The Information Sharing and Analysis Center for travel and hospitality is merging with the ISAC for retail and hospitality to improve collaboration and communication on the evolving landscape of threats, vulnerabilities and remediation. The umbrella group will tackle the travel industry as well as casinos, retailers, restaurants, hotels, consumer products groups and more.
House members are resurrecting the bipartisan Congressional Gaming Caucus, no doubt because the US gaming industry employs 2 million people and drives $261 billion into the economy each year. The caucus includes members from a variety of states, including some without much skin in the game yet, but politicians know the industry is a good place to go for votes as well as campaign contributions.
Claire Murdoch, the head of England's mental health services, has asked five major gaming companies to do more to combat addictive gaming. "I am concerned that offering people who are losing vast sums of money ... free tickets, VIP experiences, and free bets, all proactively prompt people back into the vicious gambling cycle," she wrote in a letter, adding that "the gambling industry has a responsibility to prevent the occasional flutter turning into a dangerous habit."
Okla. Gov. Kevin Stitt, who wants tribal casinos to pay a higher tax percentage to the state, points to the 20% tribes in Arkansas pay, but Quapaw Chief John Berrey notes that Arkansas casinos "don't build hospitals ... don't build roads ... don't build homes," because they just give their proceeds to shareholders. Oklahoma tribes use money outside of their tax payments to the state to fund school lunch programs, medical clinics and emergency services on turnpikes and state highways.
Bringing an underrepresented sport into the world of sports betting, the US' National Lacrosse League is partnering with Roar Digital -- a joint venture of MGM Resorts International and GVC Holdings. Fans of the 13-team indoor lacrosse league can use Roar's BetMGM platform to wager before and during games on computers or phones.
While a NagaWorld union activist in Cambodia told Reuters that the company agreed to increase workers' salaries as much as 30% and reinstate the union president, a NagaCorp filing this week suggested that workers at the Phnom Penh casino gave up on their strike and came back to work with no deal. Reuters also reported a far larger number of striking workers than the company did.
A Maine task force studying the 1980 Maine Indian Claims Settlement Act has recommended changes to the law that would restore some of the authority it stripped from the state's tribes. One of the recommendations would create a compact allowing tribes to operate casinos with slot machines and table games, while another would allow them to tax nontribal members on tribal land.
Mohegan Gaming & Entertainment has made it into the next round of consideration for building and operating a casino resort in Athens. Greek officials rejected Hard Rock International's bid, saying the company didn't meet the criteria related to construction experience and financing.
The India Poker Championship, which started Tuesday at the Big Daddy Casino in Goa and continues through Sunday, offers $50 million in prizes. "Having witnessed the success and overwhelming response to IPC events, we will work harder each year to exceed ourselves and make IPC the best poker championship in the world," says Amin Rozani, founder of Spartan Poker, the tournament's sponsor.
Research from RG Collaborative that began in 2018 has discovered that, of 14 states studied, only six definitely spent their gaming tax funds as originally intended when it comes to preventing gaming addiction. Four others may have diverted funds elsewhere or rolled back their allocations, while another four likely did not collect enough in taxes to match the intended allocation.
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