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Virginia on the verge of allowing gambling

Niji Narayan

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Virginia, one of the handful of US states that do not allow casinos and other forms of gambling, is on the verge of legalising casino gaming, online gambling and sports betting. The gaming expansion bill is waiting for the approval of Governor Ralph Northam. Once the governor signs it, the bill becomes law and gambling becomes a reality.

The legislation, SB 1126, authorises the Virginia Lottery Board to approve a casino license per city in the state, if the city meets certain criteria. The criteria include at least 40 per cent of the land area has to be exempt from local real property taxation. Or 24 per cent if an Indian tribe of the state is conducting gaming.

The city must also have an unemployment rate of 5 per cent in November 2017 or at 4 per cent if located next to a stat has Border Region Retail Tourism Development District Act. The population must also be larger than 200,000 based on estimates from 2017.

Any casino in the state must also provide the local community with support. On top of the stated criteria, a proposal for a casino must pass via a local referendum that is adopted before 1 January 2021.

Niji Narayan has been in the writing industry for well over a decade or so. He prides himself as one of the few survivors left in the world who have actually mastered the impossible art of copy editing. Niji graduated in Physics and obtained his Master’s degree in Communication and Journalism. He has always interested in sports writing and travel writing. He has written for numerous websites and his in-depth analytical articles top sports magazines like Cricket Today and Sports Today. He reports gaming industry headlines from all around the globe.

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Eldorado Resorts to Buy Caesars Entertainment Corp

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Eldorado Resorts Inc., the US based casino operator, has agreed to merge with Caesars Entertainment Corp through a $17.3 billion cash and stock deal.

The deal, which is expected to be announced soon, values Caesars at close to $13 a share. The combined company’s ownership would be split roughly between Eldorado and Caesars shareholders.

An Eldorado spokesman said the company did not comment on rumours or speculation. Caesars did not immediately respond to requests for comment.

The combination of the two companies would create a serious competitor to larger casino industry players, such as Las Vegas Sands Corp, Wynn Resorts Ltd and MGM Resorts International.

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Encore Boston Harbor Opens its Doors

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Encore Boston Harbor has officially opened its doors to the general public. Totalling $2.6 billion in single phase development, Encore Boston Harbor is the country’s most expensive resort development of 2019. The resort is designed by Wynn veteran, Roger Thomas, Executive Vice President of Wynn Design.

The resort features a 210,000-square-foot casino; 15 dining and lounge venues; 671 guest rooms and suites; 50,000 square feet of indoor and outdoor event space; an ultra-premium spa; and a four-season, six-acre Harborwalk.

“I want to thank each of you for joining us on this beautiful day, including our first resort guests. To the members of Everett United, thank you, you have been with us all the way from the beginning and I couldn’t be more pleased that you are here with us today,” Bob DeSalvio, President of Encore Boston Harbor said.

“Eight years ago the people of Massachusetts and lawmakers had the foresight to understand that with the passing of the gaming legislation, there could be the opportunity for economic development and the finest integrated resort in the region. I am here to tell you Encore Boston Harbor has achieved those goals,” Matt Maddox, CEO of Wynn Resorts said.

“For the residents of Everett, Everett United and the 86% of residents who took the time on a Saturday to vote yes to a resort in our city, this truly is an amazing day. Encore Boston Harbor is now a front door to the City of Everett. Thank you to all of the hard-working union members who participated in the construction of this project,” Everett Mayor Carlo DeMaria said.

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GAN Welcomes the Legalization of Sports Betting in Maine

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GAN plc, welcomes the signing and legalization of internet sports betting in Maine, and is the 15th State to legalize sports wagering in the US and the seventh to do so this year. Upon launch, 21% of the total US population will be able to place sports wagers online.

The sports betting bill received approval in both the House and Senate on Friday, June 21 and will go to the Governor who is expected to sign it within the next two weeks. With one of the lowest initial licence fees, the state could possibly begin issuing licenses in late September.

About GAN Plc :
GAN is a leading business-to-business (“B2B”) supplier of internet gambling software-as-a-service solutions (“SaaS”) to the US land-based casino industry. The Company has developed a proprietary internet gambling enterprise software system, GameSTACK™, which it licenses principally to land-based US casino operators as a turnkey technology solution for regulated real-money internet gambling, encompassing internet gaming, internet sports gaming and virtual Simulated Gaming. The Company has also launched digital user acquisition & retention marketing in support of the Internet Casino provided by GAN’s Digital Marketing Agency in Tel Aviv, Israel.

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