Gaming regulators said Thursday that testing has concluded in Pennsylvania and that online gaming for those 21 and older is officially available in the state around the clock. Penn National's Hollywood Casino and Parx Casino have website and mobile apps for gaming, and SugarHouse Casino will be next to go online.
A consultant will conduct a feasibility study of five "test" sites Chicago Mayor Lori Lightfoot has picked as possible locations for a casino. All are in parts of the city in need economic revitalization, but some people worry that a private casino developer would not want to take a chance on areas now plagued with violence.
A UN Office on Drugs and Crime study released Thursday highlights Southeast Asia's slipshod gaming oversight and notes that crime outpaces local law enforcement's ability to prevent money laundering. "Many of these casinos emerged after a crackdown on money laundering activities in Macao, China, in 2014, raising concerns that a 'displacement' of criminal activities associated with casinos has taken place to Southeast Asia," the study says.
Hollywood Gaming at Dayton Raceway in Ohio hopes to expand its smoking patio by 5,000 square feet, adding 42 video lottery terminals, Penn National Gaming says. The addition is expected to cost $3.1 million.
A newspaper editorial board urges Okla. Gov. Kevin Stitt to be careful in his negotiations on tribal gaming compacts. He notes that other states get a far larger percentage for casino rights, but the board points out that the tribes have programs to help lower gaming addiction rates in the absence of sufficient state mental health spending -- which they may not continue to do if vexed.
UK bookmaker Paddy Power is the new sponsor for the Huddersfield Town soccer team, but many sporting enthusiasts believe a recent reveal of new uniforms is a PR stunt -- and it's certainly generating plenty of social media buzz. The company's name is emblazoned in huge letters on the shirts like a beauty pageant sash.
Japan's intended foray into casino resorts is not expected to hurt South Korea's casino market because "there are over 700 million people ... all within three hours of both [South] Korea and Japan," which Christopher Jones of Mohegan Gaming and Entertainment says represents ample demand to support both countries' efforts. The Mohegan Sun casino resort's first phase in Incheon, South Korea, will open in late 2021, and Jeju Dream Tower will open later this year.
Up to three casino operators -- half of Macao's total -- are testing facial recognition technology in their venues, Macao's gaming regulation bureau says. "We are still defining how the rules of personal data protection would apply" in terms of casino entry rules and enforcement, the bureau's Paulo Martins Chan says.
This week North Carolina's Legislature approved sports betting in casinos on tribal land, and such gaming will be legal once Gov. Roy Cooper signs the bill or lets it ride. The measure doesn't allow mobile wagering, as bets must be placed in Cherokee casinos in Cherokee and Murphy, N.C.
New Yorker Richard Schuster filed a class action lawsuit Monday against Encore Boston Harbor, saying the new casino is cheating gamers. The suit alleges that Encore "willfully and intentionally" is rounding down slot machine winnings and paying at the wrong odds for some winning blackjack hands.
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