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Atlantic City Mayor Frank Gilliam Says He’s Still Mayor Following Casino Nightclub Fight

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Atlantic City Mayor Frank Gilliam (D) says his participation in a casino nightclub brawl over the weekend hasn’t yet cost him his job. After meeting with New Jersey Lt. Governor Sheila Oliver (D) on Tuesday, Gilliam responded to reporters asking if he was still the mayor of Atlantic City. He answered with a smile, “Today.”…Read More

Maryland Voters Support Sports Betting, But Their Voices Won’t Be Heard Until 2020

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Maryland voters want sports betting legalized, but state law, which requires any form of gambling expansion to be approved through a ballot referendum, will keep the issue at bay until at least 2020. A poll released this week by the University of Maryland and Washington Post finds that 53 percent of registered voters approve of…Read More

Las Vegas Icon Elvis Presley and Trump Mega-Donor Miriam Adelson Among Seven Presidential Medal of Freedom Honorees

The 2018 recipients of the Presidential Medal of Freedom — considered to be the highest civilian award of the United States — will be bestowed posthumously on the man, the myth, the legend Elvis Presley at a White House ceremony on Friday. At the height of his fame and superstardom, Presley was drafted into the Army in…Read More

UK Conservative Government Faces Party Revolt Over FOBT Delay

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The UK government is facing full-scale rebellion over a delay to curb fixed-odds betting terminals (FOBT). Dozens of Conservative Party lawmakers have joined opposition parties in putting their names to an amendment that will force the Treasury to expedite a cut in stakes for the controversial machines. In May, Chancellor Philip Hammond unleashed a regulatory…Read More

US-China Trade War May Be Hurting Las Vegas Strip Baccarat Revenues

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Is Las Vegas starting to feel the pinch from the US-China trade war? It may be a coincidence, but revenues from baccarat — the game favored by the Chinese high-roller, and a key driver of growth in the Las Vegas casino sector — have dipped on the Strip since July, when US President Donald Trump…Read More

Philippines President Rodrigo Duterte Says No Boracay Casino ‘Voice of God’

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Philippines President Rodrigo Duterte doubled down on his position that Boracay Island won’t be permitted to welcome casinos, and the controversial leader now says the decision is the “voice of god.” Boracay reopened in October after a six-month island-wide cleanup directed by Duterte, who called the popular vacation destination a “cesspool” that “smelled of sh*t.”…Read More

Deadwood Casinos Hoping to Rescuscitate with South Dakota Sportsbetting for 2021

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Could sports betting reverse the flailing status of Deadwood casinos? It’s an iffy proposition at best, according to one official, but regardless, measures have been taken to amend South Dakota’s constitution via a 2020 ballot initiative that would allow and regulate sports betting in the Mount Rushmore state. Even if such a measure passes in…Read More

Louisiana Legalizes Daily Fantasy Sports in 47 of 64 Parishes

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Daily fantasy sports is coming to Louisiana — or most of Louisiana, at least. Voters on Tuesday agreed to legalize the contests in 47 of the state’s 64 parishes. The Louisiana legislature comfortably passed a bill removing the state-level prohibition on DFS contests last year, but the legislation demanded ballot approval on a parish-by-parish basis,…Read More

Florida Overwhelmingly Votes to Ban Greyhound Racing

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Florida — the nucleus of greyhound racing in the US — has banned the sport by public referendum. State residents on Tuesday voted overwhelmingly in support of Amendment 13, a measure that will phase out races by 2021. Some 69 percent of Floridians — or 5.4 million people — voted to end a sport that…Read More

Mashantucket Pequot Tribe Re-Elect Rodney Butler Chairman Amid East Windsor Casino Chaos

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The Mashantucket Pequot Native Americans have re-elected Rodney Butler to the position of tribal council chairman, as the group continues to fight for a satellite casino in East Windsor, Connecticut. Butler has been in the role since 2009. It will be his fourth consecutive three-year term. The chairman has served on the tribal council since…Read More

Arkansas Voters Legalize Casino Gaming Through Controversial Ballot Measure

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Voters in Arkansas said yes to gambling expansion on Tuesday, approving a constitutional amendment that will legalize casino gaming and sports betting in the state. With 2,334 of 2,607 precincts declared, Arkansas Online reported an unofficial result of 453,275 for and 384,526 against the measure, known as Issue 4. Issue 4 authorizes casino gaming at…Read More

Political Odds Beat Polls Again, Online Bettors Correctly Predict Midterm Elections, Steve Sisolak Nevada Gubernatorial Win

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Political odds once again proved more accurate than the polls in several key Midterm Election Day races. As it relates to the gaming industry, no vote was more critical than the Nevada gubernatorial, and online bettors got it right that Clark County Commissioner Steve Sisolak (D) would top state Attorney General Adam Laxalt (R) to…Read More

William Hill Cuts Yearly Earnings Projections, Blames British Government’s Regulations for Profit Loss

William Hill has lowered its yearly earnings projection by £20 million ($26.1 million) for the 2018 year and the international bookmaker is blaming the British government for the loss in revenue. In a trading update this week, the company said that yearly earnings will come in between £225 million and £245 million (between $294.5 million…Read More

Election Day 2018: Where Votes Matter for Gaming Industry

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Election Day 2018 is here, and the outcomes of several votes have the potential to greatly impact the future of the gaming industry in the United States. Nevada residents will elect their next governor today, with either state Attorney General Adam Laxalt (R) or Clark County Commissioner Steve Sisolak set to replace Gov. Brian Sandoval…Read More

Irish Government Shoots Itself in Foot Over Betting Tax

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The decision to double the Irish betting tax was taken “without a detailed analysis of the economic consequences,” according to a professor of Economics, and could result in a loss for government coffers. In a report commissioned by The Irish Bookmakers Association (IBA), Dublin City University Emeritus Associate Professor Anthony Foley suggests that consequential shop closures, job…Read More