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Pro-Casino Group Sues Arkansas AG Leslie Rutledge Over Spurned Ballot Proposals

Driving Arkansas Forward sues Arkansas AG Leslie Rutledge

A pro-casino group in Arkansas is suing the State Attorney General, Leslie Rutledge, because she rejected its ballot measure proposal for the fourth time this year. Driving Arkansas Forward wants voters to decide whether to authorize two commercial casinos and to permit full-scale casino gambling to the state’s two racetracks. The group is eager to…Read More

Despite Scandal, Miss America Receives $4M Subsidy From Atlantic City’s Casino Reinvestment Development Authority

Miss America CRDA subsidy

Miss America is remaining in Atlantic City for at least another pageant. Despite a scandal that shook up the organization in December over derogatory emails sent and received by then-CEO Sam Haskell and two board members regarding former Miss America winners, the pageant was approved this week for $4.325 million in state funding. The New…Read More

Pro-Trump Super PAC Won’t Return $500,000 Steve Wynn Donation

Steve Wynn Donald Trump RNC

America First Action, a Super PAC supporting the reelection efforts of President Donald Trump, says it won’t be returning a $500,000 donation made by disgraced former casino owner Steve Wynn. Finance records from the Federal Election Commission (FEC) show that the political action committee received the half of a million dollars on January 23, 2018….Read More

Japanese Tourists Boost South Korean Casino Sector But China Package Tour Ban Remains in Place

South Korean casinos improved by better relations with Japan

South Korea’s casino industry has received a welcome shot in the arm from Japanese tourists who have been visiting the country in larger numbers than ever before in 2018. According to figures released on Monday by the Korea Casino Association, revenues in January and February reached $191.56 million, up 15.9 percent from the same period…Read More

China-Sanctioned Horseracing, Expanded Sports Lottery to Transform Hainan into Liberal Market Zone

Hainan province China gambling

In China, the promise of legal horse racing and expanded sports lotteries gave a significant boost to companies with links to the Chinese resort island of Hainan in early trading on Monday, following Beijing’s announcement over the weekend that the island would become a free trade zone. According to a set of guidelines published by…Read More

Arkansas Attorney General Leslie Rutledge Rejects Casino Ballot Proposal, Again

Leslie Rutledge Arkansas casinos

Arkansas Attorney General Leslie Rutledge has rejected yet another casino ballot referendum, this time on grounds that the proposed question features “ambiguous” wording. It’s the second time this year that the state’s chief legal advisor has rejected a gambling motion. Rutledge said this week that the latest effort cannot be efficiently summarized for voters to…Read More

South Korean Companies Fined $1 Million Over Deceptive Loot Box Odds

South Korea loot boxes fined

Three South Korean games developers, have been hit with fines totaling nearly $1 million for misrepresenting the odds used in their in-game loot boxes. According to the Korean Herald, the country’s largest games developer, Nexon Korea, received the lion’s share of fines – around $890,000 – for deceiving customers over the chances of winning virtual…Read More

Bridgeport Casino Bill Unlikely to Pass, Lawmakers Prefer Comprehensive Approach

Connecticut Bridgeport casino

Connecticut lawmakers appear to be shifting away from attempts to pass a bill that would allow bids on a potential Bridgeport casino, though that doesn’t mean the state won’t take a look at gaming expansion in general. On Wednesday, the Connecticut Post reported that Democratic leaders in the state house would look to advance a…Read More

Galaxy Entertainment’s Stock Dips on Confusion Over Boracay Casino

Caption 2: Duterte meets Galaxy Entertainment’s Lui Che Woo to discuss Boracay casino

Galaxy Entertainment’s stock, which has enjoyed a steady upward trajectory since Macau’s recovery, was rocked this week as the company’s bid to build a $500 million casino on the paradise Philippine island of Boracay was plunged into complete confusion. The Hong Kong-based company was granted a provisional license to build its casino by the Philippine…Read More

Morgan Stanley: Japanese Casino Market to Hit $15 Billion Valuation

Japanese casino market to be worth $15 billion

The Japanese casino market will be worth $15 billion per year by 2025, according to revised figures from Morgan Stanley. The new estimate is based on recent legislative agreement on the size of the market and other key issues, such as taxation. The US investment bank had previously suggested the value of the market would…Read More

Historical Horse Racing Terminals Officially Legal in Virginia, Governor ‘Pleased’ to Sign Bill

historical horse racing machines Virginia

Historical horse racing terminals will soon come to Virginia and assist in the reopening of the Colonial Downs racetrack 30 miles east of Richmond. Governor Ralph Northam (D) signed House Bill 1609 on Monday to legalize the instant racing devices that some say too closely resemble slot machines. The bill allows historical racing terminals to…Read More

Pachinko Gets Caught in Cross Hairs as Japan Regulates Casino Resorts

Pachinko in decline

With the global gaming industry holding its collective breath while Japan’s lawmakers craft regulations for the country’s impending integrated casino resorts, pachinko parlors may be facing extinction. The colorful, noisy gaming arcades line the streets of almost every town and city in Japan. Although increasingly: less so. New analysis by the Tokyo-based Yano Research Institute…Read More

Maine Lawmakers Narrowly Reject State Tribal Casino Proposal

Maine casino tribe gambling

Lawmakers in the Maine House of Representatives have voted 73-67 against a proposal from the Houlton Band of Maliseet Indians that sought the opinion of the state’s Supreme Judicial Court on whether it should have the right to operate a casino. House Order 58, introduced by the Native American group’s non-voting member Rep. Henry John…Read More

Duterte Denies Existence of $500 Million Galaxy Casino Plan for Boracay Island

Rodrigo Duterte

Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte on Monday professed to have no knowledge of Hong Kong-based Galaxy Entertainment’s plans to build a $500 million casino on Boracay Island, a paradise vacation resort in the Central Philippines, turned growing environmental concern. “Consider Boracay a land reform area,” he said. “I will give it to the farmers, to the…Read More

Clock Ticking on Connecticut Casino Expansion Dilemma, Tribes Receive National Support

Connecticut casino expansion tribes MGM

The Connecticut casino expansion debate seems as polarized as ever in the Hartford state capital. Lawmakers now have less than five weeks before the May 9 mandatory adjournment to decide the best course of action in protecting hundreds of millions of dollars in annual tax revenue that comes from from gaming. At issue is determining…Read More