Casino gambling has finally got its foot in the door of Texas (not counting a pair of tribal casinos on the Mexican border). Late last month, the Texas Racing Commission voted overwhelmingly to approve “historical racing” VLTs at Texas tracks, effective Sept. 28. Rep. Matt Krause (R) tried to block implementation with a lawsuit, which has just been dismissed for a lack of standing. However, Judge David Evans — even as he sent Krause’s suit packing — noted that the TRC didn’t have the authority to approve use of the devices, in which punters bet blind on the outcome of previously run races.
No, track owners aren’t in the clear yet, especially since they can’t unilaterally install the VLTs but must make their case to Continued >>
As New Jersey forces the issue of sports betting, two lawmakers are offering the major leagues the one thing they can’t resist: money. State Sen. James Whelan (D) and Asm. Vincent Mazzeo (D) are propounding a quarter-of-a-percent tax on all wagers. As state Sen. Raymond Lesniak (D) said, “I believe sports betting leagues would be willing to stand down for a piece of the action.”
This “rake” would go to the leagues for the purpose of battling game fixing. Stroking pro-betting NBA Commissioner Adam Silver, the legislators wrote, “While we strongly support the legalization of sports betting in New Jersey and the economic benefits it will bring to Atlantic City, we are cognizant that sports leagues like the NBA need the necessary resources to protect the integrity and fairness of games.” Whelan proposes bypassing the legislative process and having agreements be made between leagues, and casinos and parimutuels.
In other casino-related lawmaking, assemblymen Mazzeo and Chris Brown (R, above) are Continued >>
Foxwoods Resorts Casino‘s financial problems could hardly be called “solved,” but CEO Scott “Woody” Butera plans to leave next month anyway for a non-gaming job. He will continue to advise Foxwoods from his new perch, though, even dickering with the casino’s creditors. Butera hasn’t disclosed what his “rare opportunity outside of the gaming industry” is. Perhaps, having converted $2.2 billion in old debt into $1.7 billion in new debt, Butera feels his work is done. Said Woody, “Foxwoods now has a strong executive team and a solid plan that I believe will result in great success in the near future.”
Among the unfinished business Butera leaves is the casino’s attempt to penetrate southeastern Massachusetts. It’s been mulling sites in Fall River and is expected to make a strong push for Continued >>