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US – Florida’s freeze on gaming moves a step closer but hurdles remain

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Florida’s freeze on gaming has moved a step closer with the House Ways and Means Committee’s voting in favour of the legislation by 11 to 7 which would maintain the status quo on gaming in the state for two decades. The bill would see Florida Governor Rick Scott to renew the contract with the Seminole… Read more »

Australia – Australia’s Senate bans online poker and in-play sports betting

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Australia’s Senate has banned online poker and in-play sports betting. In doing so, the country’s Senate rejected a proposal by a majority of 46-6 that would prevent online poker from being banned under the new Interactive Gambling Amendment Bill. The Interactive Gambling Amendment Bill 2016 has been under consideration in the Senate since late last… Read more »

US – Texas and Illinois considering casino bills

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Texas, the second largest state in the United States, and Illinois, the sixth most populous, are both looking at the economic benefits of introducing casino gaming with new bills this week. Chicago is in the running to get its first ever casino as part of a proposal to expand gambling in Illinois that would see… Read more »

US – Georgian casino bill fails to make it past committee

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Legislation that would have permitted casino gaming in Georgia has failed to get enough votes to make it past the committee voting stage, according to the bill’s sponsor. State Senator Brandon Beach revealed that the bill needed at least one more vote from the Senate Regulated Industries Committee to be considered in the current session…. Read more »

Mexico – AIEJA casts doubt on immediacy of Mexican gaming law

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The President of the Mexican Gaming Association (AIEJA) Miguel Angel Ochoa Sanchez has told local news portal Milenio that new gaming legislation in Mexico looks increasingly less likely as it has become stalled in the Senate. According to Mr Ochoa Sanchez the new bill will probably not be passed during the remainder of the six-year… Read more »

Uruguay – New law to allow Uruguay’s casino cruise ships to remain open

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Carlos Camaño the Director of National Hydrography in Uruguay, a government department which oversees port activity and maintains and develops local waterways, has revealed a bill is now being prepared which would allow for casinos in cruise ships to remain open when they arrive in both the ports of Montevideo and the Atlantic resort of… Read more »

US – Taj Mahal up for sale following five-year license suspension

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Billionaire Carl Icahn has put the Taj Mahal in Atlantic City up for sale following new legislation brought in by state lawmakers. New Jersey legislators have approved a bill that would impose a five-year license suspension for anyone closing down a casino after January 2016. The new law would apply to Carl Icahn who shut… Read more »

Brazil – Deputy proposes Brazilian amendment to boost security

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Silas Freire

Brazilian Deputy Silas Freire has put forward a proposal to the Parliamentary Front for Public Security whereby 10 to 20 per cent of tax income generated by a new gaming industry would be allocated to the National Public Security Fund. New gaming legislation currently under debate in the Chamber of Deputies would be amended to… Read more »

Poland – Poland prepares crackdown on illegal online sites

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Poland’s Lower House of Parliament has approved a new gaming law aiming to crack down on illegal gambling activities. The Association of Employers and Employees of Bookmakers said that around PLN6bn in tax revenue was lost because of illegal operators. It said that around 90 per cent of the online market in Poland was illegal…. Read more »

Brazil – Brazil’s Lower House now debating new Gaming Bill

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A debate has begun on Brazil’s new gaming act with deputies in the lower house arguing fiercely both for and against the new bill. Deputy and long standing opponent of gambling Luiz Carlos Hauly said that the legalisation of gambling may aggravate the economic crisis, and cause social, ethical and moral upheaval in Brazil. He… Read more »