Virginia is on the brink of legalizing sports betting and online gaming with a bill awaiting Gov. Ralph Northam's signature. The legislation also would permit one casino license per city for eligible areas that pass a local referendum.
Since 2016, revenue from Philippine offshore gaming operators has seen a sharp spike, according to the Philippine Amusement and Gaming Corp. The change is attributed to the entity's increased regulatory authority over such operators, which generated close to $75 million in 2017 and more than $140 million in 2018.
The US Department of the Interior has approved a gaming amendment that paves the way for the Mashantucket Pequot and Mohegan tribes to build a casino together in East Windsor, Conn. The decision has prompted MGM Resorts International to say it will resume its legal challenge against the state's acceptance of an off-reservation casino without competitive bidding.
Ireland's government is poised to create a new gaming regulator and introduce a social fund to address problem gaming. Legislators also are expected to approve a bill this week that would clarify licensing rules and update stake and prize limits as well as set the minimum betting age to 18.
The Philippines' gaming regulator says local authorities in Quezon City aren't permitted to require a casino entry fee. Bloomberry Resorts plans to break ground on a casino resort in the city, which has insisted on the fee.
Borgata Casino Hotel and Bwin.party entertainment have been fined $81,000 in New Jersey for failing to block 12 people who had self-excluded from the companies' online gaming sites. Borgata recently was instructed to give up almost $68,000 in winnings from 36 people who were prohibited from betting, abandoned specific assets or didn't produce proper identification upon request.
A bill introduced in the US Senate would help the Catawba Indian Nation establish a new casino in North Carolina. "Our gaming operation in Kings Mountain, N.C., will create up to 4,000 jobs and not only provide much needed employment for our people, but also for residents of Cleveland County," Catawba Indian Nation Chief William Harris says.
About 47 million Americans collectively will bet $8.5 billion on this year's NCAA's March Madness men's basketball tournament, according to an American Gaming Association-commissioned study. More than 5 million people are expected to bet online, while more than 4 million likely will place their bets using a legal app at a casino sportsbook.
MGM Resorts International has signed a deal with Major League Soccer to make Roar its official sports betting partner. MGM Resort also has partnerships with the NBA, MLB and NHL.
Atlantic City's Showboat hotel could soon have a gaming facility next door, which would circumvent a rule that prohibits betting on the property. The casino would be part of an expansion of an adjoining lot, and the hotel would transform its bus terminal a family entertainment center.
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