Three commercial casinos are now open in New York, although they have not yet hit their revenue projections. Still, the new casinos have created jobs and attracted other businesses that benefit from their proximity to the casinos, said John Bonacic, chairman of the state Senate's Racing, Gaming and Wagering Committee.
Gov. Yoshinobu Nisaka of Japan's Wakayama Prefecture would consider backing away from his stance that only foreigners be allowed to enter casinos if effective regulations acceptable to Japanese citizens were put in place.
Michigan state lawmakers have included online sports betting in a bill that would legalize online casinos and poker. Rep. Brandt Iden, the bill's author, said, "The language is in there to start the next round of conversations" if the Supreme Court strikes down the Professional and Amateur Sports Protection Act.
Florida's Seminole tribe is taking legal action against 25 operators of electronic gaming parlors in Jacksonville. They hope to shut down the parlors and maintain their exclusive right to run Vegas-style gaming facilities in the state.
Land developer Chris Morris hopes to begin construction within a year on a $114 million resort around The Ville Resort-Casino in Queensland, Australia. The casino property is in the midst of a $30.4 million update -- including a poolside event space, three new restaurants and a rooftop infinity pool -- which will be finished in May 2018.
Virtual reality casinos first received mixed reviews for their frequent glitches and snags, but they have experienced significant improvements in the year since being launched, Amelia Rose writes. The successful integration of slot games into VR would mean big business for operators, because mobile and online slots have a large following across the globe.
South Korea's Jeju Shinhwa World has scheduled its grand opening for Jan. 18. The foreigner-only casino is expected to have up to 160 gaming tables and will take in gaming equipment from Landing International's Hyatt Regency Jeju Hotel operations.
Live casino operator Authentic Gaming has moved into a new space in Malta. Since its origins in 2015, the company has undergone rapid growth, moving from three employees to more than 30.
The Leech Lake Band of Ojibwe held a groundbreaking ceremony at the site of the upcoming Palace Casino and Hotel in Minnesota. The facility is part of a relocation plan to an area with higher traffic in Cass Lake and will feature slots and blackjack, plus a brew pub, arcade, event center, food court and 100-room hotel.
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