The European Commission (EC) has abandoned the concept of a pan-European regulatory framework for online gambling, accepting that individual member states largely oppose synchronizing their Internet gaming regulations. The move interestingly mirrors similar issues in the US, where states’ rights vs. federal dictates have become an ongoing battle in the iGaming wars.

Republican Rep. Tom Loertscher of Iona, chairman of the committee, says the agency would oversee Idaho tribal gaming, horse racing and state lottery gambling. The bill wouldn’t dissolve the state’s current racing and lottery commissions. Instead, it would create an additional gaming commission housed under the new agency.

“We extend our sincere thanks to our players and retailers for being part of this historic moment,” Iowa Lottery CEO Terry Rich said. “It was a bin buster – definitely a busy time, but we had a lot of fun, too. And our joint efforts have made a big difference right here at home by raising additional lottery proceeds for state causes while paying a record amount in prizes to players.”

"Wheel of Fortune slots and Carnival cruises are synonymous with fun and excitement, so IGT's partnership with Carnival Cruise Line provides the ideal way to celebrate 20 years of Wheel of Fortune slots," said Victor Duarte, IGT global chief product officer, gaming."We appreciate the continued partnership between Carnival Cruise Line and IGT.  Featuring Wheel of Fortune slots on all 24 Carnival cruise ships gives the games great exposure to millions of people, and has played a valuable role in helping IGT's Wheel of Fortune slots become the most popular casino slot brand of all time."  "We're delighted to team up with IGT to commemorate the 20th anniversary of the wildly popular Wheel of Fortune slot machines and provide consumers with a number of fantastic prizes, including the opportunity to win $100,000 in the Spin N Sail tournament," said Mike Hunssinger Turek, vice president of casino commercial operations for Carnival Cruise Line. "We're also excited to offer a variety of special Wheel of Fortune-themed activities on board and be a part of Spin & Sail Week on this iconic show," he added.
Since its first drawing in 1972, Pennsylvania's lottery has contributed nearly $25 billion to senior programs for low-cost prescription drugs, free and reduced-fare transportation, rebates on property taxes and rent, long-term care services and senior centers.    The lottery has raised more than $1 billion for such programs for four consecutive years. During the 2014-15 fiscal year, the lottery contributed $1.06 billion from a record $3.82 billion in sales.     It is on pace to continue that streak, lottery spokesman Gary Miller said.    “We're aiming for another billion dollars,” he said.

The international operators’ share eclipsed the SEK 3.6b collected by the state-owned betting monopoly Svenska Spel, but the monopoly’s share was up 8% year-on-year while the international sites grew only 6%.

GLI’s President & CEO James Maida said, “We are thrilled to welcome Lt. Colonel Sweeney as the keynote speaker for our 16th annual Regulators Roundtable. The theme of this year’s event is ‘strategically embracing innovation,’ and Lt. Colonel Sweeney is the perfect speaker to motivate attendees with his stirring stories while inspiring the crowd to value the importance of strategy and face new challenges head on.”

After 10 years with its familiar sunset-South-Dakota-and “L” image, the South Dakota Lottery’s logo has a new look.

“We were excited when this transfer goal was provided to us and saw it as a challenge,” said Kansas Lottery Executive Director Terry Presta. “With the relative lack of large jackpots in the past few years, much of our sales growth has come from our instant ticket offerings. Now, with this latest record Powerball run, we are well on our way to meeting and hopefully exceeding our transfer goal and setting another record this fiscal year.”

According to Portugal Secretary of State for Tourism Adolfo Mesquita Nunes, the target date has been set for June 28, after a the Council of Ministers March 2015 approval of a bill to establish a legal framework for online gaming, later signed off on by President Aníbal Cavaco Silva to conclude a decade of deliberation. The licensing and regulation will be overseen by Portuguese national regulator Santa Casa de Misericordia de Lisboa, with the body to be responsible for a number of additional tasks that the new structure will require.

Why is the Third Circuit’s rehearing so important? Rehearings are extremely rare; circuit courts of appeal are reluctant to grant such requests. By way of example, in 2006 a total of 1,028 motions for rehearing were filed in the Fourth District Court of Appeals and only twenty-one of them were granted. That makes the granting of New Jersey’s case a special exception to the rule and may be read as a positive sign as to the likelihood of success on the merits of the state’s argument. “It’s huge,” said New Jersey Senator Raymond Lesniak when the rehearing was initially announced. ”Chances are, they wouldn’t have vacated the ruling if they were only going to later on confirm it.

Florida lawmakers have a chance to pass a landmark $3 billion gambling agreement with the Seminole Tribe. The revenue boost, which would replace a previous five-year $1 billion deal with the Seminoles, would ease budget pressures in the coming years. But the Legislature’s ratification of the seven-year agreement with the Seminoles is entangled in a complicated web of other gambling interests.

One political issue simmering just out of view of Canberra's recent theatrics is that of the vexed reforms (potentially) to online gambling.

The measure, Senate Bill 180, would remove a requirement that the New Mexico Lottery Authority funnel at least 30 percent of its monthly revenue to the popular lottery scholarship program. Sen. John Arthur Smith, D-Deming, the bill’s sponsor, said the move would allow the lottery to award bigger prizes and spend more money on advertising. That, in turn, could lead to an increase in lottery revenue and more money for scholarships. “What we’re attempting to do is maximize the bottom line to the state for lottery scholarships,” Smith during Thursday’s debate.

Steve Wynn, chairman of Las Vegas-based Wynn Resorts, said that he remains bullish about the potential of the proposed Wynn Resorts casino and hotel in Everett, in part because Boston has so many air connections to the world’s capitals “All of that makes me feel confident and positive,” said Wynn, who has spent more than $95 million of his own money buying up shares in Wynn Resorts since December. He currently owns more than 11 million shares.  “I like the company’s long-term prospects,” Wynn told one analyst who asked about his purchases.
“In 2015 we showed the strength of our strategy entitled Experience through Responsibility. Following an expected downturn in revenues in 2014, when the mandatory registration of gaming was introduced, we are now seeing growth. Both revenues and profitability have improved. Svenska Spel is well prepared for the upcoming re-regulation of the gaming market,” says Lennart Käll, President and CEO of Svenska Spel.

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