WPT Regular Blake Bohn Bags One of Biggest Stacks after WPT L.A. Poker Classic Day 1

The WPT L.A. Poker Classic, one of the hottest events on WPT’s schedule, kicked off on Saturday at Commerce Casino for a few days of quality poker action and unmatched thrill

Day 1 of the tournament saw 523 players register into the $10,000 buy-in freezeout tournament. Of those, only 337 bagged and tagged for the night to return to the host casino later today for Day 2. read more

Unionization Effort at Ocean Resort Casino Progresses Smoothly

Ocean Resort Casino workers make important step toward unionization, secure approval from the New Jersey State Board of Mediation

Workers at Ocean Resort Casino are entering the final stages of their unionization effort, The Press of Atlantic City reported Friday. The Atlantic City hotel and casino resort, which is also in the process of changing its owner, opened doors last June together with Hard Rock Hotel & Casino Atlantic City. read more

Icahn-Named Directors Join Caesars’ Board; Is the Company Succumbing to Sale Pressure?

A sale of Las Vegas casino and hospitality giant Caesars Entertainment Corp. seems more and more likely by the day as an investor with a history of shareholder activism is pressing for the move as a plausible next stage in the company’s development.

Caesars announced yesterday that it has submitted to the latest demands of Carl Icahn and has reached an agreement with him to appoint three new members to its Board of Directors, all three named by the billionaire investor himself. Last month, Mr. Icahn said in a filing with the US Securities and Exchange Commission that he has amassed a 9.78% stake in Caesars, confirming reports abut his involvement in the company that floated around for several months. read more

Georgia Senate Committee Passes Horse Racing Bills

In what might be a first for me in my nearly decade and a half here at Poker News Daily, I am writing about horse racing. I know nothing about horse racing beyond the “Let’s Go to the Races” VCR game that I played when I was a kid. But when I read that a Georgia Senate committee passed a resolution to legalize horse racing in the state, my eyebrows raised.

While just a tiny step in a process, the vote by the state Senate’s Economic Development and Tourism Committee to pass Senate Resolution 84 interests me for two reasons. First, I live in Georgia and the state is devoid of legal gambling aside from the lottery. And second, should horse racing – and the associated betting – become legal, that could open the door, at least a crack, for further expansion of gambling in the Peach State. It has always disappointed me that horse racing tends to be given more serious consideration by lawmakers around the country than does any other form of gambling, but I get it. Horse racing is a more traditionally accepted pastime than, say, online poker, and the horse racing industry has a strong lobby. read more

New Hampshire Lottery Sues Justice Department Over Wire Act

We knew there would be legal backlash against the U.S. Department of Justice for the Office of Legal Counsel’s revised opinion on the Wire Act and the first shoe to drop comes from New Hampshire. The New Hampshire Lottery Commission has filed a lawsuit against the DoJ and Attorney General William Barr, demanding that the Wire Act not be enforced using the new interpretation.

Though New Hampshire does not have regulated online poker, it did rely on the 2011 OLC opinion on the Wire Act to sell lottery tickets via the internet. For years, the Wire Act was interpreted by the Department of Justice to ban all online gambling, but the OLC took a look at it and in late 2011, issued the opinion that it only applied to sports betting, as the text of the Act plainly reads. read more

Cary Katz Claims Aussie Millions A$100,000 Challenge Title

One of the hottest high rollers on the annual calendar of poker events wrapped up on Saturday at Crown Casino Melbourne, crowning Poker Central founder Cary Katz as its champion

Cary Katz, a businessman and a seasoned high roller player, collected A$1,481,760 (approximately $1,066,867) in prize money and recorded another major poker title to his name after topping the elite field of the 2019 Aussie Millions A$100,000 Challenge. read more

New Round of Atlantic Club Sale Reports Emerges

Another Atlantic City Boardwalk property might have found a new owner after New York hedge fund Luxor Capital Group agreed to buy Ocean Resort Casino, the former Revel, from Colorado businessman Bruce Deifik

A notice of settlement for the sale of the shuttered Atlantic Club Casino Hotel has been filed with Atlantic County, but the property’s current owner denies a transaction is to take place, The Press of Atlantic City reported on Saturday. read more

The Stratosphere Casino, Hotel Gets Rebrand, Comprehensive Makeover

The Stratosphere Casino, Hotel & Tower is embracing a new era of its history as one of the most iconic landmarks on the Las Vegas Strip with a planned rebrand as part of the property’s ongoing makeover

The Stratosphere will be renamed as The STRAT Hotel, Casino and Skypod, it became known earlier this week. Nevada-based gaming company Golden Entertainment purchased the iconic property in 2017 and announced a $140 million renovation that kicked off last summer with casino floor upgrades. read more

Pennsylvania Casinos Told to Conform to New Wire Act Opinion

One of the key questions posed in the aftermath of last week’s new Wire Act opinion published by the Justice Department’s Office of Legal Counsel (OLC) was, “Will this even have any effect on online poker?” It didn’t take long to find out the answer, as the Pennsylvania Gaming Control Board quickly sent a letter to the state’s casinos informing them of adjustments they need to make in light of the new Wire Act interpretation.

To quickly review, the Wire Act was passed in 1961 to try to stem organized crime, making sports betting over “wire communication facilities” illegal. With the advent of online poker, the Justice Department interpreted the Wire Act to include a ban on all interstate internet gambling. In late 2011, though, the OLC issued an opinion – responding to the Illinois and New York lottery commissions, who wanted to sell lottery tickets online – stating that the Wire Act did, in fact, only apply to sports betting (as is rather obvious by the Act’s text). read more

Responses to Reversal of DOJ Online Gaming Decision: “Unfortunate,” Planning for Next Steps

Since the U. S. Department of Justice’s Office of Legal Counsel issued a reversal last Monday of the 2011 decision by the Obama Administration’s decision regarding online sports betting, gaming and poker, there have been a flurry of opinions on the issue. Some entities have called the new opinion “unfortunate,” while other organizations are tempering their responses as they plan their next steps.

American Gaming Association – Issues “Unfortunate” Statement Despite No Stance read more

NYS Gaming Commission Cancels Meeting on MGM’s Yonkers Raceway and Empire City Casino Purchase

The NYS Gaming Commission was expected to announce its decision on MGM’s Yonkers Raceway and Empire City Casino acquisition during today’s canceled meeting

The New York State Gaming Commission announced late last night that it has decided to cancel its Thursday meeting. Among other things, state gaming regulators were expected to discuss today MGM Resorts International’s proposal to acquire Yonkers Raceway and Empire City Casino in Yonkers, New York. read more

Cyprus Establishes Tourism Ministry to Oversee Tourism and Combat Seasonality

Cyprus creates dedicated Tourism Ministry as the island nation prepares for launch of first integrated resort with a casino floor

The Republic of Cyprus has finally established a Tourism Ministry that will be assigned the task to oversee and regulate the island nation’s tourism industry, news outlet Neos Kosmos reported earlier today. read more

Caesars Casino REIT Acquires Margaritaville Resort Casino in Bossier City

Caesars REIT completes acquisition of Louisiana’s Margaritaville Resort Casino, leases property to Penn National Gaming

VICI Properties announced Wednesday that it has completed the acquisition of Margaritaville Resort Casino in Bossier City, Louisiana for $261 million in cash. The company has also leased the property to casino operator Penn National Gaming. read more

Caesars Steps Up Effort to Combat Human Trafficking with Two Key Partnerships

Caesars announces joint work with two dedicated organizations to observe the National Human Trafficking Awareness Month

Las Vegas casino and hospitality giant Caesars Entertainment Corp. today announced that it has strengthened its commitment to combat human trafficking and commercial sexual exploitation of children through partnerships with two global organizations that work to prevent and eradicate the issue. read more

Kyle Cartwright Vies for Eighth Gold Ring in WSOP Circuit Harrah’s Cherokee Main Event

Seven-time gold ring winner Kyle Cartwright leads final 15 into last day of Harrah’s Cherokee Main Event

Kyle Cartwright, a winner of one WSOP gold bracelet and seven WSOP Circuit gold rings, is looking to add another piece of Circuit paraphernalia to his already impressive collection. The player from Bartlett, Tennessee is leading 15 players of the ongoing Harrah’s Cherokee Main Event into the final day of action. read more

Missouri Seeks Participation in US Sports Betting Frenzy

Missouri rekindles sports betting debate after previous unsuccessful attempts, Gov. Parson not opposed to wagering happening in the state

Missouri is making a play for legalizing sports betting on its territory a little over six months after the US Supreme Court struck down a federal ban on wagering and after seven states have gone live with sports betting since the landmark ruling was issued. read more

Philippine Court of Appeals Backs Waterfront’s Bid for Manila Casino Resort

Court of Appeals upholds previous court ruling ordering PAGCOR to grant Waterfront a provisional license for the operation of a casino in Manila’s Entertainment City

The Philippine Court of Appeals has ordered PAGCOR, the country’s gambling regulator, to issue a provisional gaming license to casino and hospitality company Waterfront Philippines Inc. for the development of a hotel and casino resort in Entertainment City, Manila. read more

WSOP Circuit Harrah’s Cherokee Main Event Draws 1,127 Entries, Heads Into Day 2 with 117 Survivors

Ryan McKnight eyes first WSOP Circuit title, assumes overall chip lead into Day 2 of the tournament

Another day of quality poker action wrapped up at Harrah’s Cherokee on Saturday. The North Carolina casino is currently hosting the WSOP Circuit and the series’ highlight tournament – the $1,700 Main Event – completed last night the second of two starting flights. read more

California Indian Tribes Asserting Rights to Banked Games against Card Rooms

The history of tribal gaming in the States of America – where individual Indian tribes own and operate casinos outside of the purveyance of state and/or federal regulations – only dates back to the late 1970s. Those tribes that operate gaming on their reservations are also very protective of their rights to offer gaming and fight against any intrusion on that activity. A simple look at a case in California demonstrates this fact very well.

California Indians Filing Suit over Banked Games read more

Sports Betting Bill Introduced in Tennessee

It appears that the legalization of sports betting is something that may be up for discussion in the Tennessee legislature in 2019, as State Representative Rick Staples introduced HB 0001 in the House of Representatives last week, a bill which “authorizes sports betting in this state only in jurisdictions that approve sports betting by local option election.”

As that quote states, even if the bill passes, sports betting won’t necessarily be open to all Tennessee residents. Rather, each county would have to hold its own vote to permit licensees to operate within their jurisdiction. read more

Scott Steward Leads Star-Studded Pack of WSOP Circuit Harveys Lake Tahoe Main Event Day 1A Survivors

Scott Steward eyes sixth WSOP Circuit gold ring, leading Day 1A’s 22 survivors into Harveys Lake Tahoe Main Event Day 2

It was a busy day of poker at Harveys Lake Tahoe Casino as the Main Event of the current WSOP Circuit stop kicked off Friday morning with the first of two starting flights. As many as 176 entries registered into the tournament through Flight 1, but after long 17 levels of play, there were only 22 hopefuls left to advance into Sunday’s Day 2. read more

Hard Rock’s Atlantic City Casino Fined for Compliance Failures

The casino company has failed to inform the New Jersey gambling regulator about the employment of a marketing executive

Casino and hospitality company Hard Rock International was fined by the New Jersey Division of Gaming Enforcement for compliance failures, local news outlet the Press of Atlantic City reported on Friday. Hard Rock operates Hard Rock Hotel & Casino Atlantic City, which opened doors on June 28 at the site of the former Trump Taj Mahal. read more

Poker Alliance Comes Out Against Florida’s Amendment 3

Ever since it took over the Poker Players Alliance, Poker Central has been extremely quiet. The organization was rebranded at the time of the takeover, with Poker Central renaming the group the Poker Alliance, but it didn’t exactly jump back into the fray regarding poker, gaming or…anything, to be honest. Now the new Poker Alliance is looking to reenter the poker community’s consciousness by staking positions on some of the hot issues facing poker and gaming, both live and presumably online.

Brenner: “Vote NO on Amendment 3” read more

Relatives of Adam Laxalt Won’t Vote for Him for Nevada Governor

Adam Laxalt is the Attorney General of Nevada. He is currently running for Governor on the Republican side of the ballot. He is also, somewhat oddly considering the state he wishes to lead, against online poker. He is also getting very little support from his family, as is evidenced by a recent op-ed penned by a dozen of his relatives in the Reno Gazette Journal.

Yes, twelve of Laxalt’s relatives support his opponent, Democrat Steve Sisolak. read more

FTC Approves Penn National Gaming’s $2.8-Billion Acquisition of Fellow Casino Company

Companies should divest casino assets in three Midwestern cities over competition concerns

The US Federal Trade Commission (FTC) approved earlier this week Penn National Gaming’s previously announced purchase of fellow casino operator Pinnacle Entertainment in a deal valued at $2.8 billion. However, the two companies are now required by the FTC to divest casino assets in three Midwestern cities within ten days after the completion of the acquisition deal. read more