Archive for January, 2017

Augusta Lawmaker Believes His City Has an Advantage in a Georgia Casino Licensing Process

Augusta Lawmaker Believes His City Has an Advantage in a Georgia Casino Licensing Process

Written by Steve Larson | Tuesday, January 31st, 2017

A lawmaker from Augusta said his city is on a short list of potential casino sites, according to a bill being sponsored by Rep. Ron Stephens. The legislator, State Rep. Brian Prince of Augusta, said the gaming bill calls for two casinos in the state. Brian Prince said August is well-placed to win such a […]

Lansing Tribal Casino Receives Encouragement from Interior Department Letter

Lansing Tribal Casino Receives Encouragement from Interior Department Letter

Written by Steve Larson | Monday, January 30th, 2017

The Sault St. Marie Tribe of Chippewa Indians received a legal victory on the day before Donald Trump took office which could help it end a 5-year legal dispute. The Sault St. Marie Tribe wants to build a $245 million in downtown Lansing, Michigan. On January 19, the tribe received a letter from the U.S. […]

Hawaii Senate Bill 677 Proposes the Legalization of Online Casinos, Poker Sites, and Lottery Tickets

Hawaii Senate Bill 677 Proposes the Legalization of Online Casinos, Poker Sites, and Lottery Tickets

Written by Steve Larson | Friday, January 27th, 2017

Hawaii is the latest US state which is considering the legalization of online poker and other forms of Internet gambling. In Hawaiian Senate Bill 677 (SB 667), State Sen. Will Espero wants to legalize online casinos, poker sites, and lottery ticket sales. If Sen. Espero’s bill is passed, Hawaii will end its long antipathy to […]

Chad Power Is Targeting Whales in the MGM National Harbor Poker Room

Chad Power Is Targeting Whales in the MGM National Harbor Poker Room

Written by Steve Larson | Thursday, January 26th, 2017

Poker professional Chad Power was the focus of recently-published interview with the Daily Gazette conducted at the grand opening of MGM National Harbor last month, which opened on the Maryland border with the District of Columbia in December 2016. Chad Power says he is playing poker at the new casino to take advantage of the […]

Las Vegas Sands Pays $6.96 Million to SEC and Justice Department to End 2011 Probes

Las Vegas Sands Pays $6.96 Million to SEC and Justice Department to End 2011 Probes

Written by Steve Larson | Wednesday, January 25th, 2017

The Las Vegas Sands paid nearly $7 million to U.S. authorities to end 5-year investations by a pair of federal agencies. In 2011, The SEC and Justice Department each launched a probe into the Las Vegas Sands relationship to a consultant in China and Macau. The investigations looked into $60 million paid by Sheldon Adelson’s […]

Las Vegas Strip Casino Parking Fees Are Becoming More Common

Las Vegas Strip Casino Parking Fees Are Becoming More Common

Written by Steve Larson | Tuesday, January 24th, 2017

Casinos charging visitors to park is becoming commonplace on the Las Vegas Strip. For generations, casinos offered free parking to customers, as a way to encourage free and easy access to their gambling venues. Starting last year, MGM Resorts casinos began to charge parking fees on their properties. MGM Resorts was criticized heavily for its […]

The New England Patriots Open at 3-Point Favorites over the Atlanta Falcons in Super Bowl LI

The New England Patriots Open at 3-Point Favorites over the Atlanta Falcons in Super Bowl LI

Written by Steve Larson | Monday, January 23rd, 2017

The New England Patriots are the favorites to win Super Bowl 51. Las Vegas sportsbooks installed them as 3-point favorites to beat the Atlanta Falcons. The over/under on the game is somewhere between 58 and 60 (after opening at 57.5), so the experts are expecting a high-scoring affair. The Atlanta Falcons had the #1 offense […]

Western Union Pays $586 Million in US Federal Penalties for Online Gambling Transactions

Western Union Pays $586 Million in US Federal Penalties for Online Gambling Transactions

Written by Steve Larson | Friday, January 20th, 2017

Western Union agreed to pay a $586 million federal penalty for allowing agents to send money to illicit online gambling operations in Costa Rica. In doing so, the global financial services company violated US federal anti-money laundering laws. The Financial Times said that Western Union admitted in a Thursday agreement that it had pleaded guilty […]

Phil Ivey Calls for Final Judgment on the Borgata Edge-Sorting Case

Phil Ivey Calls for Final Judgment on the Borgata Edge-Sorting Case

Written by Steve Larson | Thursday, January 19th, 2017

Phil Ivey has asked a federal judge to reclassify his summary judgment in the Borgata edge-sorting case as a “final judgment”. That classification will allow Ivey to appeal the decision to the US Third Circuit Court of Appeals in Philadelphia. The decision, rendered by US District Court Judge Noel Hillman in October 2016, called for […]

New York Expands Problem Gambling Care to Six Addiction Treatment Centers throughout the State

New York Expands Problem Gambling Care to Six Addiction Treatment Centers throughout the State

Written by Steve Larson | Wednesday, January 18th, 2017

The New York State Office of Alcoholism and Substance Abuse Services said they expanded residential care for gambling addiction to six different treatment centers. In New York state, problem gamblers receive treatment at the six NYS OASAS Addiction Treatment Centers, known as ATCs. After recent policy changes, the centers are allowed to treat individuals with […]