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4 tribes sue over Oklahoma gambling compacts with 2 others

Aug. 8, 2020 3:12 PM EDT

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — Four Oklahoma tribes are asking a federal court to void gambling compacts between the state of Oklahoma and two other tribes — agreements that the Oklahoma State Supreme Court recently invalidated. The Cherokee, Chickasaw, Choctaw and Citizen Potawatomie Nations filed a lawsuit...

FILE - In this Jan. 13, 2016, file photo, Bob Dearing listens to opening arguments before a Mississippi Senate committee on his recent disputed election victory, at the Capitol in Jackson, Miss. Former state Sen. Dearing, of Natchez, who worked to expand highways, legalize casino gambling and strengthen laws against animal cruelty, died Thursday, July 30, 2020, at home, a funeral home said. He was 85. Dearing was a Democrat who was first elected to the state Senate in 1979. He served 32 years before he was defeated in 2011 by Republican Melanie Sojourner. In a 2015 rematch, Dearing defeated Sojourner. He chose not to seek reelection in 2019. (AP Photo/Rogelio V. Solis, File)

Former Mississippi state Sen. Bob Dearing of Natchez dies

Jul. 30, 2020 7:07 PM EDT

JACKSON, Miss. (AP) — Former Mississippi state Sen. Bob M. Dearing of Natchez, who worked to expand highways, legalize casino gambling and strengthen laws against animal cruelty, died Thursday at home, a funeral home said. He was 85. Dearing — often called Bob M. by his friends and colleagues...

FILE - In a June 17, 2020, file photo provided by the Michigan Office of the Governor, Michigan's Democratic Gov. Gretchen Whitmer addresses the state during a speech in Lansing, Mich. Whitmer was unreceptive Tuesday, July 28, 2020, to Republican-passed legislation that would require public schools to offer in-person instruction to students in kindergarten through fifth grade amid the coronavirus pandemic.(Michigan Office of the Governor via AP, File)

Gov tightens virus rules up north; Detroit casinos to reopen

Jul. 29, 2020 11:03 PM EDT

LANSING, Mich. (AP) — Gov. Gretchen Whitmer on Wednesday tightened pandemic restrictions in northern Michigan while letting Detroit’s three casinos reopen at limited capacity after four-plus months of being closed to curb the coronavirus. The new limits covering 32 northern counties match ones...

Judge dismisses harassment lawsuit against Wynn Resorts

Jul. 17, 2020 11:55 PM EDT

LAS VEGAS (AP) — A federal judge has dismissed a lawsuit filed by nine women who alleged they were sexually harassed by former casino mogul Steve Wynn. The women, manicurists and makeup artists in a salon at the Wynn Las Vegas, were unnamed in the lawsuit and instead identified by their attorneys as Judy...

FILE - In this Jan. 12, 2015, file photo, a man takes pictures of Caesars Palace hotel and casino in Las Vegas. A $17.3 billion buyout creating the world's biggest casino company has final regulatory approval. The New Jersey state Casino Control Commission voted Friday, July 17, 2020 to let Nevada-based Eldorado Resorts acquire Caesars Entertainment Corp. (AP Photo/John Locher, File)

Nevada casino company gets approval to become gambling giant

Jul. 17, 2020 4:25 PM EDT

A $17.3 billion buyout creating the world’s biggest casino company won final approval Friday, with New Jersey gambling regulators agreeing to let Nevada-based Eldorado Resorts Inc. acquire Caesars Entertainment Corp. It comes after an antitrust analyst had assured the New Jersey Casino Control Commission...

FILE - In this Jan. 12, 2015, file photo, a man takes pictures of Caesars Palace hotel and casino in Las Vegas. New Jersey gambling regulators plan to vote Friday, July 17, 2020, on the last approval needed for Nevada-based Eldorado Resorts Inc.'s huge $17.3 billion buyout of Caesars Entertainment Corp. to create the world's biggest casino company. (AP Photo/John Locher, File)

New Jersey regulators mulling Eldorado buyout of Caesars

Jul. 16, 2020 6:08 PM EDT

New Jersey gambling regulators rejected bids Thursday from two casino company competitors to weigh in before deciding whether to give the last approval needed for a $17.3 billion corporate buyout that would create the world’s biggest casino owner and directly affect four of the nine casinos in Atlantic...

Pennsylvania casino revenues down 18%, hammered by pandemic

Jul. 16, 2020 4:58 PM EDT

HARRISBURG, Pa. (AP) — Pandemic-related shutdowns in Pennsylvania, the nation's No. 2 commercial gambling state, helped knock casino revenue down by 18%, state regulators reported Thursday, and it would have been much worse without the advent of online gambling and sports betting. Revenue from regulated...

FILE - In this June 24, 2019, file photo, the Eldorado Resort Casino stands in Reno, Nev. New Jersey gambling regulators began Wednesday, July 15, 2020, to consider Nevada-based Eldorado Resorts Inc.'s plan to buy Caesars Entertainment Corp. in a sweeping $17.3 billion deal affecting four of nine casino properties in Atlantic City. (Colton Lochhead/Las Vegas Review-Journal via AP, File)

New Jersey regulators take up Eldorado plan to buy Caesars

Jul. 15, 2020 7:11 PM EDT

New Jersey gambling regulators began Wednesday to consider Nevada-based Eldorado Resorts Inc.’s plan to buy Caesars Entertainment Corp. in a sweeping $17.3 billion deal affecting four of nine casino properties in Atlantic City. Approval by the New Jersey Casino Control Commission could come Thursday, and...

FILE - In this June 4, 2020 file photo, people play blackjack at the reopening of the Bellagio hotel and casino in Las Vegas. Some Las Vegas casinos are updating their smoking policies to limit the practice, which causes people to remove the protective face masks that they're required to wear inside. (AP Photo/John Locher, File)

Some Las Vegas casinos limit smoking at table games

Jul. 15, 2020 6:28 PM EDT

LAS VEGAS (AP) — Several Las Vegas casinos are limiting smoking as a way to keep patrons from removing the protective face masks they are required to wear. Las Vegas Sands Corp. in mid-June updated its policy to ask that table game players and spectators do not smoke or vape. Sands spokesman Keith Salwoski...

Pennsylvania tries luck again in mini-casino license auction

Jul. 8, 2020 5:30 PM EDT

HARRISBURG, Pa. (AP) — Pennsylvania will again seek to auction a mini-casino license on Sept. 2, under orders from state lawmakers in search of cash for a treasury starved of tax collections from shutdowns to contain the coronavirus. The Pennsylvania Gaming Control Board on Wednesday scheduled the auction...