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Illinois Casino Overhaul Considered by State’s Senate, Chicago Targeted

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An Illinois casino hearing took place last week to consider overhauling the state’s riverboat laws and expand gambling to as many as six land-based facilities. The Senate Gaming Committee, chaired by State Senator Steve Stadelman (D-District 34), listened to testimony on how freeing slots and gambling from riverboats would benefit Illinois. The hearing was in…Read More

Georgia Representative Trey Kelley Behind DFS Regulation Push, Insists Skill Is Involved

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Gambling bills are coming thick and fast in Georgia. Two casino bills presented to the legislature in Atlanta this week have been joined by “The Fantasy Contest Act,” which offers the state a second crack of the whip at legalizing daily fantasy sports (DFS). The wheels came off its only previous attempt in February last…Read More

New Jersey Resolution Asks Trump to Oppose Push for Federal Online Gaming Ban

Vincent Mazzo resolution seeks assurances from Trump on online gambling

A resolution in New Jersey, presented to the state legislature this week by Assemblyman Vincent Mazzeo (D-Northfield), directly calls on the new Trump administration to oppose a federal online gambling ban. The resolution comes after attorneys general from ten states petitioned the incoming administration in early December to “return to the Wire Act’s original interpretation,”…Read More

Georgia Renews Bid to Legalize Casinos with Scaled Down Proposition

Georgia Governor Nathan Deal “open” to casino discussions

Two Georgia casino bills are expected to be introduced to both chambers of the legislature in Atlanta today. State Senator Brandon Beach (R-Alpharetta) and State Representative Ron Stephens (R-Savannah) have almost identical legislation and high hopes to authorize two casinos in Georgia, one in the Metro Atlanta area and another in a smaller city, possibly…Read More

Tribal Gaming Expansion Continues Across United States

tribal gaming expansion Cherokee Nation

Tribal gaming expansion continues sweeping across the United States, as the federal Department of the Interior (DOI) continues declaring land as sovereign property. The most recent Native American casino to open in the US is the Cherokee Casino Grove in northeast Oklahoma near the Arkansas state border. The $39 million, 40,000-square-foot facility, is the tribe’s…Read More

“Gibraltar One Entity With UK”: EU Deals Body Blow to Gibraltar Online Gambling Industry

UK and Gibraltar are one entity says European Court of Justice

Online gaming hub Gibraltar should be treated as “one entity” with the UK in its freedom to provide services. That’s the opinion of the European Court of Justice, the highest court in the European Union, and it could have far-reaching consequences for the territory’s gambling industry, now and post-Brexit. The opinion, delivered Thursday by senior…Read More

Atlantic City Reinvestment Authority Focuses on Casinos Over Urban Development

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The Atlantic City reinvestment board responsible for overseeing the city’s revitalization has spent a considerable amount of its budget on funding projects that benefit the resort town’s casinos. The Casino Reinvestment Development Authority (CRDA) is a state-run organization that gained additional power in 2011 when Governor Chris Christie (R) signed a law to create the…Read More

Florida Gambling Bill Sponsor, State Senator Bill Galvano, Denies Conflict of Interest

Florida gambling bill sponsor State Senator Bill Galvano

Florida State Senator Bill Galvano (R-Bradenton), sponsor of the state’s new comprehensive gambling expansion bill, is under fire over failing to declare a possible conflict of interest. The Associated Press reported Thursday that Galvano recently worked for luxury real-estate company Turnberry Associates, the company that owns the historic Fontainebleau Hotel in Miami Beach. It’s believed…Read More

Ohio Expected to Usher in DFS This Year, Montana Moves on Restricted Version

Former Washington State AG Rob McKenna DFS

Ohio is “likely” to regulate daily fantasy sports (DFS) this year. This news was delivered, oddly enough, at the legislative hearing of a doomed DFS bill in Washington State this week, according to Legal Sports Report (LSR). In Washington, DFS is explicitly illegal, along with all forms of online gaming, not just to operate, but…Read More

MGM Resorts Gets on Power Lobby Bandwagon with New Washington, DC Office

MGM Resorts Washington DC office Harry Reid

MGM Resorts is adding a new presence in Washington, DC to its recently opened, and already very succesful, $1.4 billion National Harbor casino that’s just across the Potomac in Maryland. The gaming and hospitality company is expanding its power in the nation’s capital by opening up a new office for “policymaking,” which you can be…Read More

Vietnam Casinos Soften Policies on Allowing Locals to Play, But Only If They Meet Certain Income Levels

Vietnam casinos Nguyen Xuan Phuc

Two Vietnam casinos will soon be permitted to welcome locals, but those patrons will have to meet minimum income requirements before they can play. The day after Christmas, Prime Minister Nguyen Xuan Phuc announced that the Vietnamese government was going to allow its own citizens to finally enter certain designated casinos. The Southeast Asian country…Read More

Florida Gets Giant Gambling Reform Bill to Chew On

Bill Galvano’s introduces mammoth gambling reform package

An ambitious new gambling bill, SB 8, presented to the Florida Senate this week by Senator Bill Galvano (R-Bradenton), proposes wide-ranging reforms that would include the expansion of slot machines into counties where they have voter approval. It would also permit pari-mutuel venues to run blackjack games, previously a preserve of the Seminole tribe, which…Read More

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 shortly after filing the official papers, Thursday….Read More