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Battle for Gettysburg Gambling Ends, as Racino Developer Surrenders Position

Gettysburg casino plan canceled

A proposal from a Pennsylvania businessman to build a “racino” in historic Gettysburg has been snuffed out, easing concerns of historical societies and area residents who vehemently opposed turning the sacred Civil War battlefield into a gambling destination. On Thursday, David LeVan announced he would not seek a horse racing and gaming license from the…Read More

Japan Considers Banning VIP Junket Operators from Its Fledgling Casino Industry

VIP junket Japan integrated resort

As Japan moves forward in the early stages of building its own casino gaming industry, the country is considering disallowing the use of VIP junket operators to help future casinos bring in high rollers to their properties. That’s the opinion of an advisory board charged with presenting ideas to the National Diet, Japan’s legislative body,…Read More

Arkansas Attorney General Leslie Rutledge Again Strikes Casino Ballot Proposal

Leslie Rutledge Arkansas casino ballot

Arkansas Attorney General Leslie Rutledge (R) has rejected a casino ballot referendum proposal authored by state citizen Barry Emigh of Hot Springs. Emigh has repeatedly presented her with casino authorization proposals, and she’s met his tenacity in striking the documents as consistently as he submits them. It’s at least the fourth time Rutledge has vetoed his…Read More

Lien Placed on TEN Atlantic City, Former Revel, for $62,000 in Unpaid CRDA Payments

TEN Atlantic City Revel tax lien

The TEN Atlantic City saga continues, as a judge has placed a lien on the casino resort for owner Glenn Straub’s refusal to pay $62,000 in Casino Reinvestment Development Authority (CRDA) Special Improvement District (SID) fees. New Jersey Superior Court Judge Julio Mendez said the failed payments date back to 2015, when TEN owner Glenn…Read More

Trump Administration Holding Firm Against Federal Repeal of Sports Betting Ban, Says NJ’s Christie

Trump administration sports betting

The Trump administration isn’t too anxious to push Congress on a bill that would repeal the current federal ban on sports betting. That’s according to New Jersey Governor Chris Christie (R), whose state remains embattled in its quest to allow horse racetracks and Atlantic City casinos to offer wagering on sports. The lame duck governor…Read More

UK Election Implications: FOBTs Could Feel Hung Parliament’s Squeeze

Pull my finger? Jeremy Corbyn and Labour on the fate of FOBTs

Bookmakers in the UK may have slashed the odds on Jeremy Corbyn becoming the country’s next prime minister. But they’re likely not too thrilled about the prospects a “hung parliament” presents their industry. Britain woke up to last week after Friday’s shock election result already a bit nervous about what lay ahead. For bookmakers, at…Read More

Philippines Reverses Plan to Prohibit Online Gaming Companies from Leasing Prime Office Space

Philippines online gambling Charito Plaza

Earlier this year, Philippines president Rodrigo Duterte ramped up his crackdown on online gambling by banning companies involved in the industry from occupying prime real estate in special zones designated for tax incentives and other business assistance. But now government officials, led by Philippine Economic Zone Authority (PEZA) Director General Charito Plaza, are rethinking that position….Read More

American Gaming Association Ups Ante to Repeal Sports Betting Ban

American Gaming Association sports betting ban

The American Gaming Association (AGA) is leading the lobbying effort in Washington, DC, to repeal the federal ban on sports betting. It continued those endeavors this week by sitting down with the players’ associations representing the Big Four professional sports leagues, the NFL, MLB, NBA, and NHL. The AGA, and its President Geoff Freeman, presented…Read More

Crown Resorts Employees Detained in China Since Last Year Now Charged With “Promoting Gambling”

Crown Resorts employees James Packer

Australia’s Crown Resorts says their 17 employees who’ve been detained in China since late last year have been formally charged with “offenses related to the promotion of gambling.” Last October’s arrest was a result of China cracking down on “corruption,” per President Xi Jinping’s directive. The People’s Republic bars foreign casinos from directly advertising their…Read More

Rankled Lawmakers Launch Ethics Investigation into Maine Casino Initiative

Shawn and Lisa Scott, controversial casino backers in Maine

An effort to bring a new casino to Maine has caught the attention of an ethics committee, as lawmakers with an eye on funding sources move to stop a developer from allegedly gaming the system. The Maine Ethics Commission voted unanimously in a hearing Friday to investigate the $4.3 million ballot initiative in support of building a…Read More

Puerto Rico Casinos Could Benefit Should American Statehood Materialize, But Still a Long Shot

Puerto Rico US statehood referendum vote

Puerto Rico, like many tourist destinations with balmy temperatures, has long offered casinos as a lure to visitors. But an economy that is now in shambles has affected the island nation’s gaming industry, and on Sunday, Puerto Ricans voted emphatically for statehood, although an even more emphatic number stayed at home. Ninety-seven percent of those who…Read More

Japan Casino Bill Expected to Implement Stringent Safeguards to Combat Problem Gambling

Japan casino bill National Diet

The Japan casino law currently being drafted in the nation’s legislative body is rumored to be focusing on the best ways to prevent potential problem gambling that might arise from the commercial integrated resorts. Japan approved a bill to end commercial gaming prohibition last December, with the stipulation that the National Diet, its version of congress,…Read More

Former Revel Atlantic City Casino Won’t Reopen, Glenn Straub Continues Fight

Revel Atlantic City Glenn Straub

Revel Atlantic City hasn’t welcomed a guest in nearly three years, and the shuttered $2.4 billion Boardwalk resort doesn’t show any signs of that changing in the near future. Acquired by Florida-based developer Glenn Straub in April of 2015 for pennies on the dollar at $82 million, the state is preventing Revel’s new owner from…Read More

Shocking Result of UK Election May Have Been No Surprise to Bookies

Jeremy Corbyn and Theresa May face off in UK election.

The UK woke up to a hung parliament on Friday morning, which means no party gained the number of seats needed to form a clear majority government. In a sense, it was a draw, but a draw in which the second-placed Labour Party “won” and the first-placed Conservative (Tory) Party lost. Confused? So are they….Read More

Massive Pennsylvania Gambling Expansion Bill Passed by State House, But Not Without Controversy

Pennsylvania gambling expansion

Pennsylvania gambling expansion has been a focal point in Harrisburg for more than a year, but late Wednesday night, the state’s House of Representatives finally took action on the matter. The manner in which they did so, however, is being criticized by some lawmakers. Yesterday morning, House Bill 271 was introduced by State Rep. Jason…Read More