Sports betting will be on the agenda during the current legislative session in Louisiana, with several bills already filed to address regulation, licensing fees and tax structure. Most parishes in the state voted to legalize sports betting last November, but issues such as whether bettors need to place bets in person or can wager on a mobile device have yet to be determined.
Agua Caliente Resort Casino Spa Rancho Mirage in California has been displaying seasonal murals and other art installations, many of which feature interactive aspects that entice visitors to pose in front of them and subsequently post pictures on Instagram or Facebook. The attention on social media brings in additional guests and provides artists with broader exposure.
In a partnership with Aspire Global, BGaming's online casino games, including Fruit Million, Elvis Frog in Vegas and Fire Lightning, will be available on Pariplay's Fusion network. "Being part of Pariplay's stable of studios will make our games available to some of the world's leading operators, allowing more players to enjoy them," BGaming Director Marina Ostrovtsova said.
Discussions are underway in the Nevada State Legislature about the "Right to Return" bill, which would guarantee that hospitality workers laid off amid the pandemic could return to their previous positions or similar jobs before other candidates are considered. Not all lawmakers are on board, with one senator expressing concern that the legislation could result in employers facing accusations and lawsuits.
Elite Casino Resorts has been approved to build a $100 million facility at the Fonner Park horse-racing complex in Grand Island, Neb. The new casino-resort will feature a casino with a sportsbook, entertainment area and VIP lounge, along with a 116-room boutique hotel.
Casino and hotel operator Genting Berhad in Malaysia is putting long-term strategies in place as part of efforts to recover from the impact of the coronavirus outbreak. The company is prioritizing the completion of this year's projects, which include the new outdoor theme park at Resorts World Genting, the first phase of expansion at Resorts World Sentosa and the new Resorts World Las Vegas.
A $2.3 million sports betting lounge will open at PPG Paints Arena in Pittsburgh in May, in a partnership between Rivers Casino and the Pittsburgh Penguins. The BetRivers Lounge will include a bar, several live-action screens and luxury seating where spectators can place online bets during ice hockey games.
Construction has begun on a new facility for the Eagle Mountain Casino in Porterville, Calif., which is being built approximately 20 miles away from the former location and will enable more Tule River tribe members to return to the reservation. The new casino, which should be finished by the end of next year, will generate around 200 casino operations jobs and an additional 300 construction jobs.
Visitors aged 65 and up are beginning to return to Las Vegas casinos as a larger percentage of the demographic is already vaccinated, a trend recently noticed by several operators. Gaming experts say this age group is particularly desirable because they often have more discretionary income and spend more in categories such as gaming, dining and entertainment.
In anticipation of the launch of Japan's first casinos, the country's Casino Regulatory Commission has published draft regulations that are open for public comment through May 9. The regulations include nine games that will be authorized on gaming floors such as poker, blackjack and roulette, while traditional Japanese games including pachinko and mahjong are excluded from the list.
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