The recent opening of MGM Cotai and MGM Resorts' ongoing expansion in Las Vegas could spell good news for the company during the rest of the year. "We think that 2018 is going to be a very strong year for our company based on what we see here in Vegas and in Macau and in our regional properties," CEO Jim Murren said.
Artificial intelligence is changing the casino landscape, with virtual agents now able to understand players better and offer a more personalized experience than ever before, Tony Bradley writes. The technology also allows operators to identify players who may be headed toward gaming addiction or pinpoint cheating in online casinos.
Quasar Gaming has signed a deal to offer games from Oryx Gaming across its OVO Casino and Quasar Casino brands. The deal will give Quasar Gaming access to titles from Amatic, Microgaming, Reel Time Gaming, Evolution, Game Art, Gamomat and Kalamba Games.
The tribal Cliff Castle Casino Hotel in Arizona will hold a grand opening ceremony Friday for its 122-room hotel. The hotel houses an indoor swimming pool, an entertainment and conference facility, coffee shop, retail outlet and meeting space.
The Southside Economic Development District in Louisiana is hoping for a riverboat casino in Monroe to cash in on extra jobs and money lost to casinos in Shreveport and Vicksburg. To make a new casino a reality, the state would have to declare the Ouachita River a gaming waterway and issue a license to the city.
E-Gaming has installed more than 4,000 gaming terminals in Spain, expanded its online casino software capabilities and plans to release its games on three virtual casinos in Belgium shortly. "We are seeking to increase our manufacturing capacity to fulfill the demand from several markets," the company's Urbain Thewissen said.
Tangelo Games has garnered more than 1 million monthly users with its social games geared toward Spanish-speaking players. The company wants to collaborate with physical casinos and intends to roll out a new mobile suite for Portuguese- and Spanish-speaking players soon, according to President Vicenc Marti.
The Ohio Casino Control Commission has agreed to regulate skill-based games and is expected to apply new license fees and rules by the end of April. "Our goal is to make it easy to identify the people doing this legitimately and make it easy to weed out and shut down the illegal slot machines," said spokeswoman Jessica Franks.
The unfinished Fontainebleau Las Vegas property will become a casino resort called The Drew Las Vegas with around 4,000 rooms, retail, dining, convention and meeting space and other amenities. Construction will begin this year, and the new resort will open in 2020.
Caesars Entertainment will soon adopt a new policy in which it will check guests' hotel rooms once a day, regardless of "Do Not Disturb" signs. The operator is also considering giving employees panic buttons to use whenever they feel they could be in danger.
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