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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.

Japan Lawmakers Propose $19 Casino Entry Fee for Nationals

Japan casino entry fees

Casino odds are always stacked against the gambler, but what if you find yourself out of pocket before you’ve even touched a card or rolled a dice? The Japanese parliamentary committee tasked with developing a framework of regulation for the country’s future casino market is proposing just this. On Wednesday, lawmakers presented a motion to…Read More

Japan Casino Tax Could Hit 50 Percent, Operators Might Be Deterred by Excessive Regulatory Controls

Japan casino tax integrated resort

A Japan casino tax will be higher than gaming rates found in other parts of Asia, including Macau. It would dwarf those paid by Las Vegas casinos, where the effective rate is only 7.75 percent, and it could backfire on the country’s goals of building casinos to begin with: to expand tourism. According to The…Read More

Iowa Sports Betting Bill Passes House Committee Without ‘Integrity Fee’

Iowa sports betting law PASPA

An Iowa sports betting bill that doesn’t include a so-called “integrity fee” earmarked for the professional sports leagues recently passed the state’s House Government Oversight Committee. House Study Bill 592, first introduced by Rep. Ken Rizer (R-District 68), would permit the state’s commercial casinos to operate sportsbooks after obtaining the necessary permit. The first $1…Read More

Japanese Lawmakers Propose Restricting Casino Visits For Nationals

Lawmakers propose limiting visits to Japanese casinos

Lawmakers in Japan tasked with drawing up a framework of regulation for the country’s future casino market presented a plan on Thursday designed to restrict Japanese nationals’ exposure to gambling. Under the proposal, Japanese citizens and foreigners living in the country would be limited to three visits to casinos in one week and a maximum…Read More

MLB Presents Missouri with Sports Betting Bill

MLB sportsbetting

MLB, until recently a staunch opponent of regulated sports wagering in the US, has drafted its very own sports betting bill, which it presented this week to the Missouri legislature for consideration. Both MLB and the NBA are plaintiffs in the Christie v NCAA case, in which they oppose New Jersey’s battle for the right to…Read More

No Online Poker Bill in California This Year, Tribes Turn Against Sports Betting Instead

Reggie Jones-Sawyer not submitting California poker bill this year

California appears to have given up on regulating online poker, at least for 2018. Friday is the deadline for filing bills in the California legislature and thus far no champion has emerged to fight the cause. Perhaps that’s because the effort required to unite the state’s powerful but squabbling tribal operators over what regulation should…Read More

Seminoles Expected to Offer Compact Proposal Before End of Week

Seminole Gaming CEO Jim Allen discusses Seminole compact

Florida lawmakers have been locked in negotiations with the powerful Seminole tribal operator this week, as they try to thrash out a new gaming compact. Senator Bill Galvano, leading the negotiations, told The News Service of Florida he believes the Seminoles could come back with a proposed deal this week. “I believe everyone left that…Read More

Myanmar Plans to Legalize Casinos Amid UN Ethnic Cleansing Row

Myanmar’s State Counsellor Aung San Suu Kyi

Myanmar, formerly Burma, plans to legalize foreigner-only casinos. As reported by English language Burmese outlet Eleven Media, the news came out of the blue on Friday when minister for hotels and tourism, Ohn Maung, was asked in parliament whether the government was opposed to regulating casinos as a means to boost tourism and generate higher…Read More

Connecticut Congressional Delegation Seeks Federal Probe of DOI Over Tribal Casino

Connecticut casino East Windsor DOI

Four members of the Connecticut congressional delegation have asked the US Inspector General to investigate the Department of the Interior (DOI) on the agency’s inaction in regards to the state’s proposed gaming compact amendments with its two Native American tribes. The request stems from a legislative effort passed last year and signed into law by…Read More

Virginia Gambling Bill Passes Assembly Committee, Legislation Would Legalize Historical Racing Terminals

Virginia gambling bill historical racing

The Virginia House of Delegates Appropriations Committee has passed House Bill 1609, a gambling measure that would allow the currently shuttered Colonial Downs horse racetrack in New Kent County to incorporate historical wagering machines at the facility. Located about 30 miles east of the Richmond capital, Colonial Downs closed in late 2015 after a license…Read More

New Jersey Voters Favor Atlantic City Retaining Casino Monopoly, New Poll Finds

New Jersey voters casino referendum

New Jersey voters do not want to end Atlantic City’s monopoly on casinos and allow gambling resorts to come to northern parts of the state. That’s according to a new poll paid for by Trenton’s Bad Bet, an anti-gambling group. Likely voters were asked about the ways they support increasing funding for the state. By…Read More

New Jersey Lottery Game Hurts Atlantic City Casinos, State Lawmakers Contend

New Jersey Lottery Quick Draw

The New Jersey Lottery game Quick Draw poses a serious threat to Atlantic City casinos, so says two state lawmakers arguing this week before the Assembly Tourism, Gaming and Arts Committee. A keno-like format that costs $1-10 per play, Quick Draw debuted last year in an effort to grow lottery revenues. Players select from 1…Read More

Steve Wynn Scandal Improves MGM, Las Vegas Sands Japan Casino Odds, Threatens Macau Operations

Steve Wynn Japan casino Macau

Steve Wynn and the company he founded have much more to lose than its namesake founder in the wake of his sexual misconduct scandal. Wynn Resorts, along with every other major casino operator, is currently awaiting the release of Japan’s integrated casino resorts bill. Depending on the governing specifics, companies have floated concepts that could…Read More

US Supreme Court PASPA Sports Betting Ban Overturn Decision Could Come as Soon as March 5, Experts Believe

Supreme Court sports betting PASPA

American states that have been foaming at the mouth to offer legal sports betting may be getting a decision sooner than they realized. Experts are now predicting that a SCOTUS determination on whether or not to overturn PASPA — the Professional and Amateur Sports Protection Act (PASPA) of 1992 — could come as early as thirty days…Read More

Mount Airy to Build Satellite Casino in Western Pennsylvania’s Lawrence County

Mount Airy Pennsylvania satellite casino

The parent company to the Mount Airy Casino Resort in the Pocono Mountains submitted a winning bid for the third of 10 satellite casino locations today, with the offer of $21,188,888.88 topping the other sealed submissions. Mount Airy #1 LLC selected a 15-mile radius in Lawrence County centered in New Castle, a city about 50…Read More