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Glendale City Council Softens Stance on Tohono O’Odham Casino

After years of losses in court and an estimated $3 million in legal fees, the Glendale, Arizona City Council appeared to ease its opposition to the location of an Indian casino in Glendale within the Phoenix metropolitan area...more

Casino AML Compliance Update: Las Vegas Sands Corp. Places Macau Casino Junkets Under Increased Scrutiny.

On April 4, 2014, Bloomberg reported that the Las Vegas Sands Corp. (“Sands”) has increased its scrutiny of casino junket operators in Macau. The decision comes as casinos seek to meet the increased demands of federal...more

Casino Location Impacts Long-Term Success

Location, location, location is a well-established mantra in the real estate business. Tribal casinos are not exempt – particularly in California, where tribal casinos are a dominating influence in the state’s gaming industry...more

Detroit Casinos’ February Revenues Decrease From Same Month Last Year

The Michigan Gaming Control Board (“MGCB”) released the revenue and wagering tax data for February 2014 for the three Detroit, Michigan commercial casinos. The three Detroit commercial casinos posted a collective 0.6%...more

Gaming Legal News - March 2014 • Volume 7, Number 8

In This Issue: - CASINO LOCATION IMPACTS LONG-TERM SUCCESS: Location, location, location is a well-established mantra in the real estate business. Tribal casinos are not exempt – particularly in California,...more

Tribe Files Suit to Block California Compact Referendum

The landmark ballot referendum proposing to reverse the California Legislature’s ratification of two off-reservation tribal casinos is being challenged in state court litigation seeking to block the referendum from appearing...more

U.S.: the value of slot machine patents

I’ve been litigating patent cases involving slot machines for the past decade, and there are still a lot of misconceptions about what aspects of a gaming machine can be patented and why these patents are so valuable....more

2014 Legislative Session: Bills To Watch

On Tuesday, March 4th, Florida lawmakers gathered in Tallahassee for the start of the 2014 legislative session. Lawmakers now have 60 days to pass their bills into law. For those of us in South Florida, we want to follow this...more

Detroit Casinos’ January Revenues Decrease from Same Month Last Year

The Michigan Gaming Control Board (“MGCB”) released the revenue and wagering tax data for January 2014 for the three Detroit, Michigan, commercial casinos. The three Detroit commercial casinos posted a collective 9.5%...more

Four Casino Resort Licenses on the Table in Upstate New York – Time to Place Your Bets

As New York State prepares to issue four new gaming licenses, this alert takes a closer look at the details involved in the application requirements, bidding process, fees and approval considerations for prospective...more

Australia: Supreme Court setting for gambling stoush

The civil trial between the State of Victoria and the former holders of gaming machine licences in the state, Tabcorp Holdings Ltd (Tabcorp) and Tatts Group Ltd (Tatts), has commenced in the Victorian Supreme Court before...more

Ontario Lottery & Gaming Corporation Releases Request for Pre-Qualification

When the Ontario Lottery and Gaming Corporation (OLG) announced its plans to modernize gaming in Ontario on March 12, 2012, one of the most controversial aspects of its plan was the development of a casino in the Greater...more

Compact Between Mashpee Wampanoag Tribe and Gov. Deval Patrick Approved by Default

The federal Bureau of Indian Affairs allowed the 45-day review period to lapse without issuing a decision, thereby approving a compact between the Mashpee Wampanoag Tribe and Gov. Deval Patrick for a $500 million casino in...more

Germany: Federal Administrative Court – Second decision on the legal qualification of an entrance fee

In a ruling of 22 January 2014 the Federal Administrative Court reversed a decision of the Adminstrative Court Halle concerning the qualification of an entrance fee to a Poker tournament as a game of chance (BVerwG – 8 C...more

Gaming Legal News - January 2014 • Volume 7, Number 2

In This Issue: - ONTARIO LOTTERY & GAMING CORPORATION RELEASES REQUESTS FOR PRE-QUALIFICATION: When the Ontario Lottery and Gaming Corporation (OLG) announced its plans to modernize gaming in Ontario on March...more

Gaming Trends in 2014

Calendar year 2014 is guaranteed to be an interesting year on many fronts, including the gaming industry. The expansion of gaming in Ohio is off and running at a dramatic pace, with more gaming to come on line this year via...more

Top 10 Indian Tribal Tax Developments in 2013 and Priorities for 2014

In 2013, courts were active in issues relating to Indian tribes, including ruling on state tax matters and the federal income tax aspects of Section 17 corporations. The top 10 Indian tribal tax developments from 2013...more

Sports, Media and Entertainment Intelligence - January 2014

BETTING AND GAMING - Japan looking at casino promotion legislation - With a few very limited exceptions, gaming is generally banned in Japan. In the wake of the tsunami and earthquake, and as the 2020 Olympic Games...more

Detroit Casinos’ November Revenues Decrease from Same Month Last Year

The Michigan Gaming Control Board (“MGCB”) released the revenue and wagering tax data for November 2013 for the three Detroit, Michigan commercial casinos. The three Detroit commercial casinos posted a collective 0.9%...more

Aquinnah’s Long and Winding Road to Gaming May Have Hit the Ultimate Roadblock

Just when the Wampanoag Tribe of Gay Head (Aquinnah) appeared to have finally overcome decades of legal and political problems in its quest to develop gaming, a new problem has arisen, and this one may well insure that there...more

Odds-On Favorite MGM Wins The DC-Area Casino Sweepstakes

As long expected, MGM was selected to build the Prince George’s County casino in a 5 to 2 vote by the Maryland Video Lottery Facility Location Commission, in what some considered to be “a foregone conclusion.” MGM’s proposed...more

Macao Gaming Summit Highlights

The new kids on the block in Macau in November were the Macao Gaming Show (sponsored by the Macau Gaming Equipment Manufacturers Association) and the Macao Gaming Summit, both held contemporaneously at the Venetian. Speakers...more

Japan: Casino promotion legislation submitted

Currently, gaming is generally banned in Japan. There are a few limited exceptions to the ban on gambling with respect to government-managed sports betting in horseracing, speedboat racing, bicycle racing and motorcycle...more

Romania: Imminent changes in the gambling regulatory regime?

“Casino Inside”, the gambling industry magazine in Romania organised yesterday (5 December) the second annual reunion of gambling professionals. Representatives of both public authorities as well as private operators...more

Let The Chips Fall Where They May: Nevada Court Dismisses CFAA Charges Against Casino Players Who Cashed In On Video Poker...

Hollywood has given us many stories of casino capers, from mobsters skimming profits in Scorsese’s Casino to the card-counting savant in Rain Man. But a real-life caper recently played itself out in Nevada federal court,...more

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