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The leaders of government in Macau and Beijing are not believed to care what wealthy gamblers think, but the groups that supply the business have nonetheless let regulators know that they are totally opposed to a proposed smoking ban.

Can anyone imagine politics getting in the way of plans to expand gambling in Illinois, plans that would almost certainly include the Chicago casino that Mayor Rahm Emanuel wants?

​Jack Binion was thinking about the way the first World Series of Poker event began at the Binion family’s Horseshoe Casino on Fremont Street.

Casinos along the Gulf Coast and on the Mississippi River both showed gaming revenue gains during the month of April. The statewide revenue showed an increase of 8.1 percent during April to $177.1 million compared to April a year ago.

Gambling is not scheduled to get attention during the Florida Legislature’s special session, but the higher numbers being generated at pari-mutuel facilities suggests there are plenty of continuing reasons for conversation.

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