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Pennsylvania Budget Deal Reportedly Close, State to Authorize Rural ‘Mini-Casinos’

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The $32 billion Pennsylvania budget that Governor Tom Wolf (D) allowed to pass without his signature in late June is underfunded by $2.2 billion, and it now appears the odds are fairly strong that some sort of gaming expansion measure will be used to partially cover the shortfall. State lawmakers are back in the Harrisburg…Read More

Uruguay Bans Online Gambling, Approves ISP Blocking

Luis Suarez, Nacional Uruguay

Uruguay just sunk its teeth into online gambling as viciously as Luis Suarez might attach his gleaming dentition to the soft shoulder-flesh of an Italian defender. New gambling laws, enacted as part of a budget package this week, officially banned all forms of commercial online gambling outright, while giving authorities the power to “adopt preventative…Read More

Pennsylvania Casino Revenue Drops During Last Fiscal Year, Poll Claims Residents Want Smoke-Free Gaming

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Pennsylvania casino win was down during the 2016/2017 fiscal year, albeit marginally at just 0.8 percent. The 12 brick-and-mortar casinos collected $3.203 billion from slot machines and table games between July 1, 2016, and June 30, 2017. That marks the Keystone State gambling industry’s second richest take. Pennsylvania is behind only Nevada in terms of…Read More

Poll: Americans Want to Legalize Sports Betting, as Gaming Industry Calls for PASPA Repeal

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Sports betting has been banned in America in all but four states since 1992, but a new poll shows that the majority of US adults support amending that prohibition. A study conducted by the University of Massachusetts Lowell in conjunction with The Washington Post found that 55 percent of Americans support the legalizing of betting…Read More

Iowa Gaming Operators Warn of Cedar Rapids Casino Impact

Cedar Rapids Mayor Ron Corbett

Iowa’s existing casino operators urged the state’s Racing and Gaming Commission not to award a license to any of three proposals for a casino in Cedar Rapids, Iowa’s second biggest city, at a hearing on Tuesday. Their least favorite project of the three appears to Peninsula Pacific and Cedar Rapids Development’s bid to build a…Read More

UK Labour Party Calls for Problem Gambling Tax on Operators

Labour Deputy Leader Tom Watson at Labour Party Conference

The UK’s opposition Labour Party has said that treatment for problem gambling should be made available on the country’s National Health Service and that betting companies should pick up the costs. During a speech to the Labour Party Conference in Brighton, East Sussex, Deputy Labour Leader Tom Watson said a Labour government would impose a…Read More

Key Information Left Out of OJ Simpson Parole Hearing Spurs Gloria Allred to Push for Change to Nevada Law

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Celebrity attorney Gloria Allred is seeing red over OJ Simpson’s imminent release from a Nevada prison, and she’s put in motion legislation to see to it that the state’s laws change going forward as a result. OJ Simpson could be released from Nevada’s Lovelock Correctional Center as early as this Sunday, October 1, but had…Read More

Macau Smoking Lounge Policies Issued, Casinos Must Comply by 2019

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Regulations for Macau smoking lounges inside casinos have been released by Social Affairs and Culture Secretary Alexis Tam Chon Weng that will require resorts to alter their designated tobacco areas. Under the new smoking policies, gaming tables and slot machines must be at least three meters, or 9.8 feet, from smoking lounges. If a wall…Read More

Canadian Casino River Rock Accused of Serious AML Breaches, But Why Was Report Suppressed?

British Columbia AG David Eby publishes River Rock AML report

The River Rock Casino Resort in British Columbia has been routinely guilty of anti-money laundering (AML) violations but a report highlighting the infractions was either disregarded or buried by the previous provincial government. On Friday, Attorney General David Eby finally published the year-old publicly funded report and appointed a special investigator to examine why it…Read More

Japan Casino Bill Unlikely to Pass National Diet Until 2018

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The Japan casino bill currently being worked on in the National Diet might be delayed by the upcoming snap election that will dissolve the parliament’s lower legislative chamber. On Monday, Prime Minister Shinzo Abe announced there will be an election to replace the 475 members of the House of Representatives. The vote will occur on…Read More

Morningstar: Japan’s Integrated Casino Resort Market Should Be Less Restricted

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Japan’s forthcoming integrated casino market won’t be able to achieve its maximum revenue potential should the federal government implement various restrictions as expected. That’s according to global investment firm Morningstar, which voiced various concerns over the regulations in a note issued this week. Equity analysts Chelsey Tam and Dan Wasiolek point to a likely 15,000-square-meter…Read More

Pennsylvania Senate to Crack Down on Illegal Gambling as Legislature Considers Gaming Expansion

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Pennsylvania Senate Law and Justice Committee Chairman Chuck McIlhinney (R-District 10) says business owners allowing illegal gambling operations to take place at their establishments will be prosecuted to the fullest extent of the law. That is, of course, assuming the state legislature, which is currently mulling multiple gambling expansion measures, one being to allow slots…Read More

Kentucky Lawmakers Turn to Casinos to Fix $33 Billion Pension Shortfall Crisis

Kentucky House Minority Caucus Chair Dennis Keene casino bill

Kentucky is facing a pension deficit of alarming proportions. By the latest conservative estimates, the Bluegrass State is some $33 billion short of the funds it needs to pay retired public employees over the next 30 years. And now, two State House Democrats believe that casino expansion should be at least a part of the…Read More

Japan Snap Election Threatens to Pigeonhole Casino Regulation Rollout

Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe mulls snap election

Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe is mulling the idea of an October snap election in a bid to consolidate power in the Diet while opposition is weak. But such a move would delay the process of casino regulation until next year, analysts said on Monday. A snap election, which cannot occur under the US political…Read More

NFL Ratings Fumble in Week One, Sports Betting Legalization Hyped as Solution

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NFL ratings were down 13 percent in week one of the regular football season compared to 2016, and supporters of ending sports betting prohibition in all but Nevada are arguing that liberalizing the industry would help stop the declining audience trend. NFL executives are blaming hurricanes Harvey and Irma for their dismal 2017 debut, saying…Read More