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Wynn Boston Harbor Investigation a Priority, But Massachusetts Gaming Commission Mum on Details

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Massachusetts Gaming Commission (MGC) members said at a meeting on Thursday that its investigation into the sexual misconduct allegations made against Steve Wynn remains a top priority. Wynn Resorts is currently constructing Wynn Boston Harbor, a $2.4 billion integrated casino resort on the banks of the Mystic River in Everett. As part of his departure agreement,…Read More

Connecticut Commercial vs. Tribal Gaming: Battle Continues in State General Assembly with New Bill

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The Connecticut General Assembly has voted in favor of a public hearing to discuss a competitive bidding process bill that could lead to casino expansion. On Thursday, the General Assembly’s Public Safety and Security Committee voted 18-6 to hold the event in the coming weeks. The legislation to be discussed would allow commercial operators to…Read More

Las Vegas Sands Gaffe Hands Parx Casino Fourth Pennsylvania Satellite Venue

Las Vegas Sands Pennsylvania satellite

On Wednesday morning, Las Vegas Sands submitted what was thought to be a winning $9.9 million bid to secure a 15-mile radius in Western Pennsylvania’s Mercer County. But the state’s Gaming Control Board (PGCB) later determined that the targeted locale impedes on a previously authorized Category 4 satellite casino region won by Mount Airy #1,…Read More

Maine Tribes Want Right to Open Casinos Without State Permission

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Indian tribes in Maine are hoping to gain the ability to open casinos in the state without first seeking state approval. In order to do so, they hope to get a legislative order from the Maine House of Representatives that would ask the state’s Supreme Judicial Court whether that is possible under state law. The…Read More

Las Vegas Sands Wins Fourth Pennsylvania Satellite Casino Auction, Selects Location Near Ohio Border

Las Vegas Sands Pennsylvania satellite

Las Vegas Sands could soon have as many gaming floors in Pennsylvania as it does in Nevada. The parent company to The Venetian and Palazzo won the fourth of 10 satellite casino auctions in Pennsylvania on Wednesday, with the winning bid totaling $9.9 million. Sands selected a 15-mile radius in Mercer County, which sits in…Read More

Showboat Atlantic City Mulling Casino Return, as Boardwalk Revitalization Continues

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Showboat Atlantic City owner Bart Blatstein has taken the first step in reopening the casino floor at the Boardwalk property. One of four casinos to close in 2014, Blatstein acquired the Showboat for $23 million in January of 2016. The resort opened as a non-gaming hotel that June, with 872 guestrooms. The Press of Atlantic…Read More

Maryland Live Takes It Outside for Dwindling Demographic: Gamblers Who Smoke

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Maryland Live saw its gross gaming revenues (GGR) plummet in 2017 when the MGM National Harbor came to town. Now the casino is turning to gambling smokers, hoping to turn the tables back in its favor. In a state where indoor smoking hasn’t been allowed anywhere indoors for the past 10 years, Maryland Live saw…Read More

Japan Casino Tax Could Hit 50 Percent, Operators Might Be Deterred by Excessive Regulatory Controls

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A Japan casino tax will be higher than gaming rates found in other parts of Asia, including Macau. It would dwarf those paid by Las Vegas casinos, where the effective rate is only 7.75 percent, and it could backfire on the country’s goals of building casinos to begin with: to expand tourism. According to The…Read More

William Hill Fined £6.2 million For Anti-Money Laundering, Social Responsibility Violations

William Hill Fined

William Hill has been fined £6.2 million ($8.7 million) by the UK Gambling Commission (UKGC) for compliance failures that allowed ten customers to gamble with funds that were the proceeds of crime. The regulator cited numerous instances of customer protection and anti-money laundering breaches and accused the betting giant of deploying insufficient resources and staffing…Read More

Iowa Sports Betting Bill Passes House Committee Without ‘Integrity Fee’

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An Iowa sports betting bill that doesn’t include a so-called “integrity fee” earmarked for the professional sports leagues recently passed the state’s House Government Oversight Committee. House Study Bill 592, first introduced by Rep. Ken Rizer (R-District 68), would permit the state’s commercial casinos to operate sportsbooks after obtaining the necessary permit. The first $1…Read More

New Wynn Resorts CEO Says Growth Will Continue After Steve Wynn Exit, Japan Casino Still on Radar

Wynn Resorts Matt Maddox

Wynn Resorts new CEO Matt Maddox said in his first major address to employees on Monday that the company’s casino development projects in Las Vegas, Boston, and Macau will continue, and emphasized that the operator remains committed to obtaining an integrated resort license in Japan. Maddox, who replaced founder Steve Wynn on February 6 after…Read More

SJM Holdings CEO Ambrose So Seeks Clarity on Future of Macau Casino Licenses

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As the date for the renewal of gaming concessions in Macau grows nearer, at least one of the leaders of a major player in the city’s casino sector is itching for more information on what the territory will expect from companies who want to continue operating casinos. As reported in GGRASia, the licenses held by…Read More

Connecticut Satellite Casino Blueprint Leaves Some Locals Underwhelmed

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The Connecticut satellite casino in East Windsor being jointly developed by the state’s two Native American tribes will come with 2,000 slot machines and up to 150 tables, and a five-story, 1,800-parking space garage. The Mashantucket Pequot and Mohegan Sun tribes submitted initial drawings this week to the town for the $300 million development. The…Read More

Public Split Over Wynn Boston Harbor Future, Poll Finds

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The jury on Wynn Boston Harbor’s future is still out. That’s according to a new poll that suggests area residents have rather strong, yet contrasting opinions, on what to do with the $2.4 billion megaresort in the wake of billionaire Steve Wynn’s sexual allegation scandal. A poll released Friday by MassINC polling group in conjunction…Read More

River Rock VIP Manager Arranged Illegal Third-Party Cash Delivery for Gambler

River Rock Casino, British Columbia

Lisa Gao, the former director of VIP guest relations at British Columbia’s River Rock Casino, was deregistered by the Canadian province’s Gaming Policy and Enforcement Branch (GPEB) for arranging a third-party cash delivery for a high-rolling client. Gao’s actions were in direct violation of anti-money laundering laws (AML). Recent police and GPEB investigations suggest that…Read More