Archive for September, 2015

PokerStars and FullTilt Poker Licensed in New Jersey and DGE Chairman David Rebuck Explains Why

PokerStars and FullTilt Poker Licensed in New Jersey and DGE Chairman David Rebuck Explains Why

Written by Steve Larson | Wednesday, September 30th, 2015

On October 1, 2015, the Division of Gaming Enforcement gave the long-awaited approval to PokerStars and Full Tilt Poker to enter the online gambling market in New Jersey. Since October 2013, the DGE has held up the licensing approval process, due to concerns over the poker site’s old ownership’s troubles with the United States federal […]

Connecticut Files Motion to Have Federal Judge Dismiss MGM Resorts Lawsuit

Connecticut Files Motion to Have Federal Judge Dismiss MGM Resorts Lawsuit

Written by Steve Larson | Tuesday, September 29th, 2015

Connecticut’s Assistant Attorney General, Robert Deichert, has filed a motion with US District Judge Alvin Thompson, asking him to dismiss a lawsuit by MGM Resorts against Foxwoods and Mohegan Sun. The filing states that MGM Resorts has no legal right to sue the Connecticut tribal casinos. The lawsuit attempts to stop the two Native American […]

Global Gaming Expo Opens This Week with New Slot Machines Designs

Global Gaming Expo Opens This Week with New Slot Machines Designs

Written by Steve Larson | Monday, September 28th, 2015

The Global Gaming Expo on the Las Vegas Strip this weekend is expected to see the debut of slot machines with skill gaming elements. The exposure provided by the GGE could be a make-or-break proposition for some aspiring game designers, while it’s a chance for gamblers to see what the future holds on slots row. […]

RAWA Lite Legislation Emerging in the United States Congress

RAWA Lite Legislation Emerging in the United States Congress

Written by Steve Larson | Saturday, September 26th, 2015

Sheldon Adelson appears to have shifted his goals from the passage of the original Restore America’s Wire Act (RAWA) to a less ambitious plan called “RAWA Lite”. The new proposed legislation is planned at building a firewall against states passing pro-online gambling legislation. The new plan is more defensive in nature, seeking to control the […]

Las Vegas Sands Ends Lobbying Campaign for a South Florida Casino

Las Vegas Sands Ends Lobbying Campaign for a South Florida Casino

Written by Steve Larson | Thursday, September 24th, 2015

The Las Vegas Sands has ended its lobbying efforts in the state of Florida, bringing to an end an attempt to build an integrated resort-casino in the Miami area. Sheldon Adelson decided over the weekend to call an end to the lobbying effort, according to a key lobbyist for the Sands–Nick Larossi. Larossi said that […]

ESPN Decides to End “Cover Alerts” during College Football Broadcasts

ESPN Decides to End “Cover Alerts” during College Football Broadcasts

Written by Steve Larson | Wednesday, September 23rd, 2015

On Saturday, September 4, viewers of ESPN college games were treated to something new: alerts that point spreads were in jeopardy. During a game between Michigan State and Western Michigan, in which MSU was an 18-point favorite, ESPN broke into games to announce that Western Michigan had scored to bring their deficit to 17. The […]

Judges Rule Borgata Babes Policy Is Fair, but Might Have Led to Hostile Work Environment

Judges Rule Borgata Babes Policy Is Fair, but Might Have Led to Hostile Work Environment

Written by Steve Larson | Tuesday, September 22nd, 2015

In a case brought by 21 former servers at the casino, New Jersey state appellate court ruled that the Borgata has a right to regulate its waitresses’ weights. The same judges decided that a court has to decide whether Atlantic City casino made mistakes in how they enforced their policies. The judges decided the Borgata’s […]

Mississippi Set to Sell Bonds Backed by Casino Gambling Taxes This Wednesday

Mississippi Set to Sell Bonds Backed by Casino Gambling Taxes This Wednesday

Written by Steve Larson | Monday, September 21st, 2015

Mississippi is selling bonds backed by its gambling taxes for the first time. The decision comes after Mississippi’s take of casino revenues fell to its lowest level since 1997. That represents a historic decline for a state once known as the second most important gaming hub east of the Mississippi River. Revenues have dropped 30% […]

Poker Player Vanessa Rousso Makes the Final of CBS’s Big Brother 17

Poker Player Vanessa Rousso Makes the Final of CBS’s Big Brother 17

Written by Steve Larson | Saturday, September 19th, 2015

Poker professional Vanessa Rousso has made it to the final of “Big Brother 17”. To make the finals of the popular reality TV show on CBS, she had to make the final three competitors. The last person standing in the Survivor-style format wins $500,000, while the runner-up wins $50,000. Instead of living on a tropical […]

The Las Vegas Casinos Ban Poker Legend Archie Karas for Life

The Las Vegas Casinos Ban Poker Legend Archie Karas for Life

Written by Steve Larson | Friday, September 18th, 2015

Legendary gambler Archie Karas has received a lifetime ban from Nevada casino for cheating. Being assigned to the Black Book is a rare thing, and it is truly a lifetime ban. Karas will not be able to gamble in Nevada casinos for the rest of his life. The Black Book was established in 1972. Since […]