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Massachusetts MGM Springfield Upgraded to $960 Million Resort, Northampton Gets Promotional Grant

MGM Springfield casino Massachusetts

The MGM Springfield in Massachusetts will cost $10 million more than previously expected, as officials revealed that the price tag for the integrated resort will now total $960 million. Springfield officials accepted updated design documents from MGM on Thursday, which brings the conception process to 95 percent completion. The latest plans cover everything from exterior…Read More

Pennsylvania Casino Revenue Drops During Last Fiscal Year, Poll Claims Residents Want Smoke-Free Gaming

Pennsylvania casino revenue Parx

Pennsylvania casino win was down during the 2016/2017 fiscal year, albeit marginally at just 0.8 percent. The 12 brick-and-mortar casinos collected $3.203 billion from slot machines and table games between July 1, 2016, and June 30, 2017. That marks the Keystone State gambling industry’s second richest take. Pennsylvania is behind only Nevada in terms of…Read More

Paddy Power Betfair Accused of Backstabbing Betting Industry Over FOBTs

PaddyPower Betfair CEO Brendan Corcoran denounces FOBTs

PaddyPower Betfair has broken ranks with the UK betting industry and the Association of British Bookmakers (ABB), of which it is member, by declaring its support of the slashing the stakes of fixed-odds betting terminals. In a letter from PaddyPower Betfair CEO Breon Corcoran to Tracey Crouch, the Minister for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport,…Read More

Caesars Clears Final Regulatory Hurdles to Emerge from Bankruptcy in October

Caesars Palace in Las Vegas

Louisiana and Missouri gaming regulators have given regulatory approval to Caesars Entertainment and its related companies’ restructuring plans, finally putting to bed one of the messiest corporate bankruptcies in recent memory. These two states that are home to Caesars casino properties represented the last boxes that needed to be checked before the company could proceed…Read More

Iowa Gaming Operators Warn of Cedar Rapids Casino Impact

Cedar Rapids Mayor Ron Corbett

Iowa’s existing casino operators urged the state’s Racing and Gaming Commission not to award a license to any of three proposals for a casino in Cedar Rapids, Iowa’s second biggest city, at a hearing on Tuesday. Their least favorite project of the three appears to Peninsula Pacific and Cedar Rapids Development’s bid to build a…Read More

China’s Golden Week to Provide Macau Gaming Rebound Following Typhoon Hato

China Golden Week Macau casinos

China’s Golden Week couldn’t come at a better time for Macau’s resort industry. Just a little more than a month removed from August’s Typhoon Hato that killed 10 locals and injured hundreds, Macau casinos are hoping to make up on lost revenue during the weeklong holiday that runs October 1-8. Golden Week is a semiannual…Read More

China’s ASF Threatens to Sue Queensland Government Over Rebuffed Casino Bid

ASF director Louis Chien

The Chinese-backed ASF Consortium has said it is seeking a “suitable and equitable solution” to the government of Queensland, Australia’s decision to jettison its $2.4 billion project on the Gold Coast, a popular tourist destination. Failing that, it will sue, it said this week. The news comes as ASF delivered its annual report, which revealed…Read More

Pennsylvania Launches Investigation into Suspicious Lottery Wins

Clarance Jones, America’s most prolific lottery winner

Pennsylvania’s Office of the Auditor General has launched an investigation into implausibly frequent lottery wins, following a PennLive article which found some that state lottery players were simply winning too much. PennLive discovered that, between 2000 and 2016, over 200 Pennsylvanians had each claimed 50 or more lottery prizes of over $600, a tally that…Read More

Foxwoods, Mohegan Sun Diversify Connecticut Resorts With New Nongaming Amenities

Foxwoods Mohegan Sun Connecticut casinos

The Native American tribes that own Foxwoods and Mohegan Sun are pushing ahead with continued investments at their respective casino resorts to attract new guests to southeastern Connecticut. Foxwoods announced this week that it’s constructing a multi-level indoor go-kart track that is scheduled to open in 2018. According to a statement from the resort, the…Read More

Raiders Negotiating Oakland Coliseum Lease Extension, as Las Vegas Stadium Suffers Setbacks

Oakland Raiders Las Vegas stadium

Oakland Raiders owner Mark Davis is ready to move his NFL franchise to Las Vegas, but before that can happen, the team of course needs somewhere to play. With the typical red tape getting in the way, it now appears unlikely that the $1.9 billion domed stadium near the Strip will be ready in time…Read More

Russia’s Primorye Casino Zone Auction Gets No Bids, Is North Korea Crisis to Blame?

Primorye casino auction gets no bidders

Russia’s bid to attract more foreign casino capital to its Primorye special economic zone is falling on deaf ears. A auction launched by the federal government in July that offered up three separate plots of land for casino developers has not resulted in a single bidder, despite the deadline being extended from late August to…Read More

Ex-Amaya Chief David Baazov Sued by Dubai Investment Firm for Alleged Fraud

David Baazov sued by KBC Aldini Capital 

Former Amaya chairman and ex-CEO David Baazov is being sued by the Dubai investment company he once claimed was financing his proposed takeover of the PokerStars parent. Baazov announced his intention to take Amaya private at the beginning of 2016, before a string of insider trader charges forced him to resign from his executive roles…Read More

Resorts World Catskills Feeling Generous, Buys Town $3 Million Water Tank

Resorts World Catskills New York

Resorts World Catskills won’t open until next spring, but the Upstate New York property is already stepping up in the local community and becoming a valued asset to the region. Monticello, the town where the $1.2 billion casino resort is being built, revealed this week that owners of Resort World have donated $3 million to…Read More

Barbuda: Would Really Help Relief Efforts if US Paid Its $273M Online Gambling Debt

Barbuda, devastated by Hurricane Irma

If the United States wants to help the hurricane-ravaged island of Barbuda, it could do so by paying a $273 million debt over online gambling that started accruing in 2007. Antigua and Barbuda has called on the US to pay money that the World Trade Organization says it owes. Ronald Sanders, the dual-island nation’s ambassador…Read More

Atlantic City Casino Tax Appeal Settlements Covered Through Municipal Bonds

Atlantic City property tax appeals

Atlantic City reached property tax appeal settlements with numerous casinos last month, and the state government says it’s funding the payments through the issuance of municipal bonds. Bally’s, Caesars, Golden Nugget, Harrah’s, Tropicana, and the former Trump Taj Mahal and Trump Plaza all reached tax deals that totaled $68 million, a staggering sum, but also…Read More