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Editorial: Lawmakers have every reason to speed along light rail plan




It’s time to get rolling on light rail for the Strip. A bill that would allow the Regional Transportation Commission of Southern Nevada to start arranging funding for a transportation plan that includes a major light rail system has been… [continue reading]

Raiders in Sin City? You can bet on it




LAS VEGAS (AP) – A town built on losers is about to become a big winner in the NFL relocation sweepstakes. And Sundays in Sin City may never be the same. What seemed unimaginable to most just a year ago… [continue reading]

Gambling Addiction…Who Is Responsible Anyway?




Problem gambling and addicted gamblers will always be an issue for the gaming industry.  It is an issue that catches headlines and undermines the industry credibility.  It is an issue that industry insiders should put more time and money into… [continue reading]

E-Sports Betting The Latest Legal Change Eyed By Nevada Law Students




Nevada lawmakers are set to consider a bill to allow for pari-mutuel wagering on e-sports and poker tournaments, in the latest in a series of legislative proposals drafted by students at the William S. Boyd School of Law in Las… [continue reading]

MGM, Dubai deal cannot become CityCenter 2.0




A decade following their catastrophic swing-and-miss on the Las Vegas CityCenter deal, MGM and the government of Dubai are back and ready for another bite at the apple. Dubai made a gargantuan bet on the Las Vegas Strip and lost… [continue reading]

Infamous high roller: Why isn’t Rick Rizzolo in the Black Book?




The saga of the Crazy Horse Too topless club in Las Vegas has briefly returned to the news because of Kirk Henry’s recent death in Kansas. Henry was the tourist who, in September 2001, made the mistake of accompanying a… [continue reading]

MGM’s new Golfstream attraction to host skill-based indoor golf gaming events




When people talk about playing skill-based games for money in the casino, one immediately thinks video games. With the rising success of large-scale tournaments, specialized esports venues to watch competitions and a movement toward wagering on match outcomes and competitors… [continue reading]

These Las Vegas odds win you (and the oddsmaker) some fun




Sunday’s “game” wasn’t going well for Wynn Las Vegas sports book director John Avello. His winning picks were averaging below 70 percent, compared with his usual 79 percent for this particular “sport.” But a win on his final pick of… [continue reading]

Bettors arrive at books early and stay late for NCAA Tournament




The biggest upset on your bracket wasn’t an upset against the point spread, but that didn’t dampen the enthusiasm of thousands of visitors and locals alike who packed Las Vegas sports books Thursday on the first day of the NCAA… [continue reading]

VGT operators making push in Pennsylvania




As Pennsylvania lawmakers study whether to approve iGaming and Daily Fantasy Sports to generate more tax revenue, supporters of allowing slot machines in bars, restaurants and private clubs are stepping up their campaign as well. Their arguments echo those made… [continue reading]

This Wall Street Legend Failed to Conquer Vegas Sports Betting




March Madness, the ultimate in U.S. college basketball, hits Las Vegas like a tomahawk jam. Each year, hundreds of millions of dollars course through the Vegas sports betting parlors, far exceeding wagers placed on the one-day Super Bowl event. Howard… [continue reading]

The Battle of Boston Considered




Could Wynn Boston Harbor lose its license before it even opens? It could happen; the Massachusetts Supreme Judicial Court ruled recently that a lawsuit challenging Wynn’s license could proceed.* The court sent the case back to a lower court to… [continue reading]

Squirrel! Is Your Social Media Content Grabbing Attention?




Like most of us, I’m really busy every day. But a few times a week, I “catch up” on my Newsfeed and favorite social channels to make sure that I haven’t missed anything “important” (like a picture of the largest… [continue reading]

The economy is still strong, and that’s good for casinos




Twenty-five years ago, James Carville coined some famous words for Bill Clinton’s campaign staff: “The economy, stupid.” It’s also helpful to view the casino world through that lens. Of course, twenty-five years ago there was no Internet gaming, but the… [continue reading]

Making the IRS less capable of fighting fraud




IRS Criminal Investigation Chief Richard Weber made it sound almost simple. “Whether we are talking about complex offshore tax evasion cases, employment taxes, or other core mission taxes, or even a cyber case involving the dark net — the investigation… [continue reading]

Think the N.C.A.A. Bracket’s Too Easy? Try One of These Pools




Starting in the 1970s, eight prosecutors in the Justice Department’s Public Integrity Section set up a standing meeting. Once a year, they would gather in the deputy attorney general’s conference room and run an elaborate pool for the N.C.A.A. men’s… [continue reading]

March Madness raises arguments for, against legal sports betting




March Madness is upon us, another time of the year when people who almost never set foot inside a race and sports book become sports experts and serious gamblers. It was only a month ago that twice-a-year bettors showed their… [continue reading]

The NCAA Tourney’s Economic Impact on the Las Vegas Strip




It is the biggest sports betting event of the year, bar none. True, the Big Game in the first week of February generates more excitement and action than any other single sports event, but the collective wagering on the March… [continue reading]

iGaming proponents offer persuasive arguments in Pa.




Supporters of Internet gaming in Pennsylvania make a convincing case that online wagering would increase state tax revenue and help – not harm – existing casinos. “Regulated online gaming, in cooperation with our partners on the land-based casino side, is… [continue reading]

Out With the Trump, In With the Hard Rock




Atlantic City got some surprising news on March 1st when it was announced that Carl Icahn found a buyer for the shuttered Trump Taj Mahal, Hard Rock International.  It was a rare ray of sunlight for a town that has… [continue reading]

Let the games begin: GameCo exec loves watching skill-based players dive in




Sure, there are control rooms with one-way mirrors where product designers can carefully watch selected customers interact with their latest creation. But GameCo CEO and founder Blaine Graboyes has someplace better. “I like to go to 10 North [the bar… [continue reading]

Utah cracks down on illegal gambling, sort of




Lovely state, Utah. Friendly people. Breath-taking natural wonders. High-performing schools. Yeah, pal, you’re a real goody two-shoes. Clean-living and conservative, the Beehive State is forever playing the Good Witch Glinda to Nevada’s Wicked Witch of the West. If states were… [continue reading]

Georgia on my mind – in 2018




A much-hyped push to introduce destination casino resorts in Georgia fell flat on its face last week. A key sponsor of the enabling legislation announced that his bill did not have the votes to pass the committee level, much less… [continue reading]

30 Years of Tribal Gaming




February 25, 1987, was a milestone date for gambling in America. On that day, the United States Supreme Court handed down its decision in California v. Cabazon Band of Mission Indians, a verdict that paved the way for the rapid… [continue reading]

As casino market tightens, ClubLinq helps marketing connect to players




Casinos diligently monitor their slot floor business, routinely shuffling machines in and around and out of the gaming area, based on how much action they attract. But when it comes to being up-to-date on the actual customers, there’s still plenty… [continue reading]