Casino boss Steve Wynn’s $7.5m settlement of a sexual harassment claim dominated a hearing of Massachusetts gaming regulators tasked with determining his suitability to operate in their state.
On Wednesday, the Massachusetts Gaming Commission (MGC) held a public hearing into last week’s bombshell Wall Street Journal report alleging decades’ worth of sexual impropriety by Steve Wynn against female employees of casino operator Wynn Resorts.
Wynn is currently building the $2.4b Wynn Boston Harbor, and MGC chairman Stephen Crosby kicked off Wednesday’s hearing by saying nothing must be allowed to shake Massachusetts residents’ confidence in their gaming industry.
Karen Wells, director of the MGC’s Investigation and Enforcement Bureau, noted that the WSJ report had disclosed the existence of a $7.5m settlement Wynn Resorts reached with a former Wynn Las Vegas manicurist who claims Steve forced her to have sex in his office.
Song of Mine, a half sister to two-time champion Songbird, is scheduled to make her debut Feb. 1 at Oaklawn Park for trainer Dane Kobiskie and owner PTK LLC.
Saipan casino operator Imperial Pacific International Holdings (IPI) has welcomed new senior management as it fends off fresh calls for the imposition of a gaming revenue tax.
On Wednesday, the Saipan Tribune reported that IPI had appointed Marco Teng as the new chairman of its board of directors, while Henry Cheang has been named IPI’s new CEO.
According to the Tribune report, Teng will assume oversight and supervision of IPI’s hotel operations, while Cheang – a 12-year casino veteran with stints at multiple Macau operators – will oversee gaming operations.
Both of these senior roles were previously filled by Mark Brown, who switched from IPI’s CEO to the chairman’s seat in January 2017, but who resigned as chairman on December 20. The CEO role had been assumed by IPI’s chief operating officer Kwong Yiu Ling.
Talismanic, winner of the Nov. 4 Longines Breeders’ Cup Turf (G1T), is being pointed for the $10 million Dubai World Cup Sponsored by Emirates Airline (G1), according to Godolphin officials.
The 2018 Aussie Millions is in full swing right now, but despite a record turnout for the Main Event, the stop hasn’t been without drama. After just four players participated […]
The post Aussie Millions Drama: Sam Greenwood Calls German High Rollers ‘Predatory and Cowardly’ Vultures appeared first on .
Nevada casino sportsbooks enjoyed record betting volume and revenue in 2017 on the back of soaring football and basketball wagers.
Figures released Wednesday by the Nevada Gaming Control Board (GCB) show the states’ casinos generated revenue of $960.4m in December, up less than 1% from December 2016’s result. The gains came despite Las Vegas Strip casino revenue falling 3.25% to $571.5m.
Statewide slots revenue was up 5.9% to $579.7m, while games & table revenue fell 6.9% to $380.6m. Baccarat topped the individual table game revenue chart with $120.4m, but this represented a 30.3% year-on-year decline. By contrast, blackjack improved 11.7% to $100.3m, while craps ($32.2m, -8.7%) and roulette ($30.1m, +15%) had a mixed month.
Shifting to the sportsbooks, overall revenue shot up 81.3% year-on-year to $34.5m in December, a significant turnaround from November’s $9.8m, which suffered from the worst baseball month on record.
Australian-listed casino operator Silver Heritage Group says its fourth quarter sales were the best in the company’s young history, thanks in part to its new Nepal gaming venue.
On Wednesday, Silver Heritage provided a preview of its Q4 and FY17 earnings, while happily reporting that its unaudited sales in the three months ending December 31 totaled $5.44m, the strongest result since the company went public in August 2016.
The Q4 sales total indicates a steady progression from Q3 ($4.76m), Q2 ($4.1m) and Q1 ($4m), making a FY17 total of $18.26m (up from $16.9m in FY16). The preliminary audited Q4 and FY17 results will be released prior to February 28, while the company’s annual report will follow by March 31.
Silver Heritage is a joint venture partner in the Phoenix International Club casino in Vietnam, and also operates the Tiger Palace Resort Bhairahawa (pictured) in Nepal, which last year joined Silver Heritage’s original Nepalese gaming venue, the Millionaire’s Club Casino in Kathmandu.
Talismanic, winner of the Longines Breeders’ Cup Turf (G1T) Nov. 4, is being pointed for the $10 million Dubai World Cup Sponsored by Emirates Airline (G1), according to Godolphin officials.
Anticipation is high for the Enable’s 2018 return to racing and a possible defense of her Qatar Prix de l’Arc de Triomphe (G1) crown, which is far different from the expectations the Juddmonte Farm homebred faced this time last year.
Vouris’ February Addition is in Time for Unikrn’s European Rollout
(Seattle, WA) – January 31, 2018 – Unikrn, one of esports’ and gaming’s biggest brands, is onboarding a new COO, Andrew Vouris. Vouris, who has over 10 years of experience growing one of Wagering and Gaming’s most successful brand (Tabcorp), will join Unikrn in February. As COO, Vouris will lead Wagering and Gaming growth strategies, as well as connecting and synergizing the company’s global team and four primary offices (in Seattle, Las Vegas, Sydney and Berlin). He will report directly into Rahul Sood, Unikrn’s CEO.
In early 2018, Unikrn plans to launch a regulated betting operation across 80% of Europe utilizing their recently acquired Malta Gaming License, and Vouris will steer operations with the experience gained from helping grow Tabcorp into a global leader across a decade.
As Deputy COO at Tabcorp, Vouris was responsible for the retail, digital and online channels and helped grow the Tabcorp Wagering business to $13 billion dollars before making the decision to leave. He was also responsible for the Unikrn investment by Tabcorp and has had an insider view of the company since inception.
31st January, 2018 – Bede Gaming, an award-winning supplier of software to the online gaming industry, has announced that it has signed a deal to offer Playson’s gaming content on PLAY, its content aggregator and marketing tool.
Playson provides more than 40 omni-channel HTML5 titles, this deal will see them become available to all Bede’s operator partners once they’ve integrated with PLAY, including their most popular titles such as, Fireworks Master, Clover Tales and Viking Gods: Thor & Loki.
Michael Brady, CEO of Bede Gaming, said: “Playson games are known for their high-quality graphics and superb game play, they will be a fantastic addition to PLAY.
“Our aim with PLAY is to be the leading content aggregator with a broad range of titles, across all verticals that do not sacrifice on quality.
January 31, 2018 – Better Collective, the world’s leading developer of digital platforms for bookmaker information, iGaming communities, and betting tips, is partnering with Matchbook to bring their bettingexpert.com Tipster API onto the popular betting exchange.
Including bettingexpert.com’s Tips API on Matchbook means users gain access to vast quantities of trusted and up-to-date tips on Matchbook’s active markets. Users can now seek advice and view new opportunities before placing their bets. Additionally, this feature offers filters such as Tipster ROI’s, providing users with an objective view of the highest quality tipsters and tips that are being posted by the international tipster community on bettingexpert.com.
From the side of Better Collective, this is seen as a revolutionary step for the role of the affiliate in the igaming industry. The ability to host their trusted tips on an operator platform is a proof point for the value that affiliates can provide. As a trusted third-party for tips, the bettingexpert.com brand name, which represents honest and transparent tips, is a source for unbiased information that promotes educated and researched bets.
This defining aspect of bettingexpert.com tips is something that can’t be earnestly replicated independently by operators due to the nature of their own business models. This industry-first partnership exhibits how the collaboration between operators and affiliates can create value for all stakeholders involved.
Slot specialist to introduce new title and an ambitious growth plan at ICE 2018
31 January, 2018 (Press Release): Leading slot developer Booming Games is targeting new markets and further growth this year after a landmark 2017.
The company has established deals with major operators such as Betsson Group, Vera&John, BetClic Everest and Aspire Global over the last 12 months.
It enhanced its portfolio with the release of a number of slots, including additions to its acclaimed Neon Signature Series.
Host of games to be integrated with UK specialist
Malta, 31st January 2018 – Slots provider Tom Horn Gaming has agreed a deal to supply its games to Jumpman Gaming.
Slots including Monster Madness, Don Juan’s Peppers and Blackbeard’s Quest will be made available to the specialist UK casino platform provider.
Ondrej Lapides, CEO at Tom Horn Gaming, said: “We’re delighted to be integrating with Jumpman Gaming as we continue to cement our position as a leading provider in the gaming industry.
In this interview with CalvinAyre.com’s Stephanie Tower, Harmen Brenninkmeijer, manager partner at Dynamic Partners, explains how casinos can successfully integrate online gambling into their land-based operations.
Loading the player…
Celebrating the shared player pool for France and Spain
ONCHAN, Isle of Man – January 31, 2018 – The all new FRESH (France Espania Hold’em) Series is set to unite players from France and Spain on PokerStars. FRESH will become the richest ever PokerStars online series in France and Spain with €5 million guaranteed across 50 scheduled events, including a €1 million guaranteed Main Event prize pool and a Platinum Pass package to the PokerStars Players No Limit Hold’em Championship (PSPC) for the Main Event winner.
The series takes place January 28 – February 11, with depositor freerolls, special Spin & Go FRESH Main Event qualifiers, Second Chance Freerolls and even opportunities to qualify for free, which are available in the PokerStars lobby now.
The FRESH Series will celebrate the coming together of French and Spanish tables at PokerStars, which is the first operator approved to offer shared liquidity between the two locally licensed online poker markets. The shared player pool offers players larger guarantees, more games and reduced waiting times.
Prague – 31 January 2018 – The leading boutique style gaming conference in Prague is gathering new and old faces of the industry in order to highlight the trending topics for the attending delegates.
We can’t help but notice, that in 2017 most of the news focused on cryptocurrencies, smart contracts, ICOs and even Responsible Gambling programs. The year 2018 looks very similar, however some of the companies that engaged into accepting cryptocurrency in their operation already have the first feedback when it comes to experience.
Thus, in 2018 the team at European Gaming Media and Events will continue to focus on bringing more information about the role of cryptocurrencies in the online and even land-based gambling industry. As most of the delegates have already got used to the ‘Innovation Talks” panels, the team will bring some new names to the stage. Such is the case of Bernhard Blaha, who is a first time speaker in the Innovation Talks series.
Bernhard is the Co-founder of Herocoin.io & Herosphere.gg. His responsibilities stretch from operational topics to finding legal & tax solutions. Having founded successful companies before he brings practical expertise in addition to his knowledge gathered from his studies in the technical (University of Applied Sciences Upper Austria) and economic (University of Applied Sciences Vienna) areas. Bernhard is an early adopter of many technologies, ranging from home automation to cryptocurrencies
NetEnt, leading provider of digital gaming solutions, has given one lucky player the perfect start to 2018 after securing a €2,553,604.67 jackpot while spinning the reels on the progressive jackpot slot, Mega Fortune™.
The €2.5m prize was claimed by a UK-based player, who wishes to remain anonymous, and had only signed up to SlotsMillion just a few days prior to his life-changing win.
Mega Fortune™ is a 5-reel, 25-bet line video slot with the largest online pooled jackpot, and a luxury themed game, which gives players a hint of what to expect if they hit the Mega jackpot.
NetEnt has seen its first multi-million euro jackpot of the year drop after paying out more than €75 million in 2017.
31 January 2018 – Bangkok, Thailand: The largest global sports media property in Asian history, ONE Championship™ (ONE), has just announced the main event for ONE: IRON WILL, set for 24 March at the Impact Arena in Bangkok, Thailand. Reigning ONE Bantamweight World Champion Bibiano “The Flash” Fernandes of Brazil will defend his title against ONE Featherweight & Lightweight World Champion Martin “The Situ-Asian” Nguyen of Sydney, Australia.
Ticket information for ONE: IRON WILL is available at www.onefc.com
Chatri Sityodtong, Chairman and CEO of ONE Championship, stated: “I am super excited to announce another huge world title bout as reigning ONE Bantamweight World Champion Bibiano Fernandes will face two-division ONE Featherweight & Lightweight World Champion Martin Nguyen at ONE: IRON WILL. It’s a tremendous matchup, and one that the whole world wants to see. I have no doubt that these two warriors will be putting on a great show for everyone watching live in Bangkok.”
28-year-old Martin “The Situ-Asian” Nguyen is one of the most highly-regarded martial arts champions in the world. With an impressive 10-1 professional record, which includes three submissions and seven knockouts, Nguyen’s all-around skill set allows him to perform at the highest level of competition. All of Nguyen’s wins have come by exciting finish. In his most recent bout, Nguyen scored a scintillating knockout victory over the Philippines’ Eduard Folayang to become the first man in the history of ONE Championship to hold two titles simultaneously in two different weight divisions. Nguyen now reigns as the ONE Featherweight & Lightweight World Champion, and this March in Bangkok, he attempts to make history once again. Nguyen is scheduled to face ONE Bantamweight World Champion, Bibiano “The Flash” Fernandes in his next bid for greatness.
The Slotegrator company examined the events in the world of online gambling over the past year and compiled the list of main trends that will evolve in the industry in 2018.
Virtual reality is becoming more and more popular in online gambling. To date, many operators have already introduced this technology into their resources and remained satisfied with it. Nowadays, VR devices are very popular and easy of approach; hence, they become more attractive for the online casinos.