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Maryland Considers 2019 Sports Betting Approval via State Lottery

Maryland Considers 2019 Sports Betting Approval via State Lottery

January 18th, 2019 Written by Christine Davies

Sports bets would be taken by the Maryland Lottery instead of casino operators like the Horseshoe Baltimore (pictured). Maryland lawmakers are exploring ways to legalize sports betting without the need for a state referendum in 2020. At least one prominent state... 

Charlie Baker Introduces Massachusetts Sports Betting Bill

Charlie Baker Introduces Massachusetts Sports Betting Bill

January 17th, 2019 Written by Christine Davies

MGM Springfield would have plenty of room for a world class sportsbook. Gov. Charlie Baker supports legal sports betting in the Commonwealth of Massachusetts. Charlie Baker’s administration announced Thursday it plans to file “An Act To Establish Sports... 

MGM National Harbor’s Mistake Cost Player Thousands of Dollars

MGM National Harbor’s Mistake Cost Player Thousands of Dollars

January 16th, 2019 Written by Christine Davies

In an update, MGM National Harbor paid Cynthia Obie’s jackpot after a week and a few media reports. Cynthia Obie, a Maryland woman who won a slots jackpot for several thousand dollars, ended up losing the jackpot because MGM National Harbor put the wrong... 

U.S. Justice Department Bans Online Casinos and Poker Sites

U.S. Justice Department Bans Online Casinos and Poker Sites

January 15th, 2019 Written by Christine Davies

MSNBC reported Brian Benczkowski’s appointment to the Criminal Division raised red flags, because of his “lack of prosecutorial experience” and his “ties to a Russian bank.” All online gambling in the United States is now illegal —... 

Joseph Addabbo Introduces 2 Gambling Bills to New York Senate

Joseph Addabbo Introduces 2 Gambling Bills to New York Senate

January 14th, 2019 Written by Christine Davies

Joseph Addabbo recently replaced John Bonacic as chairman of the NY Senate Racing, Gaming, and Wagering Committee. State Sen. Joseph Addabbo introduced two bills to the New York State Senate to legalize new forms of gambling in the Empire State. Senate Bill 17... 

Nevada Judge Extends Ban on Wynn Documents Release

Nevada Judge Extends Ban on Wynn Documents Release

January 13th, 2019 Written by Christine Davies

The Massachusetts Gaming Commission wants Steve Wynn’s documents, but a Las Vegas judge shielded them from the MGC. Clark County District Court Judge Elizabeth Gonzalez continues to withhold documents about Steve Wynn’s alleged misconduct from the Massachusetts... 

Bruce Deifik Sells Ocean Resort Casino to Unnamed Group

Bruce Deifik Sells Ocean Resort Casino to Unnamed Group

January 12th, 2019 Written by Christine Davies

Ocean Resort Casino currently is mired in a lawsuit which revealed the resort is having cashflow problems. Bruce Deifik is selling Ocean Resort Casino in Atlantic City after only 6 months of operation. Mr. Deifik, a Colorado hotel developer who made deals with... 

Carl Icahn Invests in Caesars Entertainment, Shares Rise 7.88%

Carl Icahn Invests in Caesars Entertainment, Shares Rise 7.88%

January 11th, 2019 Written by Christine Davies

Carl Icahn previously has owned Tropicana Entertainment, Trump Taj Mahal, Fontainebleau Resort, and Stratosphere Las Vegas. Carl Icahn is building a position in Caesars Entertainment, which caused Caesars shares to rise on the new. CZN stocks rose 7.88% in early... 

Shawn Fluharty Sponsors West Virginia Online Gambling Bill

Shawn Fluharty Sponsors West Virginia Online Gambling Bill

January 10th, 2019 Written by Christine Davies

Shawn Fluharty was successful in championing a sports betting bill without integrity fees, despite major pressure from NFL lobbyists. West Virginia State Representative Shawn Fluharty introduced an online gambling bill to the legislature. In 2018, Rep. Fluharty... 

White House Intervened in Litigation to Help Wynn Resorts

White House Intervened in Litigation to Help Wynn Resorts

January 9th, 2019 Written by Christine Davies

A DOJ email shows White House officials planning a meeting to lobby the Solicitor General on behalf of Steve Wynn. The Trump White House intervened in litiagation between Wynn Resorts and the U.S. Department of Justice, according to American Oversight (AO), a left-of-center... 

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