Legislation on Hotel Resort Fees is Introduced to US House

Nevada, and Las Vegas, in particular, is home to many of the best casino-resorts in the world. Millions of people stay in these resorts every year, yet many are beginning to complain about the hidden fees that are added on to their bills. Last week, a bill was presented to the US House that will require hotels to clearly feature their resort fees.Animated Image Of Bill And Casino Chip

It’s a welcome sight for many who have been blindsided by these additional fees. Today, we’re going to look at why this bill has been presented to the House. We’ll also talk about what exactly resort fees are. Let’s get into it!

Resort Fees: Why Are They Charged?

If you’ve ever stayed in a hotel-resort, there’s a good chance you’ve come across a resort fee. Essentially, these are fees that hotels will charge their guests on top of the normal room rates and government fees. They go towards funding hotel’s different amenities including Wifi, gym/pool access, and even parking.

Today, most major hotels charge these fees. Unfortunately, it can be very difficult to find out how much you will be charged until after you’ve booked your room. All of the top Las Vegas hotels operating today charge resort fees.

There are a few different ways to find out how much you’ll need to pay the resort you are staying at. Sometimes, hotels will list the fee rates directly on their website. Others don’t mention these at all. You can usually contact the hotel that you’re planning to stay at to find more information on these hidden fees.

Many have begun to complain about the fees that different hotel-resorts are charging. Recently, several lawmakers presented a new bill to the US House that calls for hotels to clearly feature all fees for guests. Officials in Nevada are now reviewing this bill to study its ramifications.

NV Resort Association Set to Study New Bill

As we just mentioned, several lawmakers have presented a new bill that will require all hotels to list their resort fees for guests to see. These hotels will no longer be able to advertise room rates without including the hidden fees attached. This week, the Nevada Resort Association is set to review this bill and study the impact it will have on hotel companies in the state.

This association has 71 different members, 59 of which are based in Southern Nevada. Officials in the Resort Association claim that they have not yet reviewed the details of this bill and cannot comment on its conditions. Eddie Bernice Johnson, a Texas Congresswoman, believes the bill will benefit travelers who may be unaware of the hidden fees that different hotels charge.

“This summer, we witnessed a record number of Americans take the opportunity to travel,” she said. “Unfortunately, this also meant a record number of travelers were subjected to deceptive hidden fees charged by hotels, motels and other places of accommodation. It is projected that in 2019, over $3 billion in revenue alone will be collected from consumers due to these hidden fees. Consumers should be able to enjoy their vacation without being ripped off and financially burdened. This bill would require that the prices advertised by hotels and online travel agencies must include all mandatory fees that will be charged to a consumer, excluding taxes.”

This would be a major change for hotels around the country. Several groups have already expressed their support for this bill.

Several Groups Support New Hotel Fee Bill

This week, two major groups have claimed that this new bill will benefit travelers. Consumer Reports and Travelers United are both pushing for lawmakers in the House to approve the bill. Director of financial policy for Consumer Reports, Anna Laitan, thinks hotels should be responsible for listing their fees.

“Travelers shouldn’t have to read the fine print to figure out all the fees they’ll be charged for staying at a hotel,” she said. “Hotels should be required to disclose all fees in their advertised rate, so consumers won’t get stung with a higher bill than what they’re expecting to pay when booking a room.”

The FTC is beginning to get involved, as well. Years ago, this government body called on dozens of hotels to begin disclosing their resort fees for guests. It wasn’t entirely effective, as many individuals have continued to complained about these hotel’s hidden fees.

Resort fees in Las Vegas hotels range from $15 to $45. MGM recently announced that their fees would increase. If this bill is approved, these hotels will be required to include all fees to room rates. We’ll need to wait and see how the country’s top lawmakers approach these new regulations.

Make sure to stay tuned for more US casino-hotel news 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.

Prairie Flower Casino In Iowa

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!

Lori Lightfoot Discusses Potential Chicago Casino Sites

Illinois voters have recently approved plans for several new commercial casino establishments to be built around the state. This includes a brand new casino in the state’s most populous city, Chicago. This week, Illinois mayor Lori Lightfoot discussed a few potential Chicago casino sites. Chicago Mayor Lori Lightfoot

It’s an exciting time for this state’s gambling market. It’s clear that officials here want this casino in Chicago to be successful. Let’s take a quick look at where this new gambling establishment could be located.

Illinois’ Voters Approve New Casinos

In June of this year, lawmakers in Illinois presented a bill that calls for more casinos, legalized sports betting, and a new gambling infrastructure program. Voters in this state could decide whether or not to allow this gambling expansion.

Illinois has always had some pretty lenient gambling laws. Land-based casino gambling was fully legalized here in 1991. At this time, however, only casinos located on riverboats were allowed to operate. Over the past several years, laws changed to allow casinos to operate on land. There are also a huge number of online casinos in Illinois that are currently available.

State officials here have been working hard to increase gambling revenue. Hope was that the bill to expand casino gambling would accomplish this goal. Voters in the state felt that expanding the casino gambling operations was a good idea, as well.

This bill, which Governor JB Pritzker called the “the most comprehensive reconstruction effort in this state’s history,” allows for six new casinos in Illinois. As we mentioned above, this includes a new casino in the Windy City. The mayor of Illinois has recently begun to talk about the potential Chicago casino sites being considered.

Possible Chicago Casino Sites

The new casino in Chicago will be the first in the city’s history. It’s a huge development for this city, which is well-known for having one of the most passionate casino and sports gambling fan bases in the country. A legal gaming venue here is expected to bring in some massive revenue figures.

Of course, there are many steps that need to be taken before this casino will be constructed. As soon as this bill was approved, several analysts began wondering where exactly the Chicago casino would be constructed. The city’s mayor, Lori Lightfoot, began to shed light on this earlier this week.

According to Lightfoot, there five potential Chicago casino sites are being constructed. All of them lie in the South and West side of the city. One potential location, in Bronzeville, is quickly being shut down by other city officials. The other potential locations can be seen below.

  • A site near the Harborside International Golf Center site at 111th and the Bishop Ford Freeway.
  • Pershing Road and State Street.
  • Roosevelt Road and Kostner Avenue.
  • The former U.S. Steel parcel at 80th and Lake Shore Drive.

Governor Pritzker has made it clear that he wants the casino constructed outside of the downtown business area. Samir Mayeker, deputy mayor for economic and neighborhood development, claims that finding the right site is hugely important for the success of the casino’s future.

“This is not about sites. This is about putting in test cases for … an economic feasibility study,” he said. 

Concerns Linger Over Chicago’s City Future

It’s an extremely exciting time in Illinois’ gambling scene. It’s also great to see officials in this city looking for quality Chicago casino sites. Unfortunately, many feel this casino is facing an uphill battle.

Much of this is due to the tax rates that Illinois is charging for this future casino. It will be the highest-taxed gambling venue in Illinois and will cost companies millions just to secure a license to begin operating here. A number of companies, including Las Vegas Sands, states that it has no intention of entering into the Chicago gaming scene.

Once these Chicago casino sites are narrowed down, gambling companies can begin to weigh the pros and cons of operating here. Some of the biggest names in Chicago are pushing for the casino to be built in certain areas. Michael Edwards, CEO of Chicago Loop Alliance, believes that the Loop (Chicago’s central business area) is the perfect place for this new casino.

“Chicago Loop Alliance has been involved in past conversations around a casino in the city, and we hope that involvement will continue with this administration. During past discussions, a site in the Loop made sense to us given the area’s access to transportation, lodging, entertainment, retail, and other amenities.” 

Make sure to stay tuned for updates on the state’s decision for Chicago casino sites. We’ll keep you informed as developments come out!

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!

Casino Gambling in Nebraska May Finally be Legal

Nebraska has some of the strictest gambling laws in the country. For years, lawmakers here have worked to ban casinos from operating inside the state. Next year, voters may have the opportunity to decide whether or not to allow casino gambling in Nebraska. Nebraska On US Map

A new ballot is being considered to finally open this state’s casino industry. Today, we’re going to look at why officials here are looking to open the industry.

Nebraska’s Laws on Gambling

As we already mentioned, Nebraska has some extremely strict rules when it comes to both online and land-based gambling. Right now, Nebraska bans almost all forms of casino gambling and is one of the few states to show no interest in legalizing sports betting. The state is also against almost all forms of online gambling.

As of now, lawmakers here have taken no steps to regulate internet gaming. There are a number of online casinos in Nebraska currently operating, yet none of them are regulated by the state.

There are four “casinos” operating here, yet they are only allowed to offer bingo and card games. Unlike most states, Nebraska does not allow slot machines.

This may all change soon. Supporters of casino gambling are launching a petition to place the issue on 2020’s ballot. If approved, voters here will have the ability to fully legalize casino gambling. It’s an exciting time for gaming fans throughout the state.

Is Casino Gambling in Nebraska Going to Become Legal?

Despite the harsh laws against it, many people in Nebraska love to gamble inside casinos. In order to legally do this, Nebraska residents need to visit nearby states such as Colorado, Iowa, or Kansas, where a number of casinos operate. Kansas, in particular, has grown to become one of the most popular casino gaming destinations for Nebraska residents.

Many in this state realize the revenue earnings they are missing out on. Right now, Ho-Chunk Inc is pushing for casino gambling in Nebraska to become legal. CEO Lance Morgan is working with the Winnebago Tribe to finally open this industry.

“Hundreds of millions of dollars go across the border every year,” he said. “For a Nebraskan to do gaming, you have to go half a mile. It’s the height of paternalism to try to try to restrict it.”

Morgan feels that Nebraskans will vote to legalize casino gambling if it appears on next year’s ballot. Will this measure be approved?

Pushback From Nebraska’s Politicians

There will clearly be some opposition from the state’s politicians. Governor Pete Ricketts has repeatedly claimed he is against gambling. Nate Grasz, policy director for the Nebraska Family Alliance, is already pushing against new laws on casino gambling in Nebraska.

“Casinos are bad for families and bad for business,” Grasz said. “All men and women deserve an opportunity to build the best lives for themselves, and state-sanctioned gambling robs them of that opportunity.”

The new push for legal casino gambling in Nebraska will require some major changes. First, there will need to be a constitutional amendment that allows casino gambling. Next, there will need to be a set of industry regulations and tax laws on the market.

A call for legal casino gambling failed to pass in 2016. Hope is that this time around, voters will see the potential revenue earnings associated with the industry. Stay tuned for updates on Nebraska’s gambling laws as they come out!