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Arkansas Casino Ballot Measure Challenged by Opposition Group

Arkansas casino ballot challenged Supreme Court

The Arkansas casino ballot measure going before voters in November asking for their support to approve three land-based casinos is being challenged in a new lawsuit. The Committee to Protect Arkansas’ Values/Stop Casinos Now is requesting that the state’s Supreme Court intervene and remove the referendum from the voting booth on the grounds that the…Read More

Paddy Power Irish Billboard Pokes Fun At Trump with “Is Orange the New Black?” Ad

Paddy Power odds Orange is the New Black

A new Paddy Power billboard ad campaign in Ireland might be raising some eyebrows, but there’s nothing new in that. The Irish bookmaker famously goes where no other company would dare, but its latest effort is perhaps the most uncomfortably smirk-stifling yet. Offering odds on one of the candidates running for president of the United States,…Read More

Rodrigo Duterte Backtracks US Comments, Country Continues Illegal Gambling Crackdown

Philippines President Rodrigo Duterte China G20 Summit

Philippines President Rodrigo Duterte is walking back comments directed at US President Barack Obama. Just hours after Duterte said he doesn’t answer to anyone “except the Filipino people” and called Obama a “son of a bitch” in his native Tagalog, the Philippines leader issued a quasi-apology through his spokesman. “We look forward to ironing out our differences…Read More

US Defense Department Does Nothing to Curtail Its Gambling and Strip Club Problem

US Defense Department Ash Carter gambling strip clubs

The US Defense Department (DoD) is in hot water this week after the Office of the Inspector General (IG) published its investigation into whether the agency took appropriate action after it was revealed over $1 million was spent on casino gambling and adult entertainment in 2015. The IG concluded that the DoD failed to discipline…Read More

Florida Card Games Can Continue at Pari-Mutuel Facilities

Florida card games Governor Rick Scott

Florida card games with a so-called “designated player” can continue at pari-mutuel facilities across the state. In late December, Florida’s Department of Business and Professional Regulation, Division of Pari-Mutuel Wagering, motioned to appeal a rule that allowed “designated player games,” also known as “banked card games,” from being admissible at horse and dog racetracks. The…Read More

Alabama Lottery Vote Narrowly Passes State House, Governor Bentley Denies Secret Casino Plans

Alabama lottery bill Governor Robert Bentley

The Alabama lottery bill supported by Governor Robert Bentley (R) narrowly passed the State House of Representatives late Thursday night by a vote of 64-35. The tally of the 99 legislators squeaked by the 63 minimum vote requirement to pass the legislation to the Senate. It was the second poll of the day to move…Read More

Duterte Takes Shock U-turn on Online Gambling

Duterte flip-flops on online gambling

Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte’s hardline crackdown on online gambling took an unexpected twist this this week. On Tuesday the government’s gambling operator-regulator, PAGCOR, announced that it was prepared to license online gambling firms that targeted “non-locals” and that it was in the process of “readying application forms.” “We don’t know yet how saleable it is;…Read More

Jason Chaffetz Chastises Media for Focusing on Ryan Lochte Scandal, While Ignoring Hillary Clinton Emails

Jason Chaffetz Ryan Lochte Hillary Clinton

US Rep.  and House Committee on Oversight and Government Reform Chairman Jason Chaffetz (R-Utah) is angry with a lot of things when it comes to policies and procedures. The primary advocate for the Restoration of America’s Wire Act (RAWA), the anti-online gaming measure, Chaffetz doesn’t think Americans should be permitted to gamble from the comforts…Read More

PAGCOR Rejects Ownership of Philweb, as Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte Seeks to Destroy Ongpin

Rodrigo Duterte Roberto Ongpin PhilWeb PAGCOR

Filipino billionaire Roberto Ongpin’s last-ditch attempt to save his gaming company Philweb from the wrath of the country’s President Rodrigo Duterte’s anti-online gambling crusade may have hit a dead end. But Ongpin is trying every tactic in his arsenal to save the company from total collapse. Ongpin said on Friday that he would put his…Read More

Democratic National Convention Provides Boost For Philly Casinos

Democratic National Convention Pennsylvania casino revenue

The Democratic National Convention (DNC) held last month in Philadelphia provided a surge in gambling revenue at downtown and regional casinos. The gaming industry statewide posted a three percent gain in July compared to the same month in 2015. Revenues for table games were even stronger at 8.5 percent. Closest to the Wells Fargo Center,…Read More

Steve Wynn Won’t Back Trump

Steve Wynn Not Backing Trump

Steve Wynn will not be backing his old pal Donald Trump in the presidential elections, despite the Donald’s assertion at the Nevada caucus that Wynn was an informal adviser. But then again nor will Wynn be backing Clinton. Instead, the casino mogul, who has donated to both Republican and Democrat causes in the past, says…Read More

Arkansas Petition Could Force Constitutional Ballot on Casino Gaming

Arkansas casino push could go to ballot, despite Hutchinson disapproval

A bid to expand casino gaming in Arkansas could be granted on the November ballot. The Arkansas Winning Initiative (AWI), which is behind a push to change the state constitution to authorize up to three casinos in the state, said this week it believed it had enough petition signatures to force a referendum. The group…Read More

Trump Casinos Paid Pennies on the Dollar in Taxes After Christie Deal, Says New York Times, But Is It True?

Donald Trump casino taxes Chris Christie

Donald Trump casinos were almost $30 million behind on tax payments to the State of New Jersey while the now-GOP presidential nominee was still running Trump Entertainment Resorts, says a new report that broke on Tuesday. The New York Times says in a scathing article this week that Trump’s casinos in Atlantic City were delinquent on…Read More

Anti-Gambling Groups May Sue New York to Repeal New DFS Law

New York DFS Bill Unconstitutional, Says Les Bernal

New York and Massachusetts this month became the seventh and eighth states to regulate daily fantasy sports, respectively. But in New York this week the backlash came, as anti-gambling groups emerged to voice their displeasure and consider their legal options. Many believe that in order to legalize DFS “by the book,” the State of New…Read More

Genting, New York Casino Workers Union Launch Separate Campaigns Against North Jersey Expansion

Peter Ward HTC North Jersey casino expansion

A proposed North Jersey casino expansion plan in the Garden State is receiving growing resistance from across the Hudson. Two separate campaigns were launched this week, one from a casino workers union, and the other a Genting New York City casino. Both marketing efforts will aim at persuading their neighbors on the other side of…Read More