Some of the highlights of the 28-page report, conducted by Oxford Economics and put out by the American Gaming Association, show gaming has, so far, brought in $1.4 billion to the state's economy, approximately 8,000 jobs have been created and about $543 million in local, state and federal tax revenues have come in. PGRI Note: One leguislator commented that is not necessarily good if the gambling revenues are coming from residents of Maryland as opposed to out-of-state residents bringing new money into the Maryland economy. This article fails to point out the obvious fact that at least some of the money gambled by Maryland residents would have been taken out of the state to casinos in WV and DE if they had no in-state casino options.
Lawmakers were on the verge of unveiling a $1.1 trillion spending bill to keep the government running through next September. Along with the necessary funding, they were negotiating possible riders affecting government actions on pensions, insurance, transportation, the environment — and online gaming. Officials cautioned anything still could happen during the hectic final days of the post-election lame-duck session that could be completed by the end of this week. The spending bill “is still open for negotiations so there is always room for shenanigans,” said John Pappas, executive director of the Poker Players Alliance that has lobbied against prohibitions on Web poker.
“We can become a substantial partner to the gaming industry,” Gavin Isaacs, CEO of Scientific Games said. Scientific Games “will touch 100 percent of the customers 100 percent of the time.” With 8,300 employees worldwide — including almost 1,400 in Nevada — Scientific Games is expected to centralize its corporate headquarters in Las Vegas.
|While gamblers can increase the spending limits they set, there will be a seven-day “cooling off period” before they kick in, said Paul Pellizzari of Ontario Lottery and Gaming’s social responsibility office. Such features are “comparable to seat belts and air bags in cars,” he added. Credit card access was defended because gambling websites set up by private companies over the last several years ?do the same — but without the safeguards OLG says it is offering.“We are entering a competitive marketplace,” said Paul Pellizzari of Ontario Lottery and Gaming’s social responsibility office. “We have to offer options.”|
|"People are going to gamble we know that," said Paul Pellizzari, OLG's director of policy and social responsibility. "The grey market has been around for a long time. What we've learned about how to protect people is a huge benefit to the creation of this site."|
|Adelson is pressuring the Democrat to help close a loophole in federal law that allows the states to operate and regulate online gambling. In return for an online gaming ban, it's probably unrealistic to imagine that Adelson would publicly back a Democrat like Reid for re-election. But it's not a stretch to imagine a repeat of 2010, when the billionaire donated just to Reid's Republican challenger, Sharron Angle, whom Reid defeated handily.|
|This year was a record setter for lottery winners across the province, with 41 ticket buyers becoming millionaires. "On top of that, theY were all the lower amount prizes," said Western Canada Lottery Corporation spokesperson Andrea Marantz. Marantz said this year's increase was partly due to changes in the games, with more emphasis on big prizes. "We have Scratch and Win tickets now with bigger prizes on them, and we have the Lotto Max which can go into MaxMillions mode where they have the jackpot prizes plus additional draws for $1M prizes. And Lotto 649 was changed so that for every draw there is a guaranteed $1-million prize," she said.|
|Mexico is getting closer to the legalization of gaming with the approval of a draft decree to introduce the country’s first update on gambling regulations in over 60 years. The new regulations that have been under the radar as of late emphasizes the granting of operating permits for land-based and online, minimum age for gambling, and safeguards against money laundering. “With this law now all Mexicans can know how many casinos are in Mexico, which permits have been granted, which are operational, who the owners are and who the partners are.“|
|In a year-to-year comparison, November 2014 casino revenue increased from November 2013 by $23,330,484, or 34.9%. In a comparison excluding Horseshoe Casino Baltimore, which opened in August 2014, year-to-year revenue decreased from November 2013 by $40,567, or .06%.|
|A full-blown casino license would intensify the regulatory scrutiny by having two agencies involved in the process. The Division of Gaming Enforcement would continue to conduct a background investigation of the Internet company and its principals, but the New Jersey Casino Control Commission would ultimately decide whether to approve the license. There would be a public hearing, testimony and evidence as part of the commission’s licensing process. Assemblyman Ralph Caputo, chairman of the Assembly Tourism, Gaming and Arts Committee maintained that Web companies are effectively operating as “casinos on the Internet,” so they should go through the same stringent licensing procedures as their brick-and-mortar counterparts.|
|Casino regulators have approved a first-in-the-nation program that allows Massachusetts gamblers to voluntarily set limits for how much money they are willing to spend in a set period of time.|
|“Unfortunately, AB 9 is a rehash of previously unsuccessful proposals. Any bill that seeks to establish artificial competitive advantages for some, while denying Californians the best online poker experiences, will only serve to divide the community and will be opposed by our coalition.” Morongo Band of Mission Indians, San Manuel Band of Mission Indians, California’s three largest card clubs – the Commerce Club, the Hawaiian Gardens Casino and the Bicycle Casino – and the Amaya Gaming Group, which owns and operates PokerStars|
|“Such unlawfully earned profits are commonly diverted to more insidious criminal enterprises. In fact, the investigation uncovered evidence that the enterprise had links to organized crime.”|
|Black Friday saw internet traffic up 60% compared with last year, while online sales for Cyber Monday grew by 21%, with mobile sales exceeding 17% of total online sales. But while shoppers may be turning to online channels to get their retail fix, the high street has also been evolving. From interactive storefront windows to holograms in changing rooms, technology is changing the way we shop in-store. Connected shelves, robots and 3D printing are being tested in retail settings and could well become a regular fixture of high street stores in the future.|
Lottery Hall of Fame Ceremony at NASPL Dallas
Lottery Industry Hall of Fame ceremony will be
Thursday, Oct. 15 at 9:05am in the Trinity Ballroom, Hilton Anatole
Congratulations to the 2015 PGRI Lottery Industry Hall of Fame Inductees!
The 60 members of the PGRI Lottery Industry Hall of Fame have voted for the 2015 Hall of Fame inductees. And they have elected these eight industry leaders to be inducted into the Lottery Industry Hall of Fame for 2015. The eight 2015 Hall of Fame inductees: