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Caesars Drops Marijuana Testing for Prospective Employees, Multiple Factors Affect Decision

Caesars Entertainment drops marijuana testing

Caesars Entertainment has stopped testing prospective employees for marijuana use. The company told the Las Vegas Review-Journal Monday that Nevada’s recent legalization of recreational marijuana had been a major factor in revising its policy, but it was also driven by the simple need to recruit from a wider pool of talent. “A number of states…Read More

Ocean Resort Casino to Ride Hard Rock Wave, Announces Same June 28 Opening Date

Ocean Resort Casino opening Atlantic City

Ocean Resort Casino is opening June 28, the same day as Hard Rock, in what’s likely to become Atlantic City’s unofficial start to the 2018 summer. Though summer technically begins a week earlier on June 21, the opening of Ocean Resort and Hard Rock on the same day should attract a mob of visitors to…Read More

Steve Wynn No Longer Has Control Over Namesake Company, Massachusetts Gaming Commission Rules

Steve Wynn Encore Boston Harbor

According to the Massachusetts Gaming Commission (MGC), the relationship between Steve Wynn and his former casino company has been successfully dissolved. In a ruling issued this week, state regulators concluded that the billionaire’s previous ownership and executive capacity at Wynn Resorts doesn’t have any bearing on the future of the company’s $2.5 billion integrated resort…Read More

Prefectures Consider Hosting Japan Integrated Casino Resorts, Despite Public Opposition

Japan integrated casino resort bill

With the Japan integrated casino resort bill passed just last month by Prime Minister Shinzo Abe’s Cabinet, prefectures across the Asian country are formally considering whether hosting such venues will ultimately be in their best interest. Abe’s Cabinet approved the authorization of three casino resorts, but where the properties will be earmarked remains in limbo. Osaka…Read More

UK Armed Robbery Gang that Laundered Money Through Fixed Odds Betting Terminals Sentenced

FOBT money laundering gang

A gang of thieves that terrorized North West England with a string of raids on armored cash-in-transit vehicles, banks, and supermarkets laundered the proceeds of their crimes through fixed-odds betting terminals (FOBTs) in bookmakers’ shops, a court heard. Between June 2016 and August last year, dozens of raids netted the gang £193,000 ($261,000). This was…Read More

Nevada Regulator Told Casino Workers Must Be Protected From Customers as Well as Employers

The Nevada Gaming Control Board

Casino union representatives and other stakeholders told the Nevada Gaming Control Board at a hearing on Wednesday that its draft rules to tighten controls on sexual harassment within the Nevada Casino sector must extend to hotel guests and high-rollers. In March, the regulator announced it would be sharpening its regulations on sexual harassment in the…Read More

City of Dreams Morpheus to Open Without Casino Junkets, Focus on Macau Premium Mass Market

City of Dreams Morpheus Macau

Morpheus, the $1.1 billion City of Dreams hotel tower that is to open next month, will not rely on VIP junket companies to provide high rollers to its casino floor. The Melco Resorts property will instead focus on “premium mass customers.” Designed by the late Dame Zaha Hadid, her last project before her 2016 unexpected…Read More

Las Vegas Union Says Caesars Entertainment Forcing Hospitality Workers to Enforce ‘Do Not Disturb’ Policies

Caesars Entertainment do not disturb

A Las Vegas union says Caesars Entertainment has rejected a proposal to have security personnel first enter a hotel guestroom that has hung a “do not disturb” sign for more than 24 hours. Culinary Workers Union 226, a 57,000-member strong labor group that represents housekeepers, bartenders, cocktail and food servers, bellmen, and cooks, wants casino…Read More

Galaxy Entertainment Posts Quarterly Record, Revenue Totals $2.36 Billion

Galaxy Entertainment Lui Che Woo

Galaxy Entertainment enjoyed a prosperous three months to kick off 2018, as the casino operator says Q1 revenue surged to HKD$18.5 billion ($2.36 billion), a 32 percent premium on the same period in 2017. One of Macau’s six licensed casino companies, Galaxy says earnings before interest, taxes, depreciation, and amortization (EBITDA) totaled $547.8 million. That…Read More

New Jersey Sports Betting Bill Sets Regulatory Framework, Includes ‘Integrity Fee’

New Jersey sports betting bill

A New Jersey sports betting bill introduced this week would create a regulatory framework for sportsbook operations should the US Supreme Court rule against the current federal ban. A3911, introduced by Assembly Deputy Majority Leader Eric Houghtaling (D), Deputy Speaker John Burzichelli (D), and Assemblywoman Joann Downey (D-District 11), would permit sports betting to be…Read More

Melco Resorts Billionaire Lawrence Ho Talks Japan, Wynn Resorts, Macau Mass Market

Lawrence Ho Melco Resorts casino

Melco Resorts Chairman Lawrence Ho opened up this week on numerous pressing casino issues that could greatly impact the future of the gambling industry. Speaking with Bloomberg in Beverley Hills, the billionaire covered everything from Macau’s mass market growth, to a potential Wynn Resorts takeover, to the forthcoming bidding war for Japan’s integrated casino resort…Read More

Philippines President Rodrigo Duterte Says No to Boracay Casino, as Billionaire Fails to Woo President

Rodrigo Duterte Boracay Island casino

Philippines President Rodrigo Duterte spoke publicly this week for the first time about a proposed $500 million casino resort on Boracay, the country’s most popular vacation island, and the leader’s comments weren’t favorable to project developers. Galaxy Entertainment, a Hong Kong casino group led by billionaire Lui Che Woo, has partnered with Philippines-based Leisure &…Read More

Mashantucket Pequot Leader Says Tribes Must Unite in Pursuit of Casinos Both Domestic and Abroad

Mashantucket Pequot Mohegan Sun casino

Mashantucket Pequot Tribal Council Chairman Rodney Butler opined this week that Native American groups should come together and pair their assets in order to acquire for marquee casino resorts both domestically and abroad. Fresh off this month’s National Indian Gaming Association convention in Las Vegas, the Mashantucket leader sat down with CDC Gaming Reports to…Read More

Wynn Resorts Renames Massachusetts Casino Encore Boston Harbor

Wynn Resorts Everett Boston Harbor

Wynn Resorts CEO Matt Maddox appeared before the Massachusetts Gaming Commission (MGC) this week, and he came bearing critical news. The chief executive who replaced Steve Wynn in the wake of numerous allegations of sexual misconduct made against the billionaire, Maddox told the MGC that “this company is not about a man. It hasn’t been…Read More

Crown Resorts Fined AU$300,000 for Slots Tampering

Crown Resorts fined

Australia’s Crown Resorts has been dealt the biggest fine in its 25-year history after it was found to have practised “button blanking” on 17 of its slot machines at its flagship Melbourne casino. The regulator for the Australian state of Victoria, VCGLR, fined the company AU$300,000 ($270,000) for the infraction and ordered it to draft…Read More