Solitaire is getting its day as a casino game at the Casino Solitaire website, where players in states that have legalized online gaming can bet money and others can play for free. "It creates a skill-based opportunity with an old familiar friend," said KC Flynn, one of the company's partners.
Construction is now complete on the second of three hotels being built for the $4.2 billion Baha Mar casino resort in the Bahamas. The 299-room SLS Baha Mar hotel joins the 1,800-room Grand Hyatt Baha Mar and will be followed by a 200-key Rosewood next year.
A 132-room hotel opened last week at Macau's Casino Jai Alai, one day before the start of the Macau Grand Prix. The complex also includes two outlets offering drinks and food.
In the nearly four years since online gaming became legal in New Jersey, it has contributed $119.3 million in state tax revenue. Gross gaming revenue for online poker has reached $103.1 million, and online casino games have brought in $577.96 million during that time.
The Shakopee Mdewakanton Sioux Community in Minnesota has become one of the wealthiest tribes in America, with gaming contributing around $1 billion in annual revenue. Lobbying efforts from the tribe have largely centered on stopping online gaming expansion but also extend to issues like the Clean Air Act, food policy and campaign finance reform.
Casino gaming expansion in Pennsylvania is unlikely to have much of an effect on Atlantic City's casino industry, according to analysts. Although up to 10 mini-casinos will open in Pennsylvania and gaming will be permitted at airports, truck stops and online, location restrictions and high tax rates could keep competition to a minimum.
A large number of casino industry experts still believe that skill-based games will be key to drawing in younger audiences in the long run, despite Caesars Entertainment dropping their new games after six months due to low revenue. "Casinos thrive on new gaming content, and the skill-based products will definitely be increasing their footprint long-term," said gaming consultant Robert Ambrose.
Cambodia's NagaWorld resort is looking to Chinese tourists for added revenue, having seen the number of visitors from China spike in recent years to make up more than 20% of the casino's clientele, according to NagaCorp's Sean Tan. The resort hosts duty-free shops operated by China Duty Free Group, a Chinese-named VIP club and signage written in Chinese characters.
A bill that would make the Bermuda Casino Gaming Commission answer to the tourism minister could slow the territory's fledgling industry, according to US gaming experts. "Gaming commissions around the world are created to be independent, as much as possible, from the political process because experience has generally been that politics and gaming don't mix very well," Fredric Gushin of the Spectrum Gaming Group said.
The addition of 100 electronic bingo games at Foxwoods Resort Casino has sparked a debate between the Mashantucket Pequot tribe and Connecticut legislators over whether they are exempt from a 25% tax on slots revenue. The "Live Call Bingo" machines have remained inactive at the behest of the state Department of Consumer Protection until the matter is resolved.
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