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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

Maine Casino Supporters Promise Thousands of Jobs, Millions in Tax Revenue

Maine casino Shawn Scott

Backers of the Maine casino push to place a gambling venue in York County are hyping the economic impact the facility would have on the entire state. A study conducted by Florida-based consulting firm Evans, Carroll & Associates claims the casino would generate 2,767 construction jobs and 2,165 permanent employment opportunities, $6.1 million in lodging…Read More

Australia Considers Regulating Online Poker as Internet Gambling Ban Takes Effect

Sen. Mitch Fifield, Australian Communications Minister

Online poker became illegal in Australia on Wednesday, as the country’s Interactive Gambling Amendment Bill became a fully enforceable law. But a new proposal floated this week is offering aggrieved online poker players fresh hope for a fix. Communications Minister Mitch Fifield said on Tuesday that the government is “favorably disposed” to the idea of…Read More

Pennsylvania House Adds Non-Specific Gambling Expansion to Budget Plan

Pennsylvania State Rep. Bryan Barbin criticizes House budget plan

Pennsylvania’s Republican-controlled House of Representatives passed a long-awaited budget plan on Wednesday night, and gambling expansion, having been left out of earlier drafts, is now part of the deal. However, this doesn’t mean online gambling legalization is a certainty. The provision adding it to the House budget plan doesn’t specify which of several gambling possibilities…Read More

Oklahoma Gambling Expansion Seems Unlikely, Despite State Budget Gaps

Oklahoma gambling expansion Kevin Wallace

An Oklahoma gambling expansion plan that could cover a substantial budget shortfall isn’t gaining much traction in the Oklahoma City capital. The state legislature is scheduled to return for a special session on September 25, and when it does, lawmakers will be faced with deciding the best method to fix a deficit that came as…Read More

Pennsylvania Budget Crisis Keeps Online Gambling Hopes Alive, Michigan Introduces Bill

Pennsylvania Gov. Tom Wolf waiting for the House to resolve his budget woes.

The Pennsylvania legislature is back in session this week, as lawmakers reconvene to resume squabbling about an ever-elusive budget agreement that could, eventually, legalize online gambling. Urgency is growing, though, as the state could go broke on Friday for the first time in its history. Treasurer Joe Torsella and Auditor General Eugene DePasquale have warned that…Read More

UK Bookies Stand to Lose £150 Million Per Year in Likely Outcome of FOBT Review

Bookies to take 150 million hit from FOBT review

UK bookmakers will take a £150 million annual hit as a result of the UK’s regulatory review into fixed-odds betting terminals (FOBTs). That’s based on the most likely outcome of the review, which is expected to slash maximum stakes on the machines from £100 per spin to either £20 or £30, according to government sources…Read More

Cambodia Spurred by US State Dept. Rebuff to Overhaul Casino Regulations

Nagaworld Casino in Cambodia

Cambodia is the latest nation to introduce tighter regulations for its casino industry, in part to attract new investment from international operators. The move follows a US State Department report that described the country’s casino sector as “unregulated or under-regulated,” a designation that would likely keep away American casino interests. While there has been talk…Read More

MGM Japan to Open in 2025, CEO Jim Murren Hints

MGM Japan CEO Jim Murren

MGM Japan, an integrated casino resort that could cost as much as $10 billion, will open sometime around 2025. That’s the word according to CEO Jim Murren, at least, who provided details on the licensing process and timeframe for his company’s resort should MGM be receive one of two available gaming licenses from the Asian…Read More

Supreme Court Sports Betting Case Receives AGA Brief in Support of New Jersey

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The Supreme Court received an amicus brief this week filed by the American Gaming Association (AGA) that expresses the casino lobbyist’s views that New Jersey’s arguments against the Professional and Amateur Sports Protection Act (PASPA) have merit, and that the federal sports betting ban should be overturned. An amicus brief is a legal document filed…Read More

Caesars, MGM Push for DACA Immigration Reform Affecting Las Vegas ‘Dreamer’ Employees

Las Vegas dreamers casino workers

Caesars Entertainment and MGM Resorts have urged Congress to move quickly on immigration reform, hoping to ease the fears of casino employees who have been left in limbo by the Trump Administration decision to rescind the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrival (DACA) program . The resolution to phase out DACA was announced early Tuesday by…Read More

Sheldon Adelson Shows Japan He’s Serious About Las Vegas Sands IR Bid with Personal Visit

Sheldon Adelson Japan Las Vegas Sands

Las Vegas Sands Chairman Sheldon Adelson was in Tokyo and Osaka last week to get the inside scoop on Japan’s forthcoming integrated casino resort industry. The billionaire also offered up his company’s expertise on the meetings, incentives, conferences, and events (MICE) industry, telling government officials that Sands was there to help in any way possible….Read More

Florida Should Share Lottery Revenue with Veterans Groups, Military Orgs Say

veterans groups Florida Lottery

Sunshine State veterans groups think they’re just as worthy of receiving a portion of the profits generated by the Florida Lottery as public education. And now they’ve banded together to initiate legislation that will push towards making that belief a reality. William Helmich, a lobbyist in the state capital of Tallahassee working on behalf of the…Read More