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    Parx Owner’s Mini-Casino Proposal Gets March 25 Public Hearing

    The Pennsylvania Gaming Control Board today announced that it has set a March 25 public input hearing to collect testimony on the proposed establishment of a mini-casino near Shippensburg Township The mini-casino project is being pitched by Greenwood Gaming and Entertainment, Inc., known to be the owner of Parx Casino in Bensalem. Greenwood submitted its application for the new gaming facility this past fall. The Pennsylvania Gaming Control Board said in a press release from earlier today that it will hold its public input hearing on March 25, 2019 at the Conference Center at Shippensburg University. It is set to begin at 4 pm local time. Under Pennsylvania gambling law,…

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    European Casino Association Presents New Strategy, Welcomes Newest Member

    The General Assembly of the European Casino Association (ECA) approved the organization’s strategy for the next three years and welcomed its newest member during this year’s edition of ICE London earlier this month Providing more details about its new strategy, ECA said in a press release issued Thursday that it will “advocate the values and principles” of Europe’s nationally licensed land-based casinos towards “a sustainable feature.” The key objectives of the strategy, titled Supporting and Promoting Europe’s Casinos, include providing thought leadership and developing and exchanging the best practices on the most pressing industry issues. Industry trends and digitalisation, anti-money laundering, corporate social responsibility, responsible gambling, diversity and inclusion, and…

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    Phil Ivey’s Baccarat Edge-Sorting Partner Inspires Feature Film

    The story of the queen of baccarat, Kelly Sun, is getting a feature film produced by the team behind box office smasher Crazy Rich Asians The producers of 2018 hit movie Crazy Rich Asians are now onto a new exciting project that involves putting the story of one of the world’s most talented baccarat players on the silver screen. Ivanhoe Pictures and Jeffrey Sharp of Sharp Independent Pictures have partnered to finance and co-produce The Baccarat Queen, a feature film about Cheung Yin “Kelly” Sun, known to be one of the most successful players of the highest grossing casino game in Asia’s gambling mecca, Macau. The movie is inspired by…

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    Carl Icahn Reportedly Presses for Caesars Sale

    Billionaire investor Carl Icahn is planning to push Caesars to consider a sale, the Wall Street Journal reports citing people familiar with matter Reports about Mr. Icahn pressing for the company’s sale emerge after it became known that he was quietly building a stake in the Las Vegas gaming and hospitality powerhouse. The New York activist investor currently owns 10% of Caesars. According to people familiar with the company’s shareholder dealings, Mr. Icahn believes Caesars has “desirable properties and that the outlook for Las Vegas is positive.” The WSJ report goes on that Mr. Icahn believes the casino and hotel operator would perform better under the stewardship of “a rival.”…

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    ESPN, Poker Central Release 50th WSOP Live Broadcast Schedule

    While there are still a few months until the World Series of Poker, preparations for a very special edition of the popular poker festival are in full swing Poker Central and ESPN released on Wednesday their preliminary schedule for live coverage of the 50th edition of the world’s longest-running tournament poker series (full schedule here). The schedule of the two networks includes (but is not limited to) full-day exclusive coverage of the WSOP Main Event, which will take place from July 3 all the way through July 16. Under a partnership between ESPN and Poker Central, the former will broadcast at least 40 hours of live WSOP coverage and an…

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    Genting’s Tax Incentives Judicial Review Gets May 30 Hearing Date

    The High Court of Kuala Lumpur set a hearing date for Genting’s application for a judicial review of its tax incentives agreement with the Finance Ministry The Kuala Lumpur High Court today set a May 30 hearing for the application of casino and hospitality giant Genting Malaysia Bhd for a judicial review of a decision of the Malaysian Ministry of Finance that will delay the company’s utilization of certain tax incentives. Local news outlet The Edge Markets reported that the date was set earlier today by High Court Judge Azizah Nawawi. The court will hear further details about Genting’s application on May 30. The company said late last month that…

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    Hard Rock Places Final Beam on New Yuba County Casino Resort

    Enterprise Rancheria and Hard Rock held a topping off ceremony for their new Hard Rock Hotel & Casino Sacramento resort After a two-decade effort to bring a casino in Yuba County, California, the Estom Yumeka Maidu Tribe (Enterprise Rancheria) placed the final beam on what would operate as Hard Rock Hotel & Casino Sacramento at Fire Mountain at a special ceremony on Wednesday. The tribe announced last summer that it has joined forces with Hard Rock International to build and operate a casino complex in South Yuba County. The property is being developed on a portion of land that had previously been claimed from the tribe for the construction of…

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    Kentucky Makes Cautious Steps Toward Sports Betting Legalization

    A sweeping gambling overhaul bill is currently under consideration in Kentucky as lawmakers are struggling to find revenue generators for the state’s $43 billion pension crisis The House Licensing, Occupations and Administrative Regulations Committee reviewed House Bill 175 during a Wednesday hearing but did not vote on it. The piece contains provisions for the legalization and regulation of sports betting, online poker, and fantasy sports. The bill is sponsored by Rep. Adam Koenig, who says he believes Kentucky already has a thriving black market and is losing millions to unregulated sports betting operations. If HB 175 survives all pending legislative hurdles, it will legalize and regulate the provision of in-person…

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    Majority of Swedes Support Gambling Ads Restrictions

    The majority of Swedes support the introduction of restrictions on the way gambling products are advertised across Swedish media, a recent survey shows Sweden’s new gambling law took effect on January 1, 2019, opening the local gambling market to international online gambling operators. Internationally licensed companies have long targeted Swedish gaming and betting customers, but they can now operate in a regulated environment with a license by the local gambling regulator, Spelinspektionen (formerly Lotteriinspektionen). According to a recent report by the Swedish Institute for Opinion Surveys (SIFO), nine out of ten Swedes believe that there is far too much gambling advertising across Swedish media. The research house interviewed 1,153 people…

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    Gambling, Porn Apps Elude Apple Policing through Its Enterprise Certificate Program

    Another scandal involving Apple’s Enterprise Certificate program is brewing just a week after news broke that Google and Facebook had misused said program to avoid App Store rules and collect user data TechCrunch reported yesterday that it has uncovered that the developers of two dozens of gambling and adult content apps have used the Enterprise Certificate program to escape Apple’s oversight and the traditional App Store and Cupertino’s safeguards designed to keep inappropriate content away from iOS. Apple strictly prohibits the distribution of pornographic content on its app platform, while gambling apps are allowed but are monitored thoroughly due to the nature of the services they provide. Generally speaking, the…