Hard Rock, Others Rumored to Be Interested in Buying Star Entertainment

***UPDATE: In a statement issued earlier Monday, Hard Rock International said it is not involved in discussions with Star Entertainment. “Hard Rock International would like to address recent reports regarding a proposed purchase of the Star Entertainment Group Limited (Star) in Australia. We want to make it clear that Hard Rock International is not involved…

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Genting Chairman Lim Expresses Interest in UAE Casino

Add Genting Group to the list of global gaming giants that could pursue entry into the United Arab Emirates (UAE) if casino resorts are approved there. Genting Chairman Lim Kok Thay said the company could be interested in a United Arab Emirates (UAE) gaming project. (Image: The Independent) At the company’s annual meeting last month,…

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Georgia Lottery Compliance Inspector Charged with Taking Kickbacks

A Georgia Lottery compliance inspector was allegedly more interested that licensees complied with his bribery demands than state regulations, according to the Georgia Bureau of Investigation (GBI).   Mugshot of Michael Jerome Kessler Sr., above, who took kickbacks from venues hosting Class B COAMS, according to the Georgia Bureau of Investigation. (Image: WSBTV.com) On Monday,…

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Ohio Casino Control Commission Relaxes Sports Betting License Rules

The Ohio Casino Control Commission (OCCC) has eased its regulatory rules regarding issued sports betting licenses that have gone unused. Matthew Schuler, executive director of the Ohio Casino Control Commission, in his office during a December 2021 interview. Schuler says recent changes to the commission’s sportsbook licensing rules will remove unnecessary regulatory requirements regarding unused…

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Dave & Buster’s In-App Betting Function Faces Regulatory Scorn in Multiple States

Dave & Buster’s announced the rollout of peer-to-peer betting within its D&B Rewards mobile application this month. The news quickly garnered pushback from state lawmakers and regulators in commercial gaming states. Dave & Buster’s guests shoot hoops. Dave & Buster’s plans to bring arcade betting to its app is causing pushback from state lawmakers and…

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Maryland to Buy Historic Pimlico Race Course for $1

The Stronach Group, owner of Baltimore’s Pimlico Race Course – home of the Preakness Stakes – will sell the historic track to the State of Maryland for $1. The Preakness Stakes, above, is the second biggest horse racing event in the US and culturally important to Maryland, which hopes to consolidate all racing at a…

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IAC Boss Diller Lands Full Nevada Gaming License

IAC/InterActiveCorp (NASDAQ: IAC) Chairman Barry Diller earned an unrestricted Nevada gaming license Thursday after the Nevada Gaming Commission (NGC) voted 4-1 in favor of granting him that status. IAC Chairman Barry Diller at a movie premier in 2019. The Nevada Gaming Commission (NGC) granted him a full license in the state. (Image: Monica Schipper/Getty Images)…

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Times Square Casino Meets Stiff Opposition in New Poll

Residents in the neighborhoods around Times Square strongly oppose the area becoming home to a casino hotel. That’s according to a new poll by Tulchin Research. Jay-Z is part of a development group that wants to bring an integrated casino resort to Times Square. Many voters who live in the neighborhood oppose the casino effort.…

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Interior Department Asks Supreme Court to Dismiss Florida Gaming Compact Case

The United States Department of the Interior (DOI) has petitioned the Supreme Court to dismiss a lawsuit challenging the Class III gaming compact the Seminole Tribe reached with Florida in 2021. Hard Rock Bet commercials continue to run in Florida and online sports bets continue to be facilitated as a legal challenge that’s reached the…

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New Hampshire Bans Greyhound Simulcasts

On Tuesday, New Hampshire’s Republican Governor Chris Sununu signed a bill to prohibit greyhound simulcasting from Jan. 1, 2027. The state joins Kansas, Colorado, and Massachusetts in recently outlawing the broadcasts, in which races are streamed in real-time enabling bettors who are far from the racetrack to wager on races. Greyhound racing is a dying…

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