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Japan Casino Regulation Taskforce Begins Developing Second Gambling Bill

Japan casino gambling bill Shinzo Abe

Drafting the second Japan casino bill that will set out the rules and regulations of the future integrated gambling resorts in the country began yesterday in Tokyo. In December, the National Diet passed legislation authorizing at least two integrated casino resorts in the Asian nation. But before Japan will begin accepting and reviewing bids from the numerous…Read More

Indiana Casinos Fight to Stay Above Water, Look to State for Help

Indiana casinos

With declining revenues and fewer people gambling over the past 10 years, Indiana’s 13 casinos are facing hard times. Now they are jointly lobbying the state legislature to bail them out. But some state lawmakers aren’t so willing to open up the checkbook and are looking at ways to make the facilities more self-sufficient. Current…Read More

US Supreme Court Refuses Washington State Tribal Casino Case, Decision Could Impact Taunton Challenge

US Supreme Court Cowlitz Tribe Ilani Casino

The US Supreme Court has decided not to listen to a tribal casino appeal in Washington State, a decision that ultimately allows the Cowlitz Indian Tribe’s $510 million Ilani Casino Resort near La Center to proceed without additional legal challenge. The high court was petitioned by opponents to the casino who felt the US Department…Read More

Ohio Gambling Growth Stunted by Glut of Facilities

Ohio Gambling decline

With several casinos in Ohio and revenue declining, some people believe it is a case of too much of a good thing becoming bad and are trying to figure out solutions to correct the problem. Cezar Froelich, head of the Chicago office of Taft, Stettinius & Hollister law firm that helps gaming companies secure financing,…Read More

New York Casino Near Syracuse Announced by Oneida Indian Nation to Compete With Del Lago

New York casino Oneida Nation

An upstate New York casino is set to be developed by the Oneida Indian Nation near Syracuse, as the tribe announced this week it will spend up to $50 million on building a 65,000 square foot gambling venue that will employ 200 people on a permanent basis. Named the Point Place Casino, the resort will…Read More

Japan Bitcoin Payments Officially Recognized as Legal Currency, Price Skyrockets

Japan Bitcoin currency online gambling

Japan Bitcoin payments are now official legal transactions in the Asian country, and that’s driving up the digital currency’s value. As of Monday at 12:01 local time, Japan’s Financial Services Agency announced that the decentralized virtual money would be recognized as legal tender. The implementation brings to a close months of debate in the National…Read More

Illinois Casino Expansion Could Move Forward Without Grand Bargain

Illinois casino bill could pass, says Syvverson

An Illinois gambling bill (SB 7) that would authorize six news casinos across the state could move forward with or without without the state’s “grand bargain” budget resolution, according to one of its sponsors. The State Senate approved the bill in early March but the legislation remains in limbo while lawmakers try to agree on…Read More

MGM Springfield Lays Final Steel Beam, Suffolk Downs to be Pulled Down

MGM Springfield artist’s rendering

In Springfield, Massachusetts this week, the final piece of steel in the superstructure of MGM Resorts’ $950 million casino development was laid in place, as hundreds gathered at a “topping off” ceremony to mark the milestone. The city’s mayor, Domenic Sarno, has billed the casino as a crucial piece of economic redevelopment for Springfield’s tornado-ravaged…Read More

UK Triggers Article 50, Offers Reassurance to Nervy Gibraltar

UK triggers Article 50, Gibraltar’s Fabio Picardo receives assurances

On Wednesday, the UK triggered Article 50, the clause in the Treaty of Lisbon that provides for a member state initiate the process of withdrawing from the European Union. It will take Britain two years to fully leave the union, and Gibraltar, the European online gambling hub on the southern tip of Spain, will reluctantly…Read More

Florida Senate Passes Gambling Expansion Bill, but House Remains Opposed

Florida Senate gambling expansion Bill Galvano

The Florida Senate has passed a sweeping gambling expansion bill that would place slot machines at dog and horse racetrack facilities in eight counties outside South Florida. That likely won’t sit well with voters nor the powerful Seminole Tribe, the latter which is calling on the state to pass legislation that would essentially keep business…Read More

NFL Teams Punt DraftKings and FanDuel Partnerships, as Legalized Sports Betting Gains Support

NFL DFS DraftKings and FanDuel

DraftKings and FanDuel are under siege, and it’s no longer only state lawmakers and attorneys general trying to decide the legality of the online contests. With the Oakland Raiders officially cleared for Las Vegas, and March Madness also putting the sports betting discussion into the mainstream media, daily fantasy sports (DFS) has seemingly become second…Read More

Japan Looks to Curb Its Pachinko Problem

Japan to tighten pachinko controls

As the Japanese Diet prepares a framework of regulation that will pave the way for the country’s first casinos, politicians are also turning their attention to an existing gambling scene long too neglected by regulators. The country’s colorful, noisy pachinko parlors line the streets of almost every town and city in Japan. Technically, these pinball-slot…Read More

Pennsylvania Gambling Machines Could Soon Cozy Up to the Bar

Pennsylvania gambling machines VGT

Pennsylvania gambling machines might soon be welcomed inside bars and licensed liquor establishments, as well as truck stops and off-track betting venues. Though no legislation has been introduced regarding the video wagering terminals, a group of lawmakers in the Keystone State are soliciting support to authorize up to 40,000 machines. This week, the bipartisan coalition of…Read More

Galaxy Entertainment Ups Ante for Japanese Casino License, Partners With Monaco’s Monte-Carlo

Galaxy Entertainment Monte-Carlo Japan

Hong Kong-based Galaxy Entertainment and Societe des Bains de Mer (SBM) in Monaco are teaming up in hopes of winning one of the two coveted integrated casino licenses Japan is expected to issue in the coming years. Japan drastically changed its decades-long opposition to gambling last fall when the National Diet passed a bill that…Read More

Seminoles Warn Florida Legal Pre-reveal Machines Threaten Compact

Seminole chairman Marcellus Osceola warns against pre-reveal slots

The Seminole Tribe of Florida has warned that should “pre-reveal” gaming machines be permitted to proliferate throughout the state, it will consider Tallahassee to be in breach of its compact, a fact that could lead to billions in withheld revenue share payments. At issue is a judge’s ruling two weeks ago on the legality of…Read More