Resorts World Catskills is Set for a Major Change

The casino scene in Upstate New York is one of the most competitive in the country. Many casinos are currently operating here, some of which are struggling to generate revenue. Resorts World Catskills now has new owners and is bracing for a major change. New York Sign

This casino-resort is having a tough time bringing in money. Hopefully, these changes to this establishment turn things around. Let’s look at what the owners are saying.

New York’s Casino Industry Continues to Expand

For many years, lawmakers in New York pushed against gambling expansion. The state’s officials event worked to ban common forms of gambling such as daily fantasy sports. Recently, however, things have taken a major turn.

In 2013, the state approved commercial casinos. Within just a couple of years, four different privately-owned gambling venues opened in this state.

New York has also recently begun to embrace sports betting. In July of 2019, the first legal sports bet was placed here inside the Rivers Casino in Schenectady. As of now, only land-based sports betting is allowed here. It’s likely that mobile sports betting will become available in New York in the near future.

Many of the casinos in Upstate New York have struggled to generate revenue. The increase in competition here seems to be making things worse. Resorts World Catskills was recently forced to declare bankruptcy and was officially sold to a company based in Malaysia.

This week, the owners of this gambling venue announced what’s coming here.

Resorts World Catskills Owner Announces “New Chapter”

It’s been a tough road for this casino. Initially, it was expected to become one of the hottest casinos in New York. Unfortunately, it’s having a very difficult time bringing in players to the casino floor.

As we just mentioned, this casino was recently sold to the Genting Group. Ryen Eller, president and CEO of Genting Americas, commented on future plans for this venue.

“This marks a new chapter for Resorts World Catskills and is the first step toward fulfilling the promise and potential of New York’s most prized integrated casino resort destination,” Eller said. “By leveraging Genting’s extensive market knowledge, coupled with unrivaled play, stay, and dine facilities, Resorts World Catskills is well-positioned to increase performance and generate significant revenue for the region and New York state.” 

With backing from Genting, hope is that this casino manages to start producing better results. Owners say they do not expect any layoffs. That’s great news for the nearly 1,000 individuals working in this establishment.

New York Looks for New Ways to Generate Money From Gambling Industry

Most of the US seems to be interested in embracing the gambling industry. With the ability to legalize sports betting, every state seems to be taking a closer look at its current gambling regulations. New York is one of the states most actively working to generate more money from its gambling market.

Nearby New Jersey is considered the gold standard for US sports betting operations. This state legalized sports gambling in mid-2018 and is now earning more revenue from this industry than Las Vegas. Lawmakers in New York want to see similar results.

The 2019/2020 NFL season seems to be helping things. Rivers Casino, in particular, has been benefiting massively from the football season. It experienced record-breaking revenue figures at the start of the season and continues to rack in money.

Casinos in New York need to work on new ways to attract players. One idea that’s being passed around is for these gambling venues to work together, rather than against each other.

Resorts World Catskills has new owners. Let’s see how this affects the gambling venue’s performance heading into 2020.

Stay tuned for updates over the next few months!

Lori Lightfoot Wants a Change to Illinois’ New Casino Plans

Lawmakers in Illinois are currently working to expand the state’s casino industry. Part of this plan is to allow a casino in Chicago. This week, Chicago Mayor Lori Lightfoot commented on Illinois’ new casino plans.

Lori Lightfoot At Press Conference

There are questions surrounding tax rates for this Chicago casino. State officials are busy working on ways to attract casino operators while keeping things profitable for the state. Here’s what’s going on right now.

The New Capital Plan in Illinois, Explained

Illinois hasn’t always been thought of as a gambling-friendly state. In recent years, however, lawmakers here have recognized the major revenue potential from this industry. In June, Illinois Governor JB Pritzker signed the state’s new capital plan, calling it “the most comprehensive reconstruction effort in this state’s history.”

This new plan is aimed at improving Illinois’ infrastructure. It allows for five new casinos to be constructed around the state. One of these casinos will open in Chicago. It’s the first legal gambling venue to ever open in the Windy City.

$45 billion is being invested in the state’s capital plan. Hope is that revenue from casinos here can help to reconstruct roads, bridges, and schools. Gambling fans around the state are eagerly awaiting these new casinos to open.

Unfortunately, some of the country’s top gambling companies aren’t interested in operating this Chicago casino. Many claim that the tax rates being set on the gambling venue making it impossible to gain a profit.

Lori Lightfoot has been working to revamp Illinois’ new casino plans. This week, she officially presented her pitch to rewrite legislation for the casino in Chicago.

Chicago Mayor Wants Changes to Illinois’ New Casino Plans

At first, the news of a casino being approved in Chicago was exciting. More than 2.7 million people live in this city, many of whom claim to gamble on a regular basis. Unfortunately, issues have already come up with regard to this new gambling establishment.

This week, Lori Lightfoot made an official pitch to state lawmakers to rewrite legislation surrounding Illinois’ new casino plans. The mayor presented her new ideas for this gaming bill. She claims that the current 72% tax rate set on the Chicago casino would make it impossible to attract investors.

“We feel like things are moving forward in a positive direction but we’ve got to get the language finalized and get it to the respective chambers so that legislators can see what the outlines of the legislation look like,” the mayor said. 

Governor Pritzker seems optimistic that Lightfoot’s plans can be approved before the fall veto session wraps up.

“It’s good for the city, it’s good for the state, so we will be working very hard to try to get something through,” Pritzker said. “There is still some negotiation discussion going on, but I am hopeful that over the next three days we will be able to get it through.”

We’ll need to wait and see how lawmakers feel about the mayor’s new plans. Hopefully, they can come to an agreement and US casino companies can begin getting excited about opening a venue in Chicago.

Illinois Will Soon Have Sports Betting Options Available

It’s clear that officials in this state are trying their best to capitalize on the gambling industry. Illinois’ new casino plans are currently being worked on, and sports betting options are just around the corner. This is all thanks to the US Supreme Court striking down PASPA in May of 2018.

With PASPA now gone, every state can set its own laws on the sports betting industry. Lawmakers in Illinois officially approved a sports gambling bill in June of 2019. Soon, both online and in-person sports betting will be available here.

Illinois will likely have one of the most lucrative sports betting markets in the country. This state is home to several major sports teams including the Chicago Bears, Chicago White Sox, and the Chicago Blackhawks.

It’s unclear exactly when the state’s regulated sports betting industry will open up. Lawmakers here are still working to grant licenses to sports gambling operators.

Do you think Illinois’ new casino plans will be effective at generating revenue? Should tax rates be lowered for the casino in Chicago? Let us know what you think in the comments section below!

MGM Springfield Could Soon Go For Sale

MGM Resorts International is having a busy year. In order to generate more revenue for expansion overseas, this company is working to sell some of its major properties. This week, officials within the company announced they were interested in selling the MGM Springfield.

MGM Springfield Casino

This Massachusetts hotel-casino has struggled to perform over the past year. It’s disappointing news for MGM, which has invested major resources into this venue. Today, we’re going to look at why exactly this casino could soon go up for sale.

MGM Resorts International Continues to Sell Property

MGM Resorts is one of the biggest and most profitable casino companies in the world. It owns a huge number of gambling venues around the world, including many in Las Vegas. Some of these MGM-owned properties are located on the Strip including the MGM Grand, Mandalay Bay Hotel & Casino, and The Mirage.

This company is undergoing a major transition right now. Recently, MGM revealed that it was working on selling many of its biggest properties. The idea is to sell properties and invest the money towards expansion throughout the US and abroad.

Just last month, MGM Resorts International announced that it sold Circus Circus Hotel & Casino. This venue was purchased by Phil Ruffin, owner of Treasure Island in Las Vegas. It’s unclear exactly what Ruffin plans to do with his new hotel-casino.

To the surprise of many, MGM Resorts International also sold the world-famous Bellagio Casino-Resort last month. It went to the Blackstone Group for an astounding $4.2 billion, making it the largest property sale in Las Vegas history.

Jim Murren, CEO of MGM Resorts International, recently told the media that additional property sales are likely to take place in the future.

Company Officials Are Now Interested in Selling MGM Springfield

Massachusetts has always been considered a lucrative casino market. Until fairly recently, however, no commercial gambling venues were able to operate here. This is no longer the case and today there are several popular privately owned casinos in Massachusetts.

MGM Springfield opened its doors back in August of 2018. At the time, it was the biggest and most impressive gambling establishment in the state. MGM Resorts International invested nearly $1 billion to open this casino in hopes of dominating the New England gambling market.

For a while, it was successful. MGM Springfield drew in thousands of visitors every month and revenue continued to increase. Recently, however, things have been going downhill for this casino.

In June, Wynn Resorts finally opened its own Massachusetts-based casino, called the Encore Boston Harbor. As the name suggests, this venue is located near Boston and immediately gained tremendous success. It’s so successful, in fact, that it’s captured a significant portion of the Massachusetts gambling market.

MGM Springfield’s revenue has continued to drop since the Encore Boston Harbor opened its doors. Officials are now interested in selling this property.

One plan that’s being discussed is selling the venue and then leasing it back. It’s the same strategy that MGM is using for the Bellagio. Some are skeptical that this plan will work in Massachusetts.

Officials Remain Skeptical of MGM’s Massachusetts Casino Sale

Selling a billion-dollar gambling venue doesn’t come easy. Recently, several politicians in Massachusetts voiced their skepticism over the sale of MGM Springfield. Domenic J. Sarno, Mayor of Springfield, spoke on this issue to the media this week.

“(The city has a) very strong Host Community Agreement with MGM and we will certainly hold MGM to this legally binding agreement,” he said. “Part of this mandates the city and the Massachusetts Gaming Commission must approve any and all adjustments to said agreement.” 

Others believe that a sale could be completed, yet the lease-back process that MGM is looking for might be more difficult.

It’s clear that MGM Resorts is bleeding cash from this venue. State officials recognize this, as well. Hopefully, they’re able to come to an agreement on how to best proceed next.

Stay tuned for more news on MGM Springfield over the next few months!

Colorado’s Sports Betting Industry is Now Officially Legal

  • Colorado residents officially took to the voting booths this week
  • Proposition DD to legalize sports betting was introduced
  • Voters officially decided to legalize Colorado’s sports betting industry

Over the past year and a half, a huge number of states have begun taking a closer look at their sports gambling regulations. Many are beginning to see the huge potential for revenue earnings from this industry. This week, Colorado’s sports betting industry was officially legalized after a public vote on the subject.

Sports Betting

It’s fantastic news for sports fans all over the state. Soon, both land-based and online sports gambling options will be available here. Let’s look at how this all came about.

PASPA’s Removal Opens Door to Legal Sports Betting

For many years, only Nevada was legally able to offer sports gambling options to residents. This was due to the Professional and Amateur Sports Protection Act, which was intended to protect sports integrity. It was thought that limiting sports betting options around the country would help keep sports fair.

Many have voiced their objections with PASPA over the years. Finally, after a strong push from New Jersey, a change was made. In May of 2018, the US Supreme Court officially removed this set of laws. Just like that, every state had the ability to set its own laws on the sports gambling industry.

Many states immediately began presenting bills to change their laws on this form of gambling. New Jersey was one of the first states after Nevada to legalize sports betting. Delaware, Mississippi and New Mexico followed soon after.

Today, almost every state in the country has presented legislation to open their sports gambling markets. Several major Senators have voiced their support for this industry. Even states that were previously known for their harsh laws on the gambling industry are beginning to embrace sports gambling.

20 states have now officially legalized this industry. Colorado’s sports betting industry was the most recent to become legal. It was officially passed this week by a very slim margin.

Colorado’s Sports Betting Industry is Approved By Voters

Colorado is well-known for having an extremely passionate sports fan base. The Rockies, Broncos, and Avalanche all call this state home. Since 2018, there have been many calls to finally make sports gambling legal here.

Several bills were presented. Finally, Proposition DD made its way to a public vote. If approved by state residents, Colorado’s sports betting industry would officially be made legal.

Voters ultimately decided to approve this proposition. It was passed by a very slim margin, though. 50.8% of voters agreed that sports gambling should be made legal. The other 49.2% went the other way. Regardless of how close the vote was, sports betting is now officially legal in Colorado.

Under this bill, both land-based and online sports gambling are legal. Wagering on sports on land can only be done inside a brick and mortar casino. Online sports betting platforms can only be operated by companies running a land-based casino in Colorado.

With Colorado’s sports betting industry now legalized, many expected they could immediately start placing wagers on their favorite teams. This is not the case. Here’s when these options will officially become available.

When Will Sports Betting Options Become Available in Colorado?

If you were expecting to be able to drive down to your local casino and throw money down on the Broncos this week, you’re out of luck. There is still time needed for lawmakers to set specific regulations on this industry. Sports betting licenses will also need to be handed out.

Colorado’s sports betting industry will officially go live on May 1st of 2020. This wipes out any hopes of placing some wagers on this season’s Super Bowl.

Fortunately, there’s a date set. Soon, a huge number of fantastic sports gambling options will become available to residents in this state.

Soon, almost every state in the country is likely to have legal sports betting options up and running. Analysts recently predicted that the US sports betting market would generate between $6-8 billion annually by 2025. It will become the world’s largest sports gambling hub.

In less than six months, Colorado’s sports betting industry will be live. We’ll need to wait and see exactly how this state’s betting revenue compares to the others.

Stay tuned for more updates over the next few months!

Voters Scheduled to Decide on New Casino in Terre Haute

Lawmakers in Indiana have been taking a closer look at the state’s current casino regulations. This week, voters in the state will decide on whether or not to allow a new casino in Terre Haute. Gambling fans here maintain that a casino will help to generate more revenue for the state and bring additional jobs to Terre Haute.

Terre Haute Indiana City Hall

It’s an exciting time in the state. Voters here are also deciding on who will fill dozens of mayoral offices throughout Indiana. Let’s look at everything that’s going on here.

Indiana Has Been Looking at Casino Expansion for Months

Officials in Indiana have been interested in opening new casinos for almost all of 2019. Back in February, lawmakers here first approved a bill to expand the state’s gambling industry. Senate Bill 552 quickly moved through the state’s legislative process with support from many residents and politicians.

Under this bill, a casino license can be granted in Terre Haute. Several companies have already expressed interest in opening a gambling venue here. Before this can happen, however, voters here will need to officially approve these plans.

Vigo County voters will decide whether or not to allow construction on a new casino in Terre Haute. If approved, this will become the 14th casino to open in the state of Indiana.

As we’ve already mentioned, two companies have expressed an interest in opening a casino here. Both companies are pledging to invest millions of dollars into this area.

It seems likely that these plans will be approved.

Pros and Cons of a New Casino in Terre Haute

A huge number of individuals have been actively promoting this new casino. Even state officials have been praising the benefits that this gambling will offer. Duke Bennett, mayor of Terre Haute, has been fighting hard for this casino to get approved.

“It’s always been about the economic development opportunity for me,” he said. “I did all I could to help bring that opportunity to the community… One of the most important parts of [the legislation] for me was the referendum language. We fought to keep that in there because I’ve felt it extremely important that the people of Vigo County decide whether they wanted a casino or not.”

According to Bennet, this new casino will help to bring more revenue to the state, add more jobs in Terre Haute, and bring in more tourism.

“When you look at the economic impact of not only the construction but also the jobs it will create and the revenue it will create for the city, we’re talking about near $10 million,” Bennett said. 

Of course, some residents here are concerned about the negative impact that a casino could have. Some believe it will lead to a rise in crime and gambling addiction.

We’ll need to wait and see how Vigo County voters decide on the new casino in Terre Haute.

Online Casino Gambling is Growing More Popular in Indiana

Indiana is home to many fantastic land-based gambling venues. Soon, even more of these establishments could open up. Unsurprisingly, more and more individuals here choosing to make their bets online.

There are a huge number of fantastic online casinos in IN right now. Most of them offer even more gambling options than the top land-based casino venues in the country. You can find many different table games and slots available online right now.

Most of these sites are extremely safe, as well. Word spreads fast in the online gambling market. Any sites caught doing anything shady are quickly blacklisted.

Online casinos remain unregulated in Indiana. Many believe that in time, the state government will begin to regulate and tax these sites. Doing so would likely earn the government millions in additional revenue every single month.

Very soon, we’ll know whether or not the new casino in Terre Haute will be approved. Stay tuned for more updates this week!

US Sports Betting Industry Set to Generate Billions Over the Next Few Years

The US gambling market is considered by many to be the most lucrative in the world. This is especially true now that sports betting is legal in many states. New reports indicate that the US sports betting industry will grow significantly over the next several years.

Hundred Dollar Bills

This proves just how quickly sports gambling is growing throughout the country. Today, we’ll look at which states currently allow sports betting and which ones are likely to legalize this form of wagering in the near future.

Nearly 20 States Have Now Legalized Sports Gambling

In May of 2018, the US Supreme Court struck down PASPA, a set of laws that limited sports betting to Nevada. With PASPA gone, every state in the country now has the ability to set laws on the sports betting industry. Almost immediately, a huge number of states began regulating this industry.

New Jersey was the first state outside of Nevada to officially legalize sports gambling. It proved to be a fantastic decision. The state’s sports betting market is now the most lucrative in the country. On several occasions this year, New Jersey’s sports betting market has generated more revenue than Las Vegas’.

New York, Pennsylvania, Mississippi, and more states all enjoy a regulated sports betting market. In most of these states, both online and land-based sports gambling is allowed.

Many states have also taken steps to legalize sports betting, yet have not yet launched any sports betting operations. Montana, Tennessee, and Illinois all fit into this category. Hope is that these states will launch their sportsbooks before the end of the year.

It seems likely that in time, every state will legalize sports gambling. Lawmakers across the country realize the massive earning potential from this industry.

New reports shed light on just how quickly the US sports betting industry is growing.

US Sports Betting Industry is Growing Faster than Many Predicted

Everyone knew that sports betting was popular in the US. Not many predicted it would be growing as quickly as it is right now, though. Reports are surfacing that indicate the US sports betting industry will start generating billions of dollars by 2025.

Several investors and sports betting companies made this prediction public this week. Morgan Stanley, one of the top US investment firms, predicts that the industry will generate $7 billion over the next five years, significantly more than the $833 generated this so far this year.

This is still significantly less than what casinos in the US generate every year. It’s still a major revenue increase, though.

Several other companies including MGM Resorts, Hard Rock International, and Mohegan Sun all predict that the industry will generate between $6 to $8 billion by 2025. Many are quick to point out that competition is growing and some sports gambling operators will ultimately fail.

Scott Butera, president of interacting gaming for MGM Resorts International, commented on the competitive nature of the US sports betting industry to the media this week.

“It is a growing market here in terms of revenue but it’s a very tough market,” he said. “Everybody wants to be here. Ultimately I think we’ll see some shaking out. I’ll take the over on $8 billion.”

More States Will Soon Legalize Sports Betting

There’s never been a better time to be a sports fan in the US. As we’ve already mentioned, a huge number of states have outright legalized sports gambling. Soon, many more states are likely to start regulating this industry, as well.

Many believe that California will eventually choose to regulate its sports betting market. California is home to a huge number of tribal casinos. These gambling venues help to generate massive revenue for the state every year. Sports betting would increase this revenue substantially.

At the moment, there are several fantastic betting sites that are available in every single US state. These websites are not regulated by state governments, yet most are well-known for being extremely safe and offer a wide range of both sports gambling and online casino gaming options.

This site has grown extremely popular over the past five years. It allows members to wager on thousands of different sporting events every single month. Feel free to check it out today.

The US sports betting industry is growing bigger every single day. If predictions are correct, this industry will begin generating billions of dollars within just a few years.

Stay tuned for more US gambling news over the next few weeks!

Atlantic City’s Ocean Casino is Making a Serious Comeback

Atlantic City is now considered one of the premier destinations in the United States. For years, Ocean Casino has been considered one of the worst gambling venues in the city. Recently, however, this hotel-casino has been posting some impressive revenue figures.

View Over Atlantic City

Owners of this venue are insisting that they’re not going anywhere. Today, we’re going to take a quick look into Ocean Casino’s recent revenue surge. Let’s get into it!

Atlantic City Continues to Bring in Major Revenue

About a year ago, Atlantic City was struggling to bring in any visitors. The recession had taken a major toll on this city and many of the top casinos here were forced to close down. Some felt that the city’s gambling industry was permanently destroyed.

Fortunately, this was not the case. Over the past decade, this city has slowly recovered. There are now many casinos here, most of which are bringing in massive revenue figures every single month. Some attribute this recovery to the city’s legalization of sports betting.

New Jersey was instrumental in getting PASPA struck down. It was the first state aside from Nevada to make sports betting legal. This form of gambling has become extremely popular here and attracts many visitors from states such as New York and Massachusetts.

For almost all of 2019, gambling revenue has increased in this city. Some of these casinos have managed to stand out from the rest of the pack. The Borgata Hotel & Casino, in particular, brings in millions more than any other gambling venue every single month.

Ocean Casino is consistently one of the lowest-earnings gambling venues in Atlantic City. Recently, it’s begun to make a comeback.

Ocean Casino Beings to Generate More Revenue

As we just mentioned, Ocean Casino is one of Atlantic City’s poorest-performing gambling venues. Almost every single month, this hotel-casino makes less than all others in the city. Over the past three months, however, it’s experienced a surge in gambling revenue. Owners are claiming that it’s a trend that will continue.

This establishment has seen double-digit revenue increases in July, August, and September. It appears that October’s revenue increased massively as well. Some are beginning to wonder if this venue will become one of Atlantic City’s next major casino resorts.

Mike Donovan, senior vice president and chief marketing officer of Ocean Casino, commented on these revenue figures to the media this week.

“If you look at our numbers, they speak for themselves,” he said. “We’re going to keep doing what we’re doing and build on the success that we’ve had this year. Ocean is going to be here for a long time.”

It’s amazing news for owners of this casino. There’s a lot to be excited about.

This year, Atlantic City and Las Vegas have been competing over sports betting revenue. How’s this battle playing out?

Atlantic City Now Considered Sports Betting Capital of the US

Sports betting has been legal in New Jersey for more than a year. Today, every casino in this state offers sports betting odds. These casinos also operate online casinos which help to generate a huge amount of money every single month.

This summer, New Jersey surpassed Las Vegas’ sports betting revenue. It was a historic moment, leading many to wonder what the future of the US gambling industry would look like.

Some of the top gambling analysts in the country now believe Atlantic City to be the US sports betting capital. That’s tough to argue against, as revenue here continues to increase almost every single month. Even Ocean Casino is generating serious money from its sports gambling operations.

Hope is that sports betting helps to keep Ocean Casino’s operations up and running. It’s a fantastic casino and one that’s working hard to compete with the city’s big dogs.

Stay tuned for more Atlantic City gambling news over the next few weeks!

Hard Rock Sacramento is Now Open to the Public

Hard Rock International is having an extremely busy year. This major US casino company has been expanding across the US, opening venues in several new states. The Hard Rock Sacramento Hotel & Casino is now open and from what we’re heading, it’s a major hit with locals.

Hard Rock Casino Logo

California is no stranger to casinos. Hope is that this new venue helps to capture the Sacramento market. Let’s look at what this exciting new gambling establishment has to offer.

California Continues to Expand its Casino Industry

California isn’t necessarily thought of as a US gambling hub. That’s a little surprising, considering the massive number of gambling venues here. Since the 90s, Native American tribes in this state have been opening casinos in California.

This is thanks to the Indian Gaming Regulatory Act, which was passed by the US Supreme Court in 1988. This set of laws allows tribes to operate brick-and-mortar casinos on sovereign land. Today, more than half of all the tribes in this state now own and operate gambling establishments.

There are a huge number of casinos now spread around the entire state. Amazingly, tribes are continuing to construct and open new venues. These casinos help to generate massive revenue earnings for the state government. Many great online casinos in CA are available here, as well, yet none of them are regulated by the state.

California is also showing some interest in the newly-emerging sports betting industry. Since May of 2018, every state has been granted the option to legalize sports betting. Many believe that in time, this form of gambling will be allowed in the Golden State.

This week, one of the biggest and most profitable casino companies in the country opened a new casino in Northern California.

Hard Rock Sacramento Finally Opens to the Public

As we’ve already mentioned, officials within Hard Rock International has been working hard this year. For months, this company has been preparing to open a new gambling venue in Wheatland, in the Sacramento area of the state. Construction has finally concluded and the Hard Rock Sacramento venue is now open to the public.

According to multiple reports, this $450 million casino is already proving to be successful. It features several four-star restaurants, multiple bars, and 100 pieces of museum-quality rock and roll collectibles.

As of now, Hard Rock Sacramento offers its guests 1,500 slot machines, 57 table games, and a host of other fun gambling options. There’s also a massive entertainment venue now open here with major acts such as Def Leppard set to perform this week.

With more than 40 casinos in the area, this casino will have its work cut out. Competition in the California tribal casino market is extremely strong. It’s clear, however, that Hard Rock International feels this will be one of the most popular gambling venues in the state.

“People know the brand and we really think that will allow us to grow the market, bring people in from all over the region and bring people on from the western part of the United States,” said President of Hard Rock Hotel & Casino Sacramento Mark Birtha. 

Hard Rock International Pushes for Overseas Expansion

Today, many of the biggest US casino companies are pushing hard to open venues overseas. Asia, in particular, is becoming a hotbed for casino gambling. Soon, Japan and the Philippines could be considered some of the biggest casino markets in the world.

Hard Rock International is now working hard to open a gambling venue in Japan. Officials within the company claim they’d like to open a venue in either Okaka or Yokohama. Only three casino licenses are being handed out in this country.

The Las Vegas Strip is also starting to look more appealing to Hard Rock International. Jim Allen, CEO of the company, told the media that purchasing a property on the Strip is “certainly a possibility.”

For now, however, the company is content to keep opening venues in other parts of the country. Hard Rock Sacramento is up and running and many seem to be flocking here.

Stay tuned for more US casino news over the next few weeks!

Oklahoma Tribes Begin to Negotiate With State Officials

Lawmakers in Oklahoma and the state’s Native American Tribes have been arguing with each other for months. It’s a complicated issue in which both parties feel they’re correct. This week, Oklahoma tribes have finally begun negotiating with members of the state government.State Map Of Oklahoma

It’s great news to see a discussion finally take place. Now is the perfect time to look at what these two groups are arguing about. We’ll also talk about some of the state’s possible gambling expansion plans.

Tribal Casinos in Oklahoma Continue to Bring in Revenue

Oklahoma is home to more than 100 land-based casinos. A huge number of Native American Tribes are based in this state and since 1988, they’ve been able to operate gambling venues on sovereign land. This industry has proven to be extremely successful for the state government.

All together, these casinos generate billions of dollars every single year. That usually ends up paying the government more than $100 million each year in taxes, as well. Oklahoma casinos also help to boost the state’s tourism industry.

In many nearby states such as Texas, casino gambling is completely illegal. For that reason, many people come to test their luck in different Oklahoma tribal casinos. State lawmakers recognize how important these venues are for the local economy.

Interestingly, some major politicians in this state have worked to generate more revenue from the gambling industry. Even the Governor of Oklahoma believes that the state should be making more money from casinos. These opinions has led to some serious conflicts with Oklahoma tribes that operate gambling establishments.

Oklahoma Tribes Finally Start Negotiating With Lawmakers

There are many highly popular gambling venues in this state. For many years, these casinos have been forced to pay between 4% and 10% of their total revenue to the state via taxes. These rates seemed to work for both the tribes and state government.

This year, things took a turn. Governor Kevin Stitt began taking a closer look at the current tax structure. He felt that the tax structure was outdated, and it was time for these tribes to begin paying more money.

Many different Oklahoma tribes began pushing against these new measures. John Berrey, chairman of the Quapaw Nation, commented on the state’s newly proposed measures to the media this summer.

“What I don’t understand, in any of his op-ed, there’s no recognition of the true value of the tribes,” he said. “(Native American tribes) are one of the largest employers in the state. We provide benefits for our employees. We’re probably the most philanthropic group in the state.”

For months, the tribes refused to engage in any real dialogue with lawmakers. Finally, these tribes have begun negotiating.

Oklahoma’s Attorney General is now speaking with more than two dozen tribal leaders. Hope is that these groups can reach an agreement and move forward without any major issues.

Lawmakers Still Push Against Sports Betting Legalization

Since May of 2018, every state in the country has been granted the ability to set its own laws on sports betting. Today, 19 states have outright legalized this form of gambling. Many more are likely to do so over the next few years.

Lawmakers in Oklahoma are showing no real willingness to embrace this industry. In late 2018, a bill was introduced here to allow Oklahoma tribes to offer “sports pools” inside casinos.

If approved, this bill would have allowed for “wagering on the outcome of one or more competitive games in which athletes participate, or on one or more performances of such athletes in such games where all bets are placed in a common pool or pot from which all player winnings, prizes and direct costs are paid.”

Unfortunately, this bill failed to get approved during the state’s 2018 legislative session and seems unlikely to be approved this year.

Many, however, believe that sports betting will be legalized in Oklahoma within a few years. The state already earns millions from casinos. Regulation of the sports betting industry will bring in millions of additional dollars to the state government each year.

Stay tuned for more Oklahoma casino news over the next few months!

Florida’s Guitar Hotel is Already Making Headlines

The Seminole Tribe in Florida has finally opened its most ambitious project to date. Florida’s guitar hotel is up and running and is already making headlines around the country. Now is the perfect time to look at what this massive venue has to offer.

Hard Rock Hotel Hollywood

There’s a lot happening with Hard Rock International right now. Today, we’ll also talk about some of the Seminole Tribe’s other projects. Let’s get into it!

The Casino Industry in Florida is Expanding

Florida’s gambling industry can be traced back to the early 1800s. At that time, many gambling venues were spread around the state. Lawmakers did little to regulate these establishments. In the 1940s, the state government began cracking down on different forms of gambling.

This state is home to several major tribes, many of whom were eager to crack into the gambling industry. In 1979, the Seminole Tribe opened their first bingo hall in the state. In 1988, the Supreme Court passed the Indian Gaming Regulatory Act, allowing every state to open full-scale casinos. By 2004, the Seminole’s operated several major casinos here.

Back in 2006, the Seminole Tribe purchased Hard Rock International for $965 million.

In 2010, Florida passed a bill to allow full poker gambling. This also helped to boost the state’s gambling industry. Today, there are a huge number of casinos in Florida, many of which are operated by the Seminoles.

Construction began on Florida’s guitar hotel more than a year ago. In July, the tribe announced it was looking for 600 additional workers for this hotel-casino. This week, the incredible new venue officially opened to the public.

Florida’s Guitar Hotel is Now Open

The Seminole Tribe is no stranger to opening massive hotel-casinos. Years ago, they announced plans for an incredible $1.5 billion hotel expansion plans in Hollywood, Florida. Now, this venue is officially open for business.

Florida’s guitar hotel is the biggest ever constructed by Hard Rock International. It’s in the shape as a giant electric guitar and features more than 600 rooms for guests. The casino holds more than 3,000 slot machines and a massive entertainment area.

Marcellus Osceola, council chairman of the Seminole Tribe, commented on the opening of this new hotel-casino to the media this week.

“We’re very thankful and we’re blessed to be in a position that we can provide the general welfare and the help and assistance that tribe members need,” he said. “The dollars that we make here will make life a little bit easier for our members when they have health care issues or when they are trying to buy a car to transport themselves with their families.”

This is expected to become one of the biggest and most popular gambling venues in the United States.

The Seminole Tribe currently pays the state around $350 million every year. With this new venue now opened, this figure is likely to increase.

Hard Rock International Considers Move to Las Vegas

Hard Rock International owns and operates many casinos around the country. Interestingly, it’s never run a gambling venue in Las Vegas. The Hard Rock Las Vegas Hotel & Casino, which was recently sold to Virgin Hotels, was owned and operated independently by a separate company.

One of the company’s top officials recently claimed he was interested in making the move into Las Vegas. Jim Allen, chairman of Hard Rock International, says he’s been considering this move for the past several months.

The company is still working on breaking into Japan, as well. Only three casino licenses will be handed out in this country. Many analysts believe that opening a casino-resort in Las Vegas would help Hard Rock stand out and could help their chances to receive one of these licenses.

We’ll need to wait and see whether or not Hard Rock officially makes the move into Las Vegas. Several companies are currently interested in selling properties on the Las Vegas Strip. Perhaps Hard Rock will decide to purchase one of these venues.

Florida’s guitar hotel is now open. If you’re in the Hollywood area, make sure to give it a visit!

Stay tuned for more Florida casino news over the next few months!

Sports Betting Revenue in Mississippi Surges in September

Mississippi is one of the 19 US states with an active sports betting market. This industry is proving to be massively successful here, particularly with the help of the NFL’s 2019/2020 season. New reports indicate that sports betting revenue in Mississippi surged during the month of September.

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It’s great news for betting operators here. Mississippi has always been thought of as a US casino hub and is now beginning to gain a reputation as a major sports betting destination. Let’s look at exactly how much sports betting companies managed to bring in last month.

Mississippi’s Gambling Market Continues to Expand

For centuries, all forms of gambling were banned in Mississippi. The state took this matter seriously, issuing harsh punishments to anyone caught playing inside an illegal gambling house. In 1990, lawmakers here decided to make a change.

State politicians decided to legalize traditional casino gambling. Within just a few years, several land-based and riverboat casinos began operating here. Today, there are a huge number of land-based gambling venues, most of which are very successful.

It’s clear that lawmakers wanted to bring in more revenue from the gambling industry. In 2018, shortly after PASPA was removed, Mississippi officially approved sports betting. Two MGM Resorts-owned casinos took the state’s first sports wagers in August of that year.

Since this time, almost all casinos in this state have begun offering sports gambling options. Many of these casinos are earning millions in additional revenue from this industry.

September was a massively successful month for sports betting operators in this state. Here’s how much money was brought in.

September Brings an Increase in Sports Betting Revenue in Mississippi

This state continues to rack in money from its sports betting market. New reports indicate that that September was one of the biggest months of the year in terms of revenue. There are clearly a huge number of passionate sports fans here.

The state’s Gambling Commission claims that sports betting revenue in Mississippi increased by 19.2% year-on-year to $37.9 million. The state itself took in $5.6 million in tax earnings. Interestingly, most of the year-on-year growth came from the state’s central region.

Handle from this region increased by 75.6% in this area compared to the same month last year. The state earned $780,798 in taxes from this region, with bookmakers recording a 15.29% win rate.

Unsurprisingly, the Coastal region contributed the most to sports betting revenue in Mississippi last month. This area brought in $25.4 million, representing a 14.7% increase from the same month last year.

This industry is showing no signs of slowing down. Last month, casinos in this state brought in massive revenue earnings, as well.

Soon, Mississippi could have one of the most lucrative sports gambling markets in the country. The rise in sports betting revenue could push other nearby states to legalize and regulate this market, as well.

Nearby States Considering Sports Betting Legalization

As of today, 19 states have legalized sports gambling. Many more have pending legislation to open their sports gambling markets. Several states in near proximity to Mississippi are currently considering allowing this form of gambling.

Several already have, too. Lawmakers in both Tennessee and North Carolina have both recently passed sports gambling legislation bills. The “Tennessee Sports Gambling Act” became legal on May 25th of this year. On July 26th North Carolina approved a bill that “allows sports and horse race wagering on tribal lands.”

Several other nearby states are working to legalize sports betting. Politicians in Louisiana and Alabama have both recently presented sports betting bills. Unfortunately, none of them have been approved during their state legislative sessions.

In time, it’s likely that almost every US state will allow sports betting. It’s a massively profitable industry that’s popular with individuals across the country.

Sports betting revenue in Mississippi continues to increase. We’ll need to wait and see whether or not October brings even better results.

Stay tuned for more US sports betting news over the next few months!

$100 Million Michigan Casino Expansion is Now Underway

States around the country are working hard to update their casino industries. Michigan, which is home to many Native American tribal casinos, is looking at plans to earn more revenue from its gambling market. This week, the Gun Lake Tribe officially got started on its $100 million Michigan casino expansion project.Gun Lake Casino Logo

It’s exciting news for gambling fans in the Western Michigan area. Today, we’re going to take a quick look at Michigan’s gambling industry. We’ll also talk about what the Gun Lake Tribe has planned for its casino. Let’s get started!

Michigan’s Casino Industry in a Nutshell

Michigan isn’t typically thought of as a US gambling hub, but perhaps it should be. There are a huge number of gambling venues in this state, many of which are full-blown casino-resorts. It’s clear that lawmakers are investing in this industry and want to earn as much money in taxes as possible.

In the 1980s, state officials began allowing Native American tribes to start operating limited gambling venues. At first, these “casinos” could only offer players games such as Keno and bingo. In 1996, lawmakers decided it was time to legalize full-scale casino gambling.

Michigan officially decided to make commercial casinos legal that year. Plans were approved to allow three casinos in downtown Detroit. In 1999, the first of these casinos opened its doors to the public.

As we’ve already mentioned, there are now many incredible casino gambling establishments in this state.  The Gun Lake Tribe has been discussing plans to expand its casino for years. Now, this expansion project is officially underway.

Gun Lake Tribe’s $100 Michigan Casino Expansion Begins

The Gun Lake Casino in Wayland, MI, is an extremely popular venue for gamblers in the western area of the state. Unfortunately, it’s become a little outdated over the years. An increase in nearby competition has also contributed to the casino generating less revenue.

This week, officials within the Gun Lake Tribe confirmed that their $100 million Michigan casino expansion is officially underway. According to the tribe, it will add about 76,000 square feet of gaming space to the casino floor. More than 2,000 slot machines, 47 table games, and a high-limit room are also being added.

Tribal Chairman Bob Peters commented on the new plans to the media this weekend.

“We are proud of the effort of our team members that has driven the continued success of Gun Lake Casino and our Tribe’s contributions to Michigan’s economy in the last eight years,” he said. “These expansion plans allow us to build on these efforts and provide even more employment opportunities and increased economic impact in our local communities.”

This expansion will also double the size of the casino’s entertainment area. Hope is that it helps to bring in better shows to the venue.

Michigan Lawmakers Still Hesitant to Embrace Sports Betting

When PASPA was struck down in May of 2018, many analysts predicted that Michigan would be one of the first states to legalize this form of gambling. Sports betting legislation was introduced here, yet it’s failed to be formally enacted.

The proposed bill would allow any holder of a casino license to “accept wagers on sporting events.” The state’s gaming board would be required to regulate this industry. The bill was briefly approved by the state’s legislature, yet Governor Gretchen Whitmer vetoed it.

It still seems likely that sports gambling will be made legal here at some point. Many of the states with legal sports betting markets are earning millions of dollars a month from this industry. As a state with so many legal casino gambling options, it would make no sense to continue prohibiting sports betting.

There’s also a chance that online casino gambling will become regulated here in the future. At the moment, there are a huge number of online casinos in MI that are available. Lawmakers attempted to regulate this industry earlier this year, yet once again, Governor Whitmer shut these plans down.

The new Michigan casino expansion is underway. We’ll need to wait and see how effective it is as drawing in more gamblers for the Gun Lake Tribe.

Stay tuned for more Michigan casino news over the next few months!

2019 Rock ‘N’ Roll Poker Open at Seminole Hard Rock Announces Official Schedule

2019 Rock ‘N’ Roll Poker Open at Seminole Hard RockLooking for some wild poker action as well as some sunshine in beautiful south Florida? Well, you’re in luck as the next installment of the Rock ‘N’ Roll Poker Open kicks off November 20th at the Hard Rock Hotel and Casino in Hollywood, Florida. The tournament will run through the 4th of December with 27 primary events and 40 satellites to the larger buy-in events.

The Breakdown of Events

As mentioned, there will be a total of 27 primary events making up the series. The opening event is a $400 no-limit hold’em deep stack event with a $1 million guarantee. As expected, the series closes with the $3500 RRPO World Poker Tour (WPT) Championship with an impressive $2 million guarantee.

For NLH fans, there are several other key events with some sexy guarantees to be aware of. These include:

  • $1700 bounty tournament with a $100k guarantee on Nov 24th (Single Re-Entry)
  • $5,000 eight-handed tournament with a $200k guarantee on Dec 1st (Re-Entry)
  • $150 tournament with a $100k guarantee on Dec 2nd(Re-Entry)
  • $25,500 High Roller with a $1 million guarantee on Dec 2nd

The Hard Rock Hotel in Hollywood, Florida

This property has developed into a prominent poker destination over the past years thanks to the growth of the sport in the state as well as this tournament series. There’s just something about putting major tournament stops in sunny destinations that seems to be a recipe for success. Shocking, yea?

Additionally, this year, the hotel is launching its $1.5 billion expansion a month before the tournament series.

This expansion includes the world’s first guitar-shaped hotel, a brand-new spa, 13.5 acres of new water landscape features, revised convention and meeting spaces, a new entertainment venue, and plenty of new shopping where you can spend your poker winnings.

But, the most important piece of the expansion to poker players is the new 45-table poker room that comes equipped with an 8-table semi-private cash game area. Want to make sure you can watch the might Miami Dolphins continue their “epic” run? You’ll be able to on the over 50 high-resolution TVs being installed in the room. Sorry, Dolphins fans. When you get done crying on Sundays, you can head up and win some money to make everything better, as Hard Rock Stadium is only 10 miles south.

For more information on the tournament series and the complete schedule, please visit the tournament’s website. For more information on the hotel or to book a room, check out the hotel’s main website. Poker players can get a special room rate during the event of $149 weekdays and $!99 on weekends.

Rules for Gambling Ads on Google Are Loosening

For many years, Google closed off almost all advertisements related to the US gambling industry. Thanks to the legalization of sports betting around the country, this is beginning to change. Gambling ads on Google are now being allowed in some states.Google Logo

It’s a great time to be a gambler in the United States. Today, we’re going to look at which states have sports betting operations up and running. We’ll also talk about Google’s new rules on gambling advertisements. Let’s get started!

Sports Betting Continues to Grow Around the US

Sports betting is growing more popular throughout the country. This wasn’t always the case, though. For a time, only Nevada was legally allowed to offer sports gambling options. Finally, in May of 2018, this all changed. The US Supreme Court officially decided to strike down PASPA.

Doing so gave every state the ability to set laws on the sports betting industry. Almost immediately, states began presenting legislation to legalize and regulate their sports betting markets. New Jersey was the first to do so. Today, NJ’s sports betting market is bigger and more profitable than Las Vegas’.

19 states have now legalized sports gambling. 13 of these states have sportsbooks up and running. The other six are currently working to launch their sports gambling platforms. In time, it’s likely that almost every state in the country will have legalized sports betting.

The world’s biggest search engine hasn’t always embraced the gambling industry. For a long time, Google banned almost all advertisements related to sports betting. Now that states have legalized this form of wagering, however, these rules are beginning to change.

Gambling ads on Google are finally being allowed in the US. It’s a huge development for both gamblers and gambling operators in the country.

Gambling Ads on Google Are Finally Being Allowed

To keep up with the rapidly expanding US sports betting market, Google has just announced that it’s changing its gambling and games policy. According to company officials, sports betting ads will be allowed in states where sports gambling is legal and regulated. As of now, this means that gambling ads on Google will be allowed in Nevada, New Jersey, West Virginia, Indiana, Iowa, Montana, Pennsylvania, and Rhode Island.

Licensed sports betting operators in these states will now be allowed to engage in promotional activities through Google Ads, Google Display Network, Youtube, and more. They will, however, need to ensure that they do not target underage individuals with these ads.

Betting companies will not be able to advertise any other forms of gambling other than sports betting. Google’s official new policy can be seen below.

“Advertisers must provide a copy of their state-issued license in their application to be eligible for the beta,” according to Google policy. “Participants of the beta must not target users outside the state of New Jersey or users who are under 21. Participants must only promote online sports betting, and no other forms of online gambling including, but not limited to, online casino games and daily fantasy sports.”

The ability to advertise on Google is huge for sports betting companies in these states. It will likely help to bring in a significant amount of new gamblers.

Google Also Expands Ad Rules to New Countries

The US isn’t the only country to experience a change in the rules for gambling ads in Google. This week, Google announced that gambling advertising laws were also changing in Colombia, Kenya, and Nigeria. Only licensed companies are allowed to advertise through the search engine, as well.

Of course, this may not have much of an impact in Kenya. The government here has been fiercely cracking down on the country’s gambling industry. The entire sports betting market is shut down here and may never recover.

It’s still great to see Google finally embrace the gambling industry. The ability for companies to advertise online in the US will help this market grow tremendously.

Gambling ads on Google may start appearing all over the US. More states are likely to legalize this form of wagering over the next few months.

Stay tuned for more US gambling news over the next few months!

Massachusetts Casino Revenue Dips in September

Massachusetts is just beginning to embrace the casino industry. There are a few major gambling hubs here, all of which are fiercely competitive with each other. Unfortunately, new reports indicate that Massachusetts casino revenue fell in September. Massachusetts State Symbol

Today, we’ll be looking at the expansion of Massachusetts’ casino market. We will also talk about how much money these casinos managed to bring in last month. Let’s get into it!

More Casinos Begin to Open in Massachusetts

The US gambling industry has never been stronger. Many states around the country are beginning to liberalize their casino gambling laws and are experiencing massive revenue earnings as a result. Several major companies have begun looking at Massachusetts as a lucrative new casino market to break into.

Wynn Resorts is one such company. Back in June, Wynn opened the Encore Boston Harbor casino-resort in Everett, MA. The location was concerning for some; it was previously an unattractive industrial area.

Fortunately, Wynn Resorts’ new casino in Massachusetts has proven to be massively successful. It’s been generating major revenue for the company and state since opening its doors to the public. Encore Boston Harbor was also been outperforming the MGM Springfield gambling venue, which was once the most popular gaming hub in the state.

Many companies are now working to open gambling venues here. Over the next few years, two new venues could open their doors here including the Aquinnah Cliffs Casino and Project First Light Resort & Casino.

Some analysts believe that Massachusetts will become the next major casino destination in the US. Of course, even here gambling revenue can sometimes dip.

Massachusetts Casino Revenue Finally Drops

For a time, it looked like casinos in MA would continue to experience an increase in gambling revenue for the remainder of 2019. Multiple reports have now proven otherwise. Massachusetts casino revenue fell in September and companies are taking notice.

MGM Springfield experienced one of its worst months of the year. Overall gambling revenue fell by 5.1%. The gambling venue brought in $19.8 in September, a pretty significant decrease from the $20.9 million made in August.

Encore Boston Harbor experienced a dip in revenue, as well. According to the Massachusetts Gaming Commission, this casino-resort earned $48.9 million last month. $27 million came from slots and $21.8 million from table games. These revenue earnings also represent a pretty serious decrease from August, where the casino made $52 million.

There’s no real cause for concern, though. Many analysts have pointed out that September is always a less-profitable month than August. Many individuals experience the end of their summer vacations and head back to work.

It’s likely that Massachusetts casino revenue will bounce back this month. This state has never been earning more from its gambling industry and it’s only going to get better.

More Gambling Options Coming to MA

Many lawmakers in Massachusetts are interested in adding even more gambling options to the state. Since May of 2018, when PASPA was struck down, several politicians have called for sports betting to become legal and regulated here. State Representative Brad Hill gave his opinion on the matter to the media a few months ago.

“I want to get us up and running because there is another football season nearly upon us,” he said. “We’re missing a huge opportunity for revenue in this state. Massachusetts likes to gamble, we like our sports, and I should be able, as a citizen, to go bet on a football game. Why is this taking so long? We’re not reinventing the wheel here.”

Many are also calling for online casino gambling to become regulated here. Today, there are a huge number of great online casinos in MA available yet none are monitored by lawmakers in the state. Hope is that in time, this will change.

Massachusetts casino revenue has fallen yet the state still has one of the most lucrative gambling markets in the country. We’ll need to wait and see which new gambling options become available here in the future.

Stay tuned for more Massachusetts gambling news over the next few months!

Worker Still Missing Inside New Orleans Hard Rock Rubble

On Saturday night, a building under construction at the Hard Rock Hotel & Casino in New Orleans collapsed. More than 20 people were initially thought to be injured. Now, reports are surfacing that workers are still missing inside the New Orleans Hard Rock collapse.

New Orleans Hard Rock Collapse

It’s terrible news to hear about those injured or killed in this accident. Today, we’re going to talk about Louisiana’s laws on casino gambling. We’ll also look at how this accident happened and who it’s affected. Let’s get started!

Casino Gambling Laws in Louisiana

The state of Louisiana has had a love/hate relationship with the gambling industry over the years. The first legal gambling options became available here more than 200 years ago. Since that time, lawmakers have banned and relegalized various forms of gambling that can now be enjoyed here today.

Louisiana’s first real regulated gambling option was the state lottery that appeared in the 1860s. Unfortunately, it didn’t take long for lottery officials to fall into corruption and soon politicians here recognized that something needed to change. By the late 1800s, this lottery was officially banned.

After the lottery was outlawed, the only real form of gambling here was pari-mutuel wagering on horse races. New Orleans has kept its horse racing tradition alive. Today, there are a huge number of “racinos,” which offer horse racing odds and certain casino games.

There are also a huge number of land-based casinos and poker rooms spread around the state. The majority of casinos here are located on riverboats. Some can now be found on land, as well.

Unfortunately, Louisiana still has a tough stance on online gambling. Lawmakers here have made it clear that all forms of wagering over the internet are banned. The state has only shown an interest in targeting online gambling companies and many individuals choose to play through LA casino sites anyways.

New Orleans Hard Rock Collapse Kills Two, Injures Dozens

One of the most popular gambling venues in Louisiana is the Hard Rock Hotel & Casino in New Orleans. This casino has gained a fantastic reputation amongst gamblers thanks to its massive range of gaming options and great amenities. This week, one of the buildings that were under construction in this hotel collapsed.

It was unclear at first how many were injured in the New Orleans Hard Rock collapse. Initial reports claimed that around 15 had been hurt. LaToya Cantrell, Mayor of New Orleans, was one of the first officials to confirm that two individuals had been killed.

“We can confirm we have lost two people, a third has not been found just yet so we don’t know. We have not been able to identify the three individuals,” she told the media. 

It’s now being confirmed that more than 20 people have been injured. One of the individuals killed has been identified, as well. You can check out the dramatic footage of this collapse below.

 

Officials on the scene are confirming that one worker is still missing inside the New Orleans Hard Rock collapse.

Search for Missing Worker Continues

It’s still not clear exactly how this building collapsed. We may not know for weeks exactly what happened. Right now, fire departments in New Orleans and the building’s construction firm are working to make the area safe for search crews.

Tim McConnell, Fire Chief of the city, is trying to stabilize the collapsed building. He’s considering utilizing a massive crane to prevent tumbling.

“We have someone we have not located and can’t get to where we think they might be,” McConnell said. “Our goal here is to continue making the scene safe so we can continue getting into this building deeper and deeper for rescue purposes.”

Citadel Builders LLC, the construction firm for this project, is flying out individuals from Europe to help crews remove debris and search for more victims. It’s been confirmed that one worker is still in the wreckage. Whether or not he’s alive is unknown.

The structure is still very unstable. We’ll need to wait for updates on the search over the next 24 hours. Stay tuned for more information!

Lawmakers Consider Allowing a Casino in Eklutna, AK

Alaska is known for having some of the most restrictive gambling laws in the country. Today, there are almost no legal ways for residents of this state to make wagers. Recently, however, lawmakers here discussed the possibility of allowing a casino in Eklutna.

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A prominent Native American tribe is arguing that this is sovereign land. One government body has rejected this notion. Let’s look at what exactly is happening here.

Gambling Laws in Alaska, Explained

As we’ve already mentioned, Alaska has some of the strictest gambling laws in the country. Section 11.66.270 of the State’s Statutes defines the legality of “games of chance.”

(1) “contest of chance” means a contest, game, gaming scheme, or gaming device in which the outcome depends in a material degree upon an element of chance, notwithstanding that the skill of the contestants may also be a factor.

(2) “gambling” means that a person stakes or risks something of value upon the outcome of a contest of chance or a future contingent event not under the person’s control or influence, upon an agreement or understanding that that person or someone else will receive something of value in the event of a certain outcome.

Today, there are no traditional casinos in this state. 2 Class II gambling venues are operating here, yet they are only able to offer bingo and pull-tab games.

Many gambling analysts believed that Alaska would never allow new gambling venues to open. To the surprise of many, another casino may soon be operating in the village of Eklutna.

Anchorage Mayor Supports Plans for a Casino in Eklutna

Eklutna is a native village in the Municipality of Anchorage. The Tribal Council estimates the population at just 70. Recently, officials in this village have pushed for the right to open a gambling venue.

Anchorage Mayor Ethan Berkowitz supports this idea. He commented on the opening of a casino to the media last year.

“The Municipality of Anchorage supports the (Native Village of Eklutna’s) goals of economic determination and believes both the tribe and the surrounding community will benefit from the jobs and related economic development the project will bring.” 

Unfortunately, not everyone in the state feels the same way. In fact, Berkowitz’s opinion went largely unreported in Alaska. Late last year, Alaska’s Department of Interior ruled that the parcel of land that Eklunta residents want to build a casino on is “not Indian land.” The tribe here is now suing the Department of Interior over this opinion.

It seems likely that Eklunta will win this legal battle. The land is undoubtedly tribal land and, since 1988, Native American Tribes have the right to operate gambling venues on sovereign land.

Online Gambling Options in Alaska

There are almost no legal venues in this state that offer gambling options. Fortunately, a huge number of great online casinos in AK are currently available. The vast majority of these sites are safe and offer more gambling options than the top land-based casinos in Las Vegas.

One of the best today is Bovada Casino. This site has grown extremely popular throughout the US in recent years. Thousands of different wagering options are available every day through this casino website.

Alaska has no laws that specifically ban online casino gambling. Many individuals are realizing how fun and easy online gambling really is. Feel free to check out some of the sites available here for yourself!

The proposed casino in Eklutna will hopefully be approved in the next few months. Unfortunately, it will only be eligible to offer Class II games. Perhaps in time, Alaska will adopt more modern gambling laws and lawmakers will choose to legalize full-scale casino gambling and sports betting.

Make sure to stay tuned for more US gambling news over the next few weeks!

MGM Lawsuit Against CT Tribes Could Soon Be Dismissed

MGM Resorts International is currently in a heated legal fight with several Native American Tribes in Connecticut. The major casino company believes these tribes are close to holding a monopoly over the state’s casino market. This week, the US Interior Department asked for the MGM lawsuit against CT tribes to be dismissed.

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Today, we’re going to look at why exactly this lawsuit is taking place. We’re also going to talk about the Interior Department’s new opinion of this legal battle. Let’s get into it.

Connecticut’s Laws on Casino Gambling

Connecticut is a small state and one that’s not typically thought of as a major gambling destination. Interestingly, some of the biggest casino-resorts in the world are based here. These casinos are hugely popular and help to bring the state millions of dollars in revenue every year.

For many years, very few wagering options were available in this state. In 1983, lawmakers here approved a state lottery. Charity gambling was also legalized. Special rules were also made on bingo gambling. This game could be wagered on for $1 as long as the maximum prize does not exceed $5.

In 1988, the US government approved the Indian Gaming Regulatory Act. This allows Native American Tribes to operate casinos on sovereign land. Two years prior to this law, the Mashantucket Pequot tribe opened a bingo hall on their land. By 1993, this gambling venue had slots and table games available to patrons.

Connecticut is now home to two major casino-resorts. Both are among the biggest in the world.

There are no laws in this state that explicitly ban online casino gambling. Many different online casinos in CT are now available, most of which offer a wide range of different gambling options.

MGM Lawsuit Against CT Tribes, Explained

MGM Resorts International owns many casinos all over the country. One of their top gambling destinations is in Springfield, Massachusetts. This company has recently taken legal action against the US Interior Department, the group who they believe is violating federal law and giving the Mashantucket Pequots and Mohegans an “unlawful state-conferred monopoly” on casino gambling in Connecticut.

Initially, MGM accused Connecticut of constitutional violations. The company felt the state’s no-bid approval of an East Windsor casino was made to purposely compete with MGM Springfield. The MGM lawsuit against CT tribes is now aimed at stopping the state from approving any additional casinos in the future.

“The amendments are not limited to an East Windsor casino: they facilitate commercial, off-reservation gaming by the tribal joint venture anywhere in Connecticut, and state legislators have recently proposed granting the joint venture an exclusive, no-bid license to operate a casino in Bridgeport, Connecticut,” the suit says. “The amendments thus confer a statewide, perpetual competitive advantage on the joint venture.”

Many individuals in Connecticut began pushing against this lawsuit. Several groups believe that MGM is simply trying to bully the state into submission.

This week, the US Interior Department officially requested for this lawsuit to be dismissed.

Interior Department Fights Against MGM Lawsuit

Officials in Connecticut were not going to bend to MGM’s will without putting up a fight. Andrew Doba, a spokesperson for the Mashantucket Pequot and Mohegan tribal nations partnership behind the East Windsor plan, commented on the lawsuit to the media last month.

“The choice for Connecticut policymakers can’t get any clearer,” Doba said. “We can either let a Las Vegas company that generates not one dime of revenue for the state push us around, or we can stand strong with the tribes and an industry that’s generated more than $8 billion in tax revenue and currently employs 18,000 people.”

The US Interior Department has now requested for the MGM lawsuit against CT tribes to be dismissed. The government body claims MGM is using “inapplicable legal requirements.” We’ll need to wait and see if a federal judge approves the Interior Department’s case dismissal.

The MGM lawsuit against CT tribes isn’t the only legal case this company is involved in. Recently, MGM Resorts agreed to a settlement with victims of the Las Vegas shooting.

Stay tuned for more Connecticut gambling news over the next few months!

GVC Holdings is Focused on Responsible Gambling

One of the biggest and most profitable gambling companies in Europe is working hard to establish a name for itself in the US market. GVC Holdings, which owns companies such as Ladbrokes, has already begun operating in several US states. Recently, this company revealed that it’s focusing hard on promoting responsible gambling.

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State governments want to ensure that their residents don’t fall into gambling addiction. Today, we’re going to look at GVC Holdings’ new push into the US and talk about how this company plans to promote responsible gambling. Let’s get into it!

US Sports Betting Market Open Up to Foreign Companies

There’s never been a better time for both sports bettors and sports betting companies looking to enter the US market. In May of 2018, the Supreme Court officially struck down PASPA. This now allows every state in the country to set their own laws on the sports gambling industry.

New Jersey was the first US state to legalize sports betting after PASPA was struck down. In less than two years, this state has grown to become the most lucrative sports betting market in the country. New Jersey is now earning even more than Nevada from its sports gambling operations.

Unsurprisingly, a huge number of European-based sports betting companies are now working to break into the US market, Several already have. William Hill, for example, has restructured its entire company to better suit the US sports gambling industry.

GVC Holdings is also currently working its way into the United States. This company partnered with MGM Resorts International in 2017 to launch a new online sports betting app. This week, GVC announced that it was launching a new foundation to promote responsible gambling.

GVC Holdings Launches Responsible Gaming Foundation

As we’ve just mentioned, GVC Holdings is now active in the United States. This week, the company announced a new plan to curb problem gambling. This company has officially launched a new foundation that’s focused on responsible gambling, corporate compliance, and sports integrity.

The new foundation will team up with Harvard Medical School, the National Council on Problem Gambling (NCPG), and National Center for Responsible Gambling. The goal is to develop several US educational programs that warn gamblers about the dangers of addiction.

Martin Lycka, director of regulatory affairs at GVC Holdings, recently commented on this new company foundation to the media this week.

“This new US Foundation extends our Global Foundation,” he said. “The range of new initiatives and quality of partnerships express our global commitment to Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR).”

In partnership with the NCPG, GVC Holdings will collaborate on the development of responsible gambling educational programs for active military service personnel and veterans in 2020.

It’s great news to hear this company working to fight against the spread of gambling addiction in the United States.

GVC’s US Operations Are Already a Massive Success

Everyone knows that the US is now the most lucrative new gambling market in the world. It was expected that any companies entering this market would profit massively. Fortunately for GVC Holdings, it’s US betting app is already proving to be a huge success.

This company officially raised its annual core earnings forecast for the second straight time this year. GVC’s app, called BetMGM, is helping to generate the company’s major revenue earnings. Now, the company expects full-year core earnings of about $818.07 million.

Russ Mould, investment director of AJ Bell, confirms that the company is benefiting from its expansion into the US.

“The company’s fortunes seemed to have turned around since reporting half year results in August when it said the full year should be better than expected,” Mould said. “True to its word, its latest trading update confirms that business is going swimmingly.”

It’s likely that GVC Holdings will continue breaking into new states over the next few years. Perhaps in time, this company will even begin offering online casino gambling options in the US.

Stay tuned for more updates over the next few months!

Mohegan Gaming’s Greek Casino Plans Are Officially Unveiled

Mohegan Gaming & Entertainment has been working to obtain a Greek casino license for months. The company is competing with Hard Rock International to receive one of these new gaming licenses. Today, Mohegan Gaming’s Greek casino plans were unveiled to the public.Mohegan Gaming And Entertainment

Officials at Mohegan Gaming are pushing hard for their chance to open this casino. Today, we’re going to look at the US casino operator’s plans. We’ll also talk a little about the Greek gambling industry. Let’s get into it!

Greece’s Gambling Laws In a Nutshell

Gambling has taken place in Greece for thousands of years. Some even argue that modern gambling originated in Ancient Greece. Here, most forms of traditional gambling are perfectly legal. Interestingly, one company has a monopoly over the country’s gambling industry.

This company, called OPAP, controls all of the country’s land-based gambling options. In recent years, this company has generated massive revenue earnings. In 2018, this company brought in €8 billion. Much of this money came from the company’s new video lotto terminals (VLT’s).

For many years, OPAP also held a monopoly over the country’s online gambling market. Eventually, EU officials forced Greece’s government to change its set of laws. In 2011, the country developed a new licensing procedure that allowed foreign gambling companies to enter the Greek market.

In late 2018, the government announced another change to its online gambling regulations. Lawmakers revealed that internet gambling companies would need to pay a €4 million fee in order to offer sports betting services in the country. Another €1 million licensing fee needs to be spent to offer other forms of gambling including online casino games.

Greece is looking for any way to generate revenue. This country is notorious for its high unemployment rates and suffering economy. Today, a major US casino operator revealed its plans to start operating here.

Mohegan Gaming’s Greek Casino Plans

Officials in Greece are taking bids for companies interested in opening a casino-resort on the Athens Riviera. The project has been discussed for years and is finally moving forward. Only Mohegan Gaming and Hard Rock International are still in the running for a license to open this new casino.

Mohegan Gaming’s Greek casino plans have now been revealed to the public. The company has partnered with Greek contractor GEK Terna and plans to build an €8 billion resort known as Hellenikon, where the former Athens international airport was located.

Mohegan wants to construct two skyscrapers which are inspired by Caryatids, female sculptures that used to support a temple on the Acropolis Hill. The casino will be more than 1.2 hectares and will feature at least 120 table games and 1,200 slot machines. A luxury hotel, an entertainment venue, and a sports venue will also be constructed here.

The Hellenikon casino-resort has been delayed for years. Critics believe that the gambling venue will damage the environment and the country’s culture. Fortunately, it appears that this casino will soon be constructed.

Mohegan claims that if granted a license, they can build this casino-resort within 24 to 36 months. Mario Kontomakeros, CEO of Mohegan Gaming, commented on this project to the media today.

“We are ready to begin as soon as we receive all the necessary approvals,” he said. “We want to start as fast as possible.”

Greece Begins to Recover From Economic Crisis

For many years, Greece was in a major financial crisis. It started in 2009 and ended up becoming the longest recession of any advanced capitalist country to date. Fortunately, things have been improving here.

The International Monetary Fund shows that the Greek economy is getting better. The IMF’s executive board member commented on this economic growth to the media earlier this year.

“The economic recovery in Greece is accelerating and broadening,” he said. “A gradual recovery in private deposits has facilitated further relaxation of capital flow management measures, though bank lending remains negative.”

Greece is now investing more in its tourism and gambling industry. Hope is that the new casino-resort in Hellenikon helps to bring the country major revenue earnings in the future.

Mohegan Gaming’s Greek casino plans have been revealed. We’ll soon know whether or not this casino company is granted the license to operate the new gambling establishment.

Stay tuned for updates over the next few weeks!

Parx Casino Launches an Online Sportsbook in NJ

New Jersey now has the biggest and most lucrative sports gambling market in the United States. Casinos here, almost all of which are located in Atlantic City, operate both land-based and online sportsbooks. This week, Parx Casino officially launched an internet sports betting platform in this state.

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Parx Casino is one of the most popular gambling venues in Pennsylvania. It’s now entering the NJ sports gambling market. Let’s look at the details of this new online sportsbook and talk about how New Jersey’s sports betting industry is doing right now.

New Jersey’s Sports Betting Revenue Continues to Increase

As we’ve already mentioned, New Jersey now has the most lucrative sports betting market in the country. Amazingly, sports gambling has only been legal and regulated here for a little over a year. New Jersey was the first state to approve sports betting legislation after PASPA was struck down in May of 2018.

For all of 2019, revenue from sports gambling has increased in this state. In August, revenue here boosted by an incredible 13% compared to the same month last year. Gamblers in this state wagered over $293 million that month on sports alone.

The Borgata Hotel & Casino brought in $80 million through its land-based and online sportsbooks. Casino officials claim it was the biggest month since opening in 2004. Hard Rock Atlantic City also had a solid August, bringing in $41 million, up 31% from the same month in 2018.

Even Ocean Casino, which is the lowest-earning casino in Atlantic City, posted solid revenue figures last month. This casino-resort brought in more than $25 million.

Many companies are taking notice of these revenue gains. This week, one of the most popular gambling venues in Pennsylvania announced that it’s breaking into the NJ market.

Parx Casino Announces Launch of NJ Online Sportsbook

New Jersey isn’t the only state to recently legalize sports gambling. 19 states have approved sports betting legislation and 13 have sports gambling platforms up and running. Pennsylvania began offering sports betting options in November of 2018. This form of gambling has quickly grown popular here.

This week, Parx Casino has announced that it’s breaking into the New Jersey sports betting market. This casino, which is owned by Greenwood Gaming & Entertainment, officially launched its internet sportsbook in this state. This new betting platform is now live and available to New Jersey residents.

Parx Casino teamed up with GAN to begin operating its newest online sportsbook. Dan Smurtif, CEO of GAN, commented on the launch to the media this week.

“Launching the largest casino in Pennsylvania online has now logically extended across the border into New Jersey, extending their reach into New Jersey’s fast-growing and established Internet gambling market. This represents an incremental revenue opportunity for GAN and is a logical extension of our technology infrastructure to serve Parx Casino patrons who routinely cross the invisible border between these two populous states.”

It’s exciting news for sports betting fans in the state of New Jersey. There is another major player entering the market.

About Parx Casino and Racing

Pennsylvania is home to a huge number of gambling venues. Perhaps none is as popular as Parx Casino and Racing, located in Bensalem. This venue started off as a horse racing track and has since begun operating a casino featuring 3,330 slot machines, 180 table games, and a poker room.

Parx Casino began operating a land-based sportsbook back in January. It launched its online sportsbook in June. Since that time, it’s become the most popular internet gambling platform in the state. In August, it managed to generate more than $621,000 in sports wagers.

Officials at this casino have discussed plans to break into the New Jersey market for months. The company teamed up with GAN to officially begin offering sports betting options in this state earlier this year.

Residents of New Jersey now have 16 different online sports betting platforms to choose from. We’ll need to wait and see how popular the online sportsbooks from Parx becomes over the next few months.

Stay tuned for more US sports betting news over the next few months!

Sports Betting in Capital One Arena is Almost Here

Lawmakers in Washington DC have officially approved sports gambling. Recently, several groups here have pushed to allow sports betting in Capital One Arena. It’s now looking like this is closer to happening than many expected.

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The owner of this famous arena claims to have secured a deal with a major sports betting operator. Let’s take a look at this city’s road to sports betting legalization, and how sports gambling could become available inside the Capital One Arena.

Washington DC’s Road to Sports Betting Legalization

Sports betting has never been more popular in the US than it is right now. For many years, only Nevada was legally allowed to offer sports wagering options. In May of 2018, the Supreme Court struck down PASPA, giving every state in the country the ability to set laws on the sports betting industry.

Almost immediately after PASPA was removed, New Jersey chose to legalize sports gambling. It’s proven to be an extremely lucrative industry for this state. New Jersey’s sports betting market now earns more than Las Vegas.

In 2018, prior to PASPA being removed, lawmakers in Washington DC approved the Sports Wagering Lottery Amendment Act. This Act made it possible for the state to allow sports gambling after the federal ban was removed. In May of 2019, officials in DC put the Act into effect and sports betting was made officially legal.

It’s still unclear when the first legal sports wagers will be made in this state. Many companies are looking to break into this new market. Interestingly, the city’s biggest sports arena is now preparing to offer in-arena sports wagering options.

Owner Confirms Sports Betting in Capital One Arena is Coming

For months, officials at Monumental Sports and Entertainment have discussed plans to open sports betting in Capital One Arena. Ted Leonsis, owner of this sports arena and CEO of MSE, talked about his goal to open sports gambling options here back in April.

“There will be a sportsbook inside the building accessible from the outside and depending on the league and depending on the event, it might be accessible from the inside as well,” he said. 

Leonsis owns the Washington Wizards and Washington Capitals, who both play inside this arena. He believes that offering sports betting options inside the arena would help to bring in more visitors and generate massive revenue earnings. This week, Leonsis confirmed that sports betting in Capital One Arena is one its way.

In an official press release, the owner revealed this his company had partnered with William Hill to open a sportsbook inside the arena. William Hill is one of the top gambling companies based in the UK. It’s focused on expanding into the US market and is now operating in 10 different states.

William Hill will soon begin construction on a multi-level sportsbook inside this sports arena. It will be open seven days a week, even when no sporting events are taking place. Leonsis recently commented on this company’s role moving forward.

“William Hill will manage and be solely responsible for the business of the sportsbook and ensure that we as the team franchises never touch the money. We are always pushing the limits on what’s possible in sports. Monumental has led the way on sports gaming and is among the first in sports to integrate real-time data into the live game experience.”

When Will Sports Betting Become Available Here?

Washington DC’s City Council voted to legalize sports betting late last year. Unfortunately, there have been several legal hurdles that have prevented any sports betting options to open up here. There is currently an injunction in place that’s making it impossible for any sportsbooks to start operating here.

It’s beginning to look like this injunction will soon be resolved. Several officials in this city have stated that the first sports betting options will become available here before the end of 2019.

According to signs posted inside the arena, sports betting in Capital One Arena will be available in 2020. Only those above the age of 21 will be able to place sports wagers here. This is an extremely exciting time for sports fans inside this city.

It’s still unclear exactly what forms of sports gambling will become available here. It’s likely that visitors will have the ability to place wagers on live sporting events taking place inside the arena.

Make sure to stay tuned for more US sports betting news over the next new months!

Paddy Power-PokerStars Merger is the Biggest in History

Two of the biggest gambling companies in the world have officially agreed to merge. Company officials have confirmed that Paddy Power and PokerStars have joined forces. This PaddyPower-PokerStars merger is the biggest of any online gambling companies in history.

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Today, we’re going to look at how this merger came together. We’ll also talk about what these companies will now offer as a team. Let’s get into it!

History of Paddy Power and PokerStars

If you know anything about online gambling, there’s a good chance you’ve heard of both Paddy Power and PokerStars. Both of these companies are extremely popular, with millions of active users around the world. Interestingly, both are very different and offer their members unique forms of gambling.

Paddy Power was founded all the way back in 1988 in Dublin, Ireland. For a decade, the company focused on expanding land-based betting shops around Ireland and eventually, the United Kingdom. Before long, this company began offering online betting platforms. Today, it’s one of the most successful gambling companies in the world.

PokerStars is another extremely popular internet gambling company. This company wasn’t founded in 2001, initially by a Costa Rican company called Regional Enterprises. It immediately began offering services to players in the United States and grew to become the largest online poker company in the world.

The Unlawful Internet Gambling Enforcement Act of 2006 forced PokerStars to leave the US market. Despite this, it’s grown extremely popular in Europe and Asia.

Despite the rise in online gambling competition, both of these companies have continued to bring in massive revenue figures. This week, they’ve officially agreed to merge.

Details of the Paddy Power-PokerStars Merge Come to Fruition?

Paddy Power is no stranger to big merges. Back in 2015, this company famously merged with Betfair. Today, this company is technically called Paddy Power Betfair. This week, Paddy Power has confirmed that it’s joining forces with PokerStars.

Flutter Entertainment, the parent company of Paddy Power, will control 54.64% of this new company. Toronto Stars Group, which owns PokerStars, will own 45.36% of the company. Immediately after the news of this merger was announced, Flutter Entertainment’s stock prices rose by 15%.

The Paddy Power-PokerStars merger is the biggest ever in the history of gambling companies. Together, these companies will have a combined annual revenue of more than $4.6 billion. CEO of Flutter Entertainment Peter Jackson recently commented on the news of this deal to the media.

“We believe the combination of Flutter and TSG will deliver substantial value for shareholders,” he said. “We will have an exceptional portfolio of leading recreational brands and best-in-class products on industry-leading technology platforms.” 

Jackson also told the media that this merge will “turbocharge” the company’s plans to expand into new markets. The US, in particular, is becoming a major point of interest for these companies.

Expansion Into the US is Coming Soon

In 2018, the US Supreme Court struck down PASPA. Now, every state in the country can set laws on sports gambling. 19 states have already legalized this form of gambling and many are set to within the next couple of years. As a result, many of the top gambling companies in the world are now interested in breaking into this market.

The Paddy Power-Poker Stars merger now has backing from FOX Sports. The powerful US company will acquire an 18.5% stake in Flutter Entertainment’s US business.

“We’re excited to be able to expand our partnership into FanDuel, which together with FOX Bet, will be a leader in sports wagering in the U.S.,” an official at FOX Corporation told the media. 

Several states have also legalized internet casino gambling recently. It’s unclear whether or not the newly merged company will look to offer any online casino games in the US. As more states choose to legalize this industry, this scenario will become more likely.

The Paddy Power-PokerStars merger is the biggest ever made in the history of gambling companies. We’ll need to wait and see how effective this company is at breaking into the United States.

Stay tuned for more updates over the next few weeks!

Upstate New York’s Casino Market Continues to Improve

New York is beginning to truly embrace the gambling industry. For much of 2019, lawmakers have worked on ways to bring in more revenue from the gambling industry. Upstate New York’s casino market is expanding rapidly and competition is fiercer than ever before.  New York State Logo

There’s a lot to be excited about in this state. Today, we’re going to look at what new gambling options are now available in New York. We’ll also look at how casinos are responding to this rise in competition.

New York’s Recent Embrace of the Gambling Industry

New York hasn’t always been a gambling-friendly state. In fact, for many years, lawmakers here laid out several laws that suppressed the gambling industry. Even daily fantasy sports, which is legal in many states as a “game of skill” was prohibited by lawmakers here, who believed it to be a form of sports wagering.

Things have begun to change here. In case you’re unaware, the US Supreme Court struck down PASPA in May of 2018. Now, every state in the country has the ability to set laws on sports gambling.

Certain NY government officials immediately began calling for the state to make this form of wagering legal. Nearby New Jersey was the first state post-PASPA to legalize sports betting and immediately began making millions of dollars a month. A sports betting bill was approved by New York Governor Anthony Cuomo earlier this year.

In July, the first legal sports wager in New York was placed at the Rivers Casino in Schenectady. Now, sports betting is legal inside brick and mortar casinos around the state. Many are profiting massively from the current NFL season. Legal sports betting isn’t the only new form of gambling available in New York, though.

Not long ago, state legislators also approved commercial casinos to operate in New York. These new gambling venues, along with tribal casinos, is helping to make Upstate New York’s casino market one of the most competitive in the country.

Upstate New York’s Casino Market is Growing Quickly

There are now many different tribal and commercially-run casino venues in New York’s Upstate area. Competition in this industry has never been higher. These gambling establishments are working extremely hard to out-do each other. One of the most popular casinos in this area just won a prestigious award.

The Del Lago Casino, located in Tyre, recently gained several awards from Casino Player and USA Today. Casino Player magazine asks its readers to name the “best of the best” casinos in the country every year. Del Lago Casino was awarded for having the best hotel staff, best suite, best craps, best roulette, and best VIP services.

It’s an impressive accomplishment for this gambling venue. Lance Young, executive vice president of the casino, commented on the awards to the media this week.

“We are incredibly grateful for the 11 awards we received from Casino Player, especially because the honors were submitted by readers who are also del Lago guests,” he said. 

There are some exciting new venues entering Upstate New York’s casino market. This week, Hilton has announced that it’s constructing a new hotel on land adjacent to the Turning Stone Resort Casino in Verona.

Unfortunately, not every casino in this state is flourishing. Several have struggled to generate revenue amid the rise in competition. Recently, several of these casinos have begun calling for online gambling to be made legal here.

Casinos Begin Calling for Online Casino Gambling Regulation

With so many different gambling venues in Upstate New York, it’s been difficult for many of these casinos to bring in the money they initially projected. As a result, officials at many of these casinos have begun calling on lawmakers to make internet casino gambling regulated.

New Jersey began regulating its internet casino market last year. It’s extremely successful, helping to bring the state millions of dollars every single month. In fact, more people are gambling online here now than playing inside land-based casinos.

Interestingly, there are many different online casinos in NY available right now. The state government does not regulate these websites, yet they’ve grown extremely popular over the years, particularly for those located far from the Upstate area.

Many of these websites offer just as many different gambling options as the state’s brick and mortar casinos. The majority of them are extremely safe and offer their players a wide range of easy payment options.

Upstate New York’s casino market is growing. With that growth comes a rise in competition. Hopefully, all of the casinos here manage to generate more revenue. We’ll need to wait and see whether or not lawmakers choose to make online casino gambling legal.

Make sure to stay tuned for more casino news in New York over the next few months!

Saracen Hotel-Casino Holds “Soft Opening” to the Public

For months, casino gambling fans in Arkansas have awaited the opening of the Saracen Hotel-Casino, located in Pine Bluffs. Initially, the casino’s owners claimed the new gambling venue would open on October 1st. These owners changed things up and held a “soft opening” to the public on Friday evening.

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That’s right! Arkansas’ newest casino opened up last night. Let’s take a quick look at the road to get this casino built, and why its owners have decided to open it early.

What We Know About the Saracen Casino

For many years, lawmakers in Arkansas set strict laws on the gambling industry. Most forms of traditional gambling were banned here, including casinos. Last year, however, politicians in Arkansas passed a new bill that allows brick and mortar casinos to operate.

This bill allows for four new casinos to open in the state. The Quapaw Native American Tribe quickly secured one of the casino licenses being handed out by the state. The tribe named this casino the Saracen Hotel-Casino after the Quapaw Chief, Saracen.

Officials took their time opening this new venue. Pine Bluff city council members even tried to ban smoking in this casino. Eventually, this proposal was shot down.

For months, this new casino in Pine Bluffs has been under construction. Tribe officials revealed that it will feature an 80,000 square foot casino floor, a 13-floor hotel, and several restaurants. According to the Quapaw Tribe, it will be the best gambling establishment in the state.

It’s exciting news for gambling fans in Arkansas. For months, the casino’s opening date was scheduled for October 1st. Yesterday, to the surprise of many, it was opened to the public, who had the opportunity to see for themselves what’s available here.

Saracen Hotel-Casino “Soft-Opened” On Friday Night

It seems like the Quapaw Tribe can’t hold in their excitement with this new gambling venue. Yesterday, the tribe held a “soft opening” to the public. It ran from 6 pm to 11 pm. Visitors had access to all of the casino’s gambling options and a full-service bar.

Carlton Saffa, project manager of the Saracen Hotel-Casino, believes that the casino is ready to officially start operating.

“The Quapaw came from Pine Bluff; the Quapaw have returned to Pine Bluff and there’s an obligation to take care of their original homeland,” he said. “Three months ago, the site we are standing on was an open field, and here we are today with a full-fledged casino, that’s essentially ready to go.”

From what we’ve seen, the soft opening was a major success. Visitors had the opportunity to see everything that this new casino has to offer. Many now believe that it will grow to become the most popular gambling venue in Arkansas.

Sports Betting Could Soon Become Available at the Saracen Casino

Today, 19 states have officially legalized sports gambling. Arkansas lawmakers approved a sports betting bill earlier this year and have begun allowing casinos to offer sports gambling options.

Hope is that this casino can soon begin offering sports betting. Back in July, the Oaklawn Racing Casino Resort officially offered the first legal sports wagers in the state. The Quapaw tribe believes that the Saracen Casino will be granted a license to offer sports wagering odds very soon.

Unfortunately, online sports wagering is still prohibited in Arkansas. Only licensed land-based casinos are eligible to host sportsbooks. Some believe that in time, the state government will choose to legalize online and mobile wagering after seeing the revenue potential.

The Saracen Hotel-Casino represents a major upgrade to Arkansas’ casino industry. There are a huge number of different gambling options and soon, a sports betting platform. The official grand opening of this casino will take place on October 1st at 11 am.

Make sure to stay tuned for more Arkansas casino news over the next few months!

Iowa’s Grand Falls Casino Plans $10 Million Expansion

One of Iowa’s most popular casinos is set to undergo a major expansion project. The Grand Falls Casino, located in Larchwood, has confirmed that it’s investing $10 million into hotel-casino expansion. It’s exciting news for gambling fans in the Northwest area of Iowa.State of Iowa On Map

The state of Iowa is working hard to expand its gambling industry. Today, we’re going to look at what we know about the Grand Falls Casino’s expansion plans. We’ll also talk about some of the other new gambling options available in Iowa right now.

Grand Falls Casino is Set to Expand Significantly

Three months ago, officials at the Grand Falls Casino announced they were looking to expand the property. Gambling revenue has been increasing here and many believed it was time to make things bigger and better for guests. This week, these officials announced that the expansion plans have been finalized.

$10 million is being invested into the hotel-casino. $8.5 million will be spent on building an additional hotel. This new hotel will be four stories tall and will include 66 new rooms for guests. It will be constructed on a hillside directly next to the casino floor.

The other $1.5 million is going towards the construction of a new sportsbook. This casino has discussed building a land-based sportsbook ever since Iowa legalized sports gambling back in August.

Dan Kehl, CEO of the Grand Falls Casino, commented on the major expansion plans to the media this week.

“Today’s a big day for us as we embark on the beginning of a $10 million investment into the property,” he said. “I think it’s going to add a lot more excitement to the gaming floor. It’ll raise the energy level when you have that many more guests here at the resort.”

The casino plans to begin construction within the next couple of weeks. Hope is that everything is completed by Memorial Day of 2020.

Sports Betting is Now Legal in Iowa

Back in May of 2018, the US Supreme Court struck down PASPA. Now, every state in the country can set its own laws on sports gambling. Lawmakers in Iowa began looking into sports betting legalization and August 15th, the state’s first regulated sportsbooks began operating.

Sports betting is proving to be an extremely lucrative industry for many states. Fortunately for the state of Iowa, legal sports betting options are already bringing in some impressive revenue figures.

According to the state’s first sports betting revenue report, Iowa casinos generated millions from their sports gambling operations. More than $8.5 million in total was spent on sports wagers in this state last month. The casinos earned $2.2 million and the state received $145,914.

It’s likely that the state has already generated millions more during the month of September. Just about every casino in Iowa now operates a sportsbook. Soon, the Grand Falls Casino in Larchwood will begin construction on its new sports betting area.

Many other states will soon be rolling out their sports gambling operations, as well.

More States Gear Up to Launch Their Sports Betting Options

There’s never been a better time for sports betting fans in the US. Today, nearly 20 states have chosen to legalize and regulate their sports gambling markets. Several of these states are currently preparing to officially launch their first sportsbooks.

New Hampshire officially legalized sports betting on July 12th. Under the state’s set of gambling laws, both land-based and online sports betting will be available. It’s unclear exactly when the first sportsbooks will launch, yet most feel it will be before the end of 2020.

North Carolina once had an extremely strict set of gambling laws that banned most forms of traditional gambling. Interestingly, lawmakers in this state chose to legalize sports gambling this year. Governor Roy Cooper officially signed a sports betting bill into law on July 26th that allows sports betting on tribal lands.

Many other states are currently discussing plans to legalize sports gambling. Recently, several politicians have also begun calling for sports gambling to become federally legal. Many believe it will help to establish a clear set of rules on this industry.

The Grand Falls Casino is set to expand. Make sure to stay tuned for more updates to Iowa’s gambling industry over the next few months!

Officials Raise Concerns About New Casino in Norfolk, VA

For years, the Pamunkey Tribe of Virginia has discussed plans to open a casino. Recently, the tribe agreed to pay $10 million for a plot of land in Norfolk, where the proposed casino will be constructed. This week, several Virginia city officials raised their concerns over the plans to construct a new casino in Norfolk.

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There are still several steps the Pamunkey Tribe needs to take before this casino will be approved. Today, we’re going to look at what we know about these casino plans so far. We’ll also look at why officials are hesitant to approve the plans.

Pamunkey Tribe Eager to Open Their First Casino

The Pamunkey Tribe is one of 11 Virginia Native American tribes. It’s the first federally-recognized tribe in the state. For years, heads of this tribe have pushed hard to open a casino venue. Unfortunately, Virginia has a restrictive set of gambling laws that bans full-scale casinos from operating.

Interestingly, the state does allow certain forms of casino-style games. Today, there are several gambling venues in Virginia that offer electronic slot-style games. These machines have grown extremely popular in the state and have generated major revenue.

Earlier this year, several Virginia lawmakers presented a new bill to significantly expand the state’s gambling operations. If approved, traditional casino games such as table games and slot machines will be fully legalized. It will be until 2021 until these plans are officially set into law.

That isn’t stopping the Pamunkey Tribe from working to have casino plans approved. Earlier this month, the tribe agreed to pay $10 million for a plot of waterfront land in Norfolk. The tribe has also presented plans to construct a massive $700 million casino-resort in this city.

Unfortunately, several city officials are raising their concerns with a new casino in Norfolk opening its doors.

Councilmembers Weigh Pros and Cons of New Casino in Norfolk

For many, the idea of a fully-operating casino in Norfolk is extremely exciting. It’s clear that a casino would help to generate revenue earnings for the city. Others worry about the impact it will have on emergency services, local businesses, and crime.

In an official city meeting on Monday, councilmember Andria McClellan raised several questions. She wants to know exactly how much the city will receive in tax revenue. She’s also pointing out the fact that no study has been conducted on exactly how much money a casino here will generate, and what the impact will be on city residents.

Several studies on these matters are being conducted, yet the results will not become available until after the council votes on whether or not to approve the tribe’s purchase of the land tonight. Councilman Tommy Smigiel states that the council is taking this decision very seriously. He’s taking public opinion into account.

Many Norfolk residents are unhappy with the decision to open a casino in the city. Civic League secretary Lorraine Connaughton believes the public simply doesn’t have enough information to make a decision.

“It really came across as people were skeptical … and that they were being railroaded on a deal that they quite frankly don’t have enough information on,” she said. 

We’ll need to wait and see how the city council decides to approach the plans to construct a new casino in Norfolk.

Gambling Options Available in Virginia Right Now

As we mentioned earlier, Virginia has a set of restrictive laws towards the gambling industry. That doesn’t mean it’s impossible to play your favorite casino games in this state. Today, there are several fantastic VA online casinos that are available to residents. Most of them offer a huge range of different gambling options.

Lawmakers in Virginia have not yet taken steps to regulate the online casino industry. Unlike several states such as Delaware and New Jersey, Virginia has set no direct laws on internet casino sites. Interestingly, more people in Virginia are choosing to play at US casino sites every month.

The state of Virginia appears very close to allowing traditional land-based casinos. Before long, lawmakers here may also choose to regulate internet casinos. States with state-regulated online casino platforms are earning millions of dollars a month by taxing these websites’ earnings.

Over the next few months, we’ll see whether or not the new casino in Norfolk will be approved. Perhaps in time, several brick and mortar casinos will begin opening around the state.

Make sure to stay tuned for more Virginia casino news!

A New Atlantic City Loyalty Program is Being Unveiled

Atlantic City is growing to become one of the hottest gambling hubs in the country. A huge number of casinos are now operating here and gambling revenue continues to rise. This week, Ocean Casino Resort announced a brand new Atlantic City loyalty program to its players.

Ocean Casino Resort Atlantic City

It’s exciting news for fans of this hotel-casino. Today, we’re going to look at the details of this new program. We’ll also look at some of the other loyalty programs in Atlantic City available right now. Let’s get into it!

Gambling Revenue Continues to Increase in Atlantic City

Just a decade ago, Atlantic City was struggling to stay afloat. The recession had taken a massive toll on this city and forced many casinos, some of which had operated here for decades, to permanently close their doors. Things have taken a turn in recent years.

Today, Atlantic City is one of the most popular gambling destinations in the country. Several high-end casino resorts have opened here. In 2018, New Jersey legalized sports betting and every casino in AC now operates a land-based and online sportsbook. Some are investing millions to renovate and expand these sports betting areas.

The legalization of sports betting seems to have breathed new life into this city. New Jersey now earns millions of dollars every single month from its sports gambling operations.

For almost all of 2019, gambling revenue has increased in Atlantic City. In August, Atlantic City casinos brought in $286,480,341 in total revenue. Things are definitely looking great for gambling venues in this state.

Now, Ocean Casino Resorts is offering a brand new Atlantic City loyalty program. Hope is that it helps bring in more gamblers to the casino floor. Let’s look at what’s now being offered.

Ocean Casino Resorts’ New Atlantic City Loyalty Program

Casino loyalty programs are ways for casinos to reward players for their players for gambling. The more that an individual wagers, the better the rewards they can earn. Some casinos offer incredible perks to members of their loyalty programs including free tickets to shows and comped rooms.

There are several loyalty programs available in Atlantic City right now. Ocean Casino Resorts has just announced the details of its new program. The program will replace the current Ocean Rewards Club. On October 1st, the new Ocean WOW Rewards Club will officially become available.

Much like the previous rewards program, this one is multi-tiered. The more that members wager, the more points they accumulate and the higher they move up the tiers. Ocean Casino Resorts has revealed a Chairman tier for those who accumulate more than 300,000 points in a single year.

The previous tier brackets remain as follows: Blue (0 to 2,999 points), Gold (3,000 to 14,999 points), Platinum (15,000 to 74,999 points) and Black (75,000 to 299,999 points).

Some of the new benefits to this program include suite upgrades, a free cabana, and invitations to exclusive Chairman events. It’s exciting news for gamblers in Atlantic City!

This isn’t the only Atlantic City loyalty program available right now. Let’s look at some of the others.

Other AC Loyalty Programs Available Right Now

Just about every single casino in New Jersey offers its members a loyalty program. One that many love right now is the Star Cards Rewards program offers by Resorts Casino-Hotel. It’s a five-tiered program that offers a range of amazing perks.

Some of the rewards offered by this program include free room upgrades, priority front-desk check-in, free valet parking, and a complimentary birthday dinner!

Tropicana Hotel-Casino in Atlantic City (now owned by Eldorado Resorts) also offers a fantastic rewards program, called the TROP Advantage Players Club. The tier bracket for this hotel-casino can be seen below.

  • Green (0 Tier Points)
  • Copper (4,000 Tier Points)
  • Gold (20,000 Tier Points)
  • Platinum (100,000 Tier Points)
  • Black (450,000 Tier Points)

Members of this program can receive free slot play bonuses, free gifts, special discounts on food, and complimentary show tickets.

Atlantic City is home to many of the best casinos in the US. If you’re in this city, spend some time finding the Atlantic City loyalty program that’s right for you!

Stay tuned for more exciting Atlantic City casino news over the next few months!

Barona Resorts Named “Best Casino Outside of Las Vegas”

San Diego’s Barona Resorts has just been given a prestigious new title. USA Today has officially named this resort the best casino outside of Las Vegas. It’s a tremendous accomplishment for this popular tribal casino.

Barona Resorts

Now is the perfect time to look at what Barona Resorts offers. We’ll also look at the state of California’s casino industry, and what may come here in the next few years. Let’s get into it!

San Diego County is Home to the Best Casino Outside of Las Vegas

Las Vegas is home to many of the very best casinos in the world. Not long ago, Wynn Las Vegas was named the top casino in the country. There are, however, a huge number of incredible casinos found in other parts of the country, too.

California is home to the most tribal casinos in the United States. There are casino venues located all over this state, from the south of San Diego up to the northern area near Chico. This week, USA Today names Barona Resorts the best casino outside of Las Vegas.

Barona Resorts was founded in 2002. It’s located in Lakeside, near San Diego. This casino features more than 75 table games and over 2,500 different slots and electronic poker games. Unlike many California casinos, the legal gambling age here is 18.

Rick Salinas, general manager of this casino, commented on the reward to the media this week.

“At Barona, we pride ourselves in providing our players with the best gaming experience in the country so it is an honor to receive recognition as the ‘Best Casino Outside of Las Vegas’,” he said. “It is almost poetic to receive this top distinction because Barona is patterned after the casinos from the Golden Age of Las Vegas when the casino player was the focus. We recognize, reward and welcome casino players.” 

This casino-resort has been one of the most popular in Southern California for years. Thanks to its wide range of restaurants and high-end casino floor, it’s now earned the title of the best gambling venue outside of Sin City. There are many other casinos in this state that could have easily been awarded this title, as well.

California’s Casino Industry Continues to Thrive

As we just mentioned, California is home to a huge number of world-class tribal casinos. 62 of the state’s 109 Native American tribes own and operate casinos. Most of these casinos are highly profitable and bring the state millions in tax dollars every single year.

Interestingly, some major companies are now working to open new gambling venues in this state. In June, news came out that the Tejon Tribe was working with Hard Rock International to open a new gambling venue in Mettler, California. The specifics of this deal have not yet come out.

Since June, there’s been very little news about this new casino. Hard Rock International is currently working on several major projects across the country. They’ve also recently sold their casino venue on the Las Vegas Strip.

The California casino industry isn’t slowing down. Many are still calling for lawmakers here to officially legalize commercial casinos, as well. There are many forms of gambling that many soon make their way into the regulated California casino market.

More Gambling Options in California

California has a fairly liberal set of gambling laws. Tribal casinos are obviously legal here, and over the past year, several politicians have begun calling for new gambling options to become regulated in the state. Sports betting, in particular, is being looked at very closely right now.

The Supreme Court struck down PASPA in May of 2018. Now, every state can set laws on the sports gambling industry. State Assembly member Adam Gary has been working extremely hard to get this form of gambling legalized in the state. Unfortunately, not much progress has been made on this front.

There are a huge number of CA online casinos available right now. The state does not regulate these sites, yet most of them are completely safe. Generally speaking, these casino websites offer more gambling options than the top land-based casinos in the country.

Of course, many still prefer to wager the old fashioned way inside a brick and mortar gambling venue. Those in Southern California may want to head over to Barona Resorts, which is now said to be the best casino outside of Las Vegas.

Make sure to stay tuned for more California casino news over the next few months!

Sports Betting Revenue in Mississippi Surges in August

Mississippi has a unique, liberal set of gambling laws compared to many other southern states. Back in 2018, lawmakers here approved sports betting and today, several casinos in the state operate sportsbooks. This week, reports came out showing that sports betting revenue in Mississippi increased substantially in August.Mississippi State Seal

It’s great news for casinos in this state. Today, we’re going to look at exactly how much revenue the state’s sports gambling operators made in August. We’ll also look at some of the other gambling options in Mississippi available right now.

Mississippi’s Road to Sports Betting Legalization

Unlike many states in the south, Mississippi has shown a willingness to embrace the gambling industry. There are a huge number of land-based and riverboat casinos in this state, many of which bring the state huge revenue earnings each month. In 2017, lawmakers here began taking a closer look at the sports gambling industry. Unfortunately, the state wasn’t able to officially launch any sportsbooks.

In May of 2018, the Supreme Court struck down PASPA. Prior to this, only Nevada was legally allowed to offer sports betting options. With PASPA gone, every state now has the ability to set laws on the sports gambling industry.

Weeks after PASPA was removed, several politicians in Mississippi began calling for sports betting to become legal and regulated. In June of 2018, the state passed a law that allows for land-based sports betting inside licensed casinos. By August, several Mississippi casinos began offering sports betting odds to their patrons.

Today, almost every casino in the state has launched a sportsbook. Lawmakers here are still debating whether or not to allow online and mobile sports gambling options. For now, sports betting is only allowed inside land-based casinos.

Fortunately, the decision to legalize sports gambling is paying off.

Sports Betting Revenue in Mississippi Increases in August

Mississippi is known for having one of the most passionate sporting fan bases in the country. No major professional teams are based here, yet some of the top collegiate sports programs in the country call Mississippi home. There are a massive number of NFL fans in this state and it’s clear that many of them love to wager on the season outcomes.

New reports show that sports betting revenue in Mississippi increased by a staggering 48.5% in August. $19.9 million in sports bets were placed here last month. Most gambling analysts credit the start of the 2019/2020 NFL and NCAA football season for the surge in revenue.

The NFL remains the most popular sports league in the country. Mississippi bettors placed more than $6 million in football bets last month. This represents a 152% increase in money wagered compared to the same month last year.

The majority of this money came from Mississippi’s coastal region, where many of the biggest casinos, such as Harrah’s Gulf Coast Casino, are located. 65.4% of all sports bets placed in August came from this area of the state.

Lawmakers have to be pleased to see this surge in revenue. Hope was always that sports betting would bring in money for the state. Things are definitely looking good.

Mississippi Casinos Voice Disapproval of State Regulation

As we’ve already mentioned, Mississippi is home to a huge number of fantastic casinos. Commercial and tribal casino gambling is legal in this state. Unfortunately, several major casinos here are upset with decisions the state is making with regards to the gaming industry.

Larry Gregory, executive director of the Mississippi Gaming & Hospitality Association, recently presented a letter to the Mississippi Gaming Commission. In this letter, he voiced the concerns that 26 of the casinos that he represents have over the state’s new casino regulations.

Gregory claims that the MGHA is “… concerned as it has watched the commission dedicate an extraordinary amount of its resources to assist RW and DH.”

He’s referring to the Gaming Commission’s support of RW Development and Diamondhead Real Estate, two companies pushing to open a new casino in the coastal region of Mississippi.

It looks as if these companies are being given special treatment. They’ve been twice denied to open a casino here, yet the state is willing to hear their appeal to open this new casino.

We’ll need to wait and see how the state responds to Gregory’s statements.

Sports betting revenue in Mississippi is surging right now. Hopefully, this trend continues for the rest of the year. Make sure to stay tuned for more Mississippi gambling news over the next few months!

Sports Betting in Michigan is Approved by House Committee

Michigan is the latest state ready to regulate and legalize sports gambling. This week, the House Committee on Regulatory Reform officially approved a bill to make sports betting in Michigan legal. It’s extremely exciting news for sports fans around the state.

Michigan Online Gambling

A huge number of states around the country are actively working to regulate sports betting. Today, we’re going to look at why Michigan is embracing this industry. We’ll also talk about some of the other states working to regulate sports gambling.

Bill to Approve Sports Betting in Michigan Receives House Committee Approval

Lawmakers in Michigan have been working to approve sports betting for years. In 2017, legislation was introduced to change the state’s gambling laws surrounding sports betting. Under this bill, casinos would be able to legally offer sports betting odds. The state’s legislature approved the bill, yet Governor Gretchen Whitmer vetoed it.

Michigan wasn’t even able to regulate sports betting until recently. In 2018, the Supreme Court struck down PASPA, giving every state the ability to legalize this form of gambling. 13 states have now launched sports betting platforms and six more are rolling their sportsbooks out over the next few weeks.

This week, Michigan’s House Committee on Regulatory Reform approved a bill to make sports betting in Michigan legal. This bill, called House Bill 4916, will legalize mobile and land-based sports betting in the state. Michigan’s commercial and tribal casinos would be given permission to operate sportsbooks.

It’s fantastic news for sports betting fans here. Of course, not everyone is convinced that this form of gambling will be officially legalized. Many forms of gambling have been close to becoming legal here, only to be shut down at the last minute.

Is this going to happen again?

Will Lawmakers in Michigan Finally Legalize Sports Gambling?

Things are definitely looking good right now. Approval from the House Committee on Regulatory Reform is a crucial step to getting this industry regulated and legalized. Several steps must now be taken before sports betting is offered here.

This bill will now be sent to the House Ways and Means Committee where it needs approval, as well. This committee will review the impact of sports betting on the state. It’s an important step, as the Ways and Means Committee approves bills to appear on the House and Senate floor.

Fortunately, it’s very likely that the bill gets approved by this state government body. Ways and Means is chaired by Brandt Iden, who introduced bill 4916. It’s also reasonable to believe that if these two groups approve the bill, the House will, too.

The real test comes with Governor Whitmer, who’s shown a reluctance to regulate sports betting. She’s already voiced her concerns with the bill, claiming the tax rates on sports betting are not high enough.

Whitmer will be the final hurdle that the bill needs to overcome. Hopefully, she recognizes the huge potential for revenue earnings and approves plans to bring sports betting to Michigan this year.

More States Ready to Roll Out Sportsbooks

As we mentioned earlier, 19 states have officially legalized the sports betting industry. Several are gearing up to launch their betting platforms sometime in the next few months. Washington D.C. approved a sports betting bill in May of 2019. There’s no clear timetable for when the first sportsbooks will launch, yet most feel it will be before the end of 2019.

New Hampshire also recently approved legislation to make sports gambling legal. The state’s legislative body approved the sports betting bill in July, which puts the NH Lottery Commission in charge of regulatory oversight. Both online and land-based sports betting will be available in this state.

Many other states have presented sports gambling bills that have yet to be formally approved. Many sports gambling analysts believe that over the next decade, almost every state will choose to make this industry legal.

Recently, several powerful politicians have even begun calling for sports betting to become federally legal. Many believe that federal legalization would provide better oversight of the entire industry.

Sports betting in Michigan may be just around the corner. We’ll need to wait and see how the Ways and Means Committee reviews the bill.

Make sure to stay tuned for more updates on this situation over the next few months!

Gambling Options in Kentucky May Finally Expand

Kentucky is known for having some extremely strict laws towards the gambling industry. Aside from horse race betting, there aren’t many legal options for residents here to make bets. Interestingly, one powerful state officials has begun calling for gambling options in Kentucky to expand. Kentucky AG Andy Beshear

It’s great news for fans of gambling here. Today, we’re going to look at Kentucky’s current set of gambling laws, and how these laws may change in the future. Let’s get started!

Kentucky’s Current Laws on Gambling

As we’ve already mentioned, Kentucky is known for having a strict set of laws on the gambling industry. Sports betting is currently banned here. It’s a shame, as this state is known for having one of the most passionate sporting fan bases in the country.

Kentucky is home to what’s described as “the most exciting two minutes in sports,” the Kentucky Derby. Horse racing has taken place here for decades and is one of the only legal forms of wagering in the state. There are several racing tracks in this state, all of which offer betting odds.

Casino gambling is prohibited in Kentucky. There are no land-based gambling venues here. Today, most people looking to try their luck in a casino head to nearby Missouri, Illinois, and Ohio, where casinos are perfectly legal.

Kentucky operates a state lottery. There are several bingo halls spread around the state that are legal and regulated, as well.

Online gambling is looked down upon by the state government, yet there are no laws that claim it’s illegal. Today, there are a huge number of great US casino websites available in Kentucky, many of which offer as many gambling options as the top land-based casinos in Las Vegas.

Now, a powerful state officials is calling for gambling laws here to change.

Governor Candidate Want Gambling Options in Kentucky to Expand

For months, several gambling advocates have pushed for Kentucky lawmakers to open the state’s casino and sports betting industry. Many believe that expanding the gambling options in Kentucky will help to bring the state millions in additional revenue every year. Sports betting legalization, in particular, is being looked at extremely closely right now.

With PASPA now gone, every state can set laws on the sports betting industry. 13 states have already launched sports betting platforms and six more are set to open sportsbooks in the next few months. Back in 2017, Senator Julian Carroll presented a 27-page bill to legalize sports betting in this state. It’s failed to make any progress since that time.

This week, Kentucky Attorney General Andy Beshear announced that he supports gambling expansion plans. Beshear is currently running for Governor of Kentucky. If elected, he claims, commercial casinos and sports betting will be made legal.

“Kentucky can’t afford to fall behind our neighboring states who are moving forward with the rest of the country on expanded gaming. We lose out on hundreds of millions of dollars a year,” he said. “As governor, I will work to legalize sports betting, casinos, fantasy sports and prepare for online poker, and use the revenue from these activities as a dedicated funding stream for our public pension system.”

Other Kentucky Officials Continue to Push Against Gambling Industry

It’s extremely exciting to see Beshear supporting the gambling industry. He realizes that more states are choosing to embrace gambling, rather than push against it. Unfortunately, not all state officials are onboard with gambling expansion plans.

Current Governor Matt Bevin has repeatedly stated that he’s against gambling. He believes gambling has a negative impact on families and communities. He’s brushing aside the massive potential for revenue gains.

Speaking of revenue, Andy Beshear believes that $1.7 billion in economic activity will be generated with gambling expansion. He also states that adding casinos and sports betting options will help get Kentucky out of its $33 million debt from their pension system.

The Kentucky gubernatorial election will take place on November 5th. At the moment, there are no betting odds available on the election. Those wishing to place other political wagers can head to Bovada, where odds on the upcoming presidential election are currently available.

If Beshear is elected, it’s extremely likely that gambling options in Kentucky will expand. Make sure to stay tuned for more updates to this state’s gambling laws over the next few months!

Sports Betting in Iowa is Bringing the State Millions

On August 15th, regulated sports betting became available in Iowa. It’s proving to be an extremely lucrative industry for the state. Sports betting in Iowa has generated $2.2 million in total revenue for casinos here.

Sportsbook Inside Casino

It’s great news for this state, which is working on new ways to generate money from the gambling industry. Let’s take a quick look at the state’s decision to legalize sports gambling, and how much money this industry is expected to bring in over the next few months.

Iowa Officially Begins Offering Regulated Sports Betting Options

In May of 2018, the Supreme Court decided to strike down PASPA. Before this decision was made, only Nevada was legally allowed to offer sports betting odds. With PASPA now gone, every state can set laws on the sports gambling industry.

Several states quickly began regulating sports gambling and are now earning millions of dollars every month. Earlier this year, lawmakers in Ohio started expressing interest in legalizing the sports betting industry. In May, Governor Kim Reynolds officially signed a comprehensive sports betting bill into law.

Under this set of laws, sports betting operators must pay a $45,000 licensing fee. Sports gambling tax revenue is taxed at 6.75%. Interestingly, Iowa allows mobile and online sports wagering. Sports betting in Iowa is regulated by the state’s Racing and Gaming Commission.

It’s well-known that this state has one of the biggest sporting fan bases in the country. Many felt the decision to start offering regulated sports betting options would pay off massively for the state of Iowa. These predictions are proving correct. New reports have surfaced that show the state earned millions in its first two weeks with legal sports gambling.

Sports Betting in Iowa is Already Bringing in Millions

The first sports betting revenue report has been officially released. According to this report, licensed sports betting operators earned $2.2 million after just 16 days of operating. It’s an impressive figure that lawmakers have to be pleased about.

The Prairie Meadows Racetrack and Casino brought in the most money last month. This gaming venue’s total sports betting handle was $3,411,885, with revenue earnings of $532,771. Ameristar Casino & Hotel in Council Bluffs earned the second-most revenue at $480,650.

Only two companies currently operate regulated online sportsbooks in Iowa. William Hill and Elite Sportsbooks both run several internet sports betting platforms here. Combined, the two companies earned $424,129 from their Iowa betting operations.

As of now, online sports betting accounted for about half of Iowa’s total sports gambling revenue. Many feel this will change in the future. Other states with online sports betting operations, such as New Jersey, earn approximately 85% of their sports betting revenue from online gambling platforms.

It’s clear that sports betting in Iowa is taking off. In just a couple weeks, casinos in Iowa brought in $8.5 million in total sports wagers. In time, this state’s sports betting market may compete with other nearby states such as Pennsylvania.

More States Gearing Up to Offer Sports Betting Platforms

As we mentioned earlier, many states now have active, regulated sports betting options up and running. Six more states have approved sports betting bills and are set to launch sportsbooks over the next few months. One state that’s likely to roll out sports betting platforms soon is Montana.

In May of this year, Steve Bullock, the Governor of Montana, approved a 28-page bill to legalize and regulate the sports betting industry. The Montana Lottery will be responsible for regulating the sports betting market. Lawmakers here claim that sports betting will launch here sometime in 2019. Many feel the first Montana sportsbook will launch in October.

Illinois has also recently approved sports gambling. In June, Governor J.B. Pritzker approved a new gambling expansion bill that allows for several new casinos and sports betting options in the state. Betting will not be allowed on minor-league sports and events involving Illinois collegiate teams. The first sportsbook will launch here before the end of 2019.

In time, it’s likely that every state in the country will offer some form of regulated sports gambling. Recently, several major politicians have even begun calling for sports gambling to become federally legal.

As we can see, sports betting in Iowa is proving to be extremely lucrative. More states are realizing the huge earning potential from this industry.

Stay tuned for more US sports gambling updates over the next few months!

Oklahoma’s Golden Mesa Casino is Finally Open for Business

For years, the Shawnee Tribe in Oklahoma has been working to open a new gambling venue. This week, the tribe officially opened the doors to the Golden Mesa Casino, located in Guymon. It’s exciting news for casino gaming fans located in the Oklahoma panhandle area.Flag Of Oklahoma

There are many great tribal casinos now operating in Oklahoma. Today, we’re going to look at this state’s casino revenue. We’ll also take a quick look at what other gambling options may come here. Let’s get into it!

Golden Mesa Officially Opens to the Public

Yesterday, the Shawnee Tribe, along with its partners, Global Gaming Solutions, celebrated the grand opening of the Golden Media Casino. It was a long time coming. The tribe had worked for years to open a casino in this state and spent millions on the construction of the Golden Mesa.

This casino, located just two miles southwest of Guymon in the state’s panhandle, is bringing 175 new jobs to the area with an expected $3.7 million in annual payroll. Shawnee Tribe Chief recently spoke to the media about the opening of his new gambling establishment.

“Today marks an historic day for Guymon, the entire Oklahoma Panhandle and the Shawnee Tribe,” he said. “The opening of Golden Mesa Casino positions this region as an emerging entertainment and tourism destination as we expect this casino entertainment center to bring visitors from Texas, Kansas, Colorado and New Mexico.”

The casino features 40,000 square feet of gambling space. There are 600 electric games, a range of popular table games such as blackjack and roulette, and a fully-functioning bar.

It’s expected to be a financial success for the Shawnee Tribe. According to a study from Oklahoma City University, this casino will generate $34 million annually. That’s great news for the state, as well, who will earn millions in taxes each year.

Oklahoma’s Casino Industry is Booming

Oklahoma is home to several major Native American Tribes. Since 1988, these tribes have been giving federal permission to open casino venues. Incredibly, there are now 102 casinos in the state of Oklahoma, with an estimated 70,000 slot machines and 4,600 bingo seats. As you might expect, this industry is bringing in serious revenue for the state.

In 2018, the state earned $139 million from casino taxes. At the moment, lawmakers tax the state’s casinos between 4-10% of their overall revenue. Unfortunately, Governor Kevin Stitt has begun calling for a reevaluation of this tax structure, causing a serious rift with Oklahoma Tribes.

The tribes argue that they provide more than just money to the state. They also invest their own earnings into healthcare, education, and infrastructure. Stitt isn’t backing down, however, continuing to ask the state’s Gaming Board to review the current set of tax rates.

It’s still unknown whether or not the rate at which these gambling venues are taxed will change. Other states tax their casinos from 20-25%. It’s possible that lawmakers will recognize this and request that Oklahoma implement similar rates. The tribes aren’t likely to accept that without a long, drawn-out legal battle.

Oklahoma May Soon Legalize Sports Betting

Earlier this year, several politicians in Oklahoma presented a bill that would allow tribal casinos to offer sports betting options. Unfortunately, the bill failed to be approved during the state’s legislative session. Many gambling analysts still feel that Oklahoma’s sports betting market will become regulated within the next few years.

Ultimately, the decision lies in Governor Stitt’s hands. He clearly recognizes the huge revenue potential from sports betting. Allowing sports gambling options inside tribal casinos would bring millions of additional dollars to the state every year.

Several major tribes in Oklahoma have also expressed a desire to see sports betting regulated.

Matt Morgan, chairman of the Oklahoma Indian Gaming Association, commented on the future of sports betting in this state to the media recently.

“Tribes are ready to have that discussion,” he said. “The ball is in Gov. Stitt’s court.”

Many states around the country, recently including Iowa, now have fully-regulated sports betting industries. Even states with harsh gambling laws such as North Carolina and Georgia are interested in legalizing and regulating this popular form of wagering.

For now, gambling fans in Oklahoma are limited to casino gambling. Those in the panhandle area can check out the brand new Golden Mesa Casino, now officially open to the public.

Make sure to stay tuned for more Oklahoma gambling news over the next few months!

Ohio’s Gambling Revenue Continues to Increase

Casinos in Ohio are enjoying considerable success right now. New reports indicate that Ohio’s gambling revenue has increased for the second straight month. Almost all of the state’s gaming venues saw an increase in earnings last month.

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It’s fantastic news for this state, which is currently deciding whether or not to expand its gambling options. Let’s take a quick look at how much gaming revenue has increased in Ohio, and what new gambling services may soon become available here.

Casinos Help to Boost Ohio’s Gambling Revenue

It’s a great time to be a gambling operator in Ohio. Today, there are 5 land-based casinos in this state and seven “racinos,” offering casino-style games and horse racing odds. In July, gaming revenue in Ohio increased for the second straight month.

The five casinos and seven racinos took in $164.3 million in July. This represents a 4.2% increase compared to the same month in 2018. Total casino revenue was $71.4 million, while racinos brought in $92.9 million.

Almost all gambling venues in the state saw their revenue earnings increase. Only MGM Northfield experienced a revenue decline. This casino’s profits fell by 3.2% in July. It’s disappointing news for the casino and MGM overall, which is also experiencing issues with one of its major casinos in Massachusetts.

MGM Springfield, located in Springfield MA, has been struggling to compete in the newly competitive Massachusetts casino market. Just a couple of months ago, Wynn Resorts opened the Encore Boston Harbor in Everett. This casino is proving to be massively successful, resulting in a decrease of gamblers at MGM Springfield.

MGM is having a rough few months. Fortunately, all of the other casinos in Ohio are surging. Recently, lawmakers in this state have discussed adding new gambling options to the state.

Sports Betting in Ohio May Just Around the Corner

In May of 2018, the US Supreme Court struck down PASPA. With this set of laws now gone, every state can set laws on the sports betting industry. 13 states now have active sports gambling platforms up and running. Another six have passed sports betting legislation and will launch sportsbooks within the next few months.

Last year, five Ohio Senators presented formally presented a bill to legalize and regulate sports betting. Unfortunately, lawmakers in this state have been at odds over which group should control the sports betting industry. Governor Mike DeWine has called for the Casino Control Commission to regulate this new market. Several state representatives believe the Ohio Lottery Commission should be given regulatory authority.

Hopefully, politicians here can come to an agreement. Everyone recognizes the massive earning potential from sports betting. States like New Jersey and Pennsylvania, which began regulating the sports betting in the past two years, are earning millions of dollars every month from the industry.

Regulated sports betting would help to significantly increase Ohio’s gambling revenue. It’s clear that residents here love to gamble.

US Casino Industry Grows Stronger Every Year

Ohio isn’t the only state to experience an increase in casino revenue earnings. Many states around the country are now choosing to expand their gambling operations. US casino competition has never been more fierce and is likely to increase over the next several years.

Illinois is one state actively working to expand its gambling industry. Not long ago, lawmakers here approved a new capital plan to add five more casinos. For the first time ever, a casino will be constructed in Chicago. Hope is that these additional gaming venues bring the state millions in additional revenue each month.

Pennsylvania has also begun to add more casinos. Lawmakers here approved plans for 10 additional satellite casinos to open around the state. These “mini-casinos” will be operated by casinos that already run here.

If Ohio’s gambling revenue continues to increase, lawmakers here may choose to add more gambling establishments, as well. A regulated sports betting market and additional casinos could make Ohio one of the most lucrative gambling hubs in the midwest.

Things are definitely looking good for casino companies here. Make sure to stay tuned for more Ohio casino news over the next few months!

The Four Winds Casino in Indiana is Set to Expand

About a year and a half ago, the Pokagon Native American tribe opened a casino in South Bend, Indiana. It’s proved to be a massive success, bringing in millions of dollars for both the tribe and the state. This week, the Pokagon tribe announced that it’s ready to expand the Four Winds Casino in Indiana.

Four Winds Casino In Indiana

It’s exciting news for gambling fans in this state. The upcoming expansion will add a number of new features to this popular gambling establishment. Today, we’ll look at what’s coming here. First, let’s take a look at the current set of gambling laws in Indiana.

Indiana’s Gambling Laws, Explained

Indiana is known for having a fairly liberal set of gambling laws. Most traditional forms of gambling are allowed here, including casino gaming and the lottery. Today, there are 13 casinos located in this state, along with 2 “racinos.”

Many of the gambling venues in this state are riverboat casinos. In recent years, a few land-based casinos have also begun operating here. Most of these casino venues offer a huge range of different slots and table games.

Indiana has also begun regulating the sports betting industry. After PASPA was struck down in May of 2018, lawmakers here began pushing for legalized sports gambling options. A bill was approved in May of this year. On September 1st, several casinos here began officially offering sports betting odds to their patrons.

Politicians in this state recognize the huge revenue potential from the gambling industry. The Four Winds Casino in Indiana is generating serious revenue in its short time of operating. Now, the Pokagon tribe is set to expand this casino.

Four Winds Casino in Indiana is Getting Bigger

The Pokagon Native American tribe was initially hesitant to open their casino in South Bend. There were concerns over how profitable a gambling venue would be in this area. The tribe considered building a hotel with the casino, yet eventually scrapped the plans in order to gauge how successful it would be.

Now, after one and a half years of operating, the Four Winds Casino in Indiana is set to expand. Officials in the Pokagon tribe have confirmed that they are ready to open a hotel. According to these officials, the hotel will be luxurious, featuring 83 suites, a spa, convention center, bar, and an outdoor rooftop swimming pool.

The tribe is also working hard to expand the casino’s list of gambling options. They’ve reached out to the state, asking permission to begin offering traditional table games such as blackjack, as well as a land-based sportsbook.

Frank Freedman, CEO of the Four Winds Casino, commented on the move to add table games and sports betting options to the media this week.

“They’re two independent projects,” Freedman said. “This was probably two and a half years of planning. Table games and any other games that we don’t currently have just adds to our portfolio, so sure, it would help.”

We’ll need to wait and see how the state proceeds. Hopefully, this popular gambling venue can begin offering more options to its patrons.

Gambling Revenue Increases in Indiana

Many states around the country are beginning to embrace the gambling industry. Casino gambling and sports betting are bringing several states millions of dollars every single month. New Jersey, which now offers sports betting and casino gambling, earned $39.3 million in total gambling revenue in July from taxes.

Indiana is seeing some revenue increases of its own. In August, this state earned $35,955,839 in taxes from casinos. For most of 2019, gambling revenue has increased here.

Interestingly, not everyone is convinced that sports betting will bring in the big bucks here. Sports gambling is taxed at 9.5% in Indiana. Unfortunately, not all of the casinos in this state operate sportsbooks. It may be years before the sports betting industry begins bringing the state major revenue.

The Four Winds Casino in Indiana will soon expand. Whether or not lawmakers will allow the casino to offer more gambling options is unknown. Make sure to stay tuned for updates over the next few months!

Rivers Casino & Resort in NY Benefits From NFL Kickoff

The 2019/2020 NFL season is now officially underway. It’s an exciting time for sports betting fans around the country, many of whom now have access to state-regulated sportsbooks. The Rivers Casino & Resort in NY is reporting record sportsbook earnings thanks to NFL bettors.

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It’s not a major surprise to see sportsbook earnings increase right now. The NFL remains the most popular sports league in the US. Let’s look at exactly how much the Rivers Casino sportsbook has earned, and what other states are earning money through the sports betting industry.

NFL Betting Brings Rivers Casino & Resort in NY Major Revenue Earnings

Immediately after PASPA was struck down in May of 2018, lawmakers in New York began taking a close look at the sports betting industry. It was a surprise to see this state interested in sports gambling, as politicians here had actively campaigned against legalizing daily fantasy sports for years. On July 16th of this year, the Rivers Casino & Resort in NY offered its very first sports wager.

Today, sports betting is now allowed in several New York casinos. Under the current set of laws, mobile sports betting is banned in New York. Many gambling analysts feel this will change in the next few years.

Rivers Casino is one of the most popular casino and sports betting venues in the state. Officials at this casino are now claiming that the NFL kickoff is helping to bring in record revenue figures. Justin Moore, general manager of Rivers Casino, stated that the start of the NFL season is bringing in more bettors than expected.

“Today is by far the biggest volume we’ve seen since the sports book opened,” he said. “We’ve never had a line for kiosks. Huge demand today. It’s really exciting.”

This casino’s sportsbook features seven live betting windows and 14 automated betting kiosks. There’s also a 53-foot wide wall featuring a giant screen that plays all major sports games at the same time. Based on the way things are going, this year’s NFL season is going to bring in serious money for Rivers Casino.

Other States Profiting Off the Sports Betting Industry

New York isn’t the only state cashing in on the sports betting industry. Today, 13 states have live sports gambling options available. Six more have approved sports betting bills and will officially launch sportsbooks within the next few months. It’s an extremely profitable industry for many of these states.

New Jersey is considered by many to be the hottest new sports gambling market in the US. This was the first state to legalize sports gambling after PASPA was removed. Today, every casino in Atlantic City operated a land-based and online sports betting platform. The state earns millions of dollars annually through its sports betting market.

Pennsylvania also recently launched its first regulated sports betting options. This state is working to significantly expand its gambling market, with several new mini-casinos set to open in various cities. Nearly $25 million has already been spent on sports wagers here, bringing the state more than $8,800,000 million through taxes.

A huge number of states currently have pending sports gambling legalization bills. Politicians across the country recognize how much revenue this industry can bring in. It’s very likely that within the next few years, every state in the country will allow sports betting.

Fortunately for the state without regulated sports gambling options, there are still some great ways to make bets. Today, there are fantastic online sportsbooks available throughout the entire country.

Online NFL Betting Options in the US

The US sports betting industry has never been stronger. Even in states without regulated sports betting options, individuals are choosing to make wagers online. There are some great internet sportsbooks available in every single state, one of the most popular being Bovada.

There’s a good chance you’ve heard of Bovada. This site launched years ago and is now one of the most respected sports wagering companies in the country. It offers a huge range of amazing odds and safe payment options for all members. There are several NFL betting options at Bovada that you can wager on right now.

On Thursday, several teams will compete in their second game of the season. One of the most popular games to bet on is taking place between the Seattle Seahawks and Pittsburgh Steelers. The Seahawks are entering as the underdogs with current odds of +165. Pittsburgh comes in as the favorites with odds of -190, according to Bovada.

Feel free to check out our review of Bovada today. We dive into everything that’s available here. You can also look at the full list of NFL betting options.

It’s great to see Rivers Casino & Resort in NY profiting off the NFL season. Hopefully, other New York casinos can also begin to see their sports betting profits increase this year.

Make sure to stay tuned for more US sports betting news over the next few months!

Gambling Options in Georgia May Finally Become Available

The state of Georgia is well-known for having some of the strictest gambling laws in the country. There are almost no legal gambling options in Georgia. Interestingly, lawmakers here are once again discussing the possibility of opening up the state’s gambling industry. Georgia Flag And State Outline

It’s an exciting time for casino and sports betting fans in the state. Today, we’re going to look at why state officials are considering allowing gambling. We’ll also talk about which forms of gambling may soon become available here. Let’s get into it!

Gambling Laws in Georgia, Explained

As we’ve already mentioned, Georgia is notorious for having some of the strictest gambling laws in the country. As of now, the only real form of wagering allowed here is the lottery. There are no land-based casinos in Georgia.

The first set of laws to crack down on the gambling industry in Georgia came back in 1878. That year, the state government banned the sale of lottery tickets. It wasn’t until 1993, more than a hundred years later, before lottery sales were permitted here again.

Chapter 16-12-20 of the State Statutes defines an illegal bet as follows:

“Bet” means an agreement that, dependent upon chance even though accompanied by some skill, one stands to win or lose something of value…” 

This pretty much covers all forms of land-based gambling. Laws on internet gambling in Georgia are a little less clear. There are no specific laws here that mention the specific legality of playing through online casinos in GA.

Many states around the country are beginning to expand their gambling operations. Most of these states are profiting massively as a result. Lawmakers in Georgia are now considering allowing certain forms of gambling, as well.

Gambling Options in Georgia May Soon Become Available

This week, politicians in Georgia discussed the pros and cons of opening the state’s gambling industry. It’s clear that lawmakers in this state recognize the huge earning potential from the gambling industry. Several are now pushing for sports gambling to become legal here.

PASPA was struck down in May of 2018. Now, every state in the country has the ability to set its own laws on sports gambling. Many states now have fully-regulated sports betting options available. Several of these states are now profiting massively from this industry.

Georgia State Senator Brandon Beach recently opened a meeting to discuss legalizing this highly popular industry. He also feels that legalizing sports betting will open a new discussion on the gambling industry as a whole.

“So I thought, when that happened, it would be important for us to not only look at sports betting, but a holistic approach to gaming. If we’re going to look at sports betting, we should look at the whole gaming industry,” Beach said. 

Georgia’s Governor, Brian Kemp, is fiercely against the gambling industry. Recently, however, he claimed that he would not stand in the way of casino legalization if the money goes towards education. That’s great news for gambling operators looking to break into the Georgia market.

Gambling Revenue Could be Used to Fund HOPE

There are still a number of steps that need to be taken before any real forms of gambling can be legalized here. The governor wants to ensure that all revenue earned from the industry would be used to help fund education. Recently, lawmakers here discussed plans to use gambling revenue to help pay for the HOPE scholarship program.

The HOPE program first started in 1993. It’s a Georgia-run scholarship program that rewards students with financial assistance at eligible universities and technical colleges. This program is entirely funded by the Georgia state lottery. Lawmakers are now claiming that expanded gambling options in Georgia would help to bring hundreds of millions of dollars to this program.

In order for casino or sports betting options to become available here, voters in the state would need to approve the measures. Next, two-thirds of the state’s Legislature would need to agree to change the state’s constitution. Finally, a bill would need to be presented that details exactly how much gambling operators would be taxed.

It may be years before any new gambling options in Georgia become available. Fortunately, lawmakers in this state are beginning to take a closer look at this industry.

Do you think casino gambling or sports betting will become available in Georgia? Let us know in the comment section below!

Pennsylvania Satellite Casinos Are Not Gaining Interest

Back in 2017, lawmakers in Pennsylvania approved a new plan to significantly expand the state’s gambling options. Under the new laws, 10 new satellite casinos, or mini-casinos, can open in various parts of the state. Unfortunately, these Pennsylvania satellite casinos are failing to gain much interest.

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A recent auction took place for the sixth mini-casino here. Unfortunately, no bidders took part. Let’s take a quick look at why this is.

More Mini-Casinos Are Coming to Pennsylvania

It’s clear that Pennsylvania is looking to cash in on its gambling industry. For more than a year, this state has been actively expanding the number of gambling options available to residents. It all started in 2017 when the state government passed an aggressive new gambling expansion plan.

Initially, the state approved plans for five mini-casinos to open up. Under the expansion plans, land-based casinos already operating in this state can bid to run these mini-casinos. The satellite casinos can hold up to 750 slot games and 40 table games.

Five of these mini-casino licenses have already been handed out. Recently, Pennsylvania lawmakers approved plans to open an additional five satellite casinos. The same regulations apply to these gaming venues. The state’s Gaming Control Board is currently working to auction off these casinos.

Unfortunately, the state is having a difficult time finding bidders for the five additional Pennsylvania satellite casinos. Many casino operators have raised concerns over how profitable these small gambling establishments will be.

Pennsylvania Satellite Casinos Struggle to Find Bidders

This week, the Pennsylvania Gaming Control Board held an auction for the sixth mini-casino. Minimum bids for this casino were set at $7.5 million. It was a failed attempt, as not a single casino operator bid to host this new gaming venue.

There are a few reasons why this is. First, Pennsylvania has set exclusion zones around many of the state’s metropolitan areas. This means that the new mini-casinos can only open in rural areas in Northern Pennsylvania or small cities such as Altoona and Williamsport.

The high tax rates set on casino companies is also pushing casino operators to stay away from the satellite casinos. Joe Weinert, a gambling consultant for Spectrum Gaming Group, recently gave his take on why these new mini-casinos are failing to pique casino operators’ interest.

“You have to look at the constraints posed by the regulating jurisdictions, you have to look at what can be built in what area, what’s the tax rate, what’s the licensing fee and you have to put all those ingredients into a big pot of stew and see whether it’ll turn into a palatable product,” he said. 

Under the expansion plan, the state would cease all auctions if no bidders were interested in opening a sixth mini-casino. Interestingly, House Gaming Oversight Committee Chairman Jim Marshall believes that lawmakers may continue to push for additional Pennsylvania satellite casinos to open. He’s keeping his eye out for any casino operators that express interest in hosting another one of these gaming establishments.

Sports Betting Proves Successful in Pennsylvania

Satellite casinos aren’t the only new addition to Pennsylvania’s gambling industry. Shortly after PASPA was struck down, the state officially legalized sports betting. The Hollywood Casino at Penn National Race Course took the state’s first legal sports bets in mid-November of 2018.

Today, every casino in the state has a fully-functioning sportsbook. There are now several online sportsbooks available here, as well. Fortunately, sports gambling is proving to be an incredibly lucrative industry for the state.

More than $300 million has already been spent on sports bets here. Overall, the state has earned $8,849,233 in sports betting tax revenue. In time, this state’s sports betting revenue may compete with New Jersey and Nevada.

Pennsylvania has even begun to allow online casino gambling. In July, three casinos in this state officially launched their internet casino gambling options. Much like sports betting, the online casino industry is earning the state millions of dollars in revenue already.

Pennsylvania satellite casinos aren’t taking off the way that lawmakers initially anticipated. Make sure to stay tuned for more updates on this state’s gambling laws over the next few months!

Sports Betting at Buffalo Wild Wings is Almost Here!

The most popular sports bar chain in the US is getting a major upgrade. According to multiple reports, sports betting at Buffalo Wild Wings is just around the corner. The popular chain has officially teamed up with MGM Resorts to offer sports betting platforms around the country.

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It’s clear that the US is embracing the sports betting industry. Now is the perfect time to look at why BWW is choosing to offer sports betting. We’ll also look at what this decision means for the US sports betting industry overall. Let’s get into it!

Buffalo Wild Wings Announces Move into Sports Betting Industry

In case you’re unaware, the US has been actively embracing sports betting for more than a year. In May of 2018, the Supreme Court struck down PASPA, giving every state the option to legalize this form of gambling. Today, 13 states have live sports betting options available and six more are set to launch their sportsbooks over the next few months.

Sports gambling is proving to be an incredibly lucrative industry. Some states, such as New Jersey, are earning millions of dollars every single month from their new sports betting platforms. The revenue potential is the key reason why so many states are now interested in regulating this industry.

This week, Buffalo Wild Wings has announced that it has entered into a partnership with MGM Resorts to officially offer sports betting services in their restaurants. In an official announcement, MGM CEO Jim Murren said the goal is to offer a new digital betting option, called BetMGM, inside these sports bars within the next few months.

Lyle Tick, president of Buffalo Wild Wings, also commented on the partnership to the media today.

“As the largest sports bar in the country, Buffalo Wild Wings has the opportunity to pioneer sports gaming experiences for fans, and we are taking the first critical step on that journey through our partnership with BetMGM,” Tick said. 

Where Will Sports Betting at Buffalo Wild Wings Be Available?

As we just mentioned, 19 states have outright legalized and regulated sports betting. Many more states have presented bills to start regulating this industry. When sports betting at Buffalo Wild Wings begins, it will only be available in the states that have approved sports betting bills.

Fortunately, Buffalo Wild Wings has restaurants in every state across the country. This means that in time, the restaurants in states with regulated sports gambling industries will begin offering sports betting services. It’s great news for those looking to make wagers outside of their local casino.

It’s very likely that MGM Resorts and BWW will initially focus on major states such as New Jersey and Pennsylvania. Both of these states have extremely successful sports betting markets.

That’s not the only new thing coming here. Today, Buffalo Wild Wings and MGM Resorts have announced that they will soon offer a new mobile football game that allows players to win great prizes. This “betting” platform is set to launch over the next few months.

‘Picks and Props’ Will Soon be Available at BWW Restaurants

It will be some time before official sports betting at Buffalo Wild Wings is available. Fortunately, a new unique form of sports wagering will be unveiled at BWW restaurants over the next couple of months. MGM and Buffalo Wild Wings have announced details of the ‘Picks and Props’ service.

This unique mobile football game will feature point spreads and prop bets to customers. Players can pick on which players they believe will different games. Some amazing prizes will be awarded to the top players including free trips to Las Vegas and Atlantic City.

The official sports betting platform will become available sometime before the end of 2019, according to company officials. Buffalo Wild Wings is making it clear that the restaurants will remain the same, and not turn into full-blown sportsbooks.

“We’re a sports bar that is based on being social, watching the game, having a good time,” Lyle Tick said to ESPN. “We’re very conscious, with second and third screens, the way people engage with content has evolved. The more you can make it fun … that’s to the benefit of the guest, to us and BetMGM as well.”

More US sports betting platforms are becoming available every day. Make sure to stay tuned for more sports gambling news over the next few months!

NFL Betting in the US is Growing Extremely Popular

The US sports betting industry is exploding with popularity right now. It seems like every month, a new state chooses to legalize and regulate the industry. This week, new reports indicate that NFL betting in the US is growing at an unprecedented rate. NFL Logo

It’s exciting for sports fans around the country. Today, we’re going to look at the top sports betting states in the country. We’ll also talk about how popular NFL betting is becoming right now.

US Sports Gambling Industry Growing Extremely Quickly

Just a few years ago, sports gambling in the US was only regulated in Nevada. This was due to PASPA, a set of laws that made it illegal for states to set laws on the sports betting industry. The US Supreme Court struck down PASPA in May of 2018 and now, every single state can set its laws on this form of gambling.

More than 10 states now have fully-regulated sports betting markets. Some states allow both online and land-based betting. Others only allow sports betting to take place inside casinos.

Several states with legalized sports betting are now profiting massively. New Jersey, for example, now has a huge number of land-based and online sports betting platforms available. This state is earning millions of dollars every single month from this industry.

Even New York, which has previously implemented some extremely strict laws on gambling, now allows sports betting. It’s great news for sports fans in these states. They are able to place wagers on their favorite teams quickly and easily.

The 2019 football season is just around the corner. New reports show that NFL betting in the US is going to bring in an incredible amount of money.

NFL Betting in the US Will Bring in Billions of Dollars This Year

The NFL remains the most popular sports league in the United States. The upcoming season will officially begin tomorrow, on September 5th. The first game will take place between the Chicago Bears and Green Bay Packers.

With sports betting now available throughout much of the country, gambling on the NFL is expected to bring in more money than ever before. A new report from the American Gaming Association claims that 38 million Americans are expected to bet on this NFL season.

That represents 15% of all adults in the country. Seven million of these adults claim they will make their bets through regulated casino sportsbooks. Millions of others claim they will make their wagers through online betting sites, or with privately with friends.

It’s clear that Americans love to bet on sports. According to the AGA poll, 75% of sports gamblers claim that they are more likely to watch a game that they bet on than ones that they do not. Nearly 30% claim they are also more likely to attend a game that they’ve wagered on.

There are still a huge number of states that have not yet regulated the sports betting industry. Fortunately, there are some great internet sports betting websites available throughout the entire country right now.

Online Sports Betting Sites Available Throughout the US

Many states are currently in the process of regulating sports betting. Unfortunately, most of these states will not have their sports gambling operations up and running by the time the NFL season concludes. Fortunately, there are some fantastic internet sports betting websites that are currently available in almost every state.

One of the most popular US online football betting sites available right now is Bovada. This site has grown extremely popular over the years with both casino and sports betting fans thanks to its safe payment system and a wide range of different wagering options. Members of this site can still place their bets on tomorrow’s game between the Bears and Packers.

The Chicago Bears enter this game as the considerable betting favorites. Bovada lists the team’s odds to win at -160. The Packers aren’t the team they were just a few years ago, and enter this game with odds to win at +140.

There is a complete set of this week’s NFL betting odds available through Bovada. Check out our Bovada review today to learn more about what this US gambling site offers right now!

Sports betting is growing quickly around the country. Make sure to stay tuned for more updates to US sports gambling laws over the next few months!

Is Regulated Online Poker in Iowa Coming Next Year?

Not long ago, lawmakers in Iowa officially approved a bill to legalize and regulate sports betting. Many casinos in this state now offer sports betting options. This week, several major gambling operators started calling for online poker in Iowa to become regulated, as well.

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Internet poker gambling is growing more popular than ever before. Based on Iowa’s acceptance of sports betting, there’s a very good chance that the state will begin regulating the online poker industry. Let’s look at what to expect here.

Iowa’s Gambling Laws Continue to Evolve

Gambling has taken place in Iowa for years. In 1991, lawmakers began allowing individual counties to vote on whether or not they want to allow casinos. Since that time, 20 casinos have opened in this state.

The horse race business is also booming in Iowa. There are three race tracks here, one of which acts as a “racino,” offering horse racing odds and casino-style gaming options. Many locals head to these race tracks every single day.

In 2019, a new sports betting bill was introduced to the state legislature. It was quickly approved and lawmakers began planning on how to allow launch sports betting in the state. On August 15th, eight different casinos here began officially offering sports betting odds. Just two weeks later, the popular Diamond Jo Casino launched its sportsbook, as well.

Now, many are calling for online poker in Iowa to become legalized. There have been numerous attempts to legalize this industry yet they’ve all been pushed aside. With sports betting now legal, this may be the perfect time to start regulating Iowa’s online poker market.

Online Poker in Iowa May Soon Become Legal

It’s clear that politicians in Iowa are interested in expanding the state’s gambling market. Sports betting is expected to bring the state millions of dollars in additional revenue every single year. Some major online gambling operators are now pushing for internet poker to be legal here.

There are a number of reasons why this may happen. First, poker is considered to be a game of skill. Under Iowa’s set of gambling laws, games of skill can be wagered on. Many states have already legalized online poker. These states are profiting massively as a result.

Many feel that online poker will also help to bring more visitors to the state’s land-based casinos. It’s well-known that those new to poker prefer to make their wagers online to gain experience. As these players gain more experience, they will choose to play inside real poker rooms.

Yaniv Sherman, head of commercial development for 888, recently gave his take on legalized online poker in Iowa.

“Absolutely, we think that poker is the next logical thing,” he said. 

Online Gambling Continues to Grow More Popular in Iowa

Despite the fact that online gambling is not yet regulated in Iowa, many residents here choose to make their wagers online. Today, there are a huge number of amazing online casinos sites in IA. Most of these websites offer all major casino games including blackjack, slots, and poker games.

One of the most popular sites to play online poker in Iowa is Bovada Casino. This site has gained a fantastic reputation for its safe payment options and a wide range of amazing games. It’s a great website for those looking to try their hand at internet poker.

Lawmakers in this state recognize that many locals are gambling online. Unfortunately, there is no legal framework in place to collect money from this industry. Many gaming analysts predict this will change in the next few years.

We’ll need to wait and see what lawmakers decide. There is clearly an interest in online gambling and several states now have fully-operating online gambling markets. Make sure to stay tuned for updates on this situation over the next few months!

Diamond Jo Casino in Iowa Launches its Sportsbook

The state of Iowa officially began allowing sports betting on August 15th of this year. Many casinos around the state now offer sports betting odds. This week, the Diamond Jo Casino officially opened its sportsbook.

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It’s great to see Iowa embracing sports gambling. Hopefully, this industry brings the state millions of dollars in additional revenue every year. Let’s take a quick look at why lawmakers here decided to make sports betting legal.

Iowa’s Road to Sports Betting Legalization

Iowa is thought of as a very liberal state when it comes to gambling laws. For years, most forms of gambling have been legal here. There are 19 casinos spread around the state, as well as several horse racing tracks.

For decades, only Nevada was legally allowed to offer sports betting. This changed in May of 2018 when the US Supreme Court struck down PASPA. Immediately afterward, every state had the right to set laws on the sports betting industry.

Many states around the country have now legalized sports gambling. A sports gambling bill was introduced here earlier in the year and approved during the most recent legislative session. Eight casinos officially began offering sports betting odds on August 15th, and several more have begun to offer sports betting since that time.

Several casinos offer online sports betting, as well. In order to make online bets here, however, you will need to register inside of a land-based sports casinos. It’s the same set of laws that states like Nevada have in place.

This week, the Diamond Jo Casino officially launched its sports betting platform. It’s great news for sports fans in the Worth County area. Let’s look at what this casino is now offering.

Diamond Jo Casino in Iowa Unveils New Sportsbook

Competition in Iowa’s casino industry is extremely competitive. As you might expect, many casinos are trying to lure in gamblers with their new sportsbooks. The Diamond Jo Casino brought in a number of famous sports stars to give their sportsbook new exposure.

Visitors to this casino were surprised to see former Minnesota Viking and NFL Hall of Famer John Randle make the casino’s very first sports wager. Like several US casinos, Diamond Jo is teaming up with FanDuel to offer sports bets.

Scott Smith, general manager of this casino, spoke about the process of launching a sportsbook to the media this week.

“It is just training but we hire great people to work at the sportsbook and the property itself,” he said. “It’s been pretty smooth. We have great partners and are excited for this opportunity.”

“Be safe, have fun with it and good luck,” he added. 

Diamond Jo’s online sports betting platform will soon be up and running. We’ll need to wait and see how successful this sportsbook is compared to others in the state.

More States Will Soon Offer Sports Betting

Iowa is the 11th state to officially legalize and regulate sports betting. Many other states have pending legislation to allow this industry. Several gambling analysts predict that Montana will be the next state to officially launch sportsbooks.

Montana Governor Steve Bullock officially signed a sports betting bill into law back in May of this year. The state’s lottery will be in charge of regulating this industry. Land-based and online sports betting will become available here sometime over the next few months.

Tennessee is also scheduled to launch sports betting this year. Lawmakers approved a sports gambling bill in May, with a 20% tax rate applied to all sports betting operators. Like the rest of the US, Tennessee requires you to be at least 21 years old in order to place sports wagers.

There is also a wide range of great online sportsbooks available in the US. These sites are based in other countries and are not regulated by state governments. One of the most popular gambling sites is Bovada, which offers great casino and sports betting options to its members.

In time, it’s likely that every state will have regulated sports betting options. Make sure to stay tuned for updates on how the Diamond Jo Casino fares with its new sportsbook!

MGM Springfield Casino Fails to Meet Revenue Projections

One of the biggest casinos in Massachusetts isn’t performing as well as many thought it would. According to new reports, the MGM Springfield Casino has failed to meet the revenue projects set on it this year. It’s tough news for the gaming venue, which is facing new competition from the Encore Boston Harbor.

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It’s disappointing news to see this casino struggle. Today, we’re going to look at how much the casino revenue fell short. We’ll also talk about the state of Massachusetts’ gambling industry as a whole. Let’s get started!

Massachusetts’ Casino Industry Continues to Grow

For many years, lawmakers in Massachusetts worked to close off the gaming industry. Residents here voted to open a casino in 2012, yet no casinos were constructed here for years. Finally, in 2018, MGM Resorts opened a casino in Springfield.

The $960 million casino complex is one of the biggest on the East Coast. It features 125,000 square feet of total gaming space and a number of non-gaming activities. Hope was that this new casino would bring the state millions in additional revenue each year.

In June of 2019, Wynn Resorts decided to move into the Massachusetts gaming scene. This company opened the Encore Boston Harbor in Everett, located just miles from Boston. The Encore in Boston has proved extremely successful, generating millions of dollars just days after opening.

There are also some fantastic online casinos in MA available right now. The state does not regulate these websites, yet thousands of individuals make bets through them every single year.

It’s unclear whether or not any new gaming venues will open here in the near future. The MGM Springfield Casino and the Encore Boston Harbor are now competing with each other to bring in the most revenue.

MGM Springfield Casino Brings in Less Revenue than Expected

In Massachusetts’ limited gaming market, it was assumed that the MGM Springfield would be extremely successful. When first applying for a casino license, MGM anticipated that the Springfield casino would bring in $412 million in its first year of operating. Unfortunately, the casino has failed to meet these projections.

The MGM Springfield Casino just celebrated its first anniversary. According to new reports, this gaming venue earned $253 during its first year. That’s more than $100 million less than what was expected.

Mike Mathis, President and COO of the Springfield casino, commented on the revenue earnings to the media this week.

“We’re a little bit behind, say, our first-year projections,” he said. “But I feel really good about the trajectory of it.”

Mathis believes that increased competition from the Encore Boston Harbor is partly to blame. He feels that many of the patrons at MGM Springfield are choosing to gamble inside the Encore now.

“I think we may have underestimated that level of loyalty, and what it would take for those customers to give us a shot,” Mathis said.

Future of the MGM Springfield

It’s tough to predict how this casino will fare in the future. It’s clear that the Encore Boston Harbor is winning the revenue fight, yet the MGM Springfield Casino is still the top gaming venue in the south-east of the state. Of course, Boston is the most densely-populated areas of Massachusetts and brings in significantly more gamblers.

The MGM casino will continue to struggle with the competition. This isn’t deterring the casino’s officials, though. Owners of this casino predict that it will bring in even more revenue during its second year of operating.

This casino plans to bring in more people from outside of New England next year. Some gaming analysts question whether this is feasible. Several nearby states including New York and Pennsylvania have begun to expand their gambling markets. They are now offering sports betting and have introduced plans to create new casinos.

With more states embracing gambling, the MGM Springfield Casino will struggle to bring in visitors from outside of Massachusetts. Alan Woinski, a gaming analyst for Gaming USA Corp, believes it will be years before this gambling venue meets its revenue projections.

“I don’t know if it’s just reluctance to update that model or to bring it up to reality, but it’s been going on for over 10 years now,” he said.

Make sure to stay tuned for more news on Massachusetts gambling industry!

Arkansas’ Saracen Casino Resort Considers Banning Smoking

A casino current being constructed in Arkansas may be hit with a major new regulation. Members of the Pine Bluff City Council are considering adding the Saracen Casino Resort to a city ordinance to make smoke-free workplaces. If approved, this casino will become a non-smoking gaming establishment.

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It’s interesting news for this casino. Today, we’re going to look at the current set of land-based and online gambling laws in this state. We’ll also talk about why lawmakers here are considering the smoking ban. Let’s get started!

Gambling Laws in Arkansas, Explained

Arkansas has evolved to have some of the most liberal gambling laws in the south. This wasn’t always the case, though. Up until very recently, this state only allowed electronic gaming machines for blackjack, poker, etc… In 2018, lawmakers in this state changed things up.

Last year, a bill was passed to allow all forms of traditional casino gambling. This bill allows for four new casinos to open here. Several ‘racinos’ are already available in Arkansas and a few traditional casinos will open here in the next few years.

Casino gambling has proved very successful for the state. Many local residents flock to these gambling establishments every month. There are also a huge number of great AR casino sites that many residents here love to play at.

Arkansas has not yet taken the steps to regulate its online gambling market. Fortunately, many casino websites based in other countries operate in this state, most of which offer a wide range of amazing games and safe payment options.

Like most states, Arkansas allows smoking inside casinos. This may soon be changing. Lawmakers in the city of Pine Bluff are debating whether or not to ban smoking inside the Saracen Casino Resort.

Should the Saracen Casino Resort Become Smoke-Free?

As we already mentioned, lawmakers in Arkansas approved adding new casinos to the state last year. In early August, the Quapaw Tribe began construction on a new $350 million casino resort in Pine Bluff. The Saracen Casino Resort is expected to become one of the most popular gaming venues in the state.

Interestingly, members of the Pine Bluff city council are considering adding a new restriction to this casino. During the recent 2019 legislative session, this city agreed to ban smoking in workplaces. Now, lawmakers are trying to decide whether or not this should apply to casinos, as well.

The Public Health and Welfare Committee of the City Council was split on the issue. Members of this group agreed to send the issue to the full City Council. Katherine Donald, executive director of the Arkansas Coalition for a Smoke-Free Arkansas, supports the measure to ban smoking at the Saracen Casino Resort.

“Our mission is very simple,” Donald said to the media. “We work throughout the state of Arkansas helping to inform policy, information, and other efforts that will protect the health of Arkansans.”

Officials at the casino itself are pushing against this measure. Carlton Saffa, an official here, claims that banning smoking will significantly reduce the revenue that the casino brings in. He cites the 20% decrease in casino revenue that Illinois experienced after banning smoking inside casinos.

Officials Torn on Smoking Ban in Pine Bluff Casino

It’s clear that this is a debate that will go on for some time. Health advocates in the state believe that banning smoking at the Saracen Casino Resort will benefit the state’s residents. The casino operators are obviously are concerned with their earnings.

Saffa claims that part of the $350 million budget for the casino is to build a $2-3 million state of the art air filtration in the casino. This air system will maintain air quality by recirculating the air every 10 minutes.

We’ll need to wait and see what the City Council decides over the next few weeks.

Arkansas’ casino industry is set to grow exponentially over the next few years. Hopefully, the three new casinos coming to this state will help to bring in valuable revenue. Many states including Illinois, are also beginning to expand their casino industries. It’s a great time for gambling fans around the country!

Stay tuned for updates more news on the Saracen Casino Resort!

Borgata in Atlantic City Takes Phil Ivey’s WSOP Winnings

Phil Ivey is considered to be one of the best professional poker players in the world. Unfortunately, he’s in hot water with the Borgata in Atlantic City. This popular casino recently took all of Ivey’s winnings from the recent World Series of Poker event in Las Vegas.

Phil Ivey During World Series Of Poker Tournament

It’s disappointing news for the poker star. Let’s look at why the Borgata is taking his money.

Phil Ivey Caught Cheating at Major Casino

Phil Ivey is an American poker player from Riverside, California. He’s been competing in poker since the 1990s and has gained a status as one of the most talented players today. Ivey has already won 10 World Series of Poker bracelets during his career and was inducted into the Poker Hall of Fame in 2017.

Not everything is going well for Ivey, though. Despite a reported $26.3 million from professional poker, he’s been engaging in what’s known as baccarat “edge sorting” at one of the top casinos in the US. The Borgata alleges that in 2012, Ivey has used the banned strategy, which involves recognizing a slight flaw in the pattern of casino’s playing card, to win nearly $10 million.

This obviously didn’t sell well with officials at the Borgata. They sued Ivey, who claimed that what he did isn’t against the law, and instead proves that casinos have a flaw in this operating system. As you might expect, the courts sided with Borgata.

Interestingly, it’s not the first time that Ivey was caught using this strategy, in 2017, he lost £7.7 in a London casino for “edge sorting,” as well.

Phil Ivey is now forced to pay all of the money back to the Borgata in Atlantic City. The courts are also demanding that Ivey pay an additional $504,000 from the money that his accomplice made at the casino. Some of that money is already being paid back.

Borgata in Atlantic City Receives Ivey’s 2019 WSOP Winnings

With such a decorated poker career, there’s reason to believe that Phil Ivey has millions in the bank. According to Ivey, however, he has no money in his bank account. Borgata has been able to find one US bank account tied to Ivey, yet there’s no money in it.

It’s assumed that most of his money is located in bank accounts based outside the United States. Ivey is one of the heads of Virtue Poker, an online poker platform that uses blockchain technology to protect player’s winnings. It’s also possible that Ivey uses Bitcoin to hide his cash.

That isn’t stopping Borgata from getting their money back. The famous Atlantic City casino has officially seized the money that Ivey made during his run in the 50th World Series of Poker Event. Ivey managed to take 8th place during the event, taking in $124,410 for his efforts.

MGM Resorts quickly notified WSOP officials that the money was being taken away. They transferred the cash to the US Marshals Service, and later back to the Borgata in Atlantic City. Now he just needs to pay the additional $9,800,000 and all will be forgiven.

Online Poker Options Available in the US

It’s disappointing to see Phil Ivey in such hot water. Don’t be like him! More people are choosing to skip the trip to their local casino and instead are making their bets over the internet. Today, there are a huge number of amazing US casino websites that offer poker gaming options.

One of the most popular internet poker sites today is Bovada Casino. This website has grown extremely popular in the country thanks to its wide range of different games and safe payment options. Here, you can find all major forms of poker including Texas Hold’em, Omaha, and 3-card.

Bovada allows its deposits to be made using all major debit cards. Fees for these deposits are extremely low. This site only allows players to withdraw their winnings using Bitcoin. Fortunately for those new to Bitcoin, they offer an entire page that explains how to use cryptocurrencies to collect your winnings!

Borgata in Atlantic City is going to keep demanding that Ivey pay back the money he won. Whether or not the casino will actually receive this money is questionable. Make sure to stay tuned for updates on the situation over the next few months!

A California Oktoberfest is Happening at the Soboba Casino Resort

Not long ago, the Soboba Band of Luiseno Indians opened a casino in San Jacinto, California. This resort is working hard to bring in new patrons, with regular entertainment events taking place each month. This week, the Soboba Casino has announced that it’s offering a new California Oktoberfest celebration. Oktoberfest Logo

This popular casino has also announced that it’s putting on a wine festival sometime in 2020. Today, we’re going to look at what the new casino is offering. We’ll also look at when the Oktoberfest celebration will take place, and what to expect.

The New Soboba Casino is A Major Upgrade

The original casino operated by the Soboba Native American Tribe opened in the 1990s. It’s been the primary source of revenue for the tribe. For years, officials running this casino have talked about upgrading their property.

In February of 2017, construction began on a brand new casino-resort located just a mile away from the original property. It opened almost exactly two years later, renamed the Soboba Casino Resort. It offers considerably more gaming space, a great hotel for guests, and several restaurants.

It’s also helped to create jobs for the local community. According to Isaiah Vivanco, Council Chairman of the Soboba Tribe, thousands of construction workers were employed to work on the new casino. More than 650 employees were also brought in to work inside the new resort.

This casino-resort now has a Las Vegas feel to it. A professor at San Diego University’s School of Hospitality and Tourism Management, Katherine Spilde, believes that the resort’s non-gaming options will help the Soboba Tribe succeed for years to come.

“Even in Las Vegas, or other commercial jurisdictions, the gaming is usually the first and largest revenue stream,” she said. “Then, over time the gaming often times becomes eclipsed by hotel revenue or other non-gaming revenue. Combined non-gaming revenue actually becomes larger than the gaming revenue in a more mature gaming market.”

Soboba Casino is Offering a California Oktoberfest Celebration

Oktoberfest, in case you’re unaware, is an annual celebration that takes place in Munich, Germany. It’s the largest beer festival on the planet, with more than six million attendees every single year. Of course, not everyone can make the trip to Germany to engage in the festivities.

Fortunately for those located in California, the Soboba Casino Resort is putting on its own Oktoberfest celebration. On October 5th, this casino is inviting guests to drink German beers, eat traditional German cuisine, and play some casino games. Victor Mortazavi, Food and Beverage Manager of the casino, is expecting the event to be a big hit.

Tickets for the celebration will become available on September 5th. Tickets will cost $20 if purchased in advance. The tickets bought at the door will cost $30. The ticket prices will earn you $15 worth of tickets to use for beer tastings, food, and souvenirs.

A German polka band is also being brought in to provide entertainment.

There are several California Oktoberfest events taking place this year. If you’re located in the San Jacinto area, feel free to check out the one at the brand new Soboba Casino!

Online Casino Gambling Continues to Grow in California

Internet gambling is growing more popular every single year. Today, several states around the country now have regulated online casino markets. Many states are also working to license and tax their internet gaming markets.

California does not yet regulate its online casino industry. In fact, only tribal casinos are allowed to operate here. Fortunately, there are a huge number of amazing CA casino websites available right now.

Most of these websites offer a huge range of different casino gambling options. You can find popular games such as blackjack, poker, and slots. The best casino websites here will also offer a range of great payment options to keep your money safe.

It’s likely that within the next few years, lawmakers in California will choose to regulate the internet gambling industry. States such as New Jersey, which taxes online casino gaming, earn millions of dollars each month from the industry.

If you’re free on October 5th, feel free to check out the California Oktoberfest at the Soboba Casino Resort! Make sure to stay tuned for more California gambling news over the next few months!

Atlantic City’s Gaming Revenue Dips in 2019’s Second Quarter

For more than a year, Atlantic City has experienced a huge surge in its casino gambling industry. The legalization of sports betting has brought new life to this city. Unfortunately, new reports indicate that Atlantic City’s gaming revenue dropped in this year’s second quarter.

Ariel View Of Atlantic City

It’s surprising, as earnings from the gambling industry have increased here for most of the year. Now is the perfect time to look at how this city’s gambling industry grew so much, and how much revenue fell in the second quarter of 2019. Let’s get started!

Atlantic City Becomes One of the Top Gambling Hubs in the US

Decades ago, Atlantic City was thought of as one of the hottest gambling destinations in the world. Many top casinos operated here, bringing the state of New Jersey thousands of dollars in additional revenue every year. Over time, this city began to decline.

Under the Indian Gaming Regulatory Act of 1988, Native American Tribes can legally operate casinos on sovereign land. Starting in the 90s, tribes began opening casinos around the country, including New York, Pennsylvania, and Delaware. This led to fewer people visiting the casinos in Atlantic City.

With tourism down, casinos in Atlantic City began to decline. When the Great Recession hit in 2007, Atlantic City was already struggling to stay afloat. The recession crippled the gambling industry, leading many casinos here to permanently close their doors.

Fortunately, things began to change in recent years. The economy has improved, and several major casino companies have opened gaming venues in Atlantic City. The state’s legalization of sports betting also helped to drive in gamblers from other states.

Today, Atlantic City is thought of as one of the hottest gambling hubs in the US. For months, many casinos in this city have managed to bring in huge amounts of money. Interestingly, Atlantic City’s gaming revenue has dropped over the past three months.

Atlantic City’s Gaming Revenue is Now Dropping

As we just mentioned, this city has experienced a huge surge in gambling revenue. Things seem to have taken a slight turn in the year’s second quarter. According to the Press of Atlantic City, casino revenue in this city is beginning to drop.

Between the months of April to June, state-wide gambling revenue here dropped by 6.8% compared to the same time period last year. Casinos here brought in $159.3 million during the year’s second quarter, $11.5 million less than 2018’s second quarter.

Borgata was the only casino in this city to see its revenue increase last quarter. Gambling earnings here rose by 4.7% compared to the same period in 2018.

James Plousis, Chairman of the New Jersey Casino Control Commission, maintains that net revenue is still increasing this year, despite the gaming revenue drop. Speaking to the media, Plousis maintains that the future of Atlantic City’s gaming industry is still strong.

“Results from individual casinos show the market was still adjusting to the new level of competition through the second quarter,” he said. “Next quarter will provide an opportunity to compare year-over-year results in Atlantic City’s nine-casino market.”

Casino Competition Gets Fiercer in the US

Some gaming analysts feel that the increase in casino competition is leading to Atlantic City’s gaming revenue decrease. Many states are beginning to embrace the gambling industry, including Pennsylvania.

Lawmakers in Pennsylvania recently approved ten new satellite casinos to open up. Penn National Gaming recently gained approval to open a new gambling establishment in York County. Hope is that these mini-casinos can help to bring the state more revenue.

Illinois is also working to revamp its gambling industry. Governor JB Pritzker recently approved a new bill that allows five new casinos to open here. A casino is set to be built in Chicago for the first time in history.

Atlantic City is in no danger of failing. This city remains one of the hottest gambling markets in the United States. It’s very likely that Atlantic City’s gaming revenue will increase once again during the year’s third quarter.

Make sure to stay tuned for more updates to this AC’s gambling industry over the next few months!

Penn National Gains Approval for Mini-Casino Near York, PA

Pennsylvania’s casino industry is getting a major upgrade! This week, Penn National Gaming has officially gained its first approval to open a brand new mini-casino near York. It’s fantastic news for fans of casino gambling in this state.

The Word Approved Written In Red

Not long ago, Pennsylvania approved 10 new mini-casinos to open up. Hope is that these gambling establishments help to bring move revenue to the state. Let’s look at how Penn National gained approval to open the casino near York County.

Pennsylvania Approves Plans for 10 New Satellite Casinos

Pennsylvania’s lawmakers have been working hard to revamp the state’s gambling industry. Not long ago, politicians here approved five satellite casinos, also known as mini-casinos, to open in the state. They can only be operated by casino operators which already have gaming licenses here.

Several companies have already paid new licensing fees to launch the mini-casinos, which will soon open in Morgantown, York County, the Westmoreland Mall outside of Pittsburgh, an area just north of Pittsburgh, and Shippensburg. The mini-casinos can only offer players 750 slot machines and 30 table games.

Lawmakers here quickly determined that just five new satellite casinos weren’t enough. Another bill was approved last month to allow five additional mini-casinos to open up. As of now, it’s unclear which companies will request a license for these gaming venues.

Fortunately, companies are beginning to gain approval for these small casinos to open. This week, Penn National Gaming, one of the top casino companies in Pennsylvania, received permission to launch a mini-casino near York. Let’s look at how this came about.

Mini-Casino Near York Receives Township Approval

Penn National Gaming was one of the first companies to bid for a mini-casino license. The company paid $50 million to open a satellite casino in York County. Unfortunately, Springettsbury Township Board of Supervisors seemed unwilling to approve a casino to open.

This week, things took a turn. The Board of Supervisors here approved Penn National’s plan to open a casino at the York Galleria Mall. Justin Tomevi, a supervisor with the Springettsbury Township, states that the approval is the sign that the town is “comfortable with the project moving forward.”

Of course, this doesn’t mean that Penn National can immediately open a new mini-casino near York. The company still needs several more approvals from the supervisory group before any construction can begin. Many York County residents are now voicing their concerns about a new casino opening up.

One local questioned whether smoking will be allowed in the casino. Penn National Gaming claims that 50% of the casino will permit smoking, while the other 50% will not. Another local claimed that she was worried about the traffic that this new gaming venue will produce here.

Regardless of the local concerns, Penn National has gained its first approval to open the mini-casino. It’s likely that within a couple of years, the gaming venue will officially open its doors.

Sports Betting Proves Successful for Pennsylvania

Allowing additional casinos isn’t the only change to this state’s gambling industry. A new gambling bill approved in 2017 allows the state to regulate sports betting. Once PASPA was struck down in 2018, lawmakers immediately began working on plans to allow sports betting inside the state’s casinos.

The first land-based sportsbook opened here in late 2018. In May of this year, several Pennsylvania casinos also began offering online sports betting services. It’s already proving to be a hugely successful industry.

This past June, more than 40% of all sports bets here were made over the internet. Online sports betting operations brought the state $46.3 million that month. Now, many are calling for internet casino gambling to become legal here, as well.

A number of states now offer legal internet casino gambling options. New Jersey earns millions of dollars each month through this industry. There are several amazing PA online casinos available right now, yet none of them are regulated by the state.

Based on the success of the online sports betting industry, it’s likely that lawmakers in Pennsylvania will soon regulate internet casino gaming. Make sure to stay tuned for more updates to this state’s gambling industry over the next few months!

Sports Betting in Oregon Set to Launch on August 27th

Another state is officially set to allow sports betting. It’s been confirmed that sports betting in Oregon is launching at the Chinook Winds Casino on August 27th. It’s great news for sports fans throughout the state.

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More US states are beginning to embrace the sports betting industry. Today, we’re going to look at the current set of casino and sports gambling laws in Oregon. We’ll also talk about the state’s decision to allow sports betting. Let’s get started!

Gambling Laws in Oregon, Explained

Oregon is thought of as one of the most liberal states in the US. Over the past few decades, lawmakers here have embraced most forms of gambling. Casino-style gambling was legalized in 1992. Today, there are nine land-based casinos in the state, all of which are operated by Native American Tribes.

Sports betting has taken longer to open up here. Oregon is one of the states that was grandfathered into the Federal ban on sports gambling in the early 90s. For decades, the only state legally allowed to offer sports betting in the US was Nevada. This changed in May of 2018 when the US Supreme Court struck down PASPA.

Once this happened, every state had the ability to set laws on the sports gambling industry. Many different states quickly presented sports gambling legislation, including Oregon, which presented a bill to legalize the industry in 2019. Sports betting in Oregon is now legal and is set to launch in a few days.

Unfortunately, Oregon’s laws on internet gambling are restrictive. This is one of the few states that states it’s illegal to accept payments from internet gambling websites. Many analysts feel these laws don’t apply to online casinos in Oregon, as they are based in other countries. Hope is that online casino gambling will become regulated here within the next few years.

Sports Betting in Oregon is Coming to the Chinook Winds Casino

Lawmakers in Oregon realize the huge revenue earning potential from the sports gambling industry. Many states with legal sports betting markets are earning millions of dollars a month from this industry. Politicians here were quick to approve the sports gambling bill presented earlier this year and have been working on plans to officially launch it.

Starting on August 27th, Oregon sports fans can finally begin making wagers on their favorite teams and players. The Chinook Winds Casino, located in Lincoln City, is the first gaming establishment to offer sports betting odds. Over the next several months, more of the land-based casinos in this state are set to begin operating sportsbooks, as well.

Will Roberston, director of casino operations at Chinook Casino, expects the new sportsbook to be a major hit with Oregonians.

“We’re expecting it to be pretty busy,” he said. “There may be lines to get your bets in.”

Interestingly, Oregon is also preparing to launch a state-run online sports betting platform through the lottery. The goal was to have the app up and running by the start of the 2019/2020 NFL season. Based on what’s being said by state officials, this isn’t likely to happen.

Oregon Sports Betting Lottery Gets Delayed

Part of the new sports betting laws in Oregon allow the state to run a lottery that offers sports betting. The lottery will launch an app that’s available throughout the state. Unlike the sportsbook at Chinook Casino, this app will not allow players to bet on NCAA games.

It seems unlikely that this app will be ready by the start of this year’s NFL season. Based on numerous reports, the app won’t launch until mid-September. Lottery spokesman Matt Shelby confirmed this to the media this week.

“It’ will likely be two, three weeks into the season,” Shelby said. “Testing is going fine.”

Shelby also commented on the reason that the app is being delayed. He claims that the lottery needs more time to design interfaces between the games and different payment technologies developed in recent years. Fortunately, online sports betting in Oregon will be completely available for the majority of the football season.

Sports fans in Oregon can begin placing bets on their favorite teams next week. In time, every state may begin offering legal sports gambling options. Make sure to stay tuned for more updates on US sports gambling law changes over the next few weeks!

Resorts World Catskills is Officially Selling to Avoid Bankruptcy

The biggest casino in upstate New York is officially getting new owners. Empire Resorts, which runs Resorts World Catskills, has confirmed that the casino is being taken over by investors who hold a majority of the company’s stock. It’s an interesting development for New York, which is in the middle of revamping its gambling industry. Flag Of New York

Many gambling analysts predicted that Resorts World Catskills would be sold. Today, we’re looking at what’s happening in New York’s casino scene, and what this sale means for the casino moving forward. Let’s get into it!

New York’s New Gambling Laws, Explained

For many years, New York had very restrictive laws on the gambling industry. Casino gambling was banned here until 1988 when the government passed the Indian Gaming Regulatory Act. Lawmakers in New York began allowing Native American Tribes to operate casinos in the state, most of which opened in the Upstate New York area.

In 2013, New York passed the Upstate New York Gaming Economic Development Act. This allowed for commercial casinos, or casinos not operated by tribes, to open in the state. Four of these casinos are now operating here, including the Resorts World Catskills.

New York has been against the sports betting industry for years. Governor Anthony Cuomo even worked to ban daily fantasy sports, which are considered a game of skill in most parts of the country. Recently, however, sports gambling in New York was legalized.

Efforts to make sports betting legal in New York have been going on since PASPA was struck down in May of 2018. In June of this year, lawmakers agreed to a set of new regulations that allow sports betting to take place inside casinos. Several New York casinos now offer sports betting and several more are set to open sportsbooks over the next few months.

Unfortunately, several major casinos in this state have struggled to generate revenue this year. The biggest casino in Upstate New York is now changing hands.

Resorts World Catskills is Officially Changing Hands

Casino competition in the Upstate New York area is fierce. Just about all of the state’s casinos are located here, some of which are proving to be more successful than others. The largest one has faced continual losses over the past several years and is now officially being taken over.

Resorts World Catskills was operated by Empire Resorts, one of the top casino operators in the New York area. This publicly-traded company lost $73 million in the first six months of 2019. It has also accumulated more than $400 in total debt. As a result, it’s selling some of its largest properties.

Investors from Malaysia currently own 86% of Empire Resorts. On Monday, officials at Empire Resorts announced it was selling the rest of its stock to the investors for $9.74 per share. The official sale will finalize at the end of the year’s fourth quarter, after which Empire Resorts will become a privately owned company.

The Catskills casino failed to meet all revenue projections after its opening in 2018. Let’s look at what this all means for the future of the casino.

Future of Catskills Casino and New York’s Gaming Industry

The sale of the casino in Catskills isn’t the only major casino handover taking place in New York. Last week, Del Lago announced that 50% of its casino was being sold to investors in California. The Del Lago casino has also failed to meet revenue projections set by the state when it opened.

It’s unclear exactly what will happen with Resorts World Catskills. This casino is now changing hands. Hopefully, they work to revamp the gaming establishment and increase its revenue earnings. Most agree that sports betting can help bring more money to these New York gaming venues.

Sports betting has proved extremely profitable for many states. New Jersey is earning millions of dollars each month through this industry. There’s also a chance that lawmakers in New York decide to regulate internet casino gambling.

There are several great online casinos in New York. Most of them offer a huge range of great gaming options. Unfortunately, the state works hard to push these casino websites away. Regulation of this industry will likely help the land-based casinos bring in more money.

Make sure to stay tuned for more updates over the next few weeks. We’ll continue to provide information on the state of New York’s casino industry!

Japan is the Main Target for Most of the Top US Casino Companies

Last summer, lawmakers in Japan passed a bill that allows for three casinos to open. It’s the first time in history that Japan has legalized traditional casino gambling. This week, several of the top US casino companies began pouring on the pressure to start operating here.

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Most analysts agree that Japan is one of the most lucrative new casino markets in the world. It makes sense that so many major gambling operators are working to establish a presence here. Which of these companies is most likely to be granted a gaming license?

Japanese Cities Lobby For the Right to Host Casino Resort

In July of 2018, Japan’s Parliament officially approved casinos to begin operating in the country. Under the new laws, three “integrated resorts” can open here. These casino-resorts must include several non-gambling options including hotels, shopping centers, and conference rooms.

Cities in Japan must formally receive government approval to open a casino. First, however, these cities need public approval. Several cities are already working for the right to host one of the three integrated resorts.

Yokohama Mayor Fumiko Hayashi has announced that she plans to lobby for a casino. This city is the third-largest in Japan and several of the top US casino companies have already requested to open an integrated resort here. Despite some residents here raising concerns over gambling addiction issues and crime associated with casinos, Fumiko is going ahead with the resort bidding process.

Osaka is another city that’s pushing hard to open a casino. MGM Resorts International has publicly stated that it hopes to begin operating here. Japan Today recently discussed Wynn Resorts new push to open a gambling establishment in this city, as well.

Top US Casino Companies Increase Pressure to Open Integrated Resorts

Japan is taking its casino regulations very seriously. The casino bill was passed in 2018, yet it’s unlikely that any casino-resorts will officially begin operating here until the mid-2020s. This isn’t stopping the biggest casino companies in the US from throwing their name into the mix.

Last July, members of Wynn Resorts held a seminar in Everett, Massachusetts to discuss the casino industry with members of the Japanese media. This city is home to Wynn’s newest resort, the Encore Boston Harbor. Chris Gordon, president of Wynn Resorts Development Japan, spoke to the media about his company’s plan to invest back into the Japanese community.

“We hope to get involved in projects in such major cities as Tokyo, Osaka, Yokohama,” he said.

Gordon also claims that casino-resorts in this city will create as many as 16,000 new jobs. The Wynn’s official also wanted to inform the media about the recent approval of casinos from Japanese students at Harvard University, located just miles away.

MGM Resorts and Las Vegas Sands are also working hard to break into Osaka. These companies are teaming up with local Japanese businesses to help lobby in parliament.

Which Company Will Receive a Casino License Here First?

At this point, it’s anyone’s guess. For a time, it seemed as if MGM Resorts International had the best chance. This company gained a sponsorship with the MLB during the season’s opening games in Tokyo. The marketing push gave MGM great exposure in the country.

Wynn Resorts is also gaining traction in Japan. By inviting members of the Japanese media to a seminar, it gives the company free advertising. The success of the Encore Boston Harbor hotel-casino is also likely to help their chances in this county.

Some gaming analysts feel that Las Vegas Sands is most-likely to receive the first gaming license in Japan. This is one of the top US casino companies operating today, and already has deep ties in Japan. Sheldon Adelson, CEO of LVS, sold the Comdex technology trade show to Japanese business conglomerate Softbank in 1995.

Yokohama is set to announce its candidacy to host an integrated resort this week. Smaller cities such as Hokkaido are also being targeted for a new casino. Make sure to stay tuned for more news on the Japanese casino industry over the next few months!

Slot Machines in Illinois Airports Could Bring State Millions

Last month, Illinois Governor JB Pritzker signed a new capital plan that allows for six new casinos to open in the state. This week, a study was released that indicates slot machines in Illinois airports could bring the state millions in additional revenue each year. It’s exciting news for lawmakers here looking to cash in on the gambling industry.Slot Machines Inside A Casino

Today, we’re looking at the details of the recent study on airport slots. We’ll also talk about why many companies are turning down the opportunity to run a casino in the Windy City.

Union Gaming Analytics Releases Study on Illinois Casinos

Ever since the recent capital plan was passed, casino companies and politicians have discussed the feasibility of a Chicago casino. Illinois has some of the highest tax rates on the gambling industry and as a result, several major casino operators are staying away from here. Union Gaming Analytics recently conducted a study on how much money slot machines in Illinois airports could make.

According to this group, it’s a substantial amount of money. In the 50-page feasibility report, Union Gaming states that slots at O’Hare and Midway airports could earn upwards of $37 million every year. This revenue figure is based on having 500 slot machines in both of these airports.

It’s a surprising figure to many. As of now, only airports in Las Vegas and Reno offer slot machine gambling. Lawmakers in Pennsylvania recently passed legislation to allow gambling in airports, as well, yet none have officially begun offering slot games.

Union Gaming Analytics claims that these slots would function, “namely as an option for some travelers to pass time.” The group believes that each slot machine could earn about $200 per day, amounting to $36.5 million over a year.

Who Would Own and Operate the Slot Machines in Illinois Airports?

Finding reputable casino operators to break into the Illinois market hasn’t been easy. As we’ve already mentioned, this state has some of the highest tax rates on casinos in the entire country. Under the new capital plan, casinos are facing a 72% tax rate on all revenue earned.

As you might expect, some of the top US casino operators are claiming that Chicago, and Illinois as a whole, is not a lucrative market. Las Vegas Sands has already claimed they are not interested in opening a Chicago casino. MGM Resorts echoed that statement.

As of now, the plan is for whatever company chooses to run the new casino in Chicago to operate airport slot machine gambling, as well. The state’s gambling expansion bill allows for the Chicago casino operators to offer 4,000 slots. Any of these gambling machines added to airports will count against this figure.

Even if the Chicago casino isn’t successful, the airport’s slots will be, according to Union Gaming.

“As such, greater total revenues and taxes would be achieved by [allocating] a few hundred slot machines to Midway and O’Hare airports,” the study concluded. 

Online Casino Gambling Continues to Grow in Chicago

Lawmakers in Illinois are clearly interested in earning more revenue from the gambling industry. Sports betting was recently legalized here and six new casinos are set to open up over the next few years. Interestingly, there hasn’t been much of a push to regulate online casino gambling in the state.

Today, only three states have regulated internet casino gambling markets. New Jersey controls one of the most lucrative internet gambling markets in the country with millions being generated each month.

Fortunately for fans of gambling here, there are still a large number of great online casinos in Illinois currently available. These websites generally offer just as many gaming options as the country’s top-land based casinos. They also provide a range of safe, quick payment options.

It’s important to note that these websites are not regulated by the state. Based on the way things are going here, this may change in the near future.

Slot machines in Illinois airports may be right around the corner. First, however, Illinois politicians will need to approve an operator to take control of the proposed casino in Chicago. Make sure to stay tuned for more updates on Illinois’ gambling industry over the next few weeks!

DOJ has Officially Filed an Appeal to the Wire Act Ruling

Online gambling is growing more popular throughout the United States. Several states, including New Jersey, Pennsylvania, and Delaware have legalized internet casino gambling. Many now allow online sports betting, as well. This week, the Department of Justice officially filed an appeal to the Department of Justice’s recent Wire Act ruling.Appeal Written On Paper

It’s disappointing, yet not entirely surprising news. The DOJ had until August 19th to file this appeal. It’s clear that they’re ready to continue pushing the opinion that they made back in November. Let’s look at exactly what’s happening here.

DOJ Files New Opinion on the Wire Act

The Interstate Wire Act of 1961, also known as the Federal Wire Act, is a US federal law that prohibits placing wagers using interstate transmissions or wire communications that cross state lines. Initially, this law was set in place to crack down on organized crime. Back in the 50s and 60s, crime groups would use gambling as a way to launder their money.

The Wire Act was eventually changed to apply to online gambling, as well. For years, internet gambling that crossed state lines was prohibited. In 2011, under the Obama administration, the DOJ ruled that the Wire Act applied only to sports betting.

As a result, several states began offering forms of online gambling. New Hampshire currently allows Mega Millions lottery tickets to be purchased online. This lottery is a multi-state lottery, meaning it would have been illegal before the DOJ’s 2011 Wire Act opinion.

In November of 2018, things took a turn for the worst. The DOJ reversed it’s Wire Act ruling, claiming that all forms of online gambling are illegal. States with legal internet gambling options quickly fought back in the courts. The DOJ isn’t giving up, though.

District Court States that 2011 Wire Act Ruling is Correct

New Hampshire was one of the first states to fight against the DOJ’s most recent opinion on the Wire Act. This state claims that it would force their online lottery operations to shut down. This would cost the state millions of dollars in revenue each year.

On June 3rd of this year, US District Court Judge of New Hampshire Judge Paul Barbadoro stated that the Wire Act only applies to sports betting. Other forms of gambling, including online lottery sales and internet poker, are perfectly legal.

With the court’s decision, the 2018 DOJ opinion was essentially shut down. States could still offer forms of online gambling that crossed state lines. Barbadoro gave the Department of Justice until August 19th to file an official appeal to the new Wire Act ruling.

That appeal is now being made. Today, the DOJ has officially filed an appeal against New Hampshire. The courts will now be forced to hear the DOJ’s side of the story and make another ruling on the matter. One of the country’s top online gambling trade groups is quickly voicing its disapproval.

iDEA Growth Comments on DOJ’s Decision to Appeal

It’s clear that both states and online gambling companies are displeased with the DOJ’s decision to continue fighting this issue. Internet gambling is proving to be extremely lucrative for many states, including New Jersey, which is experiencing unprecedented rises in its gambling revenue. Today, the top online gambling trade group in the US, iDEA Growth, began calling on the DOJ to drop its appeal.

This group claims the appeal is part of a political move. Jeff Ifrah, founder of iDEA Growth, released an official statement on the matter.

“The Department’s action, while hardly unexpected, is certainly unwarranted,” he said. “DOJ generally files appeals of adverse district court decisions as a matter of course.  We hope that, rather than engaging in a protracted, expensive and ultimately unsuccessful legal fight, the Department will take this opportunity to negotiate a settlement which will focus the Wire Act and DOJ’s enforcement resources on the right targets – the unlicensed illegal offshore Internet gambling operators who do not create jobs or tax revenue in the U.S. and do not appropriately protect consumers.”

Ifrah certainly has a point. It’s unlikely that the DOJ appeal will be successful. The New Hampshire court’s Wire Act ruling was made with careful consideration. Instead of continuing a legal battle, Ifrah argues, the DOJ should focus on working to better regulate the US casino websites that are based in other countries.

It’s an interesting time for the US online gambling industry. Make sure to stay tuned for more updates on the situation over the next few weeks!

Ponca Tribe Wins Fight to Keep Prairie Flower Casino Open

For more than a decade, the Ponca Tribe has been fighting with lawmakers in Iowa and Nebraska over the rights to operate a casino in western Iowa. The state governments claim that the tribe is running the Prairie Flower Casino illegally. This week, a US District Judge rejected the motions filed by the two states.

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It’s a major win for this Nebraska-based tribe. Today, we’re going to look at why the states and Ponca tribe are fighting. We’ll also talk about what the recent legal victory means for the tribe and their popular casino. Let’s get started!

Iowa and Nebraska Continue Fight With Ponca Tribe

As we just mentioned, this dispute has been brewing for more than a decade. Years ago, the Ponca tribe purchased land in Carter Lake in western Iowa. Initially, the tribe claimed that they intended to build a health center on the land. Later on, the tribe formally requested federal permission to open a casino here.

Council members and state officials were quick to push back. The land is technically situated in Iowa, on the western side of the Missouri River. Flooding in the 1800s caused the river to shift course, pushing carter lake land on the Nebraska side of the river. Politicians in both states are against a casino in their territory.

Lawmakers in Iowa feel that the casino will take valuable tax revenue from the state as it heads into Nebraska. State officials in Nebraska fear that a gambling venue in Carter Lake will draw crime into nearby Omaha. As a result, both have been pursuing legal action against the casino.

This hasn’t deterred the Ponca Tribe. The Prairie Flower Casino was opened in 2017 after receiving a federal commission-approved casino license. It’s grown to become one of the most popular gambling venues in the Iowa-Nebraska area.

Ponca Tribe Receives Permission to Continue Operating Prairie Flower Casino

On Monday, US District Judge Stephanie Rose rejected the motions set by lawmakers in Iowa and Nebraska to shut down the casino. The state’s hoped to see another review of the May decision to allow this casino to operate. That month, the National Indian Gaming Commission concluded that the casino sites on restored tribal land, which makes a casino legal.

Forcing this casino to close would cut off a major revenue stream for the Ponca Tribe. It would also result in the elimination of hundreds of jobs for local employees working in the casino. Judge Stephanie Rose gave her explanation for the decision to allow this casino on Monday.

“Plaintiffs admit this would have had a negative economic impact on the Tribe,” she said. “Other courts have declined to vacate agency decisions when doing so would have adverse economic consequences. It is not clear, however, how the Tribe’s casino is any more detrimental than the three casinos, licensed by the state of Iowa, that are already operating in neighboring Council Bluffs.”

This certainly makes sense. Three other casinos currently operate in Iowa. Rose seems to have concluded that the state’s push to derail the casino was based only on money. We’ll need to wait and see whether or not lawmakers in Iowa and Nebraska decide to continue their legal battle.

Online Gambling Grows in Iowa and Nebraska

Land-based casino gambling is extremely popular in both Iowa and Nebraska. Unfortunately, many of these gaming venues are located hours away from many locals here. For this reason, more people are choosing to make their bets over the internet.

Today, there are a huge range of great US casino websites available in both of these states. Most of the sites here allow their players to make bets on all popular casino games including blackjack, Texas Hold’em, and slot games. The best sites will also offer a range of safe payment options.

These sites allow you to play casino games from anywhere with an internet connection. Most are available using a mobile device as well. There’s no more convenient way to play your favorite casino games today.

For now, the Ponca Tribe has permission to keep operating the Prairie Flower Casino. Hope is that now, lawmakers in Iowa and Nebraska will stop pushing to close this gambling establishment down. Make sure to stay tuned for updates on this situation over the next few months!

Ohio Gambling Revenue Increases in July

The casino industry in Ohio is booming. According to new reports released by Ohio’s Lottery and Casino Control Commission, gambling revenue in this state increased in July. Interestingly, Ohio gambling revenue is up thanks mostly to racinos operating here. State Flag Of Ohio

Now is the perfect time to look at what’s happening with this state’s gambling industry. We’re also going to talk about the likelihood of sports betting become legal here. Let’s get into it!

Ohio Casinos Bring in Major Revenue Last Month

Ohio is well-known to have one of the most passionate gambling fan bases in the country. There are eleven gambling establishments in this state, four of which are stand-alone casinos, while seven are “racinos” offering casino-style games and horse racing odds. For years, these gambling venues have brought in millions of dollars via taxes

July proved to be one of the most successful months of the year for casinos here. Reports show that overall gambling revenue in this state rose by 2.3% for a total of $162.2 million. Casinos in the Cleveland area experienced the largest revenue increase.

Slot machines in racinos near Cleveland brought in the most revenue last month. The revenue from these slots rose by 3.3% to $91.9 million. Slots and table games inside traditional land-based casinos brought in $70.4 million for a revenue increase of 1%.

Nearly 30% of Ohio gambling revenue goes directly to the state in the form of taxes. This money is used to fund public education. Many are now calling for Ohio to legalize sports betting, which is proving to be one of the most lucrative forms of wagering allowed today.

Ohio Revenue Will Increase With Legal Sports Betting

For decades, the only state legally allowed to offer sports betting odds in the United States was Nevada. In May of 2018, this all changed. That year, the US Supreme Court decided to strike down PASPA, the set of laws limiting sports betting to Nevada.

Almost immediately afterward, several states began introducing legislation to legalize and regulate sports betting. New Jersey was the first to offer sports betting and is now earning millions of dollars each month through the industry. Other states including New York, Pennsylvania, and Rhode Island now allow sports gambling, as well.

Most agree that Ohio gambling revenue will increase substantially with legal sports betting. Lawmakers in the state seem to agree. In July of 2018, five Ohio senators introduced a bill to fully legalize sports gambling. The one-page bill lacks specific details on how to regulate the industry, yet offers a basic outline for full-scale legalization.

It seems likely that sports betting will become legal here within the next few years. Most states are realizing the massive revenue potential from this industry. There’s a chance that Ohio will begin regulating online gambling, as well.

Online Gambling in Ohio Growing More Popular Than Ever

If sports betting is the big thing in gambling right now, online gambling is the thing of the future. More people around the country are choosing to make their bets online, despite most states have no regulation of the internet gaming industry. Ohio is one such state.

There are a huge number of safe, fun online casinos in Ohio. Strangely, the state government has shown little willingness to regulate these websites. As a result, they pay nothing in taxes. This may change in the future, though.

Some states, including New Jersey, now regulate online casino gambling. These states use geo-location to allow internet gambling within the state borders. It’s extremely convenient for those looking to make some wagers from the comfort of home.

This industry would also help to raise Ohio gambling revenue. Thousands of people in this state are betting online already. With regulation, the state could finally begin to earn valuable tax money through its internet gambling fans!

What do you think Ohio should change about its gambling industry? Will sports betting be legal here soon? Stay tuned for updates!

Macau Likely to Renew Las Vegas Companies’ Gaming Licenses

Macau, the world’s largest gambling hub, is set to renew gambling licenses in 2022. With trade wars between the US and China ongoing, some felt that lawmakers in Macau would refuse to grant new licenses to US-based gambling operators. A new report by Moody’s Investors Services states that Macau is likely to renew Las Vegas companies’ gaming licenses. Wynn Resorts In Macau

Many of the top casino companies in Las Vegas own major casinos in Macau. Refusal to license these companies would be devastating. Let’s look at what’s happening in Macau right now, and why Moody’s believes that lawmakers will allow the Las Vegas companies to continue operating.

Gambling Revenue in Macau Continues to Drop

It’s been an extremely disappointing year for gambling companies in Macau. For almost all of 2019, gambling revenue has dropped in this city. In May and June, revenue finally began to increase, yet not everyone is convinced that the trend will continue.

There are a number of reasons why this small territory is having such a hard time attracting gamblers. The main reason may be the trade war between the United States and China. This dispute has had a serious impact on China’s economy, slowing it at an unprecedented rate. As a result, many Chinese VIP gamblers are choosing to hold onto their money, rather than wager it in Macau.

There’s also a major increase in casino competition in the region. Several countries in Asia, including Cambodia and the Philippines, are beginning to invest in their gambling markets. Residents in and near these countries are skipping the trip to Macau and simply bet their money close to home.

Recently, the protests in Hong Kong have led to a decrease in tourism in Macau. This gambling hub has everything going against it, yet many of the world’s top casino companies continue to invest here. Fortunately, one of the top US bond credit rating companies believes Macau will choose to allow US companies to continue operating here.

Las Vegas Companies’ Gaming Licenses Likely to be Renewed

As we’ve already mentioned, several Las Vegas-based gambling operators including Las Vegas Sands and Wynn Resorts own major casinos in this territory. Both have also invested billions to expand and improve these hotel-casinos. For a brief moment, there was fear that Macau’s gambling authority would refuse to renew these companies licenses.

Most feel this is highly unlikely. Just last month, Pansy Ho, one of the most influential figures in Macau, stated that gambling companies with an existing gaming license would likely have their licenses renewed in 2022. Choosing to bring in new companies would do more harm than good, she claimed.

Moody’s Investors Services, a major US bond credit rating companies, has echoed that statement.

“We believe there will be changes to existing gaming concession agreements,” Moody’s said in an official report. “but also think it’s unlikely renewals will be rejected.”

The report from Moody’s also claimed that by refusing to renew Las Vegas companies’ gaming licenses, the territory faces economic instability and a serious risk to government finances. These companies bring in millions to the government each month. Officials in this territory won’t risk that money over political differences.

Las Vegas Casino Operators Continue Investing in Macau

It’s clear that Macau is struggling right now. The casinos here are not earning nearly what they were just a few years ago. This isn’t stopping casino companies from investing money here.

Some major companies believe that the recent revenue slump is temporary. Las Vegas Sands, for instance, is currently investing more than $2 billion on casino-resort expansions. MGM Resorts International is also committed to its Macau operations, made clear in a recent statement by spokesman Brian Ahern.

“Macau has transformed into a world-class entertainment destination, and we are looking forward to working with the government to help the region grow even more,” he said. “We believe in the long-term success of the region and will continue to support this vision by building on our diverse, world-class art, entertainment and food and beverage offerings – as we saw recently with the opening of the Mansion luxury villas at MGM Cotai.”

There is still more than two years before the next license renewal process. Based on everything we know, Las Vegas companies’ gaming licenses are in no danger of being revoked. Make sure to stay tuned for more updates on Macau’s casino industry!

Luxor Capital Group Ready to Run Ocean Casino Resort in AC

Ocean Casino Resort in Atlantic City has had a rough go for the past few years. This casino has struggled to generate revenue and is now handing over the keys. This week, the hedge-fund owners were granted official permission to begin operating this casino. Ocean Casino Resort in Atlantic City

It’s great news for Ocean Casino. Hope is that Luxor Capital Group can begin to turn things around for this gambling establishment. Let’s take a look at what’s happening here.

Atlantic City Revenue Continues to Surge in 2019

Just a decade ago, it looked as if Atlantic City was in danger of failing. The recession had severely impacted the city’s revenue, as almost nobody was choosing to gamble inside casinos. Over the past year, things have taken a major turn.

Revenue in this city has increased for the past 13 months. In June, casino revenue here rose by an incredible 20% compared to the same time the year prior. The Division of Gambling Enforcement reports that casinos here generated $278.14 million in June.

There are a number of reasons why this industry is surging. In May of 2018, New Jersey became the first state outside of Nevada to legalize sports betting. It helped to breathe new life into the state’s gambling industry, bringing in millions of people from around the East Coast to make sports wagers and play inside the casinos.

In June of 2018, two major casinos began operating here, as well. Ocean Casino Resort and Hard Rock Hotel & Casino Atlantic City opened their doors, expanding the city’s total number of casinos to nine. Unfortunately, Ocean Casino has had a hard time bringing in players.

Luxor Capital Group Takes Control of Ocean Casino Resort

As we mentioned earlier, this casino has struggled to generate revenue since opening its doors. It’s one of the lowest-earning casinos in Atlantic City, partly due to its location in the North Beach section of the city. In early June, Ocean Casino, along with two other casinos in North Beach decided to team up to promote this area as a way to increase the casino’s presence.

Things didn’t improve. Reports indicate that the casino has lost nearly $27 million over the past seven months. Now, the casino is being taken over by Luxor Capital Group. The New York-based investment firm has invested nearly $70 million into this casino, $50 million of which was used to pay down debt owed to J.P. Morgan, a secondary lender to the casino.

The NJ Casino Control Commission has officially granted Luxor Capital Group interim authorization to take over the casino’s operations. This authorization comes with several financial conditions overseen by the Division of Gaming Enforcement. Now, a more thorough review will take place before this firm is granted an official New Jersey casino license.

James Plousis, chairman of the Casino Control Commission, is happy to see Luxor take control over the casino.

“We are all acutely aware of this property’s past struggles — in fact, there were real questions as to whether this asset would ever be operational again,” he said. “Acknowledging that it was not its original intention, I, for one, am pleased that Luxor has taken an ‘all in’ approach to its investment in (Ocean). … By all accounts, it appears that (Ocean) is competitive and positioned to generate positive cash flow.” 

Online Casino Gambling Growing More Popular in Atlantic City

Most agree that Atlantic City is one of the hottest new gaming markets in the United States. Reports indicate that this city’s gambling revenue is currently growing faster than those in Las Vegas and Macau. This applies to online gambling, as well.

Online casinos in New Jersey have existed for years. Recently, the state chose to regulate and tax this industry. Today, all casinos in Atlantic City operate internet casino websites. They are geo-located, meaning anyone within the state’s borders can play these casino games online.

Internet gambling sports betting is also available here. Interestingly, the state’s land-based casinos still bring in the vast majority of revenue here. Many analysts feel this will change within the next several years.

We’ll need to wait and see what changes Luxor Capital Group makes to Ocean Casino Resort. Making this casino profitable is no easy task. Fortunately, Luxor has the funds and experience in the gaming industry to make things work.

There are a lot of major changes happening in Atlantic City. Make sure to stay tuned for updates on this situation as they come out!

Wynn Resorts Being Affected by Hong Kong Protests

For more than four months, thousands of Hong Kong residents have protested against the passing of a new anti-extradition bill. These protests have taken a toll on tourism in Macau. As a result, Wynn Resorts is experiencing a significant revenue dip from its Macau casino operations. Protests in Hong Kong

Wynn Resorts Ltd. owns and runs two major casino-resorts in Macau. Today, we’re looking at how the recent protests in Hong Kong have affected this territory. Let’s get into it!

Hong Kong Protests in a Nutshell

In case you haven’t heard, Hong Kong has been the center of massive protests for the past several months. Hundreds of thousands have gathered to protest the government’s proposal to change the territory’s extradition laws. It’s an on-going issue with no signs of slowing down.

Back in February, the Hong Kong Security Bureau proposed a new bill that would create an amendment to the territory’s extradition laws. The Fugitive Offenders and Mutual Legal Assistance in Criminal Matters Legislation would have allowed Hong Kong to extradite people in Hong Kong to Mainland China.

This was cause for serious concern. Opponents of the bill feared that this new bill would give Chinese courts control over Hong Kong residents. There was fear that the bill would apply not only to criminals but political dissidents, as well.

The Hong Kong protests were successful. In June, the government “suspended” the bill. On July 9th, the bill was “dead.” Protests, however, have continued here.

Many in Hong Kong are now calling for direct elections. Residents here are fighting for the right to choose legislative council members and the Chief Executive. Interestingly, the continuing protests have had an impact on Macau, the gambling hub of Asia.

Wynn Resorts Comments on Macau Revenue Declines

For most of 2019, gambling revenue in Macau has dropped. A number of factors have contributed to this decline. First, the US trade war with China has significantly impacted the Chinese economy. More people from Mainland China are now choosing to hold onto their money, rather than gamble it in Macau.

As we’ve already mentioned, the recent protests in Hong Kong have also had an impact on Macau’s revenue. One of the top gambling operators here, Wynn Resorts, recently commented on the revenue dips to the media. CEO of Wynn Resorts Matt Maddox feels this issue is a temporary one.

“Clearly in July, there has been some softness in VIP (business)and when you have hundreds of flights canceled out of Hong Kong and some reluctance to travel, I do think that is impacting the premium end of the business,” he said. “However, that, to me, feels very temporary and has really nothing to do with our business and everything to do with what’s going on in the region.”

Wynn Resorts continues to invest in Macau. Historically speaking, the small territory is one of the most profitable gambling destinations in the world. Let’s look at what to expect here over the next several months.

Macau’s Revenue Falls in 2019’s Second Quarter

The trade war and Hong Kong protests have significantly impacted the number of gamblers visiting Macau. In May, revenue in Macau increased slightly. Unfortunately, earnings over the first six months of the year are down.

New reports indicate that gambling revenue for the year’s first half is down by 0.9%. This represents a decrease of $197 million. Some analysts are now crediting the recent scandal regarding VIP junkets as a reason for the revenue decline, as well.

Most agree that this revenue decline will eventually end. Unfortunately, no one knows exactly how long the protests and US-china trade war will continue. This week, President Trump announced that he’s considering a new 10% tariff on $300 worth of Chinese exports.

Overall, Wynn Resorts is posting solid revenue numbers. This company recently opened the Encore Boston Harbor casino which has proven to be tremendously successful. We’ll need to wait and see how long it takes this company’s Macau operations to become profitable.

Make sure to stay tuned for updates on this situation over the next few months!

Churchill Downs Announces New Casino Expansion Plans

Illinois is fully embracing its gambling industry. Not long ago, Governor J.B. Pritzker signed a new gambling bill into law that allows for new casinos and legal sports betting. This week, Churchill Downs, one of the largest gambling operators in the state, announced new casino expansion plans.

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This company already operates one of the most successful casinos in the state. Churchill Downs is preparing to add significantly more gambling options to this gambling venue. Here’s what we can expect over the next few years.

Illinois Lawmakers Approve Gambling Expansion Bill

Many US states are actively working to expand their gambling industries. Back in May of 2018, the US Supreme Court struck down PASPA, allowing each state to set their own laws on the sports betting industry. Almost immediately after, several major states began to legalize sports gambling, and some decided to allow online casino gambling.

Competition is higher than ever in the US gambling market. Lawmakers are finally beginning to realize the huge potential for revenue gains through this industry. In June, Governor Pritzker officially signed a new gambling expansion bill into law.

Under this new set of laws, new casinos can be constructed in five different Illinois cities. This includes a brand new casino in Chicago. It also gives the state’s existing casinos the option to increase their amount of gambling options.

One of the largest casino operators in this state has announced that they plan to do just that. It’s exciting news for what is already some of the most popular gambling venues in Illinois. Let’s look at what this company has planned!

Churchill Downs Ready to Expand Its Casino Operations

Churchill Downs, a Louisville-based casino and racetrack operator currently controls the largest casino in Illinois, the Rivers Casino in Des Plaines. In March, this company purchased a 61% stake in the gambling venue. Almost immediately after the new gambling bill was set in place, this company began preparing to upgrade the casino.

Officials in this company announced they plan to add 800 new gambling positions for their Des Plaines casino. They are also working to obtain a sports betting license. The company officially notified the Illinois Gaming Board of these expansion plans.

Bill Carstanjen, CEO of Churchill Downs, announced several other new plans for this casino, as well. He states that the company will expand the garage, and add more room to the gaming floor.

“Rivers will be working with the Illinois Gaming Board to ascertain what is permissible and to scope out the timing and full capital plan,” Carstanjen said.

This is an exciting time for Illinois’ gambling market. The land-based casinos here are set to expand and over the next few years, several new casinos will begin opening up.

Illinois Goes All-In On Sports Betting

It’s well-known that Illinois has one of the most passionate sporting fan bases in the country. Several professional sports teams call this state home, including the Chicago Cubs and Chicago Blackhawks. With PASPA now gone, this state quickly began the process of legalizing sports gambling.

Churchill Downs is eager to get in on the regulated sports betting market. Mr. Carstanjen announced that the company will pay $10 million for a sports betting license. Both land-based and online sports gambling will be available through Rivers Casino.

“We’re very excited about the potential of the Illinois sports wagering market,” he said. “We will participate in this new market through our 61% ownership of Rivers and certainly we have the option to do so separately through our horse racing licenses. We will announce our plans soon.”

Hope is that in time, lawmakers in Illinois will also begin to regulate the internet casino gambling industry. There are already a huge number of great online casinos in Illinois, yet none are regulated by the state government. Regulation of this industry would bring in millions of dollars to the state each month.

The Illinois Gaming Board will schedule its next meeting on August 8th. Make sure to stay tuned for updates on the meeting after it takes place!

Tribes Continue to Fight Over New Barstow, California Casino

California is home to the most Native American tribal casinos in the United States. Recently, two tribes have been competing for their right to open a gambling venue in Barstow, a small town in San Bernardino, California. One of these tribes believes the new Barstow casino will open its doors within the next few years.

State Flag Of CaliforniaThere are still a number of steps that need to be taken before construction on this casino can begin. Now is the perfect time to look at the debate brewing between the two tribes. We’ll also look at the state of California’s land-based and online gambling industry.

Two Native American Tribes Argue Over Right to Open new Barstow Casino

Under the Indian Gaming Regulatory Act of 1988, Native American tribes can open and operate casino establishments. Over the past few decades, a huge number of casinos have opened in California. Recently, two tribes located in Southern California have been fighting over the right to open a new casino in Barstow.

The Chemehuevi and Los Coyotes Band of Cahuilla are both trying to gain approval for this gambling venue. Charles Jones, chairman of the Chemehuevi Tribe, believes his tribe is the only one with a legal right to open this casino. He states that the Chemehuevi traces back to this area for hundreds of years, while the Los Coyotes tribe have no historical link to this area.

Officials in the Los Coyotes Band have worked to open a gambling establishment here for decades. Almost immediately after the Indian Gaming Regulatory Act was passed, members of this tribe began preparing to open a casino here. As of 2019, these efforts have been unsuccessful.

Los Coyotes have proposed plans for a $160 million casino in Barstow. It will feature 57,000 square feet of gaming space with 1,325 slot machines, 57 table games, and more than 100 rooms inside the casino’s hotel. Heads of the Chemehuevi Tribe are confident they will receive approval for the New Barstow casino, likely in the next few years.

California’s Casino Industry is More Competitive than Ever

As we mentioned earlier, California is home to more casinos than any other state. These casinos (and Native American tribes) are competing with each other more than ever before. There are plans for more casinos to open in this state in the near future.

Last week, Hard Rock International gained approval to open a brand new casino in Kern County. The Tejon Tribe will operate this casino. It’s expected to cost more than $600 million to construct and will include more than 165,000 square feet of gambling space, a 400-room hotel, and a massive entertainment center.

Lawmakers in California are also considering opening up the state’s sports betting industry. In 2017, Assemblymember Adam Gray proposed a state amendment to allow sports betting. With PASPA now struck down, it seems very likely that sports betting will become legal here within just a few years.

We’ll need to wait and see which tribe gains approval to open the new Barstow casino. Both tribes believe they have the right to operate a gambling venue here.

Online Casino Gambling Growing More Popular in California

It’s not hard to find a great land-based casino in California. There are 175 casinos in this state, all of which are operated by Native American tribes. Unsurprisingly, many individuals are beginning to move from brick-and-mortar gambling to online gambling.

Today, there are many amazing online casinos in California. Lawmakers here have not yet taken steps to regulate the internet gambling industry. The casino sites operating here are based in other countries.

Most of these online casinos take strict measures to protect their players. The good ones offer a wide range of different payment options to deposit and withdraw your winnings. Oftentimes, these websites provide even more gambling options than the top casinos in Las Vegas!

You can find online slots, blackjack, and poker gambling options in California. Before you join one of these gambling sites, make sure that it provides you with safe payment options and a clean, modern design.

There’s clearly a lot happening in California’s gambling industry. If officials within the Chemehuevi tribe are correct, the new Barstow casino will be open within the next three to five years. Make sure to stay tuned for updates on this story!

Africa’s Online Casino Industry Surging in 2019

Africa is quickly emerging as one of the most lucrative online gambling markets in the world. Gambling has always been popular here, yet recently, more people on this continent are choosing to make their wagers online. Africa’s online casino industry is surging right now and companies are beginning to take notice.Africa On Map

A number of African countries are beginning to change their land-based and internet gambling laws. Today, we’re looking at why online casino gambling is growing so popular here. We’ll also take a look at how counties here are working to better regulate their online gambling industries.

Online Casino Gambling Grows Fast in Africa

For years, sports betting has been growing fast throughout Africa. In some countries, including Uganda and Kenya, the sports betting market brings in millions of dollars each year. Land-based sports betting remains popular here, yet it’s clear that online gambling is becoming the preferred method of gambling throughout the continent.

There have always been casinos spread around Africa, yet most charge high entry fees that most locals simply can’t afford. The rise of online gambling has resulted in a major increase in internet casino gaming. Many are realizing that internet casino sites offer more options to suit different budgets.

Mobile payments are also helping Africa’s online casino industry. Many banks here refuse to accept gambling deposits within a bank branch. The ability to make these deposits using a smartphone has completely changed the game.

Regulation over the online gambling industry in Africa is sparse. Some countries, including Uganda and Kenya, have taken steps to better regulate this industry.

Top Online Casino Countries in Africa

A few countries in Africa have emerged as true gambling hotspots. Uganda and Kenya are well-known to have some of the biggest gambling markets outside of North America and Europe. Unsurprisingly, lawmakers in these countries have begun to implement new regulations on the land-based and online gambling industry.

Uganda has announced that it’s working to push foreign gambling operators out of the country. Kenya has introduced a bill to ban gambling advertisements. Gaming companies can no longer promote their services on television between 6 am to 10 pm. Celebrities are also prohibited from endorsing gambling.

There aren’t the only countries with huge gambling markets, though. South Africa is also becoming one of this continent’s major gaming hubs. South Africa’s gambling market is expected to be worth more than $2 billion by the end of 2019.

Even some Muslim-majority countries are embracing the gambling industry. Now, some major casino websites are offering their services in Arabic. Where is Africa’s gambling industry heading into 2020?

Future of Africa’s Online Casino Industry

There’s clearly a lot going on in this continent. Many major gaming operators are focusing on offering their services here. Countries like Uganda are working to nationalize their online gambling markets.

Kenya is focused on stopping the spread of gambling addiction. A 2018 BBC article details how many people in this country are hooked on internet gambling.

It’s unclear where this continent’s gambling industry is heading. On one hand, countries are working to better regulate their internet gaming markets. Of course, many of these regulations are actually limiting the number of legal gambling options for Africans.

Some of the top US online casinos are available throughout Africa right now. Many of the biggest gambling companies in Europe are also focused on this continent. We’ll need to wait to see exactly how different countries here work to regulate this industry while keeping legal gaming options available.

Plans for Regulated Gambling in Wyoming Continue

Wyoming is well-known for having some of the restrictive gambling laws in the United States. Several lawmakers here are pushing for better regulation over the state’s gambling industry, yet key government officials have shut these plans down. This week, news is coming out that the plans for better-regulated gambling in Wyoming are being discussed once again.

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Many here are calling for the creation of a state Gaming Commission. Despite there being several tribal casinos in Wyoming, there is no government body dedicated to regulating the gambling industry. Let’s take a look at what’s being considered and where this state is heading with its gambling operations.

Wyoming’s Unique Stance on Gambling

For most of the 20th century, lawmakers in Wyoming shut down any attempts to legalize gambling. In 1989, the US Supreme Court passed the Indian Gaming Regulatory Act. This allows Native American tribes to open and operate full-scale casinos on tribal land.

Wyoming fought hard against this. State officials refused to negotiate with Native American tribes, who in turn took the state to court. Finally, in 2005, the tribes won their case. Today, there are four land-based casinos in Wyoming, all of which offer traditional slots and table games.

Not everyone is happy with the current set of gambling laws in this state. For years now, a number of states have begun to open their gaming markets. Even states like New York, which has been largely anti-gambling over the years, has now legalized sports betting and commercial casino gambling.

Some of Wyoming’s legislative leaders are actively pushing for the state to expand its gambling operations. Other state officials are against it. What can we expect moving forward?

Lawmakers Flip Flop on Regulated Gambling in Wyoming

Officials are torn on how to approach the gambling industry. Three weeks ago, the state’s Legislature’s Joint Committee of Travel announced it was giving up on regulating the gambling industry. It was disappointing news for many state officials and gambling fans.

Wyoming’s Legislative leadership immediately argued against this decision. Once again, lawmakers here are working to create a Gambling Commission and regulate the industry.

Senator Ogden Driskell filed a motion to allow all traditional forms of gambling in the state. Driskell argues that a huge number of illegal gambling machines are already spread around Wyoming. Unless lawmakers work to regulate this industry, illegal gambling will continue. He spoke to the media this week about why a state-regulated gambling industry is so important.

“Local control only works when you have an overarching framework to work within,” he said. “When you look at our county commission setup, and our citizen-run towns, they have local control but under the auspices of laws created by the state, with some sideboards. If we’re going to do local control with gambling, there has to be a regulation that’s over the top.”

Driskell wants the state’s Pari-Mutuel Commission to begin overseeing all forms of gambling in the state. Wyoming state officials will need to change the state’s legislation in order to better regulate the gambling industry. We’ll have to wait and see whether or not this happens in the future.

Online Gambling is Still Available in Wyoming

It could be months or even years before lawmakers here agree to gambling regulation. Fortunately, there are still many amazing online gambling sites in Wyoming. Most of these offer a wide range of different casino and sports betting options.

Internet casino gambling is growing extremely popular. It’s a big state and only four land-based gambling establishments are currently available. More people here are realizing they can play casino games online from the comfort of home!

Some of the best Wyoming casino sites also provide a range of live dealer games. These are games played with a live video stream to a real-life casino dealer who collects your wagers. There’s no better way to feel like you’re playing inside of a real casino.

Regulated gambling in Wyoming seems to be on the horizon. Of course, certain lawmakers here will do anything they can to keep this state’s gambling market in the dark. Make sure to stay tuned for updates to Wyoming’s gambling laws as they change.

Online Gambling in Pennsylvania Continues to Improve

Back in 2017, lawmakers in Pennsylvania approved a bill to significantly expand the state’s land-based and online gambling operations. Last week, several of the casinos here officially began offering casino games online. Online gambling in Pennsylvania is improving every day and is helping to make this state one of the hottest gambling destinations in the country. Pennsylvania Street Sign

Over the past few days, we’ve seen several new developments here. Today, we’re looking at the changes to Pennsylvania’s internet gaming market. We’ll also talk about how much this state’s gambling has grown this year.

Pennsylvania Casinos Roll Out Online Gambling Services

Online casino gambling in Pennsylvania has been talked about for years. Ever since this industry was legalized in 2017, lawmakers have worked on creating a legal framework for casinos to officially offer internet casino gaming options. On July 15th, the first online casino went live here.

The Parx and Hollywood Casino both began a three-day trial period for their internet gambling operations. Pennsylvania’s Gambling Commission wanted to monitor these activities to ensure everything worked according to plan. Based on all accounts, these casino’s online gaming services were a major hit.

Pennsylvania casinos with online gaming licenses now have free reign to offer their services. Today, news came out that the Parx Casino and Penn National Hollywood Casino can offer online casino gambling to players 24 hours a day. It’s great news for casino fans around the state looking to place some late-night wagers.

Only three other states have legalized online casino gambling. It’s clear that Pennsylvania is investing heavily in this industry. Let’s look at how the state is profiting from its expanded gambling operations.

Online Gambling in Pennsylvania Helps Boost Revenue

Throughout 2019, we’ve seen a major increase in Pennsylvania’s gambling revenue. Much of this has to do with the legal sports betting options now spread around the state. The gambling bill signed in 2017 that legalized online casino gambling also legalized sports betting. In May of 2018, the US Supreme Court struck down PASPA, allowing every state to officially regulate sports gambling.

The first land-based sportsbooks began operating here in late 2018. In May of this year, several casinos also began offering mobile and online sports betting gambling services. It’s clear that online operations are significantly more popular than the state’s brick and mortar sports betting options.

In June, more than 40% of all wagers made here were made over the internet. Online sports betting helped earn the state more than $46.3 million that month, the most profitable month in the state’s history. That’s impressive considering June is not typically thought of as a major sports month.

It’s an exciting time for fans of online gambling in Pennsylvania. With internet casino gambling now available, revenue earnings will significantly increase.

Other Online Gambling Options in Pennsylvania

In the next few months, we’re likely to see a major increase in online gaming sites opening up in Pennsylvania. Unfortunately, many are unaware that online casino sites in Pennsylvania have been available for years! Most of the top gambling companies in the world are available here, some of which offer even more gambling options than the state-regulated websites.

Some gamblers prefer playing through sites not directly regulated by the state government. Others prefer to know that the gambling site they play at is monitored by Pennsylvania’s Gambling Commission.

The great thing is that online gambling in Pennsylvania is constantly improving. The state is certainly happy with the massive revenue gains. Within a few years, this could be one of the most profitable gambling destinations in the United States.

Things are changing fast. Make sure to stay tuned for more updates on Pennsylvania’s online casino market.

Pansy Ho Comments on the Future of Macau

Macau has had an interesting year. For the first several months of 2019, gambling revenue in this popular gambling city dropped. Finally, that trend appears to be changing. Pansy Ho, one of the top gambling executives in Asia, recently spoke to the media about the future of Macau. Pansy Ho Speaking at Conference

Ho has many ideas to increase revenue in this city. Now is the perfect time to look at some of the changes come here and talk about what Pansy Ho has in mind moving forward. Let’s get into it!

Macau’s Revenue Fluctuations, Explained

It’s well-known that Macau is the biggest and most profitable gambling destination in the world. Most of the biggest gambling companies in the world operate here, including Las Vegas Sands and MGM Resorts. Unfortunately, revenue figures have been dipping here for the majority of 2019. There are a few key reasons why.

First, the US and China are engaged in a major trade dispute. As a result, China’s economy is slowing down considerably. Macau relies heavily on Chinese gamblers to help bring in revenue to the city. With a worsening economy, more people in China are choosing not to gamble.

There is also the issue of outside competition. A number of Asian countries have recently begun to invest in their casino industries. The Philippines, in particular, is seeing a massive increase in its casino gambling revenue. Even Japan, which held some of the strictest gambling laws in the world, have recently legalized casino gambling.

For the first four months of this year, Macau’s revenue dropped. Finally, in May, things took a turn. Gambling revenue in this city increased by 1.8%. That’s obviously not a huge increase, but it’s an improvement. Now, one of the most powerful gambling officials is working on plans for the future of Macau.

Pansy Ho Details Plans for the Future of Macau

Pansy Ho, daughter of famous gambling businessman Stanley Ho, recently spoke about Macau’s plans for gambling expansion in a recent interview. Much of the conversation centered around the upcoming licensing renewal process. In case you’re unaware, Macau is set to review its gambling licenses in 2022.

Ho believes that new gambling companies in Macau need to offer the city more if they wish to obtain a gambling license. She also believes that the companies that currently hold a license here should see their licenses renewed without any issues. Ho states that the companies currently operating here have proven they can run a successful gambling venue.

The billionaire gambling mogul believes that an “abrupt stop” to any of these casino licenses in 2022 would be both Macau. A replacement, she argues, could be worse than any company forced to leave this city.

Pansy Ho is certainly optimistic about the future of Macau. She claims that the recent changes to the city’s regulatory restructure will help things in the future. Several companies will soon begin to work for a gambling license here.

New and Old Companies Investing in Macau

Macau’s recent revenue figures haven’t been great, yet many of the world’s top gambling companies are continuing to invest here. Las Vegas Sands is working on a massive $2 billion renovation of its Macau casino. Company heads believe this market will continue to grow over the next decade.

With the current trade war between the US and China, some speculated whether or not Macau would offer new gaming licenses to companies based in the United States. According to Pansy Ho, this is not the case. She claims that all potential companies will be given a fair chance to break into this city.

She also states that government officials in Mainland China will have no power to ban US casino companies from operating in Macau. It’s great news for the casino operators that are hoping to enter here.

The future of Macau is still looking great. Concerns that this city may fall to the wayside seem to be dying down. Companies are continuing to invest here, and revenue is finally beginning to increase. Stay tuned for more news on Macau’s revenue figures for the rest of the year!

Pennsylvania’s Online Casino Market Opens This Week

Three separate casinos in Pennsylvania are finally able to offer online services this week. It’s a long time coming for this state, which legalized online gambling back in 2017. Pennsylvania’s online casino market is expected to bring in serious revenue for the state. Pennsylvania Highlighted on Map

The three casinos are officially launching trail runs for their online services. If all goes well, the casinos will be eligible to offer full-fledged internet gaming services by the end of the week. Now is the perfect time to look at why Pennsylvania legalized online casino gambling in the first place.

Recent Changes to Pennsylvania’s Casino Laws

For many years, the state of Pennsylvania has been one of the country’s leaders in casino gambling. Land-based casinos have operated here for decades. A number of racinos (horse racing tracks with casino-style games) have also helped to generate revenue for the state.

Unfortunately, gambling revenue has dipped here over the past decade. A surge in Atlantic City’s gambling scene and additional competition in New York has hurt the state’s casino market. Lawmakers realized this and decided to implement some new laws on the industry.

In October of 2017, Governor Tom Wolf signed House Bill 217 into effect. This bill makes it legal for land-based casino operators to offer a range of online casino games including poker, table games, and internet slots. The state government felt that offering online casino games would help to rejuvenate the state’s gambling industry.

It certainly makes sense. States like New Jersey are profiting massively from their online gaming operations.

House Bill 217 also legalized sports betting. Of course, the state had no legal right to allow this popular form of gambling until PASPA was struck down in May of 2018. Now, Pennsylvania has one of the most successful sports betting markets on the East Coast.

Pennsylvania’s Online Casino Market Finally Opens

The Parx Casino, SugarHouse Casino, and Hollywood Casino are launching a trial run on their internet gambling operations this week. The casinos will have a two-day period to monitor and test their internet gambling services. It’s an extremely exciting time for casino gaming fans located in areas of the state without a land-based casino.

Hollywood and Parx Casino are the first to offer these online games today. SugarHouse Casino is launching its internet gambling services on Wednesday. Over the next few months, all of the ten casinos granted an online gaming license will begin offering their online casino gaming platforms.

During this trial run, casinos are limited to offering user-versus-computer games. Eventually, a wide range of different games will be available online. Even major online poker tournaments will be offered to Pennsylvania residents.

Pennsylvania’s online casino market is opening nearly two years after becoming legal. It’s the fourth state in the country to offer this service. Will it be as successful as these other states with legal internet gambling?

Revenue Projections for Online Gambling in Pennsylvania

It’s no surprise that so many are excited about this market finally opening up. As we just mentioned, gambling revenue here has failed to meet expectations over the past decade. Even Pennsylvania’s sports betting market is failing to meet the revenue projections set by lawmakers.

There’s reason to believe that online gambling will change all of this. There are already a huge number of online casinos in Pennsylvania that residents play through. Most of these are currently unregulated by the state. Once more licensed sites are operating, the state will earn valuable revenue through taxes.

New Jersey is the gold standard for online gambling right now. According to numerous outlets, internet gaming makes up more than 10% of the state’s overall gambling revenue. The state earns millions every single month from the legal online gambling services being offered.

Pennsylvania’s online casino market is already paying off. Casinos here paid millions in licensing fees. As more casinos begin to offer internet gambling services, this state may begin to compete with New Jersey and Nevada as the country’s top online gambling destination.

Oklahoma and Tribes Argue Over Casino Gaming Revenue

Lawmakers in Oklahoma are clashing with Native American Tribes over the casino industry. Governor Kevin Stitt suggests that tax fees for tribes operating casinos should be reevaluated. Oklahoma and tribes are both claiming the other is being unfair. Oklahoma Governor Kevin Stitt

It’s a tough situation, yet not one that’s entirely unusual. We’ve seen a number of states clash with Native American tribes over the past several months. Let’s look at what exactly the governor is calling for, and why tribes in this state are pushing back.

Casino Gambling Laws in Oklahoma

Oklahoma is not typically thought of as the most liberal state in the US. When it comes to gambling though, lawmakers here have taken a very progressive stance. Today, most forms of gambling are completely legal and regulated here.

Oklahoma has the highest per-capita number of Native American residents. Under the Indian Gaming Regulatory Act of 1988, the tribes in this state have the ability to operate casinos. Oklahoma allows these tribes to run Class II and Class III category casino establishments.

Unsurprisingly, Oklahoma has one of the largest selections of casinos in the US. There are gaming establishments located all over the state. Some are fully-functional casinos offering a wide variety of slots and table games. Others are small and only provide limited electronic poker gaming options.

Oklahoma casinos earn huge amounts of money for the state. Now, the governor is asking for a reevaluation of the current tax structure. Why are tribes pushing so hard against this?

Oklahoma and Tribes Pushing Against Each Other Over Casino Revenue

There are more than 130 casinos spread around Oklahoma. As we already mentioned, all of these establishments are run by Native American Tribes. Last year, these tribes paid nearly $139 million to the state in taxes off of more than $2 billion in total gaming revenue.

At the moment, the tax structure calls for tribes to pay between 4% to 10% on their total gambling revenue. For years, this deal between Oklahoma and tribes has worked out for both parties. Governor Stitt is now calling for this structure to be reevaluated.

Obviously, this is not sitting well with tribal leaders. Many of these tribes argue that they contribute much more than just revenue for the state. They are one of the largest employers in Oklahoma and invest millions into healthcare, education, and infrastructure.

John Berrey, chairman of the Quapaw Nation, vented his frustration to the media this week.

“What I don’t understand, in any of his op-ed, there’s no recognition of the true value of the tribes,” he said. “(Native American tribes) are one of the largest employers in the state. We provide benefits for our employees. We’re probably the most philanthropic group in the state.”

Are Oklahoma Casino Tax Rates Going to Change?

It’s not entirely clear yet. Right now, the governor is simply asking for the state’s Gaming Board to review the current rates that casinos pay. There is no indication that these tax rates are set to officially change.

Governor Stitt may have gone about this in the wrong way. Instead of contacting the tribes directly, he voiced his opinion to the local news company. Some also feel that an agreement between Oklahoma and tribes isn’t completely necessary right now.

Under the current set of gambling laws, these casinos are granted 15-year licenses to operate. The governor believes that before the next license renewals can be granted, the state and tribal leaders must agree on new tax rates. Many tribes feel that if an agreement is not reached, these licenses will be automatically renewed.

Spokeswoman Donelle Harder claims the governor recognizes the huge contributions that the tribes make to the state. She also believes Stitt will be fair and open in creating a new agreement that benefits both the state and tribes operating casinos here.

Negotiations will take place over the next several months. Hopefully, these two parties can take part in healthy and constructive negotiations. Stay tuned for more updates on the situation between Oklahoma and tribes as they come out!

More Mini Casinos in Pennsylvania Planned

Pennsylvania is going all-in on the gambling industry. Not long ago, the state handed out five licenses for new small casinos. This week, news is coming out that an additional five mini casinos in Pennsylvania are being planned to open, as well. Pennsylvania on US Map

A budget-related bill includes plans to increase gambling revenue in the state. Hope is that mini casinos help Pennsylvania accomplish this goal. Let’s look at the plans for these small gambling establishments.

Pennsylvania Investing Heavily Into Casino Industry

The state of Pennsylvania has always been one of the top casino gambling destinations on the East Coast. In 2017, Governor Tom Wolf signed a new bill into legislation that allows for online casino gambling in Pennsylvania, sports betting, airport gaming lounges, and daily fantasy sports. Part of this bill also allows for new, small casino gambling venues to open in five different cities.

Lawmakers here were quick to get sports betting up and running. After PASPA was struck down in May of 2018, this state was quick to open sports betting operations inside a number of different casinos. Today, online sports betting is fully available throughout the state, as well.

Gaming companies paid $127.7 for five new casino licenses here. The next major casino is scheduled to open early next year. Interestingly, this state is also pushing hard to open even more of what are being called “mini casinos.”

Mini casinos in Pennsylvania are expected to bring in some much-needed revenue. This state’s Gaming Control Board is now pushing for an auction process for these satellite casinos. Let’s look at how these gambling establishments will benefit the state.

Lawmakers Ready for New Mini Casinos in Pennsylvania

The state’s Gaming Board approved a motion directing Executive Director Kevin F. O’Toole to begin the bidding process for these new mini casinos. The venues, also called Category 4 casinos, can only be operated by one of the state’s 13 major casinos. They can hold up to 750 slot machines and 40 table games.

The Gaming Board requires Pennsylvania to conduct five rounds of bidding for these licenses. This bidding process must begin by September 4th. It must conclude by December 31st. If none of the casino operators here bid for a license, the auctioning process will conclude.

It’s still not clear exactly how successful these casinos will be. The first satellite casino was approved here last month. Whether or not there is customer demand for these additional gambling venues is unknown.

Many are also wondering if the state’s casinos will bid to construct these mini casinos in Pennsylvania. Last year, these casinos paid millions in licensing fees. The risk of paying millions for another small gambling venue may not be worth it to these companies.

Where Are These New Gaming Venues Opening?

The state has already approved five mini casinos to open. Penn National, one of the top casino operators in the state, has won bids to open two of these satellite casinos. One will be constructed in Morgantown. The other is scheduled to open at the York Galleria Mall.

Stadium Casino LLC is scheduled to build a mini casino at the Westmoreland Mall outside of Pittsburgh. Mount Airy Casino Resort is also opening one of these casinos north of Pittsburgh. Finally, Parx Casino is scheduled to open a new gaming venue in Shippensburg.

Of course, the bidding process for the next five mini casinos in Pennsylvania won’t take place for months. Until it does, it’s anyone’s guess which cities they will end up in.

The new set of gambling laws here state that these satellite casinos cannot be built within 40 miles of an existing casino. The cities of Wayne, Pike, and Carbon counties have all voted to ban casinos.

Make sure to stay tuned for more news on where these new mini casinos will end up. As soon as the auctioning process begins, we’ll let you know about it.

Casino Gambling in Virginia Growing More Popular

The US gambling market is growing every single year. This applies particularly to Virginia, which has been largely anti-gambling over the past few decades. Casino gambling in Virginia is more popular than ever before, thanks largely to small slot machine gambling venues spreading around the state.Virginia Sign

Fans of casino gaming here love having the option to place wagers legally. Today, we’re looking at why Virginia has begun to allow casino gambling. We’ll also talk about the future of this state’s gambling market. Let’s get into it!

History of Virginia’s Casino Laws

Virginia has never been known as a gambling-friendly state. For many years, almost all forms of gambling were completely banned here. In 1973, lawmakers in the state began to allow “charitable gambling.”

In 1987, Virginia approved a state lottery. Two years later, the state began allowing pari-mutuel betting, overseen by the Virginia Racing Commission. A push for legal casino gambling establishments started in 1995, yet it failed to make it past the legislative committee.

Gambling proponents here wanted to legalize riverboat casinos. Unfortunately, the state government felt the negative impact of casinos is greater than the potential for revenue gains. For years, all attempts to make full-scale casino gambling in Virginia legal failed to gain any traction.

This finally ended in 2019. Earlier this year, Substitute Senate Bill 1126 was approved by the state’s General Assembly. Almost immediately, casino-style gambling establishments began opening around the state.

It’s important to note that in 2018, lawmakers here approved limited gaming venues to begin operating. Under the current set of laws, these establishments can only run in communities where pari-mutuel gambling is approved by the public.

Casino Gambling in Virginia Growing Quicker Than Expected

Bill 1126 still needs to be reviewed and approved by the Joint Legislative Audit and Review Commission. Once this is done, casinos can begin to operate in certain cities with approval from public voters. That isn’t stopping casino companies from getting their foot in the door.

The Bristol Resort & Casino is awaiting approval to begin operating in Virginia. It will very likely be the first fully-operating casino venue in Virginia.

Since the 2018 limited casino gaming bill was approved, a number small gambling venues have begun opening up. Rosie’s, a major slots-style gambling company, has already opened these gaming halls in Richmond, New Kent, and Vinton. A fourth slot gambling venue is opening up in October in Hampton Roads.

Rosie’s has the ability to open ten of these gambling establishments throughout Virginia. Some feel that this company has a major advantage heading into full-scale casino legalization. Governor Ralph Northan doesn’t believe this is the case.

“I wouldn’t say it’s a head start,” he said. They are doing very well. We just want to make sure — as we move forward with casinos, with gambling in the commonwealth of Virginia — that we do it responsibly. As governor, that’s a priority of mine.”

Bristol Resort & Casino Still Waiting to Break Into Virginia’s Market

Rosie’s has clearly been the first gaming company to break into this state’s gambling industry. As you might expect, a huge number of others are working to enter, as well. Bristol Resort & Casino is still waiting on approval to begin construction.

The Bristol Mall proposed a brand new $250 million casino-resort. It’s the first company to set clear plans for a major casino and resort in the state. This isn’t the only group working to offer casino gambling in Virginia, though.

The Pamunkey Native American Tribe is also working hard to enter this new market. Not long ago, the tribe went public with plans for a $700 million casino-resort. An exact site for this casino has not been chosen, yet tribal leaders claim it could be constructed in a 600-acre area of New Kent.

Virginia may soon become the next US gambling hotbed. If the success of Rosie’s chain is any indication, casinos operating here will have no trouble bringing in players. Make sure to stay tuned for updates to Virginia’s casino laws as they come out!

A New Casino in Tucson May be Coming Soon

Arizona has some of the most lenient laws when it comes to casino gambling in the US. Today, there are more than 20 land-based gambling venues spread throughout the state. Lawmakers are now considering plans for a new casino in Tucson to be constructed. Arizona State Flag

There are already three casinos in this southern Arizona city. A prominent Native American tribe here is working with the state to open their own gaming establishment here. Let’s look at whether or not this will actually happen.

Arizona’s Laws on Casino Gambling

Arizona has taken a pro-gambling stance over the years. In 1988, the Indian Gaming Regulatory Act was passed that allows Native American Tribes to operate casinos on their land. A legal battle ensued with Arizona’s governor and was settled by 1992.

By 2003, many of these gaming venues began operating in the state. Initially, each Arizona casino was operated by tribes. Today, there are multiple commercials casinos here that are run by major companies including Caesars Entertainment.

The state has been open to allowing more casino operations. Lawmakers here have also begun to embrace the sports betting industry. Bill SB 1158 allows Native American tribes to offer sports betting odds inside land-based casinos.

Bill 1158 is still being considered. Based on multiple reports, sports gambling will become fully regulated here by 2020.

This week, another Arizona tribe began pushing for a new casino in Tucson. It’s an exciting development for gambling fans in this city.

Plans Set for a New Casino in Tucson

The Pascua Yaqui Tribe is working hard to open a casino venue. Tribal leaders are working with city officials to open a brand new casino property near West Grant Road and Interstate 10. The 14.38-acre property will be on tribal land and will be fully run by the Pascua Tribe.

This tribe has also set plans for a hotel, retail center, and housing development. A small section of this land will be used for cultural and ceremonial purposes.

Assistant City Manager Albert Elias is confirming that the Pascua Yaqui Tribe is pushing for this new casino. The plans set forth and deal with city officials is the first step in getting this gambling establishment up and running.

Elias claims that city leaders are interested in learning more about the plans, and how a new casino in Tucson will affect the local community. The matter will be discussed at a City Council meeting on Tuesday.

“There won’t be a vote, but an opportunity to learn more,” Elias said. “From a land-use point of view, it’s a great location and a very valuable piece of real estate.”

Is Online Casino Gambling Regulated in Arizona?

Not at the moment. Lawmakers in Arizona have shown no willingness to regulate the state’s internet casino market. Fortunately, there are still a huge number of amazing online casinos in Arizona available to players.

These internet casino sites offer hundreds of different slots, table games, and poker gambling options. Major US sites including Bovada Casino and Mybookie.ag operate here and provide a range of amazing casino gaming options.

It’s unclear if Arizona will regulate internet casino gambling in the future. As of now, no specific bills have been presented to open this industry. If the new casino in Arizona is officially opened, it will only provide land-based gambling options.

A number of states are beginning to allow online casino gaming. Many of these states, including Nevada and New Jersey, are profiting massively as a result. It wouldn’t be a major surprise to see Arizona’s online casino market opened within the next few years.

We will have to wait until Tuesday to hear how Tucson city officials feel about this new casino. Make sure to stay tuned for updates on the situation!

Illinois Governor Fast-Tracks New Rockford Casino

Just last week, we reported on the news on Illinois Governor JB Pritzker approving the state’s new capital plan. Under the $45 million plan, a number of new casinos will be built throughout the state. Reports are now coming out that Pritzker plans to fast-track the new Rockford casino. Governor JB Pritzker Speaking

There’s clearly a lot going on in the Illinois gambling scene. Today, we’re looking at why the state wants to push the casino in Rockford so quickly. Later on, we’ll talk more about the plans for other casino venues in the state.

Chicago’s Plan to Launch New Casino

Chicago hasn’t always embraced the casino industry. It wasn’t until the mid-90s when the first land-based casinos began to operate here. Today, there are seven riverboat casinos, and three on land.

Fortunately, lawmakers here seem to finally recognize the massive potential associated with this industry. As we already mentioned, Governor Pritzker approved a new capital plan that allows for several new casinos across the state. Interestingly, this plan also approves a massive casino-resort in Chicago.

The Chicago casino is the first of its kind. Unfortunately, many in the gaming industry feel this city is not a profitable destination for a gaming establishment. High tax rates and a less-than-ideal location in the city are pushing some companies to look the other way.

That doesn’t mean other casinos in this state won’t be profitable. Rockford, in particular, is expected to bring in serious revenue earnings for the state. For this reason, lawmakers here are looking to construct the new Rockford casino quicker than others.

Why is the New Rockford Casino Being Fast-Tracked?

It all comes down to competition. Just across the border, in Wisconsin, officials are working to construct a new casino in the city of Beloit. This week, Governor Pritzker vowed to “beat Beloit” in a race for the first casino.

Over in Beloit, the Ho-Chunk Nation Tribe awaiting approval to construct a casino. Beloit is just half an hour away from Rockford via car. There’s a theory that whichever casino is built first will become the area’s top gambling destination.

Officials claim the new Rockford casino will be completed within 24-48 months. It will bring more than 600 construction jobs, and hundreds more for casino work. According to analysts, the city of Rockford will earn between $4 and $8 million in annual revenue from the casino.

State Senator’s Steve Sandleman and Dave Syverson are both working hard to get this casino built before Beloit’s. For now, things are looking good.

Casino Towns Excited About Pritzker’s New Plan

The capital plan signed last week involves more than just gambling. Under the $45 million dollar plan, the state will invest in road and bridge reconstruction, transit investment, railway improvements, and bicycle projects. For many, though, new casinos are the most important part of the plan.

Six small cities are set to welcome casinos over the next few years. A number of these cities are praising the governor on his effort to improve the state’s economy. Several media outlets are giving him credit, as well.

Mayor of Rockford, Tom McNamara, feels that the governor is working hard to help the state’s smaller towns.

“From the first time we met, we had a number of asks outlined on behalf of the city of Rockford,” McNamara said. “I am here to say that every single one of those, he delivered on.”

As we mentioned earlier, the new Rockford will open its doors sometime in the next two years. We will be giving updates on construction plans for this gaming venue as they come up.

Is a New Chicago Casino Really a Good Idea?

Today, Illinois Governor J.B. Pritzker signed off on a $45 million capital plan for the state. This plan lays out the framework for a new Chicago casino and resort to be constructed. Not everyone feels this is a good idea, though.Chicago City Skyline

Some of the state’s most powerful gambling groups feel there are too many regulations and restrictions for a casino in the Windy City to thrive. Today, we’re looking into why Pritzker is allowing this new casino. We’ll also discuss the potential issues this casino may face in the future. Let’s get into it!

Illinois’ Laws Towards Land-Based and Online Casinos

Gambling has taken place in Illinois for decades. In the mid-1900s, lawmakers in the state decided to crack down on the gambling industry, forcing all casino establishments to close their doors. Illinois went through a gambling dry spell during this time, where most forms of gambling took place in small, illegal venues under the table.

In 1991, a new law was passed here that allowed casinos to operate, as long as they are located on riverboats. A number of these river casinos quickly began operating with varying degrees of success.

Over the past decade, Illinois offered gaming licenses for three casinos to operate on land here. Overall, there are now 10 casinos in the state. The industry has continued to grow, and more casinos are on the horizon.

Illinois’ laws towards online gambling are pretty lenient. Officials here have not yet taken the steps to regulate internet casino gambling, yet a huge number of amazing Illinois online casinos are available right now. It’s likely that these sites will become regulated in the near future.

Illinois Capital Plan Opens Doors for a New Chicago Casino

Lawmakers in this state have been working hard to draft a new state capital plan. Governor J.B. Pritzker officially signed the plan today, which will help to “fix what’s broken in Illinois.” It includes a plan to reconstruct roads, bridges, schools, and add a number of new gambling establishments throughout the state.

Pritzker calls the bill “the most comprehensive reconstruction effort in this state’s history.”

“Together we passed the largest, most robust capital plan in this state’s history,” Pritzker said. “We’re investing $45 billion over 6 years to fix what’s broken and repair what’s needed.”

This $45 billion dollar plan allows a new Chicago casino. The casino will offer 4,000 gambling options. Other casinos throughout the state will have their limit on games raised from 1,200 to 2,000. Five more casinos will also be constructed in Waukegan, Rockford, Danville, Williamson County, and another unnamed city in Cook County.

A new “racino” will also open somewhere in Cook Country. It will be the first new horse race track to open in Illinois since 1946.

So why are some of the state’s top gambling officials claiming the Chicago casino will be a flop?

Major Casino Operators Staying Out of Chicago

On the surface, it’s extremely exciting to hear a new Chicago casino is coming. Looking at the details of the plan, however, gives an explanation of why so many companies are choosing to avoid this area. This casino will give up two-thirds of its revenue to the city and police and fire pensions.

Tim Wilmott, CEO of Penn National Gaming Inc., believes the high tax rate and numerous restrictions will negatively affect the casino. He also states that with more casinos spread around the state, the Chicago casino will struggle to gain a foothold in the market.

“An already saturated market is going to get a lot more supply,” Wilmott said in an interview. “It’s going to make the Chicago casino a very difficult investment to make,” he said. 

Some of the biggest casino companies in the US seem to feel the same way. The Las Vegas Sands claims it’s not entering the Chicago market. Caesars, which recently merged with Eldorado Resorts, hasn’t shown much interest either.

There is also discussion that the casino in Chicago be constructed in an economically-struggling part of the city. With all things considered, maybe this casino won’t be “big city gold-standard” that the governor wants it to be.

How do you think the new Chicago casino will do? Make sure to stay tuned for updates on the situation as they come out!

Michigan’s Online Gambling Push Halted by Governor

For more than a year now, lawmakers in Michigan have been pushing to legalize online casino gambling. A new bill was introduced here earlier this year to regulate this popular industry, yet not everyone agrees it will benefit the state. Governor Gretchen Whitmer is working to stop Michigan’s online gambling regulation. Mobile Phone With Icons of Cards Chips Dice and a Roulette Wheel

It’s a frustrating development for pro-online gaming politicians and fans of casino gambling around Michigan. This state is one of just a few with a year-long legislative calendar. Will internet gambling be legal here by the end of 2019?

Lawmakers Continue Push For Regulated Online Casino Gambling

A number of states around the country are beginning to push for fully regulated internet gaming. Of course, there is some confusion as to whether or not the government allows this. In January, the DOJ changed its opinion on the Wire Act, declaring it applies to all forms of online gambling. Of course, a number of states with regulated online casino gaming are challenging the DOJ in court over this ruling.

For now, it still appears as though every state has the ability to set its own laws on online casino gambling. In order for a state to approve these laws, it must pass in the legislature, and then be approved by the governor. Brandt Iden, a Michigan State Representative, has been working to legalize and regulate this market for more than a year.

In 2017, Iden proposed an online casino bill. It was passed by the House and Senate, only to be vetoed by then-governor Rick Snyder. According to Snyder, online casino gaming would take away from the state’s popular internet lottery options.

It was a tough blow for many who believe regulated online casino gaming will give players more options, and earn the state valuable revenue every year. Now, Iden is continuing his push once again. Just like last year, the state’s governor appears the be the biggest hurdle in the way.

Governor Gretchen Whitmer Against Internet Gaming Expansion

Much like the aforementioned Rick Snyder, Governor Whitmer worries about the impact that regulated iGaming will have on the state’s online lottery options. Michigan is one of just a handful of states to offer lottery games over the internet. Whitmer believes online casino gambling will “cannibalize” the state’s internet lottery operations.

She is also concerned about where the revenue will go. The state’s internet lottery earnings fund public projects including school programs. The governor wants assurances that any new forms of gambling are used to help the state, not gaming operators.

“I’ve said very clearly, over and over again, that protecting the School Aid Fund, ensuring that we get every dollar back into the education of our kids is my top priority,” Whitmer said. “So I’m going to have a hard time supporting anything that doesn’t protect that goal.”

This fight isn’t over, though. Iden has some great points on why online casino gambling should finally be permitted in the state. Let’s look at why he and so many others feel this industry will be beneficial.

Michigan’s Online Gambling Market May Still Open in 2019

Brandt Iden is looking at other states with legalized online gambling for his motivation. New Jersey, for instance, now has fully regulated online casino and sports betting. The latter has helped the state earn millions in additional revenue each and every month.

Iden claims that the states with regulated online casino gambling still enjoy high lottery sales. He also argues that many individuals in Michigan play through online casino sites that are not regulated by the state. Huge revenue earnings will come to Michigan with regulation, he believes.

There may be one sign that Governor Whitmer is considering this new casino gaming bill. In early June, she requested that Iden remove online slots from the bill.

The state of Michigan has a legislative process once a year. The next one takes place in early January of 2020. Iden and his supporters have six months to push Michigan’s online gambling bill to the governor.

Will Michigan’s online gambling market ever become regulated? Will this hurt the state’s online lottery? Stay tuned for updates on the situation!

Judge Claims Tribe Needs Approval for New MA Casino

One of Massachusetts Native American Tribes is in a row with the state over the construction of a new casino. According to a Federal Judge, the tribe needs local approval to continue working on the gaming establishment. Will this new MA casino be up and running by 2020? New MA Casino

This isn’t the first time that Native American Tribes and states have argued over gambling rights, and it won’t be the last. Let’s look at why a judge is setting restrictions on the tribe, and what this means for Massachusetts moving forward.

Aquinnah Wampanoag Pushing for New MA Casino

The Aquinnah Wampanoag Tribe has been in fighting with Massachusetts to operate a casino for years. Not long ago, the tribe pulled back from working towards a Class III gambling license. The National Indian Gambling Commission claims that this tribe is eligible to operate a casino under the 1987 Settlement Act.

In 2016, lawmakers in MA dealt a tough blow to the Wampanoag Tribe. According to District Court Judge J. Dennis Saylor IV, the tribe did not have “sufficient government control” to operate a casino within its territory. Saylor claimed the tribe lacked the infrastructure to successfully operate a major gambling venue.

The Federal government disagreed. The Wampanoag tribe has the right to open a new MA casino, yet local approval is needed before this can be done. What does this all mean?

Local Approval Needed for New MA Casino

The Wampanoag Tribe wants to continue construction on a new casino project on Martha’s Vineyard in Massachusetts. This is located on a small island just south of Cape Cod. According to the aforementioned Saylor, the tribe needs approval from the local community before construction can begin.

Saylor concedes that the tribe is not subject to state regulations. They are, however, required to abide by local permitting requirements.

Wampanoag leaders believe they have the right to begin construction without local permission. Under the laws of 1987, they argue, federally-recognized tribes can operate casinos on sovereign lands without state approval. It’s a complicated issue.

This tribe actually began construction on the casino back in February. This new legal dispute with the local regulators forced them to stop. Wampanoag Tribal leaders are expected to comment on the issue soon.

Changes to Massachusetts Casino Laws

This most recent dispute between state and tribe proves that Massachusetts’ gaming laws are not perfect. For many years, lawmakers here showed no real interest in legalizing any privately-owned casinos. In 2011, new laws were introduced to change this.

That year, the state agreed to hand out three casino licenses. Today, a number of major casino companies are operating here including MGM Resorts International and Wynn Resorts. Unfortunately, laws towards online gambling here are bleak.

Massachusetts has shown no real interest in regulating its internet casino market. As is the case throughout the country, laws on internet casino gambling in Massachusetts are unclear. The state does not specifically mention the legality of casino gaming through offshore sites.

A large number of individuals in this state enjoy playing casino games online. Others still prefer to play inside brick-and-mortar establishments. Fortunately, a new MA casino may be on its way, as long as the Wampanoag tribe can settle this most recent dispute with the state.