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Pennsylvania Gaming

article To Legalize or Not to Legalize? PA Senate to Address VGT Expansion, Skill Games Legality (9/25/2020)
(Pennsylvania) -- Consider the innocuously labeled SB 1256 the opening salvo of the Pennsylvania budget battle: Part Two. When the Pennsylvania Senate left Harrisburg...
article Gotta Love It: Second State Gaming Launches VGTs At Love’s Travel Stops in PA (8/7/2020)
(Pennsylvania) -- Video gaming terminals, usually called simply VGTs, are filling in the gambling void between Pennsylvania’s 12 casinos, with locations in every...
article BLOG: New VGT Bill Sheds Some Light On Senate Leader’s Hopes For Gambling Expansion (8/3/2020)
(Pennsylvania) -- The Pennsylvania legislature adjourned for the summer without any public consideration of a controversial gaming expansion through widespread...
article Four video gaming terminals opened at Pa. truck stops this week (7/31/2020)
(Pennsylvania) -- Customers began gambling at video gaming terminals this week at four Love’s Travel Stops in Pennsylvania. The video gaming terminals, which are...
article Pennsylvania Convenience Store Owners Say Skill Games Critical to Survival (7/27/2020)
(Pennsylvania) -- Small convenience store owners in Pennsylvania say skill games, slot-like terminals that have proliferated throughout the Commonwealth, are playing in...
article Pa. Senate shaping plan to allow bars, clubs to have slots-like video gaming terminals (6/23/2020)
(Pennsylvania) -- Another proposal that could bring casino-style gambling to small-town Pennsylvania was given a test flight in the majority Senate Republican caucus...
article Pennsylvania Lawmakers Want Slot Machine-Like Terminals In Bars, Restaurants And Social Clubs (6/23/2020)
(Pennsylvania) -- Top Republicans in Pennsylvania’s state Senate are pressing sweeping gambling legislation that would allow slot machine-like terminals in...
article Pa. Senate shaping plan to permit bars, other liquor licensees to host slots-style video gaming terminals (6/22/2020)
(Pennsylvania) -- Another proposal that could bring casino-style gambling to small-town Pennsylvania was given a test flight in the majority Senate Republican caucus...
article Video gambling pushed as possible lifeboat for bars (6/22/2020)
(Pennsylvania) -- As restaurants and bars continue to suffer devastating losses from COVID-19 shutdowns across the state, a movement to bring in “video gaming...
article Video Gaming Terminals Approved In Four More PA Counties (4/8/2020)
(Pennsylvania) -- Four new truck stop video gaming terminals (VGTs) can launch in Pennsylvania. But for now, the public cannot use them due to virus shutdown...
article Despite controversy, Kenhorst allows gaming lounge to expand machines, operating hours (3/6/2020)
(Pennsylvania) -- Kenhorst Borough Council on Thursday voted to allow Windfall Amusements LLC, despite assertions that the company's operation is illegal, to expand...
article Dozens of ‘skill-based,’ other gambling devices seized across Pennsylvania (2/28/2020)
(Pennsylvania) -- Dozens of illegal gambling machines were recently seized from bars and clubs across the state, Pennsylvania State Police announced Friday. Troopers and...
12 Total Articles on this Issue

Missouri Gaming

article Gambling machines ruled illegal in Platte County (9/24/2020)
(Missouri) -- A ruling in a closely watched Platte County case could affect the status of thousands of unregulated electric gambling devices across Missouri. A judge...
article Missouri health chief pulls plug on gas station gambling machines over virus fears (3/28/2020)
(Missouri) -- Missouri lawmakers and county prosecutors have been unable or unwilling to stop the spread of unregulated gambling machines across the state, but a global...
2 Total Articles on this Issue

Virginia Gaming

article Virginia Lawmakers Committed to Banning Skill Games in 2021, Despite Terminals Providing COVID-19 Relief (9/19/2020)
(Virginia) -- Virginia lawmakers say the General Assembly remains committed to banning skill gaming machines next year, even as the terminals are providing the state...
article Virginia's Electronic Gaming Machines Face Ban Next Year (9/16/2020)
(Virginia) -- More than 9,000 electronic gaming machines are currently in circulation in Virginia, but state lawmakers have said the machines will be banned next year....
article Skill machines get stay of execution to raise funds for COVID-19 relief (8/9/2020)
(Virginia) -- As skill machines return to Charlottesville, thousands of machines across the Commonwealth are raising millions of dollars for COVID-19 relief, including...
article Gaming machines get possible reprieve because of pandemic (4/14/2020)
(Virginia) -- Unregulated betting machines in gas stations and bars have been granted a possible 11th hour reprieve in Virginia thanks to the coronavirus. And casino...
article Gov. Northam proposes delaying skill machine ban to help fund COVID-19 relief, asks for dedicated school funding from casinos (4/13/2020)
(Virginia) -- When Virginia legislators return to Richmond next week, gaming legislation will again be a topic they need to deal with. Over the weekend, Gov. Ralph...
article Betting on Virginia: Operators jockey for a share of the action as state legislators consider opening the door to new forms of gambling (3/2/2020)
(Virginia) -- As customers rush in and out of Quick N Easy on a chilly January afternoon, one man lingers. Past the West Broad Street convenience store’s stocked...
article Supporters of skill games oppose statewide ban (2/28/2020)
(Virginia) -- Virginia lawmakers are considering what to do with skill games, the electronic gaming machines that have popped up across the state. Supporters headed to...
7 Total Articles on this Issue

Illinois Gaming

article Edwardsville-area video gaming bans rooted in decade of opposition (9/5/2020)
(Illinois) -- When it came to video gaming, some area municipalities preferred to avert their gaze on the topic. Edwardsville, Glen Carbon and Maryville all banned video...
article Buffalo Grove debates restaurant's video gambling fees (8/14/2020)
(Illinois) -- In late February, Buffalo Grove's Original Bagel & Bialy restaurant paid $6,000 in village licensing fees to operate six video gambling machines...
article Rolling Meadows planning new restrictions on video gambling (7/29/2020)
(Illinois) -- Rolling Meadows aldermen have taken the first steps to imposing limits on video gambling in response to a proliferation of the machines after a citywide...
article Bar owners frustrated about last minute delay of video gambling machines (6/25/2020)
(Illinois) -- On Friday, bars and restaurants across Illinois will be able to seat people inside. Owners and staff have been preparing for Phase 4. But at what some...
article Illinois businesses are betting that casino gambling and video gaming will be back soon (6/19/2020)
(Illinois) -- The Illinois Gaming Board hasn't announced when it will allow casinos to reopen or when video-gaming machines will be turned on at bars, restaurants...
article Aldermen to consider capping video gambling licenses in Batavia (6/6/2020)
(Illinois) -- A proposal to cap the number of video gambling licenses in Batavia is expected to be up for debate this month. The idea was brought forward this week by...
article Gold Rush Amusements, Inc. Files Counterclaim Alleging Violation of Illinois' Anti-Inducement Law (5/19/2020)
(Illinois) -- Daniel Fischer, the principal owner of the Dotty's chain of video gaming cafés in Illinois, who is also involved in bids for new casino licenses in...
article Oswego OKs video gambling at gas stations, convenience stores (5/19/2020)
(Illinois) -- The Oswego Village Board has approved an ordinance creating a new liquor license classification to allow video gambling and on-premise consumption of...
article Illinois bans video gaming in effort to slow coronavirus spread (3/16/2020)
(Illinois) -- State officials are shutting down video gaming in Illinois for the remainder of March to help limit exposure to COVID-19. The Illinois Gaming Board ordered...
article Illinois video gaming terminals shut down for two weeks over coronavirus concerns (3/16/2020)
(Illinois) -- The Illinois Gaming Board on Monday ordered the cessation of all video gaming operations through March 30 in the wake of the growing coronavirus outbreak....
article Beginner’s luck: How one video gambling company worked the odds and took over a state (3/3/2020)
(Illinois) -- Andrew Rubenstein rang the opening bell at the New York Stock Exchange last November, then pumped his fist and cheered. He had much to celebrate. In a...
article Oak Lawn Mayor Sandra Bury accuses State Rep. Bob Rita, gaming industry interests of seeking to knock down village’s new ‘push tax' (3/1/2020)
(Illinois) -- Oak Lawn is gearing up for a possible legal battle with the state’s video gaming interests after terminal operators at a majority of the village...
12 Total Articles on this Issue

Kentucky Gaming

article Group lauds gambling machine case getting day in court (7/30/2020)
(Kentucky) -- A organization that pushes family issues praised news that a decade-old case over slot machines will be heard by the state Supreme Court. “It has...
1 Article on this Issue

North Dakota Gaming

article Judge keeps Powerhouse gambling machines shut down in ND (7/30/2020)
(North Dakota) -- A federal judge has denied a request by a gaming equipment company to reactivate hundreds of electronic pull tab machines that were shut down by the...
article North Dakota tribes fret about rise of electronic pull tabs (2/26/2020)
(North Dakota) -- American Indian tribes in North Dakota have formed a coalition aimed at addressing the meteoric rise of electronic pull tabs in the state that are...
2 Total Articles on this Issue

Canada Gaming

article Man who lost $75K to VLTs disappointed in Supreme Court ruling in Atlantic Lotto lawsuit (7/28/2020)
(Canada) -- One of two men leading an attempt to sue the Atlantic Lottery Corp., alleging its video lottery terminals are addictive and deceptive, is disappointed the...
article Gambling on VLTs: Alberta communities grappling with long-time bans on popular machines (7/27/2020)
(Alberta) -- It's been nearly 30 years since VLTs first came to your neighbourhood pub in Alberta. Today nearly 6,000 of the electronic gambling machines are in more...
press release With VLT and casinos shut down, Alberta faces $400-million revenue loss (6/10/2020)
(Alberta) -- The three-month closure of VLTs and casinos in the province likely means the province has lost more than $400 million in revenue. The gambling industry was...
article VLTs still operating in Manitoba despite physical distancing recommendations (3/28/2020)
(Manitoba) -- It's been two weeks since the first case of COVID-19 was identified in Manitoba. Schools have suspended classes, gyms are closed and casinos are shut...
4 Total Articles on this Issue

Skill-Based Gaming

article 'Where is the little guy?': Pa. convenience store owners band together to keep games of skill (7/27/2020)
(Pennsylvania) -- Billy Patel watched as top officials from the Pennsylvania State Police, Pennsylvania Lottery and executives from gaming operator Pace-O-Matic...
1 Article on this Issue

William Hill

article William Hill and GVC expected to claim back £350m in FOBT tax (5/20/2020)
(UK) -- William Hill and GVC are expected to reclaim up to £350m from HMRC after bookmakers and casinos won a £1bn legal battle over tax paid on fixed-odds...
1 Article on this Issue

UK Gambling

article Why gambling firms could claim back hundreds of millions of pounds from the public purse (4/28/2020)
(UK) -- The Treasury should fight a court decision which could allow gambling and betting companies to reclaim huge sums of money in VAT, a Swansea MP has said. Carolyn...
1 Article on this Issue

New York Gaming

article Proposed New York State budget would not eliminate Video Lottery Terminal Aid (3/31/2020)
(New York) -- Earlier this year New York Governor Andrew Cuomo, as part of his proposed Executive Budget, proposed to end Video Lottery Terminal (VLT) Aid for...
article Push To Restore VLT Aid Continues As Budget Deadline Nears (3/5/2020)
(New York) -- With a New York State budget due in less than a month, local officials in Saratoga Springs are counting on the restoration of state aid. For hosting...
2 Total Articles on this Issue

Video Gaming

article Video gaming trade association files lawsuit over Oak Lawn’s 'push tax,’ claims ordinance is unconstitutional (3/13/2020)
(Illinois) -- A video gaming trade association has filed a legal challenge to Oak Lawn’s push tax, arguing that the first-of-its-kind tax on users of video slot...
1 Article on this Issue

Northern Arapaho

article Gaming Commission Bill Moves To The Senate (3/6/2020)
(Wyoming) -- The Wyoming Senate is scheduled to debate a bill today to set up a gaming commission who will determine how to regulate the growth in video gambling in the...
1 Article on this Issue

Nebraska Gaming

article Nebraska judge blocks horse racing tracks from taking bets on past races (3/1/2020)
(Nebraska) -- A judge has blocked a novel form of betting that horse tracks in Nebraska have been hoping would bring in needed revenue. Lancaster County District Judge...
article Taxing skill games [2nd Item] (2/26/2020)
(Nebraska) -- Taxing the 3,000 “skill” video games that are located in 900 convenience stores and veterans clubs across the state could bring in millions of...
2 Total Articles on this Issue

Historical Racing Machines

article Judge blocks track's plan for horse-race betting machines (2/28/2020)
(Nebraska) -- A Lincoln-based judge on Wednesday blocked plans by a Grand Island horse track to install casino slot-like machines that would allow patrons to bet on...
1 Article on this Issue

Other News

article Are video arcades more dangerous than casinos during a pandemic? (9/8/2020)
(Illinois) -- Casinos and video arcades, both of which feature rows of electronic games that people use in close proximity to each other, pose similar risks of COVID-19...
article OP/ED: Next Steps: VLTs (7/29/2020)
(Missouri) -- As Missouri deals with the financial impact of COVID-19, the state’s education and workforce development departments have seen considerable withholds and...
article Scientific Games and Norsk Tipping enter VLT deal (12/17/2019)
(Norway) -- Scientific Games has lauded a “landmark agreement” via its Global Draw subsidiary alongside Norwegian state-owned gambling operator Norsk Tipping.
article ‘Geez, Bill:’ Plummer says Brady offered him ethics post if he’d agree to back off ethics reform (12/3/2019)
(Illinois) -- Senator Bill Brady’s tenure as Minority Leader faces new uncertainty after Senator Jason Plummer, Brady’s former 2010 gubernatorial running...
article Video shows woman attack customer for coughing near her at Texas gas station, cops say (10/11/2019)
(Texas) -- Houston police are searching for two suspects in a Sept. 8 attack at a Valero gas station in Lockwood after the female suspect assaulted another woman playing...
article No more delay on ‘simulated gambling’ ban, Jacksonville City Council decides (10/10/2019)
(Florida) -- A bill passed Tuesday night eliminates a six-month enforcement delay on a law banning casino-style devices used in many video cafes. The city calls the...
article As video gaming terminals spread across Missouri, lawmakers could hear from company owners (9/3/2019)
(Missouri) -- The chairman of a committee debating the future of gambling in Missouri says he would welcome testimony from companies responsible for the spread of...
article Sinking Lid Policy in New Zealand’s Tararua District Found Ineffective in Reducing Spending on Pokies (4/3/2019)
(New Zealand) -- The so-called “sinking lid” policy on poker machines numbers, whose objective is to reduce the spending on pokies and the gambling-related...
article Authorities unclear on gaming devices now available in Hannibal area (2/8/2019)
(Missouri) -- Tri-State residents probably noticed gaming machines at various northeast Missouri convenience stores. They've popped up even though the Missouri...
article Gambling machines, cash seized from Mexia business (2/8/2019)
(Texas) -- An illegal gambling investigation leads to a seizure of several gaming machines and cash from a Mexia business. The Joint Criminal Apprehension Team,...
article Gambling firms agree to slash FOBT stakes in Northern Ireland (2/3/2019)
(UK) -- As has been covered ad infinitum, fixed odds betting terminals (FOBTs) will see a massive reduction in max stakes come April, from the current £100 to...
article House passes bill outlawing 'fringe gambling' (2/2/2019)
(Utah) -- The House voted Friday to advance a bill that would prohibit so-called "fringe gambling" in Utah. The bill would close a loophole in Utah law...
article New Zealand TAB finally launches new fixed-odds betting platform (1/9/2019)
(New Zealand) -- New Zealand’s betting monopoly has finally unveiled its new fixed-odds betting platform, more than two years after it first announced its...
article Islandia residents' lawsuit against casino shouldn't proceed, judge says (12/27/2018)
(New Jersey) -- A federal bankruptcy court judge has recommended ruling in favor of Islandia and Jake’s 58 Hotel & Casino in a lawsuit filed by village...
article Remember VGTs? Well, They Are Coming To PA In Early 2019 (12/21/2018)
(Pennsylvania) -- Keno, online lottery and sports betting are already underway in Pennsylvania. In a few months, online casinos will launch. So, too, will a point of...
article Sports minister resigns over chancellor's delay to gambling curb (11/1/2018)
(UK) -- Sports minister Tracey Crouch is understood to have resigned after the government refused to bring forward plans to curb controversial fixed-odds betting...
article Forest Park Voters Could Be First In Illinois To Remove Video Gambling (10/31/2018)
(Illinois) -- Forest Park could make history on Election Day as the first Illinois town where video gambling machines started operating — only to be removed by the...
article Bad news for online gamblers as Budget pushes up remote gaming duty by 6% from October next year (10/29/2018)
(UK) -- ONLINE gambling will become more expensive after Chancellor Philip Hammond hiked remote gaming duty by 6 per cent in today's Budget. The tax hike - which...
article UK government targets gambling industry with tax increases (10/29/2018)
(UK) -- Britain’s finance minister Philip Hammond announced on Monday plans to increase taxes paid by offshore gambling companies from next year to offset lost tax...
article September VLT Play Down at Austintown Racino (10/12/2018)
(Ohio) -- After two months at $102 million, wagering on video lottery terminals at Hollywood Gaming at Mahoning Valley Race Course dipped below the $100 million mark in...

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