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Las Vegas Sands Faces $12B Lawsuit in Macau Court

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Las Vegas Sands is facing a $12 billion lawsuit in a Macau court.

Sand’s former partner Asian American Entertainment Corporation, which is controlled by Taiwanese businessman Marshall Hao, alleges that Sands breached their contract in order to obtain a casino license in Macau.

Hao is seeking damages of around 70% of Sands’ Macau profits for the past 18 years, from 2004 to 2022. The trial is set to start on June 16.

The allegations first came to light in 2007, when Asian American filed a claim back in the US; however, it was dismissed due to the statute of limitations.

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The second lawsuit was filed in Macau in 2012. Hao’s company claims that in 2001, Asian American and Sands submitted a bid for a gaming concession together, but Sands switched partners mid-process, teaming up with Galaxy Entertainment instead; Sands submitted a near-identical proposal with the new partner and received a license to operate in Macau.

“Asian American has been winning all major legal battles in the Macau lawsuit since we filed it in 2012… we are confident,” said Hao.

However, Sands maintains the case has no merit and has sought legal action of its own, filing a motion to dismiss the lawsuit in 2016. The Macau court, though, has allowed Asian American to proceed with the claim.

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US Supreme Court Refuses to Take Up Challenge to Florida Online Sports Betting Compact

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The U.S. Supreme Court on Monday refused to take up a challenge to an agreement that gave the Seminole Tribe exclusive rights to handle online sports betting in Florida, dealing a blow to the deal’s opponents.

The nation’s highest court denied a petition from opponents of the compact, which promises to rake in hundreds of millions of dollars for the tribe and the state.

The decision was the latest setback for West Flagler Associates and the Bonita-Fort Myers Corp., which operate racetracks and poker rooms in Florida. In March, the Florida Supreme Court ruled that the companies had filed the wrong type of petition to challenge the 2021 compact between the Seminole Tribe of Florida and Gov. Ron DeSantis’ administration.

“What’s important with today’s announcement is that the most significant barrier to online sports betting in Florida has been removed,” said Daniel Wallach, a South Florida attorney and sports betting law expert who had filed a brief asking the Supreme Court to either take up the case or reverse it outright.

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The companies say the compact gives the tribe a sports betting monopoly in the nation’s third-most populous state and that the U.S. Department of Interior wrongly approved the compact even though it violates the Indian Gaming Regulatory Act, which requires that gambling occur on tribal lands.

The plaintiffs questioned whether online sports bets that can be placed from anywhere in Florida could be considered to be on tribal land when only the computer servers that host the betting services are located there.

They said DeSantis and the Legislature, which approved the compact, improperly exceeded their powers by authorizing sports betting off tribal lands.

In their state court challenge, they argued that the deal creates a backdoor way out of a requirement, passed by voters in 2018 as an amendment to the Florida Constitution, that a citizens initiative is needed to expand casino gambling outside of tribal land. The tribe has argued that the Legislature has the authority to decide where online gambling is initiated and that the amendment doesn’t change that.

Attorneys for DeSantis and the legislative leaders have said that sports betting is different from casino gambling and therefore isn’t prohibited by the amendment.

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The tribe launched its online sports betting operation late last year, and Florida’s share of revenues is already $357 million from last December through May. State economic forecasters predict that the revenue sharing from tribal gambling could total $4.4 billion through the end of this decade.

The decision by the Supreme Court “means members of the Seminole Tribe and all Floridians can count on a bright future made possible by the Compact,” the tribe said in a statement.

Monday’s decision could encourage other tribes to follow the same path to operate online gambling, Wallach said.

“Tribes in other states stand to benefit from this decision because now they have a clear roadmap that has cleared judicial review. I would expect to see efforts ramped up in other states,” Wallach said.

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Arizona Department of Gaming to Accept Applications for Event Wagering Licenses

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he Arizona Department of Gaming (ADG) is pleased to announce that it will begin accepting applications for event wagering licenses in July. Pursuant to A.R.S. § 5-1304 and A.A.C. R19-4-105 and 106, ADG will accept applications for no less than one event wagering license reserved for Arizona Tribes and no less than one event wagering license reserved for Arizona Sports Franchises, as defined in A.R.S. § 5-1301(7).

Prospective applicants are encouraged to review the provided materials on ADG’s website carefully to understand the application process and requirements.

The application window for event wagering licenses will open on July 8, 2024, and will close on July 19, 2024 at 5 PM. Applicants must submit their completed applications within this timeframe in order to be considered for a license. ADG will thoroughly evaluate all applications received based on the established criteria pursuant to the State’s event wagering rules and statutes.

Interested parties are encouraged to visit ADG’s website for detailed information on eligibility requirements, application procedures, and relevant timelines.

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Arizona Department of Gaming to Accept Applications for Event Wagering Licenses

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Arizona Department of Gaming to Accept Applications for Event Wagering Licenses

 

The Arizona Department of Gaming (ADG) is pleased to announce that it will begin accepting applications for event wagering licenses in July. Pursuant to A.R.S. § 5-1304 and A.A.C. R19-4-105 and 106, ADG will accept applications for no less than one event wagering license reserved for Arizona Tribes and no less than one event wagering license reserved for Arizona Sports Franchises, as defined in A.R.S. § 5-1301(7).

Prospective applicants are encouraged to review the provided materials on ADG’s website carefully to understand the application process and requirements.

The application window for event wagering licenses will open on July 8, 2024, and will close on July 19, 2024 at 5 PM. Applicants must submit their completed applications within this timeframe in order to be considered for a license. ADG will thoroughly evaluate all applications received based on the established criteria pursuant to the State’s event wagering rules and statutes.

Interested parties are encouraged to visit ADG’s website for detailed information on eligibility requirements, application procedures, and relevant timelines: LINK

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