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Brendan Bussmann quoted in Global Gaming Business News

Analyst: Slow Down on Osaka IR

The city and prefecture of Osaka remain at the top of the list of potential integrated resort locations in Japan.  U.S. gaming operator MGM Resorts International has an “Osaka-first” approach, and others including Melco Resorts and Entertainment and Galaxy Entertainment Group also have Osaka in their sights.

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Brendan Bussmann quoted in the Straits Times

Integrated resorts $9b investment will help Singapore stay ahead of rivals: Analysts

by Walter Sim

The new $9 billion investment in Singapore’s two integrated resorts (IRs), announced this week, will cement their appeal amid stiffening regional competition for a slice of the pie, analysts said.

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Andrew Klebanow quoted in Macau Business

Peninsula, The Poor Relation

Co-ordinated by João Paulo Meneses

Time does not retreat, and the Peninsula casino will never dominate like they once did.  the question is whether they have become irrelevant.

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Brendan Bussman quoted on Forbes.com

Osaka Votes To Decide Casino Question, But Not The Big One

by Muhammad Cohen

On Sunday, voters in Osaka will choose a new mayor and governor in elections that carry strong implications for the effort to obtain a license for a casino complex in Japan’s third largest city.  But the results won’t address the most basic question looming behind the drive for a so-called integrated resort in Osaka Bay with a multi-billion dollar price tag.

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Brendan Bussmann quoted in Global Gaming Business News

MGM Seals Partnership with Major League Soccer

MGM Resorts International is expanding its presence once again into the U.S. professional sports landscape with a four-year agreement with Major League Soccer designation the gaming giant as the league’s official partner.

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John English mentioned on calvinayre.com

ASEAN Gaming Summit 2019: Forecasting Asia sports betting

by Derek Tonin

The ASEAN Gaming Summit 2019 roundtable discussion on Asia sports betting gave a world tour on the topic, and gave insight on how the Asian region really has an outsized influence on the market.

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Brendan Bussmann quoted in the Las Vegas Review Journal

MGM Resorts signs sports betting deal with Major League Soccer

by Todd Prince

MGM Resorts International has signed a wagering partnership with Major League Soccer as it seeks to widen its reach to potential sports bettors.

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Brendan Bussmann quoted on Forbes.com

Japan Casino Resort Helpful Wakayama Makes Its Case

by Muhammad Cohen

Integrated resorts in Japan’s largest cities promise to be spectacular successes.  But most action on the IR front right now is in the so-called regional sector, areas that have been losing population and relevance as economic power becomes more concentrated in major urban centers.  Hokkaido, north of main island Honshu, held an IR showcase in January with seven IR operators participating.  Last month, Wakayama, east of Osaka, hosted 300 people for an IR forum.

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Brendan Bussmann quoted in the Las Vegas Review Journal

William Hill takes over sportsbook operation at M Resort

by Todd Prince

CG Technology has lost its contract to run M Resort’s sportsbook to its largest competitor, potentially signaling a tough road ahead for the company in Nevada.

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Article by Brendan Bussmann published in Global Gaming Business Magazine

Reversing the Reversal: Creating Wire Act Chaos

by Brendan Bussmann

Late in the afternoon of January 14, 2019, the U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ) released a new memo reversing its stance on the Interstate Wire Act of 1961.  This 23-page memo, issued by the DOJ’s Office of the Legal Counsel (OLC) and dated November 2, 2018, stressed that the Wire Act applies to all forms of gaming.  The memo reversed an earlier DOJ memo issued in 2011 which stated that the Wire Act only applied to sports betting.

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