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President Donald Trump Cancels Kim Jong Un Meeting, Online Odds React

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President Donald Trump has abruptly canceled his planned June 12 summit with North Korea’s Kim Jong Un, but online bettors think there’s still a chance the two leaders will meet face-to-face before the year’s end. In a letter to Kim that was released publicly on Thursday, Trump explained of his decision, “Sadly, based on the…Read More

PokerStars Tosses Hong Kong Real-Money Players into the Muck

Hong Kong PokerStars

For Hong Kong PokerStars players, real-money play is off limits. The online poker giant without warning announced the cessation of real-money options on Wednesday. In an email sent to players based in the special administrative region, it offered no specific reason for the move other than that it “frequently reviews commercial and regulatory developments around…Read More

West Virginia Governor Jim Justice Relents on Integrity Fee Amid Conflict of Interest

West Virginia Governor Jim Justice

West Virginia is pressing ahead with sports betting, minus the sports leagues’ controversial “integrity fee.” State Governor Jim Justice had threatened to intercede on behalf of the leagues and use a special session this week to reexamine sports betting legislation passed in early March, with a view to tagging the fee on. But when the…Read More

Feds Double Las Vegas Anti-Terror Funding to $5 Million in Wake of Oct. 1 Shooting

Las Vegas terrorism threat

Las Vegas has been awarded a $5 million grant under the US Department of Homeland Security’s (DHS) Urban Areas Security Initiative (UASI). That amount marks a $2.13 million increase on what the city received last year in the same federal funding program, a reflection of how the October 1, 2017 Route 91 Harvest music festival…Read More

Japan National Diet Considers Extending Legislative Session to Pass Casino Bill

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The Japan National Diet is reportedly considering an extension of its regular legislative session in order to pass its integrated casino resorts bill. Formally known as the Integrated Resorts (IR) Implementation Bill, the measure began being discussed in the parliament’s lower chamber on Tuesday. According to GGRAsia, an online news outlet focused on gaming in…Read More

Connecticut Plans Special Session to Fast-Track Sports Betting

Dannel P. Malloy

Connecticut Governor Dannel Malloy said this week that “the world has changed” since the US Supreme Court struck down PASPA, paving the way for state-sanctioned sports betting. Malloy said he would talk with lawmakers on Wednesday with a view to organizing a special session to try to get a sports betting bill passed. He told…Read More

No Dice: Harrah’s New Orleans Casino Extension Scrapped

Harrah's New Orleans contract agreement

Harrah’s New Orleans and parent company Caesars Entertainment will need to wait at least another year before seeing their casino contract with the city extended by the Louisiana State Legislature. House Bill 553 sought to extend the state and city’s casino agreement with Harrah’s for 30 years. But lawmakers in the state House and Senate…Read More

Japanese Lawmaker Claims Pachinko Industry Morally Unsuitable for Casino Market Role

Should Pachinko industry participate in Japanese casino market?

A Japanese lawmaker has questioned whether the pachinko industry can be trusted to participate in a future Japanese casino market. As reported by Asian Gaming Brief this week, Takashi Takai, a member of the Lower House, who represents the Constitutional Democratic Party of Japan, has submitted a series of questions to the government querying the…Read More

Hainan Casinos Unlikely with Beijing Stalwartly Opposed, Experts Say

Sanya, Hainan island

The likelihood of China turning the southern province of Hainan into a casino hub to rival Macau is minimal, according to expert opinions canvassed by the South China Morning Post at the recent Global Gaming Expo Asia 2018 (G2E Asia) in Macau this week. Su Guojing, founder of the China Lottery Industry Salon (which describes…Read More

Louisiana Lawmakers Disagree on Harrah’s New Orleans Extension

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Louisiana lawmakers are divided on the best way to proceed in extending the contract for Harrah’s New Orleans, the state’s lone land-based commercial casino. On Wednesday night, the Louisiana Senate amended House Bill 553 to increase Caesars Entertainment’s annual payment to the state from $60 million to $80 million. Caesars is the parent company to…Read More

Florida Greyhound Racing Association Moves to Have Dog Racing Ban Struck from Ballot

Florida greyhound racing

The Florida Greyhound Racing Association (FGRA) has sued to have a proposed constitutional amendment that would ban greyhound racing wiped from the November ballot. The amendment would phase out greyhound racing in the state by 2020, through a process known as ‘decoupling.’ This would remove the requirement for the state’s parimutuel tracks to offer a…Read More

Bridgeport Casino Supporters Say Failed 2018 Push Will Be Renewed Next Legislative Session

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Backers of the failed Bridgeport casino in Connecticut say they’ll cross that bridge later. With the Connecticut General Assembly adjourned for 2018, an integrated casino resort (IR) in Bridgeport won’t be authorized before this year’s end. But that doesn’t mean advocates of gaming expansion to the seaport city are ending their efforts permanently. Members of…Read More

Disney and Seminole Tribe Continue Funding Florida Anti-Gambling Expansion Group

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Disney Worldwide Services, a lobbying arm of the mass media and entertainment conglomerate, gave an additional $5 million last month to a nonprofit that’s fighting against gambling expansion in Florida. Voters in Charge has successfully put a constitutional amendment before voters this fall that will seek to give the people, not politicians, control of casino…Read More

Myanmar Ta’ang Insurgents Launch ‘Casino Reprisal’ Attack, 19 Dead

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On Sunday morning, ethnic rebels in Myanmar, formerly Burma, launched an attack on the country’s military in the border town of Muse that left at least 19 people dead and 20 injured. It was described by an insurgent colonel as a “casino reprisal attack.” Reports on the ground are sketchy and sometimes contradictory. According to…Read More

GAME CHANGER: US Supreme Court Lifts Federal Sports Betting Ban 6-3, States Free to Determine Own Sports Wagering Paths

Supreme Court sports betting PASPA

In a dramatic 6-3 decision, the Supreme Court of the United States (SCOTUS) decided Monday, May 14 that Congress has no constitutional authority to prevent individual states from authorizing sports betting. The SCOTUS finally handed down its opinion this morning on New Jersey’s challenge of the Professional and Amateur Sports Protection Act (PASPA) of 1992, the…Read More