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Japan Lawmakers Agree on Resident Casino Entrance Restrictions

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Japan lawmakers deliberating regulations on the country’s forthcoming liberalization of commercial gaming reportedly came to terms this week on the number of entrances residents will be permitted each month. According to sources talking with The Japan Times, the two ruling parties will limit the number of times a local can enter a casino to three…Read More

New Hampshire Senator Ready to Quit After 20th Failed Casino Bill

New Hampshire State Senator Lou D’Allesandro

God loves a trier, they say, but after two decades of trying to legalize casino gaming in New Hampshire, even the dogged Senator Lou D’Allesandro (D-Manchester) believes it might be time to call it a day. D’Allesandro’s 20th consecutive casino bill was defeated in the Senate by an 11 to 10 vote last week. This…Read More

Omnibus Spending Bill to Ban Military Charge Card Use in Casinos and Strip Clubs

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The 2018 omnibus spending bill passed by Congress this week includes a provision that would explicitly ban military members from using Defense Department charge cards inside casinos and strip clubs. The Defense Department says such use is already prohibited, but a 2015 report from the agency’s own inspector general found that $952,258 was charged on…Read More

Sources: Japan Casinos Will Need to File Transaction Reports for Amounts Exceeding $9,500

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Japan casinos will be required to file currency transaction reports on customers who deposit and/or withdrawal amounts exceeding ¥1 million ($9,500) in any given 24-hour period. According to government sources talking with The Japan Times, the country’s largest and oldest English-language newspaper, casino patrons will need to complete a document revealing their name, address, and…Read More

Connecticut Tribes Want No Part in Bridgeport Casino Bidding

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While the Connecticut General Assembly may well issue a request for proposals to build a casino in Bridgeport, the two Native American tribes who run casinos in the state say they have no interest in being part of such a process. Leaders of both the Mohegan and Mashantucket Pequot tribes told legislators that while they…Read More

Five Louisiana Casino Bills Advance, State Gambling Industry Makeover Looms

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Multiple pieces of legislation that would overhaul how Louisiana casinos operate passed out of state committees this week. The two most consequential bills involve allowing the state’s 15 riverboat casinos to move ashore, so long as they remain within 1,200 feet of their current locations. Additional legislation would remove a 30,000-square-foot floor limit in favor…Read More

Pennsylvania Lottery Games Go Online in May, Virtual Sports Betting Launches in June

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The Pennsylvania Lottery celebrated its 46th anniversary earlier this month, but come May, the sweepstakes that benefit older Pennsylvanians will undergo drastic changes. For the first time since it held its inaugural raffle in 1972, the Pennsylvania Lottery will begin operating interactive games on the internet in May. The online platform will debut with various…Read More

No Supreme Court Decision on Federal Sports Betting Ban, Online Odds Disappear

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The Supreme Court of the United States (SCOTUS) released three opinions this week, but one wasn’t regarding New Jersey’s appeal that the federal Professional and Amateur Sports Protection (PASPA) of 1992 violates the Constitution. Murphy v. NCAA et al, the renamed case after New Jersey Governor Phil Murphy (D) officially succeeded Chris Christie (R) in…Read More

Melco Resorts Billionaire Lawrence Ho Says Six Macau Casino Licenses Plenty

Melco Resorts Lawrence Ho

Melco Resorts CEO Lawrence Ho feels six licensed casino operators in Macau is an ideal number unless the enclave wishes to drastically increase gambling revenue. The half-dozen presently authorized gaming operators will see their licenses begin to expire in 2020. SJM Holdings and MGM Resorts will be first to terminate, with Las Vegas Sands, Wynn…Read More

Connecticut Commercial Casino Bill Advances, But East Windsor Tribal Facility Protected

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A Connecticut casino bill that would allow commercial gambling operators to submit proposals to build in the state has advanced out of committee and is now headed to the House floor. On Friday, the General Assembly’s Public Safety and Security Committee passed House Bill 5305 by a vote of 18-7. The legislation now goes to…Read More

Japanese Casino Bill Delayed, Could Miss Boat for 2018

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The introduction of Japan’s long-awaited IR bill, which will establish a framework of regulation for the country’s future casino industry, is likely to be delayed until at least April. The task force charged with drafting the new rules has failed to reach consensus, prompting concerns that the legislation will arrive too late to stand a…Read More

Alabama Daily Fantasy Sports Bill Throttled to Death on Senate Floor

Alabama DFS bill fails to change Luther Strange’s 2016 opinion

Alabama’s daily fantasy sports bill went down in flames in the State Senate on Wednesday. Despite being unanimously approved by the Senate Tourism and Marketing Committee earlier this month, Senator Paul Sanford’s bill didn’t even make the vote yesterday – a fate that has befallen both of the dogged senator’s previous attempts to legalize DFS…Read More

Delaware Governor Gives Assurance on Tax Relief as Casino Bill Put on Ice

Governor John Carney open to Delaware casino tax relief

Delaware’s proposal to slash tax rates for its three struggling casinos has been put on hold, following assurances from Governor John Carney that his administration is open to changing the tax structure to preserve casino jobs. Carney says he wants to know the exact cost to the state’s coffers before he gets behind the proposal….Read More

Connecticut Commercial Casino Projects Won’t Jeopardize Tribal Compacts, Says State AG

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The Connecticut commercial casino market can get a new jolt, attested the state’s Attorney General George Jepsen earlier this week. He told legislators that operators who want to open up shop in the state can explore that possibility without it jeopardizing two existing tribal gaming compacts. In written testimony, the attorney general told the Public…Read More

Cambodia Hopes Reforms Will Fuel Billions More Foreign Investment in Casino Industry

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Cambodia plans to pass gambling reforms to attract more foreign investment into its thriving casino industry as it seeks to promote itself as a major gambling hub in East Asia. The reform package is expected to pass after forthcoming general elections, in which the main opposition party is, incidentally, prohibited from standing. It would create…Read More