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Skill-Based Gambling Machine Manufacturer Gameco Targets Australia, But Hurdles Remain

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Skill-based gambling machines, which pair elements of aptitude with chance, are predominantly being developed in the United States. One manufacturer, GameCo, is ready to take its show on the road to Australia, where residents have long loved to test their luck at the slots, or pokies, as they’re called Down Under. New York City-based GameCo…Read More

Odds of Japan Passing a Casino Bill Lengthen, as Shinzo Abe’s Approval Rating Plummets

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The Japan casino bill currently being drafted by the country’s National Diet might be losing support, as Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe’s ongoing scandals continue to plummet his approval rating. Gambling expansion already spawns mixed feelings among the general public, but lawmakers in Abe’s ruling Liberal Democratic Party (LDP) have largely been committed to his…Read More

Caesars Seeks Shareholder Approval to Split Company’s Gaming Ops From Real Estate Investments

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Shareholders of Caesars Entertainment will gather in Las Vegas this week to decide the future of the company, and ideally, bring its bankruptcy process to an end. According to the Las Vegas Review-Journal, executives will make the case that it’s in everyone’s best interest to divide the corporation’s gaming operations from its real estate holdings….Read More

Arizona Tribal Casino Gets Final Approval, Gambling Venue Within Close Proximity of NFL Stadium

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A tribal casino in Glendale, Arizona, operated by the Tohono O’odham Nation, can move ahead with its $400 million expansion and transform the Class II facility into a full-fledged gambling venue with slots and table games. That comes after the US Department of the Interior (DOI) approved changes to the gaming compact between the tribe…Read More

Japan No Longer Has Las Vegas Casino Companies’ Undivided Attention, as Brazil Emerges as Target

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The major Las Vegas casino companies have been focused on Japan’s forthcoming gambling market for months, but the Asian country no longer has their complete attention. Nearly 11,000 miles away in South America, Brazil’s steps to legalize casinos has quickly attracted the eyes and ears of many of the world’s leading gaming and hospitality conglomerates….Read More

Macau Police Bust Scam ‘Pop Up’ VIP Casino Op

Chau Wai Kuong says crime rate “serious” in Macau

Macau authorities have busted a bogus “pop-up” VIP casino racket that bilked high-rollers out of millions in allegedly crooked baccarat games, according to the South China Morning Post. The police investigation began in June after a man told authorities he had been defrauded of HK$4 million (around $500,000). Officers from the Judiciary Police raided an…Read More

Delaware Brick-and-Mortar Casino Sector Advisory Board Holds State’s Fate, While Keeping Cards Close

Delaware racinos creak under weight of competition

The Delaware land-based casino sector has been hit hard by increased competition from new markets in neighboring states, as the newer and shinier casinos of Pennsylvania and Maryland outperform its three struggling, and highly taxed, racinos. The sector, which comprises Harrington Raceway, Dover Downs, and Delaware Park, peaked in 2006, the year Pennsylvania began issuing…Read More

More Las Vegas Casinos Now Monitoring Players Before Offering ‘Free’ Cocktails

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Add the Golden Nugget in downtown Las Vegas to the ever-growing list of Sin City casinos which no longer want to give their customers unmonitored freebies where booze is concerned. The Nugget joins Caesars Entertainment, which instituted the policy at its Strip properties last year, which was then quickly picked up by Las Vegas Sands Corp….Read More

MGM Resorts Added to S&P 500, Company Should Benefit From Increased Trading

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MGM Resorts International will become the newest member of the revered S&P 500 prior to the open of trading on Wednesday, July 26. The stock’s addition to the Standard and Poor’s index will presumably increase trading activity on the Nevada-based casino and hospitality conglomerate. The S&P 500 is a preferred US index, one that rivals…Read More

Macau Casinos Comped Fewer Rooms in 2015, as VIP Crackdown Blocked High Roller Arrivals

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Macau casinos reported expenditures of MOP8.8 billion ($1.1 billion) from complimentary guestrooms and free food and beverage service in 2015. That represents a 12.9 percent decline from 2014, the special gaming enclave’s final year before Chinese President Xi Jinping initiated his anti-corruption crusade. Over $700 million was spent by casinos on comped hotel rooms, which…Read More

Florida Regulators Allow Magic City to Ditch Dog Racing in Landmark Ruling

Florida Regulators Allow Magic City to Scrap Dog Racing

The Magic City Casino in Miami has been grated permission by gaming regulators to scrap greyhound races while retaining its more-profitable slot machines and card games. It’s an ironic quirk of Florida’s gambling laws that, while greyhound racing has been banned in 40 states often on grounds of cruelty, Florida actually requires its parimutuel venues…Read More

Pennsylvania Satellite Casinos Latest Gambling Ploy Floated by State Lawmakers, Small Cities Targeted

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Authorizing 10 Pennsylvania satellite casinos is the most recent potential money grab state lawmakers are considering in their efforts to bridge a $2.2 billion spending gap. Governor Tom Wolf (D) has allowed a $32 billion budget approved by the Republican-controlled legislature to pass and become law without his signature. The financial blueprint, however, is severely…Read More

Philippines Police Arrest 43 After Violent High-Roller Kidnapping at Solaire Casino

43 arrested for Solaire Manila kidnapping

Police in the Philippines have arrested 41 Chinese and two Malaysian nationals in connection with the kidnapping of a 48-year-old Singaporean woman from the Solaire Casino Resort in Manila on Monday. Wu Yan, believed to be a high-stakes tourist gambler, was rescued by police from a condo in the city the following day. Authorities said…Read More

Massachussets Governor Signs Budget Bill that Allows Casinos to Serve Booze until 4 am

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Last call? Not so fast in future Massachusetts casinos, which recently had their drinking hours extended with a quick signature from the governor. But before anything officially takes effect, some lawmakers are calling for the measure to be put on ice. Republican Gov. Charlie Baker signed a budget on Monday that allows two planned casinos…Read More

Oddsmakers Get It Right: OJ Simpson Granted Parole, Claims He’s Lived a ‘Conflict-Free Life’

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Disgraced football star O.J. Simpson will be released from northern Nevada’s Lovelock Correctional Center this fall, nine years after he was sentenced to prison on kidnapping and robbery charges for a 2007 incident that took place in Las Vegas at the Palace Station casino. Some in the general public might be shocked to discover that…Read More