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Scientific Games Corp. Buying WMS to Create Major Lottery, Slot Brand

If you bet that the $1.5 billion acquisition of slot machine manufacturer WMS Industries by Scientific Games Corporation would increase New York-based Scientific’s street cred on Wall Street, please step forward: ding ding ding, we have a winner!  The buyout is expected to bring both WMS and Scientific Games in the neighborhood of $100 million…Read More

New York Governor Cuomo, Lawmakers Reach Casino Accord

New York Governor Andrew Cuomo appears to have reached an agreement with state legislators that will bring his plans of casino expansion for the Empire State one step closer. The deal will allow for four Las Vegas-style casino resorts to be built in upstate New York, but will require voter approval before they can be…Read More

Pinnacle Selling Two Casinos to Avoid Antitrust in Ameristar Buyout

Bowing to the demands of the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) to avoid antitrust allegations from that oversight body, Pinnacle Entertainment – a Las Vegas-based major midwestern casino operator with properties and racetracks scattered throughout Louisiana, Indiana, Ohio, Missouri and Texas – will put two of its kingpin casinos up for sale. The move is in…Read More

PokerStars CEO Forfeits $50 Million in DoJ Settlement

In the two years since online poker’s infamous “Black Friday”, most of the biggest headlines in the poker media have been about the big picture dealings between the U.S. government and major poker sites like PokerStars and Full Tilt Poker. Less attention was paid to the individuals who had been targeted by the Department of…Read More

Chinese Virus Creators Busted Again With Online Gambling Site

Two Chinese men who wrote a computer virus that made headlines back in 2007 are in the news again, this time after being arrested for setting up an illegal online gambling site in mainland China. Panda Virus The story begins when Zhang Shun and Li Jun created the “Fujacks” virus. The program, which became better…Read More

PokerStars vs. Atlantic Club Battle Continues in Court

PokerStars may have suffered a tough loss in court last month, but they’re not giving up on their Atlantic City casino dreams without a fight. The Rational Group, parent company of PokerStars, has chosen to appeal the ruling that allowed the Atlantic Club Casino Hotel to back out of their purchase agreement, while also keeping…Read More

Minnesota Legislature Tours State to Sell E-Gambling Benefits

When the Minnesota Vikings wanted public funding for a new stadium, the state turned to electronic gambling to help the team pay the bills. But while some charities and bars have done quite well using the machines, others have been more resistant to the idea. Tour to Highlight Benefits That’s why the state government, along…Read More

Ohio Casinos Eye Facial Recognition Technology

A last-minute amendment to the Ohio state budget could bring high-tech facial recognition technology to casinos there, a move that some feel is either hasty or entirely unwarranted. The idea comes from State Senator Bill Coley, and would apply to all four casinos that currently operate in Ohio. Money Laundering Tracking Device? According to Coley,…Read More

Who’s to Choose Shoes? Foxwoods Waitresses Play Footsies with Contract

When you list the important aspects of running a successful casino, the shoes worn by the waitresses probably won’t come in among the top hundred issues you consider. But at one casino in Connecticut, that’s exactly the issue that’s causing plenty of tension – and not just in the waitresses’ feet. Union Negotiations Address Shoes…Read More

Hello Casinos: New Japanese Political Party Pushes Gambling Agenda Hard

It has to be kind of embarrassing for Japan: once the unquestioned leader in manufacturing throughout the world, the Asian island-country now seems to have fallen way behind its more aggressive brethren across the Asian panoply.  But now an upstart Japanese political party, the Japan Restoration Party (JRP) intends to change all that by getting…Read More

Google Glass Ban Sweeps Casinos Nationwide

They look like something out of an old Arnold Schwarzenegger flick, and in some ways, they would fit into the plot lines of those movies, too; but don’t try to gamble at almost any casino in the U.S. wearing your uber-hip new Google Glass eyewear. It may look swank, but the tiny computer-as-eyewear device’s reception is…Read More

Dutch Investigations Shut Down Seven Online Gambling Sites

Despite Holland veering more and more towards legalizing online gambling, seven Dutch online casinos were taken offline recently as a result of allegations of money laundering. In addition, three men were detained in order to assist the authorities in their investigations. Three Suspected in Money Laundering Scheme Brothers Michel and Maurice Gregoire, along with Stijn…Read More

Powerball Winner Comes Forward; Jumped Line to Win $590 Million

Finally the lucky winner of the record-breaking $590 million Powerball jackpot has come forward, following a few weeks of tension as everybody in the Zephyrhills, Florida region, where it was known the ticket was purchased, waited; and it’s an 84-year-old widow. Took Lump Sum Payout Florida resident Gloria MacKenzie, who lives in a modest tin-roof…Read More

Nevada Approves International Online Poker Compacts

When Nevada approved online poker last year, it seemed a certainty that the games would extend beyond state borders before too long. After all, Nevada’s population was unlikely to support more than a couple of online poker sites on its own, and the state has historically been a leader in the gambling industry. Before the…Read More

Crown Casino Not Liable for Kakavas Gambling Losses, Court Rules

They say that the house always wins. This time, the house got a little help from the court system. The Crown Casino in Melbourne scored a big legal victory when the High Court of Australia ruled that they did not have to give back the millions lost by gambler Harry Kakavas over the course of…Read More