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Train Service Likely To Resume Between Thailand and Cambodia’s Gambling Destination of Poipet

Poipet Cambodia — which now has some 22 casinos — may be easier to travel to for foreign visitors with plans to provide rail service from Thailand, helping to boost gambling revenue for the region. The city just three years ago had nine gaming venues, according to The Bangkok Post. Regular rail service between Thailand’s…Read More

Harrah’s Atlantic City Wins Court Battle Against Self-Declared Problem Gambler Over $188,000 Debt

Harrah’s Atlantic City

Harrah’s Atlantic City is free to pursue a $188,000 debt run up by a self-described problem gambler — in part, because he had failed to register with the casino’s self-exclusion program, a New Jersey appeals court ruled Friday. As initially reported by the Law360 website, Massimo Dangelico had argued that he should not have been…Read More

California Casino Run by Powerful Polygamous Mormon Sect Could Lose License

Lake Elsinore

A California casino owned by members of a Mormon fundamentalist sect has been operating under a provisional license for the last two decades, despite a regulator’s recommendation it be denied full licensing back in 2008, The Salt Lake Tribune reports. Lake Elsinore Casino, an underwhelming low-rise card club in the city of Lake Elsinore, Southern…Read More

Pennsylvania Must Return Millions to Top Casinos, Per State Supreme Court Tax Ruling

Pennsylvania Supreme Court

Pennsylvania’s Supreme Court has ruled the state must return millions of dollars to its most successful casinos because they were required to contribute to a special fund that would benefit competitors while receiving nothing in return. The state’s top court on Friday sided with its two best-performing casinos, Sands Bethlehem and Parx Casino, who argued…Read More

New Casinos and Healthy Downtown Las Vegas Boost Boyd Gaming Earnings

Boyd Gaming

A vibrant downtown Las Vegas casino market and new acquisitions in the Midwest and South region helped propel Boyd Gaming to Q1 revenue growth of 36.5 percent, at $827.3 million, while net income rose 9.8 percent to $45.5 million. While visitors to Las Vegas piled into Fremont St, boosting revenues by 4.2 percent to $63…Read More

Virginia Economic Development Director Who Claimed She Was Big Casino Winner Was Big Loser, Embezzlement Probe Shows

Jennifer McDonald

A former Royal-Warren County, Virginia economic development director who boasted to local press last year of winning over a million dollars on slot machines actually lost $753,207 from 2014 to 2018, according to records subpoenaed from the Hollywood Casino in Charles Town. In February 2018, Jennifer McDonald gave an interview to The Royal Examiner to…Read More

Study Reveals Nevada Most Gambling Addicted State in America

When most people think of gambling in the United States, they think of Nevada. So, it shouldn’t be surprising that a study released this week shows The Silver State leads in the nation in gambling addiction. WalletHub, a personal finance web site, conducted research on 20 categories, including the number of casinos, legality of other…Read More

Osaka Begins Taking Applications for Integrated Resort Proposals

Osaka integrated resort process

The city of Osaka officially launched its request for proposal (RFP) process on Thursday, allowing operators to submit their ideas for the development of an integrated resort in the city or prefecture. Osaka is seen as a likely host for one of up to three integrated resorts in Japan, each of which will contain a…Read More

Indiana Legislature Passes Biggest and Most Controversial Gambling Expansion Package in Decades

Eric Holcomb

Indiana lawmakers passed a controversial bill in the dying minutes of the legislative session in Indianapolis on Wednesday, sending the state’s biggest gaming expansion package in decades to the desk of Governor Eric Holcomb. House Bill 1015 is not so controversial because it would legalize full-scale mobile sports betting – although this is always guaranteed…Read More

Draft Seminole Compact Deal Would Include Sports Betting, Craps, Roulette, But Will Be Tough to Pass, Governor Says

Seminole

Florida Republican Gov. Ron DeSantis has a copy of a “draft outline” of a potential new gaming compact, thrashed out over the past few weeks during negotiations between the Seminole Tribe and Sen. Wilton Simpson (R-10th). Few people have seen the document, but sources have told local media they believe the deal would allow the…Read More

MGM Resorts Ventures Beyond Gaming Universe for Talent in Branding, Digital Initiatives

MGM Resorts has gone to the outside to select Atif Rafiq — a pioneering chief digital officer — as its first president of commercial and growth. The recent appointment comes as company leaders are looking for savings via technology and to improve customer experiences with new digital offerings. It is a sign, too, other resort…Read More

Failed Lucky Dragon Casino Sold for $36 Million to Become Non-Gaming Hotel

Lucky Dragon Casino

Doomed off-Strip casino project Lucky Dragon was sold for $36 million Monday to a developer who wants to turn the building into a non-gaming hotel and conference space. Don Ahern – who is the chairman and CEO of Ahern Rentals, a Las Vegas-based firm that hires out heavy construction equipment – confirmed to the Las…Read More

Australia’s Ailing VIP Segment to Rebound in 2020 Due to New Economic Sentiment in China: Analyst

VIP segment

Australia’s casino sector is in the midst of VIP meltdown, although analysts predicted this week that recovery is in sight – just not until the next financial year. The downturn in Chinese VIP spending at the country’s two top casino operators has been marked in recent months. Crown Resorts announced in February that revenues from…Read More

Oklahoma Grandma Leaves Boy in Hot Car at Casino, Faces Murder Rap

An Oklahoma woman pleaded not guilty on Friday to federal charges she abandoned her 5-year-old grandson, leading to his death, in order to go to a casino. On Wednesday, a grand jury indicted Alanna Jean Orr, 50, on second-degree murder charges. After her arraignment in U.S. District Court in Oklahoma Friday, a federal judge released…Read More

Japanese Government Approves Anti-Addiction Measures Ahead of Casino Bidding Process

Japan anti-addiction measures

The cabinet of Japanese Prime Minster Shinzo Abe signed off on a plan that will attempt to limit gambling addiction as Japan moves towards the process of awarding licenses for integrated resorts. Japan plans to award up to three integrated resort licenses, with each of these resorts set to include casinos along with other attractions….Read More

Canadian Couple Call Out Dominican Republic ‘Progressive Roulette’ Casino Scam

Progressive roulette

A Canadian couple have issued a stark warning to vacationers visiting the Dominican Republic – and the casino at the Hotel Riu Bambu resort near Punta Cana in particular: beware of a scam casino game described as “progressive roulette.” Jay Lush and Steve Bungay from Newfoundland told CBC Radio 1’s St John’s Morning Show this…Read More

Monticello Raceway Shutting Down Casino on Tuesday, Workers Fear Racing Soon to Follow

Monticello Raceway VLTs

The end is near for machine gaming at Monticello Casino & Raceway, as Empire Resorts plans to shut down the track’s video-lottery terminals (VLTs) next Tuesday after 15 years. The elimination of the slots-like machines comes a little over a year after the opening of the nearby Resorts World Catskills casino, which is located just…Read More

LVS Likely Settled for $96 Million in Legal Battle with Hong Kong Businessman, Per Earnings Report

LVS

In March, Las Vegas Sands Corp settled a long-running legal dispute with Hong Kong businessman Richard Suen, who claimed he enabled the casino giant to win licensing in Macau back in 2001. Based on LVS’ profits in the gambling hub since, Suen was asking for $346.9 million cut, and LVS settled for an undisclosed sum…Read More

Latest Tunica Casino Closure Shows Arkansas as a Growing Power

It’s not only the bettors who can lose in the gambling industry. Sometimes, the casinos themselves end up getting beat. On Tuesday, Penn National Gaming announced it would close the Resorts Casino in Tunica, Miss. later this year. The venue is one of three the company owns in the town, and Penn National cited increased…Read More

Possible Sale of The Cosmopolitan Could Be Billion Dollar Winning Bet for Blackstone Group

The Cosmopolitan of Las Vegas is not likely to change much for visitors as news broke Tuesday that the current owner, the Blackstone Group, is considering putting the luxury venue up for sale following renovations. Selling the Strip property after upgrades follows the financial services firm’s overall strategy with real estate investments. Close to five…Read More

Saipan Typhoon Clean Up Hampered by Plummeting Imperial Palace Casino Revenue

Saipan

The US Pacific island of Saipan is struggling to rebuild after the destruction wrought by Super Typhoon Yutu last October, largely because the declining fortunes of its controversial casino, Imperial Palace, Reuters reports this week. Last month, the Chinese-owned casino booked a $415.3 million loss for 2018, citing a dramatic fall in VIP revenue and…Read More

Proposed Mississippi Casino Site Now for Sale Despite Once Getting Attention of Donald Trump’s Company

Owners of promising property in Diamondhead, Mississippi — part of which was approved for a gaming venue — have no choice but to sell some or all the approximate 400-acre parcel due to financial conditions. Diamondhead Casino Corp. President Deborah Vitale confirmed to the Sun Herald the land was for sale and explained the company…Read More

Indiana Sports Betting Bill Moves Minus Mobile, Senate Wants It Back

Mobile sports betting

The Indiana House of Representatives overwhelming approved a gambling package Monday that would legalize sports betting in the Hoosier State — but not before it was stripped of a provision that would have authorized mobile betting. The House approved the packag —  which would also permit the movement onto dry land of two Gary floating…Read More

Seneca Nation Ordered to Pay $255 Million to New York State But Rev-Share Spat May Not Be Over Yet

Seneca Nation

The Seneca Nation owes the State of New York more than $255 million in casino revenue-share contributions and it must pay its tab. That was the verdict of a legally binding arbitration panel on Wednesday, which said the tribe must also resume making the quarterly payments it has withheld since March 2017. The Senecas claim…Read More

Rubella Outbreak Among Macau Casino Workers Heightens Vaccine Debate

A wave of rubella — more commonly known as German measles — has afflicted 12 hotel employees in Macau, as workers demand protection from the communicable virus. The dozen employees were diagnosed during the first two weeks of April, with their numbers evenly divided between City of Dreams and StarWorld Hotel. It was not immediately…Read More