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Maria Robinson, American author
The Massachusetts Gaming Commission has rejected claims by Suffolk Downs racetrack that a casino license was improperly awarded to Wynn Resorts, saying the racetrack mischaracterized facts and misinterpreted the commission's regulations. Robert DeSalvio, a senior vice president at Wynn Resorts, said the suit had no impact on construction in Everett. DeSalvio said there will also have been "zero delay" in construction as voters weigh a repeal in the gaming law -- which he feels confident voters don't support. The Boston Globe (tiered subscription model) (10/18)
N.J. Gov. Chris Christie on Friday signed a bill allowing sports betting in the state. "[G]iven earlier decisions by federal courts, it was critical that we follow a correct and appropriate path to curtail new court challenges and expensive litigation. I believe we have found that path in this bipartisan legislative effort," Christie said in a statement. The bill faces opposition from professional sports leagues. The Washington Times (10/17)
Attorneys for Florida developer Glenn Straub have filed an appeal to block the sale of the Revel casino resort in Atlantic City, N.J. Straub submitted a bid for the closed casino, but was outbid by Brookfield Asset Management Inc. The appeal alleges the auction was mismanaged. NJ.com (Hackensack, N.J.) (10/19)
Experts disagree with claims made by an anti-casino group in Massachusetts that predicted lottery revenue in the state will drop if casinos are built. "I believe rolling this study out, which is such an outlier, is a scare tactic designed to create doubt and hysteria," said Steve Grossman, the Massachusetts treasurer. The Boston Globe (tiered subscription model) (10/20)
The Genting Group subsidiary of Genting Americas is one of 15 applicants for a casino license in upstate New York and the sole applicant to submit two applications. Genting Americas runs Resorts World Casino in Queens, N.Y., which generated around $800 million in gaming revenue last year. "It's the most successful racetrack casino in the world; there's no equal," said Alan Woinski, president of Gaming USA. The Wichita Eagle (Kan.) (10/19)
This week, the GGB Podcast features a discussion with Eric Meyerhofer, the president and CEO of Gamblit Gaming, a company that hopes to exploit the current interest in social games in the gaming industry.
Japan's parliament may not have enough time to enact a casino law before the current session ends on Nov. 30, according to a senior official. Two cabinet ministers recently resigned over a public-funds scandal, which analysts say could affect the casino bill. Reuters (10/20)
The Belgium government plans to issue two more casino licenses for land-based casinos. The move would bring the number of casinos in the country to 11, and could also pave the way for more online casino operators to enter the market. PokerNews.com (10/16)
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Walt Whitman, American poet and journalist
The city of Revere, Mass., and a union representing employees of Suffolk Downs racetrack have sued the Massachusetts Gaming Commission, seeking to overturn its award of a casino license to Wynn Resorts, alleging that the commission violated state gaming law and gave Wynn "better" treatment than other applicants. Legal experts say the case could be difficult, but not impossible, to win. "Typically, you have to find very substantial abuse of discretion, and that's a high hurdle to overcome," said attorney Cezar Froelich. "It's a chance well worth taking ... But from purely a legal standpoint, it's a long shot." Wynn has not commented on the suit. Boston Herald (10/17)
New Jersey lawmakers on Thursday passed a law to allow sports betting in the state. The bill now heads to Gov. Chris Christie's desk for approval. Philly.com (Philadelphia) (10/16)
MGM Resorts International announced the sale of the Gold Strike casino in Jean, Nev. JETT Gaming will purchase the 400-slot casino and 300-room hotel for an undisclosed price. The casino, which opened in 1987, joined the MGM portfolio in 2005 when MGM acquired the Mandalay Resort Group. Las Vegas Review-Journal (10/16)
A gamer visiting the Horseshoe Casino Cleveland was arrested after falsely claiming his wife was a nurse infected with the Ebola virus. The Ohio Casino Control Commission said the man has been charged with a felony of inducing panic, as well as a misdemeanor of criminal trespassing. The table he'd been playing at was shut down, local police were called, and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention were notified. The Plain Dealer (Cleveland) (10/15)
The Chicago Crime Commission has launched a campaign against "sweepstakes" machines in Illinois. While legal video gaming machines contribute to state coffers, the unregulated sweepstakes machines do not contribute any tax revenue. St. Louis Post-Dispatch (10/16)
Caesars Entertainment partnered with celebrity chef Giada De Laurentiis and nightlife guru Victor Drai to develop The Cromwell boutique hotel on the Las Vegas Strip, said Caesars exec Eileen Moore at a recent event. "Our partners played a huge design role with us in how the hotel looks and is laid out," Moore said. "And while our casino has only 400 slots and 60 (gaming) tables, the casino had to be designed in a manner that supports the nightclubs, which can have as many as 4,000 people in them in any given night." HotelNewsNow.com (10/16)