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Australia – Crown holds onto Melbourne licence despite being slammed as ‘illegal, dishonest, unethical and exploitative’

Australia’s Crown Resorts has managed to hold onto its licence to operate its casino in Melbourne despite a royal commission slamming the company for being ‘illegal, dishonest, unethical and exploitative.’ Having detailed a ‘litany of failings’ by Crown including the fact it had ‘facilitated money laundering,’ Commissioner, Ray Finkelstein said a special manager should be…

US – PlaySugarHouse launches retail sportsbooks in Connecticut

The Connecticut Lottery Corporation, Rush Street Interactive and Sportech have announced the launch of in-person sports betting at the first of 15 PlaySugarHouse retail sportsbooks in Connecticut. Beginning today, players will be able to place bets at Sports Haven in New Haven, CT. In the coming days, the retail sportsbooks at Bobby V’s Restaurant &…

Japan – Japan’s new Prime Minister gives his support to casino initiative

Fumio Kishida, Japan’s new Prime Minister, has spoken out for the first time about casinos in Japan saying they are a vital step in transforming tourism in the country. Responding to questions from Kiyomi Tsujimoto, Deputy Representative of the Constitutional Democratic Party, on the viability of Integrated Resorts casinos, he said: “It is an important…

Italy – Campione d’Italia Casino currently unable to guarantee December 31 reopening

Preparations to reopen the casino in the Italian enclave of Campione d’Italia by the end of the year are ongoing with meetings between the trade unions, the casino’s owners Campione d’Italia Casino and the delegate judge of the Court of Como all hoping to fix a firm reopening date. The CEO of the Campione d’Italia…

The Netherlands – Holland Casino launches online

Following a short delay, Holland Casino is now live with its online gambling offer with the casino company the only provider from Dutch soil to offer Live Dealer Casino including roulette and blackjack. In addition, Holland Casino also offers online sports betting, slot machines and poker. In the coming period, this offer will be further…

US – Nevada continues run of $1bn months with its second best ever run of results

Nevada casinos generated their sixth consecutive month of $1bn gaming revenues with the Nevada Gaming Control Board confirming statewide GGR reached $1.165bn in August, marking a 22.3 per cent from August 2019, before the onset of the pandemic. The run of $1bn months started in March, and is now the state’s second best ever run,…

China – Macau’s casino share prices fall as Government confirms public consultation

Shares in Macau’s casino operators have lost a third of their value, plummeting by $14bn, due to investor fears over a government consultation that could see tighter restrictions brought into effect. Wynn Macau fell by 34 per cent to a record low with a similar 28 per cent dip for Sands China. Macau’s secretary for…

UK – 888 confirmed as the new owner of William Hill’s non-US assets

Betting operator 888 has now confirmed it has won the race to buy the non-US assets of William Hill from Caesars for approximately £2.2bn in what it has a described as a ‘transformational acquisition creating a global leader with significant scale in the fast-growing online sports betting and gaming industry. 888 said the deal would…

US – Nevada smashes its all-time personal best with fifth month of $1bn plus gaming

Fuelled by the return of live entertainment and one-off sporting events, Nevada’s casinos enjoyed the best month in their history in July with revenues surpassing the $1bn mark for the fifth successive month and the Strip generating its best ever month. July 2021 surpassed the previous record for Nevada set in May of $1.23bn whilst…