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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.

New York Sports Betting Could Come to Upstate Casinos Through 2013 Law

New York sports betting regulations

New York sports betting was a highly debated topic over the last month in the State Assembly, but with no common ground reached on several key topics, the legislature adjourned this week without passing a bill to legalize the gambling activity. For the New York Gaming Commission, that means it’s on to Plan B. Sports…Read More

Rhode Island Sports Betting Will Be Legalized Friday, Vows Governor

Rhode Island sports betting

The Rhode Island Senate on Wednesday emphatically approved a state budget plan that includes a provision to regulate sports betting. Having been passed by the House last week, the plan heads the Governor Gina Raimondo’s desk for sign-off. Her signature is all-but secured, since Raimondo was the author of the budget plan and has promised…Read More

North Jersey Casinos Still Possible, Sports Betting Boosts Gambling Prospects

North Jersey casinos Phil Murphy

North Jersey casinos could still become a reality outside Atlantic City. Despite voters adamantly rejecting a ballot referendum in November 2016 that would have allowed casinos to be built at least 72 miles outside Atlantic City, leaders of a coalition that lobbied against the expanded gambling say the fight is not over. Officials at Trenton’s…Read More

Japanese Diet Gets 32-Day Extension to Legalize Integrated Resorts, Bill Now Likely to Pass

Japanese casinos

The odds of Japanese casinos becoming a legal reality this year have narrowed after members of the ruling coalition agreed an extension to the current legislative session, which was due to end today, Wednesday, 20 June. The Integrated Resorts (IR) Implementation Bill was approved by the lower chamber on Tuesday amid heckles from opponents. Japan’s…Read More

Congressional Sports Betting Hearing Postponed Due to ‘Scheduling Complications’

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A rumored sports betting hearing held by the US Senate Judiciary Committee has been postponed due to scheduling conflicts. ESPN’s David Purdum, who covers all things sports betting and gambling for the network, was first to report the meeting, as well as its postponement. In a tweet, Purdum said the sports betting hearing “was on…Read More

Kentucky Lawmakers Form Sports Betting Panel, Project Substantial Tax Revenue Benefit

Kentucky sports betting bill

A group of Kentucky lawmakers are ready to bet on sports gambling to grow state revenues. State Rep. Jason Nemes (R-Louisville) announced this week on ESPN Louisville that he’s assembled a nine-member sports betting committee that includes Democrats and Republicans in both chambers of the Kentucky General Assembly. The goal is to collectively craft regulations…Read More

Japan Casino Bill Passed by Lower House as All Hell Breaks Loose on Committee Floor: Not a Done Deal Yet

Japan casino bill protests

Updated June 19: On Tuesday, June 19, Japan’s full lower house passed the casino bill pushed through by the lower house Cabinet Committee last Friday. The bill — which now passes to the upper house before it becomes law — would go into effect by April 2020 if it sees passage this legislative session. Dramatic…Read More

Macau Government Proposes Gambling Ban on Casino Workers and Resort Employees

Macau casino workers gambling

The Macau government is proposing a gambling ban on certain workers who are employed by one of the enclave’s many casino resorts. Macau Chief Executive Fernando Chui wants to prohibit not only casino dealers and others directly involved with gaming operations from betting during their free time, but also most staff members that work inside…Read More

Pennsylvania Casinos Not Betting on Online Gambling, But That Could Soon Change

Pennsylvania casinos Tom Wolf

Of the 12 Pennsylvania casinos, none have yet submitted applications to become licensed to operate online gambling. Last October, Governor Tom Wolf (D) signed a massive gambling expansion package that included the legalization of internet casinos. Now eight months later, and Keystone State residents still can’t place a bet from their home or mobile device….Read More

New York Sports Betting Bill Appears Dead in State Assembly for 2018

New York sports betting

On the same day that neighboring New Jersey opened its first sportsbooks, a prominent New York politician announced that his fellow legislators were unlikely to support a sports betting bill in 2018. New York Assembly Speaker Carl Heastie (D-Bronx) told reporters on Thursday that there probably wasn’t enough support in the Democratic Conference – which…Read More

Elections Could Frustrate Brazil Gambling Reforms Until 2019 and Beyond

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Brazil’s looming general elections are likely to further stall Brazil’s proposed gambling reforms. The country’s politicians have been debating liberalizing gambling laws since at least 2014, when a Senate bill was introduced that would legalize land-based casinos — illegal since 1946 — and build a framework of regulation for legal online gaming, Four years later,…Read More

Detroit Casinos Benefit From Caesars Windsor Strike, Michigan Online Gambling Bill Advances

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Detroit casinos won more money in May 2018 than in the previous year, as gross gaming revenue (GGR) increased 3.9 percent to $124.6 million. MGM Grand Detroit, MotorCity, and Greektown likely benefited from the Caesars Windsor strike. Union members refused to work for more than 60 days at the Canadian-side casino property that sits along…Read More

Sports Betting All Over Atlantic City’s East Coast Gaming Congress, Bill Bradley Probably Not Attending

East Coast Gaming Conference is all about sports betting but Bill Bradley won’t be joining

Sports betting is naturally the hot topic of this year’s East Coast Gaming Congress, which kicked off today (Wednesday) at Harrahs Casino & Hotel in Atlantic City. The first day of events includes an in-depth talk on “Sports Betting: Where Does It Stand in mid-2018 and where is it going?” Where does it stand? Thanks…Read More

Nevada AG Adam Laxalt — Noted Online Gambling Opponent, Sheldon Adelson Ally — Wins GOP Gubernatorial Primary Without Breaking a Sweat

Adam Laxalt Nevada governor race

Nevada’s Attorney General, 39-year-old Adam Laxalt, has secured the GOP party ticket for his state’s gubernatorial election in November. He will face Clark County Commissioner Steve Sisolak, who won the Democratic Party nomination during Tuesday’s primary. For Laxalt, it was smooth sailing and an early AP call for his spot, just one hour after polls…Read More

Connecticut Congressional Delegation Seeking DOI Answers Regarding East Windsor Casino

Connecticut tribal casino East Windsor

Four of the seven members of the Connecticut congressional delegation are asking the Office of the Inspector General to investigate why the US Department of the Interior (DOI) failed to act on its revised tribal gaming compacts with the Mashantucket Pequot and Mohegan Sun Native Americans in a timely manner. Last year, the Connecticut General…Read More