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A Pennsylvania lawmaker has proposed legislation that outlines penalties for online gaming, which is illegal in the state but carries no penalties. State Rep. Mario Scavello introduced a bill that would implement a possible fine of $300 and jail time of up to 90 days for a first offense, with increased penalties for multiple offenses. Meanwhile, the state is studying whether or not to legalize online gaming. Philly.com (Philadelphia) (2/12)
SJM Holdings announced plans to spend $3.9 billion on the Asian casino operator's first casino in Macau. SJM CEO Ambrose So said the amount represents an increase from prior estimates because of higher construction costs. SJM broke ground Wednesday on Lisboa Palace, a French-themed casino modeled after Versailles, on the Cotai Strip. Bloomberg (2/13)
Vietnam will consider relaxing gaming laws to attract major investment in casinos, sources say. Vietnam allows casinos, but only foreigners can gamble in the casinos under current law. "Since 2003, Vietnam has allowed foreign investors to operate gaming parlors with rewards in hotels. Chinese and Taiwanese are regular players," said Augustine Ha Ton Vinh, an adviser to the government. Reuters (2/12)
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Laurence J. Peter, Canadian-American educator
Prince George's County, Md., has accepted the site plans for the MGM National Harbor casino from MGM Resorts International. The 958,836-square-foot, $925 million resort would feature a 300-room hotel, 1,200-seat theater, 11,323-square-foot conservatory and 35,000 square-feet of meeting room as well as restaurants and retail space. A planning board hearing is tentatively set for April 10, followed by a county council review, permitting process and potential summer groundbreaking. MGM still hopes to open the facility by July 2016. American City Business Journals (2/11)
Market8 is the most viable proposal for Philadelphia's second casino license, according to three lawmakers who issued a release showing support based on location, retail potential and other benefits. Market8 is one of five applicants vying for the license from the Pennsylvania Gaming Control Board. Philly.com (Philadelphia) (2/11)
A Florida lawmaker has proposed moving oversight of the Florida Lottery from an appointed secretary to an appointed five-member gaming commission. "I certainly would think that it would be appropriate for a commission to hear the concerns by the taxpayers on what they do," said state Sen. Andy Gardiner, who proposed the change. The proposal would be one of four gaming bills intended to face the state's gaming committee this legislative session. WFOR-TV (Miami-Fort Lauderdale) (2/11)
A South Dakota state Senate committee plans to consider a bill on Feb. 26 that would allow hotel bars to serve alcohol 24 hours a day in Deadwood, S.D. The bill passed the state House last week. The Deadwood Resorts Association, an alliance of casino hotels in the city, backs the bill to promote Deadwood as a gaming destination. "We're presenting this as part of the different approaches to increase the interest, the enthusiasm about coming to Deadwood," said Roger Tellinghuisen from the association. The Rapid City Journal (S.D.) (2/11)
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Police raided computer stores in Enfield and Bloomfield, Conn., which advertised "Internet sweepstakes." Officials say the stores were running illegal casino operations. "Gambling is an operation that we take very seriously here in Connecticut, and these types of operations masquerade as something they are not in order to avoid proper oversight," said state Sen. Joan Hartley. The Hartford Courant (Conn.) (2/11)
Hackers targeted three websites owned by Las Vegas Sands on Tuesday. The company took Venetian.com, Palazzo.com, and LasVegasSands.com offline after the hacking was discovered. Ron Reese, a company spokesman, said Las Vegas Sands was working with law enforcement to discover the culprit. Las Vegas Review-Journal (2/11)
KGM Gaming, based in Philadelphia, is one of the few online gaming firms from the U.S. and not based in Las Vegas. KGM Gaming, which got its start as a slot machine distributor, recently signed an agreement with Caesars Interactive to offer KGM games on Caesars' online casinos. "This is not an industry that will go away. The industry will grow," said Howard Weiss, KGM CEO. The Philadelphia Inquirer (2/12)
Ireland's GameAccount Network (GAN) has signed an agreement with Foxwoods Resort Casino to offer online casino gaming. Scott Butera, president and CEO of Foxwoods, said GAN's "cutting edge technology will enhance the overall guest experience and allow them to bring the excitement of Foxwoods with them wherever they go." GAN CEO Dermot Smurfit said the partnership aligns with their goal to join online and physical gaming. The Irish Times (Dublin) (2/12)
The Mashpee Wampanoag Tribe announced the "final phase of the environmental review process is now underway" for the tribe's proposed casino in Taunton, Mass. The Project First Light casino now awaits a land-in-trust ruling from the Department of the Interior; meanwhile, the tribe and Bureau of Indian Affairs will address concerns raised during the public comment phase. Taunton Daily Gazette (Mass.) (2/11)
The gaming industry focuses on providing a positive value to communities. Part of this effort includes making sure that customers play games responsibly. AGA works to educate the public by letting people know the odds of casinos games and by asking members to uphold a code of conduct.
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Cavett Robert, American lawyer and professional speaker
The Horseshoe Casino in Baltimore is looking to hire 1,700 workers -- preferably all from Baltimore -- before the casino opens in the summer. "We're talking about dealer jobs, slot attendant jobs; food and beverage jobs are also being posted. Valet runners. You name it, we got a job for everybody," said Chad Barnhill, general manager of the casino. Prior to a 12-week training program for new dealers that kicks off in April, the casino plans to host 14 recruitment drives across the city. WJZ-TV (Baltimore) (2/10)