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Russia Eases Tax Filing Requirements for Casinos in Effort to Attract New Investment

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Russia no longer requires casinos to withhold taxes from gamblers who win at least R15,000 ($237). The modification is presumably an effort by the federal government to spur new gaming investment, as Russia’s recently liberated commercial market remains stagnant. President Vladimir Putin signed the casino tax law amendment just before the end of 2017. The…Read More

North Florida Lawmaker Slot Machine Referendum Push Faces Long Odds

Florida State Representative Ramon Alexander (D-District 8)

One Florida state legislator believes slot machines can be placed in one of his district’s racetracks, and introduced a bill proposing such on Wednesday. Despite a state Supreme Court decision and Republican opposition, Rep. Ramon Alexander (D-District 8) wants voters to decide on the issue and has filed HB 111, seeking a countywide referendum on the…Read More

‘What Happens Here, Stays Here’ Ad Campaign Takes Las Vegas Marketing Back in Time, Literally

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“What Happens Here, Stays Here” is now part of the American vernacular, and the Las Vegas Convention and Visitors Authority (LVCVA), stumbling to remarket Sin City after the October 1 massacre at Mandalay Bay, is still trying to figure out how to rework its message post-shooting. After briefly suspending the iconic ad campaign in the…Read More

Casino Proposed at Vietnam’s Laguna Lang Co Beach Resort

Laguna Lang Co casino

Vietnam’s Ministry of Planning and Investment (MPI) has recommended to Vietnamese Prime Minister Nguyễn Xuân Phúc that permission be granted for the development of a casino at the Laguna Lăng Cô beach resort. According to a report in the Vietnam Investment Review, an unnamed investor is interested in opening a casino at the resort by…Read More

Miami Ready to Transfer Bay Site to Genting for Marina Development

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Genting may have hit nothing but stumbling blocks in its efforts to build a casino in the city of Miami, but the company may finally be in position to begin developing their property, even if gambling won’t be a part of the equation just yet. Miami’s city commission unanimously approved a transfer of submerged land…Read More

South Korea Casino Kangwon Land Ordered to Reduce Operating Hours, Mass Gaming Tables

South Korea casino Kangwon Land

Kangwon Land, the only South Korea casino where citizens are allowed to gamble, has been ordered by the country’s Ministry of Culture, Sports and Tourism (MCST) to cut its hours and number of mass tables. In a filing with the Korea Stock Exchange, Kangwon Land says the federal agency has directed the resort to reduce…Read More

Ceiling Collapse at Resorts World Sentosa Injures Four

Resorts World Sentosa

Four individuals working at Resorts World Sentosa in Singapore were injured when part of a ceiling board collapsed on Tuesday morning. The ceiling board, located in an area leading to the mezzanine gaming area of the casino, injured three renovation workers and a security officer. According to a spokesperson for the resort, the collapse fell…Read More

Miss America $4 Million Casino Tax Funding Subsidy Threatened, New Jersey Lawmakers Want to Nix Deal After Just One Year

Miss America casino tax money

The Miss America Organization (MAO) negotiated a sweetheart of a deal with New Jersey’s Casino Reinvestment Development Authority (CRDA) in 2017, one which paid the pageant nearly $4 million to continue hosting its marquee event in Atlantic City. But now, several state lawmakers say it’s a bad use of tax dollars, and want the subsidy…Read More

Atlantic City Casinos Enter 2018 with Operator Confidence in Full Throttle

Atlantic City casino gaming outlook

It’s a new year, and Atlantic City casino operators are hoping for an even better one in 2018. Fresh off the town’s second consecutive annual gaming win, invested companies are hopeful that the trend will continue up and down the Boardwalk and into the Marina District. After enduring nine years of declines between 2007 and…Read More

Patriots Favored to Repeat as Super Bowl Champions as NFL Playoffs Begin Saturday

Tom Brady

Not surprisingly the defending Super Bowl Champion New England Patriots are favored to repeat as the playoffs are set to begin on Saturday with four games. The Patriots, who are 2-1 to hoist the Vince Lombardi Trophy for the third time in four years, won’t begin their title defense until the following week. Because of…Read More

New Chinese Cash Rules Unlikely to Slow Macau’s Growth

Macau Chinese cash rules

A new limit on the amount of money that can be withdrawn annually from mainland Chinese bank accounts while outside of the country could be seen as a threat to Macau’s casino industry, but experts largely say the impact on the territory should be minimal, if it is felt at all. As of January 1,…Read More

Pennsylvania Towns’ Satellite Casino Opt-Out Deadline Passes, More Than 900 Just Say ‘No’

Pennsylvania satellite casino gambling

Pennsylvania towns have now made their voices heard when it comes to embracing mini-casinos, or not, in their various burghs. One minute before midnight Eastern time on December 31 marked the deadline for local officials to notify the Pennsylvania Gaming Control Board (PGCB) whether they were opting out of the Category 4 satellite casino bidding…Read More

Outlook for Las Vegas Tourism 2018 Remains Positive, Despite Volume Number Drop for Sixth Consecutive Month in November

Las Vegas tourism gaming win

Las Vegas tourism continues to struggle, as November marked the sixth consecutive month of visitor volume losses in America’s gambling capital. Nearly four percent fewer travelers came to Sin City during the Thanksgiving holiday month, which represents a loss of about 125,000 tourists. Visitor volume totaled 3.3 million people, which pushed average daily room rates…Read More

Casino and Gaming Industry Most Memorable Moments of 2017: What Made Us Cheer, What Made Us Jeer

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As we push into the New Year, let’s take a final look back at the one just past. 2017 saw some unwelcome changes in the iconic Vegas tourism marketing model, and of course, one of the greatest tragedies of our time, right on the Las Vegas Strip. But there were more highs than lows, including some…Read More

Pennsylvania Joins the US Online Gaming Fray in 2017, as We Look Back on the Highs and Lows of the Internet Push

Pennsylvania Governor Tom Wolf legalizes online gambling

On October 30, 2017, Pennsylvania became the fourth US state to legalize online gambling and the first since 2013, when New Jersey, Nevada, and Delaware took that unprecedented leap. Pennsylvania’s push to make internet gambling legal had been in the cards for some time and there had been lots of pressure in Harrisburg to get…Read More