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Martha’s Vineyard Casino Can Move Forward, Wampanoag Tribe Celebrates Appeals Court’s Ruling

Martha's Vineyard casino Wampanoag Tribe

A Martha’s Vineyard casino is likely coming to the Cape Cod affluent island after an appeals court overturned previous rulings that blocked the Wampanoag Tribe of Gay Head from engaging in gambling. This week, the First Circuit Court of Appeals in Boston overturned a 2015 decision that prevented the tribe from opening a casino on…Read More

New Jersey Lawyers Take Case for Sports Betting to US SG’s Office

Acting Solicitor General Noel Francisco to advise Supreme Court on New Jersey sports betting.

New Jersey lawyers and officials were in Washington this week to meet staff from US Solicitor General’s Office as they pushed their case for legalized sports betting. Ted Olson, himself a former US solicitor general, was on hand to argue in New Jersey’s interests, as was top Newark-based lawyer Michael Griffinger, while attorney Ron Ricio…Read More

Ukraine Must Legalize Gambling to Help Justify $17.5 billion IMF Assistance Package

Ukrainian Prime Minister Volodymyr Groysman prepares for gambling reforms.

Ukraine has assured the International Monetary Fund (IMF) that it is ready to legalize gambling next year and, more importantly, ready to capitalize on the ensuing economic benefits. The move comes as part of a series of economic reforms designed to convince the IMF that the country is worthy of a $17.5 billion financial assistance…Read More

Newly Appointed Supreme Court Justice Neil Gorsuch’s Impact on Sports Betting Could Be Significant

Neil Gorsuch US Supreme Court sports betting

US Supreme Court Associate Justice Neil Gorsuch was sworn into the nation’s highest and most powerful bench this week, breaking a 4-4 gridlock between liberal and conservative-leaning justices, and potentially paving the way for a new day in American gaming law. Sports betting and online gambling proponents might justly see his appointment to the court…Read More

Proposed Michigan Online Gambling Bill Would Only Authorize Internet Betting Inside Land-Based Casinos

Michigan online gambling Mike Kowall

The proposed Michigan online gambling bill that was introduced in early March by State Senate Majority Leader Mike Kowall (R-District 15) has hit a roadblock that has the potential to send the legislation way off course. Senate Bill 203 had been gaining support in the Michigan capital, but the revelation this week that gambling expansion…Read More

888 Mulls Post Brexit Gibraltar Exit

888 threatens Gibraltar exit

888 Holdings has hinted for the first time that it could move its headquarters from Gibraltar to Malta due to the uncertainty surrounding the former’s post-Brexit future. Despite Britain’s assurances last week that it would protect Gibraltar’s interests during forthcoming Brexit negotiations, and Gibraltar’s chief minister Fabian Picardo’s expressed optimism about the territory’s future as…Read More

Connecticut Tribes up Ante for Third Casino by Offering State More Tax Revenue

Connecticut tribes East Windsor casino

The two Connecticut tribes that are trying to jointly build a satellite casino in East Windsor are sweetening their proposal to the state by offering up additional tax money generated from the wished-for slot machines. The Mashantucket Pequot and Mohegan tribal nations, operating under the commercial partnership name MMCT, are petitioning lawmakers to allow them…Read More

Genting Cruise Line Makes Maiden Voyage to Japan’s Okinawa

Genting cruise line Dream Cruises Japan casino

Genting Dream Cruises has made its maiden voyage to Okinawa. The ship owned by the Malaysian gaming conglomerate first set sail last November, but this week it harbored in Japan for the first time. One of the largest gaming companies in the world, the Malaysia-based Genting Group owns and operates casino resorts in its home country,…Read More

National Governors Association Warns AG Jeff Sessions Over RAWA 

NGA warns Jeff Sessions

The United States Governors Association (NGA) has warned US Attorney General Jeff Sessions that decisions about regulating online gaming and online lottery ticket sales should be left up to individual states. In an open letter, dated April 3, and signed by NGA chair, Virginia Governor Terry McAuliffe, and co-chair, Nevada Governor Brian Sandoval, the association…Read More

Florida Gambling Expansion Stand-off Deepens as House Snubs Senate Bill

Galvano gambling bill in standoff with House bill

The Florida House amended the Senate’s gambling expansion bill with its own competing proposal on Tuesday and promptly passed it, setting the stage for a showdown on gambling reforms between the two chambers. The differing bills reflect the different political leanings of each chamber: the largely conservative House seeks to freeze gambling expansion, preserving the…Read More

Arkansas Gambling Enforcement Bill Vetoed by Governor Hutchinson

Arkansas gambling enforcement ABC

An Arkansas gambling enforcement bill that sought to relax oversight procedures has been vetoed by Governor Asa Hutchinson (R). Senate Bill 496, authored by State Sen. Scott Flippo (R-Mountain Home), would have prevented members of the Arkansas Alcoholic Beverage Control (ABC) from enforcing laws relating to gambling. Under the state’s charitable gaming law, groups like…Read More

Esports Platform FACEIT Partners With Genius Sports to Address Integrity Concerns

FACEIT Genius Sports esports skin gambling

UK-based esports platform FACEIT is partnering with Genius Sports to improve the public perception of its games and combat allegations of match fixing and skin betting, both of which remain paramount concerns in the growing industry. FACEIT is the operator of the Esports Championship Series (ECS), a competitive video gaming league that is broadcast on…Read More

Illinois Gambling Operators Sue State Over Profit-Sharing Regulations

Illinois gambling video gaming machine parlor

Illinois gambling operators who own and manage video gaming terminals in restaurants and bars are suing the state over what they believe are unfounded profit-sharing regulations. In a lawsuit brought by Laredo Hospitality Ventures and Illinois Cafe & Services Co. against the Illinois Gambling Board, the video gaming companies argue that they should be permitted…Read More

North Dakota’s Historical Horse Racing Bill is History

North Dakota Rejects Historical Racing

A gambling bill in North Dakota that would have authorized “historical” horse racing machines at the state’s parimutuel racetracks failed to pass in the House, Tuesday, by the narrowest of possible margins. SB 2221, which was approved by the Senate last month, was defeated in a 45-46 vote. The bill had been criticized as a…Read More

Pennsylvania Tablet Gambling Could Land at Keystone State Airports

Pennsylvania tablet gambling airport

A Pennsylvania tablet gambling bill that seeks to authorize real money casino wagering on electronic terminals inside airports has passed the state’s House of Representatives. Introduced by State Rep. Jason Ortitay (R-District 46), House Bill 271 would allow licensed casino holders in Pennsylvania to apply for an airport terminal tablet gaming permit for a one-time…Read More