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Connecticut Governor Ned Lamont, State Tribes Hash Out Possible Bridgeport Gaming Options, Controversy Still Swirls

MGM Resort’s proposal to build a large casino in Bridgeport, Connecticut — already opposed by many surrounding towns — is now facing a new challenge, with word that the Constitution State’s new Governor Ned Lamont, only in office two weeks, has reached out to the tribes that operate Foxwoods Resort Casino and Mohegan Sun for…Read More

Philippines Boracay Island: No Casinos, No Sandcastles

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The Philippines island of Boracay will remain free of a casino, and government officials say the building of sandcastles on the picturesque beach also now runs afoul of the law. Philippines President Rodrigo Duterte closed Boracay for six months last year in order to clean the island and fix its sewage and waste problems. Casino…Read More

Google Agrees to Russian Blackout of Online Gambling Sites and Paltry Fine, Dodging Complete Crackdown

Google — which rules the online universe in the West — has had to eat a small slice of humble pie in Russia, where the country’s official regulator, known as Roskomnadzor, has reportedly issued a comply-or-die directive to the mammoth internet search engine. Online gambling sites showing up on Russian PCs and laptops are among…Read More

Congress and the Wire Act: How US Legislators Could Affect the Fate of Online Gaming

Following the controversy generated this week by the Justice Department (DOJ) in revising its interpretation of the Wire Act, there is a chance — however remote — that the 116th Congress could decide to update the 57-year-old far-reaching law that threatens to limit (or even bring down) the American online gaming industry. Many policy and…Read More

President Donald Trump Impeachment Odds Shorten Amid Government Shutdown, Bettors Say No SOTU Speech

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The odds of President Donald Trump being impeached in 2019 are shortening, as the US government shutdown continues and controversies continue to plague his administration.  PredictIt.org, the online betting exchange that facilitates the buying and selling of political outcomes, has a market asking, “Will Donald Trump be impeached by year-end 2019?” “Yes” shares are currently…Read More

Federal Prosecutors May Find It Difficult to Use Wire Act to Shut Down Online Gambling: Experts Weigh In

A new opinion from the Justice Department (DOJ) — which largely reverts to its original status the interpretation of the Wire Act — faces many obstacles before federal prosecutors can push to shut down online gambling websites or interstate lotteries. For starters, the DOJ will have to update its prosecution manual to include the newly…Read More

Endangered Turtle Species in Small Canadian Town Could Determine Casino Project Outcome

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The so-called “smiling turtle” may have a shot at doing what those opposed to a major new casino in North Bay — a small community about 150 miles north of Toronto, Canada — have so far been unable to do: put a stop to the controversial project. The “smiling turtle” of Canada may be beat…Read More

New York Governor Cuomo Calls for Sports Betting at Upstate Casinos, No Mention of Racetracks, Tribes

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The good news is New York Governor Andrew Cuomo wants legal and regulated sports betting in the state and he has included revenues from a future market in his budget plan, due to be submitted to Albany this week. The bad news is, he only wants legal and regulated sports betting at New York’s four…Read More

Online Gaming Stocks Nosedive on Justice Department Wire Act Reversal Opinion

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Online gaming companies focused on interactive casinos and sports betting saw shares dive into the red on news that the US Department of Justice (DOJ) was again modifying its opinion on the Wire Act. William Hill, Paddy Power Betfair, and 888 Holdings, three UK-based gaming and sportsbook firms that have recently been expanding across the…Read More

Revised Wire Act DOJ Opinion Raises More Questions Than Answers for Online Gambling, Interstate Lotteries

The Wire Act has once again received a new interpretation after the US Department of Justice (DOJ) issued an updated opinion on how the federal statute signed into law in 1961 by President John F. Kennedy applies to online gambling. In an opinion dated November 2, 2018, but only released this week, DOJ Office of…Read More

Cathy Judd-Stein to Oversee Massachusetts Gaming Commission, Lead Encore Boston Harbor Determination

Massachusetts Gaming Commission Cathy Judd-Stein

The Massachusetts Gaming Commission (MGC) is no longer chairperson-less after Governor Charlie Baker (R) announced the appointment of attorney Cathy Judd-Stein to oversee the state agency. The MGC, a five-member panel, has been without a leader since Stephen Crosby’s resignation in September amid bias concerns regarding the ongoing investigation into the suitability of Wynn Resorts….Read More

Virginia Casino Bill Introduced on First General Assembly Session Day

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A Virginia casino bill has been introduced on the very first day of the state’s 2019 General Assembly session to legalize gaming venues in qualified towns where local voters pass accompanying referendums. House Bill 2536 – introduced by Delegate Israel O’Quinn (R-Bristol) – comes with complicated legal language that doesn’t make it necessarily easy to…Read More

Documents Show White House May Have Changed Labor Laws to Please Then-RNC Finance Chair Steve Wynn

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Did White House officials ask the Department of Justice to intervene on behalf of Steve Wynn to alter Department of Labor regulations in 2017? According to documents obtained under the Freedom of Information Act by the group American Oversight, the White House asked for a meeting with acting Solicitor General Jeff Wall to discuss litigation…Read More

Nevada Governor Steve Sisolak Appoints Second Female Gaming Control Board Chair

Steve Sisolak Nevada Gaming Control Board

Nevada Governor Steve Sisolak (D) has appointed Sandra Douglass Morgan the next chairperson of the state’s Gaming Control Board (NGCB). The former North Las Vegas city attorney will assume the role when current chair Becky Harris’ term expires on January 27. Harris became the first female to oversee the three-member NGCB a year ago this…Read More

Political Bettors Backing Trump ‘Lies’ Make Killing at Offshore Sports Book

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Political prop bettors have won big by predicting the number of misleading statements US President Donald Trump — locked in a bitter government shutdown showdown and heading to Texas on Thursday  to address border wall issues — would make during his Oval Office address on Tuesday earlier this week. Among a slew of Trump-related bets on offer…Read More