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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.

Pennsylvania Gambling Machines Could Soon Cozy Up to the Bar

Pennsylvania gambling machines VGT

Pennsylvania gambling machines might soon be welcomed inside bars and licensed liquor establishments, as well as truck stops and off-track betting venues. Though no legislation has been introduced regarding the video wagering terminals, a group of lawmakers in the Keystone State are soliciting support to authorize up to 40,000 machines. This week, the bipartisan coalition of…Read More

Galaxy Entertainment Ups Ante for Japanese Casino License, Partners With Monaco’s Monte-Carlo

Galaxy Entertainment Monte-Carlo Japan

Hong Kong-based Galaxy Entertainment and Societe des Bains de Mer (SBM) in Monaco are teaming up in hopes of winning one of the two coveted integrated casino licenses Japan is expected to issue in the coming years. Japan drastically changed its decades-long opposition to gambling last fall when the National Diet passed a bill that…Read More

Seminoles Warn Florida Legal Pre-reveal Machines Threaten Compact

Seminole chairman Marcellus Osceola warns against pre-reveal slots

The Seminole Tribe of Florida has warned that should “pre-reveal” gaming machines be permitted to proliferate throughout the state, it will consider Tallahassee to be in breach of its compact, a fact that could lead to billions in withheld revenue share payments. At issue is a judge’s ruling two weeks ago on the legality of…Read More

Massachusetts Online Gambling Support Widens, as Bay State Looks to Become Tech Hub

Massachusetts online gambling casino lottery

Massachusetts online gambling support is reportedly growing, as legislators in the Bay State are mulling the pros and cons of authorizing internet casinos. In addition to the obvious fact that the state would stand to receive additional tax revenue by allowing current land-based operators to offer games online, some Massachusetts lawmakers believe becoming the fourth…Read More

Maine Casino Proposal Lands State House Hearing, but Plenty of Opposition Remains

Maine casino proposal hearing Paul LePage

The Maine casino proposal being pushed by businesspersons Shawn and Lisa Scott is causing plenty of controversy in the Pine Tree State. The brother and sister duo are trying to obtain the right to build a resort casino in York County. Next November, voters in Maine will be asked when they go to their polling…Read More

Georgia Casino Bill Resuscitated But Prognosis Not Good

Representative Ron Stephens resurrects Georgia casino bill

Supporters of casino gaming in Georgia have new, albeit slim, hope. The state’s Destination Resort Bill, which died in the Senate last month, has resurfaced in the House with a few tweaks and a new sponsor. Representative Ron Stephens (R -Savannah) presented an updated version of the bill to the House Regulated Industries Committee on…Read More

Michigan Online Gambling Supporters “Cautiously Optimistic”

Michigan online gambling Mike Kowall

Michigan online gambling advocates say they’re encouraged by the recent support that’s been generated for the latest internet casino bill introduced in Lansing. State Senate Majority Leader Mike Kowall (R-District 15) introduced SB 203 earlier this month. If the legislation becomes law, commercial casinos and federally recognized tribes would be permitted to obtain online gaming…Read More

North Dakota Casino Expansion Bill Shot Back Down the Pipeline

North Dakota casino Al Carlson

The North Dakota casino expansion bill introduced by House Majority Leader Al Carlson (R) has been rejected by the heavily controlled Republican chamber. Carlson’s bill sought to more than double the number of brick-and-mortar casinos in the Roughrider State, but the legislation garnered little support even among his own party. The bill was strongly defeated…Read More

Nevada Holds Hearing for Esports Betting Bill

AG Burnett debates esports at Nevada hearing

A Nevada esports bill that would add competitive video gaming and awards shows to the list of legal pari-mutuel betting events was debated in front of the state legislature on Tuesday. Regulators in Nevada have already sanctioned esports wagering events at Vegas sports books, and Downtown Grand’s William Hill sports book took the city’s first…Read More

Alabama Legislators Attempt to Pass Daily Fantasy Sports Bill

Alabama Daily Fantasy Sports

Proponents of legalizing Daily Fantasy Sports in Alabama are hoping a traditionally unlucky number turns their fortunes. The state legislature is debating three different bills and if one passes, it would make them the 13th state in the US to allow its citizens to participate in DFS. Up until May 2016 residents were able to…Read More

Australian Online Poker Exemption Rejected By Senate, Passes Bill Ensuring Demise

Senator David Leyonhjelm

The Australian Senate hammered the penultimate nail into the coffin of online poker on Tuesday. Lawmakers rejected a carve-out amendment, proposed by Liberal Democratic Party Senator David Leyonhjelm, that would have saved the game in the country. Instead they chose to pass a proposed amendment to the 2001 Interactive Gambling Act (IGA). The amendment has…Read More

Vietnamese Billionaire Trinh Van Quyet Wants to Cash In on Country’s Casino Boom

Vietnamese Casino

Trinh Van Quyet is betting $2 billion that the Vietnam government’s new legalization allowing locals to gamble will pay off big. The company he co-founded, FLC Faros Van Don, announced plans to build a $2 billion casino resort located in the Van Don Special Economic Zone located on two spots  on the islands of Ngoc…Read More

Philippines Gaming Regulator Announces $500 Million Integrated Casino Resort in Cebu

Philippines casino PAGCOR Andrea Domingo

Philippines gaming regulator PAGCOR has approved a $500 million casino resort in the central island of Cebu. When the project is completed, it will mark the country’s first integrated gambling destination outside of the Manila capital. PAGCOR (Philippine Amusement and Gaming Corporation) has been directed by President Rodrigo Duterte to grow gaming revenues and make…Read More

Florida Gambling Expansion Heavily Opposed by Sunshine State Voters, New Poll Finds

Florida gambling expansion Rick Scott

Florida gambling expansion efforts are heavily opposed by likely voters in the Sunshine State, a new poll finds. According to a study performed by Mason-Dixon Polling & Research, an independent surveying firm with offices in Washington, DC, and Jacksonville, Florida, just eight percent of Florida voters say they support expanded gambling. That compares to 84…Read More

Two New Mississippi Casino Projects Rejected by Gaming Commission, And Not Everyone Is Unhappy About It

Mississippi casino expansion Biloxi Diamondhead

Mississippi casino expansion efforts were rejected by the state’s Gaming Commission unanimously this week, after the regulators deemed that two proposed sites didn’t qualify as suitable for the projects. The three-member panel met privately on Thursday for about 90 minutes, deliberating whether to approve two new casinos in Biloxi and Diamondhead. When they emerged, Mississippi…Read More