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Pennsylvania: Reading City Council Votes 6-0 to Welcome Satellite Casino Development

Reading City Councilmen Jeff Waltman and John Slifko

Echoing the support of the mayor, the Reading City Council voted unanimously on Monday to pass a resolution urging the Pennsylvania Gaming Commission to approve plans for a satellite casino. The decision comes just days after Reading Mayor Wally Scott told the Reading Eagle that he fully supported the idea of bringing a mini-casino to…Read More

New Jersey Online Gambling Sites Could Soon Accept International Players Should New Bill Become Law

online gambling New Jersey Ray Lesniak

New Jersey online gambling and poker networks would be permitted to welcome international players in markets where internet casinos are legal should a recently introduced bill one day become law. State Senator Ray Lesniak (D-District 20) introduced Senate Bill 3536 on the final day in November. The legislation would remove the physical requirement that players…Read More

PASPA Repeal Odds Tilt in New Jersey’s Favor Following Supreme Court Hearing

PASPA sports betting Supreme Court

The Professional and Amateur Sports Protection Act (PASPA) of 1992 might be nearing the end of its reign in banning sports betting in all but four US states. The US Supreme Court listened to arguments Monday on the federal regulation from an appeal brought by the State of New Jersey, and those inside the courtroom predominantly…Read More

Reading Mayor Supports Bringing Pennsylvania Satellite Casino to Town

Reading Pennsylvania satellite casino

Reading, Pennsylvania, officials are considering allowing one of the state’s 10 land-based casino operators to build a satellite gaming facility in the town. Reading Mayor Wally Scott (D) says the state’s fifth most populated city could use a new revenue source, and since people are going to gambler whether a casino is in Reading or…Read More

Connecticut’s Foxwoods Casino Can Stay Mum on Fatality, Thanks to Gaming Compact

Mashantucket Pequot Foxwoods police

A little-known Connecticut gaming compact clause means the state’s Foxwoods Casino, run by the Mashantucket Pequot Tribal Nation, won’t have to disclose details of how a patron died on property. In-House Fatality On October 24, Mashantucket Pequot police said they responded to an escalator injury shortly after 1 am. A guest was transported to a…Read More

No Verdict in Atlantic City PILOT Lawsuit Challenging Casino Tax Plan

Atlantic City PILOT casino taxes

The Atlantic City PILOT (Payment in Lieu of Taxes) program that allows the town’s remaining casinos to pay a flat property tax instead of fluctuating payments based on assessments was back in court on Thursday. Superior Court Judge Julio Mendez listened to arguments as to why the tax scheme is allegedly in violation of the…Read More

Connecticut Sues US Department of the Interior Over East Windsor Casino

Connecticut casino lawsuit Dannel Malloy

Connecticut Governor Dannel Malloy (D) and the state’s two federally recognized tribes want answers over the legality of constructing a satellite casino in East Windsor. Connecticut, along with the Mashantucket Pequot and Mohegan tribes, has filed a lawsuit against the US Department of the Interior (DOI) that seeks full authorization over the gambling venue that…Read More

Japan’s Casino Bidding War Might Last Two Years, Analysts Opine

Japan casino bill Shinzo Abe

Japan’s National Diet is expected to unveil is long-awaited commercial gambling bill sometime next month. The general consensus among analysts is that the legislation will authorize two integrated casino resorts in Osaka and Yokohama, with US gambling operators Las Vegas Sands and MGM Resorts the frontrunners to obtain the coveted licenses. But Spectrum Gaming, a…Read More

State College Votes Against Pennsylvania Casino, Potential Sites Dwindling

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State College Borough Council passed a resolution earlier this week that prevents a satellite casino from being built within the city’s limits. The action comes as a result of Governor Tom Wolf (D) signing a massive gambling expansion package into law in late October that authorizes up to 10 so-called “mini casinos” in rural areas….Read More

Are Three Professional Sports Commissioners Secretly Hoping to Lose PASPA Supreme Court Case?

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Three of the four major professional sports leagues, the NBA, NHL, and MLB, are led by commissioners who might support changing America’s sports betting laws. That’s a rather precarious position ahead of their Dec. 4 Supreme Court hearing where attorneys for their organizations, plus the NFL and NCAA, will argue in favor of the current…Read More

Northern Ireland’s First Casino a Possibility in Belfast, Public Opinion Sought

Jim McVeigh Belfast City Council Northern Ireland casino

The City Council in Belfast, Northern Ireland’s capital city, wants its citizens to give feedback on a plan to bring the country’s first casino to its town. A consultation document, soliciting residents’ opinions from Dec. 11 until March 5, has been drafted and will soon start circulating. The city’s leaders are mulling over the possibility…Read More

Department of Justice Petitioned to Review 2011 Wire Act Opinion That Led to Online Gambling Legalization

Department of Justice Wire Act

Department of Justice (DOJ) Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein is in receipt of a letter from US Senators Lindsey Graham (R-South Carolina) and Dianne Feinstein (D-California) that requests a review of the agency’s 2011 opinion on the Wire Act, which effectively gave states the right to decide their own online gambling laws. It’s been six…Read More

Bill Introduced to Turn PAGCOR into Philippine Amusements and Gaming Authority

PAGCOR Rodrigo Duterte

PAGCOR, the Philippine Amusement and Gaming Corporation, is undergoing a massive restructuring that will see the gaming agency sell off its physical casino assets and transform into a regulator-only capacity. House Speaker Pantaleon Alvarez initiated the reshuffling this week by introducing a bill to the House of Representatives. The chamber’s Games and Amusement Committee began…Read More

Marijuana in Casinos? Nevada Gaming Policy Committee to Review Position

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The Nevada Gaming Policy Committee is about to do something that marijuana users are known for: waste time. On Wednesday, the 12-member panel will begin reviewing whether the state’s casino industry can find a way to coexist with recreational and medicinal cannabis businesses. The odds are seemingly very long of that actually happening, but nonetheless,…Read More

How UNLV Researchers Are Helping Shape Casino Gambling in Japan

Dr. Brett Abarbanel, International Gaming Institute

The Japanese government is systematically moving forward, albeit slowly, with legislation that will authorize the development of integrated gaming resorts, a major change for a country that has long prohibited casino gambling. And researchers from UNLV’s International Gaming Institute are helping Japanese officials prepare to build the best gaming industry possible. UNLV announced earlier in…Read More