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Ireland Gambling Regulator Could Be in Place by 2020: Will Issue Licenses, Impose Fines

The Republic of Ireland is finally moving forward with a plan to set up a centralized gambling regulator, but it may not be in place until late next year. Officials confirmed it may take up to 18 months to enact, given that legislation must be approved before the authority can issue gambling licenses and permits,…Read More

New Hampshire Casino Bill Back from the Dead, Makes Miraculous Recovery in the Senate

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The New Hampshire Senate unexpectedly resurrected a seemingly doomed casino bill on Thursday and batting it across to the House with its seal of approval. It’s not the first time one of Senator Lou D’Allesandro’s (D-Manchester) casino bills has risen from the dead — the senator himself has doggedly resuscitated them every year at the…Read More

Illinois Could Be First Midwestern State to Legalize Sports Betting, Multiple Proposals Filed

Illinois lawmakers will consider four proposals to legalize sports betting in the Prairie State, which, if succesful, would make it the first in the Midwest to do so. On Thursday, four state House representatives filed amendments to a bill, HB 3308, sponsored by state Rep. Michael Zalewski (D-Riverside). Each amendment offers a different method for…Read More

MGM Resorts CEO Jim Murren Predicts Osaka Will Be Japan’s First Approved IR Casino Location

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MGM Resorts CEO Jim Murren opined this week that Osaka will be the first region approved for an integrated casino resort (IR) in Japan’s forthcoming commercial gaming industry. In Japan for the MLB Opening Series at the Tokyo Dome between the Seattle Mariners and Oakland Athletics in which MGM is the title sponsor, Murren spoke…Read More

Connecticut Tribal Casino Receives Formal Approval From Interior Department, But Damage Already Done

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The Connecticut tribal casino planned for East Windsor has finally received formal and complete approval from the US Department of the Interior (DOI), but the federal agency’s long delay has put the state’s two Native American groups at a competitive disadvantage. Connecticut lawmakers and then-Governor Dannel Malloy (D) authorized the satellite casino in 2017. However,…Read More

Macau Lawmakers Reject Proposal to Limit Enclave Visitor Arrivals

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Macau lawmakers have dismissed a proposal introduced by the Legislative Assembly’s youngest member that sought to limit the number of visitors permitted into the gambling hub each year. Last month, 27-year-old Assemblyman Sulu Sou presented the legislature with a bill that requested that the chamber review the increasing number of travelers coming to the region,…Read More

Powerball Jackpot Now $625M, But New Wire Act Opinion Threatens Interstate Lottery Future

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The Powerball jackpot has climbed to an estimated $625 million after no one matched all six numbers on Wednesday night. The next drawing will take place this Saturday. The odds of hitting the jackpot are one in 292.2 million. You’re 65,000 times likelier to suffocate accidentally during tonight’s sleep than hit the Powerball jackpot, but…Read More

Connecticut Committee Advances Sports Betting, Plus Bridgeport and East Windsor Casino Bills

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A glut of Connecticut gambling expansion bills advanced from the Public Safety and Security Committee in Hartford on Tuesday, with the understanding that the legislature still has a lot of refining to do. Rep. Pat Boyd (D-Pomfret) described the hearing as “chapter two of a pretty long book,” after the committee approved bills that would…Read More

New Hampshire Lawmakers Pass Sports Betting Bill, Legislation Would Allow 10 Retail Sportsbooks

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The New Hampshire House of Representatives has passed a sports betting bill that would allow as many as 10 retail sportsbook locations to take wagers on athletic competitions. House Bill 480 was approved by a vote of 269-82, and now moves to the New Hampshire Senate. The legislation – if passed by the upper chamber…Read More

New York Governor Cuomo Will Not Bend on Online Sports Betting

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New York Governor Andrew Cuomo has reaffirmed that online sports betting is not welcome in the Empire State on his watch in a fresh blow to two state senators’ efforts to legalize it. Cuomo has previously said that online sports betting would violate the state constitution. Assemblyman Gary Pretlow (D-89th), who — along with Senator…Read More

Domestic Hotel Sector Wants in on Future Brazil Casino Market

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A Brazilian casino bill introduced last month would authorize the creation of up to 32 integrated resorts in the country, a move that it’s hoped will provide a transformative boost to the country’s tourism industry. But if it’s going to happen, representatives of Brazil’s existing hotel sector say they want a piece of the pie….Read More

Pennsylvania Proposal Would Aim State’s Expanded Gaming Intake Towards Property Tax Relief

A new proposal in Pennsylvania’s legislature would require any additional gaming revenue heading to the state be used only for property tax relief. Sponsored by State Sen. Kristin Phillips-Hill (R-York), Senate Bill 269 would give homeowners a break by making up some of the shortfall in the Property Tax Relief Fund that was set up…Read More

Federal Bill Would Bring South Carolina Tribe’s Casino to North Carolina

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US Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-S. Carolina) on Wednesday dropped a bill on Capitol Hill that, if passed, would take land into trust for the Catawba Indian Tribe for the construction of a $560 million casino in North Carolina. Graham is the kind of man we’re more accustomed to see introducing anti-gambling legislation — specifically of…Read More

Kentucky Sports Betting Bill Out of Time for 2019 General Assembly

An attempt to pass legislation that would legalize sports betting in Kentucky has fallen short for this year, the bill’s primary sponsor said. State Rep. Adam Koenig acknowledged on Twitter Tuesday night that House Bill 175 would not receive a vote in the state House of Representatives before the 2019 General Assembly session is scheduled…Read More

Rhode Island Legislature Fends Off GOP Challenge to Pass Mobile Sports Betting Bill

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Rhode Island’s mobile sports betting bill has cleared both chambers of the state legislature and now awaits sign off by Governor Gina Raimondo. That signature is all but assured — Raimondo’s proposed budget for the fiscal year that begins July 1 includes $30 million from sports betting, including $3 million from mobile betting. That’s ambitious…Read More