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Potential China Hainan Casino Won’t Steal Macau Profits, Credit Agency Fitch Opines

Hainan Island China casino expansion

Another Chinese gambling destination in the form of a Hainan casino is unlikely to shake up Macau’s gaming grip any time soon, according to a leading credit rating agency. Unless, of course, it is. As officials in Beijing contemplate whether to allow gambling on the southern tourist island of Hainan, Fitch Ratings is reporting that…Read More

Connecticut Satellite Casino Blueprint Leaves Some Locals Underwhelmed

East Windsor satellite casino Connecticut

The Connecticut satellite casino in East Windsor being jointly developed by the state’s two Native American tribes will come with 2,000 slot machines and up to 150 tables, and a five-story, 1,800-parking space garage. The Mashantucket Pequot and Mohegan Sun tribes submitted initial drawings this week to the town for the $300 million development. The…Read More

Japanese Lawmakers Propose Restricting Casino Visits For Nationals

Lawmakers propose limiting visits to Japanese casinos

Lawmakers in Japan tasked with drawing up a framework of regulation for the country’s future casino market presented a plan on Thursday designed to restrict Japanese nationals’ exposure to gambling. Under the proposal, Japanese citizens and foreigners living in the country would be limited to three visits to casinos in one week and a maximum…Read More

US Senator Grills FTC and Games Regulator Over Loot Boxes

US Senator Maggie Hassan on loot boxes

US Senator Maggie Hassan (D-New Hampshire) is concerned about the potentially harmful effects of loot boxes in video gaming and wants to know what the Federal Trade Commission is going to do about it. This week, the former governor of New Hampshire told four FTC nominees the she had written to the video games industry…Read More

Pennsylvania Mini-Casino Back in Picture for Harley-Davidson Maker Springettsbury, Previously Opted Out

Springettsbury Pennsylvania mini-casino

In the tiny township of Springettsbury, the prospect of a Pennsylvania mini-casino, just a few months after being rejected, is getting a second look. City supervisors have pulled an about-face since nixing the possibility as recently as December. The small town only two weeks ago finalized plans to expand its existing fabrication, paint, and assembly facility…Read More

No Online Poker Bill in California This Year, Tribes Turn Against Sports Betting Instead

Reggie Jones-Sawyer not submitting California poker bill this year

California appears to have given up on regulating online poker, at least for 2018. Friday is the deadline for filing bills in the California legislature and thus far no champion has emerged to fight the cause. Perhaps that’s because the effort required to unite the state’s powerful but squabbling tribal operators over what regulation should…Read More

George Soros Now One of Top Caesars Shareholders, Owns 4.9 Percent of Gaming Company in Bankruptcy Aftermath

George Soros Caesars Entertainment

Billionaire investor George Soros, through his family-controlled Soros Fund Management group, owns nearly five percent of Caesars Entertainment following the company’s Chapter 11 bankruptcy reorganization last fall. According to Bloomberg, the billionaire’s stake makes him one of Caesars’ Top 10 shareholders, with the holdings valued at $436 million. Soros also owns seven percent in VICI…Read More

Australian Detained in China Online Gambling Bust

China online gambling arrests include Australian

An Australian man is believed to be among 52 people arrested in China last week for online gambling offenses, according to the Australian Financial Review. The arrests were announced on February 7 by the official Chinese news agency Xinhua, although no names of arrestees were reported. Likewise, AFR, did not disclose the identity of the…Read More

Seminoles Expected to Offer Compact Proposal Before End of Week

Seminole Gaming CEO Jim Allen discusses Seminole compact

Florida lawmakers have been locked in negotiations with the powerful Seminole tribal operator this week, as they try to thrash out a new gaming compact. Senator Bill Galvano, leading the negotiations, told The News Service of Florida he believes the Seminoles could come back with a proposed deal this week. “I believe everyone left that…Read More

Myanmar Plans to Legalize Casinos Amid UN Ethnic Cleansing Row

Myanmar’s State Counsellor Aung San Suu Kyi

Myanmar, formerly Burma, plans to legalize foreigner-only casinos. As reported by English language Burmese outlet Eleven Media, the news came out of the blue on Friday when minister for hotels and tourism, Ohn Maung, was asked in parliament whether the government was opposed to regulating casinos as a means to boost tourism and generate higher…Read More

North Korea Online Gambling ‘Hacker Army’ Defector Describes Squalid Living Conditions

North Korea's hacker army defector reveals all

Being a foot soldier in the North Korea internet hacker army is a thankless job with no rewards, according to a defector from the Hermit Kingdom. Speaking to Bloomberg Business this week, the defector, known only as “Jong,” described his past life as a member of Kim Jong Un’s unit of cybercriminals, who were tasked…Read More

British Horse Racing to Get ‘Formula One’ Makeover

Epsom Derby Championship Horse Racing to modernize UK racing

British horse racing is about to get a modern makeover, thanks to a new concept dreamed up by Championship Horse Racing (CRH) that borrows elements from Formula One racing. Horse racing goes back thousands of years, while many of the regulations, as we know them today, were thrashed out by British noblemen in the 17th…Read More

Connecticut Congressional Delegation Seeks Federal Probe of DOI Over Tribal Casino

Connecticut casino East Windsor DOI

Four members of the Connecticut congressional delegation have asked the US Inspector General to investigate the Department of the Interior (DOI) on the agency’s inaction in regards to the state’s proposed gaming compact amendments with its two Native American tribes. The request stems from a legislative effort passed last year and signed into law by…Read More

Malta Gaming Authority Launches Mafia Crackdown

enedetto Bacchi arrest prompts Malta Gaming Authority Action

The Malta Gaming Authority is launching a wide-scale investigation into its Italian licensees for links to organized crime. According to “high-ranking Maltese sources” who spoke to Gambling Compliance this week, this is the first phase of a larger probe into all Italian businesses based in Malta. The country has been embarrassed by a string of…Read More

Virginia Gambling Bill Passes Assembly Committee, Legislation Would Legalize Historical Racing Terminals

Virginia gambling bill historical racing

The Virginia House of Delegates Appropriations Committee has passed House Bill 1609, a gambling measure that would allow the currently shuttered Colonial Downs horse racetrack in New Kent County to incorporate historical wagering machines at the facility. Located about 30 miles east of the Richmond capital, Colonial Downs closed in late 2015 after a license…Read More