Several gaming expansion bills are circulating through Louisiana's legislature, including a proposal to allow sports betting at the state's four horse racetracks. Other measures being considered would pave the way for riverboat casinos to move onto land, ease the requirements for truck stop casinos and allow Harrah's to build a new 24-story hotel and food court in New Orleans.
SJM Holdings has partnered with SmartPlay.tech to integrate blockchain technology with existing slot machine and gaming software. The latter provides its own crypto tokens called Roulette Token, which could become a part of the joint project.
The political fallout between Seoul and Beijing that led to China prohibiting South Korean package tour sales has had a significant impact on the nation's foreigner-only casinos. Due to fewer tourists from China, Grand Korea Leisure Co. saw an 8.6% revenue drop in 2017 compared to the year before.
BetConstruct has signed a deal with Apollo Games to offer the developer's slots to BetConstruct's platform partners. New games include Turbo Slots, Blood and Slot Birds.
The potential for growth in the Pennsylvania online gaming sector has been the driving factor for several of the major casino deals recently struck in the state. "Presque Isle will give us a foothold in Pennsylvania which has recently passed legislation authorizing real money online gaming," said Bill Carstanjen, CEO of Churchill Downs.
Galaxy Entertainment and Leisure and Resorts World have gained approval from the Philippine Amusement and Gaming Corp to build a casino on the island of Boracay. Although there is a potential yearlong shutdown of the island for environmental clean up purposes, it will not affect the upcoming casino, which will take at least three years to open.
Although Atlantic City's casinos saw an 8.9% decrease in revenue in February due to bad weather, online gaming in the state rose 17.5%. Online operators took in $18.7 million for the month, softening the overall revenue decline to 6.5%.
A bill to allow competitive bids for a fourth Connecticut casino has reached the House floor. If passed, the measure would expand casino gaming in the state while protecting the Mashantucket Pequot and Mohegan Sun tribes' rights to build a satellite gaming facility in East Windsor.
Foxwoods Resort Casino in Connecticut has opened the Foxwoods HighFlyer Zipline. The 33-story attraction features four parallel lines measuring more than 3,750 feet long on which riders are propelled at up to 60 mph toward the Mashantucket Pequot Museum & Research Center.
Dealing with shooters became a major focus this year at the three-day World Game Protection Conference in Las Vegas. The event featured an active-shooter simulation, while several experts in the gaming industry emphasized the need to train all employees in security measures.
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