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Japan National Diet Considers Extending Legislative Session to Pass Casino Bill

National Diet Japan casino bill IR

The Japan National Diet is reportedly considering an extension of its regular legislative session in order to pass its integrated casino resorts bill. Formally known as the Integrated Resorts (IR) Implementation Bill, the measure began being discussed in the parliament’s lower chamber on Tuesday. According to GGRAsia, an online news outlet focused on gaming in…Read More

PokerStars Seals Deal with Hong Kong-Listed Casino-Hotel Group to Expand Asian Tournament Footprint

Stanley Choi, chairman of International Entertainment Corp

PokerStars’ parent The Stars Group has inked a deal with Hong-Kong-listed International Entertainment Corp to operate land-based poker tournaments in “certain Asian counties” under the PokerStars brand, according to a filing by International to the Hong Stock Exchange. International Entertainment is the owner-operator of the five-star AG New World Manila Bay Hotel and Casino in…Read More

Connecticut Plans Special Session to Fast-Track Sports Betting

Dannel P. Malloy

Connecticut Governor Dannel Malloy said this week that “the world has changed” since the US Supreme Court struck down PASPA, paving the way for state-sanctioned sports betting. Malloy said he would talk with lawmakers on Wednesday with a view to organizing a special session to try to get a sports betting bill passed. He told…Read More

No Dice: Harrah’s New Orleans Casino Extension Scrapped

Harrah's New Orleans contract agreement

Harrah’s New Orleans and parent company Caesars Entertainment will need to wait at least another year before seeing their casino contract with the city extended by the Louisiana State Legislature. House Bill 553 sought to extend the state and city’s casino agreement with Harrah’s for 30 years. But lawmakers in the state House and Senate…Read More

Vegas Golden Knights Overcome Improbable Odds to Reach Stanley Cup Finals

Vegas Golden Knights Stanley Cup odds

The Vegas Golden Knights are into the Stanley Cup Finals after eliminating the Winnipeg Jets Sunday night to win the Western Conference final in five games. The most unlikely story in hockey continues. Prior to the first drop of the puck back in October, oddsmakers had Vegas’ Stanley Cup odds as long as 500/1. The…Read More

Culinary Union Expected to Vote for Citywide Las Vegas Strike, Walkout Unlikely

Culinary Union

The Culinary Union, Nevada’s biggest casino workers’ union, will vote on Tuesday on a measure that threatens to bring Las Vegas to a virtual standstill. For the first time in 15 years, the union’s 50,000 bartenders, bellmen, cocktail servers, food servers, housekeepers, kitchen staff, and porters will decide by ballot whether to stage a citywide…Read More

Hainan Casinos Unlikely with Beijing Stalwartly Opposed, Experts Say

Sanya, Hainan island

The likelihood of China turning the southern province of Hainan into a casino hub to rival Macau is minimal, according to expert opinions canvassed by the South China Morning Post at the recent Global Gaming Expo Asia 2018 (G2E Asia) in Macau this week. Su Guojing, founder of the China Lottery Industry Salon (which describes…Read More

Delaware Could Beat New Jersey in Race to Expand Sports Betting Options

Delaware sports betting

New Jersey looked like the leader in the race to take advantage of the Supreme Court’s decision to strike down the Professional and Amateur Sports Protection Act (PASPA) earlier this week. But developments later in the week have changed that outlook, with Delaware now in position to offer full-scale sports betting first. Initially, it looked…Read More

Louisiana Lawmakers Disagree on Harrah’s New Orleans Extension

Louisiana Harrah's New Orleans Caesars

Louisiana lawmakers are divided on the best way to proceed in extending the contract for Harrah’s New Orleans, the state’s lone land-based commercial casino. On Wednesday night, the Louisiana Senate amended House Bill 553 to increase Caesars Entertainment’s annual payment to the state from $60 million to $80 million. Caesars is the parent company to…Read More

Bankrupt Lucky Dragon Casino in Las Vegas Searching for Fresh Blood, Developer Says Chinese Firms Interested

Lucky Dragon Las Vegas casino bankruptcy

The failed Lucky Dragon casino in Las Vegas has been cleared to begin accepting bids from interested buyers. The off-Strip gaming resort  has indicated it’s open to outright buyers, or those willing to partner with current management. A federal bankruptcy court approved the casino’s bid procedures this week, which formally allows parties to enter into…Read More

No Sale for Wynn Resorts Encore Boston Harbor, CEO Matt Maddox Confirms at AGM

Matt Maddox Wynn Resorts

Wynn Resorts CEO Matt Maddox says the company’s integrated casino resort — newly renamed the Encore Boston Harbor and currently under construction in Massachusetts — is not for sale. Maddox provided numerous updates to shareholders at his first annual meeting as chief executive on the company’s current state, and its vision for the future. The CEO,…Read More

Las Vegas Shooter’s Behavior Left Mandalay Bay Hotel Room Maid Jittery, Newly Released Police Reports Say

Mandalay Bay hotel suite Stephen Paddock shooting

Las Vegas police on Wednesday released more than a thousand pages of documents containing witness statements of the Las Vegas shooting. As well as testimonies from traumatized survivors, the documents — as outlined by a report in the Las Vegas Review-Journal — include accounts of those who interacted with gunman Stephen Paddock before the shooting….Read More

Churchill Downs and Golden Nugget Atlantic City to Debut Online Sports Betting by Early 2019

Churchill Downs Golden Nugget

Kentucky-based Churchill Downs Incorporated and Golden Nugget Atlantic City are uniting to offer an online sports betting platform in New Jersey, which the two companies hope to have up and running by the first quarter of 2019. Churchill Downs is best-known for owning its namesake horse racetrack where the Kentucky Derby was contested earlier this…Read More

Tourism Experts Optimistic on Atlantic City Future, Hard Rock Expected to Attract New Visitors

Atlantic City casino tourism Hard Rock

Atlantic City is embarking on perhaps its most critical summer in recent memory. The gambling capital of the East Coast is to become a nine-casino town when Hard Rock and Ocean Resort both open on June 28. And while brick-and-mortar gross gaming revenue (GGR) is down more than six percent this year through April, hospitality…Read More

Controversial Wynn Resorts Director Jay Hagenbuch Steps Down Ahead of AGM

John Hagenbuch steps down from Wynn Resorts board

John “Jay” Hagenbuch, the Wynn Resorts director whom Elaine Wynn launched a campaign to oust, announced Tuesday he would not be seeking reelection to the board at the company’s annual general meeting, which was scheduled for today, Wednesday, May 16. Ms. Wynn claimed that Hagenbuch was a crony of Steve Wynn and demanded his removal…Read More