The United Stated Virgin Islands announced its opinion supporting the legality of online gaming in the islands.
Back in 2001, the USVI passed the Virgin Islands Internet Gaming and Internet Gambling Act, the same year Nevada approved its first online gambling bill.
Earlier this year, the Casino Control Commission asked the Attorney General for his thoughts on the Gambling Act of 2001 for its compliance with federal law as well as territorial law.
After a comprehensive review on the VI Internet Gaming and Internet Gambling Act, Frazer concluded in an advisory letter that the Act of 2001 was legal.
As per USVI Governor John de Jongh Jr., the implementation of the Act will fulfil the mission of attracting very successful global internet gaming companies to the Virgin Islands. The Governor urged new investments to our struggling economy.
“This marks a turning point in the diversification of our gaming industry from land-based casinos and racinos, to internet gaming and gambling,” the Governor announced.
ATLANTIC CITY – The New Jersey Division of Gaming Enforcement proposed to stop releasing gaming figures monthly by amending rules at N.J.A.C. 13:69 4.2.
Based on the press release authorized by David Rebuck, Director of DGE, the proposed amendment stated that casino gaming gross revenue information broken down by table game type and slot machine denomination shall be considered “confidential information” except as reported on an annual basis.
The proposal noted no impact on social, economic, employment, housing affordability and smart growth development.
“The proposed amendment does not have any significant social impact; it changes current policy from releasing revenue figures by table game type and slot machine denomination each month to only once a year. This brings New Jersey into line with other states which release casino gaming revenue figures. The effect of this change should be minimal,” the summary proposal read.
According to the DGE, it will only affect the release of revenue information from New Jersey casino licensees.
The DGE opens the table for public comment until October 3, 2014. For comments, the public can address it to:
Deputy Attorney General Charles Kimmel 1300 Atlantic Avenue 4th Floor Atlantic City NJ 08401 Email firstname.lastname@example.org
MELBOURNE – An Australian Labor Party leader and former Premier of Tasmania was kicked out from a casino after he allegedly licked a finger during a poker game
The 58-year-old Paul Anthony Lennon confirmed that he was tied in cable and frog-marched out of Melbourne Crown Casino last Thursday night for licking his finger during a game of $2 poker.
“At one instance I licked my index finger before touching my dealt cards, as you sometimes do. But apparently this is against the rules—something I was not aware of. For this I was removed. I questioned the reason why, but was not given an answer,” said Lennon.
According to a witness, about five to six security guards wrestled with Lennon when he refused to leave after he aggressively berate a woman whom he accused of touching his casino chips. When the guards asked him to quiet down, Lennon reportedly resisted and asked the guards instead: “Don’t you know who I am?”
Lennon who served as Premier from 2004 to 2008 claimed he had not consumed any alcoholic drinks during the game and declined an interview request.
LAS VEGAS – An ex-con charged for robbing a Las Vegas casino and using the money to lavish on hookers and bribe a tourist in booking a hotel was wheeled in court with a spit mask around his neck and a blanket over his body.
Scott Carmitchel, 34, was ordered to appear in Clark County Justice Court “by any force necessary” after the suspect reportedly refused to cooperate with authorities.
“Carmitchel has refused to cooperate in any way with the investigation and was combative with officers throughout the booking process,” told an officer
During his appearance, the felon from Kansas did not open speak or open his eyes. An officer also had to hold the suspects head in position for the mug shot.
Based on the police report, Carmitchel robbed a casino cashier at Bellagio on Friday and fled with $43, 500 on hand. He was arrested the next day, after a tip off that he was socializing with hookers at the Hard Rock resort.
Carmitchel was charged with one count of interference with commerce by robbery at the Bellagio and one count of armed bank robbery at a City National Bank along East Tropicana Avenue.
According to Deputy Public Defender Mike Wilfong, a “social worker” would be needed in preparation of Carmitchel’s defense.
GREENVILLE, N.C. – The Pitt County Sheriff’s Office charged three business owners after deputies confiscated more than a dozen poker machines from a local sweepstakes café in Pitt County.
According to the police report, on July 17, law enforcement raid Platinum Sweepstakes Cafe inside Greenville Buyers’ Market Shopping Center along Memorial Drive after they received several complaints regarding the café’s illegal gambling machines.
Investigators seized 14 stand-up video poker machines containing non-prereveal software which was illegal under the state’s law.
“These machines are a clear violation of the law,” the Sheriff’s Office reported.
Both business owners of the Platinum Sweepstakes Cafe Christopher Lee Bass from Elm City and Joseph Rex Bass Jr. from Spring Hope were charged with operating five or more video gaming machines and misdemeanor gambling.
In addition, Donald Wayne Boyd from Elm City, owner of the seized video poker machines was charged with felony for manufacturing, selling or leasing electronic video gaming machines and felony for operating five or more video gaming machines.
BOSTON – The three Democratic candidates for the state’s treasurer were unified against casino in Massachusetts during a debate on TV.
The candidates namely Tom Conroy of Wayland, Barry Finegold of Andover and Deb Goldberg of Brookline told they are against casinos in Massachusetts and expressed concerns for the state’s lottery.
According to the Supreme Judicial Court, a referendum to revoke the 2011 expanded gambling law which allowed three regional resort casinos and one slot parlor will be voted upon on the statewide ballot on November.
State representative Conroy of the 13th Middlesex District told that the gaming bill could create more bankruptcies and hurt the state’s budget.
“I’m the only one who has done a cost-benefit analysis. The costs outweigh the benefits,” Conroy stated.
Meanwhile, Goldberg who served six years for the Brookline Board of Selectmen told that the money generated from lottery tickets was the only unrestricted general funding communities received from the state.
Senator Finegold stated that he voted twice against the gambling bill.
“The gaming bill is a bad bet for the Commonwealth,” Finegold said.
Goldberg also agreed with Finegold saying online gambling would hurt small business like lottery outlets.
“They are terrified of this. Online gambling – there couldn’t be anything worse,” Goldberg expressed.
JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. – Gamblers will soon enjoy up to $10,000 credit line in the state of Missouri after Gov. Jay Nixon allowed the bill to take into effect on Tuesday morning.
“This is about a convenience for our patrons. I think we’re missing out on some players who would come to Missouri,” said Mike Winter, executive director of the Missouri Gaming Association.
The new bill called SB 741 stated that a “qualified person” who has completed a credit application provided by the licensee and who was determined by the licensee, after performing a credit check and applying usual standards to establish credit worthiness is qualified for a line of credit of at least ten thousand dollars.
“What the bill does is it allows casinos to extend credit to individuals. To do that they first must run a credit check on the patron who is applying for that credit, they have to use what the statute calls the usual standards of credit worthiness to determine if the patron qualifies for the line of credit of at least $10,000,” explained Ed Grewach, General Counsel for the Missouri Gaming Commission.
Grewach added that the zero percent loan must be paid within 30 days from the day it was taken out.
According to the new bill, once the licensee makes the determination that a person is a qualified person; additional credit checks are not required. Furthermore, the approval to accept a credit instrument from a qualified person shall be made by the holder of an occupational license.
ATLANTIC CITY, N.J. – The owner of Trump Plaza casino announced it will shut down in mid-September.
On Saturday, the Trump Entertainment Resorts told The Associated Press that though no final decision has been made yet, it expects to close its doors on September 16.
According to the management of Trump Plaza, its board of directors have been reviewing alternatives for the property. Although this review has not been completed and no final decision has been made, the company expects that it will terminate the operations of Trump Plaza Hotel and Casino on or shortly after September 16, 2014.
New Jersey State Senator Jim Whelan expressed distress with the news.
“I’ve been back and forth between being depressed and angry all day,” said Whelan.
According to Whelan, the closure of Trump Plaza would lay off 1,000 employees. The WARN notices will be sent as early as Monday.
“I’d love to stand here and tell people – particularly the employees – don’t worry, we’re going to fight, we’re going to save your jobs; this, that and the other. I’d be lying,” added the former Atlantic City mayor.
ST. LOIUS – A man waiting for a party bus outside of St. Louis casino was killed after a robber shot him in the back around 1:45 in the morning on Saturday.
The victim Bariah Crump, 28, of the 9400 block of Coppercreek Court in Ferguson was dead on arrival when rushed to a hospital.
According to police, the gunman walked up to Crump at the corner of North Second and Carr streets near Lumière Place Casino and Hotel, pulled out a gun and declared robbery. Then, he shot Crump in the upper back.
A woman, 24, who attempted to run from the area, was also shot in the buttocks. She was taken in a hospital. Doctors said she was in a stable condition.
Keisha Thomas, 33, a co-worker of Crump at the Experience One Hair Salon in Jennings described the victim as humorous person who loved to make money and do hair.
“He was a good person who was down to earth. He was an awesome stylist,” said Thomas.
Family members and friends released black and purple balloons on Sunday evening at a candle light vigil at the location where he was killed.
Anyone with information regarding the shooting was asked to contact authorities.