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Lawmakers Grill Laxalt Over Possible Impropriety on Adelson’s Behalf

Nevada Attorney General Adam Laxalt Testifying to the Legislature

Nevada’s Attorney General Adam Laxalt faced tough questions from state lawmakers on Wednesday. They wanted to know more about a conversation between him and a top state top gaming official at a Reno coffeeshop that some say was intended to benefit casino billionaire Sheldon Adelson. Laxalt and Gaming Control Board chair AG Burnett appeared before the…Read More

Japanese Cities, States Vying to Serve as Home to Country’s First Casinos

Japan casino Wakayama Yoshinobu Nisaka

Casino gambling is finally coming to Japan. The government is looking to award two licenses, which has interested Japanese cities and prefectures (their equivalent of a province or state) cautiously enthusiastic, while casino industry players are eager to enter the fray. Last week at the Japan Gaming Congress in Tokyo, Gov. Yoshinobu Nisaka of the Wakayama…Read More

Indiana Casinos Rejoice over New Law Kicking Admissions Tax to Curb

Indiana casinos tax admission riverboat gambling

Indiana casinos are praising state lawmakers for changing the way the state taxes their riverboats. House Bill 1350, introduced in January by State Rep. Todd Huston (R-Hamilton County), eliminates a longstanding $3 admissions tax that casinos have been forced to pay for each patron that steps onto their gambling floor. In its place, HB 1350 debuts a supplemental…Read More

Gaming Regulator’s Secret Recording Exposes Unsavory Effort to Assist Adelson

Nevada Attorney General Adam Laxalt

One of Nevada’s top gaming regulators contacted the FBI after the state’s attorney general, Adam Laxalt, attempted to call in a favor on behalf of casino magnate Sheldon Adelson. The Nevada Independent released a transcript on Tuesday of a March 2016 conversation between Gaming Control Board Chair AG Burnett and Laxalt, who at the time was…Read More

Maine Lawmakers Fight Back Against “Deceptive” Casino Ballot Question

Maine Republican Senate Majority Leader Garret Mason

A controversial Maine casino referendum, which lawmakers say is designed to deceive voters for the benefit of a shadowy casino developer, will be fought tooth and nail in the legislature. That’s the promise of Senate Majority Leader Garrett Mason (R-Lisbon) and Representative Louis Luchini (D-Ellsworth), who believe that controversial figure Shawn Scott has hijacked the…Read More

New Jersey’s Frank Pallone Petitions Trump Administration to Support PASPA Review

Frank Pallone New Jersey sports betting PASPA

New Jersey Congressman Frank Pallone is continuing his efforts to bring legalized sports gambling to Atlantic City casinos and horse racetracks in the Garden State. In a letter this week to Acting Solicitor General Jeff Wall, Pallone (D-District 6) encouraged the third highest-ranking member in the Department of Justice to recommend to the Supreme Court…Read More

Connecticut Tribes Receive Support for Satellite Casino from Bureau of Indian Affairs

Connecticut tribes Bureau of Indian Affairs

Two Connecticut tribes should be permitted to construct a casino on off-reservation land in the north-central part of the state. That’s according to the US Bureau of Indian Affairs (BIA), which recently issued a letter of support for the Mashantucket Pequot and Mohegan tribal nations. The tribes are jointly petitioning the state for authorization to…Read More

Miami Beach Pushes Back Against Casinos, Approves Two Ordinances to Block Gambling

Miami Beach casino Florida gambling

Miami Beach is going to make it extremely difficult for a casino to take a foothold in the coastal island city. Late last week in a special meeting, the city commission voted unanimously in favor of two ordinances that would ban all future efforts to get gambling into Miami Beach. Though politicians in Tallahassee failed to…Read More

Leaked Manifesto FOBT Regulatory Reforms from UK’s Labour Party Put Bookies in a Tizzie

Jeremy Corbyn FOBT Labour Party manifesto

Proposed drastic regulatory reforms for Britain’s fixed-odds betting terminals (FOBTs) are not sitting well with the country’s bookmakers. The leaking of a UK Labour Party manifesto to the press on Wednesday night, which included the impactful FOBT changes, revealed that opposition leader Jeremy Corbyn plans to contest the June 8 general election on one of…Read More

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