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NCAA, Big Four File Sports Betting Brief With US Supreme Court, Congressional Lawmakers Seek Hearings

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The NCAA, along with the so-called Big Four, the NFL, MLB, NBA, and NHL, filed a brief with the US Supreme Court this week in defense of its position on sports betting and the longstanding Professional and Amateur Sports Protection Act of 1992 (PASPA). The high court will soon hear New Jersey’s argument that PASPA…Read More

Macau Casino Operators to Run Simulated Attack Drills, Goal to Prevent Possible Las Vegas-Style Tragedy

Macau security testing terror alert

Macau casino operators have agreed to work with the local Judiciary Police in order to develop a simulation of an attack on the city’s gaming venues. The move comes in response to two recent high-profile attacks in gaming industry hubs: the October 1 mass shooting in Las Vegas that killed 58 victims and injured 550,…Read More

Las Vegas Strip Begins Bollard Installation Project to Protect Pedestrians Against Possible Terror Attacks

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The Las Vegas Strip sees the kickoff of installation of the first 700 bollards today, Tuesday, following a decision made earlier this year by the Clark County Commission to invest $4 million to install the solid metal sidewalk barriers on the world-famous promenade. A move to bump up Strip pedestrian security came in August, after…Read More

Atlantic City Casinos See Revenues Jump Eight Percent in September, Online Gaming Fuels Growth

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Atlantic City casinos won $235.8 million in September, a nearly eight percent surge compared to the same month in 2016. Land-based revenues totaled $215.4 million, a 2.4 percent bump, and with internet gaming win of $20.4 million factored in, the seven properties’ net take increased 7.9 percent. Year to date, total gaming win for the…Read More

Maryland Casinos Esports Play Looks to Boost Already Healthy Business

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Maryland casinos might be looking to get competitive with esports and skill-based gaming. The state’s committee on gaming oversight met last week to discuss the subjects with representatives of gaming corporations and they could soon be in the state’s six casinos. The last time this joint legislative committee met was in 2016 when they discussed…Read More

New Jersey Enters Online Gaming Player Liquidity Compact With Nevada and Delaware, Will Allow for Expanded Play

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Anyone who’s regularly played online poker in one of the three states where it’s legalized has experienced the problem of inadequate player pools (known as “liquidity”), but that will be at least partially alleviated now that New Jersey is joining Nevada and Delaware in sharing such pools. New Jersey, the internet gambling state with by…Read More

Mandalay Bay Security Guard Jesus Campos Nowhere to Be Found, Interviews Canceled at Eleventh Hour

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Jesus Campos, the first person to arrive outside Las Vegas shooter Stephen Paddock’s Mandalay Bay suite on the 32nd floor on October 1, is staying out of public view and avoiding the media. The man who’s been hailed as a hero in limiting the carnage Paddock caused had planned to give numerous interviews late last…Read More

MGM Cotai Focuses on Mass Market, Set to Open Without VIP Tables

MGM Cotai mass market

MGM Cotai will open next year after being delayed from the fourth quarter due to August’s Typhoon Hato that caused nearly $2 billion in damages to infrastructure throughout Macau. When it does finally welcome its first guests in 2018, the casino resort will focus on more of the mass market than the high roller VIP,…Read More

Japan’s Wakayama Prefecture Delays Unveiling of Grand Casino Plan

Wakayama prefecture delays casino plan

Japan’s Wakayama prefecture will delay the announcement of its “Master Plan” for an integrated resort until March due to the forthcoming general election, the regional government said this week. The prefecture is determined to be a part of a future casino industry, despite the likelihood that a limited number of licenses will be issued which…Read More

Pennsylvania Sands Bethlehem Has New Investment Suitor, Bid Expected Within 30 Days

Sands Bethlehem possible sale

The Sands Bethlehem, Pennsylvania’s largest and most profitable casino, has become the acquisition target of New York investment firm Keating & Associates LLC. The company, which also recently made a bid of $225 million for the former Revel Hotel & Casino in Atlantic City, says it will make an offer for the Sands within the…Read More

MGM and Las Vegas Metro Police Timelines Finally Align, Crisis Management Firm Called in by Mandalay Bay Parent

MGM Joe Lombardo Las Vegas timeline

MGM Resorts International caused plenty of controversy when it publicly corrected law enforcement’s record of the October 1 shooting at its Mandalay Bay property. After Metro Police and Sheriff Joe Lombardo revised the timeline of events surrounding the deadliest shooting in modern US history, the casino conglomerate was quick to challenge the updated account. This…Read More

Puerto Rico Casino Resorts Provide Relief, as President Trump Threatens to Cut Off Aid

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Almost 90 percent of Puerto Rico remained without power this week, more than three full weeks since Hurricane Maria, a Category 5 storm and the 10th-most intense Atlantic hurricane on record, struck the US territory. Maria made landfall on Puerto Rico on September 20. The powerful cyclonic storm caused catastrophic damage, and resulted in a…Read More

Lawrence Ho’s Melco Resorts Boasts Japanese Relationships in Casino Resort Bid

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Melco Resorts and Entertainment, a casino resort developer headquartered in Hong Kong, is trying to convince lawmakers in Japan that it has long been a close friend of the Asian country. Melco officials are campaigning to land one of two expected integrated casino resort licenses. In a press release issued this week, the corporation explained…Read More

Crown Resorts High Rollers Return One Year on from China Arrests

Crown Resorts VIPs return after China arrests

VIP gamblers are slowly returning to the Crown Melbourne, according to a note by Morgan Stanley that comes a year to the day that a group of Crown employees were arrested in China on suspicion of marketing gambling to Chinese citizens. Seventeen Crown employees and two former employees were detained in night-time raids in at…Read More

Landing International Sells London’s Uber-Elite Les Ambassadeurs Casino for $320.3 Million

Les Ambassadeurs casino, London

Hong Kong-based Landing International has sold Les Ambassadeurs Club, the exclusive high-end casino in London’s affluent Mayfair district, for $320.3 million. Landing announced the sale had been completed on Wednesday. The buyer is believed to be Paul Suen Cho Hung, owner of Birmingham City, a soccer club in England’s second tier. “Les A,” as it…Read More