Minnesota’s Running Aces Racino Adds More Casinos to RICO Suit

Minnesota harness racing track Running Aces has added two more casinos to a federal racketeering suit that claims tribal operators in the state are running “illegal” games. Running Aces president and CEO Taro Ito, above, says that all he wants to do is compete on a level playing field. But tribal interests dismissed his lawsuit…

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Texas House Candidate Opposes Casino Gambling

Texas political newcomer Cheryl Bean, who will take part in a legislative primary runoff later this month, has repeated her opposition to casino resorts in the state. Cheryl Bean, pictured above. In her race for a spot in the Texas House, she is opposing casinos. (Image: Texas Right to Life) In her race to capture…

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Louisiana’s Chief Gaming Regulator Ronnie Johns Retiring After 37 Years of State Service

Louisiana Gaming Control Board (LGCB) Chairman Ronnie Johns is retiring after nearly four decades of public service. Louisiana Gaming Control Board Chairman Ronnie Johns (far right) participates in what was his final groundbreaking ceremony of a casino project on Dec. 13, 2022. Johns has announced his retirement from public service effective June 30. (Image: Shreveport…

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Emmett Opposes PlayAGS Takeover Bid, Says Brightstar Offer Undervalues Company

Emmett Investment Management, a money manager focusing on mid- and small-cap stocks, penned a letter to PlayAGS (NYSE: AGS) investors on Tuesday telling them they should oppose the $1.1 billion takeover offer floated on May 9 by Brightstar Capital Partners. A slide from a PlayAGS investor presentation. Emmett Investment Management is opposing Brightstar Capital’s takeover…

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U.S. Government Agency Proposes Banning Political Betting Exchanges

A United States government agency has proposed amending its rules to outlaw wagering on political outcomes on controversial betting exchanges. The Commodity Futures Trading Commission headquarters in Washington, DC. The independent government agency has proposed banning peer-to-peer online wagering exchanges involving political outcomes. (Image: CFTC) Political betting via regulated sportsbooks, commonplace in the UK and…

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Alabama Gaming Expansion Compromise Dead by a Single Vote, Gov. Ivey Upset

Alabama gaming expansion will remain on hold for at least another year after a compromise reached by a special legislative committee stalled in the state Senate by a single vote. Alabama Gov. Kay Ivey (R) is among many lawmakers in Montgomery frustrated with a powerful state senator who prevented a gaming package compromise from going…

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Former Rank Group CEO Henry Birch Eyed for Entain Job

Online gambling giant Entain is considering the appointment of the ex-CEO of Britain’s biggest land-based casino group as a replacement for previous boss Jette Nygaard-Andersen, who resigned late last year. Henry Birch, above, addressing the Retail Week Live conference while CEO of the Very Group. He is believed to be one of a few names…

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Resorts World NYC Casino Bid Could Be Derailed by Ohtani Translator Betting Scandal

The probe into the illicit sports wagering habits of Ippei Mizuhara, the former interpreter for Los Angeles Dodgers superstar Shoei Ohtani, could be detrimental to Genting’s ambitions of procuring a New York City casino license. Resorts World Las Vegas. The venue’s alleged role in transferring cash from Ippei Mizuhara, the former interpreter for Los Angeles…

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MGM Will Be Held to Host City Agreement in Possible Springfield Casino Sale, Say Officials

Nearly two months ago, reports surfaced that MGM Resorts International (NYSE: MGM) is mulling the sale of its regional casinos in Ohio and Springfield, Mass. Officials in the Massachusetts city said they intend to hold the gaming company to the terms of the host city agreement should a transaction materialize. MGM Springfield. City officials said…

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Caesars, DraftKings, Others Want Competitive Washington, DC Sports Betting Market

It’s been less than a month since FanDuel took over as the lone mobile sportsbook operator in Washington, DC, but rivals are already clamoring for access to online sports betting in the US capitol. Washington, DC Council member Kenyan McDuffie (I-At Large) at a 2021 campaign rally. Gaming companies support his bill to open the…

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