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The $1.4 billion MGM National Harbor casino on the Potomac River near Washington, D.C. opened doors to the public Thursday, December 8th around 10:30 at night. The casino floor was promptly flooded by 5,000 customers. Around midnight access was restricted because the casino had reached capacity.

The public started getting its first view of the 24-story hotel Saturday night with unique views of the D.C. skyline. The first luxury gaming resort in the nation’s capital has 308 rooms with premier amenities.

During the first week the casino has continued reaching capacity level crowds since the grand opening.

by Steve Norton 

CEO, Norton Management

Florida is late coming to the Compact table, allowing the Federal courts to severely weaken the state's negotiating position. But there are several ways the state can help the Seminoles, while earning more tax dollars from the slot machines at Greyhound tracks.

by Steve Norton

CEO, Norton Management

While betting on certain sporting events in Japan is legal and casinos are not yet, Pachinko games are available everywhere in Japan. These games are not supposed to be gambling, and the Pachinko Parlors only give out gifts to winners. But these gifts, or the Pachinko balls themselves, are easily exchanged for cash at neighboring stores; so in effect this is gambling. And frequently the exchange of balls or merchandise can be made at a street vendor or adjacent store, often owned by the Pachinko Parlor's operator. But because of the gray nature of the business, these companies cannot be traded on the Japanese Exchange.

A new president. A new administration. What do the election results mean for the gaming industry?

Some think President-elect Donald Trump’s casino history bodes well for the industry.

Others opine the Republican-heavy Congress and continued influence of anti-gaming legislators and Las Vegas Sands CEO Sheldon Adelson means no progress for online gaming and sports betting.

Adelson reportedly pledged $25 million in support of Trump’s campaign.