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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

Paula Abdul Wows Billboard Music Awards in Las Vegas, Flamingo Residency Is Next

Paula Abdul

Pop veteran Paula Abdul is the latest performer to announce a Las Vegas residency. The Straight Up singer was straight up with Billboard this week when she told the entertainment-media juggernaut she will commence a series of shows at the Flamingo later in the year. The first of 20 performances is scheduled for August 13,…Read More

Maine Lawmakers Debate Authorizing Native American Gaming with Casino Owned by Four Tribes

Maine casino

Lawmakers in Maine are debating legislation that would pave the way for the state’s first ever tribal casino and third gaming venue in all. Rep. Benjamin Collings’ (D-Portland) bill would authorize the state’s four federally recognized tribes — the Passamaquoddy, the Penobscot, the Aroostook Band of Micmac, and the Houlton Band of Maliseet — to…Read More

Montana Casino Robber with Molotov Cocktail Was Copying His Dad, Says Ex

Jacob Burritt

A man who tried to rob the Magic Diamond Casino in Bozeman, Montana, while high on meth and armed with a Molotov cocktail, was following in his father’s footsteps, according to his ex-wife. On Saturday morning, Jacob Burritt, 27, walked into the casino wearing a mask and brandishing a flaming object, which was later determined…Read More

Florida-Seminole Compact Deal That Would Authorize Sports Betting Now on Life Support, Lawmakers Say

Seminole

An ambitious political gambit to bring sports betting to Florida while resolving a compact impasse between the state and the powerful Seminole tribal operator is dead in the water, according to multiple sources who spoke to Florida Politics Monday evening. One lawmaker who asked to remain anonymous told FP the push was “99 percent dead.”…Read More

NY Gaming Commission Approves del Lago Plan to Cut Slots, Tables for Planned Sportsbook

The New York Gaming Commission paved the way for the del Lago Resort and Casino to begin work on its sportsbook. In a unanimous decision, the commission at its Monday meeting approved the casino’s request to reduce its slot machines and table games. The resort, which opened two years ago, is located in Tyre roughly…Read More

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