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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)
Penn National Gaming is trying more legal avenues to keep its Argosy riverboat casino afloat in Sioux City, Iowa. On Wednesday, Penn will ask the Iowa Racing and Gaming Commission to reverse its decision to close the casino by July 1. If the commission rejects Penn National's plea, on Thursday the company will appear in Iowa District Court to ask for an emergency stay. Sioux City Journal (Iowa) (6/22)
Residents of Thompson, N.Y., support casino development in the Catskills, but two out of four developers have withdrawn applications in the region. The Mohegan Tribal Gaming Authority and Empire Resorts still plan to bid on casinos in Thompson. "We are going to trust that this process is not going to dash the hopes and dreams of the Sullivan County community," said Charles Degliomini, a spokesman for Empire Resorts. The Wall Street Journal (tiered subscription model) (6/22)
Las Vegas Review-Journal (6/20)
Stephen Brown, UNLV's director of the Center for Business and Economic Research, forecasts a 0.9% increase in visitors to Nevada for 2014 and a 2% increase in 2015. The forecast bodes well for Las Vegas casinos, which have seen gaming revenue growth of just fewer than 3%. Meanwhile, the Nevada Commission on Tourism is considering launching a marketing campaign in India to attract more international tourists. The Press of Atlantic City (N.J.) (tiered subscription model) (6/21)
A union representing casino workers agrees with casino developers that average casino jobs in upstate New York will pay annual salaries of more than $40,000. The New York Hotel and Trades Council represents employees at Resorts World in Queens, N.Y., where workers get paid $20 or more per hour, already has secured deals with the state's many casino bidders. Times Union (Albany, N.Y.) (6/22)
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