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Florida Legislature Introduces Two Competing Gambling Bills, More Stalemate Expected

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The Florida Legislature has been trying to determine its gambling future since the powerful Seminole Tribe’s compact expired in 2015. Two new legislative proposals that seek two entirely different goals might suggest that a conclusion will not be reached anytime soon. In the Florida House, a bill that has been passed by the chamber’s Tourism…Read More

Former Trump Taj Workers Flock to Hard Rock for Jobs

Hard Rock Atlantic City is Hiring

Atlantic City’s jobs market is bouncing back, while its unemployment rates are close to pre-recession levels – and with two new casino resorts scheduled to open this summer, the Hard Rock and Ocean Resort, thousands of new jobs are just over the horizon. The Hard Rock began hiring on Tuesday, interviewing 1,400 former employees of…Read More

Steve Wynn Investigation Launched by Nevada Gaming Control Board, Potential Penalties Significant

Steve Wynn sexual misconduct scandal

Steve Wynn is the subject of a formal Nevada Gaming Control Board (NGCB) investigation, as the state regulator confirmed this week that it’s reviewing the sexual misconduct allegations being made against the Las Vegas tycoon. Last week, the Wall Street Journal published a report with claims from numerous female Wynn Resorts workers that allege the…Read More

No Charges Likely for October 1 Shooting Ammo Supplier Douglas Haig, Says Counsel

Douglas Haig revealed as second person of interest in Vegas shooting

Update Jan 31, 1:15 pm PT: Marc J. Victor, the attorney representing Arizona-based ammunitions dealer Douglas Haig, said on Wedneday that he does not expect any charges to be filed against his client in the matter of the Stephen Paddock October 1 shooting at Mandalay Bay in Las Vegas. ————————————————————————————————————— Douglas Haig, an Arizona-based ammunition supplier,…Read More

Illinois Smoking Ban Has Not Damaged Casino Revenue, Study Claims

Illinois smoking ban no affect on casino industry revenues

The Illinois smoking ban was one of the first in the US to make commercial casinos completely smoke-free, but it hasn’t impacted their footfall or gambling revenues, according to a new study by the Bureau of Economic Research. But operators of the state’s riverboat casinos, which comprise its commercial casino sector, beg to differ. They…Read More

Americans to Bet $4.76 Billion on Super Bowl, Nearly All of It Illegally

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The 2018 Super Bowl between the Philadelphia Eagles and New England Patriots is expected to break Nevada’s all-time handle for money wagered on the big game. But the $138.5 million gambled at legal sportsbooks represents just a small percentage of the total money that will likely be put on this Sunday’s contest. According to the…Read More

MGM Resorts Jacks Up Parking Rates Again, Four Months After Mass Shooting Impacted Las Vegas Tourism

MGM Resorts parking rates increase

Beginning Wednesday, parking at 11 MGM Resorts properties along the Las Vegas Strip will cost you more. The rate hike jumps the most at the four-hour mark, which then stays static for up to 24 hours of parking. Rates vary based on which properties are defined by the company as “core,” “luxury,” or “ultra-luxury.” Only…Read More

GGG vs. Alvarez Rematch Scheduled for May 5, Oddsmakers Hope for Different Ending

GGG vs Alvarez boxing odds

Gennady “GGG” Golovkin and Canelo Alvarez are coming to blows once again, as the two middleweight superstars are ready to jump back in the ring eight months after their controversial draw. Promoters for the two boxers announced the rematch will go down on May 5, Cinco de Mayo, at a site to be determined. HBO…Read More

Wynn Resorts Executives, Macau Gaming Regulators Discuss Gaming License Fallout from Sexual Allegations

Wynn Resorts sexual misconduct scandal

Wynn Resorts executives in Macau are doing damage control with Chinese gaming regulators, as their company’s founder and CEO continues to make headlines in the United States and around the world. Macau’s Gaming Inspection and Coordination Bureau (DICJ) confirmed on Monday that it had met with representatives from the Las Vegas-based casino operator regarding the…Read More

Hard Rock Atlantic City, Ocean Resort Apply for New Jersey Online Gambling Licenses

Revel Casino Atlantic City

The Hard Rock Atlantic City (formerly the Trump Taj Mahal) and Ocean Resort (previously Revel) have signalled their mutual intentions to enter the New Jersey online gambling market. The state’s Division of Gaming Enforcement (DGE) announced this week that both properties have applied for licenses to offer internet gaming. If approved, it would mean all…Read More

2018 Super Bowl Expected to Break Nevada Sportsbooks Record Handle

2018 Super Bowl odds Tom Brady

The 2018 Super Bowl between the Philadelphia Eagles and New England Patriots is anticipated to set a new sports betting record handle at Nevada sportsbooks when this Sunday’s big game takes place in Minneapolis, Minnesota. The current mark of $138.5 million was set a year ago when the Patriots played the Atlanta Falcons. Oddsmakers say…Read More

Atlantic City Casinos Have Thousands of Jobs to Fill, Not Enough Applicants

Atlantic City casinos Hard Rock

Atlantic City casinos Hard Rock and Ocean Resort plan to open this summer, but before they can, the two Boardwalk properties need to fulfill thousands of jobs. Local officials are concerned that there might not be enough qualified applicants. Atlantic City resorts currently employ more than 22,000 people, but that number is expected to balloon…Read More

Crown Resorts Completes Sale of Aborted Alon Plot to Wynn Resorts

Crown finalizes sale of Alon project to Wynn

James Packer’s Crown Resorts announced Monday it had completed the sale of its subsidiary Alon Las Vegas Resorts to Wynn Resorts Ltd for $300 million. The finalization of the deal signals the end of James Packer’s Vegas dream, while Wynn Resorts has said an as-yet-undisclosed future project will draw more visitors to the north end…Read More

Macau’s VIP Junket Industry Shrinks for Fifth Consecutive Year

Macau junket industry shrinks again

While Macau’s casino market has well and truly rebounded from the 2014-16 economic slump, the junket industry, once the oil in its cogs, continues to decline. According to new figures from the enclave’s gambling regulator, DICJ, there are currently 109 licensed junkets operating in the market, representing a 13.5 percent fall from 126 a year…Read More

Arkansas Attorney General Leslie Rutledge Rejects Another Casino Referendum

Arkansas Attorney General Rutledge casinos

Arkansas Attorney General Leslie Rutledge (R) is determined to see that gaming is leading her state down the right road. To that end, the state’s chief legal advisor this week struck down another gambling ballot initiative that sought to authorize three commercial casinos in the Razorback State. A constitutional amendment was submitted by a citizens…Read More