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Eurozone gambling will continue to be a tough market

Eurozone gambling will continue to be a tough market • A little publicised but important conference in Sweden • Adapting your business to change • Governments are doing everything to cause inflation but the needle is not moving By Warwick Bartlett We have learned from the Great […]

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Macau: the burning issue of smoking

Faced with an increasingly angry and demonstrative casino workforce, the government of Macau had to know it was only forestalling the inevitable when it tried to make the smoking issue go away with a partial ban. This was instituted at the start of 2013, and its intent […]

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Macau mired in tobacco smoke and simmering discontent

At the conclusion of Macau’s annual “Golden Week” holiday boom on 6 October, smoking will be banned from the public gambling floors of the city’s casinos: 35 properties whose proximity to mainland China’s baccarat-mad millions generated revenues that surged 18 percent last year to surpass US$45 billion, […]

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Christie reignites NJ sports betting bombshell

In vetoing a bill last month to allow New Jersey’s casinos and racetracks to take sports bets in violation of a federal ban, Gov. Chris Christie said “the rule of law is sacrosanct, binding on all Americans”. Well, not that “sacrosanct,” it appears, not this month, and […]

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New Jersey sports betting — a legal bombshell defused

Of the many attempts by New Jersey officials to wangle a do-over of the state’s failure 20 years ago to legalize sports betting, Senator Raymond Lesniak’s latest end-around—S2250, overwhelmingly passed by the Senate and Assembly in June, only to be vetoed this week by Gov. Chris Christie—may […]

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Transforming the slot-makers — but what about their markets?

Making do with less is not exactly a formula calculated to excite Wall Street, but it is the reality confronting the US casino industry, plagued as it’s been post-recession by a soft consumer economy and an aging and dwindling patron base. In the face of which, market-watchers […]

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Sports levy, dormant accounts and that 3% question

Sports levy, dormant accounts and that 3% question By Warwick Bartlett Just as you thought things might at last start to quieten down in the UK betting industry along comes Harriet Harman with a plan to extend the Horserace Betting Levy (HBL) to other sports and to […]

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UK betting tax to break all records in 2015/16

UK betting tax to break all records in 2015/16 By Warwick Bartlett The first full year after the Point of Consumption Tax (POC) has been introduced will see the UK Treasury break all previous known records on the collection of betting tax receipts. The record now stands […]

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