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Legislation News

More and more jurisdictions are opening up to online gambling (and the US is finally waking up to the opportunity this offers to bring in taxes). So this category collates all the latest news to allow you to stay up to date on where online gambling (and offline) is legal and where it is not.

If a US senator is going to push a Bill forward, you’ll read it here. If Dubai suddenly opens its doors to live casinos, it will be here too. Justice might be blind, but by reading these stories your eyes will certainly be wide open.

Washington, DC Moves to Legalize Sports Betting, Despite No Casinos

D.C. sports betting

Washington, DC sports betting could soon be coming to the nation’s capital. While a handful of Congressmen are mulling federal regulation on Capitol Hill, District of Columbia Councilman Jack Evans (D-Ward 2) wants to regulate it on a local level so the district’s coffers can capitalize on this newly liberalized form of gambling. So far, states that…Read More

Macau Typhoons and Trump Tariffs Hit Chinese Gaming Enclave With Equal Force

Typhoons and Trump tariffs: multiple storms are raging around Macau’s gaming industry and forecasters are starting to add up what it will mean to the industry’s bottom line. Japanese financial firm Nomura revised an earlier prediction of 15 percent gross gaming revenue (GGR) for the month of September, reducing it to 10 percent due to…Read More

Genting Deliberating Recovery of $400 Million Investment in Massachusetts Casino After DOI Leaves Tribe High and Dry

Mashpee Wampanoag

Malaysian casino giant Genting says it is “deliberating the appropriate course of action” in relation to $400 million loaned to the Mashpee Wampanoag tribe to build a $1 billion casino in Taunton, Massachusetts — a project that suddenly faces huge hurdles. In a filing to Bursa Malaysia this week, the country’s stock exchange, Genting notified…Read More

Virginia Bristol Casino Developers Face Off With Community Over Fears About Hookers, Drugs, and Crime

bristol casino

The developers behind a $150 million proposed casino development in Bristol, Virginia are on the defensive, addressing community concerns about the potential for prostitution, drug use, and increased criminal activity in the area when — and if — their project becomes reality, now that local government has given the gaming venue the green light. Casino gaming…Read More

American Gaming Association Pushes Back Against Federal Sports Betting Faction

Chuck Schumer

The American Gaming Association (AGA) has urged Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer (D-New York) to abandon his push for the federal regulation of sports betting. In a letter dated September 13, Senior VP of Public Affairs Sara Slane outlined the trade organization’s view that consumer protections and sports integrity are best served by “robust state…Read More

Macau Regulator Granted New Powers to Shut Down Casinos as Typhoon Mangkhut Looms on Horizon

Typhoon Mangkhut

Macau’s gaming regulator, the DICJ, has been granted new executive power to completely shut down casino operations in the gambling hub in “exceptional circumstances.” On Wednesday, the Macau government cited a “typhoon or adverse weather” as an example. The announcement is timely: Typhoon Mangkhut, designated a “super typhoon” by meteorologists, is winging its way towards…Read More

Alabama Democratic Gubernatorial Challenger Embraces State Lottery

Alabama lottery governor race

The odds are stacked against Alabama Democrat Walt Maddox in upsetting incumbent Governor Kay Ivey (R), but he believes he has a fighting chance by running on one key issue: authorizing a state lottery. With Mississippi Governor Phil Bryant (R) recently signing a state bill to legalize a lottery, Alabama is now fully surrounded by…Read More

Kentucky Legislature Preparing to Regulate Sports Betting, Governor’s Stance Still a Mystery

A Kentucky State Senator is optimistic that the state legislature will approve legalized sports gambling during the upcoming 2019 legislative session, and went a step further, saying the Bluegrass State should be one of the states leading the way. Speaking recently, Kentucky Senate Majority Leader Damon Thayer said, “I don’t want us to be one…Read More

Arkansas Casino Question Certified for November Ballot, Oklahoma Tribes Behind Push

Arkansas casino ballot question

The Arkansas casino ballot question known as Issue 4 has finally achieved certification from Secretary of State Mark Martin’s office to go before voters this November. The proposal will ask Arkansans whether they want to amend the state constitution to authorize four casinos. The question would earmark the facilities for the Oaklawn horse racetrack in…Read More

Japanese Citizens in Yokohama Almost Unanimously Oppose Casinos

Yokohama Japan casino integrated resort

A staggering 94 percent of Yokohama citizens says they have “negative” viewpoints on allowing an integrated casino resort to be built in Japan’s second most populated city. Asian gaming media outlet GGRAsia reports that a recent survey conducted by the local government was responsible for compiling the data. City officials are in the process of…Read More

Japan Casino Junkets Get Thumbs Down from Policymakers as Regulations Take Shape

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It’s a no for Japan casino junkets, those VIP tour groups that bring high rollers from China into Macau: they won’t be permitted to operate in Japan’s forthcoming industry. That’s according to a government advisor who says the tours won’t mesh with the country’s strict regulatory environment. Japan’s National Diet signed off on Prime Minister…Read More

Poll Shows Florida Voters Want Gaming Control, Gubernatorial Candidates Mixed on Casino Amendment

Florida voters gaming amendment casino

A new poll shows that Florida voters overwhelmingly support stripping the state legislature of its power to dictate the future gaming industry. Voters in Charge is the committee that successfully led the effort to place Amendment 3 before voters in November. The ballot question will ask citizens if they want “the exclusive right to decide…Read More

Las Vegas Raiders Stadium Parking Plan Includes Casino Location, Utilizing Shuttles

Raiders Stadium

The team submitted its Raiders stadium parking plan for its new Las Vegas facility and it definitely won’t be pedestrian friendly. Fans might want to bring comfortable walking shoes if they are planning on going to a game. A parking report draft by the Kimley-Horn and Associates planning consultant lists four parking areas under consideration,…Read More

Arkansas Highway Commission Cautions Voters on Casino Ballot Question

Arkansas Highway Commission casino amendment

The Arkansas Highway Commission (AHC) issued a statement this week warning residents that a proposed ballot amendment that would change the state’s constitution to allow commercial casinos will provide no tax revenue for road improvements as advertised. Driving Arkansas Forward, a nonprofit organization that is trying to put the gambling question before voters this November,…Read More

Japan Forming Casino Administration Committee, 40 Municipalities Want Integrated Resort

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In less than a year, Japan will unveil its Casino Administration Committee (CAC), a government agency that will be tasked with overseeing and regulating operators in the country’s forthcoming commercial gaming industry. According to GGRAsia, a media outlet covering Asian gaming markets, the CAC will be responsible for licensing control of the three integrated casino…Read More