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Auditor General Probes Casino Anti-Money Laundering Protocols

Auditor General Bonnie Lysyk published her annual report to the legislature. She recommends doubling down efforts to tackle money laundering attempts at the province's casinos. Ms. Lysyk hired and sent mystery shoppers for a sting operation at four Ontario casinos in Greater Toronto Area, Niagara Falls, and Windsor. They were tasked with testing each casino’s anti-money laundering protocols.
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Powerball $1.5 billion jackpot drives lottery envy in 5 states where people can't play

KJ's in Utah sold hundreds of Powerball tickets to Utah residents on Thursday. In Alaska, legislative proposals to generate revenue through lottery games faltered. Hawaii and Utah prohibit all forms of gambling. John Jones of Montgomery, Alabama bought a PowerBall ticket on Friday in Georgia. He voted for an Alabama lottery in 1999. Some argue that legalized gambling would harm Hawaii’s low-income communities. However, gambling is popular among Hawaii residents. It is also popular in Las Vegas. The state legislature regularly fails to pass bills to legalize gambling in Hawaii.
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New Jersey locals have voiced objection to the expansion of casinos within the state beyond their current Atlantic City home, according to a @FDUWhatsNew survey.

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5 Things to Know About NYC-Area Casinos That May Be Coming

New York State approved the issuance of three new casino licenses for the New York City area in April. The state legalized casinos in 2013, but it agreed not to place any in the downstate region until 2023. Gov. Kathy Hochul wanted to move faster and included a provision in budget to advance the timeline.
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Ontario casinos need more money laundering safeguards: auditor

Auditor general Bonnie Lysyk hired "mystery shoppers" for a sting operation at four Ontario casinos in the Greater Toronto Area, Niagara Falls, and Windsor to test anti-money laundering measures. The OPP warned her not to do it. Some of her agents were nabbed by security. No charges were laid. They were instructed to engage in activities consistent with money laundering. It was a worthwhile exercise. According to industry sources, they were clearly instructed. it was to conduct activities that could be considered money laundered. This is because the cheque could represent casino winnings.
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NY could net $400M if pols legalized internet casino gaming

NY could net $400M if pols legalized internet casino gaming. New York is on the cusp of opening up the bidding process for three valuable, downstate commercial casino licenses. New Yorkers are expected to make at least $1.5B for all three casino licences. iGaming allows individuals to play slot and table games on their phones. The state's already booming mobile sports wagering industry netted over $300M in six months. Nevada allows a limited option, by permitting online poker. In 2021, combined tax revenue from those six states amounted to an industry worth a total of $970M.
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Ontario casinos need to improve their anti-money laundering enforcement: auditor general

Auditor general Bonnie Lysyk wants casinos to improve their anti-money laundering measures. She hired "mystery shoppers" for a sting operation at four casinos in Ontario to test the measures, but they were not successful. The undercover operation was a success at two casinos, while the other two were unsuccessful. The Ontario Provincial Police investigated the operation, and no charges were laid. OLG agrees with the need to address money-laundering risks in land-based gaming sites. Criminals have long used gambling as a way to launder “dirty” cash.
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Ontario casinos need to improve their anti-money laundering enforcement: auditor general
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Casinos broke their promise to Illinois

Illinois legislature justified the approval of gambling in Illinois by arguing that riverboats would revive the downtowns. The two-boat Hollywood Casino opened in Aurora in 1993. Last month, the owner, Penn Entertainment, said it wanted to close the long-docked riverboat downtown and rebuild it on a site closer to I-88. Penn also announced a similar plan for the casino in Joliet. Illinois casinos have become like NFL franchises, skilled at lobbying and dangling the promise of revenue to cash-strapped cities. Chicago has already seen a fascinating shift within its new, long awaited casino.
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Online gambling resumes in TN as ordinance lapses

Online gambling has resumed in Tamil Nadu after Sunday midnight. The Governor did not give his consent for the legislation relating to it. An earlier legislation passed by the previous AIADMK government was struck down by a court in August 2021. The present DMK government brought in the ordinance and passed the bill. Chief Minister M K Stalin will decide on the next course of action. There are speculations about the government bringing in another ordinance. It is the Constitutional provision that an Ordinance would cease to operate at the expiration of six weeks from the reassembly of the Legislature.
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COLUMNIST: How casinos broke their promises to the struggling downtowns of Illinois

William Weidner, then president of Hollywood Casino of Aurora Inc., tried to kill a $2 billion mega-casino in downtown Chicago in 1992. He argued that it would run contrary to the intent of the Illinois legislature. The legislature had justified the approval of gambling in Illinois by arguing that riverboats would revive the downtowns. Now casinos find themselves subject to many of same pressures as office buildings downtown. Chicago has already seen a shift within its own new long-awaited casino. It's because of Bally's presence in the industry. It seems casinos have become like NFL franchises.
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Tamil Nadu ordinance on banning online gambling expires for want of Governor’s assent

The Ordinance banning online gambling in Tamil Nadu expired on Sunday night. The Governor did not give assent to the Bill passed by the Assembly last month. This has sparked a new conflict between the state government and the Governor. A migrant worker, Pandhana Maji, 22, committed suicide at Tenkasi on Monday. Since 2020, at least 30 suicides in the Tamil state have been linked to losses in online gaming. The government established a committee to investigate the issue. In June 2022, the committee recommended banning the games. It was delayed by six weeks.
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Prosecutors Roll The Dice On New Enforcement Measures Targeting Illegal Gambling Rooms

Patty Kahanamoku-Teruya is angry about the number of illegal gambling rooms in her community. She is also angry that the police department is short of staff. The new measure to increase the criminal penalties on those working in illegal casinos will bolster efforts aimed at shutting them down. The Waianae coast has more than 20 illegal game rooms. 50 game room were raided in 2021 and 29 this year. There have been 29 raids this month. In January, Lt. Lt., Lt.-Colonel, Steve Alm, said that 50 games rooms were raids in the last five years.
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Prosecutors Roll The Dice On New Enforcement Measures Targeting Illegal Gambling Rooms
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T.N. ordinance on online gambling may lapse on November 27, 2022

The Governor of Tamil Nadu is yet to give his assent to the Prohibition of Online Gambling and Regulation of online games ordinance. The ordinance will lapse on Sunday if the Governor does not give assenting to it by then. It got the governor's assents on October 1, but it has not come into force yet. The government has also not notified the date of implementation. Law Minister S. Regupathy said the government received the Raj Bhavan’s communication on Thursday and the Law Department replied in 24 hours.
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Casinos target Texas with army of gambling lobbyists

Sports Betting Alliance, BetMGM, Caesar's, Boyd Gaming, and Landry's Entertainment are trying to improve their chances in Texas. Gov. Greg Abbott has said he's willing to consider expanded gaming options in the state. Lt. Governor Dan Patrick, who oversees the Texas Senate, has already said that expanded gambling won't see the light of day in his chamber. The Las Vegas Sands created a Texas Sands Political Action Committee to help fund candidates in state legislature. The company is trying not to lose billions of dollars in tax revenues that residents are spending in neighboring states like Louisiana, Oklahoma and New Mexico.
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Increased energy costs cut into Nevada casino company profits in Q3

Caesars Entertainment's third-quarter cash flow from Las Vegas casinos was $480 million. The company's energy costs rose by about $100 million in July, August and September. Meruelo Gaming Group's two casinos are paying higher energy prices. Sahara buys its power outside of NV Energy. Grand Sierra Resort in Reno saw a jump in rates during the third quarter. The 704B law was created in 2001 to allow businesses with a large electric load to leave NV energy's electric service and purchase power from another provider. Some operators took part in the 703B process.
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How casinos broke their promises to the struggling downtowns of Illinois

William Weidner, then president of Hollywood Casino of Aurora Inc., opposed a $2 billion casino in downtown Chicago. He argued that it would hurt the revitalization of the downtowns of Illinois. Weirner and his group prevailed and the Hollywood casino opened in 1993. The casino is now sad and diminished. Its owner wants to close the long-docked riverboat downtown and rebuild it closer to I-88. It's a far cry from its glamour in the 1990s. it's also a sad reminder of how casinos broke their promises to the struggling downtowned of Illinois and their people.
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Nebraska: WarHorse Casino Lincoln contributes $1.1M in tax revenue in its first five weeks

Nebraska's first casino has contributed nearly $800,000 to a state property tax relief fund so far. WarHorse Casino in Lincoln has produced $1.1 million in tax revenue since it opened in late September. The city and county have received equal shares of $142,597 and $28,519 respectively. A permanent $200 million casino complex is set to open in the Lincoln in about two years.  Casinos are required to pay 20% of their gross gambling revenue in state gaming taxes. 70% goes to the state’s property taxes, 25% to host counties and host cities.
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online gambling ban: Will contest Tamil Nadu's online gambling ban in court: Gaming companies

The E-gaming Federation is taking the Tamil Nadu Government to court on a law banning online gambling and proposing regulation for online gaming. The law recognises rummy and poker as games of chance. EGF comprises several top gaming firms including the Tiger Global-backed Games 24*7, which runs the RummyCircle game, and Junglee, who won a case against a 2021 ban at the Madras High Court in August last year.
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When was the first reference made to Las Vegas as Sin City?

To many, Sin City is obvious, but to those who live in Las Vegas, it's insulting. The area has vast parks and recreation offerings, with more than 20 official wilderness areas and attractions like the Valley of Fire State Park and Red Rock Canyon National Conservation Area.
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Arkansas lottery revenues climb to $49M in October as Powerball jackpot rise

Arkansas Scholarship Lottery's October revenue hit $49 million, up $2.8 million from the same month a year ago. The amount raised for college scholarships jumped by $ 2.1 million to $9.9 million. Powerball's revenue totaled $5.7 million in October, which is up from $3.3 million a month ago, when the jackpot was $1 billion. The lottery has been selling tickets since Sept. 28, 2009. It helped finance Arkansas Academic Challenge Scholarships for more than 30,000 students for each of 11 consecutive fiscal years until fiscal 2022.
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Texan Tilman Fertitta Building Las Vegas Casino

Tilman Fertitta has been approved to build a 43-story hotel-casino on the Las Vegas Strip. A tattoo parlor and a motel are being demolished at the 6-acre site. The resort will have 2,420 rooms, a lounge for high rollers, convention space, wedding chapel and theater seating 2.500 people.
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NJ Casino Smoking Ban Talk Nixed, but Atlantic City Casino Workers Get Loud

NJ Casino Smoking Ban Talk is scrapped. About 100 people protest outside the Hard Rock casino. The bill to ban casino smoking has the support of more than half of state lawmakers and Gov. Phil Murphy. It has been stalled without a hearing in a state Senate or Assembly committee. A similar measure died without vote last year. The East Coast Gaming Congress was to have included a panel discussion on casino Smoking. Resorts Casino President Mark Giannantonio withdrew.
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North Dakota governor rejects tribes' plea for online gambling rights

Gov. Doug Burgum has submitted final drafts of new tribal-state gaming compacts for review. The current tribal gaming compact is set to expire early next year. Changes to the compact include eliminating unnecessary duplication of regulation and cleaning up regulatory and definition issues. Online Class III casino-style gaming and online sports betting are allowed within the physical boundaries of the reservations. An addendum proposed by the tribes to offer those types of gaming outside the reservation boundaries was not included in the final draft. Burgom plans to work with the Legislature to take a comprehensive look at gaming during the upcoming 2023 session.
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Hollywood Casino Aurora owners present plan to move out of downtown, rebuild by I-88

Hollywood Casino Aurora wants to move out of downtown Aurora and rebuild on a site closer to Interstate 88. The new location would cost about $360 million and include a casino with about 900 slot machines, 50 live table games and a sportsbook. It would also have a 200-room hotel with 10,000 square feet of meeting and event space. If approved, construction would begin in late 2023. Penn Entertainment is planning a similar shift with Hollywood Casino Joliet. The details will be presented to the public at a city council finance committee meeting at 3 p.m. Thursday.
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In the 5 states without lotteries, a case of envy grows for $1.6B Powerball jackpot

KJ's in Utah sold hundreds of Powerball tickets to Utah residents on Thursday. In Alaska, legislative proposals to generate revenue through lottery games faltered. Hawaii joins Utah as the two states prohibiting all forms of gambling. Some argue that the absence of casinos allows Hawaii to maintain its status as a family-friendly destination. Gambling is popular among Hawaii residents. John Jones of Montgomery, Alabama bought a PowerBall ticket on Friday in Georgia. He voted for an Alabama lottery in 1999. Bob Endsley is against Powerballs.
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In the 5 states without lotteries, a case of Powerball envy

Utah sold hundreds of Powerball tickets on Thursday. Alaska's legislative proposals to generate revenue through lottery games faltered. Hawaii's legislature regularly fails to approve new gambling laws. Hawaii residents are fans of Las Vegas. Alabama's John Jones bought a PowerBall ticket in Georgia. He voted for an Alabama lottery in 1999. The state's lawmakers are considering a similar measure. It's illegal to gamble in Hawaii. However, gambling is popular in the state. Some argue it's good for the economy. They also argue that it keeps Hawaii a family-friendly destination.
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Burgum rejects Tribes' request to exclusively host internet gambling rights

Governor Doug Burgum rejects a request by North Dakota's Native American tribes to exclusively host sports betting and online gambling in the state. Burgom doesn't see a "clear legal path" for him to expand the gambling laws unilaterally. He plans to work with the Legislature to take a comprehensive look at gaming during the upcoming 2023 session.
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Burgum denies tribes' request for exclusive online gambling rights

Burgum rejects request by North Dakota's Native American tribes for exclusive rights to host sports betting and online gambling. Internet gambling and sports gambling are currently illegal in the state. The tribes rely on casinos as a crucial source of income and employment. Burgum also supports lowering the legal gambling age from 21 to 19 at the tribes' casinos. He also backs allowing debit and credit cards to be used for wagering. The governor submitted the five compacts to Legislative Management for review. After the review, the compact could be signed by the governor and tribal representatives.
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Massachusetts gaming commissioners push casinos to open more table games

Gambling regulators in Massachusetts want the state's resort casinos to open more table games. The MGM Springfield casino is licensed for 100 table game such as blackjack and roulette, but it was operating fewer than half that number. Job creation was a key reason the legislature voted to legalize casinos in 2011. MGM had 22 poker tables open in March 2020 and just 14 now. Encore Boston Harbor had 74 poker table before the COVID-forced closure and now it has just 15. The combined gross revenue from table and slot machines at MGM was $21.5 million in July.
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Online casinos make a pitch to patch New York State's revenue woes

VIXIO report says states are leaving billions of dollars in tax revenue on the table. The states in which online casino game wagering is legal are Connecticut, New Jersey, Pennsylvania, Delaware, West Virginia and Michigan. According to the American Gaming Association, the states that have online casinos saw $970 million in revenue in 2021. In the 30 states with sports betting, revenue was $560 million. New York generated over $347 million of taxes from online sports wags from January through June. DiNapoli says the city should continue to identify areas for savings and track how its services are delivered.
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First 'digital lottery courier' service arrives in Idaho

Jackpocket is the first lottery courier service launched in Idaho. It's been available for a decade and has expanded into 14 states. The company takes a 9% cut of all the sales made on the app. Since 2013, Jackpocket has couriered tickets for more than $200 million in winnings. Investors in the company include Kevin Hart and Mark Cuban. The CEO wants to expand to other games in future. Some Republicans inIdaho have spoken out against gaming. They tried to end the Powerball game in state last year. In the end, the issue was not successful.
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Rockford Illinois will have a Hard Rock casino, the shovels say, “Aye”

The Hard Rock Casino Rockford was officially opened last Wednesday. The permanent casino will be open by September 2023. It will cost $300 million. About 1,000 people will work there. The Ho-Chunk Nation is building a $405 million casino in nearby Beloit. Hard Rancher raised wages for salaried employees a week ago. They will see an increase of $5,00 over the course of a year. Mayor Tom McNamara believes the city will benefit from the casino's presence. He also believes it will draw more people to the area.
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Armed with campaign cash, video gambling companies again pushing for legal slots in Missouri

J&J Ventures and Accel Entertainment are backing a proposed legislation that would bring slot machines to Missouri gas stations, truck stops and bars. J&V has contributed more than $100,000 to politicians in the past five years. Acel Entertainment has pumped $130,00 into the campaign accounts of Missouri lawmakers since 2019. Torch Electronics and Warrenton Oil are also pushing unregulated slot machine into businesses across the state. They are suing the Missouri State Highway Patrol. They funneled $350, 000 into six political action committees tied to lobbyist Steve Tilley.
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Will online gambling ever come to Florida?

Ron DeSantis' new gaming compact was struck down in federal court in November. The main area of controversy surrounded sports betting. It doesn't take a leap to see how this could pave the way to online casino gaming.
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Smoking ban talk nixed, but workers get loud outside Atlantic City casino

A session to discuss a proposed smoking ban during a major casino industry conference was cancelled. About 100 people opposed to smoking in the gambling halls protested outside the Hard Rock casino. The bill to ban casino smoking has the support of more than half of state lawmakers and Gov. Phil Murphy. It has been stalled without a hearing in a state Senate or Assembly committee. A similar measure died without vote last year.
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Arkansas Problem Gambling Council will work as state racing commission’s treatment provider for Arkansans with gambling disorders

Lawmakers approved a request to use $200,000 from the state's rainy-day fund for the problem gambling programs. A lawsuit was filed against the Arkansas Racing Commission and its director John Campbell. General revenue from Racing commission's budget will be used to fund the programs in subsequent years. The Racing Commissioner's attorneys have asked the judge to dismiss the complaint. The state legislature authorized $ 200,00 for problem-gambling programs earlier this year. It prioritizes the distribution of state general revenue to state-supported programs for fiscal 2023.
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State's share of online gaming revenue reached new high in January

State's share of online gaming revenue reached new high in January. Foxwoods Resort Casino took in more than $11 million in gross online revenue in the month. Mohegan Sun took $7.7 million. Lottery Corp. took $13. 7 million online sports wagers. The casinos pay 25% of the slots revenues to the state. Foxwood's kept $24 million after paying out prizes, a 1.9% decline from January 2021.
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Mattress Mack: Texas Won’t Have Legal Gambling ‘In My Lifetime’

Jim McIngvale, 71, is a Houston furniture store owner and multi-million-dollar sports bettor. He believes that sports betting and gambling will not be legalized in Texas anytime soon. Religious groups oppose it. McIngvale is focused on crime reduction. He has created job training programs and educational efforts to help people earn a diploma and find employment.
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Exclusive: Abbott open to expanded casino gambling in Texas

Gaming companies want to expand their operations in Texas. Native American tribes with gaming operations have donated to Abbott's re-election. The Republican Party of Texas opposes any expansion of gambling. The Supreme Court struck down a federal law that had effectively banned sports betting in most states. Texas is not close to having the votes for it yet.   The Texas Destination Resort Alliance is calling for “state-of-the-art entertainment facilities” with five-star hotels and casino gambling that will create tens of thousands of jobs and generate tax revenue for the state.
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Springfield leaders shelve resolution on a downtown casino

The Committee of the Whole tabled a resolution that the city be included for consideration of receiving a casino license. Central Illinois Licensed Beverage Association voted unanimously to oppose the casino ordinance and oppose any future resolutions for casino licenses in Springfield. The association's president, Ryan Bandy, owns Win, Lose, or Draught in the Springfield area. He met with Mayor Jim Langfelder and corporation counsel James Zerkle. CILBA is concerned about the encroachment of a casinos in downtown Springfield and the impact on small businesses. In Rockford, where a new casino opened on Nov. 10, revenue from video game dropped 12%.
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Dissecting Dueling Gambling Propositions in California

The election is coming up and the campaign flyers are telling us a lot about the issues. In California, there are two gambling initiatives. One of them would legalize sports betting at Indian casinos and racetracks and one would allow online betting.
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Caesars bid for a Times Square casino rattles Broadway

Caesars wants to build a casino in Times Square. Broadway League is opposed to it. The proposal is one of many vying for a downstate casino license. State Sen. Brad Hoylman is skeptical about the proposal. He thinks casinos prey on the vulnerable and have an impact on traffic. SL Green CEO Marc Holliday hopes the casino bid could be fast-tracked. State Senator Joseph Addabo says two of the three licenses will go to existing gambling operators. Resorts World Casino in Queens and Empire City Casino, Westchester are currently only allowed to offer slot machines and racing betting. With full casino licenses, they could also run table games like poker and blackjack.
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Macau advances digital currency acceptance, but will casinos accept?

Macau's Executive Council reviewed the latest draft of its Legal Regime for the Creation and Issuance of Money. It calls for recognition of "currency in digital format" as legal tender within the SAR. The draft will be submitted to Macau’s Legislative Assembly for consideration and eventual passage. Separate laws and regulations will need to support the new law. Macaus plans to issue a digital currency in April 2021. There's still no indication that any digital money will ever be accepted in Macao's casinos. The only money that Macanaus has the power to create and issue is the pataca.
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Gambling industry conference comes to Saratoga amid proliferation of betting options

The annual gaming and racing industry conference is taking place at Saratoga Springs this week. New York has a growing gambling industry. It includes horse racing, on-site casinos and electronic wagering. The conference will cover the three-day conference. The licensing process will soon begin for up to three more non-tribal casinos in and near New Yorkers.
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Major Casinos Compete For Manhattan License

Major gaming operators are vying to open resorts in New York City. Caesars Entertainment is the latest to seek one of three downstate casino licenses. SL Green Realty Corp. is teaming with Caeres to redevelop the property at 1515 Broadway into a major casino and theater for "The Lion King" stage production. Wynn Resorts is partnering with Related Companies to apply for a license for resort in Manhattan’s Hudson Yards.
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Where Could a Casino Be Built in New York City? What We Know

In April, Albany authorized up to three casino licenses for downstate New York, which includes New Yorkers. New voters approved the legalization of Las Vegas-style casinos in the state in 2013. The state legislature initially authorized four casinos to open upstate, giving them several years to build their business before having to compete with any casinos.
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Virginia Lottery should be state’s primary gambling regulator

Report: Virginia Lottery should be state’s primary gambling regulator. Report: The state could have financially viable casinos in Petersburg, Richmond, or both cities. The report also found that the Virginia Racing Commission doesn't have the staff to carry out its regulatory mission. By 2025, when four casinos are expected to be open, total wagering could grow to $21 billion. In 2018, roughly $3.4 billion was wagered on state lottery games, charitable gaming, and traditional horse racing. That number grew steadily as the state approved more ways to gamble.
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Judge Temporarily Halts His Order Denying AC Casino Tax Break

The state of New Jersey has requested a temporary stay of a ruling that found a lucrative annual tax break for Atlantic City's casinos unconstitutional. The stay is limited to 90 days, contingent upon a higher court agreeing to hear the case. For tax purposes, state regulators lump revenue from online casino gaming and mobile sports betting in with dollars earned by casinos at their brick-and-mortar facilities. About two-thirds of the new forms of revenue is retained by the casino business partners that actually run those operations.
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Hochul accused of rigging NY casino license plan in favor of politically-connected slot parlors

Critics say the language in the budget language favors the racinos. The racino owners have political benefactors pushing their case for a full casino license. Hochul's office insists she wasn't rigging the bidding process. The bidding and selection process for the new casino licenses will be made by a state-siting board overseen by the Hachul-controlled state Gaming Commission. Genting-NY is in a district of Senate Racing, Gaming and Wagering Committee chairman Joseph Addabbo. Add abbo claims credit for having Hchul insert language into thebudget to aid the Aqueduct slots parlor.
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Hearing Wednesday on decision striking down casino PILOT changes

Judge Michael Blee will hear arguments Wednesday morning in the state's request for a stay of his August 29 decision that struck down amendments to the casino payments-in-lieu-of-taxes law. The amendments granted Atlantic City’s casinos tens of millions of dollars in tax breaks. Governor Phil Murphy signed them in late 2021. A spokesperson for Murphy said Tuesday the appeal has been filed. The state argued the amendments serve the public purpose of stabilizing the Atlantic Coast casino industry. It also argued that the casinos are found to serve a publicpurpose simply by employing people and paying taxes.
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Jeff Gural Says Citi Field Casino is Most Likely to Happen

The New York State legislature fast-tracked the issuance of the three downstate full casino licenses. State real estate and gambling companies are eyeing possible locations. Jeff Gural predicts that New Yorkers Mets owner Steve Cohen's plan for a Citi Field casino is most likely to materialize.
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Springfield maintains top spot in Illinois with most video gambling machines

Springfield has 757 video gambling terminals in operation. Rockford has 537. Decatur is third with 522. Unincorporated Sangamon County ranked 14th with 281 terminals. There were 43,128 terminals across Illinois in the fiscal year. The state took $12 million in taxes and local government received $2.4 million. It's a rebound from when the pandemic caused revenue to drop by 42 percent.
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New York moves toward Downstate casino licenses by appointing first siting board members

New York Gaming Commission appoints first three members of the Gaming Facility Location Board. Board will intervene in the bidding process for the state's three remaining casino licenses for downstate region. Empire City Casino is considered one of favorites to get one. The board has 90 days to begin soliciting proposals from prospective developers. The licenses are expected to cost at least $500 million. They would allow racetrack casinos to expand their offerings to Las Vegas-style gaming. Resorts World New York City in Queens and Empire State Casino in Yonkers are already up and running.
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The Push for Legalized Gambling in Texas

There is a push in Texas to legalize gambling. Last year there was a bill that didn't make it into the legislature. This year, the Texas Sands PAC, a PAC by the Las Vegas Sands Corporation, has been pushing again for legalized gambling in the state. Dallas Cowboys owner Jerry Jones started an alliance to support legalized sports betting. Texas could make billions in revenue annually from gambling practices. Governor candidate Beto O’Rourke has supported it. According to the Sports Betting Alliance, Texas Legislature could also make 250 million dollars in tax revenues a year.
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Lottery officials activated by sales stumble

Lottery sales in August were down 6.4% compared to August 2021. Every product except Megabucks Doubler was in the red for the month. Lottery officials are thinking about making changes to adjust to the current market structure. The Lotteries with online sales perform better than those without. The states with ilottery products generally see either flat sales or growth. It's the same for states without them. They have less sales than states that do not have them, but they perform less poorly.
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States Where Gambling is Illegal (and Probably Always Will Be)

The US Supreme Court overturned the Professional and Amateur Sports Protection Act of 1992 in May 2018. This effectively lifted the ban on sports betting nationwide. However, some states and territories still refuse to legalize gambling. Alabama has shot down gambling reform bills, Hawaii has no sign of legalized gambling, Missouri is apathetic and Utah is unlikely to change its mind in the foreseeable future.
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East Coast Gaming Congress: Execs discuss pandemic lessons as Atlantic City casino workers protest indoor smoking

Covid-19 forced most US casinos to close for months. Caesars Entertainment learned lessons that can't be unlearned. The Cordish Companies introduced new health and safety measures at land-based casinos. The company has not gone back to buffets. Since the casinos reopened, business has been good. Eric Hausler, CEO of Greenwood Racing, owner of Pennsylvania’s Parx Casino, said a restaurant that was open every day for lunch and never made any money was closed for good once the gambling venue resumed operations. He said people were fed up with being cooped up and came back.
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East Coast Gaming Congress: Execs discuss pandemic lessons as Atlantic City casino workers protest indoor smoking
The Arkansas Democrat

N.J. casino smoking talks snuffed out

A discussion between a casino executive and smoking foes was canceled. The issue of indoor smoking in casinos is a contentious one. A bill that would ban it in Atlantic City's nine casinos has been stalled in the state Legislature. It's the latest indication of how thorny this dispute has become. There are concerns about the health of casino workers and their customers. They say secondhand smoke harms their health and that of their casino customers, but casinos say it will hurt their business. If the bill passes, the governor will sign it.
Politics
Review Journal

Wynn Resorts partners with New York land developer Related Companies on casino resort license

Wynn Resorts Ltd. is partnering with a New York real estate company to pursue one of three new downstate casino licenses in a Manhattan neighborhood. The project would have residences, office space, retail, restaurants, cultural institutions, residences and 5 acres of public plazas, gardens and groves. It would also have the world's first Equinox Hotel and a 750-seat public school. Several casino companies have expressed interest in vying for the three downstations licenses. New Yorkers approved a law in 2013 that permits seven casinos. Four already have been built in upstate NewYork.
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Wynn Resorts partners with New York land developer Related Companies on casino resort license
New Jersey Online Gambling

AC Casino Smoking Ban Debate Off After Panelist Backs Out

AC Casino Smoking Ban Debate off after panelist backs out. East Coast Gaming Conference officials have issued a revised schedule for the Sept. 21-23 industry event at the Hard Rock in Atlantic City. Parx Casino executive Eric Hausler, Cynthia Hallett, president and CEO of Americans for Nonsmokers’ Rights, and Mark Giannantonio, the Resorts AC CEO, were to debate the issue. ParX, located near Philadelphia, banned smoking last year and has maintained its ban.
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AC Casino Smoking Ban Debate Off After Panelist Backs Out
Flatland

With Legalized Sports Gambling in Kansas?

Legalized sports betting in Kansas started on September 1st. Problem gamblers need help. Only 2% of the gambling and lottery revenue is allocated to the Problem Gambling and Addictions Grant Fund. The fund is projected to have $726,000 on hand at the end of 2022 fiscal year and another $532,00 in 2023. The amount allocated for treating problem gambling is minuscule. It is dwarfed by the broader social costs of gambling addiction. Kansas is expected to make $185 million in total tax revenue from gaming and the lottery during the 2022 year.
Sports
With Legalized Sports Gambling in Kansas?
KTNV Las Vegas

Man banned for life from Nevada casinos caught by Paris Las Vegas security

Man banned from Nevada casinos caught by Paris Las Vegas security. Tasia McDonald Musa was given a lifetime casino ban and placed on Nevada's List of Excluded Persons in January of 2015. He was arrested in front of the Bellagio fountains. He has been booked into jail for unlawful entry. It's a gross misdemeanor in Nevada. The ban was created in 1967 to maintain the strict regulation of licensed gaming in the state. Those who get caught trying to cheat the house can face serious penalties.
Land-based
Man banned for life from Nevada casinos caught by Paris Las Vegas security
Yogonet

New Jersey court kills state law giving millions in tax breaks to Atlantic City casinos calling it unconstitutional

New Jersey court kills state law giving millions in tax breaks to Atlantic City casinos calling it unconstitutional. Governor Phil Murphy and the state's legislative leaders took a hit through this ruling. This move has a direct consequence on the gaming industry, which had argued the bill was needed because it was struggling amid the COVID-19 pandemic. However, the casino industry was already rebounding from the pand epidemic slump. Even as it claimed fiscal trouble, it had its best year in more than a decade. In-person gambling revenue from casinos in Atlantic city surpassed pre-pandemic levels.
Land-based
New Jersey court kills state law giving millions in tax breaks to Atlantic City casinos calling it unconstitutional
Mail & Guardian

Online Gambling laws in South Africa

South Africa has a robust betting market that in 2020 amounted to R32.7 billion. One in every 10 South Africans participate in gambling. The gambling in South Africa before 1996 was illegal, except for horse racing. With the passing of the National Gambling Act 1996, gambling became legal and in 2004, a National. Gabbling Policy Council was incorporated into the Act.
Law
Online Gambling laws in South Africa
Covers

Kambi Group Partners with Oaklawn Racing Casino Resort

Kambi Group will provide sports betting solutions to Oaklawn Casino Racing Resort. The deal replaces the previous agreement with Churchill Downs Incorporated. Oakllawn's mobile app will be launched soon.  Oaklwn has been one of the most trusted brands in Arkansas for more than 100 years. It already has a partnership with Kamb i.
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Kambi Group Partners with Oaklawn Racing Casino Resort
Tampa Bay Times

Biden administration says Florida, Seminole Tribe gambling deal should get OK

Biden administration is urging an appeals court to reinstate a deal that gave the Seminole Tribe control of sports betting throughout Florida. A judge ruled that the 30-year agreement violated federal law. The deal was signed by Gov. Ron DeSantis and Seminoles and ratified by the Florida Legislature in a special session last year. Owners of two casinos in Florida filed a lawsuit alleging that it violated the law and would hurt their businesses. Interior Secretary Deb Haaland allowed the deal to go into effect last summer. She argued that Friedrich was wrong because the compact only authorized gambling on tribal lands.
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Biden administration says Florida, Seminole Tribe gambling deal should get OK
The Morning Call

Could outdoor gambling solve impasse over smoking at casinos?

There is an impasse between Atlantic City casino workers who want a smoking ban and gambling executives who fear it would hurt business and cost jobs. A bill that would end smoking in the casinos has sat untouched in New Jersey's state Legislature for months.
Politics
Could outdoor gambling solve impasse over smoking at casinos?
The Press Of Atlantic City

Could outdoor gambling satisfy smokers and casino workers?

Outdoor gambling may be a partial solution to the impasse between smokers and casino workers. A bill that would end smoking in the casinos has been introduced but has not had a hearing. The Casino Association of New Jersey opposes a smoking ban.
Politics
Could outdoor gambling satisfy smokers and casino workers?
Live Casino Direct

Online sports betting news: Massachusetts, California, Minnesota

With each passing year following the 2018 Supreme Court ruling repealing the Professional and Amateur Sports Protection Act (PASPA), a few more legislatures make sports betting legal in their states. In 2022, a few states are taking the inevitable steps toward allowing wagering at sportsbooks both online and off.
Massachusetts
Editorialge

Will Texas Ever See Legal Online Gambling?

In Texas, social casinos are legal and absolutely free. They provide a comparable selection of table games and online slots to those found in real money online casinos. Texas does not currently regulate online gambling. Offshore real-money Texas casinos can be played without violating any laws.
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Will Texas Ever See Legal Online Gambling?
Yogonet

Nebraska: Ogallala City approves $100M Elite casino project in event of new licenses allowance

Ogallala City Council and Keith County Board of Commissioners approved plans for a $100 million project. The project would be built by the same company that's building a casino at Fonner Park in Grand Island. It would feature a racetrack, a 120-room hotel, 10,000 square feet of convention and event space, RV park and a high-end truck stop. Elite filed for the gaming license on June 28. If approved, it would pave the way for temporary casino by end of this year. Nebraska Gov. Pete Ricketts signed off rules to allow casino gambling in the Cornhusker State.
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Nebraska: Ogallala City approves $100M Elite casino project in event of new licenses allowance
Eye On Annapolis

A Guide to Casinos in Maryland

Maryland has only six land-based casinos. The state legislature approved a bill to legalize retail and online sports betting in a two-to-one vote. In December 2021, the state will be able to open its first online casinos, but players will have to wait longer to enjoy the action.
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A Guide to Casinos in Maryland
The Denver Channel

New law gives gaming division more power to investigate gray casinos

New law gives gaming division more power to investigate gray casinos. Colorado Division of Gaming Director Dan Hartman wants to get this market out of the state. Denver7 Investigates went undercover at several grey casinos earlier this year. In Colorado, casinos can only operate in Blackhawk, Cripple Creek and Central City. The new law allows the division to conduct investigations outside of these towns. Hartmann will work with local prosecutors and law enforcement. He believes most grey casino businesses are probably not legal.
Law
New law gives gaming division more power to investigate gray casinos
Indianapolis Business Journal

Terre Haute casino expected to boost local revenue, tourism

Terre Haute, Indiana, is planning a $260 million casino and hotel. The city hopes to generate $10 million in casino tax revenue every year for the next 10 years. Mayor Duke Bennett wants to make the town more accommodating and attractive to investors and visitors. The casino will not ask for any incentives. It will pay its taxes. He wants the city to benefit better than it would from a new factory.
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Terre Haute casino expected to boost local revenue, tourism
KCRG

Casinos in Iowa report record revenue in FY2022

Iowa casinos reported record profits in fiscal 2022. They made $1.76 billion in gross revenue for traditional casino games and slots and $139 million in sports wagering. The record revenue coincided with a rise in visits to Iowa casinos compared to the previous year. Online sports betting handle more than doubled from $985 million to $2.2 billion this past year in Iowa. Legislators placed a two-year moratorium on any new casinos in the state. Linn County leaders had developed a proposal for a new casino on the west side of the Cedar River from downtown.
Finance
Casinos in Iowa report record revenue in FY2022
India Education

The Legality Of Online Playing

The Constitution of India gives some consideration to gambling under the heading "Online Gambling". Online gambling is held in a virtual environment. It covers playing poker, gambling at casinos and betting on sports.
Law
The Legality Of Online Playing
The North Platte Telegraph

Temporary casino in Lincoln could be open in just over 2 months

Temporary casino in Lincoln could be open in just over 2 months. WarHorse Gaming and the Nebraska Horsemen's Benevolent and Protective Association are planning to start work on a temporary casino at the Lincoln Race Course. The temporary one will have up to 300 slot machines. It will be the first temporary gaming facility to open on the state's racing commission's approval. Fonner Park in Grand Island is planning a similar temporary facility. Caesar's Entertainment is considering a casino development in Columbus.   It's possible that a third temporary casinos could open this year.
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Temporary casino in Lincoln could be open in just over 2 months