Tuesday, November 20, 2018

Nevada Judge Temporarily Blocks Release of MassGaming Probe into Steve Wynn Sexual Misconduct Allegations

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Nevada Judge Temporarily Blocks Release of MassGaming Probe into Steve Wynn Sexual Misconduct Allegations

Release of MassGaming’s probe into sexual misconduct allegations against casino mogul Steve Wynn temporarily blocked

A Clark County District Court Judge has temporarily blocked the release of a report by the Massachusetts Gaming Commission into sexual misconduct allegations leveled against former casino boss Steve Wynn, a court official said on Monday.

The Massachusetts gaming regulator opened a probe into Mr. Wynn and Wynn Resorts, the company he had found, shortly after the publication of a report by the Wall Street Journal back in January, detailing an alleged decades-long sexual misconduct pattern by the embattled businessman. The investigation aimed to discover whether Wynn Resorts had any knowledge of the allegations raised against its former boss, how it had responded to those allegations, and whether it was suitable to be the holder of one of the state’s commercial casino licenses.

Wynn Resorts is currently building the $2.4-billion Encore Boston Harbor integrated resort in the Greater Boston area. The hotel and casino complex is scheduled to be launched next summer, although the latest developments may delay its opening.

Mr. Wynn’s attorneys filed two motions in the Clark County District Court earlier this month, seeking to block the release of MassGaming’s report. The businessman’s legal team argued that Wynn Resorts had communicated privileged information about its former boss to the Massachusetts Gaming Commission. According to the motion, the information provided included communication protected by “Mr. Wynn’s attorney-client privilege and/or the common interest agreements he entered with Wynn Resorts.”

Judge Wants to Hear Arguments about the Contents of MassGaming’s Report

Clark County District Court Judge Elizabeth Gonzalez informed attorneys yesterday that she wants to hear arguments about whether the report indeed contains privileged information. A date for a hearing is yet to be determined.

The Massachusetts Gaming Commission planned to release the findings of its probe in December, but it seems that it will have to do that at a later date, or it might even not be allowed to do that, if Judge Gonzalez sides with Mr. Wynn.

According to Massachusetts and MassGaming attorneys, the Clark County Court Judge lacks jurisdiction to rule on whether the Massachusetts gaming regulator is exercising oversight in a proper manner. They also pointed out in a court filing from last Friday that the ongoing legal argument will “almost certainly” delay the opening of Encore Boston Harbor, which will in turn delay “4,500 full-time job opportunities” and would deprive Massachusetts of millions of dollars in monthly tax revenue.

Encore Boston Harbor will be the state’s second integrated resort with a full-blown casino. Under original plans, the property was called Wynn Boston Harbor, but Wynn Resorts decided to replace Wynn with Encore, another popular brand owned by the company, to distance itself from the sexual misconduct scandal. As mentioned earlier, the luxury complex, currently under construction along the Mystic River in Everett, was scheduled to swing its doors open in the summer of 2019.

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MGM, Wynn tamp down Boston casino intrigue

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MGM, Wynn tamp down Boston casino intrigue
Executives for MGM and Wynn are tamping down speculation the companies are quietly in talks over Wynn's Boston-area casino. MGM Resorts International CEO Jim Murren said today it would have to be an "extremely unique situation" for officials to ...

Betting App Delays Launch of Sports Betting at West Virginia’s Wheeling Island Casino

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Betting App Delays Launch of Sports Betting at West Virginia’s Wheeling Island Casino

Development of betting app among the main reasons behind the delayed launch of sports betting at the property

Sports betting kicked off in West Virginia with the start of the NFL season and more and more state casinos have been opening sportsbooks to claim their share of a market many seem to be extremely bullish of.

However, while Wheeling Island Hotel-Casino-Racetrack has already confirmed that it will join the sports betting mix, it is still unknown when exactly this will happen. The venue was first expected to launch its wagering operations by the end of September. Owner Delaware North then announced that it has decided to delay the start of sports betting at the property as well as at its other West Virginia casino – Mardi Gras Casino in Nitro.

The latest round of sports betting news from the state have brought the important piece of information that while it is still unclear when Wheeling Island Casino will go live with wagering, owners are striving to make that happen within the ongoing NFL season and that testing has already begun at the property.

It has also become known that one of the main reasons for the delayed start of betting is the development of a mobile app that would allow West Virginians to wager on sports from wherever they want on the territory of the state.

Owners have told local media that since mobile betting has not been done yet in the state, they want to do it right. Kim Florence, President and General Manager at the property, told local media outlets that figuring out how the technology works is really important to them.

There is no official date for the launch of sports betting, both physical and mobile, at Wheeling Island Casino, but the venue’s General Manager said that will happen soon.

How Is Sports Betting Going in West Virginia?

Hollywood Casino at Charles Town Races was the first gambling venue to go live with sports betting in the state. The property launched its sportsbook at the end of August along with the start of the new NFL season.

West Virginia legalized wagering on professional and college sporting events this past spring, ahead of the May 14 ruling of the US Supreme Court that allowed states to individually legalize and regulate sports betting, if they felt so inclined to do so.

With Hollywood Casino commencing sports betting operations, the state became the fourth one to offer a legal wagering product. According to figures released by the West Virginia Lottery Commission, the state’s sportsbooks handled around $10 million in wagers during the first six weeks since launch and generated revenue of more than $2.3 million.

Mountaineer Casino, Racetrack & Resort is set to add wagering to its existing operations on Wednesday with the opening of its sportsbook. It has also become clear earlier this month that testing has commenced at Mardi Gras Casino, Wheeling Island Casino’s sister property.

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Monday, November 19, 2018

Two Tribes Sue Southern California Cardrooms for Providing House-Banked Card Games

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Two Tribes Sue Southern California Cardrooms for Providing House-Banked Card Games

The complaint filed by the two tribes seeks to stop non-tribal cardrooms from operating house-banked card games

Two tribes are suing several Southern California cardrooms, claiming that they have been violating state laws by providing house-banked card games, including blackjack, as well as percentage card games, local news outlets report.

The federally recognized California-based Santa Ynez Band of Chumash Indians and the Rincon Band of Luiseño Indians filed a lawsuit on Friday against twelve private, for-profit corporations operating cardrooms across Southern California and a number of unnamed third-party proposition player firms.

The Chumash and Luiseño tribes explained that their suit did not aim to challenge the right of the cardrooms to operate but to challenge the operation of house-banked and percentage card games. Back in 2000, state voters approved Proposition 1A, under which only federally recognized tribes were allowed to offer the above-mentioned card games on tribal land.

In their lawsuit, the two Indian nations said that they would not have taken legal action, if the state Department of Justice and the Gambling Control Commission had moved to enforce the provisions of Proposition 1A. The Chumash and Luiseño tribes further noted that they had been trying to solve the issue for well over a decade now, but with no success.

The legal complaint, filed in the San Diego County Superior Court late last week, stated that by offering house-banked and percentage card games, the defendant card rooms breached the California Constitution and existing gambling laws.

Legal Remedies

The complaint seeks injunction to compel the defendants to stop offering house-banked and percentage card games and legal relief for the financial losses sustained by the two tribes, which has also resulted in the loss of revenue for the government, employment opportunities for tribal members, and goodwill. Allegations in the lawsuit further included unfair competition and public nuisance, among others.

Hustler Casino, Oceans 11 Casino, Hollywood Park Casino, and Hawaiian Gardens Casino were among the defendant card rooms named in the lawsuit. Defendant players were named John Doe 1 through 25 and Green and Red Companies I through XXV.

California tribes and the state’s cardrooms have been in a turbulent relationship for nearly two decades now. As mentioned earlier, the tribes were given the exclusive right to operate house-banked card games back in 2000. A year later and following mounting pressure from California’s non-tribal cardrooms, state lawmakers allowed them to offer card games as long as players acted as the bank, not the house as it was at tribal casinos.

Shortly after, cardrooms started hiring proposition players to act as the bank, thus circumventing the law. A whole new industry emerged as a result, with third-party proposition player companies penning agreements with the cardrooms to provide players. There were also cardrooms that later on started banking their card games, dismissing the law altogether.

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Release of Steve Wynn documents in Massachusetts blocked for now

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Release of Steve Wynn documents in Massachusetts blocked for now

A judge has temporarily blocked the planned release of a Massachusetts Gaming Commission report about allegations of sexual misconduct against former casino mogul Steve Wynn, a court official in Las Vegas said Monday.

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