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President Trump Hits Campaign Trail in Las Vegas, as Prediction Markets See Nevada Democrats Defeating GOP in November

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President Donald Trump is traveling to Las Vegas this week to campaign for several Nevada Republican Party candidates who are embattled in hotly contested elections to be determined in November. But despite the presidential backing, online bettors believe it’s Silver State Democratic candidates who will emerge victorious. The president is set to deliver his “Make…Read More

West Virginia Pols Probe Mystery of Missing Lottery Officials Who Drew Up Sports Betting Rules

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West Virginia lawmakers are anxious to know what happened to their missing lottery officials and whether a possible spat with Governor Jim Justice over sports betting had anything to do with it. Lottery Director Alan Larrick mysteriously resigned on August 31, the day after West Virginia launched its first legal sports book, and state lawmakers…Read More

Las Vegas Fish (Pedicure) Story: Spa Craze Could Sink or Swim with Tourists If Legalized

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Las Vegas fish pedicures: sounds weird, but casino spa execs are always looking for a new gimmick to promote. The latest one — actual tiny fish that eat dead skin off someone’s feet as part of a spa pedicure — could arrive dead in the water unless it can pass a morass of regulatory and…Read More

Genting Deliberating Recovery of $400 Million Investment in Massachusetts Casino After DOI Leaves Tribe High and Dry

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Malaysian casino giant Genting says it is “deliberating the appropriate course of action” in relation to $400 million loaned to the Mashpee Wampanoag tribe to build a $1 billion casino in Taunton, Massachusetts — a project that suddenly faces huge hurdles. In a filing to Bursa Malaysia this week, the country’s stock exchange, Genting notified…Read More

Macau Casinos Won’t Be Hit by Trade War Retribution: Analyst

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CLSA analyst Jonathan Galligan does not believe Macau’s casino sector will be detrimentally affected by Washington’s escalating trade war with Beijing, CNBC reports. Speaking at the annual CLSA Investors’ Forum in Hong Kong on Wednesday, Galligan, the firm’s head of Asia gaming and conglomerates, said it is “highly unlikely” that China will seek to apply pressure on…Read More

Virginia Bristol Casino Developers Face Off With Community Over Fears About Hookers, Drugs, and Crime

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The developers behind a $150 million proposed casino development in Bristol, Virginia are on the defensive, addressing community concerns about the potential for prostitution, drug use, and increased criminal activity in the area when — and if — their project becomes reality, now that local government has given the gaming venue the green light. Casino gaming…Read More

American Gaming Association Pushes Back Against Federal Sports Betting Faction

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The American Gaming Association (AGA) has urged Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer (D-New York) to abandon his push for the federal regulation of sports betting. In a letter dated September 13, Senior VP of Public Affairs Sara Slane outlined the trade organization’s view that consumer protections and sports integrity are best served by “robust state…Read More

Alabama Democratic Gubernatorial Challenger Embraces State Lottery

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The odds are stacked against Alabama Democrat Walt Maddox in upsetting incumbent Governor Kay Ivey (R), but he believes he has a fighting chance by running on one key issue: authorizing a state lottery. With Mississippi Governor Phil Bryant (R) recently signing a state bill to legalize a lottery, Alabama is now fully surrounded by…Read More

Brett Kavanaugh Grilled on ‘Gambling Addiction’ and Unusually High Credit Card Debt

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Last week’s combative Senate Judiciary Committee hearings saw President Donald Trump’s Supreme Court nominee, Brett Kavanaugh, interrogated on everything from his views on racial profiling to abortion rights, but now one Democrat wants to know about his gambling habits. Among a series of follow up questions submitted to Kavanaugh this week, Senator Sheldon Whitehouse (D…Read More

Mohegan Gaming Beats Out Caesars, Hard Rock to Win Ontario, Canada Casino Contract

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Connecticut-based Mohegan Gaming and Entertainment (MGE) has overcome considerable competition to win the rights to run Ontario, Canada’s two Niagara Falls-area casinos for the next 21 years. On Monday, the Ontario Lottery and Gaming Corporation (OLG) announced that MGE won the “Niagara Gaming Bundle Contract,” which includes the Fallsview Casino, Casino Niagara, and the under-construction…Read More

Macau Casino Stocks Tumble Over Concerns of China Economic Slowdown, US Trade War

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Macau casino stocks took a hit on Tuesday as Deutsche Bank revised its growth forecast for the gambling hub over concerns that a slowing Chinese economy is impacting on its VIP yield. MGM China was worst affected, falling as much as 8.8 percent — its biggest 24-hour drop in almost two years. Galaxy Entertainment and…Read More

DOI Reverses Decision on Mashpee Wampanaoag Tribal Land, Stripping Tribe of Sovereignty and $1 Billion Casino

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The Mashpee Wampanaoag tribe has been dealt a devastating blow in its bid to build a $1 billion casino in Taunton, Massachusetts. On Friday, the US Department of the Interior ruled that it could not hold land in trust for the tribe, reversing a decision made by the Obama administration in 2015. The 28-page ruling…Read More

Place Your Bets: Online Sportsbook Taking Bets on Which Senior Trump Official Penned Anonymous NYT Op-Ed

President Donald Trump might feel less of the sting of the widely discussed New York Times op-ed piece published earlier this week now that he knows he could possibly make some money off it. If he can figure out who penned the scathing behind-the-scenes testimony, all he has to do is create an account on…Read More

Arkansas Casino Question Certified for November Ballot, Oklahoma Tribes Behind Push

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The Arkansas casino ballot question known as Issue 4 has finally achieved certification from Secretary of State Mark Martin’s office to go before voters this November. The proposal will ask Arkansans whether they want to amend the state constitution to authorize four casinos. The question would earmark the facilities for the Oaklawn horse racetrack in…Read More

Bookie Offers Odds on ‘Anonymous’ Trump-Blasting New York Times Op-Ed Author

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Few love US President Donald Trump more than the novelty bookmakers of the world, and now Costa-Rica based is offering odds on the mystery author of a scathing New York Times (NYT) op-ed about the controversial American leader. The identity of the supposed White House mole who authored the incendiary piece — which characterizes Trump’s…Read More