MGM finally broke ground this month on its casino resort in Springfield, Mass. MGM received a casino license in 2014, but the project faced delays due to budget overruns and a voter referendum.
The New York Gaming Association has announced its opposition to a daily fantasy sports bill. James Featherstonhaugh, president of the NYGA, said the group is against the bill "unless it is also tied to the brick-and-mortar facilities."
Resorts World Sentosa in Singapore is teaming up with China's Alipay for mobile payments. "[M]ore than 110 locations around Resorts World Sentosa and more services at the resort will progressively become Alipay-enabled," the companies said.
A bill to allow online gaming in California looks likely to proceed through committee, but it could still face some hurdles. The bill's language mentions suitability of applicants but does not include a "bad-actor clause," which could prohibit companies such as PokerStars.
On the heels of regulators revoking the gaming license of California's oldest card room, the family-owned Normandie Casino is closing. Earlier this year, the owners agreed to sell the casino after a money-laundering investigation.
Casinos in Atlantic City reported a 31% increase in operating profit for the first quarter on a year-over-year basis. The eight casinos in the city posted a total profit of $106.5 million, up from $81.3 million last year.
The New Jersey Division of Gaming Enforcement clarified that it will block online gaming companies from "gray markets" if action has been taken against them in other jurisdictions. Gray markets are those where it is unclear whether online gaming is illegal.
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