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Emile Avanessian

Emile Avanessian

Emile is a one-time banker turned freelance writer. He previously worked in equity research and as a member of the Financial Sponsors Group with Goldman Sachs, where he worked on numerous casino- and gaming-related projects. His written work has focused largely on sports (NBA basketball and European soccer) and sports betting. Emile currently also writes for Squawka and Urban Pitch. His work has also been published in The Los Angeles Times, The Blizzard, Yahoo Sports, SI.com, and ESPN.

Latest articles

Harris Poll Shows American Public Favors Betting, Not Ads

December 6, 2022 | By: Emile Avanessian

Ads are repetitive, and so is history. In 2015, sports betting wasn’t yet legal in the US. The federal government, sports league commissioners, and other power brokers had worked together to keep it that way. Even so, Americans found themselves inundated with ads for the companies that would come to dominate that space five years […]

The Complicated World of Social Media Gambling Policies

December 5, 2022 | By: Emile Avanessian

Meta Platforms (formerly Facebook) recently updated pages regarding its policies for the marketing of iGaming products. While the policies themselves aren’t new, the company apparently felt the need to emphasize them in light of the ever-growing popularity of online gambling – both regulated and not. Facebook requires such companies to obtain its written permission before […]

Change of Plans Creates Regulatory Confusion for Encore Boston Harbor

November 24, 2022 | By: Emile Avanessian

Questions are swirling around Wynn Resorts’ proposed expansion to its Encore Boston Harbor property in Everett, Massachusetts.  Can a massive shopping and entertainment development claim total independence from a casino to which it’s physically tethered? Conversely, just how connected to a casino must one be in order to be permitted to offer gaming activities? Does […]

Will PlayAGS Be Better Off Without Apollo’s Involvement?

November 22, 2022 | By: Emile Avanessian

Last week, news broke that Apollo Global Management is selling its final 22% stake in American Gaming Systems (AGS), known these days as PlayAGS. For much of the past decade, Apollo was the largest shareholder of the Las Vegas-based AGS and, at one time, its sole owner. For some time now, casinos have served as a […]

A Closer Look at Claudio Fischer and His Las Vegas Ambitions

November 22, 2022 | By: Emile Avanessian

Events of recent weeks have reminded us that two things are inevitable on the Las Vegas Strip: Ambition and change. On November 13, the Las Vegas Review-Journal reported that Chilean business mogul Claudio Fischer is poised to complete the purchase of ten acres of land on the Strip. It’s a deal nearly three years in […]

Behind the Scenes of California’s Soon-to-Expire Moratorium on Cardroom Expansion

November 16, 2022 | By: Emile Avanessian

The 2022 midterm elections have come and gone. They take with them the latest – and most expensive – failed attempt to bring legalized sports betting to California. Voters in the Golden State had potential options. Despite roughly half a billion dollars in advertising, they rejected both emphatically. Unofficial voting results show that Prop 26, […]

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