Crown Resorts Limited to carry on in Melbourne despite ‘disgraceful’ verdict

In Australia and the Victorian royal commission looking into the local gambling license suitability of Crown Resorts Limited has reportedly branded the local casino operator’s attitude towards implementing effective anti-money laundering controls as ‘disgraceful’. According to a report from the Reuters news service, the Melbourne-headquartered firm was being investigated after the gambling regulator for the […]

Arkansas Supreme Court ruling annuls winning Pope County casino license bid

In Arkansas and the contest to pick the operator for a proposed Pope County casino has reportedly hit another stumbling block after the successful licensee had its winning bid effectively invalidated by the state’s highest court. According to a Thursday report from the Arkansas Democrat-Gazette newspaper, an entity known as Gulfside Casino Partnership bested four […]

New York gambling regulator pondering ‘downstate’ casino resort move

The New York State Gaming Commission has reportedly launched a campaign that could eventually see up to three Las Vegas-style casino resorts opened in the highly-populated ‘downstate’ region around New York City. According to a Wednesday report from the New York Post newspaper, the state regulator is running a ‘request for expressions of interest’ process […]

Cross-party MPs call for action against Camelot claiming app-based games are causing more gambling problems

Camelot is the national lottery operator in the United Kingdom, that is responsible for providing safe and quality games to players. Traditional draw games have been offered for many years via the operator and as technology improved, app-based games were provided. A group of MPs is now stating that the app options are too much […]

South Korean politician suggests implementing ‘proxy gambling’ at casinos

In South Korea and a prominent federal politician has reportedly suggested that the nation’s collection of 17 foreigner-only casinos be allowed to start offering mobile wagering so as to more quickly recover from the detrimental impacts of the coronavirus pandemic. According to a report from GGRAsia, Lee Sang-Heon is a member of the country’s National […]

Arizona’s Gila River Indian Community breaks ground on a fourth casino

In the western American state of Arizona and the federally-recognized Gila River Indian Community reportedly held a special ceremony yesterday in order to break ground on a coming $150 million tribal casino. According to a Monday report from The Arizona Republic newspaper, the tribe’s Gila River Hotels and Casinos enterprise is already responsible for the […]

Coronavirus caution for Singapore casino resorts

The two giant integrated casino resorts in Singapore have reportedly instituted new rules that require all customers wanting to enjoy their facilities to be fully vaccinated against coronavirus.

According to a report from Inside Asian Gaming, the move for Resorts World Sentosa and Marina Bay Sands comes after the city-state’s Ministry of Health introduced a raft of fresh regulations that have been designed to help fight the further spread of the potentially-lethal ailment. The source detailed that the former British territory has experienced a significant rise in coronavirus cases since easing an array of related restrictions last month even though its population of almost 5.5 million individuals has passed the 80% vaccination threshold.

Two-week timeframe:

For the seven-hotel Resorts World Sentosa and the new coronavirus-related safeguard reportedly came into force from yesterday to bar anyone who has not had a second dose of a World Health Organization-approved vaccine at least 14 days earlier from entering any of its indoor areas. The facility operated by Genting Malaysia Berhad purportedly disclosed that these include its shopping mall, casino and coffee shops as well as adjacent attractions such as its Adventure Cove Waterpark and South East Asia (SEA) Aquarium.

Virus vigilance:

This obligation, which expands a measure that was already in place for Singapore’s many restaurants and bars, additionally now reportedly applies to the three-tower Marina Bay Sands in addition to this massive development’s adjoining 300-unit Shoppes at Marina Bay Sands shopping complex. Run by the Marina Bay Sands Private Limited subsidiary of American casino behemoth Las Vegas Sands Corporation, the 2,561-room property purportedly declared that more than 97% of its employees have already been fully vaccinated against coronavirus while it has moreover instituted a ‘further enhancement of our rostered routine testing program for staff’.

Capacity care:

Marina Bay Sands reportedly also proclaimed that its 160,000 sq ft casino is now only open to those that have been fully vaccinated against coronavirus ‘in groups of up to two persons aged 21 years and above.’ To gain entry and the enterprise purportedly stated that punters must be able to provide members of its staff with ‘a valid negative pre-event test (PET) result’ or proof of their valid exemption from such a check.

Finally, Inside Asian Gaming reported that Resorts World Sentosa is now thought to be following a similar capacity limitation measure for its own 161,400 sq ft casino with the property recently pronouncing that ‘the number of guests per group will be no more than the maximum allowed by current government restrictions.’

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Gambling Commission fines Victoria Gate Casino operator

VGC Leeds Limited, the operator of the Victoria Gate Casino, must pay a large fine to the Gambling Commission due to regulation violations. The regulator found that the casino failed in maintaining its social responsibility and anti-money laundering measures.

A total of £450,000 will be paid by the operator as part of a settlement agreed to by the Commission. A public statement was provided to give details on how VGC failed to meet regulations requirements, including identifying and managing customers that were of high risk to gambling-related harm as well as money laundering.

The Public Statement

In the public statement, the Gambling Commission pointed out that licensed operators are legally bound to ensure that facilities are operating in compliance with the Gambling Act 2005. This includes preventing gambling from being a source of crime, used to support crime, or being associated with crime.

Gaming is also supposed to take place in an open and fair way, with vulnerable people and children protected from harm. VGC Leeds Limited reported was in violation of such regulations as the operator of the Victoria Gate Casino. The company holds a non-remote and ancillary remote casino license.

The Commission reviewed how the casino operator handled 10 customers after concerns were raised during a compliance assessment from July 2019. The investigation revealed that VGC failed in helping players who were at a higher risk of gambling-related harm and money laundering. The issue came from the company’s failure to implement anti-money laundering and safer gambling policies/procedures.

The Decision

The Commission reported in the public statement that in late October 2019, they gave notice to VGC that the gaming operating license of the company had been reviewed and that breaches of licensing conditions were present. The findings led to the Commission fining the group and requiring change among the implementation of policies.

VGC cooperated with the Commission during the entire investigation and accepted the need to implement policies and procedures regarding anti-money laundering and safer gambling. What was in place at the time was not working correctly. The company accepted that it did not act in accordance with conditions included in its operating license from January 2017 all the way until July 2019.

Because of the ruling, the VGC agreed to pay a fine. A total of £241,000 will be used to represent divestment of the amount of gain the company earned due to the failings. Another £209,000 will be paid to cover a financial penalty. An additional £21,578.17 will go to the Commission for costs.

Unintended coronavirus consequences for Entain

British land-based and online sportsbook operator Entain has reportedly chalked up an increase of 4% year-on-year in third-quarter net revenues despite experiencing a comparative slowdown in online receipts.

According to a report from the Financial Times newspaper, the London-listed behemoth responsible for a slew of online casino and sportsbetting domains including,, and saw its iGaming revenues for the three months to the end of September rise by over 10% year-on-year. The source detailed that this represented a 23rd consecutive quarter of such growth but was far below the analogous 26% swell experienced during the same period in 2020 when punters were obliged to play from home as a result of the coronavirus pandemic.

Certification check:

Previously known as GVC Holdings until undergoing a December of 2020 name-change, Entain reportedly used an official press release to explain that its most recent third-quarter results had been furthermore negatively impacted by a new online casino games licensing regime in Germany. The company purportedly proclaimed that its business had nevertheless ‘delivered a strong performance’ across all of the world’s ‘major markets’ with particular success in Brazil and Australia.

American advance:

In the United States where the online and retail sportsbetting sector is growing following the revocation of the Professional and Amateur Sports Protection Act (PASPA) in 2018 and Entain reportedly asserted that it now holds a 23% market share via operations in 16 jurisdictions including New Jersey, Michigan and Colorado.

British bounce-back:

Jette Nygaard-Andersen (pictured) serves as the Chief Executive Officer for Entain and she reportedly disclosed that revenues from her firm’s Ladbrokes and Coral-branded chain of high street bookmakers in the United Kingdom had posted a 1% expansion in net revenues owing to a slow post-coronavirus escalation in footfall. She therefore purportedly divulged that the operator is to maintain its full-year forecast for earnings before interest, tax, depreciation and amortisation of between £850 million ($1.15 billion) and £900 million ($1.22 billion).

Read a statement from Nygaard-Andersen…

“These results demonstrate Entain’s continuing ability to deliver sustainable, consistent and diversified growth. Our powerful platform provides customers with great products and experiences, which enable us to grow ahead of our markets as demonstrated by 23 consecutive quarters of double-digit online growth. By offering customers ever more engaging products while leveraging our scale and technology, we will drive the flywheel effects of secular growth dynamics that can triple the size of our business. As a result, we remain very confident in Entain’s future prospects.”

Tie-up tension:

Isle of Man-based Entain is reportedly the subject of an around $20 billion cash-and-stock takeover proposal from American online sportsbook operator DraftKings Incorporated. The buyer purportedly has until next Tuesday to finalize its acquisition but is still laboring to secure a deal with MGM Resorts International, which has joint ownership of the target’s BetMGM sportsbetting service.