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Resorts World Catskills to Open Feb. 8, Three Weeks Ahead of Schedule

Rendering of Resorts World Catskills casino to open Feb. 8

Resorts World Catskills announced Wednesday that their facilities would open to the public on Feb. 8, finally setting a launch date for the largest of New York’s upstate casinos. The $1 billion resort will open nearly a month ahead of schedule. The new casino-resort is located in the heart of the Catskills, in Thompson, New…Read More

Melco Shows Off Biometric Technology for Casino Security in Japan Ahead of Licensure Pitch

Melco Japan President Ako Shiraogawa

Melco Resorts Japan demonstrated a new security system at their offices this week as part of their push to earn a license when the Japanese market opens to integrated casino resorts. Known as MelGuard, the new technology uses biometric indicators to track casino visitors in a way that helps remove human error out from exclusion…Read More

PGA Tour Members Tee-Off on ‘Laughable’ Sports Integrity Program

PGA Tour Integrity Program

As the PGA Tour gets back into full swing with complete fields, players are being forced to watch an anti-gambling video prior to teeing off in their first tournament in 2018. Some of their reviews on the video have been less than favorable. The PGA Tour’s Integrity Program, which was announced last fall and officially…Read More

Union Gaming: Goa Casinos Could Generate $1 Billion in Annual Gross Revenue

Goa casinos riverboat revenue

Goa casinos are poised for substantial growth should the Indian state government permit the riverboats to come ashore as expected. In a note issued last week by Union Gaming Securities, a Las Vegas-headquartered investment advisory firm that keeps tabs on gaming markets around the world, Union Managing Director Grant Govertsen said that should land-based operations…Read More

Wynn Macau VIP Dealer and Uncle in Custody, Implicated in $6.1 Million Chip Heist

Wynn Macau casino heist arrests

Two days after a major theft of more than $6 million in casino chips by a dealer at the Wynn Macau, authorities reportedly have their man in custody. And along with him, an uncle who appears to have tried to benefit from the crime as well. Announcement of the arrests came during a special press…Read More

Caesars Entertainment Recruits Lobbyist Tom Daschle and Trade Negotiation Experts to Help Land Japan Casino License

Tom Daschle lobbying for Caesars in Japan

Caesars Entertainment executives understand how business is done in Japan, and to that end, the US-based gaming operator has formed a committee with one lobbyist and two foreign trade specialists to help the company win a casino license there. The committee consists of lobbyist and former US Senate Majority Leader Tom Daschle (D), former US…Read More

Florida Casino Boat Entices New Guests with Freebies and Discounts Days After Deadly Fire

Florida casino boat fire Tropical Breeze

The Florida casino boat Tropical Breeze is back open for business less than four days after its shuttle vessel that previously carried patrons from port to the floating casino caught fire and led to the death of one person. The horrific event took place during the casino’s Sunday night departure on Jan. 14. All 50…Read More

SLS Becomes Fourth Las Vegas Casino Targeted by Thieves in Past Week

SLS Las Vegas

On Monday morning, a man jumped over a counter at the SLS Las Vegas just after 9 am and stole money from the casino resort. And while brazen robberies at Las Vegas resorts always make headlines, this one is particularly notable, as it marks the fourth such theft from a casino in the city in…Read More

Shuttered Atlantic Club Casino Hotel is Falling Apart

Atlantic Club debris Atlantic City

The former Atlantic Club Casino Hotel is reportedly raining debris onto Pacific Avenue in Atlantic City. January 13 marked four years since the Boardwalk resort closed its doors, and the aging building is, well, really starting to show its age. Reports surfaced this week that debris from the building’s exterior are crumbling off and falling…Read More

Power to the People: Florida Voters to Decide Whether They Want to Rule State’s Gambling Future

Florida voters casino gambling

In November, Florida voters will be asked through a constitutional ballot referendum if they want the power to dictate the future of gambling in the Sunshine State. The Voter Control of Gambling initiative, a campaign being almost exclusively funded by Disney and the Seminole Tribe of Florida, has successfully acquired the necessary 766,200 valid signatures…Read More

Wynn Macau VIP Dealer in $6.1 Million Casino Chip Heist Still at Large, Police Arrest Three for Releasing Information

Macau casino heist Wynn

The theft of $6.1 million in gaming chips from the Wynn Macau on Tuesday is being attributed by local authorities to a male VIP room dealer at the casino, who remains at large. Judiciary Police have already made other arrests in relation to the robbery, however. Three locals were taken into custody for sharing confidential…Read More

Massachusetts Slots Casino Plainridge Park Posts Six Percent Gain in 2017

Plainridge Park Casino Massachusetts

Plainridge Park Casino, a slots and electronic tables facility, saw its gross gaming revenue jump 6.3 percent in 2017. The Massachusetts Gaming Commission (MGC) reported this week that the 1,250-machine slot parlor generated total revenue of $164.8 million over the last 12 months. That’s a $9.8 million premium on 2016. December’s take totaled $12.7 million,…Read More

MGM China Joins Fight Against Modern Slavery in Macau Sex Trade

MGM China slavery sex trade prostitution

MGM China, the Asian subsidiary of MGM Resorts, has signed a pledge to participate in an international campaign to end modern slavery. The Mekong Club, a Hong Kong nonprofit, estimates there are currently 45.8 million people on earth living in slavery, or working in slave-like conditions, with the majority in China, South Korea, Taiwan, and India….Read More

Indiana’s Commercial Casinos Could Take Hit Following Opening of Tribal Venue

The Four Winds Casino South Bend

The opening of the Four Winds Casino South Bend on Tuesday was an exciting moment for the Pokagon Band of Potawatomi Indians, who now operate the first tribal casino in the state of Indiana. But it’s a moment of dread for the 13 commercial casinos currently operating in the state, who fear that the new…Read More

Lucky Dragon in Foreclosure, Asian-Themed Casino to Be Auctioned Off Next Month

Lucky Dragon Las Vegas foreclosure

After a much ballyhooed launch less than two years ago, the Lucky Dragon Hotel and Casino is facing foreclosure, and the off-Strip Asian-themed resort could have a new owner as early as next month.    After closing its casino and restaurants less than two weeks ago, with Lucky Dragon reps at the time claiming the…Read More