A humanlike robotic baccarat dealer is ready to ship, says China-based LT Game, a subsidiary of Paradise Gaming. Powered by artificial intelligence and combined with a high-definition screen and music, the robot can "steadily and accurately deliver cards," the company says.
Online gaming keeps getting closer to an in-person experience with the help of virtual reality for blackjack, slots, roulette and sports betting, plus advances in accelerated processing units, 3D graphics and quad displays. Cryptocurrencies and blockchain also are taking hold.
MGM Macao was named as a "black spot" for alleged smoking violations in October, according to the Macau Health Bureau. City gaming floors saw more than 1,000 patrols from January through October, up 45.9% year over year.
The Poarch Band of Creek Indians hopes to nail down exclusive rights to all forms of gambling in Alabama, with the exception of a potential lottery. Meanwhile, one group is criticizing the tribe for not paying taxes on in-state casino profits while using those profits to invest in casinos outside Alabama.
The MGS Entertainment Show 2019 in Macao started Tuesday and continues through Thursday. International Game Technology displayed some games, while Sands China President Wilfred Wong Ying Wai spoke on the sidelines of the strength of mass market and discussed the soft opening of the Four Seasons Macao expansion.
"Soft" gaming activities are not really betting, according to a significant number of people responding to a YouGov/Industry Group For Responsible Gambling survey in advance of this week's Responsible Gambling Week in the UK. One-third or more of those surveyed don't consider lottery tickets, bingo games or arcade machines as forms of wagering.
Online casinos are finding that "trying to measure the value on tons of customers that spend over thousands of dollars a month can be complicated," Harry Stark writes. He tells how to determine where the majority of customers create value and how to make them feel appreciated.
Indiana's Rising Star Casino Resort accepted the first wagers at its BetAmerica sports book this week. The state's casinos were allowed to offer sports betting as of Sept. 1.
A federal judge sided with an arbitration panel, ruling that New York's Seneca Nation must pay the state $255 million. The amount covers casino revenue payments the group withheld in 2017 and 2018.
What once seemed like a boon for casino operators is looking more like a potential boondoggle lately as each company is realizing the cost of building a single casino resort in Japan could surpass the combined investment in all its casinos and shopping malls in Macao. Most companies except for MGM have dropped out of consideration for a casino in Osaka, and Las Vegas Sands' latest earnings call revealed that the company is re-evaluating whether shareholder returns for any Japanese resort would be sufficient.
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