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South Korea Casino Kangwon Land Ordered to Reduce Operating Hours, Mass Gaming Tables

South Korea casino Kangwon Land

Kangwon Land, the only South Korea casino where citizens are allowed to gamble, has been ordered by the country’s Ministry of Culture, Sports and Tourism (MCST) to cut its hours and number of mass tables. In a filing with the Korea Stock Exchange, Kangwon Land says the federal agency has directed the resort to reduce…Read More

Paddy Power Sets 500-1 Line on World Ending in 2018, as Donald Trump and Kim Jong-Un Lock Horns

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Irish bookmaker Paddy Power wants to know what the end of the world is worth to bettors. To that end, the operator has set odds for the planet ceasing to exist before break of day on January 1, 2019. President Donald Trump and North Korean leader Kim Jong Un escalated their mutual nuclear threats this week,…Read More

Miss America $4 Million Casino Tax Funding Subsidy Threatened, New Jersey Lawmakers Want to Nix Deal After Just One Year

Miss America casino tax money

The Miss America Organization (MAO) negotiated a sweetheart of a deal with New Jersey’s Casino Reinvestment Development Authority (CRDA) in 2017, one which paid the pageant nearly $4 million to continue hosting its marquee event in Atlantic City. But now, several state lawmakers say it’s a bad use of tax dollars, and want the subsidy…Read More

Atlantic City Casinos Enter 2018 with Operator Confidence in Full Throttle

Atlantic City casino gaming outlook

It’s a new year, and Atlantic City casino operators are hoping for an even better one in 2018. Fresh off the town’s second consecutive annual gaming win, invested companies are hopeful that the trend will continue up and down the Boardwalk and into the Marina District. After enduring nine years of declines between 2007 and…Read More

Pennsylvania Towns’ Satellite Casino Opt-Out Deadline Passes, More Than 900 Just Say ‘No’

Pennsylvania satellite casino gambling

Pennsylvania towns have now made their voices heard when it comes to embracing mini-casinos, or not, in their various burghs. One minute before midnight Eastern time on December 31 marked the deadline for local officials to notify the Pennsylvania Gaming Control Board (PGCB) whether they were opting out of the Category 4 satellite casino bidding…Read More

Pennsylvania Joins the US Online Gaming Fray in 2017, as We Look Back on the Highs and Lows of the Internet Push

Pennsylvania Governor Tom Wolf legalizes online gambling

On October 30, 2017, Pennsylvania became the fourth US state to legalize online gambling and the first since 2013, when New Jersey, Nevada, and Delaware took that unprecedented leap. Pennsylvania’s push to make internet gambling legal had been in the cards for some time and there had been lots of pressure in Harrisburg to get…Read More

Great UK Gaming Battles of 2017: From FOBTs to Phil Ivey’s Legal Fight and Protecting Children

UK gaming battles 2017

While the United Kingdom has established itself as a global leader n regulated gambling, it’s still a country that regularly fights battles over exactly how far the gaming industry can and should go. And 2017 was no exception. Several legal and legislative fights took place this year over gambling regulation in the UK, with fixed-odds…Read More

How Politics and Gaming Met Up in 2017: Trump, Immigration Status, and Betting Limits Take Center Stage

Politics and gaming in 2017 Donald Trump

When politics met gaming in 2017, the intensity hit from all sides of the fence. And when Donald Trump officially became the 45th President of the United States in January, becoming the first former casino owner ever to hold the office, there was no doubt that politics and gaming would be deeply intertwined all year and…Read More

Gaming Money Battles: Which States Fought It Out with Operators, and Who Won In 2017

Gaming money battles 2017

Florida spectacularly failed to seal the deal with the powerful Seminole tribe on what would’ve been the biggest tribal casino revenue sharing deal in the history of the US in 2017. In 2016, the tribe had agreed on a new compact, thrashed out with Governor Rick Scott, which would have been worth $3 billion to the…Read More

How President Donald Trump Kept Sportsbooks and Bettors on Their Toes in 2017

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Love him or hate him, President Donald Trump, who took his place in history as the 45th US president on January 20, 2017, has been a bit of a bonanza for the global gaming industry. Not only are some of his top advisers current and former casino operators themselves, he’s the first American president with…Read More

Achieving Immortality: Which Gaming Icons Left Their Mark in 2017 Through Charity, Politics, and Sports

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From powermongers like Sheldon Adelson to the billionaire Fertitta brothers, 2017 saw some gutsy and passionate moves by the gaming industry’s most illustrious movers and shakers. Whether it was millions of dollars in donations in times of crisis and natural disaster, political influencing in DC through campaign contributions, or multibillion-dollar deals towards professional sports teams,…Read More

Florida Gambling Battles in 2017: Not All Sunshine By Any Means

Florida’s gambling battles 2017

The Florida gambling landscape witnessed two major political power struggles in 2017. The first was between the State and the influential Seminole tribe; the second between the two polarized chambers of the State legislature. The biggest winners in both battles, were, arguably, the Seminoles. In November 2016, a federal court in Tallahassee delivered the shock…Read More

Maine Casino Effort Spent $8.4 Million to Lose, Receives Record $500K Fine from State Ethics Commission

Maine casino Shawn Scott

Residents of Maine strongly rejected a casino question presented to voters last month, with less than 17 percent endorsing a measure that would’ve allowed one specific person to build a casino in York County. Shawn Scott is notorious in Maine for successfully convincing voters in 2003 to allow his Bangor horse racetrack to incorporate a…Read More

China Reinstates Group Travel Ban on South Korea, Gaming Operators on Edge

China travel ban South Korea

China’s ban on group travel to South Korea has reappeared this week, despite the countries pledging to end their diplomatic tensions in late October. The dispute stems from South Korea installing its Terminal High Altitude Area Defense (THAAD) system in response to North Korea’s ongoing missile testing. China opposed the installation of the defense weapons,…Read More

Select Few Pennsylvania Towns Finally Rolling Out Welcome Mat for Satellite Casino Bids

Pennsylvania satellite casino gambling

A couple Pennsylvania municipalities are beginning to embrace the idea of allowing a so-called “mini casino” in their communities. But some of the candidate towns throwing their locales into the satellite pool are perhaps too remote to attract a multimillion-dollar investment from one of the state’s 10 qualified bidders. Opting In, or Opting Out A…Read More