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Chinese Government Could Become Part Owner of Australian Casino

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The Chinese government might soon become invested directly in the business of gambling in international markets should a proposed $3 billion casino resort in Queensland, Australia, be permitted to move forward. In December, ASF Group Limited, a company that aims to partner business between Australia and China, submitted a bid to the Queensland government to…Read More

Wynn Boston Harbor Can’t Bring Fifth Avenue to Everett, Scales Back High-End Retail Space

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Wynn Boston Harbor in Everett, Massachusetts, won’t become the next Fifth Avenue or Newbury Street. Appearing before the Massachusetts Gaming Commission (MGC) earlier this month to provide an update on the $2 billion construction project, Wynn Boston Harbor President Robert DeSalvio revealed that the casino resort is greatly scaling back its retail shopping space. The…Read More

Trump Tower Wiretapped During Russian Mafia Gambling Probe

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Trump Tower was indeed the target of a wiretap while former President Barack Obama was in the White House, but the surveillance wasn’t directed at then-candidate Donald Trump. The 45th commander-in-chief has spawned allegations that his campaign headquarters inside Trump Tower in New York City was wiretapped during the 2016 election cycle as he took on…Read More

Irish Gambling Site Paddy Power Looking to Hire Trump Expert

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Think you know President Donald Trump? Then Paddy Power, an Irish gambling website, has a job for you. The website, known for its outlandish betting propositions and marketing stunts, posted a job looking for “Head of Trump Betting” and is offering a three-month contract. The irreverent company merged last year with Betfair, but has not…Read More

Philippines Gaming Regulator Announces $500 Million Integrated Casino Resort in Cebu

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Philippines gaming regulator PAGCOR has approved a $500 million casino resort in the central island of Cebu. When the project is completed, it will mark the country’s first integrated gambling destination outside of the Manila capital. PAGCOR (Philippine Amusement and Gaming Corporation) has been directed by President Rodrigo Duterte to grow gaming revenues and make…Read More

Florida Gambling Expansion Heavily Opposed by Sunshine State Voters, New Poll Finds

Florida gambling expansion Rick Scott

Florida gambling expansion efforts are heavily opposed by likely voters in the Sunshine State, a new poll finds. According to a study performed by Mason-Dixon Polling & Research, an independent surveying firm with offices in Washington, DC, and Jacksonville, Florida, just eight percent of Florida voters say they support expanded gambling. That compares to 84…Read More

PAGCOR Corruption Allegations Rumored in Philippines, as Pastor Boy Saycon Strikes Again

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PAGCOR, the Philippines Amusement and Gaming Corporation, is being accused of corruption after Pastor Boy Saycon turned over evidence to the country’s Department of Justice. Saycon is no ordained religious leader, but the secretary-general of the Council of Philippine Affairs. He’s reportedly provided documents to Justice Secretary Vitaliano Aguirre that shows PAGCOR engaging in bribery…Read More

Two New Mississippi Casino Projects Rejected by Gaming Commission, And Not Everyone Is Unhappy About It

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Mississippi casino expansion efforts were rejected by the state’s Gaming Commission unanimously this week, after the regulators deemed that two proposed sites didn’t qualify as suitable for the projects. The three-member panel met privately on Thursday for about 90 minutes, deliberating whether to approve two new casinos in Biloxi and Diamondhead. When they emerged, Mississippi…Read More

New York State Senate Factors Revenue from Online Poker into Draft Budget Plan

New York Assemblyman Gary Pretlow will back online poker in the House this year.

The New York State Senate has included revenue from legalized, regulated online poker in its 2017-18 budget plan. But before you New York poker players break out the ticker tape start dancing, a couple of caveats. First, online poker was also included in the first draft of the Senate’s 2016-17 budget and yet regulation did…Read More

Connecticut Battles It Out with Massachusetts, But First, Must Untangle Its Own Internal Fight

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It’s the battle of Connecticut v. Massachusetts, but not until the Constitution State figures out an internal plan that can hold its own against MGM Resorts’ planned Springfield casino in the neighboring state. An early step in the process showed how divided the state’s legislators were and how that might threaten to derail advocates’ hopes. The…Read More

Colombia Blocks 325 Unlicensed Online Gambling Domains When Operators Refuse to Pay Up

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Colombia has a reputation for extreme violence and massive illegal drug trade, and neither problem seems anywhere close to being curtailed. But when it comes to online gambling, the South American country is taking a hardline approach and cracking down on illegal internet casino platforms. Last week, Coljuegos, the South American country’s gambling regulator, announced…Read More

Former Pennsylvania State Representative Accused of Misappropriation Claims Gambling Addiction

Former Pennsylvania representative Jesse White loses license to practice law

Jesse White, a former Democratic Pennsylvania State Representative, was suspended from practicing law by the State Supreme Court on Wednesday for the alleged misappropriation of his clients’ funds. “Mr White has been placed on emergency temporary suspension in this Commonwealth after it has been found that his continued practice of law is causing immediate and…Read More

North Dakota “Historic Racing” Machine Bill Poses Threat to State’s Charitable Gambling Industry

North Dakota instant racing plan would hurt charitable gaming

North Dakota’s plans to expand gambling by creating up to six state-owned casinos have been grabbing the headlines in the local news, because of the probable impact on tribal and charitable gaming operators. But now an under-the-radar bill, spotted by local radio host Mike McFeeley this week, poses a second threat to the 300-odd charitable…Read More

Sports Betting Legalization Scores Slam Dunk Thanks to March Madness

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The federal ban on sports betting has once again ben thrust into mainstream news thanks to March Madness, the men’s NCAA basketball tournament that attracts billions of dollars in wagers each spring. Since 1992 when the Professional and Amateur Sports Protection Act (PASPA) was passed in Congress, Americans have been barred from placing financial wagers…Read More

West Virginia Online Gambling Bill Introduced to Generate New Tax Revenue

West Virginia online gambling Shawn Fluharty

A West Virginia online gambling bill has been introduced to the state legislature’s House of Delegates, but the statute’s odds of one day becoming law seem long. Authored by Delegate Shawn Fluharty (D-District 3) and cosponsored by four Democratic lawmakers, House Bill 3067 calls for the commencement of internet gambling in the Mountain State. The…Read More