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Plainridge Park Table Games Discussion Heats Up, Lawmakers Say Critical for Casino Competitiveness

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The Plainridge Park Casino, the sole slots-only Category 2 gaming facility in Massachusetts, needs inclusion of table games to remain relevant, some state lawmakers claim. The Plainville casino was the first to open under the state’s 2011 Expanded Gaming Act. The legislation authorized three destination casino resorts in three geographically diverse regions, as well as…Read More

William Hill Announces Additional Sportsbook Sites for Iowa as State Gaming Officials Push to Launch in August

William Hill announced on Tuesday it will serve as the sportsbook for two more casinos in Iowa as state officials work to pass regulations that will allow casinos to offer sports betting. In a statement, the bookmaker said it will extend its partnership with Eldorado Resorts Inc. to manage the sportsbooks for the Isle Casino…Read More

Sports Betting with a New York State of Mind Scheduled to Start Tuesday

And New York will make 10. The Empire State is set to officially join the legal sports betting fraternity when the Rivers Casino & Resort in Schenectady takes its first bets on Tuesday. The grand opening comes five weeks after the New York Gaming Commission (NYGC) formally adopted sports betting regulations. That came after a…Read More

Former New York Governor David Paterson Lobbying on Behalf of Las Vegas Sands for New York City Casino

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Former New York Governor David Paterson (D) is leading a lobbying effort on behalf of Las Vegas Sands to expedite the licensing process for three New York City casinos. New York voters approved up to seven casinos in 2013 – four allocated for the upstate area, and three for downstate – but lawmakers placed a…Read More

Union Gaming Picked to Conduct Chicago Casino Feasibility Review

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Las Vegas-based Union Gaming has been selected by the Illinois Gaming Board (IGB) to conduct a feasibility study for an integrated casino resort in downtown Chicago. The gaming expansion legislation signed into law last month by Governor JB Pritzker (D) authorized five casinos in the Chicago suburbs, as well as a larger integrated resort in…Read More

MGM Hoping to Land Full New York Casino License for Empire City by 2021 Instead of 2023

Officials at the Empire City Casino in Yonkers, N.Y., a property run by MGM Resorts International, are hoping state regulators will grant a license to allow the venue to become a traditional casino sometime next year or in 2021 instead of waiting until 2023. New York casinos, including tribal gaming venues, are located in the…Read More

12 Million Kenyans Given 48 Hours to Withdraw Funds as Government Shuts Down Betting Industry

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A tax fight between the Kenyan government and the country’s multimillion-dollar betting industry escalated suddenly on Wednesday as the government took the most drastic option available. Kenya’s Betting Control and Licensing Board has ordered telecommunications companies to effectively dismantle the industry by eradicating the short codes and paybill numbers that underpin it. Some 27 betting…Read More

Chicago Casino Already Behind Schedule, Misses Consultant Hiring Deadline

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UPDATE (Friday evening) — The Chicago Sun-Times reported the Illinois Gaming Board awarded a consulting contract Friday afternoon to Union Gaming Analytics to conduct the feasibility study for a Chicago casino. The IGB received three bids, but the report noted two were rejected because they came in after the submission deadline.  The Chicago casino authorized…Read More

Japan Moves Forward in Process to Set Up Gaming Regulatory Committee

A committee that will eventually oversee casino regulation in Japan is now taking shape as gaming operators interested in capturing one of three likely licenses continue to wait for more details. Two officials were appointed this month to develop the new committee, according to GGRAsia. The officials — whose names were not immediately available —…Read More

Indiana Casinos, Vendors Already Lining Up for Sports Betting Licenses as State Releases Draft Regulations

It’s been a busy start to July for the Indiana Gaming Commission (IGC). As a new law that allows sports betting took effect at the beginning of the month, the IGC released the first draft of temporary regulations for public review. In addition, it began accepting license applications from the casinos, racinos, off-track betting parlor,…Read More

Casino-Rich Nevada Has Strong Economy, But It’s Not an Easy Place For Business

Nevada is the casino gaming hub of the US, has a low unemployment rate, and does not levy personal income taxes. However, those traits don’t mean the Silver State is an easy place to do business. In its annual survey of the best states for business, CNBC ranks Nevada 29th. Predictably, the leisure and hospitality…Read More

Pennsylvania Satellite Casino Auction Planned for September, as State Wants Even More Gaming

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Another Pennsylvania satellite casino auction has been announced by state gaming regulators. The Pennsylvania Gaming Control Board (PGCB) voted in favor Wednesday of recommencing the Category 4 satellite casino auction process. Bids will be accepted on Sept. 4 at 10 am ET prior to the agency’s regularly scheduled meeting. The minimum bid remains $7.5 million…Read More

Former Wynn Resorts Security Chief Says Japanese Gangs Will Target Casinos

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The former head of security at Wynn Resorts says casinos in Japan will become targets for organized crime syndicates. James Stern and Wynn Resorts parted ways in April after he testified before the Massachusetts Gaming Commission (MGC) that he used company money to secretly surveil Elaine Wynn, the casino operator’s largest single shareholder. Ms. Wynn’s…Read More

Pascua Yaqui Tribe Wants to Turn Old Arizona Movie Theater Into Tucson Casino

The Pascua Yaqui Tribe is working with officials in Tucson, Ariz., to potentially open a casino on unused land the tribe currently owns. Pascua Yaqui leaders are attempting to move 14.38 acres of tribal land into a trust so that the land falls under their control and jurisdiction. That move could pave the way for…Read More

GVC Boss Offloaded Controversial Turkish Ops to Friend and Business Partner for Free to Keep Regulators Sweet

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GVC CEO Kenny Alexander offloaded his company’s black-market Turkish operations to a long-time friend, Ron Watts, with whom he jointly runs a stud farm in Scotland, according to the UK’s Sunday Times. It was widely reported at the time that the Turkish business – which once accounted for a third of GVC’s revenues – was…Read More