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Terre Haute Casino Proposal Moving Forward as Local Officials Begin Planning November Vote

A proposed casino in Terre Haute, Indiana is becoming increasingly likely as Vigo County election officials move forward on holding a referendum this November, following approval of a far-reaching state gambling bill. Three members of the Vigo County Election Board would like the vote in November — when residents head to the polls for election…Read More

Employee Goes Rogue on Boss, Steals $96K, Blows It All in Four Hours at Crown Melbourne Casino

Crown Melbourne

A young Japanese man who quietly liberated US$96,000 from his boss’ briefcase while he slept and squandered every last cent in just four hours at the gaming tables of Australia’s Crown Melbourne Casino has been sent to prison to reflect on what the judge called his “naive, amateurish and unsophisticated act.” Victoria County Court Judge…Read More

Chicago Man Held on Nearly $1M Bail for Allegedly Invoking Allah While Threatening Aurora, Illinois Casino

A Chicago man who told police he wanted to “take over” and “destroy all casinos” remained in custody in Kane County on nearly a million dollar bail that was set for charges of “felony disorderly conduct” on Friday in connection with alleged threats to bomb the Hollywood Casino in Aurora, Illinois on Feb. 12. A…Read More

Kidnapping, Violent Casino-Related Crime Rise in Macau as Police Vow to Clamp Down on Triad Loan Sharks

Triad

Crime linked to Macau’s casino industry was up 14.1 percent in Q1, with violent crime and kidnappings leading the surge, Secretary for Security Wong Sio Chak said Thursday. Authorities recorded 438 criminal cases related to the gaming industry — which is the world’s biggest market — with kidnapping rates increasing by 34.4 per cent, to…Read More

MGM Estimates $800 Million Settlement for Las Vegas Shooting Victims, ‘Not Even Close,’ Says Lawyer

Las Vegas shooting

MGM Resorts International said Thursday it could reasonably expect to pay around $800 million to settle lawsuits related to the 2017 Las Vegas shooting. In a filing to the Securities and Exchange Commission, the casino giant said settlements could be reached by next May. Since last October, MGM has been engaged in mediation with victims…Read More

MGM Springfield GGR Plummets 15 Percent in April, Casino Nearly $100M Short of Expectations

MGM Springfield casino revenue

Massachusetts’ MGM Springfield reported a month-to-month 15 percent gross gaming revenue (GGR) decline for April, but company officials aren’t overly concerned with the $960 million integrated casino resort’s performance. Financial data supplied by the Massachusetts Gaming Commission (MGC) shows that the casino won more than $21.8 million. Slot machines generated a $14.5 million win for…Read More

Pittsburgh’s Rivers Casino Fined $90,000 for Underage Gambling a Month After Bethlehem Pennsylvania Penalties

The operator of Rivers Casino Pittsburgh is going to pay $90,000 in fines following allegations underage patrons seven times wagered on the venue’s gaming floor. The Pennsylvania Gaming Control Board (PGCB) assessed the fine on Wednesday against Holdings Acquisitions, Co. Each of the incidents involved individuals under the age of 21. In one case, a…Read More

Euro Gaming Operator Groupe Lucien Barrière Pledges ‘Naturally Japanese Resorts’ In Push for Japan License

In its effort to land one of Japan’s coveted gaming licenses, predominantly French casino outfit Groupe Lucien Barrière (GLB) has pledged to build a resort that is distinctively Japanese in flavor. Speaking before the Japan Gaming Congress 2019 in Tokyo on Thursday, Barrière executive Jonathan Strock — who spearheads the operator’s Japan division, said that…Read More

Bill to Restore Mashpee Land Rights and Casino Ambitions Passed by US House, Despite Trump Opposition

Mashpee

A bill that would secure the federal trust status of the Mashpee Wampanoag tribe of Massachusetts’ land was approved by the US House Wednesday. The Democrat-backed HR 312 was approved by 275-146, in a vote broadly split across party lines, although 42 Republicans jumped ship. It faces a tougher test in the GOP-controlled Senate and…Read More

Philippines Casinos Predicted To Earn More Than Macau Gaming Operators, Financial Firm Says

The Philippines is seeing “faster” growth in casino gambling than such well-known gaming destinations as Macau or Las Vegas, a new analysis predicts. It is welcome news for Philippines President Rodrigo Duterte who increasingly supports gaming. In a note to investors, Morgan Stanley Asia predicted a 16 percent jump in earnings before interest, taxation, depreciation…Read More

Caesars to Rebrand Southern Indiana Casino Under Flagship Name as Part of $85M Project

Officials with Caesars Entertainment announced on Wednesday that its Southern Indiana property will get a name change once work finishes on moving the casino from the Ohio River to a new $85 million venue. When the new 100,000-square-foot casino opens in Elizabeth, located just west of Louisville, Ky., it will do so as Caesars Southern…Read More

Encore Boston Harbor Vacuuming Up Hospitality Market Workforce, Complain Local Businesses

Encore Boston Harbor

Wynn Resorts’ Encore Boston Harbor is due to fling open its doors in just over a month and the casino giant is currently scrambling to fill 5,500 positions at the $2.6 billion casino resort. As a licensing condition, the company has committed to employing two-thirds of its workforce (3,666 people) from within 30 miles of…Read More

Chinese Triad Gang Threatens to Take Over Cambodia Casino Town in Chilling Video

Sihanoukville

A video of a Chinese criminal gang threatening to seize control of Cambodian casino town Sihanoukville has become the subject of an investigation by the Southeast Asian country’s authorities and the Chinese Embassy, the South China Morning Post reports. The video depicts around 20 men, some tattooed and all shirtless in the manner of Triad…Read More

British Columbia Parq Vancouver Casino Gets Thrown Lifeline With Equity Partner

The financially burdened Parq Vancouver casino resort in Canada’s British Columbia has announced a new equity partner, along well as refinancing of it debts. But the identity of that investor remains a mystery. Before the announcement of the unidentified partner, Canadian real estate firm PBC Corp. had a 63 percent stake in Parq Vancouver, while…Read More

Nevada, Illinois Pols Call on US Treasury to Raise Tax-Reporting Threshold for Slot Jackpots to $5,000

Reporting Threshold

Congressmembers from Nevada and Illinois have petitioned the US Treasury to up the tax-reporting threshold on slot-machine jackpots, which has been frozen in time at $1,200 since 1977, in defiance of inflation. In a letter dated May 13, US Reps. Dina Titus (D-Nevada) and Darin LaHood (R-Illinois) wrote to Assistant Treasury Secretary David Kautter to…Read More

Iowa Sports Betting Bill Signed Into Law, Becomes 11th State to Legalize

Iowa Gov. Kim Reynolds signed a bill into law on Monday afternoon that made the state the 11th in the country to legalize sports betting. The law, which will take effect on July 1, allows the state’s 22 casinos to establish retail sportsbooks. The sportsbooks also will have the ability to offer mobile sports betting….Read More

Connecticut’s Mohegan Gaming ‘Shovel Ready’ for Massive Project in Future Asian Gaming Hub

Mohegan Gaming

Connecticut tribal casino operator Mohegan Gaming & Entertainment is poised to begin construction of the first $1.6-billion phase of its proposed integrated resort in Incheon, South Korea, around 16 miles from the capital, Seoul. Incheon was South Korea’s first free economic zone and is set to become a gambling hub in the mold of the…Read More

BC Lottery Corp Seeks Tech Contractor to Fix Broken Anti-Money-Laundering System

BC Lottery Corp

The BC Lottery Corp has launched a competitive bidding process for a technology solution to help combat money laundering after an independent report described its current system as unfit for purpose, CBC reports. The province has been engulfed by scandal following revelations that it had become a global hub of money-laundering, with billions of dollars…Read More

Rhode Island Sports Betting Projections Cut in Half for Next Financial Year as Additional Threats Loom

Rhode Island is facing a harsh reality that sports betting in the next fiscal year may likely only bring in half of the money that had been predicted. In a new report, consulting firm Christiansen Capital Advisors warned the state’s Department of Revenue that Rhode Island’s amount for athletic wagering will be about $14.8 million…Read More

Alleged Trump Tax Records Show Extent of Atlantic City Casino Losses

Trump tax

Purported printouts of Donald Trump tax transcripts from the mid-1980s to mid-1990s obtained by the New York Times reveal he lost $1.17 billion — reportedly more than any other individual American — at a time when casinos formed a core part of his business. The picture NYT paints shows a period of rampant borrowing, acquisition,…Read More

Illinois House Speaker Michael Madigan Throws Support Behind Proposed Chicago Casino Project

Michael Madigan — the Illinois House Speaker once called “more Machiavellian than Machiavelli” by imprisoned former governor Rod Blagojevich — has announced he’s prepared to support a new casino in Chicago, the third-largest US city. Madigan said the idea of a casino in Chicago could go two ways. “It can be city-owned, or it can…Read More

Wynn Resorts and Massachusetts Regulators Bury the Hatchet to Focus on Encore Boston Harbor June 23 Finish Line

Encore Boston Harbor

Having hit Wynn Resorts with a $35 million fine last week for failing to disclose sexual misconduct allegations against the company’s former chairman and CEO, Steve Wynn, the Massachusetts Gaming Commission (MGC) in now bending over backwards to ensure its Encore Boston Harbor can open in time. The commission could have revoked the company’s license…Read More

New Cotai, Key Investor in Macau’s Studio City, Files for US Bankruptcy Protection

Executives at Macau’s Studio City Resort Casino are confident in the future of the venue and its planned expansion despite news that one of its top investors has filed for bankruptcy protection. New Cotai Holdings has asked the Bankruptcy Court for the Southern District of New York for Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection from 20 creditors,…Read More

Ponca Tribe Wins Crucial Backing for Prairie Flower Casino in 12-Year Legal Battle with Iowa, Nebraska

Prairie Flower Casino

A lawsuit by the states of Nebraska and Iowa that seeks to sink the Ponca Tribe of Nebraska’s Prairie Flower Casino in Carter Lake, Iowa, was dealt a body blow this week, The Omaha World-Herald reports. The tribe opened its casino in early November, despite the pending federal legal challenge by the two states, which…Read More

British Columbia Calls for Gambler’s Code of Conduct Over VIP Dealer Abuse at River Rock Casino

River Rock Casino

Physical assault, sexual harassment, verbal abuse, death threats, chair-throwing — it’s all just part of the job if you’re a dealer the high-roller tables, allegedly. Or at least, these are some of the indignities that employees at the River Rock Casino in Richmond, British Columbia, have had to endure, according to a damning new report…Read More