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Nationwide Sports Betting Would Be Home Run for ESPN, Odds of Legalization Shortening

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Last month, a “discussion draft” to end sports betting prohibition in the United States was introduced by Rep. Frank Pallone (R-New Jersey). The shell bill’s introduction by the longtime congressional lawmaker from the Garden State was in response to Acting Solicitor General Jeffrey Wall’s recommendation to the Supreme Court that they reject an appeal challenging…Read More

Gunshot Fired at Planet Hollywood, While Las Vegas Orders Bollards to Better Protect Strip

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The scene was chaotic at Planet Hollywood in Las Vegas early Tuesday morning. An underage male fired a gun inside the Strip resort as Metro Police were trying to take him and another teenager into custody. No one was injured, but it was a sobering reminder, following last week’s Resorts World Manila tragedy in the…Read More

Connecticut Legislature Passes East Windsor Tribal Casino Bill at Zero Hour

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It’s game on for Connecticut’s contentious third casino. In the early hours of Wednesday morning, the state’s House of Representatives voted to approve SB 957, which would authorize construction of the state’s first casino outside tribal lands, in East Windsor, close to the border with Massachusetts. Connecticut Governor Dannel Malloy has indicated he will not…Read More

Vegas Oddsmakers Take 2017 Warriors Over 1996 Bulls in Hypothetical Matchup

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Las Vegas oddsmakers believe if the NBA world could get their dream matchup, a Finals between the 2016-17 Golden State Warriors and 1995-96 Chicago Bulls, the smart money would be on this year’s likely champs. Up 2-0 on the defending title holders, the Bay Area team seems impossible to beat. Sportsbooks in Nevada give the…Read More

Adelson Casino Wages Ad War Against Pennsylvania VGT Expansion

Sheldon Adelson, owner of Sands Casino Resort Bethlehem

An aggressive $1 million advertising campaign backed by Sheldon Adelson, chairman and CEO of Las Vegas Sands, is attempting to block legislation in Pennsylvania that would allow video gaming terminals (VGTs) in truck stops, restaurants, bars, and off-track betting facilities. Adelson’s Sands Casino Resort Bethlehem is leading the fight against House Bill 1010, which would…Read More

Macau Government Demands Casino Security Reports After Manila Attack

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Two government agencies in Macau met over the weekend to discuss ways to secure its sprawling casino floors from violent attacks. Last week’s deadly rampage inside the Resorts World Manila complex sparked the cause for concern. Macau’s Gaming Inspection and Coordination Bureau (DICJ) met with the city’s Judiciary Police and representatives from the major casino resorts on Sunday to…Read More

Maryland Live! Casino Celebrates Five Years by Transitioning Into Resort Destination

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Maryland Live! Casino opened its doors back on June 6, 2012, and quickly became the most robust gambling floor in the state. It remained the top dog until MGM opened its $1.4 billion National Harbor resort across the Potomac River from Washington, DC, last December. Not willing to fold to its larger neighbor some 35 miles…Read More

Men and Women Handle Gambling Addiction Differently, Research Finds

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Both men and women are susceptible to problem gambling. But when addiction hits and the gambler is headed toward rock bottom, the two sexes differ in how they handle the distress. That’s according to a new study published in the Journal of Gambling Studies by researchers at the University of Adelaide, the Australian Gambling Research Centre…Read More

Philippines to Privatize Nation’s Gaming Industry, Sell Off State-Run Casinos

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The Philippine government is getting out of the casino business, announcing last week plans to sell off state-owned gaming properties. Maybe US President Donald Trump told his Filipino counterpart President Rodrigo Duterte just how difficult it is to run casinos profitably. Even though the Philippines Amusement and Gaming Corporation (PAGCOR) has helped generate billions of pesos while seeing…Read More

Casino Stocks Outsmart Tech in 2017, Analysts Love Top Three Gaming Operators

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Casino stocks have been hitting the jackpot en masse on Wall Street and international exchanges over the last 12 months. The industry is outpacing the tech world, a surprising reality given the general cultural adoration of all things technology vs. gaming’s sometimes vilified status. The Dow Jones US Gambling Index (INDEXDJX: DJUSCA) is up 22.2…Read More

Resorts World Manila Gunman Had Gambling and Employment Issues, Not Linked to Terrorists, Say Philippines Police

Jessie Javier Carlos Resorts World Manila killer

Philippine police have now characterized Resorts World Manila robber Jessie Javier Carlos as a man who had a severe gambling addiction, which pushed him to last week’s robbery at the Genting-owned casino. Conversely, despite the Islamic State claiming to be behind his actions, terrorism was not the motive for that attack, authorities in Manila insist….Read More

New Connecticut Casino Less Certain Amid Last-Minute Politicking Flurry

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With Connecticut’s 2017 legislative session ticking toward its Wednesday close, the General Assembly may not have enough support to push forward a bill to allow the state’s gaming tribes to begin building a third casino. Connecticut’s governor has said he’s ready to sign off on a bill authorizing the Mohegans and Mashantucket Pequot tribes to build a third casino in the…Read More

Macau Casino Revenue Soars in May, Biggest Monthly Gain Since 2014

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Macau casino revenue hit the jackpot in May, as income at the city’s gaming floors totaled 22.7 billion patacas ($2.83 billion). That represents a nearly 24 percent premium on the same month a year ago. May extends Macau’s winning streak to 10 months. Total revenue for the first five months of 2017 is now at…Read More

Las Vegas Sands Likely Frontrunner for Japanese Casino License, Investment Firm Says

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When it comes to a casino in Japan, Las Vegas Sands might have the upper hand over its rivals in bidding on one of the forthcoming casino licenses expected to be issued. That’s according to investment firm Morningstar, which believes billionaire Sheldon Adelson’s gaming conglomerate is best positioned to win a coveted permit. In a…Read More

MGM Resorts and Caesars Ready to Invest in Atlantic City, Christie Pledges Additional Relief

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MGM Resorts and Caesars Entertainment are prepared to make further investments in Atlantic City, as the fiscally troubled oceanfront gambling town slowly begins to reverse its dire economic course. New Jersey Governor Chris Christie (R) says the state will be there to help, with new relief programs on the way for the casino companies still…Read More