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Walt Disney Company Lobbying Against Gaming Expansion in Florida

Walt Disney Florida lobbying Seminole casino

The Walt Disney Company has donated $250,000 to lobbying efforts that are working to stop the potential spread of casinos in Florida. Voters in Charge is the beneficiary of the donation, which officially came from Disney Worldwide Services, a subsidiary of the mass media and entertainment conglomerate. The Tallahassee-based lobbying firm is working to make sure…Read More

Adelson Eyes Rio de Janeiro for $8 Billion Resort, Once Brazil Legalizes Gambling

Sheldon Adelson heads to Brazil to explore casino investment opportunities.

American casino billionaire Sheldon Adelson visited high-ranking officials in Brazil this week, fueling speculation about his plans for an $8 billion casino resort in South America. Gambling is mostly illegal throughout Brazil, but talks about changing the laws have gained momentum, with public officials seeing potential casino investment as a possible solution to the nation’s…Read More

Connecticut Border Casino Closer to Reality, But Legal Questions Linger

A bill that would authorize Connecticut’s Mohegan and Mashantucket Pequot tribes to build a jointly operated casino in East Windsor, just 13 miles across the border from MGM Springfield in Massachusetts, inched closer to enactment this week. The Appropriations Committee in Connecticut’s General Assembly’s approved a bill on Monday, by a 33-13 vote, approving of…Read More

New Mexico Tribe Alleges State Strong Arming Compact Negotiations

New Mexico compact Pueblo of Pojoaque

A New Mexico tribe arguing it doesn’t have to negotiate with the state on a new gaming compact told a federal appeals court this week that politicians in Santa Fe are pressuring its vendors from working with the Native American group. The Pueblo of Pojoaque Tribe operates two casinos in the state, the Buffalo Thunder Resort near…Read More

New York Online Poker Bill Clears Senate Finance Committee, But Tougher Tests Await

New York online poker bill passed by Senate Finance Committee

New York State’s online poker bill sailed through the Senate Finance Committee on Tuesday and now heads to the Senate floor for debate, and ultimately, we hope, a vote. Senator John Bonacic’s (R-42nd) bill, S 3898, would legalize online poker as a game of skill, or specifically hold’em and omaha, which are deemed by the senator,…Read More

FBI Director Comey Fired by Trump, Online Gambling Perhaps Safer Than Ever

FBI Director James Comey fired

James Comey has been relieved of his duties as director of the FBI. While the world wrestles with implications of this unprecedented dismissal, some proponents of online gambling are breathing a sigh of relief. As the nation’s leaders search for a replacement amid a swath of critical issues facing the world, the belief is that online gambling, as…Read More

Oklahoma Legislature Up in Smoke Over Gambling and Cigarettes, Pennsylvania Too

Oklahoma gaming expansion cigarette tax

The Oklahoma Legislature has reached an impasse over the so-called sin industries of gambling and cigarettes. Both the Oklahoma Senate and House are controlled by the GOP, but that isn’t stopping the minority party from blocking a cigarette tax increase proposed by House Republicans. Democrats in the lower chamber are doing so in order to…Read More

New Hampshire Rejects Casino Bill, “Live Free or Die” State Not Living Up to Motto

New Hampshire casino bill Lou D'Allesandro

New Hampshire residents shouldn’t expect to be gambling in their home state anytime soon after the House of Representatives there voted against a casino bill that the Senate had approved. State Senator Lou D’Allesandro (D-District 20) has been fighting for gaming liberalization for years, but 2017 won’t be his year, and nor will 2018. That’s…Read More

FOBT Report in Breach of UK Parliamentary Standards, Says Watchdog

Malcolm George’s ABB vindicated by watchdog

Bookmakers in the UK have been vindicated this week by a government watchdog’s criticism of a report calling for a slash on the maximum stakes of fixed-odds betting terminals. The report, prepared by a cross-party group of politicians as part of a wider government regulatory review into the controversial machines, recommended cutting the max stakes…Read More

Miami Beach City Officials Move to Keep Casinos Off Their Shores

Miami Beach casino prohibition

The city of Miami Beach is taking no chances. Even though Florida legislators failed to pass a bill this week that would have expanded gambling across the state, this urban seaside enclave took emergency steps to keep casinos away from their neighborhoods, before the next wave of efforts to bring gambling to Miami-Dade County could…Read More

Connecticut Lawmakers Wrestle with Plans for Third Casino in Face of Budget Woes

Connecticut casino East Windsor MGM Springfield

Two competing proposals for casino expansion in Connecticut have lawmakers in Hartford wrestling with which option presents the best odds of helping alleviate state budget concerns. In a meeting earlier this week of the Connecticut General Assembly’s Finance, Revenue and Bonding Committee, lawmakers considered arguments from casino interests representing the tribes in Connecticut and outside corporations as…Read More

Japan Casinos Expected to Embrace Slot Machines, But Pachinko a No-Go

Japan casinos pachinko slot machines

At minimum, two Japan casinos are expected to be authorized by the National Diet when the governing body comes to terms on its integrated resorts bill sometime this fall. And when casino companies make their pitches to the government to acquire one of the highly sought licenses, slots are anticipated to have a strong presence…Read More

Pennsylvania Gaming Expansion Push Comes Sponsored by Amish County Rep

Pennsylvania gaming expansion VGT Amish

The latest Pennsylvania gaming expansion measure would allow bars, taverns, bowling alleys, fire halls, social clubs, truck stops, off-track betting parlors, and even strip malls to offer slot-like video gaming machines inside their establishments. It’s a new week, and that means new gaming talks in Harrisburg. The state takes on, what seems like on an…Read More

State and Seminoles at Impasse, Efforts to Expand Florida Gambling Collapse

Florida gambling compromise Seminoles

Legislation in Florida that seemed to be moving swiftly toward a comprehensive overhaul of the state’s gambling landscape came to a screeching halt on Tuesday. With differences between the House and Senate gaming bills too great to find common ground before the Legislature’s close on May 5, gambling in the state will see no changes, at…Read More

India’s Push to Legalize Sport Betting Reaches Supreme Court

Balbir Singh Chauhan supports regulated sports betting in India

India’s Supreme Court is considering the question of legalizing sports betting. Last Friday, the court agreed to hear a Public Interest Litigation that pushes for the regulation of sports betting. This would break a longstanding prohibition of sports betting in the country and amend the Public Gaming Act, an antique piece of legislation that dates from…Read More