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Kansas Horse Racing Revival Bill Dies in the Senate

Kansas horseracing bill dies in Senate

A legislative push aimed at rebuilding Kansas’ defunct horse and dog racing industries has fallen at the first fence. SB 427 sought to cut tax rates for racetracks, which supporters argue have been so punitive that they have killed off the once-thriving thoroughbred and quarter horseracing industry in the state. But the bill was narrowly…Read More

Mashantucket Pequot Leader Says Tribes Must Unite in Pursuit of Casinos Both Domestic and Abroad

Mashantucket Pequot Mohegan Sun casino

Mashantucket Pequot Tribal Council Chairman Rodney Butler opined this week that Native American groups should come together and pair their assets in order to acquire for marquee casino resorts both domestically and abroad. Fresh off this month’s National Indian Gaming Association convention in Las Vegas, the Mashantucket leader sat down with CDC Gaming Reports to…Read More

Warriors, Rockets NBA Favorites Entering Semifinals, Cavs Underdogs vs. Raptors

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The Golden State Warriors and Houston Rockets are the heavy favorites to win the NBA title heading into round two of the playoffs. After making quick work of their round one foes, the Warriors and Rockets cruised to easy first-game wins in their semifinal series openers. Golden State topped the New Orleans Pelicans 123-101 on…Read More

Blackstone Group Acquires Spanish Gaming Giant Cirsa

Cirsa founder Manuel Lao

US private equity fund the Blackstone Group is to acquire Spain’s largest casino and bingo hall operator, Cirsa. The two companies announced the deal in a joint press release on Friday, and, while exact terms were not disclosed, Cirsa’s asking price was known to have been between €2 billion ($2.4 billion) and €2.5 billion ($3…Read More

Ocean Resort Casino Owner Explains Atlantic City Investment, Reveals Boardwalk Property Future

Ocean Resort Casino Atlantic City

Ocean Resort Casino owner Bruce Deifik is hoping to transform the former Revel Atlantic City into a more welcoming property than its previous incarnation. “The first thing we did is pay very close attention to what people said about this place, positive and negative,” Deifik recently told the Associated Press. “We will listen … treat…Read More

Steve Wynn Files Defamation Lawsuit Against Former Salon Director, Makes Early Exit from Wynn Las Vegas Villa

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Steve Wynn remains on the offensive in defending his character against numerous allegations of sexual misconduct. In a lawsuit filed Thursday in Clark County District Court, the billionaire accused former salon artistic director Jorgen Nielsen of defamation. Nielsen was one of two people to go on the record with The Wall Street Journal for its…Read More

Wynn Resorts Renames Massachusetts Casino Encore Boston Harbor

Wynn Resorts Everett Boston Harbor

Wynn Resorts CEO Matt Maddox appeared before the Massachusetts Gaming Commission (MGC) this week, and he came bearing critical news. The chief executive who replaced Steve Wynn in the wake of numerous allegations of sexual misconduct made against the billionaire, Maddox told the MGC that “this company is not about a man. It hasn’t been…Read More

Tribal Casinos Subject to US Labor Law, Rules Federal Court

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Tribal operators cannot disrupt unionizing on casino properties, said a federal court Thursday, the culmination of a case that pitted the scope of tribal sovereignty head-on against the federal National Labor Relations Act (NLRA). The US Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit ruled the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) had acted correctly when it censured…Read More

Mandalay Bay Struggles for Occupancy Post-Vegas Shooting, Admits MGM, As It Revises Revenue Forecast

Mandalay Bay is taking longer to recover than expected, says Murren

MGM Resorts International’s Mandalay Bay is taking longer than expected to recover from the Las Vegas shooting, the company’s CEO Jim Murren told analysts during a Thursday conference call to discuss Q1 earnings. Murren said the property’s revenue declined by 6.3 percent during Q1 to $245 million, while occupancy was at just 85 percent, a…Read More

Crown Resorts Fined AU$300,000 for Slots Tampering

Crown Resorts fined

Australia’s Crown Resorts has been dealt the biggest fine in its 25-year history after it was found to have practised “button blanking” on 17 of its slot machines at its flagship Melbourne casino. The regulator for the Australian state of Victoria, VCGLR, fined the company AU$300,000 ($270,000) for the infraction and ordered it to draft…Read More

NFL Draft Round One Betting Recap, Cleveland Browns Roll Dice With Baker Mayfield

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No story on day one of the NFL Draft was more surprising than the Cleveland Browns rolling the dice on Baker Mayfield and selecting the Oklahoma Sooner quarterback as the number one pick of 2018. USC quarterback Sam Darnold was seen as the consensus favorite last month, with sportsbooks listing him around 2/1 to 3/1…Read More

Japan Casino Bill Approved by Cabinet, Authorizes Three Integrated Resorts

Japan casino bill Shinzo Abe

The long-awaited Japan casino regulatory bill is finally here. On Friday, Prime Minister Shinzo Abe’s Cabinet approved the measure that seeks to authorize commercial integrated casino resorts. The statute initially calls for three gambling properties, with taxes on gross revenues set at 30 percent and residents charged a JPY 6,000 ($55) entrance fee while granting…Read More

Osaka Casino Up and Running by 2023 Despite Hurdles, Says Governor

Osaka casino up and running by 2023, says governor, Ichiro Matsui

Osaka Governor Ichiro Matsui is confident that his city will have Japan’s first integrated resort up and running by 2023 – or 2024 “at the latest” – should it be chosen as one of three host regions for the new casino market. Osaka is a strong favorite, along with Tokyo and Yokohama, to host the…Read More

Trump Lawyer Marc Kasowitz Linked to Push to Lift Locals Gambling Ban in Vietnam

Marc Kasowitz

Did President Donald Trump ask Vietnamese Prime Minister Nguyen Xuan Phuc to lift the locals ban in Vietnam’s foreigner-only casinos as a favor to his longtime lawyer, Marc Kasowitz? According to left-leaning, Pulitzer Prize-winning ProPublica, it’s certainly possible – or, at the very least, the call that the then-president-elect made to the Communist leader on…Read More

Caesars Entertainment Continues Global Expansion in Mexico

Caesars Entertainment Mexico

Caesars Entertainment is on a development spree. On Wednesday, the company announced its third project in two weeks, this time revealing the brand is headed south to Mexico. Caesars has entered into a partnership with a Mexican real estate development firm called Grupo Questro to manage a $200 million non-gaming beachfront resort in Puerto Los…Read More