BUSA Brief Issue 5
Industry Updates

BettingUSA Brief: Nevada Poker Rooms Keep Disappearing; G2E Recap; And More

The BettingUSA Brief recaps the week that was in the worlds of gambling and sports betting. The Betting USA Brief is a one-stop-shop for US gambling information, from headline news and stories that may have fallen through the cracks to upcoming hearings, revenue reports, and gaming conferences.

Topics in this week’s BettingUSA Brief include:

  • A recap of the recently concluded Global Gaming Expo (G2E) conference and trade show;
  • A comprehensive look at the shrinking Nevada poker market;
  • The third and final part of our series on the Flutter-The Stars Group merger;
  • And much more.

This Week’s Headlines at BettingUSA


The Vibe at Global Gaming Expo 2019

Global Gaming Expo, otherwise known as G2E, is the largest North American gaming show. With nearly 30,000 attendees from all over the globe, there’s never a shortage of discussions. The Betting USA team was on hand for the conference and trade show, and after three days left the Silver State with the following thoughts.

  • Online gambling is making a comeback at G2E
  • The industry is going back to basics
  • The industry as a whole is getting smarter
  • Responsible gaming is no longer just lip service

For a more in-depth explanation, you can check out the full recap here.

Where Have All the Nevada Poker Rooms Gone?

Since 2011 the number of poker rooms in Nevada has been cut by almost 50%. In his first column at BettingUSA.com, industry veteran John Mehaffey eulogized the 27 lost rooms and provides some insights on what the spaces have been transformed into by the casinos.

The US Online Casino and Poker Aspects of the  Flutter-TSG Merger

The US headlines of the proposed Flutter-The Stars Group tie-up are focused on US sports betting, but the new company will also be a major player in the online casino and market. In our analysis of the mega-merger, Steve Ruddock examines what the combined might of the two online gambling giants might mean for the US online casino and US online poker industries.

Newsbytes from Around the Gambling Industry


  • Is another casino coming to Massachusetts? Probably not anytime soon. According to the Statehouse News Service, until there is more clarity about the Mashpee Wampanoag’s tribal casino, the Massachusetts Gaming Commission is going to continue to take a conservative approach to the third and final license it’s sitting on.
  • MGM Grand Detroit is prepping for sports betting. Michigan has flummoxed industry analysts with its on-again-off-again sports betting legalization efforts, but at least one of the state’s casinos seems to think the state will get its act together. MGM Grand Detroit has opened a huge sports bar that it anticipates converting into a sportsbook.
  • Sports betting efforts in Ohio and Missouri. Two other states are trying to solve the puzzle that is legalized sports betting, Missouri and Ohio. Local reports (Missouri here and Ohio here) indicate both states are having mixed results.
  • DC isn’t the only local that’s having lottery issues. Casino interests in the tiny state of Rhode Island are in a full-blown battle with the state over its lottery contract.
  • Tax withholdings on sports betting winnings in Oregon have riled up sports betting Twitter. The Oregon lottery launched its mobile sports betting platform, and one policy (state tax withholdings on wins of $1,500 or more and federal tax withholding on wins of $5,000 or more) is the subject of vigorous debate.

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