Author Archives: Steve Larson

Bill Galvano Introduces a Slots and Banked Games Bill to Florida Legislature

Bill Galvano Introduces a Slots and Banked Games Bill to Florida Legislature

January 13th, 2017 Written by Steve Larson

A new gambling proposal is being discussed in the Florida State Legislature that would increase slot machine gambling in the state. If Sen. Bill Galvano’s gambling bill is approved, racetracks in eight Florida counties would be able to install slot machines if their county approved such a measure. Galvano’s bill also would allow South Florida pari-mutuel racetracks to offer blackjack games. Meanwhile, tracks could do... 

The PGA’s New Commissioner, Jay Monahan, Supports Legalized Gambling

The PGA’s New Commissioner, Jay Monahan, Supports Legalized Gambling

January 12th, 2017 Written by Steve Larson

The PGA Tour’s new commissioner, Jay Monahan, said in a recent interview that he welcomes legal gambling on the pro golfing tour. In an interview with Golf Channel’s Rich Lerner, Monahan said gambling is something he is “looking at”. Jay Monahan’s stance sounds much like NBA Commissioner Adam Silver’s stance towards US gambling. Like Adam Silver, Jay Monahan is taking over for a longtime commissioner.... 

Owen Hanson of ODOG Enterprises Pleads Guilty to Illegal Gambling and Drug Charges

Owen Hanson of ODOG Enterprises Pleads Guilty to Illegal Gambling and Drug Charges

January 11th, 2017 Written by Steve Larson

Owen Hanson, a 34-year old former USC Trojans football player, pleaded guilty to running an international illegal gambling ring in Southern California. The sentencing phase of the trial has not begun, but Hanson faces up to 20 years in prison on racketeering conspiracy and drug-trafficking conspiracy cherges. In entering his guilty plea, Owen Hanson agreed to hand over $5 million in forfeitures and all other property paid for with... 

Jeff Sessions Hints He Might Reverse Wire Act Opinion Affecting U.S. Online Gambling

Jeff Sessions Hints He Might Reverse Wire Act Opinion Affecting U.S. Online Gambling

January 10th, 2017 Written by Steve Larson

In confirmation hearings on Tuesday, Alabama Sen. Jeff Sessions said he was “shocked” when he learned that the Department of Justice approved online casinos and online poker in a 2011 opinion. The decision paved the way for online gambling legalization in New Jersey, Nevada, and Delaware. Jeff Sessions’s pronouncement is important for the future of online gambling in the United States, because the senator is set... 

Benjamin Netanhayu Secret Tape Scandal Involves an Alleged Betrayal of Sheldon Adelson

Benjamin Netanhayu Secret Tape Scandal Involves an Alleged Betrayal of Sheldon Adelson

January 9th, 2017 Written by Steve Larson

An ongoing scandal involving a secret taped conversation between Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and one of his country’s top media moguls has surfaced in Israel. The tape includes a deal that would involve the shutting down Israel Hayom, a newspaper owned by Netanyahu’s patron, Las Vegas Sands mogul Sheldon Adelson. If true, the tape would indicate a major shift in allegiances in the political-media arena... 

Rio Hotel & Casino Resort’s Masquerade Tower Reopens on Thursday

Rio Hotel & Casino Resort’s Masquerade Tower Reopens on Thursday

January 6th, 2017 Written by Steve Larson

Hotel rooms at the Rio Hotel & Casino Resort’s Masquerade Tower reopened this week. The guest rooms in the 17-floor hotel had been closed for over a week, due to a power failure. Fire and building inspectors approved the reopening of nearly 500 rooms from floors 22 to 39 in the hotel tower. Safety checks had to be conducted after power was restored. The generators were lost due to an electrical fire. Masquerade Tower... 

Maryland Has Record Month after the Grand Opening of MGM National Harbor

Maryland Has Record Month after the Grand Opening of MGM National Harbor

January 5th, 2017 Written by Steve Larson

Maryland posted its best-ever month in December 2016, as it generated $133.47 million in revenue. The previous record was $104.35 million, for a difference of $29 million. The driver of the record total was the MGM National Harbor, which collected $41.9 million in only 23 days of operations. MGM National Harbor had its grand opening on December 8, giving Maryland its 6th land-based casino. The records likely are going to fall throughout... 

New Jersey Casino Control Commission Might Approve Glenn Straub’s License Next Week

New Jersey Casino Control Commission Might Approve Glenn Straub’s License Next Week

January 3rd, 2017 Written by Steve Larson

Glenn Straub hopes to receive good new from a meeting of the New Jersey Casino Control Commission on January 11. The meeting could determine the future of his bid to reopen Revel Casino under the name TEN Atlantic City. NJ.com reports TEN Casino could open as early as February 20, 2017, if the meeting goes well. Glenn Straub’s optimistic launch dates have fallen through in the past, so it is uncertain what chance there is... 

Federal Judge Rejects Emil Interactive’s Legal Argument Their DFS Gaming Is Illegal

Federal Judge Rejects Emil Interactive’s Legal Argument Their DFS Gaming Is Illegal

December 30th, 2016 Written by Steve Larson

A federal judge rejected an dubious legal argument made by a former Las Vegas daily fantasy sports company, which argued that its business was illegal. The company, Emil Interactive Games LLC, made the argument in order to get out of a $1.1 million contract with a hocket team. Emil Interactive Gamaes had a $1.1 million sponsorship and advertising contract with the NHL’s Minnesota Wild franchise. The partnership deal, which... 

New Jersey Argues in Briefs on Sports Betting with the U.S. Supreme Court

New Jersey Argues in Briefs on Sports Betting with the U.S. Supreme Court

December 28th, 2016 Written by Steve Larson

New Jersey lawyers argued in briefs to the U.S. Supreme Court on the issue of federal sports betting laws. The briefs argued on constitutional principle that the Congress is barred from forcing states to repeal or reinstate their own laws. The argument is at the heart of a lawsuit brought by the NCAA, NFL, NBA, NHL, and Major League Baseball two years ago. In several courts, the sports leagues have won decisions against New Jersey,... 

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