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Wynn Name Could Be Removed From Boston Harbor Casino Project

Wynn Boston Harbor name

Wynn Boston Harbor, the $2.4 billion integrated casino resort under construction in nearby Everett, might lose what was once considered its most valuable asset: the Wynn name. Appearing for the first time before the Massachusetts Gaming Commission (MGC) since sexual harassment allegations broke against billionaire Steve Wynn, a scandal that has worldwide implications, Wynn Boston…Read More

Sky Bet Fined £1 Million for Failing Self-Excluded Gamblers

Sky Bet chief executive Richard Flint

Online gambling company Sky Bet has accepted a £1 million ($1.4 million) fine from the UK Gambling Commission for allowing hundreds of self-excluded gamblers to continue betting, while inadvertently sending promotional texts, emails and push notifications to around 50,000 more. The fine comes just months after Sky Bet chief Richard Flint called on the betting…Read More

Steve Wynn Managers Allegedly Dismissed Sexual Harassment Complaints, Told Workers to ‘Keep it Shut’

Steve Wynn sex scandal harassment

Supervisors and managers working for Steve Wynn allegedly looked the other way and dismissed claims of sexual misconduct made by employees against the Las Vegas visionary. In an expose published this week in The Wall Street Journal, the same media outlet that broke the story in January that the billionaire reportedly sexually assaulted and harassed female…Read More

Nevada Sportsbooks Receive State Approval to Offer NFL Draft Odds

Nevada sportsbooks NFL Draft odds

Nevada sportsbooks will once again be permitted to offer odds on the NFL Draft. On Monday, the Nevada Gaming Control Board (GCB) signed off on 32 different types of wagers for the 2018 NFL Draft. The three-day event will run April 26-28 at AT&T Stadium, aka “Jerry World,” the home of the Dallas Cowboys. ESPN’s…Read More

UK Gambling Commission Considering Credit Card Ban for Online Gamblers

UKGC online gambling credit cards ban

The UK Gambling Commission is mulling a ban on credit cards for use as a deposit method for online gambling, as per a new online gambling review, published Monday. The regulator says it plans a new consumer protection drive, aimed at making online gambling “safer than ever before.” “We will consider prohibiting or restricting the…Read More

Japan Lawmakers Agree on Resident Casino Entrance Restrictions

Japan casino IR entrance fee

Japan lawmakers deliberating regulations on the country’s forthcoming liberalization of commercial gaming reportedly came to terms this week on the number of entrances residents will be permitted each month. According to sources talking with The Japan Times, the two ruling parties will limit the number of times a local can enter a casino to three…Read More

Nevada Regulator to Scrutinize Galaxy Entertainment Over $1 Billion Wynn Resorts Deal

Nevada Gaming Control Board Galaxy Entertainment

Galaxy Entertainment, which last week bought a 4.9 percent stake in Wynn Resorts for just under $1 billion, will be the subject of a suitability probe by the Nevada Gaming Control Board (NGCB), the regulator has confirmed. Entities owning more than 10 percent of a casino in Nevada are subject to scrutiny from gambling regulators…Read More

SLS Las Vegas to Undergo $100 Million Renovation, as North Strip Optimism Continues

SLS Las Vegas renovation blob

SLS Las Vegas, the north Strip casino resort that has struggled financially since it was re-envisioned from the Sahara in 2014, is undergoing further changes in what will hopefully reverse the property’s recent fortunes. New owner Alex Meruelo told the Nevada Gaming Commission (NGC) last week that he’s going to spend $100 million to revitalize…Read More

Sources: Japan Casinos Will Need to File Transaction Reports for Amounts Exceeding $9,500

Japan casino Shinzo Abe IR bill

Japan casinos will be required to file currency transaction reports on customers who deposit and/or withdrawal amounts exceeding ¥1 million ($9,500) in any given 24-hour period. According to government sources talking with The Japan Times, the country’s largest and oldest English-language newspaper, casino patrons will need to complete a document revealing their name, address, and…Read More

Five Louisiana Casino Bills Advance, State Gambling Industry Makeover Looms

Louisiana casino law riverboat

Multiple pieces of legislation that would overhaul how Louisiana casinos operate passed out of state committees this week. The two most consequential bills involve allowing the state’s 15 riverboat casinos to move ashore, so long as they remain within 1,200 feet of their current locations. Additional legislation would remove a 30,000-square-foot floor limit in favor…Read More

Melco Resorts Announces $500 Million Stock Buyback

Melco Resorts stock Lawrence Ho

Melco Resorts announced this week that it plans to purchase $500 million worth of its issued stock over the next three years. In a filing with the US Securities and Exchange Commission, Melco Resorts CFO Geoffrey Davis explained that the company’s board of directors have approved of the stock buyback plan. “The program is effective…Read More

Two State Regulators Approve Penn National Takeover of Pinnacle Entertainment

Penn National Pinnacle Entertainment

Penn National is one step closer to completing its proposed takeover of Pinnacle Entertainment, as the gaming firm received approval from two state-level regulatory bodies for the transaction. According to a statement from Penn National on Wednesday, both the Pennsylvania Gaming Control Board and the West Virginia Lottery Commission have signed off on the deal….Read More

Pennsylvania Lottery Games Go Online in May, Virtual Sports Betting Launches in June

Pennsylvania Lottery online gaming

The Pennsylvania Lottery celebrated its 46th anniversary earlier this month, but come May, the sweepstakes that benefit older Pennsylvanians will undergo drastic changes. For the first time since it held its inaugural raffle in 1972, the Pennsylvania Lottery will begin operating interactive games on the internet in May. The online platform will debut with various…Read More

West Virginia Sports Betting Could Be Running Within 90 Days of Supreme Court Ruling

West Virginia sports betting could be first to market

With a Supreme Court ruling on sports betting expected any day now, lottery officials in West Virginia say casino sports books could be up and running within 90 days of a positive decision. While SCOTUS could deliver a ruling at any time, the most likely date is now April 2. Typically the court releases rulings…Read More

UK Government Faces Party Revolt Over FOBT Max Stakes

Sir Peter Bottomley MP would rebel against government over FOBTs

The UK’s governing Conservative Party could face open rebellion from within its own ranks if it fails to reduce the maximum stakes on fixed-odds betting terminals, the controversial betting shop machines that currently allow customers to bet up to $100 every 20 seconds. The warning comes from Sir Peter Bottomley MP, who told The Evening…Read More