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Crown Resorts Exec Rumored to Have Been Collecting Debts When Arrested

Crown Resorts James Packer China Macau VIP

Crown Resorts executive Jason O’Connor is rumored to have been in China last fall to collect on VIP gambling debts incurred by patrons who participated in the Australian gaming company’s junket schemes. That’s according to a new report from “Four Corners,” a journalism television series that airs in Australia. The program talked to experts on…Read More

India Contemplates Legal Casinos and Sports Betting, $60 Billion at Stake

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India is the latest country to examine the possibility for legalizing gambling, and appears open to changing existing statues. The Law Commission, the country’s top law panel, is reviewing the feasibility of making sports betting and casinos legal, as well as other forms of wagering. The motivation is financial. The Indian gambling market, both legal and…Read More

Utah Raids Shut Down Hundreds of “Slots,” But Makers Say They’re Legal

Senator Curt Bramble helped ignite Utah slots machine investigation

A slot machine sting in Utah, the joint-“driest” state in America when it comes to gambling, has resulted in the impounding of more than 500 machines in gas stations, small markets, ethnic markets and restaurants across the state. Authorities said that, over the past year, $12 million to $24 million had flowed through the machines,…Read More

Michigan Launches Fresh Online Gambling Push But Road to Regulation Will Be Tough

Mike Kowall Introduces Michigan Online Gambling Bill

Michigan Senator Mike Kowall presented legislation this week that would authorize online gambling in the state. Kowall’s SB 203 “must include, but need not be limited to, poker,” and, if passed, would permit only Michigan’s commercial casino operators and federally recognized tribes already conducting gaming operations to apply for licenses. Kowall has previous form here….Read More

Japan Mulls Allowing Citizens to Play, Following Suit on Many Asian Countries

Japan casinos

Building a casino in Japan has been a goal for major gaming operators for decades, but that dream may not play out exactly how they wished. While the Asian country did decide to legalize gambling in December, speculation remains around whether the government might limit how much, or if, citizens will be able gamble, or…Read More

North Dakota Casino Bill Would Invest State in Commercial Gambling

North Dakota casino bill Standing Rock

A North Dakota casino proposal would put the state into the business of commercial gambling should it become law. Introduced by House Majority Leader Al Carlson (R-Fargo), Concurrent Resolution 3033 calls for the construction of six state-owned casinos across the Upper Midwestern jurisdiction. The Republican is hoping to place a ballot question before voters during…Read More

Seminole Tribe Rejects Both Florida Gambling Bills

Seminole chairman Marcellus Osceola rejects Florida gambling bills.

Florida’s Seminole Tribe may have just branched out into Atlantic City with the purchase of the Taj, but, closer to home, their relationship with the State of Florida remains complicated.    Two competing bills in the Florida legislature each seek to find different solutions to the fact that tribe and state have been unable to negotiate a…Read More

Massachusetts Casino Good for State Lottery, and State Coffers

Massachusetts casino Plainridge Park

Plainridge Park, the first Massachusetts casino, has provided great benefits for the state’s lottery system, and has helped deliver new forms of tax revenue to Boston. In recently published reports, the University of Massachusetts’ School of Public Health Sciences says the slots parlor casino hasn’t negatively affected lottery revenue. In fact, it’s done just the…Read More

Did New Jersey Just Legalize an Online Lottery Without Anyone Noticing?

Does Burzichelli’s bill legalize New Jersey online lottery?

New Jersey lottery tickets could soon be available online, thanks to a bill passed in December that appears to have legalized online lottery sales right under our very noses. AB 3094, which was signed into law two weeks ago, flew completely under everyone’s radar because, mainly because it was presented as a bill ostensibly to allow…Read More

Legalizing Gambling for Vietnamese Citizens May Solve Budget Deficit, But Players Must Prove They Can Afford the Risk

It’s a taxing problem, but the leader of Vietnam believes he has a solution to the budget deficit the country is facing. Let its citizens into the country’s casinos that presently are only open to foreigners. Prime Minister Nguyen Xuan Phuc has issued two decrees that he said would bring more money into the country…Read More

Idaho “Anti-Tribal” Gambling Bill Defeated

Loertscher’s gambling bill defeated

An Idaho gambling bill that sought to limit the scope of the state’s tribal gaming sector was narrowly defeated in a House committee this week by an 8-7 vote. Representative Tom Loertscher’s (R-Iona) legislation wanted to close a loophole in the law that permits Native American casinos to offer a type of slot machine. Loertscher…Read More

South Carolina Casino Legalization Supported by Residents, Georgia Folds on Efforts

South Carolina casino Henry McMaster

The South Carolina casino effort to authorize commercial gambling is now being backed by perhaps the most powerful voice in the state, the voters, as a new poll finds that nearly seven in 10 residents supports legalization. Conducted by Winthrop University, the poll asked respondents whether they would support legislation to allow a limited number…Read More

Czech Court Rules Online Gambling ISP Blocking is Constitutional

Adrej Babis’ ISP online gambling blocking ruled constitutional

The Czech Constitutional Court has ruled controversial provisions within the country’s new gambling act, which demand ISP blocking of unlicensed online gambling sites, to be legal and constitutional.    The act, signed into law in July by President Miloš Zeman, and effective from January 1, 2017, requires any operator wishing to offer its services to…Read More

Georgia Casino Bill in Peril, Hearing Canceled Due to Lack of Interest

Senator Brandon Beach’s casino bill in trouble

Georgia’s casino legislation was apparently snubbed by a Senate committee on Thursday, but can Senator Brandon Beach (R-Alpharetta) still drum up the support he needs to push it out of the Senate and into the House by the early March deadline? He’s not giving up hope.    Beach’s bill has been described by local press…Read More

Sports Betting Legalization as Polarizing as National Politics, New Poll Finds

sports betting legalization Donald Trump

Sports betting legalization is on the minds of many state politicians across the country, and gaming companies are licking their chops at the potential prospect of taking bets on pro and college sports. But the topic of ending sports gambling prohibition in the United States and repealing the Professional and Amateur Sports Protection Act (PASPA)…Read More