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Alabama Gaming Proposal

Senator Del Marsh, who served as president pro tem of the Alabama Senate 2010–2020, introduced on February 9, 2021, SB214, a bill proposing an amendment to the Alabama Constitution (the CA). The CA proposes comprehensive authorization of gaming, including a lottery, five casinos, and sports wagering. It also authorizes and encourages Governor Kay Ivey to … Continue Reading

What Do We Know After the Mississippi Supreme Court’s Ruling in RW Development?

Following Hurricane Katrina, the Mississippi Legislature amended the Mississippi Gaming Control Act to allow Mississippi Gulf Coast casinos to locate within 800 feet inland of a previous legal gaming site. Then, in December 2020 the Mississippi Supreme Court rendered an important opinion interpreting the legal site provisions of both the Mississippi Gaming Control Act and the … Continue Reading

2020 Regional Gaming Highlights

Alabama In late 2019, the Birmingham Race Course placed 301 historical horse racing machines at its facility. The machines, known as historical pari-mutuel betting, allow users to place wagers on horse races that have already taken place. The machines use historical information from previously run races, allowing bettors to pick the favorites or handicap for … Continue Reading

2020 Mississippi Milestones

We took a deeper dive into Mississippi’s milestones throughout 2020 and have listed those highlights below. UMUSIC Broadwater Hotel and Casino Dakia Global U-Ventures and Universal Music Group announced a $1.2 billion resort to be built in Biloxi starting in 2021, with a target opening in 2023. The planned resort would have 1,150 hotel rooms, … Continue Reading

Sports Wagering is on the Ballot in Louisiana: Here’s What We Know

Despite a significant effort to legalize sports wagering in Louisiana during the 2019 Legislative Session, sports wagering remains illegal in the Bayou State. Many expect that to change soon. In June 2020, Governor John Bel Edwards signed into law Senate Bill 130, which will give voters in each of Louisiana’s 64 parishes the ability to … Continue Reading

Virginia Establishes Narrow Window for Sports Betting Permit Applications

The Virginia Lottery Board will accept applications for sports betting permit holders beginning October 15, 2020. All applications for such permits must be filed on or before October 31, 2020. After October 31, 2020, applications for sports betting permits will not be accepted again until the next annual application period — May 15–31, 2021. The … Continue Reading
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