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U.S. Supreme Court Avoids Poker Argument 25 Feb, 2014

The U.S. Supreme Court on Monday declined to consider whether poker is a game of skill by rejecting without comment the appeal of a New York man convicted of violating a federal gambling statute.

Federal Internet Gambling Ban Mulled By South Carolina Senator 24 Feb, 2014

Republican Senator Lindsey Graham of South Carolina is preparing legislation to restore a ban on Internet gambling in the federal Wire Act of 1961, according to sources.

Kentucky Casino Bills Stalled As Tracks Split 21 Feb, 2014

Unless Kentucky racetrack owners reach a consensus on gambling expansion legislation by February 26, the sponsor of two bills to legalize casinos in the Bluegrass State says he will abandon the effort.

Supreme Court The Next Stop In New Jersey Betting Battle 19 Feb, 2014

New Jersey has appealed to the U.S. Supreme Court to overturn the 1992 federal ban that prohibits sports betting in all but four states.

Lobbyists Win Big In Internet Gambling Battle 18 Feb, 2014

Amid the hoopla surrounding the A-list lobbyists representing both sides in the battle over Internet gambling, the casino industry seems to have forgotten its experience with hired guns less than three years ago.

Adelson Coalition Calls Online Gambling A National Security Threat 13 Feb, 2014

The casino industry’s internal debate on Internet gambling flared up again Wednesday as critics and advocates argued over whether online wagering poses a threat to the national security of the United States.

Florida Gaming Bill To Focus On Regulatory Reforms 11 Feb, 2014

A gambling reform bill in Florida will propose the creation of a new, five-member state gaming commission and allow two destination-resort casinos in South Florida, the chairman of the Florida Senate Gaming Committee said Monday.

Carcieri ‘Compromise’ Elusive As Senate Chair Departs 10 Feb, 2014

An uncertain fate awaits a legislative draft intended to redress the much-maligned "Carcieri" decision by the U.S. Supreme Court because of the departure of Senator Maria Cantwell as chairwoman of the Senate Indian Affairs Committee.

Casino Giants Set For Battle Over Internet Gambling Ban 06 Feb, 2014

The U.S. casino industry’s battle over Internet gambling continues to escalate as MGM Resorts announced the formation of a new coalition to counter a campaign by Las Vegas Sands (LVS) and its chairman, Sheldon Adelson, to prohibit all online wagering.

Committee Considers Options For Florida Gambling Overhaul 03 Feb, 2014

Republican State Senator Garrett Richter, the chairman of the Florida Senate Gaming Committee, on Monday said he would support legislation to allow Las Vegas-style casinos in South Florida.