Maurice Hawkins Wins Record 13th WSOPC Gold Ring

Hawkins pulled off his best poker tricks for a record-breaking performance at WSOPC Horseshoe Tunica

Heading into the final day of the WSOP Circuit Horseshoe Tunica Monster Stack event, Maurice Hawkins wore a Nike sweatshirt with the company’s famous slogan Just do it. And Hawkins did it… again. read more

Maxwell Young Wins Sixth WSOPC Gold Ring

Young says he does not consider himself an Omaha expert, despite recently winning an Omaha event for a gold ring

Maxwell Young has become a bit of an expert in winning a WSOP Circuit gold ring. Only recentlyy, the player from Seaside, Oregon won his sixth gold piece from the series. read more

Florida Seminole Indians Introduce New Wrinkle to Gaming Negotiations

Long at the forefront of casino gaming,
especially when it comes to the Native American population, the Seminole Indians
of Florida have traditionally been hard core negotiators. With both the federal
and Florida governments, the Seminoles have more often than not come out on the
winning side when it comes to negotiations
over their sovereign gaming rights
. Now the Seminoles are looking to
stretch that reach even further.

The
Seminoles Look to Online Gaming…
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Maine Legislature Considering Multiple Sports Betting Bills

Maine has become the latest state to take a serious look at sports betting, as a pair of bills have been introduced in the state House of Representatives with the same goal of legalizing sports gambling, though with different takes on the matter.

LD 1348 was introduced a month ago by Rep. Jeffrey Evangelos (I – Friendship) and includes most of what one would expect in a sports betting bill. The legal gambling age would be 21 and betting would be permitted at racetracks, off-track betting shops, casinos, and online. read more

Genting Subsidiaries Sell $1 Billion Bond to Finance Vegas Casino Construction

Resorts World Las Vegas owner sells $1 billion bond to finance its construction; property on track for late 2020 opening

Two subsidiaries of Malaysian casino and hospitality giant Genting Bhd priced on Tuesday $1 billion senior notes to fund the construction of Resorts World Las Vegas, a $4-plus-billion integrated resort currently under development on the Las Vegas Strip and slated to open doors in late 2020. read more

Wynn Executives Concealed Sexual Misconduct Allegations against Steve Wynn

Top-level Wynn Resorts employees concealed key information about former boss Steve Wynn when the company was applying for a Boston casino license

Wynn Resorts executives intentionally concealed sexual misconduct allegations against the company’s founder and former boss, Steve Wynn, according to a report by the investigative team of the Massachusetts Gaming Commission. read more

Smile-Expo Debuts Zurich iGaming Affiliate Conference This June

It’s already been a busy year for Smile-Expo, and the event organizer is now gearing up preparations for yet another brand-new iGaming affiliate event

After the Prague iGamiing Affiliate Conference and the Minsk iGaming Affiliate Conference, both slated to take place later this month, Smile-Expo will next debut the Zurich iGaming Affiliate Conference, yet another premium event in its extensive portfolio. read more

Melco Awards Cyprus Casino Resort Construction Contract

A joint venture of Greek companies was awarded the construction contract for the City of Dreams Mediterranean casino resort

Integrated Casino Resort Cyprus Ltd. (ICR Cyprus) awarded Tuesday the concession for the construction of what would be the Republic of Cyprus’ first integrated casino resort to Avax – Terna J.V., a joint venture between Greek companies GEK Terna and J&P Avax. read more

MGM Completes MGM Northfield Park Acquisition, Rebrand

MGM acquires Hard Rock Rocksino Northfield Park’s operating assets to add another gambling property to its ever-growing portfolio

MGM Resorts International announced Monday that it has completed the acquisition of the operating assets of Hard Rock Rocksino Northfield Park from its real estate investment trust MGM Growth Properties. As part of the transaction, MGM will lease the real property from its REIT. read more

West Virginia Becomes Fifth State to Authorize Online Gaming

The news for online gaming and poker continues to be on the rise. Coming out of nowhere, the state of West Virginia has become the fifth state to authorize online gaming and poker inside its borders. The bill pushing for such activities became law after Governor Jim Justice did not sign the legislation passed by the West Virginia legislature earlier this week, thereby immediately passing the bill and enacting it into law.

Don’t Rush to the Internet Just Yet… read more

US DoJ Files Motion to Dismiss New Hampshire Lottery Wire Act Lawsuit

The United States Department of Justice has filed a motion to dismiss the lawsuit brought by the New Hampshire Lottery Commission (NHLC) over the DoJ’s revised opinion on the Wire Act.

In what is probably the biggest gaming news of the year so far, the Justice Department’s Office of Legal Counsel (OLC) published a new opinion on the Wire Act in January, though the opinion was officially issued in November of last year. It reverses the opinion the OLC wrote in late 2011, when it said that the Wire Act only bans interstate online sports betting, not all internet gambling. Prior to that 2011 opinion, the Justice Department had interpreted the Wire Act in a clearly incorrect way, saying it applied to all online gaming. read more

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