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West Virginia Sports Betting Bill Could Earmark Integrity Fees for Universities

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The West Virginia sports betting bill that passed into law without Governor Jim Justice’s (D) signature in March might soon be amended to include a provision that will set aside so-called “integrity fees” for the state’s public universities. On Wednesday, various representatives including those from the West Virginia Lottery, Big Four professional sports leagues (NFL,…Read More

Michigan Online Gaming, Sports Betting Bill Stalls in House, Hindered by Tribal Gaming

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Michigan’s online gaming and sports betting bill was tipped by its sponsor for passage through the House this week, but Representative Brandt Iden’s (R-District 61) prediction came up short. Iden’s bill would create the Lawful Internet Gaming Act, legalizing online gaming, online poker, and sports betting for the state’s 25 casinos, but while it generated…Read More

Japan Gaming Congress Focused on Nation’s Fledgling Casino Industry

Japan Gaming Congress 2018

The Japan Gaming Congress began on Thursday in Tokyo, with delegates and government officials on hand to discuss a variety of issues and topics related to the future of casinos in the Asian country. There’s no absolutely guarantee that Japan will have casinos in the near future. But lawmakers are working towards passage of the…Read More

Monmouth Park Operator Confident Sports Betting Legalization is Coming

Monmouth Park sports betting

Monmouth Park Racetrack in Oceanport, New Jersey held their season opening press conference on Tuesday, but there was only one topic on the minds of those speaking: the upcoming ruling from the Supreme Court on the case of Christie v. NCAA. The strongest statements came from Dennis Drazin, chairman and CEO of Darby Development LLC,…Read More

Louisiana Legalizes Daily Fantasy Sports, But There’s a Catch

Louisiana DFS bill passed by legislature

The Louisiana legislature has voted to legalize daily fantasy sports. The State Senate on Wednesday approved the state’s DFS legislation by 21-15, following an overwhelming blessing from the House last month. But Louisiana DFS fans won’t be able to play with impunity just yet. Voters must decide at a November ballot whether the competitions should…Read More

Bridgeport Casino Bill Dead for 2018 But MGM Scores Symbolic Victory in Connecticut House

Bridgeport casino bill pulled for 2018

The effort to bring a casino resort to Bridgeport, Connecticut was pulled from the State Senate on Tuesday, as the clock ticked towards the end of the legislative session. Proponents of the bill said there was simply not enough time to gather the required votes before the midnight Wednesday deadline, at a time when Senators…Read More

Colorado Gambling Law Tweaked to Ban Skill-Gaming Machines

Colorado skill-gaming

The days of Colorado’s sweepstakes arcades are numbered. Legislation passed by both chambers and currently winging its way to the Governor John Hickenlooper’s desk will close the “loophole” that allowed skill-gaming arcades to flourish outside of the state’s three designated gambling zones: Black Hawk, Central City and Cripple Creek. Detractors argue the arcade machines, which…Read More

New Jersey Sports Betting Legal Fees Continue Adding Up, Bill Now Over $8.5M

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If New Jersey successfully wins its sports betting case, numerous states across the country that are interested in legalizing such markets might want to extend their thanks to the Garden State. Financial billing records provided by the New Jersey Division of Law to the Press of Atlantic City shows that law firms representing the state…Read More

Prefectures Consider Hosting Japan Integrated Casino Resorts, Despite Public Opposition

Japan integrated casino resort bill

With the Japan integrated casino resort bill passed just last month by Prime Minister Shinzo Abe’s Cabinet, prefectures across the Asian country are formally considering whether hosting such venues will ultimately be in their best interest. Abe’s Cabinet approved the authorization of three casino resorts, but where the properties will be earmarked remains in limbo. Osaka…Read More

Bridgeport Casino Push Predicted to Go ‘Belly-Up’

Bridgeport casino faces heavy lift in Senate

Connecticut’s controversial Bridgeport casino push was approved by the House of Representatives on Friday, but is likely to die in the Senate, according to political observers in the state. The bill does not mention Bridgeport by name – or MGM Resorts International. It would merely create a “request for referral process” for operators to submit…Read More

West Virginia Governor Jim Justice Supports Leagues on Sports Betting, Wants to Change Law

West Virginia Governor Jim Justice

West Virginia Governor Jim Justice plans to call a special session to review the state’s recently passed sports betting bill. It seems the sports leagues have been bending the governor’s ear. Justice said Friday he supports tweaking the new law to include the so-called “integrity fee” –  a cut of all wagers in a future…Read More

Connecticut Tribes Plead for Alternative Legal Strategy to Build East Windsor Casino

Kevin Brown (left) and Rodney Butler, chairmen of the Mohegan and Mashantucket Pequot

Connecticut’s two tribal operators have urged state lawmakers to let them build an off-reservation casino without federal approval. The Mohegans and Mashantucket Pequots are suing the Department of the Interior for what they claim is obstructionism over their application for approval of a controversial satellite casino in East Windsor, just miles across the Massachusetts border…Read More

Ottawa’s Hard Rock Casino Clears Major Hurdle Toward $318-million Expansion

Ottawa's Hard Rock Casino.

 It isn’t the final roadblock that needs to be cleared, but it’s a big one. Ottawa’s Hard Rock Casino is one step closer to a moving ahead with $318-million expansion after the city’s rural affairs committee gave their stamp of approval to the plan. All the Hard Rock needs now to officially proceed with the…Read More

Gaming Could Return to the Former Moulin Rouge Hotel Site For One Day

Moulin Rouge could see gaming again.

It hasn’t been open since 1955, but gambling  is set to return to Las Vegas’ Moulin Rouge Casino, for one day at least. The Gaming Control Board has granted approval for a licence allowing the one-day use of slot machines on the Bonanza Road lot where the historic hotel once stood. It’s all part of…Read More

Connecticut Tribes Want Control of State Sports Betting Market

Connecticut sports betting

If sports betting becomes legal in the state of Connecticut, the tribes that operate the two Native American casinos in the state believe they should have the exclusive rights to take those bets. The Mashantucket Pequot and Mohegan tribes each sent letters to leaders in the state legislature last weekend, arguing that the compacts that…Read More