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Ladbrokes Coral Criticized for Schmoozing With UK Politicians

Philip Hammond to support FOBT review

As the UK government prepares to publish the results of an all-important regulatory review of the gambling industry next month, Ladbrokes Coral appeared at the top of a list of companies wining and dining the country’s politicians. UK members of parliament are required to declare publically gifts of hospitality worth £300 ($389) or more, and,…Read More

Rhode Island Casino Construction Plan Gains Final Approval in Tiverton

Rhode Island casino Twin River Tiverton

The proposed Rhode Island casino in the town of Tiverton was formally approved by local officials this week, clearing the way for construction to begin on the 77,500-square-foot casino that will be accompanied by an 84-room hotel. The Tiverton Planning Board voted 6-1 with two abstentions on the construction blueprint. The Twin River casino will…Read More

New Jersey Sports Betting Brief Asks Supreme Court to Repeal PASPA

New Jersey sports betting PASPA

New Jersey state attorneys are appealing to the United States Supreme Court that the Professional and Amateur Sports Protection Act of 1992 (PASPA) be repealed on grounds that the federal law is in violation of the country’s constitution. In its first legal brief to the high court, New Jersey legal officials say the longstanding act…Read More

Keno Wars: Mass. Lottery Threatened by New Hampshire’s Tax-Free, Online Games

New Hampshire Gov. Chris Sununu wants keno

A border war is looming in New England, as Massachusetts officials try to figure out their best response to an offensive move by neighboring New Hampshire, which intends to go after the region’s keno lottery dollars starting in January. New Hampshire Gov. Chris Sununu signed a bill in July that seeks to fund early education…Read More

MGM Springfield on Schedule for September 2018 Opening

MGM Springfield construction 2018

MGM Springfield is on pace to become the first integrated resort casino to open in Massachusetts. MGM Resorts, the Nevada-based gaming and hospitality conglomerate, confirmed this week that construction is on schedule at its $950 million property, and the venue is targeting an opening date in September of 2018. The bones of the complex have…Read More

Japan Promises to Phase Out Online Horserace Betting by 2020

Japan horserace betting

Japan will introduce new regulations to restrict online horserace betting. This announcement comes as part of the government’s efforts to address concerns about problem gambling prior to the introduction of casino resorts in the country, and prior to Tokyo’s hosting the Summer Olympics in 2020. Casino gaming has long been part of the economic grand…Read More

Former Congressman Ron Paul Writes Pro-Online Gambling Op-Ed

Ron Paul online gambling RAWA

Former US Rep. Ron Paul (L-Texas) wants Congress to avoid making online gambling a federal issue, and is speaking out against attempts to strip states from possessing the right to dictate their own internet casino laws. When Congress returns from its August recess, Rep. Charlie Dent (R-Pennsylvania) is rumored to be looking to find a…Read More

Japan’s Cities Raise Stakes in Casino Bidding War

Japanese Cities Prepare to Bid for Right to Host Casinos

As Japan edges closer to a framework of regulation that will pave the way for its long-awaited casino resorts, the municipal governments of potential hosts are ramping up lobbying efforts. The Japanese legislature (the Diet) passed a bill to legalize integrated resorts in December but the number of gaming licenses that will be created is…Read More

Former Indian Model Arrested for Running Illegal Gambling Racket in New Delhi

Indian model illegal gambling house

A 45-year-old former Indian model is one of 25 persons who was detained over the weekend by Delhi Police for allegedly operating an underground illegal gambling house in a posh Greater Kailash neighborhood. Police were tipped off about the suspected gambling early Saturday morning. A raid was conducted later that day, with law enforcement officials finding…Read More

Pennsylvania House GOP Must ‘Get Act Together’ on Budget or State Will Run Out of Money, Says Governor  

tom wolf

Pennsylvania Governor Tom Wolf has warned that the state’s main bank account will run out of cash in three weeks and its bruised credit-rating is in danger of taking a further pummelling if House Republicans don’t “get their act together” on the budget. Pennsylvania remains perhaps the most likely state to next legalize and regulate…Read More

Atlantic City Advocate Jim Whelan Dead at 68, County Has 35 Days to Name Successor

Atlantic City Jim Whelan dead

Atlantic City lost one of its most powerful and influential voices this week with the unexpected passing of State Senator Jim Whelan (D), who died after suffering a heart attack at his Chelsea Heights home on Tuesday. Atlantic County Democrats now have 35 days to name Whelan’s replacement, an appointment that will run until January…Read More

DFS Legalized in New Jersey and Delaware, DraftKings to Offer Billion-Dollar Prize

chris christie

New Jersey has become the 16th state in the US to enact legislation to regulate daily fantasy sports. Gov. Chris Christie signed the state’s DFS bill into law on Thursday, just in time for the September 7 start of the football season. Football fans in Delaware will also benefit from some timely new regulations. The…Read More

NY Gov. Andrew Cuomo Tells Upstate Tribe to Pay Up or Lose Gambling Exclusivity in Niagara Falls

Andrew Cuomo Seneca casino payments

New York Governor Andrew Cuomo (D) is reportedly threatening the Seneca Nation of Indians with the possibility of losing their gambling monopoly in Niagara Falls if they continue to withhold revenue sharing payments. Earlier this year, the Native American tribe said it was no longer required to send around $110 million to New York coffers…Read More

Japan’s First Casino Policy Hearing Scarcely Attended in Tokyo

Japan casino bill Shinzo Abe

Japan is set to unveil its integrated casino resorts plan later this year, but before the National Diet does, the government is embarking on a countrywide tour to explain its thinking to the public. However, just 100 people attended the first stop. The event was held in Tokyo, the capital city home to over 13.5…Read More

Law Firm Leading Atlantic City Takeover Bills State $2.8 Million, But It’s Value Received for Taxpayers

Atlantic City takeover Jeffrey Chiesa

The Atlantic City takeover has been led by former US Senator Jeffrey Chiesa’s law firm since Governor Chris Christie (R) appointed him to the position last November. Nine months later, the work performed by Chiesa, Shahinian & Giantomasi (CSG) has cost state taxpayers $2.8 million, but according to officials both in the Trenton capital and…Read More