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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. 

16 Attorneys General Endorse Adelson’s Call For Internet Gambling Ban 03 Feb, 2014

Attorneys general in 15 states and Guam have signed a letter asking Congress to amend the Wire Act to prohibit Internet gambling as of a January 28 deadline, according to sources.

Super Bowl Is In New Jersey But Not Of New Jersey 31 Jan, 2014

As the deadline approaches for New Jersey to challenge a federal sports-betting ban before the U.S. Supreme Court, the Garden State is left to wonder what might have been this Super Bowl weekend if it had prevailed in lower courts.

Tribes Must Diversify From Gaming, Warns Congressman 30 Jan, 2014

Republican Congressman Don Young of Alaska on Wednesday said Native Americans should not depend on the federal government for “a pat on the head, a side of beef and a blanket,” and must also look to diversify their economies beyond casinos.

Obama Official Blasts Big Lagoon Casino Ruling 29 Jan, 2014

Calling it “a disaster,” the Obama administration’s top official on Indian gaming said he was “blindsided” by a federal appeals court’s decision last week to block the Big Lagoon Rancheria from developing a casino in California.

Delaware Gaming Panel Scrambles To Meet Deadline 27 Jan, 2014

With its report to the Delaware legislature due by the end of the week, a gambling study commission is struggling to find common ground on recommendations to help the First State’s gaming industry remain viable amid relentless competition from surrounding states.

Wynn, Mohegan Sun Square Off Before Massachusetts Regulators 23 Jan, 2014

Steve Wynn did not mince words in telling the Massachusetts Gaming Commission on Wednesday why Wynn Resorts should be chosen over Mohegan Sun for the coveted license to develop a destination-resort casino in the Boston area.