Ella McDonald

Worldwide gambling related news stories are what you will find being written by Ella, she has a keen interest however in UK and European based new stories relating to all gaming environments, and she is always prepared to ask the difficult questions many other journalists avoiding asking those in power.


  • Macau Regulators Will Tighten Supervision Of Casinos And Junkets

    Macau Regulators Will Tighten Supervision Of Casinos And Junkets

    November 16, 2017
    Macau regulators recently announced that they will be increasing their oversight for casino operators in the region and will also be tightening gaming regulations for junket operators based on the instruction of the Macau government. Macau is poised to start its critical two-year renewal period for the six licensed casino operators. MGM China and SJM ...
  • NYX Files Lawsuit Against William Hill Over Scientific Games Acquisition

    NYX Files Lawsuit Against William Hill Over Scientific Games Acquisition

    November 14, 2017
    NYX Gaming Group Ltd recently announced that it has filed an anti-trust lawsuit against its shareholder, British betting brand William Hill. The lawsuit came in response to William Hill’s alleged interference over the $630 million acquisition of NYX by Scientific Games Corp. NYX Gaming Group Ltd is a specialist in online betting while Scientific Games ...
  • Las Vegas Casinos Implement 12 – 24hr ‘Do Not Disturb’ Policies

    Las Vegas Casinos Implement 12 – 24hr ‘Do Not Disturb’ Policies

    November 10, 2017
    Las Vegas casinos are now changing their “do not disturb” policies in response to the call for more stringent security measures after the recent Mandalay Bay shooting. The worst shooting on American soil took place on October 1, when 64-year- old Stephen Paddock opened fire at oncertgoers who were attending the Route 91 Harvest music ...
  • Maine Casino Campaign Hit With Fine For Not Disclosing Funding Sources

    Maine Casino Campaign Hit With Fine For Not Disclosing Funding Sources

    November 7, 2017
    Days before the residents of York County vote on Maine Question 1 – ‘An Act To Allow Slot Machines or a Casino in York County’, the ballot question committee supporting the referendum was slapped with a record fine that amounted to $500,000 in total fines. After over 10 hours of testimony and cross examination during ...
  • James Packer Says Crown Resorts Will Not Pursue Japan Casino License

    James Packer Says Crown Resorts Will Not Pursue Japan Casino License

    October 25, 2017
    Australian billionaire and Crown Resorts board member James Packer stated this week that Crown Resorts will not be pursuing a casino license in Japan and would continue to focus on its Australian market. Packer did highlight the fact that he had not discussed this in detail with the Crown Resorts board but from his perspective ...
  • Maryland Casino Operators Push For Sports Betting To Be Legalized

    Maryland Casino Operators Push For Sports Betting To Be Legalized

    October 12, 2017
    There have been a number of states in recent times that have objected to the Professional and Amateur Sports Protection Act (PASPA) of 1992 which bans sports betting in all states with the exception of Nevada. PASPA has prevented casino operators and sports betting websites from offering legalized sports betting in their respective states and ...
  • Cartoons Being Used By Betting Operators To Lure Minors

    Cartoons Being Used By Betting Operators To Lure Minors

    October 10, 2017
    The gambling industry in the United Kingdom has grown at a rapid pace over the years as casino and online betting operators have invested heavily into marketing and advertisements to promote their offerings and expand their market base. The revenue pumped into gambling ads has increased with every passing year and recent reports suggest that ...
  • Gamblers Lose A Combined $3m At Sands Bethlehem & Parx Casino

    Gamblers Lose A Combined $3m At Sands Bethlehem & Parx Casino

    October 2, 2017
    The Pennsylvania Gaming Control Board released its annual report which confirmed that the Parx Casino is the number one casino in the state in terms of revenue and in second place in Sands Bethlehem. Parx Casino which brought in $543 million in the fiscal 2015-2016 was boosted by its table games revenue in the 2016-2017 ...
  • Iowa Commission Asked To Deny License For Cedar Rapids Casino

    Iowa Commission Asked To Deny License For Cedar Rapids Casino

    September 28, 2017
    US Casino Operators in Iowa are not thrilled over the fact that the Iowa Racing and Gaming Commission is once again considering the option of approving a casino license for the city of Cedar Rapids. The Commission had considered a similar proposal in 2014 but ended up rejecting the proposal on the basis that the ...
  • SugarHouse Casino Alleges Extortion By Rival Bidder Market East

    SugarHouse Casino Alleges Extortion By Rival Bidder Market East

    September 15, 2017
    The legal battle surrounding the issuance of Philadelphia’s second casino license had a further twist after the major investor of the petitioning SugarHouse Casino made an allegation that one of the failed bidders had made extortionate demands of it. SugarHouse has been operating the sole casino in Philadelphia since 2010. An executive from Walton Street ...
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