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Pennsylvania Passes Gambling Expansion that Legalizes Online Casino, Poker, and DFS

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The Pennsylvania General Assembly has been looking for ways to cover a $2.2 billion budget gap, and lawmakers in the Harrisburg capital think they may have just hit the jackpot. Late Wednesday night, after discussions between the Republican-controlled upper chamber took place behind closed doors, the State Senate emerged with a plan to fund the…Read More

Chris Christie Says Leagues ‘No Longer Have Moral Ground’ in Sports Betting Case

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New Jersey Governor Chris Christie (R) opined this week on HBO’s Real Sports with Bryant Gumbel that the “Big Four” professional sports leagues, the NFL, MLB, NBA, and NHL, “no longer have moral ground” to stand on when it comes to their continued opposition to sports betting legalization. The outspoken governor and 2016 presidential candidate…Read More

Louisiana Legislators Looking at State’s 26-Year-Old Gambling Laws

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Legislators warn that if Louisiana wants to stay competitive with neighboring state casinos they need to revise their gambling laws, something that hasn’t been done since 1991. Some lawmakers believe it is time that changed. Senator Ronnie Johns (R-District 27) brought up the topic for the second time this year at last Monday’s legislative session….Read More

Abe Election Win May Improve Odds of Casinos for Japan

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Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe scored an overwhelming political victory on Sunday, as his Liberal Democratic Party (LDP) and their coalition partners appeared to have captured two-thirds of the seats in the House of Representatives, the lower house of the national Diet (parliament). The results are widely seen as a vote of approval for Abe’s…Read More

New Jersey Gubernatorial Candidates Support Casino Expansion

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The New Jersey gubernatorial race is down to Phil Murphy (D), a former Goldman Sachs executive and US ambassador to Germany, and Kim Guadagno (R), currently second in command serving as the lieutenant governor in Chris Christie’s administration. While the two disagree on nearly every issue facing the Garden State, they concur that Atlantic City’s…Read More

Pennsylvania Table Games Revenue Up Nearly 10 Percent in September

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According to the latest report from the Pennsylvania Gaming Control Board, the state’s 1,252 gaming tables in daily operation (on average) generated $76 million in September, up nearly 10 percent year-over-year. The uptick is a refreshing reprieve from sluggish gaming revenue numbers in the state earlier in the year. Sands Casino in Bethlehem jumped 17…Read More

Maine Governor Paul LePage Urges Voters to Reject Casino Referendum, Calls It a ‘Phony Deal’

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Maine Governor Paul LePage (R) opined on his radio show this week that if voters approve a casino referendum during next month’s elections, they’ll receive a “phony deal.” Ballot Question 1 will ask residents on November 7 whether they want to allow a casino to be built in York County. LePage is urging voters to…Read More

NCAA, Big Four File Sports Betting Brief With US Supreme Court, Congressional Lawmakers Seek Hearings

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The NCAA, along with the so-called Big Four, the NFL, MLB, NBA, and NHL, filed a brief with the US Supreme Court this week in defense of its position on sports betting and the longstanding Professional and Amateur Sports Protection Act of 1992 (PASPA). The high court will soon hear New Jersey’s argument that PASPA…Read More

UK Lawmaker Opens Inquiry into Loot Boxes in Video Games

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A member of parliament in the United Kingdom has opened an inquiry into the practice of including “loot boxes” in video games, further intensifying the growing scrutiny over whether these transactions need to be regulated as gambling. Labour MP Daniel Zeichner, who represents Cambridge, submitted two questions to Karen Bradley, the Secretary of State for…Read More

Japan’s Wakayama Prefecture Delays Unveiling of Grand Casino Plan

Wakayama prefecture delays casino plan

Japan’s Wakayama prefecture will delay the announcement of its “Master Plan” for an integrated resort until March due to the forthcoming general election, the regional government said this week. The prefecture is determined to be a part of a future casino industry, despite the likelihood that a limited number of licenses will be issued which…Read More

Lawrence Ho’s Melco Resorts Boasts Japanese Relationships in Casino Resort Bid

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Melco Resorts and Entertainment, a casino resort developer headquartered in Hong Kong, is trying to convince lawmakers in Japan that it has long been a close friend of the Asian country. Melco officials are campaigning to land one of two expected integrated casino resort licenses. In a press release issued this week, the corporation explained…Read More

Bettor Racing Loses Spat with NIGC and Tribal Casino, Goes into Liquidation

Bettor Racing Goes Into Liquidation

Bettor Racing Inc, the South-Dakota-based advance deposit wagering (AWD) and off-track betting operator, has filed for Chapter 7 bankruptcy (liquidation) after losing its fight with the National Indian Gaming Commission (NIGC), prompting fears among its customers over the safety of their funds. The company mainly dealt with high-end customers and so the amount of money…Read More

Disney Wants Voters, Not Politicians, in Charge of Florida Casino Expansion

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Disney, Florida’s largest employer, is leading the campaign effort to strip state legislators from having the power to decide whether to expand casino gambling in the Sunshine State. Last month, Disney Worldwide Services, a subsidiary of The Walt Disney Company, made three donations totaling $575,000 to a political committee called Voters in Charge. The group,…Read More

Maryland Casinos Tell Lawmakers to Back Sports Betting

Maryland State Delegate Frank Turner lukewarm about sports betting

In December, the US Supreme Court is scheduled to begin hearing New Jersey’s plight to repeal PASPA, the law that forbids sports betting at a federal level. The upshot is, there’s a very real chance that states could be granted the right to legalize sports betting within their own borders. Representatives of Maryland’s six casinos…Read More

Georgia GOP Governor Hopefuls Stand United in Opposition to Gambling

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They might not have agreed on much, but the four leading Republican candidates for governor of Georgia were in unison about their opposition to casinos. Participating in an election forum on Saturday, all four in the Georgia GOP quartet voiced their commitment to resisting efforts to expand gambling in the Peach State. Lt. Gov. Casey…Read More