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Minnesota Charitable Gambling Delivers More Money to Government Than Nonprofits

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Revenue from charitable gambling in Minnesota is growing for a seventh consecutive year, but associated taxes and fees might cost more than what’s ultimately left for the nonprofit beneficiaries. Revenues from charitable gambling in Minnesota are on pace to eclipse the $1.7 billion risked in the state on bingo, pull tabs, raffles, tip boards, and…Read More

Law Experts Have No Clue Where Supreme Court Will Land on PASPA

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PASPA, the federal gambling law that prevents sports betting in all but four states, is a complicated juggernaut that has legal experts stumped. The Supreme Court agreed to take up New Jersey’s challenge that PASPA (Professional and Amateur Sports Protection Act) violates the US Constitution, but those with the most intimate knowledge of the case…Read More

Proposed Second Philadelphia Casino Receives Blessing of State Gaming Board

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The long-delayed second Philadelphia casino is one step closer to breaking ground after the Pennsylvania Gaming Control Board (PGCB) voted unanimously that the financial backers behind the proposed resort are in full compliance with the state’s Gaming Act. The issue at hand is whether businessman Bob Manoukian, who owns a controlling 86 percent stake in…Read More

Casino Local Share Payments Stop in Some Pennsylvania Counties, Towns Out Millions

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Casino local share checks delivered quarterly to counties in Pennsylvania have stopped in certain regions, and that’s taking a substantial financial toll on some local governments. In September, the Pennsylvania Supreme Court ruled on the side of the Mount Airy Casino Resort that the state’s law mandating that each gambling facility pay $10 million, or…Read More

Australia’s Online Poker Ban Now Official, Despite Vocal Opposition

MP Alan Tudge, banner of online poker in Australia

Any hope that Australians would be able to play online poker legally in the near future were crushed on Wednesday when the Senate approved legislation outlawing the game. The provision was included in the Internet Gambling Amendment Bill 2016, which the House of Representatives approved in June. The ban goes into effect in 30 days….Read More

Florida Seminole Casinos Generating Massive Revenues for Tribe

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The Seminole Tribe is generating billions of dollars in gaming revenue from its seven casinos in Florida, and by carefully examining revenue sharing payments to the state, one can see just how much the Native American group is pulling in. The tribe isn’t required to publicly disclose revenue at each casino, but the checks it…Read More

State GOP in Georgia Resurrects Moral Opposition to Casino Possibilities

John Watson, Georgia GOP chair supports gambling

Like many states across the country, Georgia has been considering legislative proposals to legalize various forms of gambling. But unlike many states, proponents in Georgia are facing fierce opposition from a Republican party pushing long-disputed talking points about casino ills. The Georgia GOP state committee passed a resolution over the weekend outlining the “societal costs”…Read More

World Poker Tour Announces WPT Japan, Plants Flag with ‘Special’ Event

WPT Japan

The World Poker Tour will be holding the first ever live, televised poker tournament series in Tokyo later this year, even though legal casino gambling in Japan is still several years away. The WPT issued a press release on Wednesday announcing that the inaugural WPT Japan will consist of four tournaments, held Nov. 23-26, with…Read More

Lesniak Wants New Jersey to Open Its Online Gambling Doors to World

New Jersey State Sen. Raymond Lesniak, champion of online gambling

State Sen. Ray Lesniak believes New Jersey is ready to take the next step in shaping the landscape of online gambling, saying earlier this week that he intends to introduce a bill that would open up the state’s casino and poker sites to players from other states and countries. Lesniak’s bill also would seek to…Read More

Maine’s Daily Fantasy Sports Bill Enacted Without Governor’s Signature

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Playing daily fantasy sports (DFS) in Maine is now fully authorized under state law after Governor Paul LePage (R) opted not to sign nor veto legislation approved by the legislature. DFS contests are officially defined as games of skill in Maine. Sites like DraftKings and FanDuel, which meet a $100,000 annual gross revenue threshold, are…Read More

Japan Embarking on Countrywide Tour to Explain Casino Policies, Gain Public Support

A government committee is traveling across Japan in hopes of mustering up support for Prime Minister Shinzo Abe's casino plans. (Image: Embassy of Japan)

The future of the Japanese casino industry will be the topic at nine public hearings later this month, with the goal of presenting the framework for the country’s proposed integrated resorts (IR), and gathering feedback on policies. With 44 percent of Japan’s citizens opposed to legalizing broadbased casino gambling as late as last December (according…Read More

New Jersey Hopeful for Online Poker Liquidity-Sharing With Nevada and Pennsylvania but Not UK

New Jersey in talks with Nevada, Pennsylvania over online poker liquidity

The New Jersey Division of Gaming Enforcement said this week it had reopened talks with Nevada about online poker liquidity sharing and that it’s also eager to pool its players with Pennsylvania if that state opts to regulate online gaming, as expected. Speaking to Global Gaming Business, the division’s director David Rebuck admitted, however, that…Read More

New Jersey Lottery “Quick Draw” Game Expands Casino Gambling, Lawmaker Argues

New Jersey Lottery Quick Draw

The New Jersey Lottery is overstepping its authority in debuting a new keno-style game that is drawn every five minutes and primarily sold at restaurants, bars, and bowling alleys, so claims Assemblyman Vince Mazzeo (D-Atlantic County). The state politician representing the interests of Atlantic City and the surrounding municipalities says the new game called “Quick…Read More

Daily Fantasy Sports is Online Gaming, Massachusetts State Panel Rules

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Daily fantasy sports (DFS) should be classified as online gaming in Massachusetts, a state panel overseeing the implementation of the internet contests recommended Monday. Should the legislature take that advice, operators like DraftKings and FanDuel say they might be forced to abandon the state due to excessive tax rates and licensing fees. The Massachusetts Special…Read More

National Indian Gaming Association Joins Fight to Put PASPA to the Sword

Ernie Stevens, NIGA chair

The National Indian Gaming Association has joined a growing chorus of voices lending support to New Jersey in its battle to repeal the federal law that prohibits states from offering legal sports betting. NIGA now is joining forces with several states, including California, Connecticut, Michigan, Mississippi, New York, and Pennsylvania, that have introduced legislation to…Read More