The Spirit Lake Tribal Council will schedule a vote by its next meeting to determine whether to allow alcohol at the tribe's casino and resort in North Dakota. Some revenue from sales may go toward establishing a drug and alcohol rehab center on the reservation, which has banned alcohol for decades.
More than 70% of likely voters in Connecticut are in favor of legislation establishing a process for competitive bids regarding a third casino in the state, a survey commissioned partly by MGM Resorts International revealed. One proposed bill would require a winning casino operator to build a casino worth at least $300 million, pay at least $8 million to its host town and shell out a $250 million licensing fee in addition to being subject to a town referendum.
Positive table game performance in April helped lead to a 1.4% increase in aggregated gross gaming revenue for Pennsylvania's 12 casinos, which brought in more than $285.24 million. Combined table game revenue grew by almost 10.2% last month year over year to $79.54 million even as slot earnings declined by 1.6%.
A bill that could close all 20 of Portland's poker rooms was approved by Oregon's House and has been passed to the Senate Committee on General Government and Accountability. The proposal would allow poker games to be operated by only charitable, fraternal or religious organizations, but it has not gained much traction with lawmakers in the Senate.
Robot dealers are not likely to rise much in popularity, especially among Asian players, despite the rising global cost of hiring live dealers, Ken Jolly of Scientific Games said during Global Gaming Expo Asia 2017. "Chinese players in particular like to think they can 'beat' the person that is dealing the game or have some sort of control over the game," he said.
Macau has reported its ninth month in a row of year-over-year growth in gaming receipts, and gaming operators are growing the market rather than taking customers away from competitors, American Gaming Association President Geoff Freeman said during Global Gaming Expo Asia 2017. "You have to constantly develop, innovate, reinvest; you have public policies that encourage flexibility," he said.
Arizona will allow the Tohono O'odham Nation to offer full-scale gaming at its casino in Glendale after a period in which the state declared the facility illegal and withheld certification. The tribe has in turn agreed not to open any additional casinos in the Phoenix area in the immediate future, and the deal further requires the director of the Department of Liquor Licenses and Control to withdraw his objection to the facility's liquor license application.
Galaxy Entertainment Group will focus on attracting millennials in Macau following a decline in VIP gaming that resulted from a recent government corruption crackdown, according to Galaxy's Francis Lui Yiu Tung at the Global Gaming Expo Asia. "They are young customers that embrace technology, and think differently," he said.
Customer verification technology for Macau ATMs will begin rolling out at machines in or near casinos, according to Macau Secretary for Economy and Finance Lionel Leong Vai Tac. "This is [part of] a continuous effort by the [Macau] government to make sure casinos are regulated and transparent," said Francis Lui Yiu Tung of Galaxy Entertainment Group.
PokerStars will block Australian players by July if the country's government enacts legislation banning citizens from playing offshore poker games for real money. Lawmakers are also proceeding with requirements for online gaming companies to offer self-exclusion programs and prohibitions from extending credit to players.