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Trump Taj Mahal Revised Casino Union Offer Rebuffed by Carl Icahn, as New Jersey Online Outpaces on Land

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At the Trump Taj Mahal, the latest offering bid from casino union Unite Here Local 54 to owner Carl Icahn has fallen on deaf ears in Atlantic City. Bartenders, wait staff, cooks, housekeeping, and other service workers walked off the job on July 1, demanding higher hourly wages and the restoration of health and pension benefits…Read More

New Jersey Gaming Committee Chair Urges Voters to Support Casino Expansion

New Jersey Ralph Caputo casino expansion

The New Jersey gaming referendum being presented to voters in November would end Atlantic City’s monopoly on casino-style gambling and significantly impact the market, should it find a majority approval. At stake are two North Jersey gambling megaresorts, and the likely demise of additional casinos in the beachside resort. Four venues in Atlantic City have…Read More

Florida Card Games Can Continue at Pari-Mutuel Facilities

Florida card games Governor Rick Scott

Florida card games with a so-called “designated player” can continue at pari-mutuel facilities across the state. In late December, Florida’s Department of Business and Professional Regulation, Division of Pari-Mutuel Wagering, motioned to appeal a rule that allowed “designated player games,” also known as “banked card games,” from being admissible at horse and dog racetracks. The…Read More

Yahoo Esports Reaches Content Agreement With ESL

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Yahoo Esports and ESL, formerly known as Electronic Sports League, are uniting to become the planet’s largest distributor of competitive video gaming content. Based in Cologne, Germany, ESL is one of the oldest eSports companies still in operation. ESL is behind many of eSports’ most notable tournaments including “Dota 2,” “Call of Duty World League,”…Read More

James Packer Sells Crown Resort Shares, Now Owns Less Than 50 Percent

James Packer Mariah Carey Crown Resorts sell off

Australian billionaire James Packer has sold 35 million shares of Crown Resorts for $338 million, in what’s the latest move by the gaming mogul to lessen his involvement with the Australian casino company he founded nearly a decade ago. Consolidated Press Holdings (CPH), Packer’s privately held investment trust, sold the 4.8 percent stake in Crown at…Read More

Rutgers “Internet Gaming in New Jersey” Study Highlights Responsible Gambling

Internet Gaming in New Jersey responsible gaming

The “Internet Gaming in New Jersey” research study performed by Rutgers University shows that problem gambling safeguards implemented by the state are being utilized at higher-than-expected rates. According to the university’s Center for Gambling Studies, 94,255 people gambled online at some point in 2014, with men (72,366) representing the vast majority of that figure. Of…Read More

MGM Resorts Launches Ad Campaign Attacking Connecticut Airport Casino

MGM attacks Bradley International Casino Proposal

MGM Resorts International has launched an online ad campaign attacking plans for a casino at Connecticut’s Bradley International Airport, across the border from its $950 million resort, currently under construction in Springfield, Massachusetts. The plans for a casino at Bradley International have been secretive and somewhat mysterious. Earlier this year, Connecticut passed a law that…Read More

Illegal Gambling Room Murder Suspect Arrested in Austin, Texas

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A suspect in an illegal gambling room murder in North Austin, Texas, has been apprehended. On August 8, a botched robbery of a criminal gaming enterprise ended with one woman dead and two men injured. A male suspect remained at large until police arrested 25-year-old David Bruce McKinley this week on a capital murder charge….Read More

Paddy Power Betfair Reports £47.5 Million Loss Due to Costs of Merger

Breon Corcoran’s Betfair Paddy Power reports operating losses

Paddy Power Betfair has reported operating losses of £47.5 million ($62.6 million) for the first half of 2016 in comparison with profits of £106.5 million ($140.5) for the corresponding period of 2015. CEO Breon Corcoran this week attributed the losses to one-off costs related to the merger between the two betting powerhouses, amounting to £195…Read More

Indiana Casino Union Does What Trump Taj Mahal Workers Couldn’t: Reaches New Deal with Majestic Star Riverboats

Indiana Unite Here casino union Majestic Star 

Indiana Governor Mike Pence, the current GOP vice-presidential contender, has put his state on the map for financial gains and growth during his administration. Now a new casino union contract in the Hoosier State is also showing up its sister chapter in Atlantic City, having successfully negotiated for benefits, where its brethren failed. Indiana’s Unite…Read More

Duterte Takes Shock U-turn on Online Gambling

Duterte flip-flops on online gambling

Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte’s hardline crackdown on online gambling took an unexpected twist this this week. On Tuesday the government’s gambling operator-regulator, PAGCOR, announced that it was prepared to license online gambling firms that targeted “non-locals” and that it was in the process of “readying application forms.” “We don’t know yet how saleable it is;…Read More

Affinity Gaming Acquired by New York Private Equity Firm

Affinity Gaming acquired private equity Primm Valley

Affinity Gaming is selling its 11 casinos to Z Capital Partners, a private equity firm based in New York and Illinois, for $580 million. The all-cash deal gives Z Capital the remaining 59 percent of Affinity to go along with its current 41 percent stake in the Las Vegas casino company. Z Capital will pay…Read More

DraftKings and FanDuel Relaunch in New York

DFS back in New York, Jason Robins thanks its customers

Real-money daily fantasy sports games were back on the menu in New York, just hours after operators were cleared by the state’s Gaming Commission yesterday (Monday, 22 August). Both DraftKings and FanDuel were granted temporary permits to offer the games, with DraftKings wasting no time getting back online later in the day. Also OK’d yesterday,…Read More

Massachusetts Tribe Challenges Casino Ruling that Could Strip it of Sovereign Lands

Mashpee Wampanoag casino in doubt

The Mashpee Wampanoag tribe of Massachusetts’ long-held dream to build a casino resort on its tribal land has been thrown into jeopardy, along with its very sovereign rights to govern those lands. The tribe, which was granted federal status in 2007, has already begun building a $1 billion casino resort on reservation land in Taunton,…Read More

Mount Airy Casino Challenges Pennsylvania’s $10 Million Annual Host Tax

Champagne bathtub Mt Airy poconos tax fight

For many folks over 40, say “Mount Airy in the Poconos,” and images of eight-foot-tall champagne bubble bath and heart-shaped tubs immediately jump to mind. A few decades back, the working-class resort area marketed the decidedly unique and memorable tubs to couples who wanted some entirely adult playtime. But now, one casino in what is…Read More