Archive for December, 2016

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

Written by Steve Larson | Friday, December 30th, 2016

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 […]

Four Winds New Buffalo Casino Bus Driver Dies in Traffic Accident

Four Winds New Buffalo Casino Bus Driver Dies in Traffic Accident

Written by Steve Larson | Thursday, December 29th, 2016

A bus driver for the Four Winds Casino died in a crash near New Buffalo, Michigan. No casino visitors were in the bus at the time of the crash. The crash happened at around 9:45 am on Thursday. The Berrien County Sheriff’s Office identified the driver as 65-year old Edmund Hillman. Authorities said that Hillman […]

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

Written by Steve Larson | Wednesday, December 28th, 2016

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, […]

Pam Bondi Appeals the Kelly Mathis Illegal Gambling Case to the Florida Supreme Court

Pam Bondi Appeals the Kelly Mathis Illegal Gambling Case to the Florida Supreme Court

Written by Steve Larson | Tuesday, December 27th, 2016

Florida Attorney General Pam Bondi wants the state’s supreme court to pass judgment on the 2013 conviction of an alleged racketeer. The Fifth District Court of Appeal dismissed an earlier guilty verdict back in October. Lawyers working for the defendant claim the cyber-cafes at the heart of the case were legal at the time of […]

Pennsylvania District Attorney Sends Sands Bethlehem Casino a Warning about Host Fee Payments

Pennsylvania District Attorney Sends Sands Bethlehem Casino a Warning about Host Fee Payments

Written by Steve Larson | Monday, December 26th, 2016

Northampton County District Attorney John Morganelli released a letter he wrote to Sands Bethlehem president Mark Juliano, saying the Sands would face consequences if it refused to pay a new set of taxes. Morganelli’s letter did not directly threaten charges against the casino, but he wrote that he would not feel obligated to pursue charges […]

Joe Negron Supports Florida Counties Which Want to Legalize Slot Machines at Local Racetracks

Joe Negron Supports Florida Counties Which Want to Legalize Slot Machines at Local Racetracks

Written by Steve Larson | Friday, December 23rd, 2016

Florida Senate President Joe Negron is in favor of letting voters decide whether to legalize slot machines at the county level. Negron’s position might not be legal, though. On November 8, voters in two different Florida countries approved ballot measure whcih would allow slot machines in their communities. Previously, six other Florida counties had approved […]

Wyoming Lottery Corporation Files Defamation Lawsuit against Edward Atchison

Wyoming Lottery Corporation Files Defamation Lawsuit against Edward Atchison

Written by Steve Larson | Thursday, December 22nd, 2016

The Wyoming Lottery Corporation lawsuit against Edward Atchison was criticized by a lawyer involved in the case. Edward Atchison is a Cheyenne resident who stands accused of defaming the lottery. Atchison’s lawyer described the lawsuit as lacking in details and possibly unconstitutional. The Wyoming Lottery Corporation was founded by an act of the state legislature […]

Carl Icahn May Sell the Trump Taj Mahal to Other Casino Operators

Carl Icahn May Sell the Trump Taj Mahal to Other Casino Operators

Written by Steve Larson | Wednesday, December 21st, 2016

On the day after the New Jersey State Assembly voted 60-to-17 to approve a bill that would keep the Trump Taj Mahal closed for at least 5 years, Carl Icahn announced he was in talks with other casino operators to sell control of the casino. On Monday, the State Assembly voted to approve a bill […]

What Happens to Uncashed Slot Machine Tickets in Las Vegas?

What Happens to Uncashed Slot Machine Tickets in Las Vegas?

Written by Steve Larson | Tuesday, December 20th, 2016

The Las Vegas Sun published a story recently about what happens to unused slot machine tickets and video poker machine tickets. It was a fascinating story, but one that means a windfall for the state of Nevada. The story discussed machine-dispensed tickets that were lost, forgotten, or simply uncashed. A generation ago, gamblers were paid […]

The American Gaming Association Sends a Memo to President-Elect Donald Trump

The American Gaming Association Sends a Memo to President-Elect Donald Trump

Written by Steve Larson | Monday, December 19th, 2016

The American Gaming Association sent a memorandum to President-Elect Donald Trump, providing him with updates on the gambling industry after Trump left it in 2009. The pdf memo looked to the future of the industry, including sections on tribal gaming, sports betting, and online gambling. The AGA’s memo also predicted trends over the coming ten […]