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Inspired Entertainment promotes Pierce to CEO 

Inspired Entertainment promotes Pierce to CEO 

Inspired Entertainment has promoted its current president and chief operating officer Brooks H Pierce to the role of chief executive.

Pierce succeeds former CEO, A Lorne Weil, who has subsequently been promoted to executive chair of the supplier’s board.

Besides his CEO duties, Pierce will also continue in his role as chief operating officer and have additional oversight on company strategy.

As part of the promotion, Pierce’s terms of employment have been extended to 31 December 2026. His base salary has increased to $585,000 with a bonus eligibility of up to 110% of his annual salary, meaning he could earn up to $1.2m depending on performance.

Alongside Pierce’s promotion, executive chairman Weil’s terms of employment have been extended to 31 December 2027.

Weil’s updated terms of employment include a salary increase to $800,000 per annum, and an 80,000 yearly limit on shares.

The business said the leadership changes were part of a wider plan to streamline strategic oversi..

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Detroit casinos post gaming and sports betting revenue drops in 2022

Detroit casinos post gaming and sports betting revenue drops in 2022

Detroit’s three land-based commercial casinos reported a year-on-year decline in gaming revenue for 2022, with revenue down across both slots and tables games and sports betting.

Revenue for the 12 months to 31 December 2022 was $1.28bn, down 1.4% from $1.29bn in the previous year. Slots were responsible for $983.7m of total revenue, representing 77% of the market, then table games with $273.3m (21%) and sports betting at $18.8m (2%).

Analysing the performance by market sector, combined slots and table games revenue fell by 0.8% year-on-year to $1.26bn.

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Gaming bill filed as Texas gears up for 2023 legislative session

Gaming bill filed as Texas gears up for 2023 legislative session

The Texas legislature will consider a bill that would amend the state’s constitution to legalize casinos at a limited number of locations and set the stage to permit sports betting.

The proposed law – Senate Joint Resolution 17 – would devise the framework for a new body named the Texas Gaming Commission, which would supervise legalized gambling in Texas.

Casino gambling would be authorized at a “limited number of destination resorts and facilities” with the proceeds going towards tax relief and funding for education and public safety.

The amendment’s author is Houston-based state senator Carol Alvarado, a Democrat who initially pre-filed the bill on 14 November 2022.

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ICE London partners Gambling Business Group for High Street Gaming Hub

ICE London partners Gambling Business Group for High Street Gaming Hub

Clarion Gaming has entered into a partnership with strategic body the Gambling Business Group to run a new show floor feature at this year’s edition of ICE London.

Dedicated exclusively to licensed street gaming, the GBG High Street Hub will feature both contributions and insight from leading brands including Novomatic UK, Entain, Buzz Bingo, Merkur UK and GameNation.

The new hub will be situated adjacent to the Pillar Hall Casino, a networking space and bar for the land-based industry, and allow visitors to explore the latest developments in the street gaming sector.

ICE London 2023 will take place from 7-9 February at the ExCeL London,

“ICE London 2023 will be the biggest edition on record and I am delighted that this will include a section of the show floor dedicated to the street gaming sector of the business,” Clarion Gaming managing director Stuart Hunter said.

“Our strategy and remit is to work in partnership with the industry that we serve and our collaboration with the Ga..

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The US midterms and what they mean for the industry

The US midterms and what they mean for the industry

This year’s US midterm elections have plenty riding on them for the industry.

iGB has put together a panel of experts to discuss the fallout for US sports betting, online casino and land-based gaming.

California dreaming

A clash of the titans in California looks set to end in disappointment for both sides. There’s still much to discuss, namely whether an immovable force and an unstoppable object can reconcile after a bruising campaign. And more importantly, when will legal betting actually come to the Golden State?

State elections to watch

Developments in several state legislatures could also have a game-changing impact for US gaming regulation. Sports betting and casino hangs in the balance in Georgia, while Minnesota candidate Scott Jensen has voiced support for legal wagering.

Then in Oklahoma, Governor Kevin Stitt may have his second term denied by disputes over tribal gaming.

That’s not even mentioning potential developments in Kentucky, Missouri, and Virginia. In a number ..

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UK gaming tax intake rises in H1 of 2022-23, but remote duty down

UK gaming tax intake rises in H1 of 2022-23, but remote duty down

UK provisional betting and gaming tax intake for the six months to 30 September has risen 11.0% from £1.46bn to £1.62bn ($1.85bn/ €1.88bn) compared to the same period the previous year.

The largest contributors to this figure is the Lottery Duty, which represents 30% of the total, and the Remote Gaming Duty which contributes 28% of the total. However, both the duties declined both in absolute terms and percentage of the total from same period the previous year.

The 2022 figures had a high degree of variability month to month, demonstrating both seasonal variation and a decreased month-to-month stability in the figures post-pandemic – as commented on by HRMC.

“Since the 2020-21 financial year, monthly receipts have been more unpredictable and, instead, receipts across each quarter are now more representative,” it said.

As a result, the figures had a large range. At the high end, almost £500m of the total was gathered in April alone – while in September, just £93m was received by th..

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Penn exercises options to acquire remainder of Barstool

Penn exercises options to acquire remainder of Barstool

Penn Entertainment – the business formerly known as Penn National Gaming – has exercised its option to acquire all remaining shares of media brand Barstool Sports.

Penn acquired a 36% stake in Barstool for $161.2m in 2020, after which it rebranded its sportsbook product to bear the Barstool brand name.

The operator would then increase its stake in Barstool beyond 50% – paying $62.0m for a further 14% stake – within three years. Penn was also granted immediately exercisable call rights that would allow it to acquire the remainder of the media business, “based on a fair market value calculation”.

In February of this year, Penn then revealed that it planned to exercise these options and control the entire Barstool business by early 2023.

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Detroit casino revenue down 8.8% YoY in June

Detroit casino revenue down 8.8% YoY in June

The three commercial casinos in Detroit, Michigan, posted $98.6m (£83.4m/€98.2m) in total revenue during June, an 8.8% drop on the same month last year.

Revenue from the MGM Grand Detroit, MotorCity Casino and Penn National’s Hollywood Casino at Greektown was down from $108.1m in June 2021 and also 9.3% lower than $108.7m in May of this year.

MGM retained top spot in the Michigan city with a 49% share of the market, ahead of MotorCity on 34% and Greektown with 17%.

Breaking down the monthly performance, table games and slots were responsible for $98.2m of all revenue for the month, but this was 7.2% lower than in June of last year.

MGM led this area of the market with $48.3m in revenue, up by 4.3% year-on-year. However, revenue at MotorCity was down 9.8% to $33.5m, while Greektown’s revenue dropped 26.6% to $16.4m.

The three casinos paid $8.0m in gaming taxes, as well as $11.7m worth of wagering taxes and development agreement payments to the City of Detroit.

Turning to retail sp..

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May was second-best month ever for US commercial gaming

May was second-best month ever for US commercial gaming

The American Gaming Association (AGA) has reported that US commercial gaming revenue came to $5.03bn (£4.25bn/€5.02bn) in May, the second highest month in industry history.

This was a rise of 7.9% from May 2021, in the earlier stages of recovery from the Covid-19 pandemic.

Slots continued to generate the most gross gaming revenue (GGR) overall, at $2.94bn, down just 0.1% year-on-year.

GGR from table games amounted to $873.9m, a rise of 10.5% year-on-year, while sports betting revenue came to $487.5m- up significantly by 78.2%.

Online gaming revenue also grew, by 30.9% to $406.4m.

For the year to date, total GGR is $24.39bn, up 20.6% from the same period in 2021.

Slots revenue for the year so far increased by 11% to $14.08bn and table games revenue grew by 38.2% to $4.05bn.

Sports betting revenue for the year to date jumped by 73.5% to $2.64bn. Online gaming GGR also grew significantly to $2.03bn, up by 45.6%.

The AGA also noted that March, April and May have been the three mos..

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Kyrgyz parliament votes to legalise casinos and igaming for foreigners

Kyrgyz parliament votes to legalise casinos and igaming for foreigners

Kyrgyzstan’s legislature has voted to re-legalise land-based gambling and launch online casino for the first time, though all offerings will only be available to foreign players.

The bill “On Gambling in the Kyrgyz Republic” – passed on its third reading – would legalise a wide range of forms of gambling. As well as casinos, slot halls and retail bookmakers – which had all been legal in the past before casinos were banned in 2012 and the latter two banned in 2015 – online casino games will also be legal.

However, all gambling will only be available to foreign players.

Land-based casinos must only be set up in restaurants or hotel complexes. The restaurant must have at least 100 seats, and the hotel must have at least 20 rooms. Slot halls, meanwhile, must be separate rooms or buildings from any other type of business activity.

Casinos located in the Kyrgyz capital of Bishkek must have at least 10 gaming tables, while those elsewhere must have at least five. Slot halls must contain a..

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