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New Hampshire is considering legalizing one commercial casino in the state, but some charitable institutions are opposed to the expansion of gambling. New Hampshire is home to several charitable casinos, where a portion of proceeds are required to go toward charity. For example, Rockingham Park racetrack paid nearly $2 million to 36 charities in the 2013 fiscal year. The Miami Herald (tiered subscription model) (12/8)
This week, the GGB Podcast features an interview with Scott Kreeger, the president and chief operating officer of Revel Casino Hotel, on the challenges he faces and how he has made some changes since taking over last summer.
Calif. Gov. Jerry Brown and the Karuk tribe have signed an agreement to allow a tribal casino in Northern California near the Oregon border. The gaming compact allows the tribe to establish a slots casino with up to 1,500 slot machines. The compact heads next to the state Legislature for approval. Los Angeles Times (tiered subscription model) (12/6)
The Atlantic Club Casino Hotel in Atlantic City, N.J., has informed the bankruptcy court of its more than $17 million in assets, excluding real property. The casino also has $16.8 million in debts. The property might be sold at auction next week. The Philadelphia Inquirer (12/7)
The AGA released a new video showcasing the impact of the gaming industry on communities. It tells the story of how gaming has helped to transform Kansas City -- enhancing the economy, bolstering tourism, contributing to local charitable organizations and more. Countless stories just like this are taking place in gaming markets across the country, and the AGA looks forward to telling their stories. Watch the video to learn more about how gaming helps communities thrive.
Christopher Morley, American writer
A bill calling for Internet gambling regulations on the federal level will be heard next week by a House subcommittee. The bill introduced by Rep. Joe Barton, R-Texas, calls for Congress to establish a framework for online gambling. "I continue to be supportive of the Americans who play online," Barton said. "They deserve to have a legal, on-shore system that makes sure everyone is playing in an honest, fair structure." The Press of Atlantic City (N.J.) (tiered subscription model) (12/5)
Stephen Crosby, chairman of the Massachusetts Gaming Commission, is withdrawing from a review of a proposed casino in Everett, Mass., because of a personal relationship with the co-owner of the casino site. Crosby met land owner Paul Lohnes in the National Guard in the 1970s, and worked with Lohnes for seven years as a business partner. "I'm going to let the other commissioners figure out how the land gets handled," Crosby said. The Boston Globe (tiered subscription model) (12/4)
Casino revenue in Maryland soared 55% in November to $66.8 million, compared to $43.1 million in the same month of 2012. Maryland is home to four casinos, with the Rocky Gap Casino opening in May 2013. Last year's figures did not include the Rocky Gap Casino or table games, which also debuted this year. American City Business Journals (12/5)
The developers of a proposed slots casino in Raynham, Mass., assured the Massachusetts Gaming Commission that job projections for the Raynham Park project were realistic, rather than conservative or aggressive. Developers have predicted the racetrack casino would create 1,400 jobs during construction, as well as 1,778 jobs at the casino. Taunton Daily Gazette (Mass.) (12/5)
The Clarion-Ledger (Jackson, Miss.) (tiered subscription model) (12/5)
The Republican (Springfield, Mass.) (12/5)
A bill backed by a wide range of industries to limit abusive patent lawsuits passed the U.S. House this week. The legislation "takes important steps to address abusive litigation practices that stifle innovation and hamper economic growth," said Rep. Darrell Issa, R-Calif., who holds 37 patents for car alarm technology. Bloomberg (12/5)
The Four Aces Casino in Deadwood, S.D., is asking for a review of a suspension and fine handed down from the South Dakota Commission on Gaming. The casino received a $25,000 fine and a 15-day suspension on gaming from the commission, but the casino also has 10 days to request a re-hearing. The commission said it levied the penalties due to a lack of accurate and complete revenue reports. The Rapid City Journal (S.D.) (12/5)
Democratic state Sen. Raymond Lesniak introduced a bill to attract international firms who want to participate in online gambling to Atlantic City, N.J. "The Atlantic City casino industry is well regulated and highly respected, which gives us an advantage," Lesniak said. "We can capitalize on our strengths and attract business to build and invest in our state." The Press of Atlantic City (N.J.) (tiered subscription model) (12/5)
New Jersey lawmakers are disputing an estimate by Gov. Chris Christie for online gambling. Christie has predicted $160 million in tax revenue from Internet gambling by July, but state lawmakers say the figure may be less than $100 million. The Press of Atlantic City (N.J.) (tiered subscription model) (12/5)
Nev. Gov. Brian Sandoval met with Israeli leaders recently about bringing a casino to the Negev Desert in Israel. "I think it's an area of interest," said Israeli Consul General David Siegel. "It's not in the tangible phase yet, but it's something that we're looking at." The casino could be located in the town of Mitzpe Ramon, which is around a two-hour drive from Tel Aviv. Las Vegas Review-Journal (12/5)
The owners of Parx Casino are disputing their property tax bill from Bensalem Township, Pa. The total assessment for the casino is $54.1 million, which would lead to property taxes of $10.1 million for 2013, according to information on the township's website. Greenwood Gaming & Entertainment owns Parx Casino. Philly.com (Philadelphia) (12/6)
AGA president and CEO Geoff Freeman praised the House for passing the Innovation Act of 2013 in bipartisan fashion Thursday. "This legislation will help reduce frivolous and abusive patent litigation, asserted by patent trolls, that has negatively impacted U.S. gaming businesses, along with a broad range of other industries," he said. Read the full statement on the AGA website.
Eleanor Roosevelt, former U.S. first lady