Nov 25, 2014 |

Casinos Object to MA Regulators’ Play Management Program

Following a decisive victory against the casino repeal initiative that appeared on the November 4th ballot, Massachusetts’ casino projects are back in full swing. Construction and planning has resumed on the approved casino projects and checks are being cut to local communities. The storm is over, but it doesn’t appear that it will be smooth sailing across […]

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Oct 6, 2014 |

Final Thoughts and Takeaways from G2E 2014

During my two days at the 2014 Global Gaming Expo (AKA G2E) I attended a half dozen seminars, two keynote speeches, walked a showroom floor of over 500 exhibitors, met with peers, and conducted several interviews. It was a whirlwind that kept me wrapped up in everything gaming for close to 48 hours. The entire […]

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Jun 24, 2014 |

MA Supreme Court OK’s Casino Repeal Referendum

On Tuesday the Massachusetts Supreme Court ruled in favor of allowing a ballot referendum that would allow Massachusetts citizens to repeal the 2011 law that expanded gaming in the Bay State. The call for the referendum came during what has turned out to be extremely contentious debates in several communities where resort-style casinos have been […]

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May 29, 2014 |

Newly Proposed Federal Bill Contains Online Poker Carveout

According to Nevada journalist Jon Ralston, a new bill is “being floated around DC” that would ban online gambling with the notable exception of online poker. Ralston posted a draft of the legislation, dubbed the Internet Gambling Prohibition and Control Act of 2014 on his RalstonReports.com website. The bill has not been introduced at this […]

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May 28, 2014 |

MA State Treasurer Remains Optimistic on Online Gambling

Massachusetts State Treasurer and gubernatorial hopeful Steve Grossman has been one of the biggest cheerleaders for online gambling expansion in the commonwealth, and even with the legislature’s decision to take a more watchful approach, Grossman recently restated his desire to see Massachusetts among the early adopters of iGaming in the US. Grossman’s latest online gambling […]

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May 21, 2014 |

AGA Withdraws from Online Gambling Fight Amid Infighting

The big story of the day was the news that the American Gaming Association (AGA) will be pulling out of the online gambling fight due to infighting amongst its members according to the Wall Street Journal. This does not mean the AGA is now opposed to online gambling, it simply means they are withdrawing from […]

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Apr 15, 2014 |

Southern Gaming Summit Lineup Features Key Decision Makers

From May 6th through the 8th the Mississippi Coast Coliseum will be the hub of the gaming world as the 21st annual Southern Gaming Summit brings the brightest minds and biggest names in the world of land-based and Internet gaming to Biloxi, Mississippi for one of the most important meetings of the year. The 2014 […]

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Aug 16, 2013 |

THE FIGHT: Runner Runner, Nothin’ Funner?

We’ve reached the desperation stage of THE FIGHT to legalize online poker. I’m not sure how else to characterize an email from new American Gaming Association (president) Geoff Freeman to the AGA Board. In that email, Freeman suggests that the upcoming Hollywood spectacle Runner Runner would be a useful tool to persuade the general public […]

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Apr 19, 2013 |

THE FIGHT: Pennsylvania and Massachusetts Get in the Ring

After a few weeks of relative quiet, THE FIGHT kicked back into gear this week, with the East Coast of the country taking center stage. Rep. Tina Davis (D-Bucks) of the Pennsylvania House of Representatives finally introduced her long-awaited internet gambling bill yesterday. Although the full text of the bill is not yet available online, […]

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Apr 17, 2013 |

New Jersey Clock Starts Ticking for Rational Group

The Press of Atlantic City is reporting this morning that Rational Group’s application to New Jersey regulators for permission to purchase an Atlantic City casino finally was completed last week, triggering the start of a 90-day review period. Rational Group, the parent company of PokerStars and Full Tilt Poker, announced in January that it had […]

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Mar 8, 2013 |

THE FIGHT: Caesars Aims for the Stars

Some weeks, all you can do is shake your head. This past Tuesday the American Gaming Association filed a brief with the New Jersey Division of Gaming Enforcement opposing Rational Group’s petition for an Interim Casino Authorization to purchase the Atlantic Club casino. The brief represents the latest skirmish between the brick-and-mortar casinos (which provide […]

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Oct 13, 2011 |

The Fight: UIGEA Anniversary, Bad News From Harry Reid

It has been five years to the day since the passage of the Unlawful Internet Gambling Enforcement Act (UIGEA) changed the direction of online poker forever. Plenty has changed over the past five years, but the post-Black Friday climate feels all too familiar, especially in the wake of recent news that regulated online gambling in […]

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