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MGM Resorts Won’t Make the Fun Stop for Those Using GameSense

MGM Resorts GameSense problem gambling

MGM Resorts will soon offer guests access to GameSense, a program that purports to put the power back into players’ hands when it comes to how much and for how long they can gamble. To be set up in casino kiosks to which players would theoretically flock, the gaming operator will soon begin training its…Read More

DraftKings Eyeing Ireland as Next Hotspot for Global Expansion

DraftKings is setting its sights on expansion into Ireland. The DFS giant has not set a launch date for its Irish platform, but confirmed this week through Chief International Officer Jeffery Haas that it expects to roll out services to citizens of the Emerald Isle later this year. Haas told Irish press this week that…Read More

Trump Bid to Operate Sydney Casino Was Killed by Alleged ‘Mafia Connections’

Donald Trump knocked back on Sydney casino over alleged mob ties

US President Donald Trump was denied the chance to operate in Sydney, Australia’s first casino in the eighties because a report by the New South Wales Police Board concluded he had “Mafia connections,” according to newly released documents obtained by The Australian newspaper on Tuesday. In 1987, Trump and the Queensland-based Kern Corporation were one…Read More

Blackjack Too Mathematically Challenging? New Format Simplifies Game

blackjack Easy Jack UNLV gaming innovation

Blackjack is the most popular table game in American casinos, due at least in part to its basic structure of trying to beat the dealer’s hand without going over 21, and because of its low house edge. But a student at UNLV’s Center for Gaming Innovation (CGI) is trying to disrupt how the card game…Read More

Disney Ups Spend to Defeat Casino Expansion in Florida

Disney increases financing of anti-gambling expansion committee

Disney donated $500,000 to a campaign opposing casino expansion in Florida last month, according to the state’s Division of Elections website. The beneficiary of the windfall, political action committee “Voters in Charge,” is pushing to pass a constitutional amendment that would give Florida voters the “exclusive right to decide whether to authorize casino gambling.” The…Read More

Atlantic City Gambling Revenue Report Shows Mixed Results in July

Atlantic City revenue Mark Frissora

Atlantic City has entered the dog days of summer, and that’s leading to mixed results at the casino resorts. The New Jersey Division of Gaming Enforcement (DGE) announced this week that overall gambling win decreased in July by 2.7 percent compared to 2016, but the seven land-based operators still in business actually saw their revenues…Read More

Studio City Macau Exploring IPO, But Financial Experts Are Calling Melco’s Bluff

Studio City Macau Lawrence Ho

Melco Resorts, owners of Studio City Macau, has filed paperwork with the US Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) to explore selling shares in the property through an initial public offering (IPO), but financial experts aren’t sold that any stock issuance will come to fruition. NASDAQ-listed Melco Resorts & Entertainment, which owns a 60 percent stake…Read More

Turkey Arrests Fugitive Online Gambling Kingpin

Veysel Sahin, illegal online gambling operator, arrested in Turkey

Turkish police have arrested the suspected head of an illegal online gambling operation who had been six months on the run. Alleged ambling kingpin Veysel Sahin was taken into custody in the city of Sivas in central Turkey after he left his hiding place in Lebanon to visit his sick father. Sahin had been sought…Read More

Mega Millions Winning Ticket for $393 Million Sold in Illinois, Powerball Jackpot Soars to $430M

It’s one down and one to go with multimillion dollar US lotteries, after a lucky purchaser in Illinois won $393 million in a Mega Millions drawing on Friday. The Powerball jumped to $430 million after no ticket matching all six numbers was selected on Saturday. The next drawing will be Wednesday. This is the first…Read More

Bitcoin Gamblers Hit Jackpot as BTC Value Climbs Past $4,000

Bitcoin cryptocurrency on the rise

The value of a single bitcoin surged past $4,000 on Saturday, and continued to climb on Monday, reaching $4,300 at the time of publication. This new all-time high is amazing news for users of bitcoin casino sites, because it means they’ve been winning in their sleep. In fact, someone who invested $100 to buy about…Read More

Sands China Welcomes Back VIPs with Updates to Venetian, Plaza Casinos in Macau

Sands China VIP refurbishment

Sands China revealed in its half-year financial report plans to renovate VIP areas inside the Venetian Macau and the Plaza Macau. Slated for completion in 2018, the intent of the makeovers is to “create a new benchmark” for VIP gaming in the world’s richest gambling hub. Sands China, the operating unit of billionaire Sheldon Adelson’s…Read More

Sam Nazarian’s SBE Entertainment Merger with Hakkasan Group Not a Dead Deal, SLS Sale Could Be Cause of Holdup

Sam Nazarian SLS Las Vegas

Privately held by Iranian-American businessman Sam Nazarian, SBE Entertainment had announced in March that it was partnering with Hakkasan Group, a luxury hospitality company best known in Las Vegas for its nightclub inside the MGM Grand. The merger was expected to be completed by the end of May, but here we are in August, and…Read More

Ethics Commission to Seize Maine Casino Backer’s Financial Records

Ethics Commission to Investigate Shawn Scott’s sister, Lisa

Maine’s ethics commission has voted to subpoena the personal financial records of Lisa Scott, the backer of a contentious casino project that politicians have accused of attempting to deceive the state’s voters. In the forthcoming November ballot, state residents will be asked to decide whether the proposed casino, which would be the state’s third, should…Read More

Macau Peninsula Playing Second Fiddle to Cotai Strip, Says Analyst

Macau becoming second-tier gaming market to Cotai

Macau’s downtown peninsula, the traditional gaming hub of the semi-autonomous enclave, is likely to go the way of downtown Vegas, becoming a secondary market eclipsed by the larger, grander properties of the Cotai Strip. So says says Andrew Klebanow, a senior partner of US-based consultancy Global Market Advisors. Klebanow suggested this week that downtown Macau will…Read More

Seven Years In, Cosmopolitan of Las Vegas Ready for $100 Million Overhaul

Chandelier Bar $100 million makeover Cosmopolitan of Las Vegas

As executives at the Cosmopolitan of Las Vegas get ready to spend more than $100 million in renovations to 2,895 of the property’s 3,027 rooms, they must be taking stock of how different the economic climate is in 2017. When the $3.9 billion property opened on December 15, 2010, it was at the height of…Read More