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

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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

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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

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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

Celebrating 18 Years Under Chinese Control, Macau Honors Casino Tycoon Lawrence Ho

On this day in 1999, the sovereignty control of Macau was officially transferred from Portugal to China, as agreed upon by the two countries. To celebrate its 18th anniversary under the People’s Republic, Macau is honoring one of its most successful entrepreneurs, casino billionaire and Melco Resorts founder Lawrence Ho. The Macau Special Administrative Region…Read More

Brazil Prepares for Legalized Gambling by Sending Group to Gaming Regulator School in Las Vegas

Brazilian gaming regulation students at UNLV

After Japan, the next big country ready to legalize gambling is Brazil. And in preparation, the country sent a cohort of gaming industry insiders to Las Vegas, where they took a crash course on gaming regulation. Starting last week, five Brazilians attended UNLV’s International Gaming Institute, where the school’s International Center for Gaming Regulation held…Read More

Paddy Power Wild Trump Super Bowl LII Prop Bets in Line with Bookmaker’s Over-the-Top Novelty Offerings

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The Super Bowl isn’t for another seven weeks, but UK online sports book Paddy Power recently released some proposition bets on the big game. Well-known for its outrageous wagering offerings, Paddy  naturally have come up with some wagers concerning the Super Bowl LII and President Donald Trump. The irreverent site, which earlier this year hired…Read More

North Jersey Casino Question Won’t Go Before Voters in 2018, Per State Senate President Stephen Sweeney

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The North Jersey casino referendum that voters easily rejected during the 2016 election will not be back on the ballot next fall, or perhaps ever, according to State Senate President Stephen Sweeney (D). Talking with the Associated Press, Sweeney stated that he can’t see the state legislature taking steps to reintroduce the issue after it…Read More

Pennsylvania Satellite Casino Auction Schedule Released, Bidding Begins Next Month

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Ten satellite casinos are up for grabs in Pennsylvania, and the bidding war, at least that’s what state lawmakers are hoping for, is slated to begin next month. The Pennsylvania Gaming Control Board (PGCB) announced yesterday that the first round of auctions for the Category 4 casino licenses will take place January 10 at the…Read More

Philadelphia City Council Votes 17-0 Against Satellite Casino

Philadelphia Pennsylvania satellite casino

The Philadelphia City Council unanimously voted 17-0 against allowing a Category 4 gambling venue, the so-called “mini-casinos,” from being placed within its downtown area. Local officials also voted against allowing qualified diesel truck stops from housing video gaming terminals (VGTs). Council members were quick to explain that they were sending “a strong message” to legislators…Read More

PAGCOR Warns Casinos: Permit Minors Entry, Lose Your Gaming License

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PAGCOR, the Philippine Amusement and Gaming Corporation, is in a transition period that will see the gaming authority and operator divest its land-based casinos and shift to a regulator-only capacity. And one area the agency is focused on in its new role, is reducing instances of minors accessing gaming floors. In a newly issued memorandum…Read More

Florida’s Seminole Tribe Sues to Shut Down 11 Jacksonville Electronic Gambling Parlors

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The Florida Seminole Tribe has waited long enough for the state to act and decided to pursue legal action against 11 Jacksonville Internet cafes that they say offer illegal electronic gambling machines. The antitrust lawsuit, which was filed a week ago in Duval County’s Fourth Judicial Circuit Court, claims the devices violate an exclusive compact the…Read More

Labor Party Wants to Remove Slots from Tasmanian Clubs and Pubs by 2023

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The Labor Party in Tasmania has said that they want to remove all slot machines (known in Australia as poker machines or pokies) from the Australian state by 2023. While the Labor party is currently in the minority in the state, they have pledged to take the dramatic step should they win next year’s elections….Read More

China Travel Ban Costs South Korea $4.6 Billion in Tourism Revenues, Impacting New Casinos

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China’s travel ban that prohibited its citizens from leisurely visiting South Korea for much of 2017 cost the country $4.56 billion in unrealized tourism revenues. That’s according to a report from the Bank of Korea, which estimates the sharp decline in tourism from China led to massive financial losses, which impacted the country’s burgeoning casino…Read More

UKGC Report: Young Children Gambling on ‘Skin Betting’

Skin betting UKGC

While the video game community is caught up in fierce debate over whether or not loot boxes constitute gambling, the UK Gambling Commission has released a report that suggests many children are being introduced to a less ambiguous form of betting through gaming at a young age. According to the UKGC’s Young People and Gambling…Read More

Arizona Tohono O’odham Nation Breaks Ground on $400 Million Casino After Eight-Year Delay

Desert Diamond West Valley Casino

The Arizona casino for the Tohono O’odham Nation is finally underway. It took eight years and buckets full of cash for lawyers to fend off opponents, but its Desert Diamond West Valley casino is going up at last. Located in the Phoenix suburb of Glendale, the $400 million venue will offer a 75,000-square-foot gaming area to include…Read More