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Legislation Round-up: Sports Betting Movement in Louisiana, Illinois, Rhode Island

Chicago State Senator Napoleon Harris backs sports betting

As the global gambling industry awaits a US Supreme Court Ruling that is likely to legalize sports betting in America, legislatures across the country are alive with activity. Close to 20 states have now either passed legislation to legalize sports wagering in the event of a favorable SCOTUS decision, or are actively considering it. One…Read More

Penn National Secures Second Pennsylvania Satellite Casino With $10.5 Million Bid, Reading Targeted

Penn National Pennsylvania casino

Penn National Gaming has secured rights to a second satellite casino after submitting a $10.5 million bid during Wednesday’s Pennsylvania Gaming Control Board (PGCB) auction. The casino operator selected a 15-mile radius centered in Lancaster County’s West Cocalico Township. However, the casino cannot actually be built there, as West Cocalico, like all of Lancaster County,…Read More

Former Chicago Police Chief in Mayoral Race Wants Casino at O’Hare International

Chicago Mayoral candidate Garry McCarthy

Chicago Mayoral candidate Garry McCarthy wants a casino at O’Hare International Airport. The former Chicago police chief told WBBM-AM’s At Issue program that an airport casino would be a big money-spinner for the city, without any of the negatives a regular urban casino might bring. The former Chicago police chief announced his intention to run…Read More

Pennsylvania County Bluffed for Satellite Casino by Sands Bethlehem Still Wants Gambling

Pennsylvania satellite casino Mercer County

A Pennsylvania county that was deceived into thinking it had been bid on to locate a satellite casino within its boundaries still hopes to welcome a gambling venue, but local leaders admit those odds now seem slim. Mercer County in Western Pennsylvania learned in February that Sands Bethlehem had bid $9.9 million with the state’s…Read More

Three Japan Casino Resorts on Coalition Radar at 30 Percent Blanket Tax

Prime Minister Shinzo Abe has always been a stalwart supporter of Japanese casinos

The outlook for Japan casinos is looking positive, but not without some potential blockades. After a stalemate and delays, Japan’s ruling coalition is moving towards compromise at last. A framework of regulation is being drafted in the Diet right now, but time is of the essence, as the bill submission deadline is mid-April, less than…Read More

Harrah’s New Orleans Closer to Securing 30-Year Casino Extension in Big Easy

Harrah's New Orleans casino extension

Harrah’s New Orleans received the blessing of the Louisiana House of Representatives on Thursday after the lower chamber voted 78-12 to extend Caesars Entertainment’s lease for the downtown casino. House Bill 553, introduced by Republican House Speaker Taylor Barras, would renew the operating contract for Harrah’s New Orleans for 30 years, with expiration set for…Read More

New Sports Betting Bills Suggest Leagues are Compromising on Integrity Fee

NBA and MLB softening on sports betting

New sports betting bills that have surfaced over the past few weeks in New York, Kansas and now Connecticut suggest that the NBA and MLB are prepared to compromise in their demands for a cut of a future market The leagues have been touting around ‘model legislation’ that grants them a so-called “integrity fee” –…Read More

Florida Lawmakers Mulling Special Session to Address Gambling

Florida lawmakers casino gambling

Florida lawmakers are considering reconvening in the state capital of Tallahassee for a special session to discuss casinos and parimutuel gambling, and who gets to offer what at their venues. The Florida Legislature adjourned for 2018 three weeks ago without coming to terms on a new gaming compact with the powerful Seminole Tribe. Leaders in…Read More

Lottoland Denounces Australia’s Bill to Ban Secondary Lotteries

Australia to ban Lottoland

Australia’s federal government on Tuesday said it would introduce legislation to prohibit secondary lotteries, such as Lottoland, which let customers bet on the outcomes of lotteries across the world rather than having to buy a ticket for the draw. The concept is disruptive and has ruffled feathers among traditional lottery operators and ticket vendors, who…Read More

Connecticut Open Competition Casino Bill Will Kill Rev Share Payments, Tribes Warn

Connecticut tribes’ warning over Open Competition Casino Bill

Connecticut’s two tribal operators, the Mashantucket Pequots and Mohegans, have warned the state lawmakers that a casino expansion bill wending its way through the legislature could lead to the cessation of revenue share payments. In a letter to Governor Danel P Malloy released Monday tribal chairmen Rodney Butler and Kevin Brown cautioned that the state’s…Read More

Japan Lawmakers Agree on Resident Casino Entrance Restrictions

Japan casino IR entrance fee

Japan lawmakers deliberating regulations on the country’s forthcoming liberalization of commercial gaming reportedly came to terms this week on the number of entrances residents will be permitted each month. According to sources talking with The Japan Times, the two ruling parties will limit the number of times a local can enter a casino to three…Read More

New Hampshire Senator Ready to Quit After 20th Failed Casino Bill

New Hampshire State Senator Lou D’Allesandro

God loves a trier, they say, but after two decades of trying to legalize casino gaming in New Hampshire, even the dogged Senator Lou D’Allesandro (D-Manchester) believes it might be time to call it a day. D’Allesandro’s 20th consecutive casino bill was defeated in the Senate by an 11 to 10 vote last week. This…Read More

Omnibus Spending Bill to Ban Military Charge Card Use in Casinos and Strip Clubs

spending bill military charge card casinos

The 2018 omnibus spending bill passed by Congress this week includes a provision that would explicitly ban military members from using Defense Department charge cards inside casinos and strip clubs. The Defense Department says such use is already prohibited, but a 2015 report from the agency’s own inspector general found that $952,258 was charged on…Read More

Sources: Japan Casinos Will Need to File Transaction Reports for Amounts Exceeding $9,500

Japan casino Shinzo Abe IR bill

Japan casinos will be required to file currency transaction reports on customers who deposit and/or withdrawal amounts exceeding ¥1 million ($9,500) in any given 24-hour period. According to government sources talking with The Japan Times, the country’s largest and oldest English-language newspaper, casino patrons will need to complete a document revealing their name, address, and…Read More

Connecticut Tribes Want No Part in Bridgeport Casino Bidding

Connecticut MGM Bridgeport casino

While the Connecticut General Assembly may well issue a request for proposals to build a casino in Bridgeport, the two Native American tribes who run casinos in the state say they have no interest in being part of such a process. Leaders of both the Mohegan and Mashantucket Pequot tribes told legislators that while they…Read More