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Connecticut Foxwoods and Mohegan Sun Casinos Start 2018 Sluggishly

Connecticut casinos Foxwoods Mohegan Sun

Tribal Connecticut casinos Foxwoods and Mohegan Sun kicked off January with a less-than-amazing month, as slot revenue was down at both properties. After paying out winnings, Foxwoods kept $33.9 million from the gaming terminals, a 2.5 percent decrease compared to the same month in 2017. Mohegan Sun won $44.9 million, which equates to 5.3 percent…Read More

No Online Poker Bill in California This Year, Tribes Turn Against Sports Betting Instead

Reggie Jones-Sawyer not submitting California poker bill this year

California appears to have given up on regulating online poker, at least for 2018. Friday is the deadline for filing bills in the California legislature and thus far no champion has emerged to fight the cause. Perhaps that’s because the effort required to unite the state’s powerful but squabbling tribal operators over what regulation should…Read More

Nevada Gaming Control Board Internet Tip Line in Overdrive Since Steve Wynn Sex Scandal

Steve Wynn NGCB tip line

The Nevada Gaming Control Board (NGCB) says its telephones have been ringing off the hook since the Wall Street Journal exposed sexual misconduct claims against Las Vegas billionaire Steve Wynn last month. The flood of calls has led to the gaming regulator launching an online portal where information can be reported. The tip board can…Read More

Connecticut Congressional Delegation Seeks Federal Probe of DOI Over Tribal Casino

Connecticut casino East Windsor DOI

Four members of the Connecticut congressional delegation have asked the US Inspector General to investigate the Department of the Interior (DOI) on the agency’s inaction in regards to the state’s proposed gaming compact amendments with its two Native American tribes. The request stems from a legislative effort passed last year and signed into law by…Read More

Malta Gaming Authority Launches Mafia Crackdown

enedetto Bacchi arrest prompts Malta Gaming Authority Action

The Malta Gaming Authority is launching a wide-scale investigation into its Italian licensees for links to organized crime. According to “high-ranking Maltese sources” who spoke to Gambling Compliance this week, this is the first phase of a larger probe into all Italian businesses based in Malta. The country has been embarrassed by a string of…Read More

Virginia Gambling Bill Passes Assembly Committee, Legislation Would Legalize Historical Racing Terminals

Virginia gambling bill historical racing

The Virginia House of Delegates Appropriations Committee has passed House Bill 1609, a gambling measure that would allow the currently shuttered Colonial Downs horse racetrack in New Kent County to incorporate historical wagering machines at the facility. Located about 30 miles east of the Richmond capital, Colonial Downs closed in late 2015 after a license…Read More

WeChat Warns Users Not to Gamble Through Messaging App

WeChat Macau gambling casino

WeChat, the most popular social media application in China, is warning users amid the current Lunar New Year holiday week to avoid gambling through the mobile network. Tencent Holdings, the developer of the app that has nearly one billion active users, says in a notice that incidences of gambling through WeChat increase during the February…Read More

Steve Wynn Scandal Improves MGM, Las Vegas Sands Japan Casino Odds, Threatens Macau Operations

Steve Wynn Japan casino Macau

Steve Wynn and the company he founded have much more to lose than its namesake founder in the wake of his sexual misconduct scandal. Wynn Resorts, along with every other major casino operator, is currently awaiting the release of Japan’s integrated casino resorts bill. Depending on the governing specifics, companies have floated concepts that could…Read More

Rebuck: New Jersey Accepting Sports Betting Applications from Foreign Operators

DGE Director David Rebuck on New Jersey sports betting licenses

New Jersey Division of Gaming Enforcement (DGE) director David Rebuck had a special message for the world’s online sports betting operators gathered in London on the final day on the ICE Totally Gaming Exhibition in London on Thursday: apply for your New Jersey sports betting licenses now. “Don’t sit back and wait for the regulations,”…Read More

Poker Players Alliance Director John Pappas Leaving Lobbying Organization, Shepherded Online Poker Through Black Friday to Legalization

John Pappas PPA steps down

Poker Players Alliance (PPA) Executive Director John Pappas is leaving his post after almost a decade as the advocacy group’s top lobbyist. He will be succeeded by current vice president, Rich Muny. Pappas led the PPA, which lobbies for the interests of players and the online poker industry, through a tumultuous decade for the game,…Read More

Sports Betting Bills Move Forward in West Virginia, Iowa

legate Riley Moore supports West Virginia sports betting

West Virginia’s sports betting bill, HB 4396, sailed through the typically gambling-averse lower house on Wednesday by an 18-6 vote, as the state progressed its mission to become the first in the mid-Atlantic to offer regulated sports books. The Mountain State has been eyeing the legal landscape for some time and is anticipating that the…Read More

Connecticut Casino Union Unsurprisingly Endorses MGM Bridgeport Proposal

casino union MGM Bridgeport Connecticut

Connecticut’s Unite Here casino union is speaking out in support of MGM Bridgeport, a proposed $675 million waterfront resort that would employ more than 2,000 people. That should come as little surprise, as the state’s powerful labor coalition is based in nearby New Haven. At a rally Tuesday night, Unite Here Local 35 President Bob…Read More

Japanese Lawmakers Must Not Leave Casinos in the Cold, Delegates Tell ICE

CEO of Hard Rock Japan Edward Tracey

Japanese casino regulation was a key topic at the International Casino Exhibition (ICE Totally Gaming) this week as delegates from across the world descended on London Docklands for one of the gambling industry events of the year. As ever, while operators showcased their latest innovations on the floors of the ExCel London exhibition center, gaming’s…Read More

Pennsylvania to Begin Accepting Online Gambling Applications

Countdown Begins to Pennsylvania online gambling market

Pennsylvania’s Gaming Control Board (PGCB) has announced it will begin accepting applications for online gambling licenses from April 2. Pennsylvania became the fourth US State to legalize online gambling when lawmakers passed H 271 in October last year. The bill also clears the path for the regulation of daily fantasy sports and sports betting, should…Read More

CEO Steve Wynn Steps Down After Weeks of Sex Scandal Rumors, Stock Price Rebounds on News of Resignation

Steve Wynn resignation scandal

Wynn Resorts Chairman and CEO Steve Wynn has submitted his resignation to the company he founded, amid an expanding sexual misconduct scandal that was hurting both the company’s stock prices and convention business. The company issued a statement early Tuesday evening confirming Wynn’s departure. The 76-year-old, credited with playing the most significant role in developing…Read More