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No Online Poker Bill in California This Year, Tribes Turn Against Sports Betting Instead

Reggie Jones-Sawyer not submitting California poker bill this year

California appears to have given up on regulating online poker, at least for 2018. Friday is the deadline for filing bills in the California legislature and thus far no champion has emerged to fight the cause. Perhaps that’s because the effort required to unite the state’s powerful but squabbling tribal operators over what regulation should…Read More

Seminoles Expected to Offer Compact Proposal Before End of Week

Seminole Gaming CEO Jim Allen discusses Seminole compact

Florida lawmakers have been locked in negotiations with the powerful Seminole tribal operator this week, as they try to thrash out a new gaming compact. Senator Bill Galvano, leading the negotiations, told The News Service of Florida he believes the Seminoles could come back with a proposed deal this week. “I believe everyone left that…Read More

Myanmar Plans to Legalize Casinos Amid UN Ethnic Cleansing Row

Myanmar’s State Counsellor Aung San Suu Kyi

Myanmar, formerly Burma, plans to legalize foreigner-only casinos. As reported by English language Burmese outlet Eleven Media, the news came out of the blue on Friday when minister for hotels and tourism, Ohn Maung, was asked in parliament whether the government was opposed to regulating casinos as a means to boost tourism and generate higher…Read More

Connecticut Congressional Delegation Seeks Federal Probe of DOI Over Tribal Casino

Connecticut casino East Windsor DOI

Four members of the Connecticut congressional delegation have asked the US Inspector General to investigate the Department of the Interior (DOI) on the agency’s inaction in regards to the state’s proposed gaming compact amendments with its two Native American tribes. The request stems from a legislative effort passed last year and signed into law by…Read More

Virginia Gambling Bill Passes Assembly Committee, Legislation Would Legalize Historical Racing Terminals

Virginia gambling bill historical racing

The Virginia House of Delegates Appropriations Committee has passed House Bill 1609, a gambling measure that would allow the currently shuttered Colonial Downs horse racetrack in New Kent County to incorporate historical wagering machines at the facility. Located about 30 miles east of the Richmond capital, Colonial Downs closed in late 2015 after a license…Read More

New Jersey Voters Favor Atlantic City Retaining Casino Monopoly, New Poll Finds

New Jersey voters casino referendum

New Jersey voters do not want to end Atlantic City’s monopoly on casinos and allow gambling resorts to come to northern parts of the state. That’s according to a new poll paid for by Trenton’s Bad Bet, an anti-gambling group. Likely voters were asked about the ways they support increasing funding for the state. By…Read More

New Jersey Lottery Game Hurts Atlantic City Casinos, State Lawmakers Contend

New Jersey Lottery Quick Draw

The New Jersey Lottery game Quick Draw poses a serious threat to Atlantic City casinos, so says two state lawmakers arguing this week before the Assembly Tourism, Gaming and Arts Committee. A keno-like format that costs $1-10 per play, Quick Draw debuted last year in an effort to grow lottery revenues. Players select from 1…Read More

Steve Wynn Scandal Improves MGM, Las Vegas Sands Japan Casino Odds, Threatens Macau Operations

Steve Wynn Japan casino Macau

Steve Wynn and the company he founded have much more to lose than its namesake founder in the wake of his sexual misconduct scandal. Wynn Resorts, along with every other major casino operator, is currently awaiting the release of Japan’s integrated casino resorts bill. Depending on the governing specifics, companies have floated concepts that could…Read More

US Supreme Court PASPA Sports Betting Ban Overturn Decision Could Come as Soon as March 5, Experts Believe

Supreme Court sports betting PASPA

American states that have been foaming at the mouth to offer legal sports betting may be getting a decision sooner than they realized. Experts are now predicting that a SCOTUS determination on whether or not to overturn PASPA — the Professional and Amateur Sports Protection Act (PASPA) of 1992 — could come as early as thirty days…Read More

Mount Airy to Build Satellite Casino in Western Pennsylvania’s Lawrence County

Mount Airy Pennsylvania satellite casino

The parent company to the Mount Airy Casino Resort in the Pocono Mountains submitted a winning bid for the third of 10 satellite casino locations today, with the offer of $21,188,888.88 topping the other sealed submissions. Mount Airy #1 LLC selected a 15-mile radius in Lawrence County centered in New Castle, a city about 50…Read More

Connecticut Casino Union Unsurprisingly Endorses MGM Bridgeport Proposal

casino union MGM Bridgeport Connecticut

Connecticut’s Unite Here casino union is speaking out in support of MGM Bridgeport, a proposed $675 million waterfront resort that would employ more than 2,000 people. That should come as little surprise, as the state’s powerful labor coalition is based in nearby New Haven. At a rally Tuesday night, Unite Here Local 35 President Bob…Read More

Pennsylvania to Begin Accepting Online Gambling Applications

Countdown Begins to Pennsylvania online gambling market

Pennsylvania’s Gaming Control Board (PGCB) has announced it will begin accepting applications for online gambling licenses from April 2. Pennsylvania became the fourth US State to legalize online gambling when lawmakers passed H 271 in October last year. The bill also clears the path for the regulation of daily fantasy sports and sports betting, should…Read More

Connecticut Casino Bill Seeks to Create Competitive Gambling Expansion Process

Connecticut casino MGM Springfield

New Connecticut casino legislation would block the tribal satellite gaming facility in East Windsor from proceeding, and instead create a competitive bidding process by welcoming proposals from outside commercial operators. State Rep. Chris Rosario (D-Bridgeport) is introducing a bill that would scrap the license already jointly issued to the Mashantucket Pequot and Mohegan Sun Native…Read More

Las Vegas Stadium, Future Home of the Raiders, Looks to Host 2023 Super Bowl

Las Vegas Stadium Raiders Super Bowl

Las Vegas Stadium is scheduled to become the home of the NFL Raiders come 2020. Three years later, the $1.9 billion venue could play host to the most-watched annual event in America: the Super Bowl. Currently under construction, the domed 65,000-seat stadium is thought to be in the running for the big game five years…Read More

Kentucky Lawmakers Push for Casinos, Ask Gamblers to Keep Money at Home to Pay State Pensions

Kentucky casino gambling legislation

Build casinos right at home in Kentucky: that’s the consensus of Bluegrass State lawmakers who wants to bring back gambling dollars they see hemorrhaging over to surrounding states. To that end, a group of Kentucky lawmakers are trying to garner support to put a casino referendum before voters this November. House Bill 229, a bipartisan measure,…Read More