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Federal Court Sides With New Mexico Tribes Over $60 Million Bill on Non-Existent Revenues

New Mexico tribes

A federal judge in New Mexico has ruled the states’ assertion that six of its tribal operators owe millions in revenue-share back payments is based on flawed accounting, The Santa Fe New Mexican reports. In 2017, the New Mexican Gaming Control Board requested payment of more than $60 million from most of the state’s 14…Read More

LVS to Pump $3.3 Billion into World’s Most Profitable Casino: Marina Bay Sands, Singapore

Marina Bay Sands

Sheldon Adelson’s Las Vegas Sands Corp is to plow $3.3 billion into revamping and expanding its Marina Bay Sands resort in Singapore — the richest casino company in the world’s most profitable property. In a filing to the Securities and Exchange Commission Wednesday, LVS said it had reached agreement with the Singapore Tourism Board to…Read More

Rhode Island Loses $890,000 in February Sports Betting Leading State to Revisit Predicted Totals

Rhode Island lost over $890,000 on sports betting in February, with most of the blame being placed on loyal Patriots’ fans siding with the victorious home team in the Super Bowl. After New England defeated the Los Angeles Rams, 13-3, Rhode Island saw only $150,000 in revenue from sports betting at the Twin River casinos. There…Read More

Hard Rock Las Vegas Transformation into Virgin Hotel Delayed Until After 2020 Presidential Election

Hard Rock Las Vegas

The Hard Rock Las Vegas’ metamorphosis into a Virgin-branded hotel-casino has been pushed back in a bid to avoid its opening ceremony being upstaged by the 2020 US presidential election. Sir Richard Branson’s Virgin conglomerate — which bought the resort last year for an undisclosed sum, in partnership with a group of hedge funds and…Read More

Two More Pennsylvania Casinos File for Sports Betting Despite Relatively High Tax, License Fees

More Pennsylvania casinos want to jump on the sports-betting band wagon, as two gaming venues applied for licenses in the last week. Mount Airy Casino Resort in Mount Pocono filed its application on March 29 and Mohegan Sun Pocono in Wilkes-Barre filed on March 27. The Pennsylvania Gaming Control Board (PGCB) is likely to consider…Read More

Wynn Macau 60-Cent Dividend for 2018 Follows Cautious Approach by Casino Company

Wynn Macau Ltd. plans to pay a 60-cent-per-share final dividend for 2018 — which analysts say is the lowest amount in five years — and suggests that company officials continue to be vigilant when it comes to the company’s future. The dividend — which still needs shareholders’ approval — was announced on Thursday and is…Read More

Louisiana Sports Betting Bill Would Seek Voter Approval by Parish

Louisiana sports betting

A Louisiana sports betting bill, pre-filed last week in preparation for the start of the new legislative session on April 8, could pave the way for sport books at the state’s racetracks and casinos — but only if locals agree. Senator Danny Martiny’s (R-Metairie) bill would authorize sports betting on a parish-by-parish basis in the…Read More

High Roller Won’t Pay $41.5 Million Baccarat Loss Because ‘Dealer Made Mistakes’

Star Gold Coast

A Singaporean baccarat whale who was flown into Star Gold Coast Casino on its private jet in the hope that he would drop millions at its high-stakes tables initially didn’t disappoint. According to court documents, businessman Wong Yew Choy arrived at the Queensland casino on July 26 and, by August 1, had managed to blow…Read More

Judge Asked to Consider $60 Million Class-Action Lawsuit Over Casino Rama Cyber Attack

Casino Rama

Lawyers for Casino Rama in Orillia, Ontario at a Superior Court hearing on Thursday denied that as many as 200,000 people had been affected by a hacker who breached its servers in 2016 and stole sensitive customer information — they put the figure at 10,000 to 11,000, the Canadian Press reports. A judge said a…Read More

Spectacle Entertainment Indiana Casino License to Come with $100M Tab for Move to Dry Land in Gary

An Indiana legislative committee Wednesday made it harder for home-grown gaming operator Spectacle Entertainment to open two land-based casinos, after legislators imposed a $100 million fee to reassign one license from a current Lake Michigan location to a nearby property on dry land in Gary. Lawmakers also proposed taking the second license away from the…Read More

New Jersey Gaming Regulators Seize $107K From Prohibited Players at Borgata, Issue Numerous Fines

New Jersey gaming Borgata Atlantic City

New Jersey gaming regulators have confiscated more than $107,000 in casino winnings that were won by prohibited players at the Borgata in Atlantic City. The state Division of Gaming Enforcement (DGE) announced this week that the money was won by either underage gamblers, or individuals who were on the self-excluded banned list but were still…Read More

Senior Citizen Killed at Harrah’s Joliet, Illinois Was Stabbed 26 Times in Frenzied Attack

Harrah’s Joliet

A 76-year old man who was robbed and killed Sunday in a hotel corridor of the Harrah’s Joliet Casino in Joliet, Illinois was stabbed 26 times in a horrific assault, police said Tuesday. Chicago man Robert Watson, 25, was charged with the murder of hotel guest Emanuel M. Burgrino, who was visiting from Wisconsin with…Read More

BC Officials Examine Cashless Casinos in Bid to Banish Specter of Money Laundering

Cashless casinos

Could cashless casinos be coming to British Columbia? Officials in a province that has been scandalized by revelations of widespread money-laundering at its casinos over the past few years are asking the question. Councilmembers for Delta — a small city in the Greater Vancouver area — want the provincial and federal government to join its…Read More

Macau Satellite Casinos Could Be Under Threat in Relicensing Process

Macau satellite casinos

The future of Macau’s 20 satellite casinos could be in doubt when the gambling hub’s relicensing process kicks in, post-2022. The casinos are essentially sublicensees of Macau’s “big six” concessionaires: SJM Holdings, Sands China, Melco Resorts, MGM China, Galaxy Entertainment and Wynn Resorts — although a majority operate under the SJM license. All six concessions…Read More

No Prosecution for Louisiana Dem Leader Who Flouted Casino Self-Exclusion Rule

Karen Carter Peterson

The leader of the Louisiana Democratic Party will not face prosecution for entering a casino from which she was self-excluded, The Advocate reports. State Senator Karen Carter Peterson (New Orleans) admitted Friday she had a gambling problem, after news broke that she had received a Louisiana State Police misdemeanor summons for entering the L’Auberge Baton…Read More

MGM Resorts Teams with Orix in Bid for Osaka License, Casino Giant Would Cede Controlling Stake in Japanese Project

MGM Resorts

MGM Resorts will partner up with Japanese financial services group Orix in its bid for an integrated resort in Osaka, Japan’s third largest city. The tie-up is the first to be announced between an international casino operator and a domestic company and it fits neatly with MGM’s recently announced “Osaka First” policy. Orix was founded…Read More

Virginia Governor Signs Off On Gaming Bill But Casinos Not Legal — Yet

Virginia Governor Ralph Northam

Virginia moved a step closer to legalizing casino gaming on Friday when Governor Ralph Northam signed SB 1126 into law. Virginia has not authorized casinos — not yet, anyway. Only residents of potential host cities can do that via a referendum that would be held in November 2020 at the earliest. SB 1126 was a…Read More

New Hampshire Casino Bill Back from the Dead, Makes Miraculous Recovery in the Senate

New Hampshire casino

The New Hampshire Senate unexpectedly resurrected a seemingly doomed casino bill on Thursday and batting it across to the House with its seal of approval. It’s not the first time one of Senator Lou D’Allesandro’s (D-Manchester) casino bills has risen from the dead — the senator himself has doggedly resuscitated them every year at the…Read More

‘Pacman’ Jones Takes Plea Deal Over Indiana Casino Cheating, Disorderly Conduct Rap

'Pacman' Jones

Former Cincinnati Bengals cornerback and current free agent Adam ‘Pacman’ Jones has accepted a plea deal in relation to charges that included cheating and disorderly conduct at an Indiana casino. The defender turned defendant was arrested at the Rising Star Casino in Indiana in the early hours of February 27 after Indiana Gaming Commission agents responded to…Read More

Analysts: Japanese Casino Market Will ‘Underwhelm’

Japanese casino

The Japanese casino market appears to be shrinking and it’s still several years away from opening its first resort. The country has for the past decade been touted by analysts as the sleeping giant of casino gaming, with the potential to quickly surpass Las Vegas as the second biggest market in the world, after Macau….Read More

BC Regulators Who Linked 2014 Slaying to Casino Money Laundering Networks Were Fired for Making ‘Too Much Noise’

money laundering

Two British Columbia gaming regulators who linked money laundering in the province’s casinos to a 2014 murder that remains unsolved were fired from their jobs shortly after filing their report, documents seen by CTV News reveal. In September 2014, 29-year-old Birinder Khangura was found shot to death in his truck in the city of Surrey….Read More

Encore Boston Harbor Accepting Reservations, Opening Night Rooms Begin at $777

Encore Boston Harbor opening Wynn

The $2.6 billion Encore Boston Harbor has begun accepting reservations for its June opening. The Wynn Resorts integrated casino resort will hold its grand opening celebration on Sunday, June 23. Rooms for the first night start at $777 – the number commonly used on slot machines to identify a jackpot. The $777 rate is for…Read More

Michigan Tribes Squabble Over Little River Casino Proposal

Little River Band

The Little River Band of Ottawa Indians (LRBOI) has reacted angrily to a bid by three other Michigan tribal operators to derail its plans for a $180 million casino that would be built on the vacant Great Lakes Downs Racetrack, Michigan Live reports. The tribe has been planning the casino in Fruitport Township, Michigan for…Read More

Pro-Trump PAC Latest Target of Culinary Workers Union Representing Employees at Palms Casino

To get owners of the Palms Casino Resort in Las Vegas to the negotiation table, the Culinary Workers Union (CWU) is threatening to picket the office of a political action committee (PAC) — one that’s supportive of President Donald Trump and that’s received generous donations from Palms and Station Casinos owners, brothers Frank and Lorenzo…Read More

Domestic Hotel Sector Wants in on Future Brazil Casino Market

Brazil casino

A Brazilian casino bill introduced last month would authorize the creation of up to 32 integrated resorts in the country, a move that it’s hoped will provide a transformative boost to the country’s tourism industry. But if it’s going to happen, representatives of Brazil’s existing hotel sector say they want a piece of the pie….Read More