Cyprus Grants Melco-Hard Rock Consortium with Casino License

Cyprus Grants Melco-Hard Rock Consortium with Casino License

Cyprus’ Commerce and Energy Minister Yiorgos Lakkotrypis announced that Melco-Hard Rock consortium was officially granted with a casino operation license. The country’s government finally accepted the consortium formed by Macau brand Melco and the US gambling operator Hard Rock to establish and later operate the first-ever casino resort in Cyprus. Under the license, the consortium will be given the chance to operate an integrated casino resort in the country for the period of 30 years. The Melco-Hard Rock conglomerate will also be given the exclusive right to operate such a…

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Florida’s Supreme Court Puts End to Slots Expansion Hopes

Florida’s Supreme Court Puts End to Slots Expansion Hopes

The Florida’s Supreme Court has unanimously rejected a lawsuit filed by Gretna Racing operators who had claimed that a Gadsden County referendum had made it possible for the track to offer slot machines as part of its product suite. Now, the Supreme Court of the state of Florida has made a ruling according to which pari-mutuel horseracing and dogracing operators are not allowed to offer slot machines to their customers without getting the state approval first. So, instead of slot machines expansion across the state, the Supreme Court decision has…

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Massachusetts Voters Are Against Online Lottery, Says Coalition Survey

Massachusetts Voters Are Against Online Lottery, Says Coalition Survey

A new survey has found that almost 70% of the voters in Massachusetts do not back online lottery legislation. Considering the fact that only 5% of the voters confirmed that they back the idea of local lottery industry’s expansion, the majority of local residents who have the right to vote are overwhelmingly against the Internet expansion of the Massachusetts Lottery. The survey was initiated by the Save Our Neighborhood Coalition, formed by a number of associations, and carried out by Princeton Research Associates. The local business owners have been concerned…

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“Effective Regulation Is Wholly Reliant on Accountability”, According to Tom Grant of Grant Legal

“Effective Regulation Is Wholly Reliant on Accountability”, According to Tom Grant of Grant Legal

Today, Casino Guardian introduces you to an interesting interlocutor with years of professional experience in Gaming Law – Mr. Tom Grant from the London-based boutique law firm Grant Legal. We contacted Mr. Grant, asking him to share his opinion on some of the hottest topics related to the UK gambling legislation, current and upcoming regulatory changes, and possible effects BREXIT could have on the country’s gambling regulation. First things first. Please, introduce yourself to the readers of Casino Guardian. I’m Tom Grant and I’m a general commercial lawyer with a…

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DFS Bills of Ohio and Vermont Could Soon Become Law

DFS Bills of Ohio and Vermont Could Soon Become Law

It seems that the Daily Fantasy Sports (DFS) legislation in the state of Ohio and Vermont has made a step forward these days. Two bills related to the DFS legality, regulation and tax regime in the above-mentioned states have moved closer to officially becoming laws. As Casino Guardian has already reported on previous occasions, daily fantasy sports have recently been one of the hottest topics in the US. With lobbyist working in a number of states, the efforts that some gambling operators have made towards clarifying the actual legal status…

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ASA Revokes Ladbrokes E-Mail Advertisement Ban Ruling

ASA Revokes Ladbrokes E-Mail Advertisement Ban Ruling

The Advertising Standards Authority (ASA) published a ruling in favour of Ladbrokes Betting & Gaming Ltd, replacing the one issued on August 24th, 2016. The UK advertising regulatory watchdog reversed its previous decision, changing the complaint’s status from “Upheld” to “Not Upheld”. As Casino Guardian has previously reported that ASA had banned an e-mail advertisement of Ladbrokes, after the complainant challenged the watchdog saying that the advert was socially irresponsible. The e-mail ad was received on May 2016 and featured an image of Marvel’s to promote a special offer, but…

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“DFS Will Continue to Grow in Nevada and Colorado”, Says USFantasy Sports’ Owner Victor Salerno

“DFS Will Continue to Grow in Nevada and Colorado”, Says USFantasy Sports’ Owner Victor Salerno

Mr. Victor Salerno is one of the gaming industry veterans in Nevada, with years of professional experience in the race and sports book business. Casino Guardian contacted Mr. Salerno and asked him to share his opinion about some of the hottest trends in the Daily Fantasy Sports, race and sports betting industry. How did the market change over the last few years; what are the current trends in the industry and is there a bright future for Daily Fantasy Sports in the US – these are some of the questions…

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US Interior Department Says Revenue-Sharing Compact Is Not Jeopardised by New Casino Opening

US Interior Department Says Revenue-Sharing Compact Is Not Jeopardised by New Casino Opening

The US Department of the Interior once again confirmed its 2016 guidance that the revenue-sharing agreement between Connecticut and the local Indian tribes will not be endangered in any way in case that another casino is opened in the state. The Department’s position on the matter was reaffirmed in a special letter to the Chairmen of the Mohegan and Mashantucket Pequot tribes. Official position and explanation of the matter has been sought by the two federally recognised tribes in regards to concerns that a new commercial casino development permit would…

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Sportsbet’s Mobile Application TV Ad Faces Harsh Criticism for Starring Ben Johnson

Sportsbet’s Mobile Application TV Ad Faces Harsh Criticism for Starring Ben Johnson

The Australian sports minister Greg Hunt has demanded from the local online bookmaker Sportsbet to pull a television advert featuring Ben Johnson, an Olympic drug cheat, to present the company’s product. The latest campaign of the gambling giant was launched over the weekend and is aimed at officially presenting its mobile phone application. The TV advert has led to a large number of complaints, which have been received by the television networks Seven and Nine. The networks screened the ad during the weekend football telecasts. What provoked such a great…

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UKGC Investigates 888 Holdings for Social Responsibility Measures Compliance

UKGC Investigates 888 Holdings for Social Responsibility Measures Compliance

The UK regulatory watchdog – the UK Gambling Commission (UKGC)– has started an investigation of one of 888 Holdings’ subsidiaries in order to make an assessment whether there have been violation of the customer service protection rules. The review is very likely to last for a few months. It comes year and a half after the UKGC first implemented the requirement for online gaming operators to make sure they provide their customers with the opportunity to temporarily exclude themselves from gambling by suspending their accounts directly through the website. The…

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