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Duterte’s Environmental Shutdown of Boracay Island a ‘Smokescreen’ for Casino, Alleges Opposition Lawmaker

Philippine opposition claims conspiracy over Boracay casino

Galaxy Entertainment’s construction of a $500 million casino on the paradise summer resort of Boracay Island in the Philippines is due to go ahead, despite the fact the island has been shut down for an environmental clean-up. But at least one opposition politician is claiming conspiracy. Carlos Zarate, of the socialist Bayan Muna party, said…Read More

Three Japan Casino Resorts on Coalition Radar at 30 Percent Blanket Tax

Prime Minister Shinzo Abe has always been a stalwart supporter of Japanese casinos

The outlook for Japan casinos is looking positive, but not without some potential blockades. After a stalemate and delays, Japan’s ruling coalition is moving towards compromise at last. A framework of regulation is being drafted in the Diet right now, but time is of the essence, as the bill submission deadline is mid-April, less than…Read More

Gibraltar-based 888 To Apply for Maltese License as ‘Brexit Back-up Plan’

888 could quit Gibraltar for Malta

Gibraltar-licensed 888 has declared its intention to apply for licensing in rival online gaming jurisdiction Malta, a reaction to the uncertainties that Brexit will inflict on the British overseas territory on the southern tip of Spain. “888 is not able to control political changes of this nature, however it is proceeding with its back-up plan…Read More

China Unveils World’s Longest Sea Bridge, Linking Macau to Hong Kong

World’s longest sea bridge

The Chinese government gave the world a sneak peek at the longest sea bridge on the planet this week, connecting Hong Kong to Macau and the neighboring Chinese mainland city of Zhuhai. The project, which uses 420,000 tonnes of steel, cost $15.1 billion and has been nine years in the making. It hopes to promote…Read More

Harrah’s New Orleans Closer to Securing 30-Year Casino Extension in Big Easy

Harrah's New Orleans casino extension

Harrah’s New Orleans received the blessing of the Louisiana House of Representatives on Thursday after the lower chamber voted 78-12 to extend Caesars Entertainment’s lease for the downtown casino. House Bill 553, introduced by Republican House Speaker Taylor Barras, would renew the operating contract for Harrah’s New Orleans for 30 years, with expiration set for…Read More

Florida Lawmakers Mulling Special Session to Address Gambling

Florida lawmakers casino gambling

Florida lawmakers are considering reconvening in the state capital of Tallahassee for a special session to discuss casinos and parimutuel gambling, and who gets to offer what at their venues. The Florida Legislature adjourned for 2018 three weeks ago without coming to terms on a new gaming compact with the powerful Seminole Tribe. Leaders in…Read More

New York Governor Andrew Cuomo Rejects Idea of Casino Bailouts

Andrew Cuomo New York casinos

New York Governor Andrew Cuomo (D) warned owners of commercial casinos this week that there will be no financial bailout from the state regardless of how bad they’re struggling. Responding to a petition from del Lago Resort & Casino seeking some sort of tax break, Cuomo told reporters, “The upstate gaming casinos are private concerns….Read More

Del Lago Casino in Upstate New York Says Market ‘Blatantly Unfair,’ Asks for Bailout

Del Lago Casino New York

Del Lago Resort Casino in Upstate New York says it’s competing on an unfair playing field, and therefore needs some sort of financial relief from state lawmakers. Owners of the $440 million Finger Lakes gambling venue say the Seneca Nation, which has stopped sharing slot revenue with the state on grounds that its tribal gaming…Read More

Lottoland Denounces Australia’s Bill to Ban Secondary Lotteries

Australia to ban Lottoland

Australia’s federal government on Tuesday said it would introduce legislation to prohibit secondary lotteries, such as Lottoland, which let customers bet on the outcomes of lotteries across the world rather than having to buy a ticket for the draw. The concept is disruptive and has ruffled feathers among traditional lottery operators and ticket vendors, who…Read More

Connecticut Open Competition Casino Bill Will Kill Rev Share Payments, Tribes Warn

Connecticut tribes’ warning over Open Competition Casino Bill

Connecticut’s two tribal operators, the Mashantucket Pequots and Mohegans, have warned the state lawmakers that a casino expansion bill wending its way through the legislature could lead to the cessation of revenue share payments. In a letter to Governor Danel P Malloy released Monday tribal chairmen Rodney Butler and Kevin Brown cautioned that the state’s…Read More

Japan Lawmakers Agree on Resident Casino Entrance Restrictions

Japan casino IR entrance fee

Japan lawmakers deliberating regulations on the country’s forthcoming liberalization of commercial gaming reportedly came to terms this week on the number of entrances residents will be permitted each month. According to sources talking with The Japan Times, the two ruling parties will limit the number of times a local can enter a casino to three…Read More

Alabama Bingo King Milton McGregor Dies Aged 78

Victoryland owner Milton McGregor dies

Gambling mogul Milton McGregor, who waged the “Alabama Bingo War” against his home state, died peacefully in his home on Sunday, aged 78. The larger than life co-founder of the Victoryland dog-track was a household name in Alabama, where opportunities to gamble are few and far between. McGregor transformed the dog track he acquired in…Read More

Omnibus Spending Bill to Ban Military Charge Card Use in Casinos and Strip Clubs

spending bill military charge card casinos

The 2018 omnibus spending bill passed by Congress this week includes a provision that would explicitly ban military members from using Defense Department charge cards inside casinos and strip clubs. The Defense Department says such use is already prohibited, but a 2015 report from the agency’s own inspector general found that $952,258 was charged on…Read More

Five Louisiana Casino Bills Advance, State Gambling Industry Makeover Looms

Louisiana casino law riverboat

Multiple pieces of legislation that would overhaul how Louisiana casinos operate passed out of state committees this week. The two most consequential bills involve allowing the state’s 15 riverboat casinos to move ashore, so long as they remain within 1,200 feet of their current locations. Additional legislation would remove a 30,000-square-foot floor limit in favor…Read More

South Korea’s Foreigner-only Casinos Suffer from Chinese Travel Ban

China Travel Ban Hits South Korea Casinos

The Chinese ban on the sale of package tours to South Korea has dented the revenues of the country’s casino sector, which is overwhelmingly foreigner only. The ban was one of several retaliatory measures adopted by the Chinese government in March 2017 following a diplomatic fallout over the Washington-backed deployment of a Terminal High Altitude…Read More