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Gambling Sector Dominates Advertising on Piracy Websites, Study Finds

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The online gambling sector is by far the biggest sector advertising on intellectual property-infringing websites, such as file-sharing platforms and sites that stream movies and live sports illegally. A study by White Bullet — a cybersecurity company that monitors IP infringement in real time — found that 43 percent of all ads on such sites…Read More

New Jersey Retaining Control of Atlantic City Governance Through 2021

New Jersey Atlantic City takeover

The New Jersey government will retain control of Atlantic City through 2021. That comes despite Governor Phil Murphy’s (D) campaign promises that his administration would hand back governance to local leaders. On Tuesday, Lt. Gov. Shelia Oliver (D) revealed the state will continue overseeing the cash-strapped gaming resort town through 2021. That was the original…Read More

Wynn Resorts Donates $1M to Massachusetts Charities, as State Gaming Regulators Mull Encore Boston Fate

Wynn Resorts Massachusetts Encore Boston

Wynn Resorts has donated more than $1 million in total to numerous charities in Massachusetts. The gifts come as state gaming regulators continue mulling whether Wynn Resorts remains suitable to hold a casino license for its $2.6 billion Encore Boston Harbor. The integrated resort is scheduled to open in June. Earlier this month, the Massachusetts…Read More

New Jersey Agency Penalizes PokerStars for 217 Illegal Bets on In-State Teams

New Jersey officials fined PokerStars $10,000 for accepting wagers involving two Garden State universities — as sporting betting is becoming increasingly popular. PokerStars took 216 wagers, equaling over $2,756, on a Nov. 19 Eastern Michigan University versus Rutgers University men’s basketball game. The Scarlet Knights were victors in the match-up 63-36. PokerStars also accepted one bet…Read More

Satellite Casino Construction Near Pittsburgh Begins, $131M Venue Expected to Open in 2020

Pennsylvania satellite casino Westmoreland Mall

Construction is underway for a satellite casino near Pittsburgh inside a former Bon-Ton department store at the Westmoreland Mall. The Cordish Companies – a Baltimore-based real estate and hospitality development firm – won the rights last year to the Pennsylvania satellite casino during the state’s second auction round. The bid was $40.1 million, and the…Read More

Sports Betting Suddenly Off Table in Massachusetts Budget Talks

Massachusetts sports betting

Massachusetts’ budget debate kicks off Monday but one item that won’t be up for discussion is sports betting, much to the regret of Republican Governor Charlie Baker. Baker included $35 million in projected revenue from regulated sports betting in his budget plan and in January introduced a bill to legalize wagering at the state’s three…Read More

Japanese Government Approves Anti-Addiction Measures Ahead of Casino Bidding Process

Japan anti-addiction measures

The cabinet of Japanese Prime Minster Shinzo Abe signed off on a plan that will attempt to limit gambling addiction as Japan moves towards the process of awarding licenses for integrated resorts. Japan plans to award up to three integrated resort licenses, with each of these resorts set to include casinos along with other attractions….Read More

Macau Chief Executive Chui Says Casino Licenses Won’t Be Extended, Renewal Process to Begin in 2022

Macau casinos Fernando Chui

Macau Chief Executive Fernando Chui expects the public tender process for casino concessions to coincide with the scheduled 2022 expirations of the six current gaming operator licenses. Speaking before the enclave’s Legislative Assembly this week, Chui explained that postponing the expirations of SJM Holdings and MGM China to 2022 to fall in line with the…Read More

Pennsylvania Regulators: Sands Bethlehem Casino Allowed Underage Visitors to Gamble, Consume Alcohol

Sands Bethlehem Pennsylvania casino PGCB

The Sands Bethlehem Casino Resort in Pennsylvania has been fined by state gaming regulators for allowing underage visitors to access slot machines and table games, and consume alcoholic beverages. The Pennsylvania Gaming Control Board (PGCB) detailed 11 instances of underage violations at the casino located on the eastern edge of the Keystone State. Seven teenagers…Read More

Pennsylvania Casino Plan Divides Conservative Amish Community, Gaming Opponents Say ‘Deal With Devil’

Pennsylvania casino Penn National Hollywood

A Pennsylvania casino plan in a rural conservative community with Amish residents has plenty of opponents who are trying to block the gaming venue from being built. Penn National Gaming – the oldest casino operator in the Keystone State – last year secured the rights to a satellite casino featuring as many as 750 slot…Read More

Casino Union Concerned With Hedge Funds Obtaining Significant Stakes in Gaming Companies

casino union Atlantic City Carl Icahn

The largest casino union in the nation met with gaming regulators in several states this week to express the trade group’s concerns regarding hedge funds and private equity groups amassing considerable ownership positions in the industry. Unite Here – the union that represents more than 100,00 workers employed at casinos across the US and Canada…Read More

Federal Judge Refuses to Dismiss New Hampshire vs. DOJ Wire Act Case

Wire Act

A federal judge in New Hampshire said Thursday that the issues surrounding the Department of Justice’s new Wire Act opinion — and the New Hampshire Lottery Commission’s (NHLC) ensuing legal challenge — were some of the most complex he had encountered in 26 years of service. He added that whatever his eventual ruling may be,…Read More

Wynn Resorts Fires Security Chief James Stern Over Steve Wynn Spying Admission

Wynn Resorts

Wynn Resorts has fired its VP of corporate security, James Stern, following his testimony in front of the Massachusetts Gaming Commission (MGC) that he spied on former employees on behalf of the company’s disgraced former chairman and CEO, Steve Wynn. The Associated Press reports that the Wynn CEO Matt Maddox informed the MGC Tuesday that…Read More

Federal Trade Commission Aims to Blow the Lid Off Loot Boxes

Loot boxes

The US Federal Trade Commission is looking into loot boxes. The consumer protection agency said Monday that an investigation into the phenomenon was ongoing, and that it planned to hold a public workshop later in the year. The forum will invite representatives from the video game industry along with consumer advocates to discuss widespread concerns…Read More

Boston Globe Pressures Massachusetts Regulators to Demand Wynn Resorts Fire CEO Matt Maddox

Wynn Resorts Boston casino Matt Maddox

Wynn Resorts CEO Matt Maddox’s days could be numbered, as pressure is mounting from the powerful Boston Globe’s editorial staff who are insisting that state regulators demand his removal in order for the casino company to retain its critical gaming license in Massachusetts. The Massachusetts Gaming Commission (MGC) held three days of hearings last week…Read More