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Georgia Voters Are Pro Casino, says Atlanta Journal-Constitution Poll

Georgia House Speaker David Ralston unsure about casinos despite public support

Georgia’s casino bill is expected to be introduced any day now by State Senator Brandon Reach (R-Alpharetta), reigniting the longstanding debate about legalizing casino gambling in the state. Reach’s bill will propose the authorization of up to five casinos and one new horseracing track. In order to pass this year, it would need the approval…Read More

Trump’s AG Pick Jeff Sessions “Shocked” by Regulated Online Gambling

AG nominee Jeff Sessions would “revisit” DOJ interpretation of wire Act

Jeff Sessions, the senator from Alabama and Trump nominee for attorney general, professed himself to be “shocked” this week by a 2011 DOJ legal opinion that paved the way for regulated online gambling in the US. Sessions was answering questions on Tuesday morning during his confirmation hearing, when online gambling opponent Senator Lindsey Graham (R-…Read More

Senator Ray Lesniak to Run for New Jersey Governor

Lesniak to run for governor of New Jersey

New Jersey Senator Ray Lesniak (D-Union), a longtime champion of gambling in the Garden State, is to run for governor, and that could be good news for its chances on legalizing sports betting. “The final decision for me was I could not hold myself back,” Lesniak told NJ.com shortly after filing the official papers, Thursday….Read More

Pennsylvania Readies New Online Gambling Bill

Pennsylvania State Senator Jay Costa to introduce new online gambling bill.

The Pennsylvania legislature is wasting little time in renewing its push to regulate online gambling after a near miss in 2016. State Senator Jay Costa (D-43rd) issued a memorandum this week announcing the impending introduction of his new online gambling bill, which uses last year’s HB 1887 “as its base.” The bill aims to help…Read More

Connecticut Casino Proposal Expected to Compete With MGM Springfield

Connecticut casino Dannel Malloy

Another Connecticut casino could soon be on the way should the state’s General Assembly approve a forthcoming proposal presented jointly by the Mashantucket Pequot and Mohegan tribes. The Native American groups are trying to make sure gambling revenue in the state remains there, and doesn’t flow north into Massachusetts where MGM Resorts is building a…Read More

Massachusetts Casinos Held at Bay in 2016, But Future Looks Buoyant

Massachusetts casinos 2016 Wynn Boston Harbor

It was a turbulent year for Massachusetts casinos. Legalized in 2011 through the state’s Expanded Gaming Act, five years later only one gambling venue is open for business. Massachusetts’ casino expansion law called for the authorization of three resort casinos in three distinct regions, plus a single slots-only parlor. The Plainridge Park Casino is the…Read More

New Jersey’s Open and Closed Casino Cases in 2016, and a Few As-Yet-To-Be Determined Battle Outcomes

Carl Icahn Closes the Taj and other dramatic moments in New Jersey gaming in 2016

Atlantic City’s casino industry began the year with a newfound spirit of optimism. The finances of the city itself may have been in disarray, but there was a sense that, with the closure of a quarter of its casinos over the past few years, the sector was now right-sized and it was rebounding. Ironically, this optimism…Read More

Politics and Gaming 2016: Who Supported Who, What, and Why

politics and gaming Sheldon Adelson Donald Trump

Politics and gaming intertwined on what seemed like a weekly basis in 2016. The casino industry’s biggest names took center stage in the highly dramatic political theater. Investigations and scandals added drama to the 2016 presidential race, and some of Las Vegas’ richest leaders were right there every step of the way. As the year…Read More

Bitcoin Finds Its Place in the World in 2016, Sort Of

bitcoin-acceptance-grew-in-2016

This was the year that Bitcoins grew up, or at least hit adolescence. Once considered subversive, the decentralized digital currency continued to gain mainstream acceptance throughout 2016. It even became a payment mechanism for legitimate goods and services, rather than a shady way of paying for shady stuff only a few years back: things like…Read More

Daily Fantasy Sports in 2016: A Year of Wins, Losses, and a Mega-Merger

daily fantasy sports DraftKings FanDuel Eric Schneiderman

Daily fantasy sports (DFS) once again endured a stormy year in 2016. The emerging online betting market geared towards sports fanatics encountered plenty of controversy and scandal for the second straight year, but DFS also scored its own share of victories. And as America readies to ring in the New Year, DFS is still standing….Read More

Seminole Casinos Deck State with Upheld Ruling, Can Continue Offering Blackjack Until 2030

Seminole casinos Rick Scott

Seminole casinos can continue offering blackjack for at least the next 14 years at the tribe’s six gambling venues in Florida. US District Judge Robert Hinkle denied the state’s request to reconsider his earlier ruling that favored the powerful Native American group. In November, the federal justice said Florida was in the wrong in allowing…Read More

Here We Go Again: Rodrigo Duterte Closing Down All Online Gambling

Duterte Orders Online Gambling Shut Down

Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte has announced he will close all online gambling firms in the country. The president had, until now, appeared to have backtracked on his earlier anti-online gambling stance, which makes the messages coming out of the Philippines mixed, to say the least. Duterte made his latest pronouncement while presenting his 2017 budget…Read More

Russia’s Putin and Japan’s PM Abe Meet, as Sochi Casino Readies to Welcome Gamblers After New Year

The first Sochi casino is scheduled to open on January 5, 2017, bringing gambling to the mountainside resort town in an effort to make the destination more appealing during the off-season. Russia approved Sochi for casino gambling in August to help offset seasonal revenue pitfalls and also continue to pay down the monumental debt still…Read More

For Sale: Trump Taj Mahal, as Carl Icahn Looks to Sell President-Elect’s Former Property

Carl Icahn Trump Taj Mahal

UPDATE: December 21, 2016: Carl Icahn is reportedly under consideration for an unofficial, unpaid side gig with the Trump administration: that of a regulatory adviser. As a fellow billionaire and real estate and casino tycoon of many decades, Icahn would fit in well with Trump’s vision to lighten the regulatory load that was enhanced by…Read More

New Jersey Casino Bill Would Prevent Closed Properties from Reopening Without Honoring Existing Labor Agreements

casino bill anti-Carl Icahn New Jersey

The anti-Carl Icahn casino bill introduced in New Jersey by State Senate President Stephen Sweeney (D-District 3) has received the Legislature’s blessing and is now on its way to Governor Chris Christie’s (R) desk. Senate Bill 2575 bans casino owners from closing a gambling property and then reopening the same venue under new labor agreements…Read More