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Kevin Horridge

Kevin Horridge

Our math man, Kevin is the number guru. He calculates odds in his head the same way the rest of us make a cup of coffee. He gets involved in all the news stories involving numbers, and we often turn to him for help on financial news stories as he used to be in banking. However, he says that being a gambler is a far more respectable occupation these days.

Washington State Man Who Swindled Alaskans Out of $3M to Gamble and Do Drugs Asks for Lenient Sentence

Jay Mann $3M swindle

A man in Washington State who told his neighbors he had cancer and needed money for treatment took approximately $3 million from them and several of their friends who lived in a tiny Alaska town. But it wasn’t for cancer, it was all to feed his gambling and drug addictions. Floyd Jay Mann, who pled…Read More

Pennsylvania: Reading City Council Votes 6-0 to Welcome Satellite Casino Development

Reading City Councilmen Jeff Waltman and John Slifko

Echoing the support of the mayor, the Reading City Council voted unanimously on Monday to pass a resolution urging the Pennsylvania Gaming Commission to approve plans for a satellite casino. The decision comes just days after Reading Mayor Wally Scott told the Reading Eagle that he fully supported the idea of bringing a mini-casino to…Read More

Study of Gambling in Australia: 6.8 Million Play Regularly, Losing $18 Billion Since 2016

Australian pokie machines

The Australian government last week released figures from a study that presented the most comprehensive picture of Australian gambling habits to date. The study, conducted by the Australian Gambling Research Centre, part of the Australian Institute of Family Studies, found that about 6.8 million Australians gamble regularly, about 42 percent of the country’s adult population….Read More

Reading Mayor Supports Bringing Pennsylvania Satellite Casino to Town

Reading Pennsylvania satellite casino

Reading, Pennsylvania, officials are considering allowing one of the state’s 10 land-based casino operators to build a satellite gaming facility in the town. Reading Mayor Wally Scott (D) says the state’s fifth most populated city could use a new revenue source, and since people are going to gambler whether a casino is in Reading or…Read More

Crown Resorts Faces Class Action Lawsuit Over China Arrests

Crown Class Action Lawsuit

Australian gambling giant Crown Resorts is facing a class action lawsuit that claims the company failed to inform shareholders of a marketing campaign in mainland China that led to the arrest of 18 Crown employees. The lawsuit was filed by law firm Maurice Blackburn, which said that it had received hundreds of registrations from shareholders…Read More

Connecticut’s Foxwoods Casino Can Stay Mum on Fatality, Thanks to Gaming Compact

Mashantucket Pequot Foxwoods police

A little-known Connecticut gaming compact clause means the state’s Foxwoods Casino, run by the Mashantucket Pequot Tribal Nation, won’t have to disclose details of how a patron died on property. In-House Fatality On October 24, Mashantucket Pequot police said they responded to an escalator injury shortly after 1 am. A guest was transported to a…Read More

No Verdict in Atlantic City PILOT Lawsuit Challenging Casino Tax Plan

Atlantic City PILOT casino taxes

The Atlantic City PILOT (Payment in Lieu of Taxes) program that allows the town’s remaining casinos to pay a flat property tax instead of fluctuating payments based on assessments was back in court on Thursday. Superior Court Judge Julio Mendez listened to arguments as to why the tax scheme is allegedly in violation of the…Read More

Gaming Stocks Ride Growth Wave as Dow Climbs Past 24,000

Dow Jones 24000

The Dow Jones Industrial Average broke through the 24,000 barrier for the first time on Thursday morning, marking an all-time high for the index that mirrors similar growth in stock prices for major gaming firms. While many factors have contributed to the recent surge, one reason for the latest index bump seems to be the…Read More

Ohio Senate Passes Daily Fantasy Sports Bill

Ohio daily fantasy sports

The Ohio Senate overwhelmingly passed a bill on Wednesday that would allow daily fantasy sports contests to be regulated in the state. The legislation, originally known as House Bill 132, passed by a 25-4 margin and will now need to be reconciled with the version of the bill that passed the state House earlier this…Read More

VIP Junkets Return China’s High Rollers to Casinos in Macau, Australia, and Philippines

VIP junkets China high rollers Macau

Junket groups are once again bringing high rollers from the Chinese mainland to VIP rooms and casinos floors in Macau, as well as to casinos in Australia and the Philippines. The multibillion-dollar integrated casino resorts in Macau, as well as casinos in the other two countries, rely heavily on action from China’s ultra-elite. As People’s…Read More

State College Votes Against Pennsylvania Casino, Potential Sites Dwindling

State College casino Penn State gambling

State College Borough Council passed a resolution earlier this week that prevents a satellite casino from being built within the city’s limits. The action comes as a result of Governor Tom Wolf (D) signing a massive gambling expansion package into law in late October that authorizes up to 10 so-called “mini casinos” in rural areas….Read More

Northern Ireland’s First Casino a Possibility in Belfast, Public Opinion Sought

Jim McVeigh Belfast City Council Northern Ireland casino

The City Council in Belfast, Northern Ireland’s capital city, wants its citizens to give feedback on a plan to bring the country’s first casino to its town. A consultation document, soliciting residents’ opinions from Dec. 11 until March 5, has been drafted and will soon start circulating. The city’s leaders are mulling over the possibility…Read More

Bill Introduced to Turn PAGCOR into Philippine Amusements and Gaming Authority

PAGCOR Rodrigo Duterte

PAGCOR, the Philippine Amusement and Gaming Corporation, is undergoing a massive restructuring that will see the gaming agency sell off its physical casino assets and transform into a regulator-only capacity. House Speaker Pantaleon Alvarez initiated the reshuffling this week by introducing a bill to the House of Representatives. The chamber’s Games and Amusement Committee began…Read More

Council Bluffs Looks for Next Fight to Stop Ponca Tribe from Developing Competing Iowa Casino

Ponca Tribe of Nebraska

The city of Council Bluffs, Iowa, hasn’t yet given up the fight to keep the Ponca Tribe of Nebraska from building a casino that would compete with the Midwestern gaming town. Officials in Council Bluffs have vowed to appeal a recent decision by the National Indian Gaming Commission, affirming a 2007 designation that would give…Read More

Alabama, Miami Losses Upend College Football Playoff Odds

Auburn Football

The odds for which team will win the College Football Playoff changed dramatically after a wild weekend where both Alabama and Miami were upset. The No. 1 Crimson Tide lost to No. 5 Auburn, 26-14, while the Hurricanes were defeated by Pitt, 24-14. Both were favored despite being on the road. Alabama was a five-point…Read More