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Suffolk Downs Files Incendiary New Claims Against Former Massachusetts Gaming Commissioner, Everett Mayor in $3 Billion Wynn Resorts Lawsuit

Wynn Resorts

Sterling Suffolk Racecourse LLC – owner of Massachusetts racetrack Suffolk Downs – has added two explosive new claims to its lawsuit against Wynn Resorts, which seeks to demonstrate the company “conspired to fix” the 2014 bidding process for a single license to build a casino in the Boston area. Amended complaints accuse Everett Mayor Carlo…Read More

Casino Guest Free to Sue Harrah’s Resort Atlantic City After Sun Deck ‘Cooked’ His Foot

Harrah’s Resort

A guest at Harrah’s Resort, Atlantic City whose diabetic neuropathy meant he failed to realize his foot was “cooking” as he stood on a sun deck can sue the casino company, a federal judge in New Jersey ruled Friday. NJ.com reports that Philadelphia resident Howard Thompson’s condition causes damage to the sensory nerves in the…Read More

Judge Rules Pequots Can Revive Lawsuit Against Former Interior Sec. Zinke, Alleging Filibustering on East Windsor Casino

Ryan Zinke

A federal judge in Washington D.C. ruled Friday that the Mashantucket Pequot tribe of Connecticut can renew a lawsuit against former Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke, Politico reports. The suit, which was initially dismissed last year, accuses the Department of the Interior of illegally blocking approval of a Connecticut casino, allegedly bowing to political pressure from…Read More

Police Officer Justified in Shooting Dead Man Armed with CO2 Gun at Montana Casino, Inquest Rules

A police officer who shot and killed a man in a casino in Billings, Montana, was justified in his use of deadly force, despite the fact the suspect was armed only with a CO2 gun, an inquest at Yellowstone County District Court ruled Thursday. Sgt. Bret Becker could not have known that Shawn Michael Hubbard’s…Read More

South Dakota Senate Advances Sports Betting, Yankton Casino Bills

Yankton casino

Two bills that would let South Dakota voters decide on two key areas of gambling expansion advanced in the State Senate this week. Senate Joint Resolution 2 would establish a referendum to legalize sports betting at Deadwood casinos. It was approved by the Senate in a 18-14 vote and now heads to the House for…Read More

GameCo Recommended for Licensing in Nevada But Jury Still Out on Skill-Gaming

GameCo

GameCo will soon be bringing its video-gaming-slots hybrids to the casinos of Las Vegas. On Wednesday, the company — which calls itself “the video game casino” — was recommended for licensing by the Nevada Gaming Control Board. GameCo made history when it when it launched the world’s first commercially-operational skill-based casino gaming machine, Danger Arena,…Read More

Florida Senate President Galvano Wants Sports Betting, Gambling Reforms But Path Now Littered With Pitfalls

Florida sports betting

Florida Senate President Bill Galvano (R-Bradenton) is not only planning a bill that would legalize sports betting in the Sunshine State, he wants to introduce another comprehensive gambling reform package, of the type that has failed over the past few years, Florida Politics reports. While Galvano’s efforts to reform Florida’s gambling laws have stalled in consecutive…Read More

Voters in New York Support and Oppose Online Sports Betting in Equal Measure, Says Poll

Online sports betting

Voters in New York State are split right down the middle when it comes to the question of legalizing online sports betting. That’s according to a new poll conducted by Siena College, which found that 44 percent favored digital wagering and 44 percent were against it, with 12 percent undecided or indifferent. New York residents…Read More

MGM-Backed Bill Would Criminalize Casino Cheating in Maryland, Where Scammers Get an Easy Ride

MGM National Harbor

Of all the cheating that goes on in MGM properties across the US, an extraordinary 63 percent of it occurs in just one casino, the MGM National Harbor. That probably makes the Prince George’s County, Maryland facility the most cheated casino in America. Maryland is also the only state where MGM has a casino presence…Read More

Onboard Casino Planned for World’s Largest Yacht Project, Which Will Have to Navigate Maritime Gaming Laws

A 750-foot mega-yacht that would include its own shipboard casino — a project predicted to cost $775 million to build, although it is still on the drawing board — would outstage the current record-holder for world’s largest, the 590-foot, $400 million Azzam. The latter was designed for Sheikh Khalifa bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Emir of Abu…Read More

Stanley Ho Family Quashes Reports 97-Year-Old Macau Billionaire Seriously ill in Intensive Care

Stanley Ho

The family of Stanley Ho has denied reports that the Macau casino patriarch is seriously ill. According to the South China Morning Post, Ho’s third wife Ina Chan Un Chan, and daughter Laurinda Ho Chiu-lin, told press outside Hong Kong Sanatorium & Hospital in Happy Valley — where Ho resides on a day-to-day basis —…Read More

Macau Visitor Arrivals Up 27 Percent During Chinese New Year, More Than 1.2M Tourists Travel to Enclave

Macau visitor arrivals Chinese New Year

Macau visitor arrivals and gross gambling revenue (GGR) don’t necessarily go hand in hand, but a 27 percent tourism surge during the Chinese New Year is certainly good news. The Macau Government Tourism Office (MGTO) reveals that more than 1.2 million people traveled to the enclave during the Spring Festival Golden Week. The MGTO says…Read More

Phil Mickelson Back in Pebble Beach Winner’s Circle, Lefty Rewards Bettors Who Took 25/1 Odds

Phil Mickelson golf odds Masters

Phil Mickelson has won the AT&T Pebble Beach Pro-Am for a record fifth time, a mark that ties him with Mark O’Meara. Lefty entered the week at 25/1 odds to win the tournament. The favorite was Dustin Johnson at 5/1. Bettors who took Mickelson were handsomely rewarded. For every $100 wagered, gamblers netted $2,500. Paul…Read More

Rush Street-Backed Venture Raises Stakes in Massachusetts, Splurging $430,000 Lobbying for Brockton Casino

Neil Bluhm

Mass Gaming and Entertainment — a venture led by Chicago real-estate and casino mogul Neil Bluhm that wants to build a casino in Brockton, Massachusetts — has become the third-biggest spender on outside lobbyists in the Bay State. That’s according to disclosure reports newly released by the state and viewed by The Boston Globe. MG&E…Read More

Study Claims 70 Percent of Casinos Mulling Skill-Based Games

skill-based gaming casino slot machines

A study finds that skill-based games are being strongly considered by 70 percent of casinos polled. However, the report comes from Synergy Blue, a California-based manufacturer of skill-based games and platforms. In the company’s “State of Skill-Based Games in a New Era of Gambling” report, Synergy Blue says seven out of 10 casino reps who…Read More