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Uncertainty remains following VLT legalisation

VLT, legalisation, puerto rico, politics, latam
While the government is pressing forward with the legalisation of VLTs outside casinos, Puerto Rico’s Financial Oversight and Management Board has yet to sign-off on the new legislation, which it suggests could cannibalise existing casino revenues. Nearly three months after Puerto Rico’s governor, Ricardo Rosselló Nevares, signed a new bill into law which will legalise video lottery terminals outside casinos,...

Power to the people: Florida readies gaming bills for ultimate public say

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The upcoming legislative session will be the first where the Florida public have the final say on any gaming expansion, this, however, is not stopping plans for far-reaching changes to the current landscape.

Uganda ups the ante on identity regulation

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The chief executive of Uganda’s National Gaming Board has announced the enactment of a new law that will increase the identity checks on all wagering activities. Speaking at a regional meeting in mid February Edgar Agaba remarked that the regulations would apply unilaterally as of 1 March and require both the presentation of identity cards and the registering of a...

Virginia casinos could finally be on the cards

Virginia, casino, us, gambling, politics
A variety of late-year developments have increased the likelihood of Virginia finally legalising casino gaming. It is reported that the Pamunkey Indian tribe has plans to open a $700m casino resort on its reservation land in Norfolk in what would represent the first such premises in the state. Current legislature does not allow for casino gambling but having been granted special...

Tamaulipas could see 30 new casinos by next year

Tamaulipas, politics, new casinos, legalisation
Officials estimate that Tamaulipas could see up to 30 new casinos open in 2019, however trade body Fecanaco, while in favour of gaming re-legalisation, has criticised Internal Revenue’s handling of the licensing process. Tamaulipas looks set to see a major gaming expansion after lobbying efforts by a number of business bodies prompted the State Congress relegalise casinos. In November, the regional...

Nepal: Government moves to close tax loophole

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The Nepalese government is looking at introducing new legislation that would empower it to confiscate the personal property of any casino operators which failed to pay their taxes. The measure forms part of the government’s new regulatory framework for casinos, which forms part of the Federal Tourism Bill, and will include a provision allowing officials to seize assets both within...

Colombia’s gaming industry looks to the future

Colombia gaming industry politics
In an abridged version of his keynote address at the Gaming: An Innovative Industry forum, Evert Montero Cárdenas, president of trade body Fecoljuegos, highlights the progress Colombia's gaming industry has made in recent years and identifies the challenges still ahead. On this occasion the business people in the industry, headed by Fecoljuegos, want to use this forum to show the...

Buenos Aires Province looks to legalise online gaming

Argentina, Buenos Aires, politics
In order to raise additional tax revenue, governor María Eugenia Vidal is looking at legalising online gaming in Buenos Aires Province. The initiative has been introduced this November as part of the new Tax Law which is being discussed in the legislature in parallel to the 2019 budget. Proponents of the measure estimate that it could generate an extra $61.5m for...

Odds for the legalisation of gambling lengthen following Bolsonaro’s election victory

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Jair Bolsonaro's win in the presidential elections suggests that Brazil is unlikely to see the legalisation of gaming any time soon, legal experts concede, however there may still be glimmers of hope on the horizon. Brazil's far-right president-elect Jair Bolsonaro won a significant election victory on 28 October, taking 55 percent of the vote. However his rise to the presidency...

Goa’s government moves forward will plans for ‘casino strip’

Politics, ASIA, GOA
Local media reports suggest that Goa's floating casinos will be allowed to continue operations for a four-year period following the passage of the state's new gaming legislation which Delta Corp chair Jaydev Mody has welcomed as a potential “game changer” for the industry. In Goa, the government appears to be moving forward with plans to move the state’s six offshore...

New rumours of large-scale casino project in Extramadura

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Earlier this year, the local government in Extremadura passed a new bill which opened the door for the creation of integrated resorts in the autonomous community. On 28 August, the Official Bulletin for Extremadura published the text of Ley 7/2018 or the Extremaduran Law for Large Leisure Complexes (Ley Extremeña de Grandes Instalaciones de Ocio or Legio). “The law defines a...

Buenos Aires mayor weighing the options ahead of Casino Puerto Madero’s licence expiration

Buenos-Aires, politics, argentina
Debate is ongoing regarding whether a floating casino in Buenos Aires will be able to renew its licence after it expires in October 2019. The issue is complicated by divided attitudes in Argentina’s governing Cambiemos coalition regarding gaming. Casino Puerto Madero is owned by a consortium made up of Cirsa - still controlled by the company’s founder Manuel Lao in...

Kenya moves to cut controversial tax rate after parliament showdown

Kenya, sportspesa, tax, politics, africa
Kenya’s President has fought off stoic parliament opposition and signed off on a finance bill that will see the end of the much maligned 35 percent tax on gaming revenue. Kenyan President Uhuru Kenyatta has positioned himself firmly at odds with members of the nation’s parliament after he signed off on a measure that would cut the nation’s controversial 35...

Casinos could return to Ecuador as early as December

Casinos, Ecuador, politics, Santa Elena Province
It has been suggested that casinos could return to Salinas, Ecuador’s largest coastal resort, by December. Speaking to Casino Review, an industry insider who asked not to be named, stated that plans are in works to reintroduce casinos to the resort town in Santa Elena Province by the end of the year. Although it is not clear if this relegalisation...

Give us the law and we’ll give you a casino, say Virginian developers

Viginia, casino legislation, USA
An opening of the Virginian market would see two local businessmen channel funds into a new casino which they claim could be a lifeline to the local community. A pair of businessmen are hoping to drum up sufficient support for a proposed $150m casino in Bristol, Virginia - ahead of the state’s 2019 legislative session. The plans detail a 100,000 square-foot...

Living the Las Vegas lesson in post-PASPA America

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The repeal of PASPA has opened a new world of hope for European gaming execs. But as Ismail Vali, former CMO at PokerStars and now senior consultant at iGamingLeaders.com, reminds us: American politics is complex, and gaming is still as controversial as ever. Those that have stayed the course, he argues, have made gambling secondary to the player experience.   The...

Rama Lama Ding Dong: Albania cracks down on gaming industry

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The government of Albania has announced plans to crack down on the gaming industry, relocating betting shops away from residential areas and banning online casinos. Prime Minister Edi Rama confirmed that by the end of December all betting shops will need to have closed or moved to the outskirts of the capital, Tirana, while iGaming will be banned entirely. At present...

Brazilian gambling legalisation hangs in the balance in run-up to elections

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Anti-gambling presidential contender Jair Bolsonaro has solidified his lead in the polls, although the right-wing candidate has not taken gaming legalisation off the table all together. As Brazilian voters get set to go to the polls to elect a new president this October, right-wing candidate Jair Bolsonaro continues to lead the race to the Palácio da Alvorada. “2018 is a very...

Tenerife launches controversial casino tender

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Tenerife’s publicly-owned casinos have been put up for sale for €24.9m, however the move has drawn criticism from local politicians and the Spanish General Worker’s Union. Local authorities in Tenerife have launched a tender for the island's three state-owned…

Galician government green lights new casino

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The regional government of Galicia has signed off on a new casino in the autonomous community which is expected to open by next April. To facilitate the development of the new property, the Galician government has amended the local gaming legislation, removing a clause which only permitted a single casino in each of the region’s four provinces. The government stated that...

Nevada Gaming Control Board releases draft of new anti-sexual harassment guidelines

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The Nevada Gaming Control Board has proposed that the state’s licensees utilise a 16-point checklist to ensure their anti-sexual harassment policies are adequate. Nevada's Gaming Control Board (NGCB) has published a draft of new regulations to be used as a benchmark for licensees in drafting their anti-sexual harassment policies. Th proposed minimum standards checklist, detailing 16 elements which would help illustrate...

Bombay High Court orders Goa to clarify casino service fees

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Nearly six months after the Directorate of Revenue Intelligence issued 10 notices to Goa’s casinos ordering them to pay tax on licence fees for the years 2014 to 2016, the Bombay High Court has ordered Goa’s tax department to justify why the service fees were introduced. The Goa bench of the Bombay High Court made the demand while hearing a...

ECA Vice-Chair calls for further action against unlicensed online gambling at national level

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European Casino Association vice-chair Dietmar Hoscher highlighted the ongoing challenges posed by illegal online gambling and the need for strong national enforcement actions during his keynote address at the 12th conference of the European Association of the Study of Gambling in Malta. “Policy-makers, regulators and all stakeholders involved need to join forces and stop the provision of illegal online gambling,”...

What’s behind Duterte’s antipathy towards casinos

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In the wake of the recent decision to ban all casinos on Boracay and the controversy surrounding Landing International’s licence for its Manila IR, President Duterte’s flip-flopping on the casino industry can’t be doing wonders for investor confidence suggests Edward Lowton. It’s hard to get a handle on the Philippine president’s Rodrigo Duterte’s position when it comes to the casino...

Imperial Pacific applies for second deadline extension

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Hong Kong-listed Imperial Pacific International (IPI) has confirmed that it is still behind schedule with construction work on its Saipan integrated resort and has formerly requested a second deadline extension. In letter to Commonwealth Casino Commissioner executive director Edward Deleon Guerrero on 23 July, IPI informed the commission that it is unable to meet the 31 August deadline to finish...

Regulatory disparity between federal and county bodies putting Kenyan market growth at risk

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The full extent of Kenya’s restrictive gaming legislation is becoming apparent to those outside of the industry, with local authorities now lending their voice against the government’s policies. Officials in the Kenyan casino hub of Nairobi are joining criticism of the nation’s gaming framework, something which is not only harming operators and dissuading international investment but is seemingly largely to...

Outcome of presidential elections could define Brazilian market opening

Outcome of presidential elections could define Brazilian
With the first round of the Braziliain presidential elections set to take place on 7 October, pro-gaming candidate Geraldo Alckmin will face off against Jair Bolsonaro, a congressman known for his anti-gaming stance. Latin America’s largest economy has lived through a turbulent decade since the 2008 financial crisis, with proponents for the legalisation of gaming contending that the industry could...

Optimism and uncertainty around Zimbabwe tourism future

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Zimbabwe has a democratically elected president in Emmerson Mnangagwa following the rejection of an opposition appeal to annul the vote by the nation’s high court and now the nation can look to the future, albeit it with scepticism as much as optimism. The restoration of both visitor and investor confidence in the nation are of paramount importance to Mnangagwa and...

Unions and opposition politicians reject Casinos de Tenerife privatisation

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The local authorities in Tenerife are pushing forward with plans to privatise the island’s three state-owned casinos. The tender for the publicly- owned Casinos de Tenerife is due to launch in September, and will be open for six months. As part of the tender requirements, bidders will need to invest in other tourism-related projects and guarantee job security for state...

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