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Connecticut Committee Advances Sports Betting, Plus Bridgeport and East Windsor Casino Bills

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A glut of Connecticut gambling expansion bills advanced from the Public Safety and Security Committee in Hartford on Tuesday, with the understanding that the legislature still has a lot of refining to do. Rep. Pat Boyd (D-Pomfret) described the hearing as “chapter two of a pretty long book,” after the committee approved bills that would…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

New York Governor Cuomo Will Not Bend on Online Sports Betting

New York online sports betting

New York Governor Andrew Cuomo has reaffirmed that online sports betting is not welcome in the Empire State on his watch in a fresh blow to two state senators’ efforts to legalize it. Cuomo has previously said that online sports betting would violate the state constitution. Assemblyman Gary Pretlow (D-89th), who — along with Senator…Read More

West Virginia Lawmaker Lashes Out as Two Sportsbooks Stay Closed in Dispute

UPDATE: On Wednesday, West Virginia Lottery Director John Myers said his office continues to monitor the situation with Mardi Gras and Wheeling Island casinos.  “Discussions are ongoing and we are hopeful that an agreement between the provider and its vendor will be reached that will allow the sportsbooks at Mardi Gras and Wheeling Island to…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

Casino Lobbyists Make Pitch for New York City Gaming Venues, Pledge to Help Struggling Upstate Resorts

New York City casino Sands MGM

Lobbyists for the gaming industry want New York City badly, and in an effort to convince state lawmakers to allow them to build full-scale commercial casinos in the five boroughs, the special interest reps are pitching the economic benefits such venues would provide. Las Vegas Sands, MGM Resorts, and the Genting Group – parent to…Read More

Andorra Government Denies Influence Peddling in Casino Tender Process After Genting and Partouche File Criminal Complaint

Genting

The Andorran government has denied accusations of corruption in response to a criminal complaint filed last week by operators Genting and Partouche, losing bidders in last year’s casino tender. The casino giants are furious that their bids lost out to a little known domestic bingo hall operator called Jocs SA, and have cried foul. Despite…Read More

Imprisoned Philippine Senator Speaks Out Against Chinese Casino Kidnappings

Leila de Lima

The Philippine casino sector is thriving and so is Chinese tourism — facilitated by closer relations between the two countries, fostered by President Rodrigo Duterte’s pro-China policy after years of squabbling over disputed territories in the South China Sea. But opposition politicians want the Duterte administration to do more to combat a worrying trend of…Read More

MGM, SJM Secure Macau Casino License Extensions Until 2022, Markets Rejoice

Macau casino

MGM China Holdings and SJM Holdings have been granted two-year extensions to their Macau casino licenses, bringing the two operators in line with the gambling hub’s four other main licensees. All six gaming concessions will now expire together in the summer of 2022. Both companies will pay a one-off fee of $25 million for the…Read More

Ontario Calls for Single-Game Betting in Canada with Support of Pro Sports Leagues

Betting in Canada

Ontario finance minister Vic Fedeli has petitioned the Canadian federal government to shake up the country’s abstruse sports betting laws, which he says are costing his province alone $110 million per year in revenue, lost to the black market. In a letter seen by The Toronto Sun, dated March 8, Fedeli calls on Federal Finance…Read More

Rhode Island Legislature Fends Off GOP Challenge to Pass Mobile Sports Betting Bill

Mobile sports betting

Rhode Island’s mobile sports betting bill has cleared both chambers of the state legislature and now awaits sign off by Governor Gina Raimondo. That signature is all but assured — Raimondo’s proposed budget for the fiscal year that begins July 1 includes $30 million from sports betting, including $3 million from mobile betting. That’s ambitious…Read More

Michigan Online Gaming Pushes Back, Minus Naysaying Governor Snyder

Michigan online gaming

Michigan State Rep. Brandt Iden (R-61st) has reintroduced an online casino bill that last year came as close to becoming law as it is possible to do without actually making it over the line. Iden’s bill had been passed by the House last summer but rejected by the Senate. On December 20 — as the…Read More

Rhode Island Republicans Threaten Lawsuit to Block Mobile Sports Betting

Rhode Island Republicans

Rhode Island Republicans have thrown a spectacular monkey wrench into the works of a legislative movement to authorize mobile sports betting. On Thursday, the state’s Republican Party Chairman, Brandon Bell, threatened to sue Democratic Gov. Gina Raimondo’s administration unless the legislature opts to seek voter approval on this new direction in gambling expansion. Rhode Island…Read More

Connecticut Sports Betting Bill Would Allow Off-Track, Lottery, and Mobile Wagering, Leagues Would Get Cut

Connecticut sports betting

A Connecticut sports betting bill dropped in the General Assembly this week wouldn’t just restrict wagering to casinos, it would offer off-track betting sites and the CT Lottery a piece of the market too, both online and land-based. It would also offer the sports leagues their pound of flesh. In its current form, the bill…Read More