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State College Votes Against Pennsylvania Casino, Potential Sites Dwindling

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State College Borough Council passed a resolution earlier this week that prevents a satellite casino from being built within the city’s limits. The action comes as a result of Governor Tom Wolf (D) signing a massive gambling expansion package into law in late October that authorizes up to 10 so-called “mini casinos” in rural areas….Read More

Are Three Professional Sports Commissioners Secretly Hoping to Lose PASPA Supreme Court Case?

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Three of the four major professional sports leagues, the NBA, NHL, and MLB, are led by commissioners who might support changing America’s sports betting laws. That’s a rather precarious position ahead of their Dec. 4 Supreme Court hearing where attorneys for their organizations, plus the NFL and NCAA, will argue in favor of the current…Read More

Northern Ireland’s First Casino a Possibility in Belfast, Public Opinion Sought

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The City Council in Belfast, Northern Ireland’s capital city, wants its citizens to give feedback on a plan to bring the country’s first casino to its town. A consultation document, soliciting residents’ opinions from Dec. 11 until March 5, has been drafted and will soon start circulating. The city’s leaders are mulling over the possibility…Read More

Department of Justice Petitioned to Review 2011 Wire Act Opinion That Led to Online Gambling Legalization

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Department of Justice (DOJ) Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein is in receipt of a letter from US Senators Lindsey Graham (R-South Carolina) and Dianne Feinstein (D-California) that requests a review of the agency’s 2011 opinion on the Wire Act, which effectively gave states the right to decide their own online gambling laws. It’s been six…Read More

Bill Introduced to Turn PAGCOR into Philippine Amusements and Gaming Authority

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PAGCOR, the Philippine Amusement and Gaming Corporation, is undergoing a massive restructuring that will see the gaming agency sell off its physical casino assets and transform into a regulator-only capacity. House Speaker Pantaleon Alvarez initiated the reshuffling this week by introducing a bill to the House of Representatives. The chamber’s Games and Amusement Committee began…Read More

Marijuana in Casinos? Nevada Gaming Policy Committee to Review Position

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The Nevada Gaming Policy Committee is about to do something that marijuana users are known for: waste time. On Wednesday, the 12-member panel will begin reviewing whether the state’s casino industry can find a way to coexist with recreational and medicinal cannabis businesses. The odds are seemingly very long of that actually happening, but nonetheless,…Read More

How UNLV Researchers Are Helping Shape Casino Gambling in Japan

Dr. Brett Abarbanel, International Gaming Institute

The Japanese government is systematically moving forward, albeit slowly, with legislation that will authorize the development of integrated gaming resorts, a major change for a country that has long prohibited casino gambling. And researchers from UNLV’s International Gaming Institute are helping Japanese officials prepare to build the best gaming industry possible. UNLV announced earlier in…Read More

PASPA Repeal or Not, New Jersey Rep. Frank Pallone Plans to Introduce GAME Act to Congress to Legalize US State-by-State Sportsbetting Options

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US Representative Frank Pallone (D-New Jersey) says he’s ready to introduce legislation into Congress that would give American states the right to authorize sports betting if they so choose. Known as the Gaming Accountability and Modernization Enhancement Act, (GAME), Pallone’s bill would remove the federal obstacles that are currently in place on all but four states…Read More

Ameristar Indiana Casino Using 2015 Law to Move Slots, Games to Dry Land

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Pinnacle Entertainment’s Ameristar Casino is coming ashore, or at least some of its slot machines and table games are moving to land. The East Chicago, Indiana casino is the first in the Lake Michigan area to take advantage of a 2015 law that permits the state’s permanently moored casino boats to move on land adjacent…Read More

Pennsylvania Municipalities Say No to Satellite Casinos, Including Governor Tom Wolf’s Hometown

Pennsylvania municipalities in Lancaster County are telling casino companies looking at building a satellite gambling facility to turn their buggies around and get out of town. (Lancaster City Convention Center)

Pennsylvania municipalities are opting out of the Category 4 satellite casino bidding by informing the state that they do not want a gambling facility in their backyards. Towns have until December 31 to notify the Harrisburg capital, but many are wasting no time in removing their candidacies. As of this morning, 88 townships and boroughs…Read More

Casinos in Vietnam to Begin Welcoming Some Locals in Effort to Spur Development

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Vietnamese casinos are barred from allowing local citizens to access their gaming floors, but a government advisor reveals this week that the longstanding policy will change next month. Augustine Ha Ton Vinh, a government advisor to Vietnam who’s helping to shape the country’s integrated resorts regulations, said during a gaming discussion moderated by GGRAsia that…Read More

Mississippi Is Getting Serious About Maybe, Possibly, Finally Allowing Lottery Sales

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Mississippi lawmakers continued debate on Thursday about costs and benefits of having a lottery, and held a panel to receive input from the casino industry on a topic that has divided the state’s legislature. It was the final of several meetings that began in May by Republican House Speaker Philip Gunn, who opposes the prospect…Read More

Nevada Gaming Commission Uses New Law to ‘Reject’ Licensing Request for First Time

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The Nevada Gaming Commission (NGC) took advantage of a new licensing protocol at its disposal this week when it opted to reject an application for an executive working with Minnesota-based Table Trac Inc, a manufacturer of casino information technology systems. Prior to Assembly Bill 75 being passed into law earlier this year, the NGC could…Read More

Gaming Industry Meets in New York City to Prep for SCOTUS Decision on Legal Sportsbetting

Sports Betting USA Conference

Representatives who have an interest in what the Supreme Court decides regarding legalized sports wagering met in New York City to discuss the topic at the Sports Betting USA Conference. They shared ideas about what the future holds as the Court hears arguments next month in the case of (New Jersey Gov. Chris) Christie v….Read More

UKGC Unveils Three-Year Strategy for Fair and Safe Gambling

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The UK Gambling Commission has released a 26-page document that outlines the organizations strategy to make gambling safer and fairer over the next three years. The Gambling Commission outlined five areas of focus, including protecting the interests of consumers, preventing harm to the public, and raising standards in the gambling market. “We exist to safeguard…Read More