GOP Accepts Steve Wynn Money despite 2018 Scandal
A new report by the National Public Radio has revealed that Steve Wynn, the former chair and CEO of Wynn Resorts, has been actively supporting the Republican reelection efforts throughout 2020.
According to NPR, Mr. Wynn has already spent over $6 million in donations primarily on PACs and organizations linked to Senator Mitch McConnell and people close to him.
The report detailed several donations, and specifically a $4 million payment to the Senate Leadership Fund, a super PAC controlled by Sen. McConnell’s former chief of staff.
Another sizeable donation has gone to American Crossroads, another Republican support organization connected to Sen. McConnell. Separate payments were made to Trump Victory, a fund raising committee, which earned $468,500.
The National Republican Senatorial Committee (RNC) fetched another $200,000 and other, smaller donations were made to various other organizations and individuals. Mr. Wynn’s troubles began in 2018 when the Wall Street Journal broke a story about his alleged assault of female employees at Wynn Resort properties.
Mr. Wynn was promptly ousted from the company and at least publically, the GOP broke most ties with him. Mr. Wynn has been litigating with detractors ever since, taking smearing campaign seriously. Earlier this year, a lawsuit by nine anonymous women who alleged sexual harassment was dismissed by a federal judge.
Mr. Wynn is not the only casino mogul who is donating to the Republican’s reelection bid. Previously, Las Vegas Sands Corp. owner Sheldon Adelson and his wife, Miriam, donated $75 million to the Trump reelection campaign.
Mohegan Gaming Gets Final Approval to Enter Las Vegas
Connecticut’s Mohegan Indian Tribe has received a final go-ahead by the Nevada Gaming Commission (NGC) to enter the Las Vegas Strip and effective become the first tribal casino operator in the area. The Mohegan Sun at Virgin Hotels Las Vegas will open within months.
The NGC voted on Thursday in the presence of dozens of Mohegan Gaming & Entertainment (MGE) executives who had come for the hearing. Gaming Commission member Deborah J. Fuetsch confirmed that Las Vegas was about to embark on an entirely new experience, bringing in new investment.
The Virgin Hotels Las Vegas, previously Hard Rock Las Vegas, will reopen under the MGE banner as early as January 15, and after completing what was a year renovation work. Mohegan Gaming CEO Mario Kontomerkos expressed satisfaction with the regulator’s decision and argued that the achievement was a milestone for his company, which already operates multiple casino properties across the United States, including Mohegan Sun Resort in Ucasville and Mohegan Sun Poconos in Pennsylvania.
The company recently won a license for a Greek casino with the Hellenic Gaming Commission awarding MGE to build and run and build a luxury casino resort just outside Athens were a now defunct international airport lies.
The Mohegan Sun at Virgin Hotels Las Vegas will not feature a poker room and the sportsbook is currently in the process of obtaining a license. Mohegan has teamed up with Betfred USA Sports, a subsidiary to the UK-headquartered Betfred Group.
The sportsbook may not be ready on time for the January 15 grand opening, but it should arrive shortly after.
Pennsylvania Welcomes Live Dealer Casino Games
The Keystone State has welcomed a new studio opened in Philadelphia on Wednesday and hosted by Evolution, the world’s foremost authority on live dealer games.
The studio is piloting its product across three online casinos in Pennsylvania since Thursday, October 22 and has so far launched games on PlaySugarHouse, BetRivers and DraftKings. Evolution is the foremost name in the live dealer gaming sector.
The company has recently bought out NetEnt in a massive consolidation move seeing it secure the largest slots, table and live casino supplier and developer in the world.
For its part, Evolution has created a number of memorable titles, including Infinite Blackjack, Lightning Roulette, Lightning Dice, Lightning Baccarat, Monopoly Live, Deal or No Deal, Dream Catcher, and other memorable titles.
Presently, the Pennsylvania Gaming Control Board (PGCB) limits the operational capacity and availability of Evolution’s games, but this will change once the company moves to full-scale launch.
Commenting on these developments, Rush Street president Richard Schwartz said that a live dealer game is the “closest you can get” to a land-based experience without actually being there.
Schwartz said that he was thrilled that RSI’s brands were among the first to offer this opportunity to Pennsylvanian players. Evolution CEO Martin Carlesund confirmed that his company remains committed to further grown in the United States.
Native American Tribes in New Mexico Reluctant to Embrace Gambling Expansion
Tribal operators in New Mexico have expressed their reluctance to embrace gambling expansion in the state championed by commercial operators.
The proposal seeks to significantly reshape the current regulatory landscape lifting all limits from the maximum allowable table games, slot machines, sports betting, and online gambling at commercial properties.
Acquiescing to one such move would considerably shift the balance of powers in the gambling makeup of the state, enabling commercial operators to push more aggressively in what the tribes consider their exclusive domain.
Sandia Pueblo Governor Stuart Paisano has objected strongly to any proposed changes billing them as a reckless attempt to boost private investors’ standing and biting into essential public funding originating from the tax paid by tribes.
Lawmakers have mostly agreed with this position, fearing the private sector would not be paying enough. Commercial casino representatives, though, have argued that the project is just an idea and an opportunity to open a dialogue.
Las Vegas Violence Prompts Tighter Security Measures
While interest in Las Vegas has remained buoyant, violence has proliferated with street fights erupting in broad daylight and shootings and stabbings taking place all over the city. Both Las Vegas and the Strip, its iconic casino area, have been forced to deploy more uniforms in the streets and post private guards at casino doors.
The Cosmopolitan and Wynn-Encore have started screening people up close at entry points and security officers are now conducting handbag searches to ensure the safety of all.