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    Brazil’s President Signs Landmark Sports Betting Bill

    Brazil finally legalizes sports betting after years of failed attempts for expansion of the nation’s gambling industry Sports betting is now officially legal in Brazil after the country’s outgoing President Michel Temer put his signature on a swiftly passed piece of legislation concerned with the legalization of the practice during a special event on Wednesday. Provisional Measure 846/2018 (MP 846/2018) was introduced in its final form in early November. It took approximately three weeks for the piece to pass a Chamber of Deputies committee, the full Chamber, and the Senate. The bill mostly contains provisions for the distribution of tax proceeds from the nation’s lottery, but it also includes measures…

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    Chicago Mayor Wants a Casino that Will Rival Indiana’s Horseshoe Hammond

    Chicago’s outgoing Mayor believes that a downtown casino would hurt the city’s convention business Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel presented his vision for a long-sought casino in Chicago during a Wednesday meeting with the Chicago Tribune Editorial Board, floating a portion of port district land on the city’s Far Southeast Side as the potential location of the venue. Mr. Emanuel pointed out that he has had a “love-hate” relationship with the idea of a gambling facility in his city, but the fact that Chicagoans spend $40 million a month on gambling at Indiana casinos finally convinced him that something needed to be done. The Mayor is set to step down in…

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    Russell Sullivan Wins Second Career WSOP Circuit Gold Ring at IP Biloxi

    Russell Sullivan won his first WSOP Circuit gold ring nearly two years ago, last night he beat 152 entries for gold piece number two Russell Sullivan from West Columbia, South Carolina, finally ended last night a dry run of nearly two years and captured his second career gold ring in a WSOP Circuit IP Biloxi $400 No-Limit Hold’em tournament. The event took place on Tuesday and it was a roller coaster experience for the eventual winner. Sullivan entered the unofficial final table as the chip leader but had to fight for his tournament life a couple of times over the course of the final table. But first things first, the…

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    Sands President Meets with Osaka Leaders as Company Pursues Casino License

    Las Vegas Sands President courts Osaka officials, pitches multi-billion-dollar integrated resort plan Las Vegas Sands President Robert Goldstein met today with Osaka Governor Ichiro Matsui and Osaka Mayor Hirofumi Yoshimura to present the two officials with his company’s plans to build a casino in the western Japanese metropolis, local news outlet the Mainichi reports. Osaka was selected last month as the winning bidder for hosting World Expo 2025, beating rival bids from Russia’s Yekaterinburg and Azerbaijan’s Baku. Analysts believe that the announcement that the city will be hosting the trade show would boost significantly its chance to become host of one of the three integrated resorts that are to be…

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    Ho-Chunk Nation Casino Proposal Sees Overwhelming Support from Host Community

    Beloit leaders and residents speak in favor of casino resort in the city, see the project as much-needed economic boon Residents of Beloit, Wisconsin expressed Tuesday overwhelmingly positive opinion about a proposed casino resort in the city. The project has been in the works for years now but it was this summer when it finally made a significant progress towards its realization. The federally recognized Ho-Chunk Nation of Wisconsin has introduced the plan more than a decade ago. The tribe wants to build a casino complex along Interstate 90/39 with a gaming floor with 2,200 slot machines and 50 gaming tables, a 300-room hotel, several food and beverage facilities, a…

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    Chicago Mayor to Push for Casino, Legalized Marijuana

    Rahm Emanuel is making what could be his last push as a mayor to bring a casino to the Windy City and secure new tax revenue Chicago’s outgoing mayor Rahm Emanuel will reportedly make a push for the legalization of recreational marijuana and the opening of a casino in Chicago as much-needed revenue sources for the city’s pension system. According to sources close to the official, he will address the state Legislature today to propose the above measures. The city’s four public worker pension funds are estimated to have over $27 billion in unfunded liabilities. It is believed that Mayor Emanuel would call in his major address today for all…

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    WSOP Circuit Regular Eli Loewenthal Bags Overall Bicycle Casino Main Event Chip Lead after Day 1B

    Latest WSOP Circuit Bicycle Casino Main Event attracts 546 entries, 110 progress into Day 2 of the major tournament The WSOP Circuit Bicycle Casino stop is approaching its final stages with the $1,700 Main Event currently taking place. The tournament’s second and last starting flight was completed last night at the host casino with 67 players bagging. Eli Loewenthal had collected the largest stack by the end of Flight B with 382,000 in chips. The player will also progress into Day 2 of the event as the overall chip leader. Loewenthal has not won any pieces of WSOP jewelry so far, but that does not mean he is stranger to…

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    Melco’s First Satellite Casino in Cyprus Opens Doors

    Melco opens satellite casino in the Cypriot capital, Nicosia, a second such facility to be launched at Larnaca International Airport later this month The first legal casino in the Cypriot capital, Nicosia, has just opened its doors as part of a larger development scheme led by Hong Kong gaming and hospitality giant Melco Resorts & Entertainment, local news outlets reported today. Cyprus Casinos Nicosia (C2 Nicosia) is being launched just under six months after a larger casino swung its doors open in Limassol. The Limassol facility will act as a temporary casino, while the main gaming floor, part of a €550-million integrated resort, is under development not far from the…

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    888 Looks to Cement Itself in US Gambling Market with All American Poker Network Purchase

    888 positions itself for US expansion with All American Poker Network acquisition for a total consideration of $28 million Online gambling operator 888 Holdings today announced that it has acquired the remaining 53% shares in All American Poker Network (AAPN) in a bid to pursue further expansion in the US gambling market. 888 said in a press release from earlier today that it will pay $28 million in cash to assume full control of the US-focused online poker network. The gambling company set up AAPN back in 2013 as a joint venture with US partner Avenue OLG Entertainment LLC. The joint venture was established to help 888 launch its online…

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    Caesars in Good Position to Enter Japan’s Casino Market, Company Exec Believes

    Japan is set to open three integrated resorts in the next decade and some of the world’s gambling giants are eyeing expansion into that lucrative market Caesars Entertainment Corp. is positioned to enter the lucrative Japanese gaming market, the company’s Executive VP of Government Relations and Corporate Responsibility, Jan Jones Blackhurst, said on Nevada Newsmakers last week. The executive pointed out that the newly regulated Japanese casino market is “hugely important” not just to her company, but to the entire gaming world. She went on to say that Japan was “the single most important market to open in the last decade […], maybe the last two decades.” The Japanese government…