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Michigan Operators Report $126.1 Million in September Gross Internet Gaming and Sports Betting

According to a press release, Michigan internet gaming operators reported a state record of  $102.4 million in internet gaming gross receipts for September, up 5.3% from the previous record $97.2 million recorded in August. Internet sports betting operators received $23.7 million in total gross sport betting receipts, which were up 49% from August. In September the total handle of $354.3 million was an 84.2% increase from the prior month.

Taxes and payments are based on adjusted gross receipts, which were $92.3 million for internet gaming, and up 5.4% in August. Internet sports betting adjusted gross receipts were $17,399 in September, down more than 99% compared with $7.5 million in August.

The operators delivered more than $19.3 million in taxes and payments to the State of Michigan, with Internet gaming contributing $18.9 million and internet sports betting contributing $426,873.

For internet gaming, the state receives 70% of the total tax from the commercial operators and 80% of the total payment from tribal operators. The tax and payment rate ranges from 20% to 28% based on yearly adjusted gross receipts.

For internet sports betting, commercial operators pay 70% of the 8.4% tax to the state and 30% to the city of Detroit. Tribal operators make an 8.4% payment on adjusted gross receipts to the State of Michigan.

The three Detroit Casinos – MotorCity Casino, MGM Grand Detroit, and Greektown Casino – reported city wagering taxes and municipal service fees of $5.5 million for:

  • Internet gaming taxes and fees: $5.2 million
  • Internet sports betting taxes and fees: $263,398

Tribal operators reported making total payments of $2.1 million of wagering payment to the tribes’ governing bodies according to the MGCB.

From the Jan. 22 launch through September 30, aggregate internet gaming adjusted gross receipts totaled $698.5 million and aggregate internet sports betting adjusted gross sports betting receipts were $60.5 million.

An online gaming and sports betting revenue distribution table is available on the agency’s website.

During September, 14 operators were authorized for one or both forms of online wagering. Details for each operator’s internet gaming and internet sports betting results are available in tables published on the MGCB website.

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AGEM Announces Winners of Two Prestigious Awards

According to a press release, Michigan internet gaming operators reported a state record of  $102.4 million in internet gaming gross receipts for September, up 5.3% from the previous record $97.2 million recorded in August. Internet sports betting operators received $23.7 million in total gross sport betting receipts, which were up 49% from August. In September the total handle of $354.3 million was an 84.2% increase from the prior month.

Taxes and payments are based on adjusted gross receipts, which were $92.3 million for internet gaming, and up 5.4% in August. Internet sports betting adjusted gross receipts were $17,399 in September, down more than 99% compared with $7.5 million in August.

The operators delivered more than $19.3 million in taxes and payments to the State of Michigan, with Internet gaming contributing $18.9 million and internet sports betting contributing $426,873.

For internet gaming, the state receives 70% of the total tax from the commercial operators and 80% of the total payment from tribal operators. The tax and payment rate ranges from 20% to 28% based on yearly adjusted gross receipts.

For internet sports betting, commercial operators pay 70% of the 8.4% tax to the state and 30% to the city of Detroit. Tribal operators make an 8.4% payment on adjusted gross receipts to the State of Michigan.

The three Detroit Casinos – MotorCity Casino, MGM Grand Detroit, and Greektown Casino – reported city wagering taxes and municipal service fees of $5.5 million for:

  • Internet gaming taxes and fees: $5.2 million
  • Internet sports betting taxes and fees: $263,398

Tribal operators reported making total payments of $2.1 million of wagering payment to the tribes’ governing bodies according to the MGCB.

From the Jan. 22 launch through September 30, aggregate internet gaming adjusted gross receipts totaled $698.5 million and aggregate internet sports betting adjusted gross sports betting receipts were $60.5 million.

An online gaming and sports betting revenue distribution table is available on the agency’s website.

During September, 14 operators were authorized for one or both forms of online wagering. Details for each operator’s internet gaming and internet sports betting results are available in tables published on the MGCB website.

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G2E 2021 Returns In-Person October 4 – 7

The 2021 Global Gaming Expo (G2E), the premier event for commercial, tribal, and international gaming professionals, will take place from October 4 – 7 at the Venetian Expo in Las Vegas. The event combines a wide variety of educational events and an opportunity to explore cutting-edge gaming technology and innovative new experiences. Educational Events take place from October 4 – 7 and the Exhibition is open from October 5 – 7.

G2E kicks off on October 4 with G2E Connects: Working Together to Find Solutions. This opening keynote session offers attendees an opportunity to participate in group discussions on developing solutions to the industry’s most pressing problems. The discussions will focus on adapting to customers’ changing needs and the future of the gaming industry. This opening event is open to all G2E badge holders.

The keynote events continue on October 5 with the G2E Welcome and State of the Industry, moderated by American Gaming Association President and CEO Bill Miller. Harnessing his decades of governmental relations experience to discuss the gaming industry’s road to recovery with a focus on the industry’s future growth. This event will be followed by Leading Nevada’s Recovery Against the Odds, led by Nevada Governor Steve Sisolak and U.S. Representative Dina Titus. Sisolak and Titus will discuss the role of the gaming industry in Nevada and how the state will continue its post-pandemic growth. Finally, October 5 keynote events will conclude with Gaming & Diversity: Pushing the Industry Forward. Contessa Brewer, a CNBC correspondent, will moderate a panel of speakers to discuss the role of gaming companies in improving the industry’s efforts at diversity, equity, and inclusion. The panel consists of Apoorva Gandhi, Senior Vice President for Multicultural Affairs, Social Impact, and Business Councils for Marriott International; Suzanne Clark, President and CEO of the U.S. Chamber of  Commerce; and Jyoti Chopra, Senior Vice President and Chief People, Inclusion, and Sustainability Officer for MGM Resorts International.

On October 6, Contessa Brewer will moderate Raising the Stakes: Gaming Leaders Take on the Future of the Industry. At this keynote event, CEOs throughout the gaming industry will break down the impact of the pandemic on the future of gaming. Speakers include Jim Allen, CEO of Seminole Gaming and Chairman of Hard Rock International; Bill Hornbuckle, President and CEO of MGM Resorts International; and Matt Maddox, CEO of Wynn Resorts. G2E’s keynote events will conclude on October 6 with Cards on the Table: A Conversation with Arizona Cardinals’ Michael Bidwill. Bill Miller, AGA President and CEO will moderate the discussion with Bidwill, the owner and president of the Arizona Cardinals. The pair will discuss the football team’s new sports betting partnership with Gila River Hotels & Casino and BetMGM, and the future of legal sports betting.

In addition to the six keynote presentations, G2E offers attendees several educational events throughout the exposition that cover a variety of topics in the gaming industry:

  • Finance Investment
  • Research, Regulations, and Responsibility
  • The Business of Sports Betting
  • The Customer Experience
  • The Future of Gaming
  • Tribal Government and Gaming

G2E will also host a wide variety of exhibitors from myriad product categories throughout the gaming industry.  G2E has instituted a thorough health and safety plan to ensure in-person attendees remain safe throughout their time at the event. Additionally, G2E is offering a virtual attendance option that provides access to live and on-demand education sessions.

 

Industry’s Commitment to Responsible Gaming Leads to Heightened Favorability

This Responsible Gaming Education Week (September 19 – 25), the American Gaming Association (AGA) in a press release has revealed that the American public’s view of the gaming industry is becoming more positive. The AGA’s research indicates that the majority of American adults view the industry as a source of high-quality jobs while two-thirds of American Adults consider the gaming industry to be a positive economic force. Consistent with this perspective, 73 percent of American adults support the legalization of sports betting in their respective states.

The gaming industry is a “committed, responsible partner and economic driver in communities across the country,” said AGA President and CEO Bill Miller. In fact, as the AGA’s data reveals, when compared with 2018 data, nearly 40 percent more Americans believe the industry is committed to responsible gaming. The data additionally revealed that approximately 80 percent of gamblers in the past year are familiar with responsible gaming resources.

The AGA is confident that its focus on responsible gaming correlates with positive views of the gaming industry. According to Bill Miller, “As legal gaming expands to new geographies and verticals, everyone engaged with legal gaming must work together to grow responsibly—our collective success depends on it.”

As part of Responsible Gaming Week 2021, the AGA advocated its “Have a Game Plan—Bet Responsibly”campaign to ensure sports wagering continues to grow in a responsible manner. The program seeks to inform consumers of the basic components of responsible sports wagering: setting and adhering to a budget, understanding the odds, playing for fun, and avoiding illegal wagering operations.

In addition to the AGA’s responsible sports betting framework, the organization has promulgated a Responsible Marketing Code for Sports Wagering, which “defines a robust set of principles to protect consumers and sets a high standard for advertising . . . while maintaining responsible gaming inclusion across marketing activity.”

This responsible gaming-focused approach remains an essential component to the gaming industry’s sustained growth throughout the country. As commercial gaming revenue continues to approach record levels, a trend that the AGA attributes to increasingly favorable views of the industry, the gaming industry has “risen from the most devastating period in [its] history and embarked on a record-setting comeback.”

 

GGB Announces the Winners of the 20th Annual GGB Gaming & Technology Awards

Winners of the 20th Annual GGB Gaming & Technology Awards were announced this week.  A presentation for the award winners will take place next week at G2E. The GGB Gaming & Technology Awards are the industry standard in the field, recognizing excellence in innovation and practical application in all gaming disciplines.

“We were overwhelmed with the quality of the nominations for the GGB Gaming & Technology Awards this year,” says Roger Gros, publisher of Global Gaming Business magazine. “The innovation has accelerated and the recovery from the pandemic will also accelerate as a result of the effectiveness of these products.”

“As technology advances at a rapid pace, it’s often difficult to evaluate the most innovative and unique products,” Mr. Gros continued. “The judges for the GGB Gaming & Technology Awards are some of the most skilled, dedicated and respected executives in the business, so their opinion carries a great deal of weight. The winners of this year’s edition beat out some amazing competition and demonstrated true innovation.”

The winners of the 20th Annual GGB Gaming and Technology Awards are:

Best Consumer-Service Technology

Gold: IGT — PlaySports Crystal Betting Terminal w/Multigame

Silver: Acres Manufacturing Company — Foundation Casino Management System

Best Guest Health & Safety Product

Gold: Gaming Arts — Playerguard Systems

Silver: Agilysys — PanOptic Kiosk

Best Interactive Product

Gold: GAN — GameSTACK

Silver: Scientific Games — OpenGaming

Best Productivity-Enhancement Technology

Gold: Acres Manufacturing Company — Optimal Poker Analyzer

Silver: GLI — CMS Testing Automation

Best Slot Product

Gold: Konami Gaming — Dimension 49J

Silver: Aristocrat Technologies — Wild Wild Buffalo

Best Table Game Product or Innovation

Gold: AGS — Bonus Spin Xtreme

Silver: TCSJOHNHUXLEY — Chipper Champ UV

Judges for this year’s awards were: Claudia Winkler, President, GHI Solutions; Robert Russell, Gaming Analyst, Regulatory Management Counselors, P.C.; Frank Neborsky, General Manager, The Downs at Albuquerque; Gerhard Burda, President and CEO, ESCAPES Advisory Services; Cliff Paige, Slot Director, South Point Casino Resort, Las Vegas; and Skyelar Perkins, Corporate Slot Director, Choctaw Casinos.

Nominations for the 2022 GGB Gaming & Technology Awards will open in May 2022.

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Gun Lake Celebrates Expansion with Grand Opening Celebration

On September 17, Gun Lake Casino celebrated the completion of its recent $100 million expansion with a grand opening celebration. The Gun Lake Tribal Council and casino executives attended a ribbon cutting ceremony earlier this morning.

The expansion includes 72,000 square feet of space, including additional gaming space, seating for live concerts and sporting events, a new outdoor fire-lit entertainment area, and three new restaurants: SHKODE Chophouse, Craft Bar Kitchen (CBK), and 131 Sportsbar & Lounge.

“This expansion reinforces Gun Lake Casino’s position as a premier entertainment and gaming destination in the Midwest. Each of these new venues blends the highest quality of dining with a unique entertainment experience that will resonate deeply with each guest,” said Sal Semola, president and chief operating officer of Gun Lake Casino. “We are very grateful of the Gun Lake Tribe’s continued commitment to the property and the team members that make Gun Lake Casino a true standard of excellence in service, hospitality and entertainment.”

The SHKODE Chophouse, the Pottawatomi word for fire, will offer locally-sourced ingredients, while the new CBK will offer over 100 beer options and farm-to-table dining. The 131 Sportsbar and Lounge will experience floor to ceiling video walls and 180 degree views while being able to place their favorite sports wagers.

The grand opening of the new facilities will be followed with promotions and several performances from musicians, aerialists, and cirque-style performers on the nights of September 17 and September 18.

“As a Tribal Citizen and a member of this community, I am proud to watch the growth of Gun Lake Casino,” said Gun Lake Tribe Chairman Bob Peters. “With each new amenity and expansion, we increase our ability to contribute to the wellbeing of the community and our Tribal Citizens.”

 

Detroit Casinos Reported $113.82 Million in August Aggregate Revenue

According to a press release issued by the Michigan Gaming Control Board the three Detroit casinos reported $113.82 million in monthly aggregate revenue in July. Table games and slots generated $112.17 million in revenue, and retail sports betting produced $1.65 million in revenue.

The August market shares were:

  • MGM, 47 percent
  • MotorCity, 32 percent
  • Greektown, 21 percent

During August, table games and slot revenue was 61.7% higher than August 2020 revenue. The casinos reopened early August 2020 at 15 percent capacity following a 4 ½ month closure due to Covid-19 health concerns.

Year to date gaming revenue for table games and slots for the three Detroit casinos rose 126 percent compared with the first eight months of 2020.

Gaming revenue by casino in August was:

  • MGM, $52.24 million, 82.4 percent increase from August 2020
  • MotorCity, $36.52 million, 45.9 percent increase from August 2020
  • Greektown, $23.41 million, 49.2 percent increase from August 2020

The three Detroit casinos paid $9.1 million in gaming taxes to the State of Michigan in August 2021 compared to $5.6 million in August 2020.  The casinos also reported submitting $13.8 million in wagering taxes and development agreement payments to the City of Detroit in August.

The Detroit casinos reported a total gross sports betting receipts of $1,648,581, and total handle was $16,288,170. Retail sports betting qualified adjusted gross receipts (QAGR) for August fell 16.5 percent compared with the same month last year. QAGR was up 36.2 percent compared with July 2021. For the month of August 2021 QAGR’s, MGM led the way with $851,920, followed by Greektown with $565,432 and MotorCity with $232,675.

The State of Michigan received $62,371 in retail sports betting taxes from all three Detroit casinos. The City of Detroit received $76,231 in retail sports betting from the three Detroit casinos.

For the month of July, fantasy contest operators reported total adjusted revenues of $1,124,275 million and paid $94,439 in taxes. Through July 31, fantasy contest operators reported total aggregate adjusted revenues of $9.4 million and paid $792,242 in taxes.

 

Michigan Operators Report $113.1 Million in August Gross Internet Gaming and Sports Betting Receipts

According to a press release, Michigan internet gaming operators reported $97.2 million in internet gaming gross receipts for August, producing the highest monthly total since the January launch by surpassing March’s $95.1 million total. Internet sports betting operators received $15.9 million in total gross sport betting receipts and reported a total handle of $192.3 million for the month for a 2.3 percent increase from July results.

Taxes and payments are based on adjusted gross receipts, which were $87.6 million for internet gaming and $7.5 million for internet sports betting during August. The operators delivered more than  $18.4 million in taxes and payments to the State of Michigan for July, with internet gaming contributing $17.9 million and internet sports betting contributing $540,706.

During August, internet gaming adjusted gross receipts increased 5.4% month-over-month.

For internet gaming, the state receives 70% of the total tax from the commercial operators and 80% of the total payment from tribal operators. The tax and payment rate ranges from 20% to 28% based on yearly adjusted gross receipts.

For internet sports betting, commercial operators pay 70% of the 8.4% tax to the state and 30% to the city of Detroit. Tribal operators make an 8.4% payment on adjusted gross receipts to the State of Michigan.

The three Detroit Casinos – MotorCity Casino, MGM Grand Detroit, and Greektown Casino – reported city wagering taxes and municipal service fees of $5.1 million for:

  • Internet gaming taxes and fees: $4.9 million
  • Internet sports betting taxes and fees: $216,699

Tribal operators reported making total payments of $2 million of wagering payment to the tribes’ governing bodies according to the MGCB.

From the Jan. 22 launch through August 31, aggregate internet gaming adjusted gross receipts totaled $606.3 million and aggregate internet sports betting adjusted gross sports betting receipts were $60.5 million.

In August, DraftKings overtook FanDuel with the highest total handle for sports wagering of any platform provider.

An online gaming and sports betting revenue distribution table is available on the agency’s website.

During August, 14 operators were authorized for one or both forms of online wagering. Details for each operator’s internet gaming and internet sports betting results are available in tables published on the MGCB website.

 

City of Detroit Estimates Increasing Revenue in FY2022-2026

According to a press release issued September 15, the City of Detroit held its biannual Revenue Estimating Conference to update the Detroit Economic Outlook for 2020-2026.   Utilizing the Detroit Economic Outlook, a report composed by the City of Detroit University Economic Analysis Partnership, the City discussed the outlook for 2020 through 2026.  The report indicated that that the recovery from COVID-19 relating to employment is exceeding expectations.  At the conference, the City approved revised economic and revenue forecasts for the remainder of FY2022 as well as FY2023 to FY2026.

“As we implement our plan to invest federal pandemic recovery funds to bolster Detroit’s future and as we maintain financial responsibility for our budget,” said City of Detroit Chief Financial Officer Jay Rising, “the City will strengthen its structurally balanced four-year financial plan.”

With the two previous fiscal years marked by pandemic-driven revenue losses, the City’s revenue outlook is improving. Despite the expected continuation of the reduction of city income tax revenue, as nonresidents continue to work remotely, revenue is expected to increase as a result of the introduction of internet gaming and sports betting taxes. While the effects of the pandemic continue to pose a threat to the economic recovery of Detroit, the City remains committed to attracting new residents with good-paying jobs.

Estimated FY2022 General Fund revenues were reported at $1.106 billion for the current fiscal year ending June 30. This amount reflects an increase of nearly 11.2% ($111 million) from the previous estimate, but only 1.0% from pre-pandemic estimates.

Estimated FY2023 General Fund revenues, which begin July 1, 2022, are projected at $1.118 billion, up 1.1% ($11.7 million) from the revised FY2022 estimates. Consistent with this year-over-year growth, conservative General Fund revenue forecasts for FY2024 through FY2026 reflect continued growth of approximately 1.3% each year.

The revenue estimates presented at the conference will serve as the benchmark for the City’s FY2023 budget and its upcoming FY2023-FY2026 Four-Year Financial Plan. As state law requires, the City will hold another revenue conference in February 2022 to approve revised revenue estimates.

You can view past Revenue Estimating Conference reports for the City of Detroit here and the September 2021 Revenue Conference presentation here.

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NCPG Webinar: National Recovery Month, Gambling Addiction, and 12-Step Programs

National Council on Problem Gambling “NCPG” is hosting a webinar on September 14 at 1:00 pm EDT. The webinar is titled: National Recovery Month, Gambling Addiction, and 12-Steps Programs

As part of National Recovery Month, the NCPG’s Recovery Committee will hold a 60-minute panel discussion that focuses on how the speakers navigate problem gambling treatment options like 12-step programs and how they manage their recovery. The webinar will be moderated by Recovery Committee Chair Marc Lefkowitz, ICGC-II. The panelists are Arthur, Nan, and President of Voices of Problem Gambling Recovery and SMART Facilitator Brian Ward. A question-and-answer session will be included.  Registration details can be found here.

 

Michigan Gaming Control Board Revises Sports Betting New League Submission Form

The Michigan Gaming Control Board “MGCB” has revised the new league submission form. The form displays a revision date of August 2021 and can be obtained here on the MGCB website.

 

RMC Legal Welcomes Randy Gross

RMC Legal is pleased to announce the addition of Randy Gross, bringing more than two decades of Government Affairs and Legal experience to the firm. He will work primarily out of the East Lansing office focusing on iGaming and iSports regulatory, compliance and governmental affairs matters.

Prior to joining RMC, Mr. Gross assisted large and mid-size corporations with governmental affairs and licensing matters in heavily regulated industries.  David Waddell, President, RMC Legal, is excited to add the expertise that Randy possesses to the firm, as the knowledge base that he provides will be helpful to firm clients as the Michigan iGaming and iSports marketplace evolves.

 

International Masters of Gaming Law 2021 Autumn Conference

Next week IMGL in partnership with the International Association of Gaming Regulators (IAGR) will hold its Fall 2021 Conference in Boston, Massachusetts.   The event will consist of expertise from all areas in the gaming sector, including updates on tribal and international gaming, distributed gaming, iGaming/iLottery, esports, and more.  Persons interested in attending the conference can still register here.

The three-day event will cover the following topics:

  • Responsible Gaming/Consumer Protection
  • Tips from Regulators as to what they Expect of Gaming Licensees
  • What Would the Regulated Parties like the Regulators to Understand?
  • The Perils and Benefits of Distributed Gaming
  • iGaming/iLottery
  • Mergers/Acquisitions
  • What’s in the Cards for Tribal Sports Betting in 2021 & Beyond?
  • Additional topics can be found here

Persons interested in reviewing the full list of programs, along with biographical information on the speakers can be obtain on the following link: https://www.imgl.org/conferences/autumn/schedule/2021

 

G2E 2021 Requires Vaccinations in Updated Health and Safety Guidelines

On August 31, the Global Gaming Expo (G2E) updated its health and safety guidelines for all exhibitors, attendees, media, speakers, and AGA and RX staff.

The new guidelines will require all show participants to provide proof of at least one dose of an FDA-approved COVID-19 vaccination or one dose of a vaccine authorized for emergency use by the FDA or WHO. Also, pursuant to Nevada’s adoption of the CDC’s updated mask guidance, all G2E attendees will be required to wear a face covering.

In collaboration with The Venetian Resort and the Sands Expo & Convention Center, G2E has implemented cleaning and sanitization standards that meet or exceed the CDC’s recommendations. G2E has also adopted new exhibitor guidelines that support improved capacity management and physical distancing in the convention center. The event will also make use of signage to direct attendees in the safest manner possible.

In its announcement of the new vaccination requirement, G2E expressed its belief that its proactive health and safety guidelines will “support a productive and safe G2E 2021.”

G2E will continue to update its health and safety policies and procedures and provide a list of frequently asked questions at the health and safety page of its website here.

Information about COVID-19 vaccinations and how to schedule an appointment for vaccination can be found here.

 

Four Winds Casino Unveils New Sportsbook Lounge at Four Winds New Buffalo

The Pokagon Band of Potawatomi Indians’ Four Winds® Casinos are pleased to unveil a new Sportsbook Lounge at Four Winds New Buffalo.  This new space features 22 televisions, comfortable seating options including luxurious sectional sofas and lounge chairs, bar stool seating at a large Sports Bar and more.

Commenting on the new Sportsbook Lounge, Frank Freedman, Chief Operating Officer of Four Winds Casinos said, “We are very excited to welcome guests to our new Sportsbook Lounge at Four Winds New Buffalo to meet the growing demand for sports betting in Michigan.  We feel the layout, design and finishes will provide guests with the right ambiance, comfortable seating options and great views of multiple screens to enjoy a refreshing beverage or cocktail while cheering for their favorite teams.  Every addition we’ve made to our Four Winds Casinos locations has been for the sole purpose of enhancing the guest experience and we are thrilled to be able to offer this new amenity at Four Winds New Buffalo.”

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Single-Game Sports Betting Legalized in Canada

On August 27, single-game sports betting will become an authorized activity in Canada through the Safe and Regulated Sports Betting Act, marking a seminal change to the country’s gaming industry. According to an article, by Covers Sports Betting Analysis, summarizing the new law, upon the activity’s legalization, residents will be free to participate in wagering on everything except horse racing.

Previously, the country permitted a parlay-model of sports betting, but, through the new law, Canadian provinces and private companies alike can offer single-game sports betting. Companies seeking to offer this new form of betting in Canada must first receive an invitation to do so.

Until platform provider companies release new sports betting applications, Canada’s government-owned lottery corporations will remain the exclusive option for sports bettors. The Ontario Lottery and Gaming Corporation, Loto-Québec, and the British Columbia Lottery Corporation are preparing to introduce new single-game sports betting capabilities within existing websites and mobile applications for their respective provinces on August 27.

Illustrating the opportunities introduced by the Act, the British Columbia Lottery Corporation, in a Tweet, noted that it is exploring additional “single-event sports betting across our land-based channels, including at casinos, retail, and hospitality locations” in British Columbia.

The rush to release new sports betting options throughout Canada is tempered by renewed efforts to regulate the country’s growing gaming industry. While single-event sports betting has the potential to strengthen the Canadian economy, the activity must exist in a “regulated and safe environment,” according to a statement by Minister of Justice and Attorney General of Canada David Lametti.

 

On August 21, the Pokagon Band of Potawatomi Indians, a tribe of over 5,900 citizens, announced the election of its new tribal council members: Rebecca J. Richards was elected as tribal chairwoman, the first female chairwoman of the Pokagon Band since 1994; Sam Morseau was elected secretary; Mark Topash will serve as member-at-large; and Barbara Ann Warren was elected to serve as elders representative.  Each member will serve a three year term.

Chairwoman-elect Richards noted in a press release: “I’m looking forward to working with members of our Tribal Council and our wonderful staff to pioneer a new path for our people.”  She further noted: “I think this election is a real testament to the notion that women of all colors and creeds are considered seriously as trailblazers.  I’m excited to implement a style of leadership that puts the welfare of all members of our Nation first.”

The Pokagon Band operates a 10-county service area that includes four southwestern Michigan counties and six northern Indiana counties. The Pokagon Gaming Authority, led by Tribal Council members, operates the Pokagon Band’s Four Winds casinos, with three locations in Michigan and one in South Bend, Indiana.

 

According to a press release, Michigan internet gaming operators reported $92.3 million in internet gaming gross receipts for July. Internet sports betting operators received $19.6 million in total gross sport betting receipts and reported a total handle of $188 million for the month.

Taxes and payments are based on adjusted gross receipts, which were $83.1 million for internet gaming and $12.4 million for internet sports betting during July. The operators paid approximately $17.8 million in taxes and payments to the State of Michigan for July, with Internet gaming contributing $17.1 million and internet sports betting contributing $762,220.

During July, Internet gaming adjusted gross receipts increased 25.6% month-over-month. This increase is due in part to June receipts being reduced by MGM Grand Detroit’s first free play deduction since launch in January. Michigan law limits the deduction for internet casino gaming free play to 10% or less of gross receipts in the first three years after launch.

For internet gaming, the state receives 70% of the total tax from the commercial operators and 80% of the total payment from tribal operators. The tax and payment rate ranges from 20% to 28% based on yearly adjusted gross receipts.

For internet sports betting, commercial operators pay 70% of the 8.4% tax to the state and 30% to the city of Detroit. Tribal operators make an 8.4% payment on adjusted gross receipts to the State of Michigan.

The three Detroit Casinos – MotorCity Casino, MGM Grand Detroit, and Greektown Casino – reported city wagering taxes and municipal service fees of $4.8 million for:

  • Internet gaming taxes and fees: $4.4 million
  • Internet sports betting taxes and fees: $377,233

Tribal operators reported making total payments of $2 million of wagering payment to the tribes’ governing bodies according to the MGCB.

From the Jan. 22 launch through July 30, aggregate internet gaming adjusted gross receipts totaled $518.7 million and aggregate internet sports betting adjusted gross sports betting receipts were $52.9 million.

An online gaming and sports betting revenue distribution table is available on the agency’s website.

During July, 13 operators were authorized for one or both forms of online wagering. Details for each operator’s internet gaming and internet sports betting results are available in tables published on the MGCB website.

 

Gun Lake Casino recently presented four public safety agencies with $39,500 in monetary donations to better provide public safety services to the local community.

  • Allegan City Police Department received $7,158.00
  • Allegan County Search and Rescue (SAR) received $1,000.00
  • Leighton Township Fire Department and Hopkins Area Fire Department received $31,436.39

In a recent press release announcing the donation, Sal Semola, president and chief operating officer of Gun Lake Casino, noted: “Gun Lake Casino is exceptionally proud of our longstanding and strong commitment to the local public safety agencies in our area. Today, we are honored to support our local public safety departments with the monetary donations needed to purchase the latest life-saving equipment.” Mr. Semola further commented: “The importance of safety professionals is undeniable and every essential worker should have the necessary tools to protect our community.”

Representatives of the Tribal Council and Gun Lake Casino were joined by members of the Allegan City Police Department, Leighton Township Fire Department, Hopkins Area Fire Department, and Allegan County Search and Rescue. Each representative offered remarks about the importance of partnering to support public safety services.

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MGCB Welcomes New Board Members and Approves Transfer of Interest, Operator Licenses and Supplier Licenses

The Michigan Gaming Control Board (“MGCB”) held a board meeting on August 10, 2021.  This was the first board meeting for three newly appointed board members, Ms. Linda Forte (chairperson), Mrs. Joni M. Thrower Davis, and Ms. Deidre A. Lambert-Bounds.  Mr. Andrew T. Palms continues his board service with his term currently set to expire on December 31, 2023.

MGCB Executive Director Henry Williams opened the meeting with an executive report on the MGCB’s staffing and changes since the previous board meeting in June.  Director Williams also led a presentation to the board regarding problem gambling and the continued efforts of the MGCB to recognize the importance of the issue and to provide education and treatment options to Michigan residents.  Director Williams indicated that the MGCB was working on new educational materials that would be available to be disseminated.  Mr. Williams also noted that the MGCB is seeking to improve educational efforts, especially surrounding problem gambling in adolescents and seniors.

The MGCB approved the application for the transfer of interest for gaming supplier, iGaming supplier and iSports supplier Sportradar Solutions, LLC (“Sportradar”).  Sportradar is one the leading suppliers of sports data and other related bookmaking services to the Michigan marketplace and across the world.

The MGCB also approved the pending operator licenses of FireKeepers Development Authority d/b/a FireKeepers Casino Hotel and the Sault Ste. Marie Tribe of Chippewa Indians.  Online gaming operator licenses are issued for a period of five years.  In addition, the MGCB approved the pending iGaming supplier licenses of seven suppliers, including platform provider BetMGM, LLC d/b/a Roar Digital.

Finally, the MGCB approved the renewals of the casino licenses of Detroit Entertainment,  LLC, d/b/a MotorCity Casino; Greektown Casino, LLC; and MGM Grand Detroit, LLC.  The casino licenses are issued for a period of 1 year and must be renewed and approved annually.

 

As announced in a recent press release, the Pokagon Band of Potawatomi Indians recently held a press conference and ribbon cutting ceremony to announce that the Four Winds® Casinos in South Bend, Indiana was pleased to unveil its new Class III gaming amenities.

Matthew Wesaw, Tribal Council Chairman of the Pokagon Band of Potawatomi Indians and CEO of the Pokagon Gaming Authority, said, “Not only is Class III gaming in Indiana a historic and important milestone for the Pokagon Band and our Four Winds Casinos, but the expansion of Four Winds South Bend will create numerous additional economic benefits with the State of Indiana and the City of South Bend.  We’ve also created hundreds of temporary constructions jobs, approximately 100 permanent new jobs to support our ongoing operations, and an education program for our Pokagon Citizens to attend state funded institutions of higher education, including 2- and 4-year colleges, plus trade/vocational schools with all expenses covered.  It’s a great day to be Pokagon and we are very excited for what the future holds.”

Commenting on the Class III gaming amenities, Frank Freedman, Chief Operating Officer of Four Winds Casinos said, “Four Winds Casinos have consistently been ranked among the best gaming destinations in the country and we believe the addition of table games and popular Class III slot titles, combined with our 23-story hotel tower and several other amenities currently under construction, will bring the guest experience at Four Winds South Bend to another level and deliver on the premium resort-style feel and amenities you’ll find at other top resorts including Four Winds New Buffalo.  We are very excited for this next phase of development and appreciate all the hard work and dedication of all Four Winds employees to help us reach this important milestone.  We are excited and can’t wait to show everyone the finished product once construction is complete.”

With the announcement, Four Winds South Bend now offers 16 table games.  They are currently in the process of installing many popular Class III slot titles with some of the most popular games already available.  The process of converting all of Four Winds South Bend’s 1,400 plus slot machines to Class III will take several months to complete.

Four Winds South Bend currently has 140,000 square feet of gaming space and includes more than 1,400 games, four restaurants, a coffee shop, three bars, and approximately 4,500 parking spaces including an enclosed parking structure.

 

According to a press release issued by the Michigan Gaming Control Board, the three Detroit casinos reported $116.9 million in monthly aggregate revenue in July. Table games and slots generated $115.7 million in revenue, and retail sports betting produced $1.2 million in revenue.

The July market shares were:

  • MGM, 46 percent
  • MotorCity, 34 percent
  • Greektown, 20 percent

During June, table games and slot revenue was 9.3% higher than June results. Due to the pandemic the casinos were closed during July 2020. In July 2019, the three Detroit casinos recorded $119 million in monthly aggregate revenue.

Gaming revenue by casino in July was:

  • MGM, $53.8 million
  • MotorCity, $38.5 million
  • Greektown, $23.4 million

The three Detroit casinos paid $9.4 million in gaming taxes to the State of Michigan.  The casinos also reported submitting $13.8 million in wagering taxes and development agreement payments to the City of Detroit in July.

The Detroit casinos reported a total gross sports betting receipts of $1,211,857, and total handle was $18,272,783. Retail sports betting qualified adjusted gross receipts for July 31 were $1,211,832. In qualified adjusted gross receipts, MotorCity led the way with $637,681, followed by Greektown with $437,203, and MGM with $136,948. The State of Michigan received $45,807 in retail sports betting taxes from all three Detroit casinos. The City of Detroit received $55,987 in retail sports betting from the three Detroit casinos.

For the month of June, fantasy contest operators reported total adjusted revenues of $1,312,438 million and paid $110,245 in taxes. Through June 30, fantasy contest operators reported total aggregate adjusted revenues of $8.3 million and paid $697,183 in taxes.

 

In a press release, the American Gaming Association (AGA) announced a new national advertising strategy that recommends the use of national gambling helplines in national advertising campaigns. With over a dozen problem gambling helplines available throughout the country, the AGA hopes its plans to streamline helpline requirements will enable operators to improve disclaimer readability and more effectively highlight problem gambling resources.

“Problem gambling helplines are a vital resource for those in need of help,” said Jessica Feil, AGA Vice President of Government Relations and Gaming Policy Counsel. “Lengthy lists of state-specific helplines on national advertisements create barriers for those seeking help when we should be making these critical resources easily accessible.”

While state-specific problem gambling disclaimer requirements remain important in local advertising, the AGA warns of a variety of issues that may result from inconsistent national advertising.

irst, the AGA warns that the display of multiple national and state-specific helpline numbers can result in a cluttered array of difficult to read fonts, effectively diminishing patron awareness of helpline resources. The barrage of phone numbers may also cause customer confusion, as customers may not know which number to call. Finally, the AGA noted that requirements to use a call-in helpline may distract problem gamblers from modern services, like text messaging and web-based chat support, that may provide better access to essential resources.

As gaming continues to expand throughout the country, according to Feil, the AGA believes “there shouldn’t be obstacles to help for those who need it, and a modernization of the helpline system for national advertising is a good place to start.”

In a policy statement, the AGA emphasized the importance of national gambling helplines. A streamlined national helpline can connect consumers directly to appropriate state resources or provide support for problem gamblers when state resources are unavailable. The AGA believes “this will achieve the most important goal: providing consumers help from the most direct and local service provider when they need it most.”

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Mich. Gaming Control Board authorizes Gun Lake, Parx Interactive for Online Sports Betting

In a press release announcement issued by the Michigan Gaming Control BOARD this morning, the Gun Lake Band of Pottawatomi Indians of Michigan and its platform provider, Parx Interactive, received authorization to launch online sports betting under the Gun Lake/Parx brand at 9 a.m. Monday, Aug. 2. The approval follows the approval the  West Michigan-based tribe previously received to launch internet casino gaming on April 23.

“With Gun Lake Casino now fully authorized, 14 current Michigan operators and their platform providers may offer both internet casino gaming and online sports betting to patrons,” said Henry Williams, MGCB executive director. “The associated revenue payments will support responsible gaming, the First Responder Presumed Coverage Fund, K-12 education and economic development.”

Authorized online gaming operators and their platform providers are listed on the MGCB website.

 

The GGB Gaming & Technology Awards are the casino industry’s most prestigious awards for technology, products and services that enhance the gaming experience. The honors are designed to recognize and encourage innovation and technology in the rapidly changing casino industry.

Winners will be announced in the November 2021 issue of Global Gaming Business magazine.

The deadline is August 11, 2021. Nominations are now open in the following 6 categories:

  • Best Consumer-Service Technology
  • Best Productivity-Enhancement Technology
  • Best Slot Product
  • Best Table-Game Product or Innovation
  • Best Interactive Product
  • Best Guest Health & Safety Product

You can find more about the categories, judges and how to submit a nomination here.

For any questions or concerns please contact  GGB Sales Director Terri Brady at Tbrady@ggbmagazine.com.

 

On July 28, Caesars Windsor reopened additional games and amenities as part of its progressive reopening process according to an article in the CTV News.  Caesars Windsor opened over 40 table games and added more than 190 gaming positions to the number of available positions throughout the casino.

Additionally, Caesars Windsor plans to continue reopening additional facilities in the coming weeks, including more bars and restaurants. Rules restricting capacity to 50% and requiring plexiglass barriers between table games, however, will remain in tact.

To ensure patron and employee safety, Caesars Windsor will continue to follow its Health and Safety Plan. Protections include requirements for guests and employees to wear face masks at all times, the completion of a health assessment before entry, and the frequent cleaning and disinfecting of high-touch points throughout the casino. Additional policies and procedures of Caesars Windsor’s Health and Safety Plan can be found at the casino’s website, linked here.

 

On July 21, the Michigan Gaming Control Board (MGCB) authorized Evolution to launch live dealer casino table games livestreamed from a Southfield studio. According to a press release, the MGCB granted approval after Evolution fulfilled Michigan internet gaming regulatory requirements, including an onsite review.

The MGCB’s decision made Evolution the first entity authorized to offer internet casino live dealer games in Michigan. “Players can use a mobile device or computer to play typical land-based casino games like blackjack, baccarat and roulette with a real-time, live dealer,” said Henry Williams, MGCB executive director. “Cameras capture the dealer and the play, and the providers’ apps or websites share it live with remote players.”

The initial live dealer games offered are blackjack, baccarat and roulette. In the future, more games may be added.

According to a press release issued by the company, Evolution aims to provide a “state-of-the-art B2B live casino solution for multiple operators wishing to offer world-class live casino gaming to online players on desktop, tablet and smartphone.” Nine gaming operators made Evolution’s live games available at launch on July 22: Barstool Sports, BetMGM, DraftKings, BetRivers, FanDuel, Golden Nugget, PokerStars, TwinSpires, and William Hill.  Evolution’s new Michigan studio joins the company’s existing New Jersey and Pennsylvania studios.

 

On July 21, at the National Indian Gaming Tradeshow and Convention. Little River Holdings, the economic development entity of the Little River Band of Ottawa Indians, announced a new partnership with Wahlburgers and ARKK Foods.

Founded by brothers Mark, Donnie, and Paul Wahlberg, Wahlburgers is a casual restaurant offering 49 locations. According to an article in the Manistee News Advocate discussing the development, the partnership grants Little River Holdings the rights to franchise Wahlburgers at tribally-owned locations in order to “accelerate the growth of the Wahlburgers franchise throughout Indian Country in the United States and Canada.”

Mark Wahlberg emphasized that “Wahlburgers is only scratching the surface of its potential and this partnership will be invaluable in giving us the opportunity to expand our reach and serve more guests.”

Commenting on the Wahlberg brothers’ commitment to supporting tribal economic development, Ernie Stevens, Jr., Chairman of the National Indian Gaming Association, said, “The Wahlberg brothers have demonstrated that they are tremendous partners for the Native American community by supporting tribal business endeavors.”

At the Convention, Eugene Magnuson, CEO of Little River Holdings, and Mark and Paul Wahlberg received Business Leadership Awards for their support of tribal development. In support of the partnership, Larry Romanelli, Tribal Ogema of the Little River Band of Ottawa Indians, stated that the tribe is “thrilled to welcome Wahlburgers as a partner and look[s] forward to continuing to develop a relationship with such a successful brand that will aid in diversifying [its] tribal economy.”

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Governor Makes Four Appointments to the Michigan Gaming Control Board

Yesterday, Michigan Governor Gretchen Whitmer announced the appointment of four people to the Michigan Gaming Control Board.   Three of the appointees will be new members of the Board, with one who is being reappointed.  Per the Governor’s press release, the appointments include:

  • Joni M. Thrower Davis, of Detroit, is the owner and operator of four Metro Detroit McDonald’s restaurants and the managing partner for Jamjomar, Inc. She holds a Bachelor of Arts from the University of Michigan and a Juris Doctor degree from Emory University School of Law. Mrs. Thrower Davis is appointed to represent Democrats for a term commencing July 22, 2021 and expiring December 31, 2023. She succeeds Patrick McQueen whose term expired December 31, 2019.
  • Linda Forte, of Detroit, is retired from Comerica, Inc., where she served as the senior vice president of business affairs and chief diversity officer. Ms. Forte currently serves as a board member for Blue Cross Blue Shield Michigan. She holds a Bachelor of Science from Bowling Green State University and a Master of Business Administration from the University of Michigan. Ms. Forte is appointed to represent Democrats for a term commencing July 22, 2021 and expiring December 31, 2024. She succeeds Carla Walker-Miller whose term expired December 31, 2020. The Governor has designated Ms. Forte to serve as Chair of the Board.
  • Deidre A. Lambert-Bounds, of Troy, is the president and co-owner of Ignite Social Media, LLC and the COO and co-owner of its sister company, Carusele Media. She serves as an advisor to the Education Trust Midwest, a member · of the executive committee for the Sphinx Organization, and a former member of the Michigan Women’s Commission. Mrs. Lambert-Bounds is appointed to represent Independents for a term commencing July 22, 2021 and expiring December 31, 2024. She succeeds Barbara Smith whose term expired December 31, 2020.
  • Andrew Palms, of Chelsea, is the executive director of ITS Infrastructure at the University of Michigan. He has a Bachelor of General Studies in Computer Science, Business, and Engineering from the University of Michigan. Mr. Palms is reappointed to represent Democrats for a term commencing July 22, 2021 and expiring December 31, 2023.

These appointments are subject to the advice and consent of the Senate.

 

At 10:00 a.m. this morning, Caesars Windsor reopened its facilities to the public. This initial reopening phase is limited to slot machines and select food and beverage amenities with plans to open more amenities as operating restrictions allow for expansion.

Caesars Windsor has developed a multi-layered health and safety plan, which has been assessed by an infectious disease expert, to reduce the risk of exposure to COVID-19. As part of the casino’s plan, face masks are required for all patrons throughout the facilities. Also, before entering the casino, guests are required to answer a series of health assessment questions. Contact tracing information is collected upon entry and retained by the casino for at least thirty days.

Caesars Windsor has also announced that it is implementing new health standards for its facilities. Along with the placement of hand sanitizing stations at high contact areas, high touch points throughout the casino will be frequently disinfected. A two-meter physical distancing policy will also remain intact, and employees will work to promote social distancing. Additionally, slot machines and chairs will be sanitized on a regular basis.

Caesars Windsor’s reopening comes days before Canada plans to reopen its borders. In a news release, the Public Health Agency of Canada announced that the country will open its borders to United States citizens and permanent residents currently residing in the United States who have been fully vaccinated 14 days prior to entry, taken a pre-entry COVID-19 test, and submitted their travel information in the ArriveCAN portal.

As provincial guidelines allow, Caesars Windsor has indicated that it will restore additional services. In addition to reopening table games on July 28, subject to regulatory approval, the casino is working to determine when and how it will begin offering hotel services and concerts.

To read more about Caesars Windsor’s plans for a safe reopening, refer to its Frequently Asked Questions page here or its Health and Safety page here.

 

Gun Lake Tribe (Tribe) announced details of its spring revenue sharing payments this week. The State of Michigan received $4,049,995 and the local revenue sharing board received $2,024,997. GLIMI, an economic development entity, received $1,214,998. The figures are calculated from electronic gaming revenues reported from October 1, 2020 to March 31, 2021. The spring revenue sharing distribution total of $7,289,991 highlights a slight rebound for Gun Lake Casino following a three-month shutdown in spring 2020, followed by operations and capacity limitations related to the COVID-19 pandemic.

“As we begin to return to a new normal, we’re pleased to be able to make a difference in the local community with this distribution,” said Bob Peters, Gun Lake Tribe Chairman. “With the hardships and struggles of the past 16 months, it’s more important than ever that we be good stewards in the community.”

The Tribe has now shared more than $102 million with the State of Michigan, which directs the payments to the Michigan Economic Development Corporation (MEDC). The MEDC in turn awards grants to businesses to invest in Michigan and create jobs.

In its press release announcement, the Tribe noted that the Tribe’s state revenue sharing payments are dependent on the continued preservation of exclusive gaming rights within its competitive market area, as defined by the tribal-state gaming compact, which also includes statewide expansion of certain lottery games. The market area includes the cities of Grand Rapids, Kalamazoo, and Lansing, as well as the entire counties of Kent, Kalamazoo and Ingham, among others.

The Local Revenue Sharing Board receives and administers the semi-annual payments. The gaming compact prescribes mandatory funding to local municipalities for: costs incurred due to the operation of the casino; public safety services; and replacement of tax revenue. The Board established by-laws to govern the distribution process. The local payments are made under terms of the gaming compact independent of gaming exclusivity. Local payments now total nearly $38 million.

Gun Lake Casino opened in February 2011 and now employs over 1,100 team members. Gun Lake Tribe has now shared $157,337,776 with state and local governments over 21 distributions.

 

According to a press release, Michigan internet gaming operators reported $89.2 million in internet gaming gross receipts for June. Internet sports betting operators received $25 million in total gross sport betting receipts and reported a total handle of $235.1 million for the month.

“Michigan’s gross internet casino gaming and online sports betting wagering receipts in June roughly matched May,” said Henry Williams, Michigan Gaming Control Board executive director. “Summer is here, and Michigan is reopening after the pandemic restrictions so there are many entertainment opportunities. The slight tenth of a percent decline from May to June shows internet gaming and online sports betting continues to draw Michigan residents’ and visitors’ interest.”

Taxes and payments are based on adjusted gross receipts, which were $66.2 million for internet gaming and $16.8 million for internet sports betting during June. The operators paid approximately $14.6 million in taxes and payments to the State of Michigan for June, with Internet gaming contributing $13.7 million and internet sports betting contributing $927,575.

During June, Michigan’s largest internet casino gaming operator, MGM Grand Detroit, took its first deduction for free play since launch in January. The $17.5 million free play deduction contributed to a 25.7 percent decline in internet gaming adjusted gross receipts in June compared with May results. Michigan law limits the deduction for internet casino gaming free play to 10 percent or less of gross receipts in the first three years after launch.

For internet gaming, the state receives 70% of the total tax from the commercial operators and 80% of the total payment from tribal operators. The tax and payment rate ranges from 20% to 28% based on yearly adjusted gross receipts.

For internet sports betting, commercial operators pay 70% of the 8.4% tax to the state and 30% to the city of Detroit. Tribal operators make an 8.4% payment on adjusted gross receipts to the State of Michigan.

The three Detroit Casinos – MotorCity Casino, MGM Grand Detroit, and Greektown Casino – reported city wagering taxes and municipal service fees of $3.6 million to the City of Detroit during May for:

  • Internet gaming taxes and fees: $3.1 million
  • Internet sports betting taxes and fees: $518,269

Tribal operators reported making total payments of $1.9 million of wagering payment to the tribes’ governing bodies according to the MGCB.

From the Jan. 22 launch through June 30, aggregate internet gaming adjusted gross receipts totaled $435.6 million and aggregate internet sports betting adjusted gross sports betting receipts were $40.5 million.

An online gaming and sports betting revenue distribution table is available on the agency’s website.

During June, 13 operators were authorized for one or both forms of online wagering. FireKeepers Casino also conducted a soft launch with limited participation during June before the MGCB approved a full launch for Michigan’s 14th operator on July 12. Details for each operator’s internet gaming and internet sports betting results are available in tables published on the MGCB website.

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DraftKings Partners with Division on Addiction for New Responsible Gaming Initiative

Furthering its responsible gaming mission to mitigate harm and protect vulnerable populations “by providing training and resources for employees and consumers,” DraftKings has entered into a strategic consulting agreement with Cambridge Health Alliance’s Division on Addiction.

Together, DraftKings’ responsible gaming team and the Division will create a systems-based approach to training employees in responsible gaming, including a logic model, conceptual map, needs assessment schedule, and an evaluation plan.

In a press release, Jason Robins, co-founder, CEO and chairman of DraftKings, noted that “evidence-based and data driven strategies, created in coordination with [Cambridge Health Alliance’s] premier researchers, will enhance [DraftKings’] player safety policies, product tools and employee training.”

In further support of its responsible gaming initiatives, DraftKings also provides responsible gaming tools for customers, including limit setting, cooling-off periods, and self-exclusion options. The company also contributes to the International Center for Responsible Gaming’s fund for sports wagering research and is a member of the American Gaming Association.

According to Debi LaPlante, director of the Division on Addiction and psychiatry professor at Harvard Medical School, “with the rapid expansion of sports betting across the United States,” it is “the perfect time to build actionable and evidence-based strategies for DraftKings.”

 

Fueled by Windsor-Essex’s low COVID-19 case rate, Caesars Windsor and its employee union, Unifor Local 444, are advocating to accelerate the casino’s reopening by permitting 50% guest capacity, or nearly 5,000 people. While Ontario Premier Doug Ford announced that the Province would enter Step 2 of its Road to Reopen plan two days earlier than expected, Caesars Windsor, and other Ontario casinos, does not qualify to open until Step 3 of the plan, scheduled to begin in late July.

While the casino laid off more than 2,000 employees during its closure, Unifor Local 444 is uncertain how many employees will be required to fulfill the needs of Caesars Windsor at 50% capacity. While the casino is unlikely to call back all 2,000 employees for a partial reopening, David Cassidy, the President of Unifor Local 444, hopes that employees will soon begin training in preparation for reopening.

To support an early reopening, Caesars Windsor plans to maintain safeguards in the form of quality employee training, security, and cleaning operations. An early reopening of the casino, according to Member of Parliament Brian Masse, as quoted in an article, may provide “an independent model . . . that comes with a high degree of surveillance and activity and people management as practice.”

 

The 2021 National Conference on Gambling Addiction and Responsible Gambling theme will recognize the pervasive effects of the pandemic. Its theme is ‘Embracing Change Together’  and all the conference activities will occur online. The pandemic has also caused changes in how people can seek and receive help, and ways that responsible gambling and prevention programs can best be delivered.

With this year being its 35th iteration, the conference is the oldest and largest annual national conference that brings together people from all facets of healthcare, research, government, and the many segments of the gambling industry. With top-notch national and international experts as speakers, as well as those who work on local and state levels, the conference is a unique resource for everyone who works in these fields, as well as those in recovery and concerned others. From tele-therapy to digital tools to insightful policy, the conference provides both detailed in-depth knowledge and cross-training opportunities.

On its conference homepage NCPG noted ”Now more than ever, it is critical that we all work together to learn about new methods for prevention, treatment, and responsible gambling as well as basics and continuing developments in the field.“

The Main Conference will be held on July 14-15 and 21-22 from 12:00-4:00 p.m. EDT.  Conference information, schedule details, how to register and more are available here.

Sharing this positive sentiment for the partnership, Robins said that DraftKings looks “forward to continuing our relationship with the Division . . . to expand our research-driven approach to responsible gaming.”