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Virginia Gaming

article Tic-Tac-No? Queen of Virginia games banned in Charlottesville (6/18/2019)
(Virginia) -- The Queen of Virginia’s reign in the Commonwealth appears to have taken a bit of a tumble, at least in one city. The games, which have been popping...
article 'Sham sweepstakes' gaming machines now explicitly banned in Virginia (2/27/2019)
(Virginia) -- A recent change to the way Virginia defines illegal gambling could allow prosecutors to go after more computer gaming shops. The bill, which unanimously...
2 Total Articles on this Issue

Illinois Gaming

article Lake County considers ban on new video gambling terminals (6/7/2019)
(Illinois) -- Pushing back against gambling expansion, Lake County officials are considering banning new video gambling licenses in unincorporated areas but say they...
article Some Orland Park businesses say video gambling is a good bet (6/1/2019)
(Illinois) -- For Michael Halleran, there are “no two ways about it,” Orland Park’s decision to allow video gambling has helped his business. Halleran...
article Illinois Video Gambling Tax Hike Will Be Decided by Lawmakers With Financial Ties to the Industry (5/28/2019)
(Illinois) -- With the Illinois General Assembly poised to consider a tax hike on video gambling, some key lawmakers and their family members have developed previously...
article Bier Stube owner joins fight against Illinois plan to hike video-gaming tax (5/24/2019)
(Illinois) -- Small-business owners across Illinois are fighting Gov. J.B. Pritzker's plan to raise taxes on revenue from video-gaming terminals, which currently...
article Video gambling begins in Illinois (5/23/2019)
(Illinois) -- Video gaming went live earlier today as the state officially began allowing legalized video gambling at bars, restaurants, truck stops and fraternal...
article Decatur collected $6 million from video gambling. One city official says 'this is not what we bargained for.' (5/11/2019)
(Illinois) -- It's been almost seven years since Illinois' first legalized video gambling machines went online, and since then, the city of Decatur has collected...
article Illinois bars, VFWs upset over Gov. Pritzker's plan to increase video gaming taxes (5/10/2019)
(Illinois) -- The owner of Crehan’s Irish Pub in Belleville, has five video gaming terminals, and is worried about the governor’s budget proposal to increase...
article Video gaming operators float alternative to Pritzker’s tax hike (5/10/2019)
(Illinois) -- If the state of Illinois wants more revenue from video gambling, one gaming industry executive said Thursday, lawmakers should loosen betting restrictions...
article The New Gold Rush: Illinois Lawmakers Are Growing Worried as Neighbors Move to Expand Gambling (5/9/2019)
(Illinois) -- 1) Welcome to Kentucky, where the gambling industry was “buying its own regulator.” Horse racing tracks in Kentucky were paying to regulate...
article Video gambling industry: Don't raise taxes; raise the bets (5/9/2019)
(Illinois) -- If the state of Illinois wants more revenue from video gaming, one gaming industry executive said Thursday, lawmakers should loosen betting restrictions...
article Business owners wage preemptive fight against video gambling tax hike (5/8/2019)
(Illinois) -- Randy Rehmer, owner of Waterloo’s Double R Bar just south of East St. Louis, says raising taxes on video gambling will eat at the $70,000 he makes...
article Video gambling supporters push back on Pritzker’s proposed tax hike on terminal revenue (4/18/2019)
(Illinois) -- Video gambling supporters are pushing back against Gov. J.B. Pritzker’s plan to nearly double the state’s tax on the betting terminals. Barry...
article Illinois leads nation in non-casino slots (4/14/2019)
(Illinois) -- Illinois offers more locations to gamble and more machines to play than Nevada — and every other state in the nation. The state boasts boasts 30,384...
article Washington officials think new video gambling license fees are a good bet (4/8/2019)
(Illinois) -- City Council members on Monday took another swing at raising video gambling license fees. After tabling a proposal from city staff a week earlier, aldermen...
article Video slot revenue helps small towns (4/7/2019)
(Illinois) -- Revenue from slot machines have been a “godsend” for Knoxville, according to Mayor Dennis Maurer. In 2018 15 video gambling machines brought in...
article Campton Hills video gambling proponents see progress despite referendum result (4/6/2019)
(Illinois) -- Nearly 54 percent of voters in Campton Hills weighed in against allowing video gambling in the village in this week's election, but Trustee Nick Girka...
article Campton Hills residents vote to keep video gambling ban (4/3/2019)
(Illinois) -- Campton Hills residents on Tuesday sent a message that they don't want video gambling in their community. As part of an advisory referendum in Tuesday...
article Editorial | Gambling fever? (4/1/2019)
(Illinois) -- How does one freeze a raging fire? It's easy to sympathize with Urbana Mayor Diane Marlin's call for a moratorium on the expansion of video...
article QC towns grapple with video gambling (3/29/2019)
(Illinois) -- In 2012, as video gambling began in Illinois, Geneseo voted to ban it. In 2015, as every surrounding community embraced video gambling, Geneseo refused. On...
article Sweeny: Bill would let Rockford raise gambling machine fee (3/11/2019)
(Illinois) -- Rockford leaders have groused for years that the city’s non-home rule status prevents it from charging businesses more than $25 a year for the...
article City of Elgin Remains Focused on New Video Gambling Fees and VGT Limits Implementation (3/7/2019)
(Illinois) -- After bringing the matter of implementing video gambling licensing fees to the discussion table, the city of Elgin remains focused on the possible...
article Bloomington Video Gambling Moratorium Extended To Sept. 1 (2/26/2019)
(Illinois) -- Bloomington will keep its moratorium on video gambling until after state legislators have made key decisions about sports betting and marijuana. Aldermen...
article How Illinois bet on video gambling and lost (2/22/2019)
(Illinois) -- With the last streaks of daylight fading on a mild October evening, the cars pulled up in waves at Piero’s Italian Cuisine, an old-school Las Vegas...
article How Has The 'Crack Cocaine Of Gambling' Affected Illinois? The State Hasn’t Bothered To Check. (2/21/2019)
(Illinois) -- Orville Dash sits in a recliner with a clipboard. Tall and broad-shouldered, with wispy white hair where a pompadour once rose, the former statistical...
article How Illinois is failing people addicted to ‘the crack cocaine of gambling’ (2/20/2019)
(Illinois) -- Since video gambling went live in 2012, more than 30,000 video slot and poker machines have been installed in the state and gamblers have lost more than $5...
article Illinois has done little to address addiction 6½ years into legal video gambling (2/20/2019)
(Illinois) -- Orville Dash sits on a recliner with his clipboard. Tall and broad-shouldered, with wispy white hair where a pompadour once rose, the former statistical...
article Bloomington eyes keeping moratorium on video gambling expansion (2/18/2019)
(Illinois) -- Ward 5 Alderman Joni Painter proposed Monday night that the current one-year moratorium on adding any new video gambling machines in the city be extended...
article VGT Ban in Bloomington May Face Extension if City Council Decides So (2/18/2019)
(Illinois) -- Bloomington City Council may consider a possible extension of the video gambling machines ban. The city reported a 6% increase (about $44,726) in its 2018...
article Revenue from video gaming exceeds state casinos for the first time (2/13/2019)
(Illinois) -- For the first time, revenue from video gambling machines exceeds cash generated at the Illinois’s casinos. The new numbers from the Illinois Gaming...
29 Total Articles on this Issue

Pennsylvania Gaming

article Bill would allow local opt-out for video gaming terminals (5/24/2019)
(Pennsylvania) -- A new bill in the Pennsylvania Senate would allow municipalities to prohibit video gaming terminals in their communities. Truck stops are applying to...
article Pennsylvania Senate bill to opt out of video gambling machines clears committee, vote eyed in June (5/9/2019)
(Pennsylvania) -- A state Senate bill allowing municipalities in Lancaster County to opt out of a law expanding video gambling machines at truck stops has cleared a...
article Hermitage business granted conditional approval for video gaming terminals (4/25/2019)
(Pennsylvania) -- Two years ago, Pennsylvania's gaming expansion allowed for truck stops to offer gambling on up to five video gaming terminals (VGTs). One stop in...
article Hermitage Tic Toc may get gambling machines (4/22/2019)
(Pennsylvania) -- Pennsylvania is quietly moving to allow gambling at more than 40 truck stops — including one site in Hermitage — and five mini-casinos...
article New bill could pull gambling from Pennsylvania truck stops (3/21/2019)
(Pennsylvania) -- A lawmaker in Pennsylvania wants to put the brakes on truck stop gambling. Senator Scott Martin introduced a bill this past January, Senate Bill (SB)...
article Gaming regulator: Truck stop gambling, mini-casinos should launch later this year (3/13/2019)
(Pennsylvania) -- Pennsylvania is quietly moving to allow gambling at more than 40 truck stops and five mini-casinos while much of the attention on Pennsylvania’s...
article Gambling Expands at Pa. Truck Stops, but Opponents Continue Fight (3/11/2019)
(Pennsylvania) -- Four Pennsylvania truck stops are the latest to have been given conditional approval to operate video gaming terminals at their facilities, the latest...
7 Total Articles on this Issue

Missouri Gaming

article Missouri Gaming Association Opposes Expanded Video Slot Terminals (4/27/2019)
(Missouri) -- A bill to expand gaming in Missouri may be running out of time in the current legislative session, but that doesn’t mean it’s an issue that...
article Video slot machine proposal brings support, criticism around Missouri (4/19/2019)
(Missouri) -- A proposed bill in Missouri could lead to more video slot machines inside businesses and has supporters claiming the plan could generate at least $100...
article OP/ED: Video lottery machines aren’t going to bring prosperity to rural Missouri (3/25/2019)
(Missouri) -- Our elected officials are constantly looking for new ways to create jobs for Missourians and new revenue in local communities. During this endeavor,...
article Mo. Senators roll out idea for video lottery terminals; some fear they would hurt casino revenue (2/19/2019)
(Missouri) -- Some Missouri lawmakers are gambling on legislation to allow video lottery terminals to be placed in convenience stores, restaurants, bars and other...
4 Total Articles on this Issue

Mississippi Band of Choctaw

press release Pearl River becomes first casino in Mississippi with video game gambling (4/3/2019)
(Mississippi) -- Owned and operated by the Mississippi Band of Choctaw Indians, Pearl River Resort is pleased to announce the addition of two exciting new and...
1 Article on this Issue

South Dakota Gaming

article Video lottery making a comeback in South Dakota (3/10/2019)
(South Dakota) -- Eight years after a smoking ban dealt South Dakota video lottery owners a heavy blow, the industry has quietly remade itself, recording last year...
article New machines, games help video lottery revenues rebound in S.D. (3/9/2019)
(South Dakota) -- Eight years after a smoking ban dealt South Dakota video lottery owners a heavy blow, the industry has quietly remade itself, last year recording...
2 Total Articles on this Issue

Arizona Gaming

article Arizona sports betting bill paves the way for tribal exclusivity (2/26/2019)
(Arizona) -- Arizona Senator Sonny Borelli is hoping that a second bill, aimed at bringing legal sports betting to the state, will be met more favorably than his...
1 Article on this Issue

Skill-Based Gaming

article Nevada Chief Gaming Regulator Expresses Optimism for Skill Based Gaming (2/25/2019)
(Nevada) -- Sandra Morgan, the chairwoman of the Nevada Gaming Control Board (NGCB), not only became just the second woman to oversee the agency, but recently at an UNLV...
article Skill-based games fail to make big splash at casinos, experts say (2/21/2019)
(Las Vegas) -- Skill-based games garnered lots of buzz in 2016 and 2017. But for all the hype, gaming devices that look and function more like video games have yet to...
article GameCo ‘the video game casino’ recommended for Nevada licensing (2/17/2019)
(Nevada) -- A Las Vegas-based company looking to bridge the gap between video games and slot machines won recommendations of approval on a series of licenses from the...
3 Total Articles on this Issue

Australia Gaming

article Queenslanders lose record $2.4 billion to poker machines (2/19/2019)
(Australia) -- Queenslanders lost more than $6 million a day, or a staggering $4572 every minute, to poker machines in clubs and hotels last year.
1 Article on this Issue

Other News

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 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...
article World Cup and VLTs drive OPAP growth (9/13/2018)
(Greece) -- OPAP CEO Damian Cope has claimed the company remains on course to deliver strategic objectives set out in its ‘2020 Vision’ roadmap after its...
article Gambling 'epidemic?' Hickory has more arcades than it does McDonald's. (8/31/2018)
(North Carolina) -- There’s a gambling “epidemic” in Senator Andy Wells’ hometown, he says, that’s been virtually untouched by the state...
article Man pleads not guilty in deadly video gambling stabbing (8/29/2018)
(Illinois) -- A man charged in stabbing someone to death over video gambling winnings has pleaded not guilty. Ray James entered his plea in court Wednesday. Police said...
article Nova Scotia Not Doing Anything to Use the Millions Received by VLTs to Help Problem Gamblers (8/9/2018)
(Nova Scotia) -- The anti-VLT activist Bernie Walsh has blamed the province of Nova Scotia for stashing up the money collected and aimed at helping local problem...
article Pennsylvania Police Arrest Illegal Video Gambling Kingpin, End 11-Year Operation (7/13/2018)
(Pennsylvania) -- The gambling industry in Pennsylvania has seen a considerable development in the past several months bringing more to the local players and improving...
article Call to bring forward FOBTs reduction (7/9/2018)
(UK) -- The pressure to bring forward the changes to the stakes set by the UK government for fixed odds betting machines (FOBTs) is mounting.
article Joliet liquor store says kiosk was no gambling device (6/27/2018)
(Illinois) -- A downtown liquor store has filed a lawsuit seeking to reverse a Joliet liquor commissioner finding. Bashir and Sons, which operates the Ranch Liquors...
article Betting machine stakes cut to £2 (5/17/2018)
(UK) -- The maximum stake on fixed-odds betting terminals (FOBTs) will be reduced to £2 under new rules unveiled by the government. Currently, people can bet up to...

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