Legalized Gambling Legislation in Saipan Halts Tinian Casino Project

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A Tinian casino development project has been brought to a stand still after learning of a bill that would legalize gambling in Saipan.

The development team, which is headed by U.S. based managing director Rudy Pamintuan, was prepared for their groundbreaking ceremony on December 28th. The event has now been postponed.

The company will wait and see what the outcome is of House Bill 15-322. The bill is being sponsored by Vice Speaker Justo S.Quitugua.

The bill is aimed to legalize casino games such as Blackjack, Baccarat, and Texas Hold’em, at what was formerly La Fiesta shopping mall. Slot machines would also be allowed at major resorts and hotels.

“We are very disappointed as this action will negatively impact our project on Tinian. Therefore our owners want to stop all movement on our project until the Legislature decides what it wants to do,” said Phillip Mendiola-Long, Executive Vice President of Bridge Investment Group.

The Bill has already been approved by the House and now must be approved by the Senate and signed by the Governor to become law.

Canadian Senator Catches Illegal Online Gambling Bill Attachment

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Governments have a funny way about them. They take ordinary laws that are going to be passed, slip in a clause or two, and come away with laws about things that have nothing to do with the original Bill.

Enter Liberal Senator George Baker from Canada. He brought one of these such clauses to the forefront and received assurance that the wording would be changed to keep online gambling legal in Canada.

There is a big market for internet gambling in Canada. Online poker is huge. This Bill will end that, and that has not been brought up by anyone,” said Baker.

The Bill he is referring to is aimed at updating bookmaking laws. The way that is proposed to do that is to remove Criminal Code references to “telephone” and “telegraph”.

Being that the new law was unclear as to how it was going to affect online gambling, Baker felt there needed to be clarification.

The U.S. government, last year, pulled off a similar move to the one that was being attempted in Canada. The only difference is last year, nobody was able to catch the sly move before it was pushed into law.

The next step is the Senate recommending that the Commons make an amendment to the Bill, specifically stating that offshore based gambling will remain legal in Canada.

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