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The five casinos in West Virginia are on solid ground despite increased competition from neighboring states, according to an audit report presented to the state's lottery commission Monday. The commission unanimously voted to relicense the casinos for table games, and commission director John Musgrave said casinos need to boost marketing and innovative gaming efforts. Cumberland Times-News (Md.) (6/24)
The Office of Debt Recovery in Louisiana, created in 2013, can seize casino winnings under a new law. However, the law will not take effect until the office and casinos create a computer database to cross check winners. Back-owed child support will take priority over other unpaid debts for casino winners. The Washington Times (6/25)
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Oprah Winfrey, American media mogul and philanthropist
The U.S. Supreme Court on Monday let a lower court ruling stand that banned sports betting in New Jersey. Voters in the state approved sports betting in 2011, but the lower court said the 1992 Professional and Amateur Sports Protection Act prohibited sports betting in all but four states. N.J. state Sen. Ray Lesniak plans to continue with a state bill that would allow sports betting despite the court ruling. The Press of Atlantic City (N.J.) (tiered subscription model) (6/23)
A federal judge ruled that the owners of the Revel casino in Atlantic City, N.J., can look for financing to stay open. The casino filed for bankruptcy on Thursday for the second time in almost 15 months. The casino listed more than $500 million in liabilities in its bankruptcy filing, and has more than 1,000 creditors. The Press of Atlantic City (N.J.) (tiered subscription model) (6/20)
On Thursday, the Mississippi Gaming Commission will hear from the owners of the Scarlet Pearl Casino, who seek permission to continue with construction after missing a March deadline for financing. The commission will also hear a petition against a proposed Jacobs Entertainment casino in Diamondhead, which could be influenced by an opinion on the definition of open water by the Mississippi Department of Marine Resources. The Sun Herald (Biloxi-Gulfport, Miss.) (6/23)
The mayor of Hawthorne, Calif., plans to introduce a measure that would legalize casinos to offset a budget deficit. "I'm asking the city of Hawthorne to bring in a casino because we're $6 million in the hole," Mayor Chris Brown said. "This is going to bring our city in the black and create 1,000 new jobs." Hawthorne residents could vote on the measure on the November ballot. Daily Breeze (Torrance, Calif.) (6/22)
The Washington Times (6/24)
The 40 casinos in Colorado face a regulatory wrinkle from the state's legalization of recreational marijuana. According to the Financial Crimes Enforcement Network (FinCEN), casinos must file suspicious activity reports if people involved in the marijuana business bet at casinos, and can keep them away from table games altogether, in order to curb laundering of marijuana profits. The Denver Post (6/24)
Sports Illustrated magazine has partnered with TopLine Game Labs for a mobile application that allows real-money wagering on fantasy sports. Mashable (6/23)
The Delaware Lottery Office announced the state has upgraded its online gaming to include compatibility with Macintosh computers. Four new blackjack games were also added. The News Journal (Wilmington, Del.) (tiered subscription model) (6/23)
Reno Gazette-Journal (Nev.) (tiered subscription model) (6/23)
A federal judge ruled Monday that a poker room can stay open at the Coeur d'Alene tribe's casino in Worley, Idaho. The poker room offered Texas Hold 'Em poker, which tribal leaders argue is a game of skill rather than chance. The judge did not rule on the legality of poker, but said Idaho violated the terms of the gaming compact by filing a lawsuit before a 60-day window for negotiations had expired. Idaho State Journal (Pocatello) (tiered subscription model) (6/23)
Japanese casino schools are enrolling students as the country's parliament prepares to debate casino legislation. Prime Minister Shinzo Abe is backing a push for casinos in Japan ahead of the 2020 Olympic Games in Tokyo. Bloomberg Businessweek (6/24)
Winnipeg Sun (Manitoba) (6/23)
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Businesses and local government officials in Deadwood, S.D., hope commissioning a study will show them how to jump start tourism in the gaming mountain town. "We're in a transition from when gaming was the primary lure, to gaming being a very important diversion," said John Kelsh, a tourism specialist for Roger Brooks International, which is conducting the study. "This isn't a bad thing because economically when people go to a destination, they typically spend 20% of their money on the lure and 80% on diversions." The Washington Times (6/23)