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Congressman Demands DOJ Opinion on Sports Betting, Calls for Federal Regulation

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US Representative Jim Sensenbrenner (R-Wisconsin) believes the “worst option” for the federal government is to defer completely to states on sports betting regulation. In a letter addressed to US Deputy Attorney General Rod Rothstein, dated November 15, Sensenbrenner writes that it’s “clear Congress had work to do to endure the public is protected, and any…Read More

Historical Horse Racing Expands Across Virginia, Colonial Downs Renovation Underway, Betting Parlors Announced

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Casinos are banned in Virginia, but gaming venues featuring historical horse racing terminals are coming to towns across the state. In April, state lawmakers and Governor Ralph Northam (D) gave owners of the shuttered Colonial Downs Racetrack authorization to house the slot-like gaming machines. The legislation — House Bill 1609 — also approved up to…Read More

Underage Bettors Proliferate in British Pubs, UK Gambling Commission Research Finds

In the United Kingdom, there’s an almost 90 percent chance that you can walk into a pub and find an underage gambler. That’s according to a UK Gambling Commission (UKGC) report that shows oversight at English pubs that offer gaming is severely lacking. The Gambling Commission reached its conclusion after examining Class C gaming machines…Read More

Hollywood Casino Takes First Legal Sports Bets in Pennsylvania During Live Test Days

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Hollywood Casino at Penn National Race Course became the first venue to take legal sports bets in Pennsylvania on Thursday, as the casino started the first of two live wagering test days designed to ensure that everything is ready to go once sports betting can officially launch. Penn National Gaming announced that the sportsbook at…Read More

Nevada Regulators Throw Black Book at $1.2 Million Bellagio Craps Cheaters

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Two members of a Bellagio craps cheating ring will join the list of those barred from entering Nevada casinos as they take their place in the Gaming Control Board’s (NGCB) legendary “black book.” According to the Las Vegas Review-Journal, on Thursday Anthony Grant Granito and former Bellagio dealer James Russell Cooper became the 33rd and…Read More

Bet365 to Become Empire Resorts’ Second-Biggest Shareholder Through Sports Betting Deal

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UK sports betting giant Bet365 has teamed up with Resorts World Catskills’ owner Empire Resorts in a deal that will see it provide the Upstate New York casino with digital and physical bookmaking operations — that’s provided New York regulates sports betting, as it is expected to shortly. Bet365 will also acquire up to $50…Read More

UK Government Backflips on FOBTs in Face of Party Revolt, Bookies Brace for April Double Whammy

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A cut to the maximum stakes of the UK’s fixed-odds betting terminals (FOBTs) will be effective from April, following a humiliating government climbdown in the face of a full-scale party rebellion. On Wednesday afternoon, culture secretary Jeremy Wright announced reforms to the controversial machines would be expedited, as a growing number of senior Conservative Party…Read More

Nevada Gaming Commission Receives Proposed Sexual Harassment Policy Changes

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The Nevada Gaming Commission (NGC) is in receipt of proposed changes to state gaming regulations that strengthen safeguards to prevent sexual harassment and misconduct at casinos. After holding a public hearing on Wednesday that was attended by Governor Brian Sandoval (R), the Nevada Gaming Control Board signed off on amendments to Regulation 5. They include…Read More

Former Las Vegas Casino Executive Alex Yemenidjian Sells Marijuana Business for $290M

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Alex Yemenidjian, a former Las Vegas casino executive who worked extensively with MGM Resorts as well as Tropicana, is selling his Nevada marijuana business to a Chicago company for $290 million. Essence Cannabis Dispensaries, the largest marijuana cultivation and dispensary business in Nevada, is being bought by Chicago-based Green Thumb Industries. The deal includes Yemenidjian’s…Read More

Macau Government Praises Remaining Junkets, Operators Request Tax Break

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The Macau government says the remaining junket companies catering to China’s mainland elite are playing a vital role in the resurgence of the enclave’s gaming industry, and are doing it while better adhering to the appropriate regulations than in years past. Macau’s Gaming Inspection and Coordination Bureau Director Paulo Martins Chan said this week there’s…Read More

UK Conservative Government Faces Party Revolt Over FOBT Delay

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The UK government is facing full-scale rebellion over a delay to curb fixed-odds betting terminals (FOBT). Dozens of Conservative Party lawmakers have joined opposition parties in putting their names to an amendment that will force the Treasury to expedite a cut in stakes for the controversial machines. In May, Chancellor Philip Hammond unleashed a regulatory…Read More

Ho-Chunk Tribal Casino Resort in Beloit Moves Forward, Wisconsin Governor-Elect Supports $405M Project

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A tribal casino planned for Beloit, Wisconsin, by the Ho-Chunk Indians is closer to receiving full authorization from the Bureau of Indian Affairs (BIA). Late last week, the City of Beloit announced that the $405 million Native American casino resort is making progress on the federal level. Town officials say the development will soon be…Read More

CG Technology Proposes $2 Million Settlement to Make Regulator Heat Go Away

CG Technology (CGT) is hoping a payment of $2 million will convince gaming regulators to drop ongoing disciplinary action and allow the company to continue to operate its sports books in Nevada. CGT, formerly Cantor Gaming, has been hauled up in front of regulators three times in the past five years for serious compliance failures…Read More

Philippines President Rodrigo Duterte Says No Boracay Casino ‘Voice of God’

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Philippines President Rodrigo Duterte doubled down on his position that Boracay Island won’t be permitted to welcome casinos, and the controversial leader now says the decision is the “voice of god.” Boracay reopened in October after a six-month island-wide cleanup directed by Duterte, who called the popular vacation destination a “cesspool” that “smelled of sh*t.”…Read More

Steve Wynn Sues Former Company, Massachusetts Gaming Commission Over Attorney-Client Privilege Claims

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Steve Wynn is suing the casino company he founded and the Massachusetts Gaming Commission (MGC) on grounds that the ongoing investigation into his alleged sexual misconduct has violated his attorney-client privileges. On Thursday, Wynn attorneys filed a lawsuit in Clark County, Nevada, against the Massachusetts Gaming Commission, MGC Investigations and Enforcement Bureau Director Karen Wells,…Read More