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

Austin Farmer Wins Debut WSOP Circuit Gold Ring at Horseshoe Southern Indiana

Latest WSOP Circuit gold ring winner drove more than eight hours to take part in the Horseshoe Southern Indiana stop

Austin Farmer fell sick during the WSOP Circuit Seminole Casino Coconut Creek stop a couple of weeks ago and could not really play poker there. However, he was the star of the $600 No-Limit Hold’em Six Max Big Blind Ante tournament at Horseshoe Southern Indiana last night, taking down the event for his first WSOP Circuit gold ring and a cash prize of $23,648. read more

Google Play Wipes 56 Gambling Apps Targeting Vietnamese Gamblers

Removed apps have offered casino-style games, which are prohibited under Vietnamese gambling laws

Google has wiped out 56 gambling apps from its Google Play app store as those were breaching Vietnam’s existing gambling laws, local news outlet Vietnam News reports citing official information by the Deputy Director of the Vietnamese Authority of Broadcasting and Electronic Information, Le Quang Tu Do. read more

Failed Lucky Dragon Casino Resort Closes Hotel Tower

Failed casino resort scheduled to be sold at foreclosure auction on October 30

The nine-story hotel tower of the failed Lucky Dragon Las Vegas boutique casino resort closed doors Tuesday, October 2. The hotel’s closure came after the casino and food and beverage facilities at the north Strip property were shuttered this past January. read more

Dave Potter Grabs First WSOP Circuit Gold Ring at Horseshoe Southern Indiana

The WSOP Circuit Horseshoe Southern Indiana stop is in full swing at the host casino and four gold ring events have been completed since the beginning of this thrilling live poker festival. The latest of these four crowned its victor last night.

Dave Potter from Louisville, Kentucky claimed his first WSOP Circuit cash in nine years after besting the field of Event #4 last night. The player took down the $400 buy-in No-Limit Hold’em Big Blind Ante for a first-place prize of $13,490 and his first gold ring from the series. read more

Online Poker Opponent Jon Kyl Back in U.S. Senate

Oh wonderful. Look who’s back. On Monday, Jon Kyl, one of the men responsible for the Unlawful Internet Gambling Enforcement Act of 2006 (UIGEA), was named by Arizona Governor Doug Ducey as replacement for the late John McCain in the Senate. There isn’t anything going on in the Senate when it comes to online poker, but it is not pleasant to see one of online poker’s top opponents – and an overall despicable lawmaker – trolling the halls of Congress once again.

Senate terms run six years and McCain’s seat was not up for re-election until 2022. Fortunately, Kyl has said that he will not be seeking re-election (or at least he says that for now), opting to just serve as McCain’s substitute. And, assuming Kyl sticks to his current word, he won’t even be in the seat for the full term. Arizona states that there must be a special election in 2020 to fill the final two years of McCain’s term. read more

Gambling Debate Rekindled in Virginia as Group Proposes Casino in Bristol

The new owners of the vacated Bristol Mall in Bristol, Virginia are considering the opportunity to turn the site into a casino resort, local news outlet the Bristol Herald Courier reported over the weekend.

The reports were confirmed by Clyde Stacy, the head of the group that acquired the 450,000-square-foot facility earlier this year. They have hired public relations firm Alliance Group Ltd. to assume lobbying responsibilities for the proposed development of a casino within a larger resort-style property. read more

Korea Minting and Security Printing Corporation to Craft Chips for Seoul Casino

South Korea’s Minting and Security Printing Corporation has agreed to create new chips for Grand Korea Leisure, the state-run entity operating the Seven Luck casino in Seoul. The state-owned corporation is responsible for printing and minting banknotes and coins as well as government documents of different nature.

Seven Luck is one of South Korea’s foreigners-only casinos. As mentioned above, the property is located in the capital of the Asian country. Under a memorandum of understanding, penned earlier today, South Korea’s state mint will use its technology to craft new chips for the gambling venue. read more

Poland’s Piotr Nurzynski Wins Record-Breaking EPT Barcelona Main Event

This year’s EPT Barcelona Main Event was one to remember. The tournament turned out to be the largest one Main Event ever played within the EPT series and was packed with action and poker thrill.

It was Poland’s Piotr Nurzynski who outmaneuvered the event’s 1,931-strong field. The player, who is a doctor by trade but has been roaming the world over the past two years, was the last man standing after a seven-hour finale that was played Sunday at Casino Barcelona. He collected €1,037,109 for his efforts and a Platinum Pass for the PokerStars Players No-Limit Hold’em Championship next year. read more

Northern Marianas Casino Regulator Reports Progress in Saipan Resort Villas Construction

The Northern Marianas Casino Commission has asked Hong Kong-listed integrated resort developer Imperial Pacific International to fast-track the construction of luxury villas as part of its major development in the village of Garapan on the Saipan Island.

Casino Commission Chairman Juan Sablan and other officials from the regulator inspected the site of the hotel and casino complex property last week. Mr. Sablan told local media that there has been progress in the construction of the 15 villas that are planned to be added to the integrated resort, but there was still a lot of work to be done. The official further noted that IPI should take the necessary measures to speed up the process. read more