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Suffolk Downs Files Incendiary New Claims Against Former Massachusetts Gaming Commissioner, Everett Mayor in $3 Billion Wynn Resorts Lawsuit

Wynn Resorts

Sterling Suffolk Racecourse LLC – owner of Massachusetts racetrack Suffolk Downs – has added two explosive new claims to its lawsuit against Wynn Resorts, which seeks to demonstrate the company “conspired to fix” the 2014 bidding process for a single license to build a casino in the Boston area. Amended complaints accuse Everett Mayor Carlo…Read More

Casino Guest Free to Sue Harrah’s Resort Atlantic City After Sun Deck ‘Cooked’ His Foot

Harrah’s Resort

A guest at Harrah’s Resort, Atlantic City whose diabetic neuropathy meant he failed to realize his foot was “cooking” as he stood on a sun deck can sue the casino company, a federal judge in New Jersey ruled Friday. NJ.com reports that Philadelphia resident Howard Thompson’s condition causes damage to the sensory nerves in the…Read More

Judge Rules Pequots Can Revive Lawsuit Against Former Interior Sec. Zinke, Alleging Filibustering on East Windsor Casino

Ryan Zinke

A federal judge in Washington D.C. ruled Friday that the Mashantucket Pequot tribe of Connecticut can renew a lawsuit against former Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke, Politico reports. The suit, which was initially dismissed last year, accuses the Department of the Interior of illegally blocking approval of a Connecticut casino, allegedly bowing to political pressure from…Read More

Police Officer Justified in Shooting Dead Man Armed with CO2 Gun at Montana Casino, Inquest Rules

A police officer who shot and killed a man in a casino in Billings, Montana, was justified in his use of deadly force, despite the fact the suspect was armed only with a CO2 gun, an inquest at Yellowstone County District Court ruled Thursday. Sgt. Bret Becker could not have known that Shawn Michael Hubbard’s…Read More

South Dakota Senate Advances Sports Betting, Yankton Casino Bills

Yankton casino

Two bills that would let South Dakota voters decide on two key areas of gambling expansion advanced in the State Senate this week. Senate Joint Resolution 2 would establish a referendum to legalize sports betting at Deadwood casinos. It was approved by the Senate in a 18-14 vote and now heads to the House for…Read More

GameCo Recommended for Licensing in Nevada But Jury Still Out on Skill-Gaming

GameCo

GameCo will soon be bringing its video-gaming-slots hybrids to the casinos of Las Vegas. On Wednesday, the company — which calls itself “the video game casino” — was recommended for licensing by the Nevada Gaming Control Board. GameCo made history when it when it launched the world’s first commercially-operational skill-based casino gaming machine, Danger Arena,…Read More

Florida Senate President Galvano Wants Sports Betting, Gambling Reforms But Path Now Littered With Pitfalls

Florida sports betting

Florida Senate President Bill Galvano (R-Bradenton) is not only planning a bill that would legalize sports betting in the Sunshine State, he wants to introduce another comprehensive gambling reform package, of the type that has failed over the past few years, Florida Politics reports. While Galvano’s efforts to reform Florida’s gambling laws have stalled in consecutive…Read More

Voters in New York Support and Oppose Online Sports Betting in Equal Measure, Says Poll

Online sports betting

Voters in New York State are split right down the middle when it comes to the question of legalizing online sports betting. That’s according to a new poll conducted by Siena College, which found that 44 percent favored digital wagering and 44 percent were against it, with 12 percent undecided or indifferent. New York residents…Read More

MGM-Backed Bill Would Criminalize Casino Cheating in Maryland, Where Scammers Get an Easy Ride

MGM National Harbor

Of all the cheating that goes on in MGM properties across the US, an extraordinary 63 percent of it occurs in just one casino, the MGM National Harbor. That probably makes the Prince George’s County, Maryland facility the most cheated casino in America. Maryland is also the only state where MGM has a casino presence…Read More

Onboard Casino Planned for World’s Largest Yacht Project, Which Will Have to Navigate Maritime Gaming Laws

A 750-foot mega-yacht that would include its own shipboard casino — a project predicted to cost $775 million to build, although it is still on the drawing board — would outstage the current record-holder for world’s largest, the 590-foot, $400 million Azzam. The latter was designed for Sheikh Khalifa bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Emir of Abu…Read More

Stanley Ho Family Quashes Reports 97-Year-Old Macau Billionaire Seriously ill in Intensive Care

Stanley Ho

The family of Stanley Ho has denied reports that the Macau casino patriarch is seriously ill. According to the South China Morning Post, Ho’s third wife Ina Chan Un Chan, and daughter Laurinda Ho Chiu-lin, told press outside Hong Kong Sanatorium & Hospital in Happy Valley — where Ho resides on a day-to-day basis —…Read More

Macau Visitor Arrivals Up 27 Percent During Chinese New Year, More Than 1.2M Tourists Travel to Enclave

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Macau visitor arrivals and gross gambling revenue (GGR) don’t necessarily go hand in hand, but a 27 percent tourism surge during the Chinese New Year is certainly good news. The Macau Government Tourism Office (MGTO) reveals that more than 1.2 million people traveled to the enclave during the Spring Festival Golden Week. The MGTO says…Read More

Phil Mickelson Back in Pebble Beach Winner’s Circle, Lefty Rewards Bettors Who Took 25/1 Odds

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Phil Mickelson has won the AT&T Pebble Beach Pro-Am for a record fifth time, a mark that ties him with Mark O’Meara. Lefty entered the week at 25/1 odds to win the tournament. The favorite was Dustin Johnson at 5/1. Bettors who took Mickelson were handsomely rewarded. For every $100 wagered, gamblers netted $2,500. Paul…Read More

Rush Street-Backed Venture Raises Stakes in Massachusetts, Splurging $430,000 Lobbying for Brockton Casino

Neil Bluhm

Mass Gaming and Entertainment — a venture led by Chicago real-estate and casino mogul Neil Bluhm that wants to build a casino in Brockton, Massachusetts — has become the third-biggest spender on outside lobbyists in the Bay State. That’s according to disclosure reports newly released by the state and viewed by The Boston Globe. MG&E…Read More

Study Claims 70 Percent of Casinos Mulling Skill-Based Games

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A study finds that skill-based games are being strongly considered by 70 percent of casinos polled. However, the report comes from Synergy Blue, a California-based manufacturer of skill-based games and platforms. In the company’s “State of Skill-Based Games in a New Era of Gambling” report, Synergy Blue says seven out of 10 casino reps who…Read More

Prime Minister Trudeau Seeks Answers in BC Casino Scandal, Stays Mum on Public Inquiry

BC casino scandal

Canadian Prime Minister (PM) Justin Trudeau wants to know how international criminal rings were able to use British Columbia (BC) casinos as their personal money laundering service, but he stopped short of declaring a full public inquiry into the scandal. The PM was responding to a Global News report last week which indicated that as…Read More

Caesars Palace Teams With Bleacher Report for Casino Sportsbook Studio

Caesars Palace Bleacher Report

The Caesars Palace sportsbook inside the iconic Las Vegas Strip casino resort will soon feature a live studio branded by Turner Sports’ Bleacher Report, the popular sports and sports culture website. Caesars Entertainment and Turner announced the partnership this week. The studio will stream live gaming-related content to the Bleacher Report website, and could also…Read More

Maryland Casinos Begin 2019 With Strong January, Gaming Win Totals $137M

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Maryland casinos won nearly $137 million last month, a 7.2 percent year-over-year increase. MGM National Harbor again was responsible for the lion’s share of gross gambling revenue (GGR). The casino resort outside DC won $56.2 million, or 41 percent of the state gaming market. Live! Casino & Hotel in Arundel Mills was next with $46.3…Read More

Indiana Sports Betting and Casino Bill Passes Unanimously Through Senate Committee

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A bill that would legalize sports betting and authorize a new casino in Terre Haute has overcome its first major hurdle on Wednesday afternoon, passing a committee in the Indiana State Senate. The Public Policy Committee gave its unanimous approval to the bill, which will now be sent to the Senate Appropriations Committee for further…Read More

Las Vegas Strip Casinos Report $1.7B Loss in Latest Fiscal Year, Caesars Bankruptcy Cited

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Casinos on the Las Vegas Strip collectively lost $1.7 billion during the latest fiscal year, primarily a result of costs associated with Caesars Entertainment’s bankruptcy reorganization. The Nevada Gaming Control Board (NGCB) released its 2018 “Gaming Abstract” report this week revealing the financial losses. The document is a report combining financial information regarding the state’s…Read More

Tokyo Court Rules Gaming Mogul Kazuo Okada Was Legally Ousted from His Own Company by His Children

Kazuo Okada

A court in Tokyo has ruled that a trust agreement between the son and daughter of billionaire Japanese gambling mogul Kazuo Okada — which led to the two siblings ousting their father from the family company in a dynastic power struggle — is valid. Okada, 76, was booted from the board of Okada Holdings in…Read More

Year of the Pig Off to a Golden Start for Macau Casinos as Chinese Revelers Flock to Enclave

Macau Casinos

Golden Week kicked off in Macau on Monday, with early figures suggesting visitation to the gambling hub will be up on last’s year’s annual Chinese Lunar New Year holiday. On the first day of the holidays, 84,777 people flocked to Macau to celebrate the Year of the Pig — that’s up 21.7 percent on the…Read More

Leaked Memo Reveals New MGM Resorts Security Policy to Restrict Movement Around Hotel Properties

MGM Resorts

A memo leaked by an employee of MGM Resorts and posted on Twitter this week by Vital Vegas revealed that the company has tightened its elevator security policy in response to the Las Vegas shooting of October 1, 2017. As of Monday, February 4, guests at MGM properties will no longer be able to take…Read More

New Jersey Gaming Regulators Appoint Trustee to Oversee Ocean Resort Ownership Change

New Jersey Ocean Resort Atlantic City

The New Jersey Casino Control Commission (CCC) has appointed a seasoned casino executive to oversee the ownership transfer of the cash-strapped Ocean Resort Boardwalk property. Garden State gaming regulators said Wednesday that Eric Matejevich will assist Luxor Capital – a New York hedge fund that acquired Ocean Resort last month – in obtaining a casino…Read More

Paragon Gaming Sells Stake in Vancouver’s Parq Casino in Wake of Controversy and Financial Loss

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Las Vegas-based Paragon Gaming has sold its stake in the Parq Casino, a luxury gaming facility in downtown Vancouver which has been in the headlines for all the wrong reasons since its 2017 opening. Paragaon announced that it has unloaded its ownership shares to the PBC Group, an Ottawa-based real estate developer, for an undisclosed…Read More