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Connecticut Online Gaming Will Not Be Fast-Tracked With Sports Betting, Say Lawmakers

No appetite for Connecticut online gaming in legislature, says Ritter

The Connecticut General Assembly is not ready to include online gaming in legislation that aims to legalize sports betting and fast-track a set of regulations for a future market. Governor Dannel Malloy had asked lawmakers whether there was an appetite to legislate for online gaming at a forthcoming special session, as he prepares to negotiate…Read More

Seminole Hard Rock Casino Unveils Plans for $700 Million Expansion

Seminole Hard Rock

The biggest casino in the state of Florida is about to grow even bigger. The Seminole Hard Rock Hotel and Casino in Tampa unveiled ambitious expansion plans worth $700 million this week. The centerpiece of the project is a new 15-story tower hotel with 564 rooms, giving the hotel more than 800 rooms and 88…Read More

Connecticut Governor Wants Online Gaming as Bargaining Chip in Tribal Sports Betting Negotiations

Connecticut Governor Dannel Malloy

Connecticut’s efforts to fast-track sports betting legislation at a forthcoming special session are going to require some negotiating with the states two tribal casino operators. Governor Dannel Malloy believes the state’s hand will be strengthened if it includes regulated online gaming in its plans. The Mashantucket Pequot and Mohegans are the only entities authorized to…Read More

Tribal Casino Operators Cautiously Support Federal Sports Betting Ban Repeal

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Numerous tribal casino operators say they want in on the game of sports betting after the Supreme Court of the United States (SCOTUS) repealed the longstanding federal ban this week. On Monday, SCOTUS issued its opinion that the Professional and Amateur Sports Protection Act of 1992 (PASPA) is out of bounds with the Constitution on…Read More

Bridgeport Casino Supporters Say Failed 2018 Push Will Be Renewed Next Legislative Session

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Backers of the failed Bridgeport casino in Connecticut say they’ll cross that bridge later. With the Connecticut General Assembly adjourned for 2018, an integrated casino resort (IR) in Bridgeport won’t be authorized before this year’s end. But that doesn’t mean advocates of gaming expansion to the seaport city are ending their efforts permanently. Members of…Read More

Michigan Online Gaming, Sports Betting Bill Stalls in House, Hindered by Tribal Gaming

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Michigan’s online gaming and sports betting bill was tipped by its sponsor for passage through the House this week, but Representative Brandt Iden’s (R-District 61) prediction came up short. Iden’s bill would create the Lawful Internet Gaming Act, legalizing online gaming, online poker, and sports betting for the state’s 25 casinos, but while it generated…Read More

Connecticut Tribes Plead for Alternative Legal Strategy to Build East Windsor Casino

Kevin Brown (left) and Rodney Butler, chairmen of the Mohegan and Mashantucket Pequot

Connecticut’s two tribal operators have urged state lawmakers to let them build an off-reservation casino without federal approval. The Mohegans and Mashantucket Pequots are suing the Department of the Interior for what they claim is obstructionism over their application for approval of a controversial satellite casino in East Windsor, just miles across the Massachusetts border…Read More

Connecticut Tribes Want Control of State Sports Betting Market

Connecticut sports betting

If sports betting becomes legal in the state of Connecticut, the tribes that operate the two Native American casinos in the state believe they should have the exclusive rights to take those bets. The Mashantucket Pequot and Mohegan tribes each sent letters to leaders in the state legislature last weekend, arguing that the compacts that…Read More

Save Idaho Horse Racing Group Says Ballot Goal Reached, Despite Alleged Sabotage

Save Idaho Horse Racing submits ballot signatures

Save Idaho Horse Racing, a campaign group devoted to reintroducing instant racing machines at Idaho’s ailing racetracks, delivered its signatures of support to the county clerk office on May 1. The group believes it has secured the number it needs –  around 56,000 signatures from registered voters in at least 18 of the state’s 35…Read More

Seneca Niagara Begins $40 Million Casino Beautification, Still No Payments to Cash-Strapped City

Seneca Niagara

The Seneca Nation has announced it will begin work on a $40 million makeover of the Seneca Niagara Resort & Casino in the City of Niagara Falls, as it continues to withhold revenue-share payments to the State of New York and local communities. The Senecas stopped making payments over a year ago. Under the terms…Read More

Mashantucket Pequot Leader Says Tribes Must Unite in Pursuit of Casinos Both Domestic and Abroad

Mashantucket Pequot Mohegan Sun casino

Mashantucket Pequot Tribal Council Chairman Rodney Butler opined this week that Native American groups should come together and pair their assets in order to acquire for marquee casino resorts both domestically and abroad. Fresh off this month’s National Indian Gaming Association convention in Las Vegas, the Mashantucket leader sat down with CDC Gaming Reports to…Read More

Tribal Casinos Subject to US Labor Law, Rules Federal Court

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Tribal operators cannot disrupt unionizing on casino properties, said a federal court Thursday, the culmination of a case that pitted the scope of tribal sovereignty head-on against the federal National Labor Relations Act (NLRA). The US Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit ruled the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) had acted correctly when it censured…Read More

Florida Lawmakers Abandon Special Session on Gambling Expansion

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Florida lawmakers have abandoned the idea of a convening a special session to craft a deal on expanded gambling and will instead leave it all in the hands of voters in November. It may have been the last chance the legislature will ever get to weigh in on the issue. Later in the year, residents…Read More

Idaho Racetrack Group Accuses Coeur d’Alene Tribe of Intimidation, Bribery

Save Idaho Horse Racing

Action group “Save Idaho Horse Racing” claims a rival group funded by the Coeur D’Alene tribal casino operator is obstructing it from saving Idaho horseracing by allegedly waging a campaign of intimidating and bribery against its signature gatherers. The group is pushing a ballot initiative to reintroduce instant racing machines at the state’s ailing racetracks….Read More

Virginia Tribe Buys 610 Acres Near Williamsburg, Site Could Be State’s First Casino

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The Pamunkey Indian Tribe in Virginia has acquired more than 600 acres of vacant land in New Kent County east of Richmond in what could become the future site of the state’s first casino resort. According to public property records and The Daily Press, a limited liability company registered in Illinois that’s tied to the…Read More