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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

UK Government Faces Party Revolt Over FOBT Max Stakes

Sir Peter Bottomley MP would rebel against government over FOBTs

The UK’s governing Conservative Party could face open rebellion from within its own ranks if it fails to reduce the maximum stakes on fixed-odds betting terminals, the controversial betting shop machines that currently allow customers to bet up to $100 every 20 seconds. The warning comes from Sir Peter Bottomley MP, who told The Evening…Read More

No Supreme Court Decision on Federal Sports Betting Ban, Online Odds Disappear

Supreme Court sports betting PASPA

The Supreme Court of the United States (SCOTUS) released three opinions this week, but one wasn’t regarding New Jersey’s appeal that the federal Professional and Amateur Sports Protection (PASPA) of 1992 violates the Constitution. Murphy v. NCAA et al, the renamed case after New Jersey Governor Phil Murphy (D) officially succeeded Chris Christie (R) in…Read More

Galaxy to Move Ahead with Casino on Philippine Resort Island Despite Duterte Shut-Down

Boracay Casino to continue despite Duterte closure

Macau’s Galaxy Entertainment is pressing ahead with the construction of a $500 million integrated casino resort on Boracay Island in the Philippines, despite the country’s president Rodrigo Duterte recently describing the island “a cesspool” and ordering it to be closed. On March 15, army general turned environmental secretary Roy Cimatu seconded his boss’ appraisal. “For…Read More

Melco Resorts Billionaire Lawrence Ho Says Six Macau Casino Licenses Plenty

Melco Resorts Lawrence Ho

Melco Resorts CEO Lawrence Ho feels six licensed casino operators in Macau is an ideal number unless the enclave wishes to drastically increase gambling revenue. The half-dozen presently authorized gaming operators will see their licenses begin to expire in 2020. SJM Holdings and MGM Resorts will be first to terminate, with Las Vegas Sands, Wynn…Read More

888 Mulls German Exit After Court Ruling Threatens Operations

888 Holdings to quit Germany?

888 Holdings is giving serious consideration to abandoning the German market, the company revealed in an earnings call Tuesday morning. The news follows a German federal court’s appeal ruling in November that ordered 888’s German subsidiary to cease offering online gaming in the southwestern state of Baden Württemberg. 888 had always considered Germany, which accounts…Read More

Connecticut Commercial Casino Bill Advances, But East Windsor Tribal Facility Protected

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A Connecticut casino bill that would allow commercial gambling operators to submit proposals to build in the state has advanced out of committee and is now headed to the House floor. On Friday, the General Assembly’s Public Safety and Security Committee passed House Bill 5305 by a vote of 18-7. The legislation now goes to…Read More

Japanese Casino Bill Delayed, Could Miss Boat for 2018

Japanese casino bill jeopardised

The introduction of Japan’s long-awaited IR bill, which will establish a framework of regulation for the country’s future casino industry, is likely to be delayed until at least April. The task force charged with drafting the new rules has failed to reach consensus, prompting concerns that the legislation will arrive too late to stand a…Read More

UKGC calls for £30 Stake-Limit on FOBTs

UKGC fobt recommendation

Shares in the UK’s biggest betting companies rose on the back of a report by the UK Gambling Commission recommending maximum stakes on fixed-odds betting terminal (FOBT) roulette should be cut to “£30 or less,” ($42) rather than £2 ($2.80). The industry is awaiting the results of a long-delayed review into the controversial machines, which…Read More

South Korean President Sacks 226 Employees at Kangwon Land Casino

South Korean President Moon Jae-in fires Kangwon Land Casino employees

South Korean President Moon Jae-in has ordered the firing of 226 employees of the country’s biggest casino, Kangwon Land. The employees were allegedly hired nepotistically between July 2011 and February 2014, either because of their political connections to members of the previous government administration, or for their personal ties to former CEO Choi Heung-jip. During that…Read More

New Russian Online Gambling Regulations Cause Stars Group Concern, Projected Growth a Mixed Bag

Stars Group Russia

The Stars Group pointed to Russia as a potentially troublesome market for 2018 as part of the company’s 2017 earnings report. The report included guidance on what the online gambling giant, formerly known as Amaya, is expecting in terms of earnings for 2018. Those figures included an assumption that Russia will implement new online gambling rules…Read More

Financial Regulator Probes Ladbrokes and William Hill Over ‘False Market’ Claims

Ladbrokes and William Hill accused of creating “false market”

The UK’s financial regulator is examining a complaint by The Campaign for Fairer Gambling (CFG) which claims Ladbrokes and William Hill have create a “false market” through their pronouncements on proposed gambling reforms, the Financial Times reports. The anti-gambling pressure group believes that bookies have exaggerated the impact a drastic reduction on the maximum stakes…Read More

Alabama Daily Fantasy Sports Bill Throttled to Death on Senate Floor

Alabama DFS bill fails to change Luther Strange’s 2016 opinion

Alabama’s daily fantasy sports bill went down in flames in the State Senate on Wednesday. Despite being unanimously approved by the Senate Tourism and Marketing Committee earlier this month, Senator Paul Sanford’s bill didn’t even make the vote yesterday – a fate that has befallen both of the dogged senator’s previous attempts to legalize DFS…Read More

Delaware Governor Gives Assurance on Tax Relief as Casino Bill Put on Ice

Governor John Carney open to Delaware casino tax relief

Delaware’s proposal to slash tax rates for its three struggling casinos has been put on hold, following assurances from Governor John Carney that his administration is open to changing the tax structure to preserve casino jobs. Carney says he wants to know the exact cost to the state’s coffers before he gets behind the proposal….Read More