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Florida Gambling Battles in 2017: Not All Sunshine By Any Means

Florida’s gambling battles 2017

The Florida gambling landscape witnessed two major political power struggles in 2017. The first was between the State and the influential Seminole tribe; the second between the two polarized chambers of the State legislature. The biggest winners in both battles, were, arguably, the Seminoles. In November 2016, a federal court in Tallahassee delivered the shock…Read More

Betting on Asia: Emerging Casino Markets Brought in Major Industry Players in 2017

Asian casino market Japan

For gambling operators, emerging casino markets is Asia has created the most sought-after regional market on Earth today. And over the last 12 months, every major casino industry player in the world jockeyed for position in a race to expand the gaming industry’s presence on the planet’s most populous continent. Japanese Import No country garnered…Read More

Maine Casino Effort Spent $8.4 Million to Lose, Receives Record $500K Fine from State Ethics Commission

Maine casino Shawn Scott

Residents of Maine strongly rejected a casino question presented to voters last month, with less than 17 percent endorsing a measure that would’ve allowed one specific person to build a casino in York County. Shawn Scott is notorious in Maine for successfully convincing voters in 2003 to allow his Bangor horse racetrack to incorporate a…Read More

Select Few Pennsylvania Towns Finally Rolling Out Welcome Mat for Satellite Casino Bids

Pennsylvania satellite casino gambling

A couple Pennsylvania municipalities are beginning to embrace the idea of allowing a so-called “mini casino” in their communities. But some of the candidate towns throwing their locales into the satellite pool are perhaps too remote to attract a multimillion-dollar investment from one of the state’s 10 qualified bidders. Opting In, or Opting Out A…Read More

Brazil Prepares for Legalized Gambling by Sending Group to Gaming Regulator School in Las Vegas

Brazilian gaming regulation students at UNLV

After Japan, the next big country ready to legalize gambling is Brazil. And in preparation, the country sent a cohort of gaming industry insiders to Las Vegas, where they took a crash course on gaming regulation. Starting last week, five Brazilians attended UNLV’s International Gaming Institute, where the school’s International Center for Gaming Regulation held…Read More

North Jersey Casino Question Won’t Go Before Voters in 2018, Per State Senate President Stephen Sweeney

North Jersey casino Stephen Sweeney

The North Jersey casino referendum that voters easily rejected during the 2016 election will not be back on the ballot next fall, or perhaps ever, according to State Senate President Stephen Sweeney (D). Talking with the Associated Press, Sweeney stated that he can’t see the state legislature taking steps to reintroduce the issue after it…Read More

North Jersey Casino Would Bankrupt Upstate New York Resorts, Analyst Opines

North Jersey casino Phil Murphy

The North Jersey casino ballot referendum to end Atlantic City’s gambling monopoly in the state was strongly defeated by voters during the November 2016 election. That was great news for commercial casinos then under construction in Upstate New York, but next fall the question can be represented to Garden State voters. Though outgoing New Jersey…Read More

Pennsylvania Satellite Casino Auction Schedule Released, Bidding Begins Next Month

Pennsylvania satellite casino gambling

Ten satellite casinos are up for grabs in Pennsylvania, and the bidding war, at least that’s what state lawmakers are hoping for, is slated to begin next month. The Pennsylvania Gaming Control Board (PGCB) announced yesterday that the first round of auctions for the Category 4 casino licenses will take place January 10 at the…Read More

Philadelphia City Council Votes 17-0 Against Satellite Casino

Philadelphia Pennsylvania satellite casino

The Philadelphia City Council unanimously voted 17-0 against allowing a Category 4 gambling venue, the so-called “mini-casinos,” from being placed within its downtown area. Local officials also voted against allowing qualified diesel truck stops from housing video gaming terminals (VGTs). Council members were quick to explain that they were sending “a strong message” to legislators…Read More

PAGCOR Warns Casinos: Permit Minors Entry, Lose Your Gaming License

PAGCOR Rodrigo Duterte casino gambling

PAGCOR, the Philippine Amusement and Gaming Corporation, is in a transition period that will see the gaming authority and operator divest its land-based casinos and shift to a regulator-only capacity. And one area the agency is focused on in its new role, is reducing instances of minors accessing gaming floors. In a newly issued memorandum…Read More

Ontario Launches Money Laundering Probe into Great Canadian’s Toronto Ops  

Ontario Investigates Greater Canadian over River Rock Casino

Ontario’s Alcohol and Gaming Commission (AGCO) has launched a regulatory review of Great Canadian Gaming Corp, following investigations of alleged money laundering at its flagship River Rock property in Richmond, British Columbia. Ontario is in the process of expanding and privatizing its casino operations, and Great Canadian, which already operates five casinos in the province,…Read More

Florida’s Seminole Tribe Sues to Shut Down 11 Jacksonville Electronic Gambling Parlors

Internet cafes

The Florida Seminole Tribe has waited long enough for the state to act and decided to pursue legal action against 11 Jacksonville Internet cafes that they say offer illegal electronic gambling machines. The antitrust lawsuit, which was filed a week ago in Duval County’s Fourth Judicial Circuit Court, claims the devices violate an exclusive compact the…Read More

Labor Party Wants to Remove Slots from Tasmanian Clubs and Pubs by 2023

Tasmania pokies clubs pubs

The Labor Party in Tasmania has said that they want to remove all slot machines (known in Australia as poker machines or pokies) from the Australian state by 2023. While the Labor party is currently in the minority in the state, they have pledged to take the dramatic step should they win next year’s elections….Read More

Ex-Pennsylvania Lawmaker Sentenced to House Arrest for Participating in Illegal Gambling Operation

Pennsylvania lawmaker Marc Gergely

Marc Gergely, a former Democratic Pennsylvania lawmaker who represented the 35th District in Allegheny County, is heading home to serve his sentence for his admitted participation in a multimillion-dollar illegal gambling operation. The disgraced state representative admitted in August to using his political influence to help a friend and campaign donor convince dozens of owners…Read More

Burnett Stepping Down as Chairman of Nevada Gaming Control Board

A.G. Burnett NGCB Chairman

Nevada Gaming Control Board Chairman A.G. Burnett announced on Monday that he was resigning from his post to take a job in the private sector. Burnett had served on the Gaming Control Board since 2011, and been chairman since 2012. Burnett’s tenure on the board was noteworthy for the number of changes he brought to…Read More