Great Canadian Gaming won the bid for a 22-year casino license in Canada, beating out competitors Genting Group and Caesars Entertainment. The operator is expected to earn at least $72 million annually.
Offshore poker sites will be banned from Australia next month when new legislation takes effect. The law requires online poker companies to obtain licensing to operate in the country, although no process exists for obtaining one.
The first MGM-branded online casino debuted in New Jersey this month at PlayMGMCasino.com, PlayMGMPoker.com and through downloadable software and apps. Atlantic City's popular Borgata casino now holds eight gaming portals under its license.
Four video gaming machines from GameCo are being added to the offerings at Harrah's Cherokee Casino in North Carolina. GameCo's terminals have experienced mixed results in Atlantic City and Connecticut.
A new compact between California and the Wilton Rancheria tribe has been signed by the governor and awaits further legislative approval in order for the tribe to begin construction on a new casino resort in Elk Grove. Plans for the facility include a convention center, restaurants, a luxury hotel and concert venues.
The traditional gaming zone in Macau's downtown peninsula is likely to be overshadowed by the upcoming large-scale resorts in Cotai, according to Global Market Advisors' Andrew Klebanow. "What the industry can expect to see is a pattern that was witnessed in Las Vegas, dating back to the opening of the Mirage in 1989 and the succession of casino resorts that opened on the Las Vegas Strip through the 1990s," he said.
Imperial Pacific is hoping two new bond placements will help it raise $51.2 million to put toward phase one of its casino resort in Saipan. The company plans to complete its 329-room hotel next year and open its initial gaming space by Aug. 31, 2018.
Nektan has partnered with a tribal casino in California to give players access to casino games on their mobile devices while they visit the property. The company plans to extend its Rapid Games platform to three more casinos in Northern California by year's end.
Aristocrat Leisure Limited has signed a deal to buy social gaming business Plarium Global Limited for $500 million. The acquisition adds nine notable monetized games, including the popular "Vikings: War of Clans."
PokerStars recently brought on two additional members for its Team Online, and partypoker welcomed a dedicated live streamer to its group of ambassadors as live streaming continues to gain popularity in the poker world. In addition, the Bellagio in Las Vegas started its own Twitch channel, and the World Series of Poker switched to a subscription model for its streaming service.