation of notorious illegal online bookie and alleged blackmailer and briber, Sonu Jalan (41) by Maharashtra state police in India last week…

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Online is Austria’s fastest growing gambling vertical

The Austrian consulting firm Kreutzer, Fischer and Partner presented some interesting financial numbers during an interview with the publication Nachtrichten this week, showing that despite…

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Daily Fantasy Sports Contests Officially Legal in Pennsylvania, Eight Operators Enter Licensed Market

Daily fantasy sports contests are legal in Pennsylvania. In fact, they have been since last Saturday, according to announcement this week by the Pennsylvania Gaming Control Board (PGCB).

Daily fantasy sports legal in Pennsylvania

Pennsylvania passed laws to legalize DFS last year, along with online gaming. The licensed DFS market opened for business on Saturday, while the first online gaming operators are expected to launch before the end of the year. (Image: Sports Illustrated) read more

Caesars Entertainment Bounces Back from Bankruptcy Debt Hell with Positive Q1

A leaner, meaner Caesars Entertainment is performing well post-bankruptcy reorganization. The company announced Wednesday that in Q1 of 2018 it posted net losses of “only” $34 million.

Caesars Entertainment CEO Mark Frissora

Caesars Entertainment CEO Mark Frissora said the group had managed to narrow its losses, despite headwinds in Q1. The company is well on the road to profitability for the first time in the best part of a decade. (Image: Associated Press) read more

Connecticut Tribes Want Control of State Sports Betting Market

If sports betting becomes legal in the state of Connecticut, the tribes that operate the two Native American casinos in the state believe they should have the exclusive rights to take those bets.

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Hundreds of Super Bowl bets are displayed at the Westgate Las Vegas SuperBook. Connecticut tribes want exclusive rights to sports betting if the practice is legalized in the state. (Image: Ethan Miller/Getty) read more

Galaxy Entertainment Posts Quarterly Record, Revenue Totals $2.36 Billion

Galaxy Entertainment enjoyed a prosperous three months to kick off 2018, as the casino operator says Q1 revenue surged to HKD$18.5 billion ($2.36 billion), a 32 percent premium on the same period in 2017.

Galaxy Entertainment Lui Che Woo

Lui Che Woo’s Galaxy Entertainment has plenty to smile about with one quarter of 2018 in the books. (Image: Calvin Sit/Getty) read more

Kentucky Derby Odds Favor Justify and Mendelssohn, Triple Crown Winner Unlikely

Kentucky Derby odds favor Justify and Mendelssohn at Churchill Downs this Saturday in Louisville.

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Kentucky Derby odds like Justify’s chances of sprinting to a win this Saturday at Churchill Downs. (Image: Billy HC Kwok/Getty) read more

Elaine Wynn’s Spat with Wynn Resorts Board Deepens Over Future of Company Director Jay Hagenbuch

The Wynn Resorts board has called on shareholders to reelect John Jay Hagenbuch as a director of the company, in direct defiance of its largest shareholder, Elaine Wynn.

Elaine Wynn and Wynn Resorts Clash Over John Jay Hagenbuch

Elaine Wynn filed suit against Wynn Resorts this week to obtain contact details for all the company’s shareholders. She plans to urge them not to reelect John Jay Hagenbuch because of his close ties to Steve Wynn. (Image: Gabe Ginsberg/Getty) read more

Analyst: Las Vegas Resort and Parking Fees Negatively Impacting Tourism

Las Vegas resort and parking fees are hurting Sin City. That’s according to Las Vegas Advisor publisher Anthony Curtis, who believes the new costs are turning otherwise would-be tourists away.

Las Vegas resort parking fees

Las Vegas resort and parking charges might have some visitors putting their vehicles in reverse. (Image: KM Cannon/Las Vegas Review-Journal) read more

Tom Waterhouse departs Crownbet

Australian media reports Thursday indicate that 4 May will be the last working day at CrownBet for Tom Waterhouse, CEO of CrownBet’s recent acquisition, William…

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MyLotto24 to launch in Australia

Despite the considerable competitive presence of Lottoland Australia and the looming threat of a federal government ban on “synthetic” lotteries, the German operator MyLotto24 in…

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Asian distributor takes majority share in gaming studio

Asian distributor QTech Games has announced a new acquisition deal, which sees the company take a majority share in rising-star Swedish video slots development studio…

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Relax Gaming content now live on EveryMatrix platform

Package initially incorporates table games, including Roulette and Blackjack, with further content to be rolled out later in the year. Relax Gaming has integrated its…

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Landing International Gets Local Thumbs Up to Build Entertainment’s City’s Fifth Integrated Resort, NayonLanding

Hong Kong-based casino developer Landing International has official approval from local authorities to build a integrated resort in Entertainment City in the Philippines, according to a filing to the Hong Kong Stock Exchange.

Dr Yang Zhihui, chairman of Landing International

Dr Yang Zhihui, chairman of Landing International, met Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte last September to discuss the possibility of a new integrated resort. It seems the pilgrimage paid off. (Image: South China Morning Post) read more

Sports Bettors Like Los Angeles Rams for Super Bowl, Las Vegas Likes New England Patriots

The Los Angeles Rams are taking more Super Bowl money than any other team in the NFL, as bettors are rushing to print ticket slips on the longest odds possible.

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Quarterback Jared Goff and coach Sean McVay have many sports bettors convinced the Los Angeles Rams are Super Bowl bound. (Image: Steve Dykes/Getty) read more

Health Research Paper Involving Pachinko Parlors and ‘Mildly Erotic Nurses’ Ruffles Academic Feathers

A University of Tokyo study that unleashed “young women wearing mildly erotic nurses’ costumes” on the socioeconomically underprivileged denizens of Japan’s pachinko parlors has caused a stink in the halls of academia and laid its authors open to accusations of chauvinism.

Pachinko research

The research paper had a noble cause: to test the hypothesis that the socioeconomically vulnerable are more likely to seek help with their health if they are presented with stimuli – but the nurses were considered an unhealthy addition to the experiment. (Image: read more