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New York Governor Cuomo Will Not Bend on Online Sports Betting

New York online sports betting

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

Brazil casino

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


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

Mobile sports betting

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

Pennsylvania Truck Stops Ready to Fill Up With VGTs, But Some Lawmakers Want to Pump the Breaks

Pennsylvania truck stop slot machine VGT

Pennsylvania truck stops that qualify to incorporate as many as five video gaming terminals (VGTs) into their facilities continue to gain conditional approval from state regulators, but some lawmakers want to first give counties a chance to weigh in on the matter. In the fall of 2017, the GOP-controlled state legislature passed a broad gaming…Read More

Michigan Online Gaming Pushes Back, Minus Naysaying Governor Snyder

Michigan online gaming

Michigan State Rep. Brandt Iden (R-61st) has reintroduced an online casino bill that last year came as close to becoming law as it is possible to do without actually making it over the line. Iden’s bill had been passed by the House last summer but rejected by the Senate. On December 20 — as the…Read More

West Virginia Online Casino, Poker Bill Clears Legislature But Plug Pulled for Online Sports Betting

West Virginia online casino

West Virginia’s Lottery Interactive Wagering Act sailed through the Senate on Friday, which means the state stands on the brink of legalizing online casino gaming and poker. It’s not West Virginia’s first foray into online gambling — it already has online sports betting, which was legalized last year and launched in January through the Mardi…Read More

New Jersey Considering Increasing Penalties on Sportsbooks Accepting Prohibited Bets

New Jersey sports betting odds

New Jersey sportsbooks are not permitted to offer odds on collegiate events that involve teams based in the state. If they do, one lawmaker says they should face more consequential penalties than what are currently on the legal books. Assemblyman Ralph Caputo (D-Essex) introduced Assembly Bill 4947 in late January. The legislation passed the Assembly…Read More

Rhode Island Republicans Threaten Lawsuit to Block Mobile Sports Betting

Rhode Island Republicans

Rhode Island Republicans have thrown a spectacular monkey wrench into the works of a legislative movement to authorize mobile sports betting. On Thursday, the state’s Republican Party Chairman, Brandon Bell, threatened to sue Democratic Gov. Gina Raimondo’s administration unless the legislature opts to seek voter approval on this new direction in gambling expansion. Rhode Island…Read More

St. Paul Officials Rethinking How Funds Generated From Charitable Gambling Are Distributed

St. Paul charitable gambling youth

The cut from charitable gambling in St. Paul Minnesota, that is sent to youth programs may soon be restricted to those organizations helping the neediest of youngsters. Currently, 10 percent of revenue raised by non-profits from gambling held in bars, private clubs and other qualified locations can be given to various youth-related local organizations. That…Read More

Connecticut Sports Betting Bill Would Allow Off-Track, Lottery, and Mobile Wagering, Leagues Would Get Cut

Connecticut sports betting

A Connecticut sports betting bill dropped in the General Assembly this week wouldn’t just restrict wagering to casinos, it would offer off-track betting sites and the CT Lottery a piece of the market too, both online and land-based. It would also offer the sports leagues their pound of flesh. In its current form, the bill…Read More

Texas Casino Bill Introduced, Would Permit 12 Destination Resort Venues

Texas casino sports betting

A Texas casino bill that would allow as many as 12 destination resort gaming venues to be built throughout the state has been introduced in Austin. State Rep. Roland Gutierrez (D-San Antonio) – who authored House Bill 3043 – is calling on his political colleagues in the state capital to change their steadfast opposition to…Read More

Deadwood Sports Betting Voter Referendum Measure Dead, Proponents Going Grassroots

Deadwood sports betting casino

Gaming officials say legal sports betting in South Dakota would provide a critical boost to Deadwood tourism and subsequent casino and hospitality revenue, but it appears sportsbooks won’t be coming to the historic mining town for at least several years. Lawmakers in the South Dakota capital of Pierre voted against a measure yesterday that would…Read More