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Gambling Study That Asked Participants to Cuddle Live Crocodiles Wins ‘Ig Nobel’ Prize 

Crocodile-based gambling research wins Ig Noble award

How would embracing a live crocodile seconds before hitting the blackjack tables affect your ability to execute optimal strategy? That’s (sort of) the question a team of researchers at Central Queensland University (CQU) grappled with back in 2010, and at long last their research has been recognized this week with an “Ig Nobel Prize.” Ig…Read More

Economic Uncertainty Returns to Macau as Beijing Escalates Anti-Corruption Drive

Casinos make up the Macau skyline

Macau’s economic rebound continues, and even appears to be typhoon-proof. But another ill-wind blew past the Cotai strip last week as analysts warned that Beijing had “escalated significantly” its anti-corruption campaign, injecting uncertainty into the casino resort industry in Macau. Analysts for investment research firm Bernstein noted on Thursday that a large increase in “anti-graft…Read More

Lawrence Ho Unloads Tigre de Cristal Stake in Russia’s Primorsky Gambling Zone

Lawrence Ho sells shares in Tigre de Cristal

Melco’s Lawrence Ho has slashed his stake in Summit Ascent Holdings, developer of the new Tigre de Cristal casino resort in Russia’s eastern Primorsky gambling zone. The Macau-based casino mogul sold $21.3 million-worth of shares last week, according to a filing with the Hong Kong Stock Exchange, reducing his stake in the company from 27.06…Read More

RV Parking at Casinos a Boon for Travelers Looking to Recharge, Eat and Gamble

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It’s a trend that RV owners are loving: regional casinos across the United States often have ample parking space to accommodate overnight motor homes and travel trailers, and retirees and vacationers are taking full advantage of that fact. With gambling venues now spread from the Atlantic to the Pacific, RVers traversing the country have plenty…Read More

NFL Ratings Fumble in Week One, Sports Betting Legalization Hyped as Solution

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NFL ratings were down 13 percent in week one of the regular football season compared to 2016, and supporters of ending sports betting prohibition in all but Nevada are arguing that liberalizing the industry would help stop the declining audience trend. NFL executives are blaming hurricanes Harvey and Irma for their dismal 2017 debut, saying…Read More

Sioux Falls Police Catch Casino Robbers Looking to Fund Meth Deal with Stolen Loot

Crown Casino Sioux Falls South Dakota robbery

Two men’s plan to rob casinos in Sioux Falls, South Dakota so they could buy methamphetamine in California, then return to the Midwest and sell the drugs, didn’t pan out very well. The two allegedly carried out three armed casino thefts, but both were in jail 10 days later, before they could travel to the…Read More

Lebanon’s Casino Du Liban Insists It’s Safe, Despite US Embassy Alert to Stay Away

Lebanon Casino du Libon terror alert US embassy

The Casino Du Liban, Lebanon’s only casino, has downplayed a terrorism alert issued by the US Embassy in Beirut and moved to reassure its visitors of their safety. The casino, built in 1959 when Lebanon was far more Westernized, is just under 14 miles north of Beirut. In a message sent out to its employees…Read More

New York Counties Begin Reaping Financial Tax Rewards of Upstate Casinos

New York counties casino tax

New York counties have more tax money in their coffers than in years past thanks to the liberalization of gambling in the northern part of the state. As local governments begin planning their 2018 fiscal budgets, they’re pleasantly afforded new income to fund everything from education to senior citizen programs. In Tompkins County, for example,…Read More

Remaining Atlantic City Casinos See Revenues Increase in August

Atlantic City casinos revenue

Atlantic City casinos saw their revenues jump in August to $244.8 million, a 5.5 percent premium on the same month last year. The seven remaining floors ended a solid summer, and are now two percent ahead of 2016’s total take through eight months of the year. June, July, and August is a critical period for…Read More

Maine Casino Supporters Promise Thousands of Jobs, Millions in Tax Revenue

Maine casino Shawn Scott

Backers of the Maine casino push to place a gambling venue in York County are hyping the economic impact the facility would have on the entire state. A study conducted by Florida-based consulting firm Evans, Carroll & Associates claims the casino would generate 2,767 construction jobs and 2,165 permanent employment opportunities, $6.1 million in lodging…Read More

Big Bets Placed on Gennady ‘GGG’ Golovkin vs. Canelo Alvarez

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Gennady ‘GGG’ Golovkin and Canelo Alvarez step into the ring at T-Mobile Arena on Saturday night in Las Vegas, and sportsbooks in the city and around the state are beginning to take big wagers on the fight’s outcome. Several low six-figure bets have been placed in Sin City on the boxing match, with money relatively…Read More

With Hurricane Irma Now History, Florida Casinos Offer Locals Somewhere to Cool Off

Florida casinos Hurricane Irma

With five million southwest Florida residents still without power following the weekend ravages of Hurricane Irma, the state’s casinos may have a new marketing tool: air conditioning. As triple-digit temps and stultifying humidity cripple repair teams and residents alike, the lure of AC may be greater than even that of winning money. Not that casinos…Read More

Cardmaker Gemaco Refutes Borgata’s Claim That Design Flaw Led to Phil Ivey’s $10M Edge-Sorting Win

Phil Ivey and Kelly Sun on trial

In poker pro Phil Ivey’s ongoing battle with the Borgata casino in Atlantic City over $10 million “won” at the mini-baccarat tables in 2012, it’s become a three-way blame game. In a statement filed in a New Jersey court on Monday, playing card manufacturer Gemaco answered the Borgata’s claim that flawed decks allowed Ivey and…Read More

State-Run Casino in South Korea Admits to Scale of Its Own Corruption

Kangwon Land Casino in South Korea

  The largest casino in South Korea, Kangwon Land, has admitted to committing acts of nepotism on an industrial scale. The mea culpa appears to be an effort to show the state-owned casino’s new commitment to transparency, after it was rocked by a corruption scandal that led to the criminal indictment of its CEO. According…Read More

Fight Over Choctaw’s Red Water Casino Project will be Decided by Voters

Choctaw Red Water Casino

The fate of Choctaw Nation’s fourth casino in Mississippi will be decided by its more than 10,000 members and not tribal leadership. After a brief legal battle those opposed to the project were able to get a referendum for November 17. Chief Phyliss Anderson decided not to appeal a decision made last month by a…Read More