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Atlantic City Gaming

article Atlantic City casino revenue up 23% to start 2020
(Atlantic City) -- The casino industry started the new year on the right foot by extending its streak of gaming revenue increases to 20 consecutive months in January.
article Casino Association: Strong start to 2020 for Atlantic City
(Atlantic City) -- The Casino Association of New Jersey announced on Wednesday that Atlantic City has been churning out solid gaming revenues since the start of 2020,...
article Sports betting boosted Atlantic City gambling revenues
(Atlantic City) -- The Atlantic City casino industry kicked off 2020 with another year-over-year gambling revenue gain. The gambling hub extended its streak of casino...
3 Total Articles on this Issue

California Gaming

article City Attorney Is Investigating Private Companies That Allegedly 'Funneled' Money to DPW Holiday Parties
(California) -- Subpoenas issued Wednesday by the City Attorney's Office for records and emails from eight private companies and non-profits appear to relate in part...
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Canada Gaming

article Canada Casino Workers Must Pay Tax on Tips, Court Rules
(Canada) -- In Canada, gambling winnings may be tax-free, but the tips patrons give casino workers from their winnings certainly are not. That’s the opinion of...
article Canadian casino workers just got some bad news from the taxman
(Canada) -- In a bewildering instance of WTF, Canada is demonstrating that it has some pretty odd tax laws. Gamblers are given a break in the country and aren’t...
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Illinois Gaming

article OP/ED: Forecast on video-gambling's popularity actually a bit low
(Illinois) -- Back in September 2012 — the first month of legal video gambling in Illinois — there were a mere 61 machines in operation at 13 establishments...
article Will Illinois Sports Betting Begin In Time For March Madness? Odds Are 50/50
(Illinois) -- The excitement surrounding Illinois sports betting and when it will make its official debut is causing a frenzy amongst casual and expert bettors. I’...
article Casino developer sues Illinois gaming board over data breach
(Illinois) -- A video gambling operator who was denied approval to open a casino-racetrack near Chicago is suing the Illinois Gaming Board, alleging that one of its...
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Indiana Gaming

article Hoosiers Gamble $160 Million In First Month Of Legal Table Gaming
(Indiana) -- Sports betting was made legal by state lawmakers last year, and in the same bill, table gaming was legalized as well. Since then Hoosiers have been gambling...
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Japan Gaming

article Japanese lawmaker Tsukasa Akimoto, indicted for casino bribery, released on bail
(Japan) -- Japanese lawmaker Tsukasa Akimoto, who was indicted on charges of taking bribes from a Chinese company interested in entering Japan’s nascent casino...
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Las Vegas Gaming

article 2 Las Vegas Strip hotels upgraded to 5 stars by Forbes
(Las Vegas) -- On Wednesday, Forbes Travel Guide announced that two Las Vegas hotels — the Wynn Las Vegas and Encore — had been upgraded from a four-star...
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Louisiana Gaming

article Louisiana Supreme Court Concludes That Permanently Moored Casinos Are Not “Vessels” Under Maritime Law
(Louisiana) -- The Louisiana Supreme Court recently issued its decision in Caldwell v. St Charles Gaming (No. 2019-CC-1238), holding that that the Grand Palais Casino in...
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Macau Gaming

article Macau still “cautiously” evaluating resumption of casino industry
(Macau) -- The Macau SAR Government is staying non-committal on whether the city’s gaming industry will resume normal operations on 20 February. The Secretary for...
article The Coronavirus Is About to Wreck Macao's Casinos
(Macau) -- Macao is a ghost town. The only place where it's legal to gamble in China has been shut down for two weeks as government officials try to gain control of...
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MGM Resorts

article Oakland, Macomb county businesses close for offering slot machines
(Michigan) -- Four Oakland County and three Macomb County businesses have shut down after the state accused them of operating illegal slot machines. A dozen businesses...
article Reduced Q4 results and lowered projections disappoint MGM Resorts investors
(Las Vegas) -- MGM Resorts International frustrated investors Wednesday with lower-than-expected fourth quarter results and then compounded the matter by lowering its...
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MGM Springfield

article Massachusetts Casino Regulators Praise Progress Report On MGM's Residential Requirement
(Massachusetts) -- Massachusetts casino regulators appear ready to formally endorse MGM’s role in an urban renewal project in downtown Springfield. Members of the...
article Springfield Casino to Pitch In $16M for Redevelopment
(Massachusetts) -- Officials from Springfield and the MGM casino there laid out their plan for the gambling empire to fulfill the requirement that residential units be...
article ‘Performing below our expectations’: Outgoing MGM Resorts CEO Jim Murren offers real talk on Springfield casino
(Massachusetts) -- Net revenues at MGM Springfield fell by more than $6 million in the fourth quarter of 2019 despite climbing revenues companywide, according to numbers...
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New Hampshire Gaming

article Why NH Sports Betting Is Pacing Single-Operator States At The Start
(New Hampshire) -- There are currently three states with only one mobile sportsbook: Oregon, Rhode Island and the most recently launched, New Hampshire. So far, it looks...
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Ohio Gaming

article Tucker's Casino, an East Cleveland Staple, Celebrates Its 40th Anniversary This Year
(Ohio) -- As East Cleveland has changed over the decades, Tucker's Casino has remained largely the same. Owned by five brothers — Joe, Chester, Columbus,...
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Ontario Gaming

article Letter: Casino would ruin Sudbury
(Ontario) -- The citizens of the City of Greater Sudbury must choose from the following: Better roads and snowplowing standards, or a new casino? Growth in the...
1 Article on this Issue

Public Smoking

article Pennsylvania Casinos Could Go Smokeless If New Legislation Becomes Law
(Pennsylvania) -- Pennsylvania casinos allow patrons to light up while gambling in certain designated areas, but one state lawmaker says it’s time to end that...
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UK Gambling

article Shares in betting firms plunge over suggested £2 cap in online casinos
(UK) -- Shares in gambling companies have plunged in value by hundreds of millions of pounds after the industry regulator said it would consider slashing the maximum...
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Video Gaming

article Epic Games Boss Says All Politics Should Be Removed From Game Companies
(Las Vegas) -- During his keynote talk at the annual DICE Summit, Epic Games founder and CEO Tim Sweeney argued to keep politics out of gaming and away from developers...
article Epic Games CEO clarifies controversial statement on politics
(Las Vegas) -- When it comes to making controversial remarks, Epic Games' Tim Sweeney is no rookie. You'll often find the Fortnite developer's CEO railing...
article What the CEO of Epic Games gets wrong about video games and politics
(Las Vegas) -- The mere mention of the word "politics" in any industry can lead to an explosion before anyone even finishes a sentence. We’ve seen it...
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Wynn Boston Harbor

article Machines replacing dozens of bartenders to speed drinks at Encore Boston Harbor casino
(Massachusetts) -- Encore Boston Harbor will replace some bartenders with automatic drink-dispensing machines in hopes of speeding up alcohol beverage service for...
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Other News

article ‘Performing below our expectations’: Outgoing MGM Resorts CEO Jim Murren offers real talk on Springfield casino
(Massachusetts) -- Net revenues at MGM Springfield fell by more than $6 million in the fourth quarter of 2019 despite climbing revenues companywide, according to numbers...
article Vermont Is Not The One Place Where Sports Betting Offshore Is Legal
(Vermont) -- Whether in Vermont or elsewhere in the United States, betting with offshore operators is fraught with legal questions. At the end of January, this year the...
article Cyprus Casinos says ‘dedicated to best-practice anti-money laundering procedures’
(Cyprus) -- Cyprus Casinos (C2) said Thursday it was dedicated to industry-leading and best practice anti-money laundering procedures across its operations and was...
article Melco pushes back on Cyprus casino money laundering warning
(Cyprus) -- Casino operator Melco Resorts & Entertainment (MRE) is pushing back against a European watchdog’s warning that the company’s Cyprus casinos...
article Las Vegas man accused of slitting ex’s throat with box cutter in casino
(Las Vegas) -- A Las Vegas man allegedly slit his ex-girlfriend’s throat with a box cutter in a casino — leaving her with 30 stitches, according to a report.
article Man gets prison for fatal drugs sold to billionaire's son
(Ohio) -- An Ohio man was sentenced to 15 years in federal prison for selling cocaine laced with heroin and fentanyl to a Greek billionaire's son who was found dead in a...
article Billings Man Pleads Guilty to Beheading Winning Casino Patron
(Montana) -- One of two men accused of decapitating a winning casino patron in 2017 in Billings has pleaded guilty to a deliberate homicide. The Billings Gazette reports...
article Betsson ends difficult 2019 with weak Q4
(Norway) -- Betsson has reported year-on-year declines in full-year revenue and profit for 2019, after a year in which the company struggled with regulatory developments...
article Q&A: Understanding Payments in the Gaming Industry: A Conversation with Global Payments
(New York) -- This episode was recorded at the Money 20/20 event in 2019. On this episode, PaymentsJournal’s editor-in-chief, Ryan McEndarfer, sat down with...
article Bank of America says buy Wynn and Las Vegas Sands because coronavirus cases are ‘leveling out’
(USA) -- Casino stocks are set to rebound as the number of coronavirus cases slow, according to Bank of America. The firm upgraded shares of Wynn Resorts and Las Vegas...

2/12/2020

article PURDUM: All-in on gambling: XFL embracing betting from the get-go
(USA) -- The XFL is embracing sports betting more than any other U.S. professional or collegiate league ever has. While the NFL and other leagues spent years fighting in...
article MGM Resorts CEO Jim Murren is stepping down, shares jump
(USA) -- MGM Resorts International chairman and CEO Jim Murren has told the company's board that he is stepping down, prior to his contract ending, the company announced...
article Sports betting is still illegal in Maine, great news for the casinos
(Maine) -- Sports betting will remain illegal for at least this legislative session. On Tuesday the House voted 85-57 in favor of overriding the vetoed bill but failed...
article VIDEO: MGM Resorts CEO Jim Murren Plans to Step Down
(Las Vegas) -- MGM Resorts International’s longtime chairman and chief executive officer, Jim Murren, plans to step down before his contract expires. Bloomberg's...
article STUTZ: Red Rock Resorts has survived worse catastrophes than the Palms fiasco
(Las Vegas) -- Red Rock Resorts will survive the massive cash drain the Palms Casino-Resort’s $690 million renovation had on the Las Vegas-based company’s...
article Legalized sports gambling expected to spur MGM Springfield growth
(Massachusetts) -- They say it isn’t good to put all of your eggs in one basket. That hasn’t stopped MGM Springfield from betting on the legalization of sports betting...
article West Virginia committee greenlights proposal to eliminate greyhound racing funds at two casinos
(West Virginia) -- If passed by the Legislature, the bill would eliminate the nearly $17 million transfer from wagers on table games and video lottery machines to the...
article Diversify or Die: Coronavirus and Expanded Asian Market Competition Pose Threats to Macau Gaming
(Macau) -- As the mainland China coronavirus death toll continues to skyrocket past the 1,000-victims mark this week, Macau’s casinos have taken drastic measures to...
article Regional casino risk lingers amid coronavirus: Union Gaming
(Macau) -- Regional casino business in Asia Pacific has an “elevated profile risk” until such time as there is “greater clarity” on the global outbreak of a novel...
article Japan gambles on casinos to fix its economic woes
(Japan) -- By the end of the 2020s, large-scale casinos will arrive in Japan where gambling is strictly prohibited by law and not favoured in opinion polls. There is...
article Japanese lawmaker indicted for casino bribery released on bail
(Japan) -- A Japanese lawmaker who was indicted on charges of taking bribes from a Chinese company interested in entering Japan’s nascent casino market was released...
article Spelinspektionen rejects Ninja Casino domain transfer
(Sweden) -- Stockholm-listed Global Gaming AB has had its latest attempt to revive its flagship Ninja Casino property within Sweden rejected by gambling inspectorate...
article Gamblers plead guilty over "Vancouver model" fraud scheme in Vegas
(Las Vegas) -- Casinos in British Columbia have become notorious. Not for offering exceptionally hot gambling action or spectacular shows, but because quite a few were...
article Kindred pins rebound hopes on US expansion, Euro 2020 betting
(USA) -- Online gambling operator Kindred Group is hoping that wagering on this summer’s European Championship will restore its flagging earnings after posting...
article Eldorado Resorts Secures Approval From Pennsylvania Gaming Control Board in Connection With Its Pending Acquisition of Caesars Entertainment
(Nevada) -- Eldorado Resorts, Inc. (NASDAQ: ERI) (“Eldorado” or the “Company”) announced that at a meeting today, the Company received approval from the Pennsylvania...

2/11/2020

article CBS Sports Strikes Betting Data Partnership With William Hill
(New York) -- CBS Sports is making a bid to one-up its competitors in the rapidly developing arena for U.S. sports betting. CBS Sports and British bookmaker William Hill...
article House Votes To Kill Maine Sports Betting After Voting To Approve It
(Maine) -- An attempt to override the veto of Maine sports betting legislation fell short Tuesday after intense lobbying from Gov. Janet Mills to sustain her veto. The...
article Maine Legislature sustains governor's veto of sports betting
(Maine) -- Maine lawmakers did not muster enough support Tuesday to override a veto of a sports betting proposal, and the governor urged lawmakers to “slow down...
article UMass Amherst Receives Multiyear Contract To Research Casino Impacts
(Massachusetts) -- The Massachusetts Gaming Commission has awarded $1 million per year over the next three years for an ongoing investigation into the impact of bringing...
article Agreement nearly final for housing project at historic Elm Street block, Springfield Mayor Domenic Sarno says
(Massachusetts) -- After years of anticipation, Mayor Domenc J. Sarno announced Tuesday that a formal agreement is nearly final for a proposed $55 million housing...
article MGM Springfield sees sports betting legalization as best opportunity for growth in 2020
(Massachusetts) -- "That advocacy is a major focus of ours in the first quarter," said former President Michael Mathis recently while talking about how 2020...
article Pope County community considers using casino tax revenue to fund county projects
(Arkansas) -- On March 3rd Pope County voters have the chance to weigh in on a controversial topic, the casino. This time, however, they aren’t voting for or...
article After sluggish start and two new owners, upstate NY's casinos improve
(New York) -- New York's four upstate casinos aren't hitting the jackpot quite yet, but they have made steady gains in attracting customers and boosting their revenue....
article Airport Board says 'no dice' to $250M hotel and casino
(Iowa) -- The Des Moines International Airport Board said "no dice" to a proposed hotel and casino plan. The board met Tuesday to discuss a proposed $250,000,000 hotel...
article NWI casinos start 2020 on winning note; gaming revenues up 14.5% over 2019
(Indiana) -- A favorable calendar, the advent of sports betting and, most of all, a mild winter helped Northwest Indiana's five casinos kick off 2020 on a winning...
article B.C. casino worker doubled his salary through tips, but court rules he must pay tax on it
(British Columbia) -- Canada’s tax agency won a legal squabble that forces slot machine attendants at Canadian casinos — whose income can more than double...
article An eventual end to greyhound racing?
(West Virginia) -- The Senate Finance Committee took a look at a bill Monday that would eliminate the fund that contributes to the purses for greyhound racing at two...
article Paysafe executive: 5G will increase in-play sports betting
(Worldwide) -- The continued roll-out of 5G mobile technology will increase in-play and in-stadium mobile sports betting, according to a payment provider executive....
article Imperial Pacific cuts casino staff hours in coronavirus response
(Saipan) -- Saipan casino operator Imperial Pacific International (IPI) is the latest Asian gaming operator to reduce its employees’ work schedules in response to...
article Russian Politician Quits Post, Forced from Party after Illegal Casino Uncovered on His Property
(Russia) -- A St. Petersburg, Russia politician, Oleg Kalyadin, quit his local government post and was tossed out of the United Russia party after police found an...
article Player hits $1.7M jackpot on Las Vegas Strip
(Las Vegas) -- Monday, Monday, didn’t get one slots player down at Wynn Las Vegas. Playing $10 on a $1 Wheel of Fortune Gold Spin Triple Gold, one player hit for $...
article Alleged money launderer wants his $25,000 casino bank draft back
(British Columbia) -- A convicted criminal, once at the centre of a high profile but now defunct money laundering investigation, wants his $25,000 bank draft back from...
article Man pleads guilty to beheading winning casino patron
(Montana) -- One of two men accused of decapitating a winning casino patron in Montana has pleaded guilty to deliberate homicide. The Billings Gazette reports 35-year-...
article Kindred's Unibet Brand Finds US Market Path Through Caesars
(USA) -- Kindred Group has secured access to its third and fourth US states through a new agreement with Caesars Entertainment. The 10-year market access deal will see...
article GM hired for soon-to-be Hempfield mini casino
(Pennsylvania) -- Officials have named a general manager for Hempfield’s mini casino. Sean Sullivan, who has worked in the gaming industry for over 40 years, will...

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