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June 23, 2017
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Pa. lawmakers working toward gaming legislation compromise
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The Pennsylvania House and Senate are trying to hash out differences relating to video gaming terminals in locations such as bars as well as a tax rate and fee structure change to support online gaming. "Video gaming terminals is an issue that I think a lot of members of the Senate are not supportive of, and that has become a roadblock, quite frankly, to reaching a consensus," Senate Minority Leader Jay Costa said.
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Bill to impose entry fee for Philippines casinos could harm mass-market gaming
A bill to introduce a $61 entry fee for casinos in the Philippines could hurt the mass-market gaming sector, said Andrea Domingo of the Philippine Amusement and Gaming Corp. The measure is meant to curb gaming addiction and make sure citizens have the financial means to participate in betting activities, according to the draft bill.
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Online gaming increase in N.J. helps Atlantic City casinos
New Jersey's online gaming market helped provide a 2.5% year-over-year boost to casino revenues in Atlantic City in May, according to the state's Division of Gaming Enforcement. The city's casinos raked in $208.3 million, while internet gaming revenues rose 27.3% from last year to hit more than $21 million.
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N.M. gaming regulators at odds with 3 Pueblo groups over revenue sharing
The Isleta, Tesuque and Sandia Pueblos owe the state $40 million under an old revenue sharing agreement, New Mexico Gaming Control Board regulators said. The Pueblos hope a judge will rule that the free play credits given to players should not count toward their sharable revenue.
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Norwegian Cruise Line brings Vegas to China
The Norwegian Joy, Norwegian Cruise Line's latest ship, has docked at its home in Shanghai and is ready to begin its voyages, starting June 28. The ship, which was created for modern Chinese consumers, includes many upscale shopping options, staterooms to accommodate multigenerational families and Las Vegas-style shows.
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