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Disney and Seminoles Team Up to Fund Anti-Casino Expansion Efforts in Florida

Seminole Tribe Florida anti-casino expansion

The powerful Seminole Tribe of Florida, which is owner and operator of seven of the state’s eight tribal casinos, and the the Walt Disney Company, Florida’s largest employer, are teaming up in an effort to strip politicians of the ability to change gambling laws without voter consent. Newly released campaign finance data from the Florida…Read More

American Gaming Association Joins Tax Reform Talks, Pushes for Full Interest Deduction Preservation

AGA Geoff Freeman US tax reform bill

The American Gaming Association (AGA), the lobbying arm of the gambling industry, has jumped on the tax reform bandwagon. One of the major goals of Republicans in Congress is to pass tax-reform legislation by the end of 2017, a move that has largely been supported by big business, due to proposed cuts to the corporate…Read More

Macau to Increase Oversight of Casinos and Junkets Prior to Operator License Renewals

Macau government casino regulations

Macau is about to embark on a critical two-year renewal period for the gaming market’s six licensed casino operators. But before China’s special administrative region agrees to new terms with those companies, officials say the industry’s laws and regulations will be reviewed, and most likely, strengthened. In his annual policy address on Tuesday, the region’s…Read More

Pennsylvania Gambling Bill Provides Unusual Protections for One Very Special Casino

Pennsylvania gambling Mount Airy

The Pennsylvania gambling package that was passed by the state’s General Assembly and signed into law by Governor Tom Wolf (D) late last month is a massive 939-page document. And slipped into the complex legal jargon are 28 words that are presumably worth millions of dollars for the Mount Airy Casino Resort in the Pocono…Read More

New York Lawmakers Look for Clever Way to Legalize Sports Betting

New York sports betting Gary Pretlow

New York lawmakers are exploring potential options to form regulations that would allow the state’s horse racetracks, off-track parimutuel betting venues, and non-tribal casinos to operate sportsbooks should there be a change to the current federal ban. The US Supreme Court will soon listen to New Jersey’s appeal that the Professional and Amateur Sports Protection…Read More

MGM CEO Jim Murren Out as AGA Chairman, Penn National Exec Appointed

Jim Murren American Gaming Association

MGM Resorts CEO Jim Murren is stepping down as chairman of the American Gaming Association (AGA) and handing over the reins to colleague Tim Wilmott, the Penn National CEO who’s served on the lobbying group’s board since 2015. Time for Change In a press release issued this week, AGA President Geoff Freeman said the trade…Read More

Indiana Casino Says Smoking Ban Would Cost 400 Jobs, $3 Million Annually

Indiana casino Majestic Star smoking ban

Northwest Indiana casino operator Majestic Star is threatening local officials in Gary on the dangers of implementing a smoking ban that would extend to its riverboat gambling floors. In 2012, Indiana enacted a statewide indoor smoking ban, but exemptions were provided for private membership clubs, bars and taverns were liquor sales outsell food, retail tobacco…Read More

Gov. Christie Appoints New Casino Control Commission Chair, Atlantic County’s Dennis Levinson Not Surprised

Casino Control Commission Matthew Levinson

Matthew Levinson (R) has been ousted from the Casino Control Commission (CCC) after a little more than five years overseeing the agency responsible for licensing Atlantic City’s casinos and key employees. Governor Chris Christie (R) announced the appointment of current New Jersey Parole Board Chairman James Plousis (R) to the CCC role. Levinson was assigned…Read More

Golden Entertainment Eyes Expanded Gambling Opportunities in Pennsylvania

Pennsylvania expanded gambling

Recent Las Vegas Stratosphere casino buyer Golden Entertainment is now considering options across the country in Pennsylvania. Under the auspices of its Golden Route distributed gaming division, the operator is ready to jump into the newly expanded gambling scene in the Keystone State. The Keystone State’s expanded gambling bill, signed into law in late October…Read More

New Hampshire Towns Split on Votes to Allow Keno, Rochester One-Vote Win Still Under Microscope

Keno wins by a hair in New Hampshire

New Hampshire voters in ten municipalities went to the polls on Tuesday to determine whether their communities should offer keno as a way to fund full-day public kindergarten programs, returning mixed results across the state. As of Wednesday morning, it appeared that seven cities and towns had voted to allow bars and restaurants to offer…Read More

New Jersey Governor-Elect Phil Murphy Supports Casino Expansion, While AC’s Fresh Pick for Mayor, Frank Gilliam, Does Not

New Jersey governor Atlantic City

Democrat Phil Murphy is New Jersey’s next governor, and he’s all about broadening casino locales in the Garden State. The former Goldman Sachs top executive and US Ambassador to Germany easily defeated his Republican challenger, Governor Chris Christie’s (R) right-hand woman, Lieutenant Gov. Kim Guadagno. Murphy’s win might not be the best news for Atlantic…Read More

Maine Voters Strongly Reject York County Casino Proposal

Maine voters casino ballot proposal

Maine voters overwhelmingly turned down a ballot question that sought to give businessman Shawn Scott the exclusive rights to build a casino in York County, the southernmost region in the state. With over 90 percent of precincts reporting, Maine voters went against the initiative at a rate of more than 83 percent. It garnered less…Read More

Pennsylvania Gambling Expansion Could Take a Year to Enact

Pennsylvania gambling Tom Wolf

The Pennsylvania gambling expansion package signed into law last week by Governor Tom Wolf (D) could take over a year to fully implement, as the 970-page bill creates several new regulatory gaming markets and interlaces legal complexities to the state’s casino industry. With Wolf’s signature, online gambling and daily fantasy sports will become fully authorized….Read More

GOP Tax Reform Could Increase Cost of Las Vegas Raiders Stadium by $100M

Speaker of the House Paul Ryan

Tax exempt bonds financed from a hotel charge on Las Vegas casino resorts being used to build Raiders Stadium could increase the cost if a provision in federal tax code legislation is approved. House Republicans unveiled their tax plan Thursday, and part of the proposal would eliminate the ability of stadiums to use the popular…Read More

Pennsylvania’s Small Cities and Rural Towns Ponder Satellite Casino Status, Not All Are on Board

Pennsylvania satellite casino gambling

As many as 10 Pennsylvania satellite casinos have been approved by the state government, but before licensed gaming operators can begin bidding on where they want to build their more down-sized venues, towns and cities in the Keystone State must first decide whether they want to welcome any themselves. And in the week following Governor…Read More