The Gaming Industry Insider March 18, 2008

Mar 18, 2008 6:00 PM

by Ray Poirier |

Scientific Games Corp. (SGMS) announced it had signed four new contracts with customers in Germany and Finland.

Teachers in Maryland say they will support a November referendum to allow slot machine gambling in that state.

The Florida Senate has passed a bill that will ease the tax burden on pari-mutuel facilities that operate video slot machines.

Meanwhile, the Seminole Tribe says it has openings for 3,650 dealers for blackjack, baccarat, and pai gow. It will introduce those table games to its seven casinos in June.

The "financial disarray" of Magna Entertainment Corp. (MECA) could become a factor if Maryland voters approve slots at racetracks in November, said the chairman of the state racing commission. The company’s shares are trading at the $0.35 per share level.