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Legal Sports Betting Finally Comes to Illinois

Last Friday, Illinois Governor J.B. Pritzker signed a bill that effectively made the state the fifth one to officially legalize sports betting in the country following the May 2018 Supreme Court ruling that abolished PASPA and legalized sports betting. The bill that was signed into law included a wide-ranging $45 billion capital funding package. Work […]

Pennsylvania Slot Machine Revenue Goes Up 2.7 Percent in May

Last month, the Keystone States 12 licensed and regulated casino operators managed to generate a whopping $209.6 million in combined gross revenue from slot machine gaming – this is a 2.7 percent year-on-year increase according to the figures that were released by the Pennsylvania Gaming Control Board on Tuesday, June 4. The gaming control board’s […]

MGM No Longer Interested in Wynn’s Greater Boston Casino

Last week, news emerged that MGM Resorts International had entered talks with Wynn Resorts over the possible acquisition of the $2.6 billion Encore Boston Harbor. Latest news reveals that MGM has opted to break off the talks to buy the Greater Boston casino property citing a number of concerns that were voiced by the casino […]

Supreme Court Knocks Down Part of Pa. Gambling Laws

About a year and a half ago, the Keystone State passed a gambling expansion law that saw the launch of a number of new gambling activities in the state including sportsbooks, online casinos and satellite casinos among other things. The new regulatory regime in the state was widely welcome and lauded for all the developments […]

Slot Machines Could Be Headed to Pennsylvanian Airports

The Keystone State is currently considering a new bill that seeks to allow existing Las Vegas-style brick-and-mortar casinos to operate tradition slot machines at the state’s airports. Filed on April 2, the proposed legislation will amount to a number of key changes including a shift in a law that was passed in 2017 to allow […]

Pa. Sports Betting Handle and Revenue Drop in February

February may have included a number of high-profile sporting events including the Super Bowl but none of them seemed to be enough to sustain a revenue bump in the Keystone State. The state’s nascent sports betting market recorded drops on handle and revenue despite the fact that there was a total of 6 operation sportsbooks […]

Philadelphia’s SugarHouse Casino Slapped with $30,000 Fine

Philadelphia-based SugarHouse Casino has recently been slapped with a $30,000 fine by the Pennsylvania Gaming Control Board after being found to have facilitated the dealing of multiple poker hands in unauthorized game formats. The most notable of these unauthorized gaming activities was a 10-card stud flip between Jeremy Kaufman and Doug Polk that founds its […]

Wire Act Decision Delayed Until June 14, 2019

The Wire Act has been threatening the sports betting, online poker and iGaming industries in the United States. With the legislation expected to arrive on April 15. However, the Department of Justice (DOJ) has caved, deciding to delay the implementation of the law by 60 days. As a result, the new decision will hit on […]

DOJ Decision Can Be Fought in PA

With the Department of Justice (DoJ) openly pushing for the restriction of online gambling in the United States, Pennsylvania is in the process of re-examining its own forecasts for the iGaming industry in the state, slated to arrive in the third quarter of 2019. On Thursday, the Pennsylvania Gaming Control Board (PGCB) announced that the […]

Pennsylvania’s iGaming Delayed PGCB Says

Pennsylvania’s casinos are coming. They have been for some time and while we knew that the industry will be launching in full in H1 2019, now we have an official confirmation coming from the top. Pennsylvania Gaming Control Board (PGCB) Executive Director Kevin O’Toole spoke during a recent Board meeting, explaining that PA casinos will […]