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Chris Christie Inducted into Sports Betting Hall of Fame

Chris Christie Inducted into Sports Betting Hall of Fame

February 27th, 2019 Written by Christine Davies

Surprisingly for a governor of New Jersey, Chris Christie is a lifelong fan of the Dallas Cowboys. Former New Jersey Governor Chris Christie has been inducted into the Sports Betting Hall of Fame. Christie, who served as governor of New Jersey from 2010 to 2018,... 

Caesars and DraftKings Strike Sports Betting Deal

Caesars and DraftKings Strike Sports Betting Deal

February 26th, 2019 Written by Christine Davies

Though Caesars Entertainment is dealing with debt issues, it still owns more US casino properties than any other company. Caesars Entertainment Corp. and DraftKings entered into a deal today which should give America’s No. 1 daily fantasy sports operator... 

Gov. J.B. Pritzker Calls for Illinois Sports Betting Bill

Gov. J.B. Pritzker Calls for Illinois Sports Betting Bill

February 25th, 2019 Written by Christine Davies

New Illinois Gov J.B. Pritzker, whose family owns the Hyatt hotel chain, is estimated to be worth $3.5 billion. In his first budget address, new Illinois Governor J.B. Pritzker said he is counting on $200 million in sportsbook licensing fees as part of a plan to... 

Arizona Senate Bill 1158 Would Legalize Tribal Sports Betting

Arizona Senate Bill 1158 Would Legalize Tribal Sports Betting

February 24th, 2019 Written by Christine Davies

The Salt-River Pima Maricopa Indian Nation owns the Talking Stick Resort, the Scottsdale casino which gives its name to the TSR Arena, home to the Phoenix Suns. Last month, the Arizona Senate introduced SB 1158, a bill which would legalize tribal sports betting... 

Grand Jury Probing Ryan Zinke’s Block of Connecticut Casino

Grand Jury Probing Ryan Zinke’s Block of Connecticut Casino

February 23rd, 2019 Written by Christine Davies

The grand jury is probing whether Zinke lied to federal investigators about his meetings with MGM Resorts lobbyists. A federal grand jury is probing whether former U.S. Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke’s lied to federal investigators in a case involving a Connecticut... 

Steve Wynn Reaches Deal with Massachusetts Gaming Commission

Steve Wynn Reaches Deal with Massachusetts Gaming Commission

February 22nd, 2019 Written by Christine Davies

Steve Wynn sued in November to keep his personal information out of the MGC report. The Massachusetts Gaming Commission and former casino executive Steve Wynn are close to reaching a deal which would allow the commission to release a report on Encore Boston Harbor.... 

Washington Class-Action Lawsuit Filed against Big Fish Games

Washington Class-Action Lawsuit Filed against Big Fish Games

February 21st, 2019 Written by Christine Davies

Big Fish Games lost a similar lawsuit in the spring of 2018, which likely encouraged the recent filing. Christopher Dore recently filed a new class-action lawsuit in the U.S. District Court in Western Washington against Big Fish Games, a Seattle-based free-to-play... 

Carl Icahn Wants Caesars Entertainment to Sell Itself

Carl Icahn Wants Caesars Entertainment to Sell Itself

February 20th, 2019 Written by Christine Davies

Carl Icahn bought roughly 10% of Caesars Entertainment in early January. Activist investor Carl Icahn, who owns a 10% stake in Caesars Entertainment, wants the company to sell itself to other casino companies. After the Wall Street Journal issued a report on Icahn’s... 

MGM Resorts Using an “Osaka First” Strategy for Japanese Casino

MGM Resorts Using an “Osaka First” Strategy for Japanese Casino

February 19th, 2019 Written by Christine Davies

Osaka is a natural place for a casino resort, because the city has a reputation for good food, landmarks, and entertainment. MGM Resorts International is focusing its attention on securing an Osaka casino license. MGM Resorts CEO Jim Murren spoke of his company’s... 

US Commercial Casinos Generate a $42.7 Billion GGR in 2018

US Commercial Casinos Generate a $42.7 Billion GGR in 2018

February 18th, 2019 Written by Christine Davies

US commercial casinos had $42.7 billion in gross gaming revenues, while tribal casinos are estimated to have topped $34 billion in GGR. U.S. commercial casinos generated $42.7 billion in 2018, which was a 4% increase year-on-year over 2017. The 2018 numbers represent... 

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