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

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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

Connecticut’s MMCT Accuses Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke Over Inaction on Satellite Casino

MMCT accuses Ryan Zinke over Connecticut casino

The Mashantucket Pequot and Mohegan tribes of Connecticut have accused the Secretary of the Interior Ryan Zinke of filibustering over the approval of its satellite casino plans at the behest of casino giant MGM. The tribe is suing the DOI over what it claims is illegal inaction. Connecticut has authorized the two tribes, collectively known…Read More

Delaware Legislature Mulls Tax Relief Plan to Save Its Three Casinos

Brian Bushwater

Delaware casinos are struggling and state lawmakers are debating a bill that would slash taxes in an effort to safeguard their futures. Senator Brian Bushweller (D-Dover) is the primary sponsor of SB 114, which proposes a tiered tax on slots revenues, instead of the blanket 43.5 percent casinos currently pay to the taxman. It would…Read More

Florida Legislature Introduces Two Competing Gambling Bills, More Stalemate Expected

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The Florida Legislature has been trying to determine its gambling future since the powerful Seminole Tribe’s compact expired in 2015. Two new legislative proposals that seek two entirely different goals might suggest that a conclusion will not be reached anytime soon. In the Florida House, a bill that has been passed by the chamber’s Tourism…Read More

Illinois Smoking Ban Has Not Damaged Casino Revenue, Study Claims

Illinois smoking ban no affect on casino industry revenues

The Illinois smoking ban was one of the first in the US to make commercial casinos completely smoke-free, but it hasn’t impacted their footfall or gambling revenues, according to a new study by the Bureau of Economic Research. But operators of the state’s riverboat casinos, which comprise its commercial casino sector, beg to differ. They…Read More

Americans to Bet $4.76 Billion on Super Bowl, Nearly All of It Illegally

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The 2018 Super Bowl between the Philadelphia Eagles and New England Patriots is expected to break Nevada’s all-time handle for money wagered on the big game. But the $138.5 million gambled at legal sportsbooks represents just a small percentage of the total money that will likely be put on this Sunday’s contest. According to the…Read More

Arkansas Attorney General Leslie Rutledge Rejects Another Casino Referendum

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Arkansas Attorney General Leslie Rutledge (R) is determined to see that gaming is leading her state down the right road. To that end, the state’s chief legal advisor this week struck down another gambling ballot initiative that sought to authorize three commercial casinos in the Razorback State. A constitutional amendment was submitted by a citizens…Read More

Are Loot Boxes Gambling? Washington State Demands an Answer

Washington State Senator Kevin

Washington State Senator Kevin Ranker (D) has charged the State Gambling Commission with answering once and for all the question of whether a loot box constitutes gambling, and whether the microtransactions of modern video-gaming are predatory towards children. A loot box is broadly defined as consumable in-game “chest” that offer the player randomized chances to…Read More

St. Louis Casinos Stagnant at $1 Billion in 2017 Revenue, Sports Betting Could Help

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The St. Louis area is home to six riverboat casinos. In 2017, they collectively grossed $1,025,443,718, and while that’s a 1.2 percent gain on 2016, gaming analysts believe sports betting is needed to spur new growth and return the market to previous levels. The 1.2 percent market gain was primarily fueled by Lumiere Place. The…Read More

NBA Looks to Score off Nationwide Sports Betting, Demands One Percent Cut of Every Bet

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The NBA told the New York Senate Committee on Racing, Gaming, and Wagering yesterday that if the state legalizes sports betting, the league would demand a one percent cut on each bet placed on its games. Appearing in the Albany capital, NBA attorney Dan Spillane testified that the one percent fee would be used to…Read More

Verizon Plots Entry into Future US Online Sports Betting Market

Verizon mulls US sports betting venture

Telecoms giant Verizon is gambling on the US Supreme Court legalizing sports betting, according to sources who confided in Bloomberg this week. The anonymous insiders claimed Verizon has been meeting with consultants to discuss the feasibility of entering the online sports betting space, should the opportunity become available in the US. Hopes are high that…Read More

Florida Disney and Seminole-Backed Gambling Bill No Happily Ever After for Sunshine State, Says Top Lawmaker

Florida State Senator Bill Galvano

A constitutional amendment in Florida that would put voters in control of any future gambling expansion would be damaging for the state, an influential lawmaker warned Tuesday. The bill has been largely bankrolled by Disney and the Seminoles, both major Florida business influences, with the Native American tribe currently controlling the vast majority of the state’s…Read More

Japan Casinos Take Priority as Diet Opens for 2018, Abe Frames as Key Element to Build Tourism

Shinzo Abe

Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe addressed the Diet on Monday with a speech that hinted that passage of Integrated Resorts Implementation Bill (IRIB) will be given high priority. The bill would create a regulatory framework for Japan’s casinos, and Abe said the move toward building them would advance Japan as a “tourism-oriented” country. The legislative…Read More

MGM Resorts Spending ‘Ungodly Amounts of Money’ Lobbying in Connecticut

MGM Resorts Connecticut casino

MGM Resorts is on track to open its $960 million integrated casino resort in Springfield, Massachusetts, this September. And some 25 miles south in the Connecticut capital of Hartford, the casino operator is spending big money trying to safeguard its nearly $1 billion investment. In response to Massachusetts authorizing MGM Springfield, lawmakers in Connecticut subsequently…Read More

Ron Paul Says States, Not Congress, Should Determine Gambling Laws

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Former US Representative Ron Paul (L, R-Texas) writes in a recent Newsweek editorial that Congress should excuse itself from legislating gambling, and instead reserve such powers to the states. That might not come as much of a surprise to political observers who have long known Paul to be a staunch advocate of states’ rights. But…Read More