Tony Batt - Journalist



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Florida Gambling Proponents Facing Fraught Legislative Session 15 Jan, 2014

There may be more reasons this year for the Florida legislature to pass a comprehensive bill to deal with what is being called “gambling creep” in the Sunshine State, but it is far from certain 2014 will be any different than the previous three years when nothing happened.

LVS Seeking Attorneys General Support In Push To Ban Internet Gambling 14 Jan, 2014

As part of a campaign to ban Internet gambling, Las Vegas Sands (LVS) is lobbying attorneys general in all 50 states to sign a letter urging Congress to reverse the December 23, 2011 legal opinion which opened the door for states to legalize online wagering.

Churchill Downs’ Hale Leaving Industry 09 Jan, 2014

In another shuffling of the deck among leading casino lobbyists, a top executive at Churchill Downs is stepping down to join the company that owns Kentucky Fried Chicken, Taco Bell and Pizza Hut.

Nevada Regulators Slap Cantor Gaming With 18-Count Complaint 08 Jan, 2014

The Nevada Gaming Control Board (NGCB) on Monday issued an 18-count complaint against Cantor Gaming, alleging the company failed to supervise the illegal gambling activities of a key executive who was indicted for money laundering and conspiracy for his participation in an unlawful sports-betting operation.

Wynn Given Massachusetts Suitability Nod 17 Dec, 2013

Wynn Resorts on Monday joined MGM Resorts International as the second major Nevada casino company this month to be deemed conditionally suitable for a gaming license in Massachusetts.

Internet Gambling Divides LVS From Fellow AGA Members 16 Dec, 2013

The split between Las Vegas Sands and other members of the American Gaming Association over Internet gambling appears to be growing larger, leaving AGA CEO Geoff Freeman with the unenviable task of presiding over a house divided on the most prominent issue facing the casino industry.

New Jersey Deals Licensing Blow To PokerStars, Citing Scheinberg Indictment 12 Dec, 2013

The New Jersey Division of Gaming Enforcement (DGE) on Wednesday announced it is suspending its review of PokerStars’ application for a state gaming license for two years, leaving the company on the sidelines of the key U.S. market.

Congressmen Criticize LVS Push To Ban Internet Gambling 11 Dec, 2013

A Democrat and a Republican on Tuesday challenged a Las Vegas Sands (LVS) lobbyist who testified in favor of a blanket ban on all forms of Internet gambling during a subcommittee hearing in the U.S. House of Representatives.

MGM Recommended For Massachusetts Suitability Finding 10 Dec, 2013

MGM Resorts International is conditionally suitable for a license to operate a casino in Massachusetts, the state’s chief gaming investigator told the Massachusetts Gaming Commission on Monday.

Kentucky Party Leaders Line Up Behind Casino Legislation 06 Dec, 2013

Leaders of the parties controlling both chambers of the Kentucky legislature are sponsoring legislation in 2014 to bring casinos to the Bluegrass State.