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Russian Economic Minister Says Bitcoin ‘Worse than Casinos’

Bitcoin in Russia

Russian Economic Development Minister Maksim Oreshkin issued a warning that bitcoin may not be a suitable investment vehicle for most people, comparing investing the digital currency to casino gambling. The comments came during a discussion at the World Festival of Youth and Students in Sochi, the city that hosted the 2014 Winter Olympics. “If you…Read More

Maine Governor Paul LePage Urges Voters to Reject Casino Referendum, Calls It a ‘Phony Deal’

Maine casino Paul LePage

Maine Governor Paul LePage (R) opined on his radio show this week that if voters approve a casino referendum during next month’s elections, they’ll receive a “phony deal.” Ballot Question 1 will ask residents on November 7 whether they want to allow a casino to be built in York County. LePage is urging voters to…Read More

Macau VIPs Still Very Important, Represent 58 Percent of Casino Revenue

Macau VIP baccarat casino revenue

The Macau VIP segment continues to account for the biggest chunk of gaming revenue on the region’s casino floors. Despite junkets being included in People’s Republic President Xi Jinping’s anti-corruption crusade, with smaller touring companies ceasing operations in recent years, the high roller demographic is still placing more bets than the general mass market population….Read More

North Korea Decriminalizes Horse Racetrack Gambling, Minimum Age Set at 12

North Korea horse racing

North Korea has long banned its citizens from gambling, but that changed this week after it was revealed that Kim Jong Un’s government legalized wagering at horse racetracks. Recent sanctions placed on North Korea due to its ongoing nuclear weapons program have further isolated the country. Desperately in need of tax revenue to keep his…Read More

Russian Oligarch Pleads with Vladimir Putin to Save Azov-City Casinos

Russian casino oligarch Maxim Smolentsev

Maxim Smolentsev, president of the Shambala Casino in Russia’s doomed Azov-City casino zone, has written an open letter to President Vladimir Putin, with excerpts printed Wednesday in Betting Business Russia, begging him to reconsider the decision to “liquidate” the area’s fledgling casino sector. The government in Moscow has told Azov-City’s three casinos that they must…Read More

Disney Wants Voters, Not Politicians, in Charge of Florida Casino Expansion

Disney Florida casinos expansion

Disney, Florida’s largest employer, is leading the campaign effort to strip state legislators from having the power to decide whether to expand casino gambling in the Sunshine State. Last month, Disney Worldwide Services, a subsidiary of The Walt Disney Company, made three donations totaling $575,000 to a political committee called Voters in Charge. The group,…Read More

Roger Goodell Encourages NFL Teams to Stand During National Anthem, Super Bowl Kneeling Odds Stand Tall

Roger Goodell NFL kneeling controversy

NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell is asking league owners and chief executives to encourage their players to stand during the national anthem. In a letter dated October 10, football’s top executive said standing honors the flag and the country, and fans expect players to show such respect. “It is an important moment in our game,” Goodell…Read More

Georgia GOP Governor Hopefuls Stand United in Opposition to Gambling

Georgia Lieutenant Governor Casey Cagle

They might not have agreed on much, but the four leading Republican candidates for governor of Georgia were in unison about their opposition to casinos. Participating in an election forum on Saturday, all four in the Georgia GOP quartet voiced their commitment to resisting efforts to expand gambling in the Peach State. Lt. Gov. Casey…Read More

Regulator Memo: Organized Crime Using Vancouver Casinos for Money Laundering

River Rock Casino in Vancouver

Organized crime in British Columbia’s casinos is a “viable threat to public safety,” according to a memo sent by Gaming Policy Enforcement Branch intelligence to a minister of the provincial government in April. The memo was obtained this week by Canada’s Postmedia via a freedom of information request. And though it was significantly redacted in…Read More

Crimea Moves Closer to Approving Casino Resort Plans

Crimea Russia casino Yalta

Crimea lies in one of four zones earmarked for gambling, but despite its authorization to build casinos, today no such facilities exist. Crimean Minister of Economic Development Andrei Melnikov says that will change in the coming years. Responsible for spurring economic development, Melnikov explained recently that Crimea has filed all the appropriate paperwork with the federal…Read More

Alabama AG Sues to Shut Down Charity Bingo Operators Offering Slots

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Alabama Attorney General Steven Marshall has filed numerous lawsuits against charity bingo halls, claiming they’re operating illegal slot machines in violation of the state constitution. In his lawsuits, Marshall asked courts stop via preliminary injunctions what he says are illegal gambling operations and public nuisances. Seventeen counties in Alabama have adopted constitutional amendments to authorize…Read More

Pennsylvania Budget Deal Falls Apart, But Gambling Expansion Remains Point of Consensus

Pennsylvania Governor Tom Wolf frustrated over budget deal collapse

Optimism that the Pennsylvania legislature could get a budget deal done this week was high, right up until the point when proceedings collapsed completely on Wednesday. With negotiations once again lying in tatters, there will be no movement on gambling expansion, which includes online gambling, at least not for now. So, what happened? Until this…Read More

President Donald Trump Arrives in Las Vegas Following Tragedy, Former Casino Owner Meets with Victims and First Responders

President Donald Trump Las Vegas shooting

President Donald Trump visited Las Vegas on Wednesday, less than 72 hours after shooter Stephen Paddock opened fire from his hotel suite on the 32nd floor of the Mandalay Bay targeting thousands of people attending a nearby outdoor country music concert. A total of 59 people, including Paddock, died in the carnage, the deadliest US…Read More

Landing International Bullish on Shinhwa World Jeju Despite Chinese Tourism Ban

Landing International chairman Yang Zhihui at Shinhwa World Jeju

Hong Kong’s Landing International is optimistic about the prospects of its $2.6 billion Shinhwa World Jeju, despite China’s recent ban on its citizens visiting South Korea. Beijing imposed the ban in March, amid heightening tensions with Seoul over the latter’s decision to deploy a US missile defence system on the Korean Peninsula to counter the…Read More

Pennsylvania Budget Deal Reportedly Close, State to Authorize Rural ‘Mini-Casinos’

Pennsylvania budget gaming expansion

The $32 billion Pennsylvania budget that Governor Tom Wolf (D) allowed to pass without his signature in late June is underfunded by $2.2 billion, and it now appears the odds are fairly strong that some sort of gaming expansion measure will be used to partially cover the shortfall. State lawmakers are back in the Harrisburg…Read More