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Chicago Casino Bill Draws Tepid Response 17 Apr, 2014

Legislation to open a Chicago casino with up to 10,000 slot machines received a less than enthusiastic reception on Wednesday from Illinois gaming officials who testified at a hearing in the Windy City.

Alabama Tribe Seeks Florida Casino Compact 14 Apr, 2014

Alabama’s only federally-recognized Indian tribe is pushing to open its first Las Vegas-style casino — in Florida.

Election-Year Politics Crush Gambling Expansion Hopes 10 Apr, 2014

It has been a tough year for gambling advocates whose high hopes for casino and online gaming expansion in 2014 are fading against the harsh reality of election-year politics.

U.S. Attorney General Quizzed Over ‘Resort Discrimination’ 09 Apr, 2014

Casino-resorts are being discriminated against by the United States Department of Justice (DoJ) and other federal agencies which frequently schedule conferences in less controversial, and often more expensive, venues, according to a Nevada congressman who has authored a bill to end the practice.

Payment Processing Problems No Surprise To Barney Frank 07 Apr, 2014

Congress’ former chief critic of the Unlawful Internet Gambling Enforcement Act (UIGEA) has said he is not surprised Visa and major banks are reluctant to process payments for legitimate online gaming transactions.

Mississippi Tailspin Continues As Tunica Casino Shuttered 03 Apr, 2014

The recent announcement that Harrah’s, the largest casino in Tunica County, will close on June 2 is a stark reminder of Mississippi’s inexorable decline in the last decade.

Florida Gaming Bills Wither As Seminole Compact Takes Priority 01 Apr, 2014

Comprehensive gambling legislation in Florida is beginning to look like a casualty of the governor’s negotiations with the Seminole Tribe on a new gaming compact.

House Committee May Welcome Wire Act Bill 28 Mar, 2014

The bill introduced Wednesday by Congressman Jason Chaffetz of Utah to ban Internet gambling has been referred to the House Judiciary Committee, and that is not good news for the online gaming industry.

Democratic Governors Oppose U.S. Online Gaming Ban 26 Mar, 2014

In a swift response to letters by Republican governors supporting an Internet gambling ban, the Democratic Governors Association (DGA) has declared its opposition to legislation set to be unveiled today by South Carolina Senator Lindsey Graham and Utah Congressman Jason Chaffetz.

Senate Panel Plots Global Expansion For New Jersey’s Online Casinos 25 Mar, 2014

Legislation allowing New Jersey to become an international hub for Internet gambling was approved unanimously Monday by a state Senate committee.