Gaming Industry News Weekly Recap – Stories You Might Have Missed

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The Trump Taj Mahal looks set to be the fifth Atlantic City casino to close its doors in 2014 but Befair’s New Jersey online gambling operation can continue to operate; the NBA’s new commissioner said the league would benefit from the “inevitable” spread of legal sports betting in the US; Antigua claimed to have made a “significant concession” in its online gambling trade war with the US; Maryland set a new monthly revenue record thanks to its newest casino; Caesars Entertainment was hit with fresh lawsuits over its restructuring plans; the Seminole Hard Rock Poker Open created the biggest overlay in poker history; Nevada Gaming Control Board chairman A.G. Burnett discussed his state’s plans to share online poker liquidity with Delaware; 888 Holdings CEO Brian Mattingley told Rebecca Liggero that California’s ‘bad actor’ decisions should be made by regulators, not legislators; Kirby Garlitos examined the growing potential of fantasy football and Jason Kirk expressed his boredom with sponsored celebrity poker.

Asian-facing operators SBOBET and Mansion announced they were exiting the UK market ahead of the new licensing regime; German finally issued its 20 sports betting licenses but legal challenges await; Betfair revenue jumped thanks to World Cup wagering; 666Bet acquired Metro Play Casino from DMG Media; Paddy Power found its new CEO in retail boss Andy McCue; private equity firm Permira was said to be eyeing a takeover of 888 Holdings; Monty Python’s John Cleese disavowed responsibility for the Spamalot branded slots title; Playtech acquired the lottery operations of Aristocrat Leisure; UK regulators suspended PokerCent’s gambling license; Colossus Bets’ Bernard Marantelli discussed the joys of football pool betting; Tom Galanais examined the shortcomings of online gambling marketing; Agency Lex’s Alex Czajkoski discussed why true innovation only happens “in the edges” of an industry and Innovation Protocol’s Sasha Strauss discussed the challenges of establishing a global brand strategy.

Macau casino revenue dropped for the third straight month and regional competitors plan to poach 5% of Macau’s VIP revenue in 2015; SJM Holdings braced for more labor unrest after changing its workers’ sick leave policy; Melco Crown convinced Martin Scorsese to direct a Studio City promo film starring Robert De Niro, Brad Pitt and Leonardo Dicaprio; Las Vegas Sands promised an “iconic” casino in South Korea while MGM Resorts promised a “uniquely Japanese” casino in Osaka; South Korea blocked all access to social gaming until the games were given an age-appropriate rating; Myanmar pondered legalizing its own casinos; a Philippines lawmaker wants to impose a Singapore-style casino entry fee on local residents and Kazuo Okada’s estranged Manila casino partner said it was open to a reconciliation.