Business has been booming Cambodia, where Sihanoukville alone has 16 casinos -- but 90% of those companies, including nearly 50 casinos, are owned by Chinese nationals. "From the Chinese perspective, Cambodia is a wonderland of rapid development deals, but Cambodians fear they're becoming a dumping ground," Southeast Asia expert Bradley Murg says.
Grand Theft Auto's new online Diamond Casino isn't available in 50 countries, but it has re-energized the game for many players and seeks to appeal to would-be wagerers. But its very existence gives pause, Cass Marshall writes, because "buying fake money with real money that you can then use to gamble feels out of a step with an industry in which loot boxes, microtransactions, and addiction are finally being discussed in a serious manner."
A court this week rejected motions from Iowa, Nebraska and Council Bluffs, Iowa, that ultimately would shutter the Ponca tribe's Prairie Flower Casino. "Plaintiffs admit this would have had a negative economic impact on the Tribe," US District Judge Stephanie Rose wrote, noting that precedence prevents such a move and noting that the plaintiffs did not make clear "how the Tribe's casino is any more detrimental than the three casinos ... are already operating in neighboring Council Bluffs."
With a groundbreaking date to be set soon for a casino resort project in Montego Bay, Jamaica, Tourism Minister Edmund Bartlett applauded the start of an affordable housing project in Rhyne Park. "One of the challenges of this development was taking on the difficult terrain and still (coming) out at a price point that was affordable to the average person in Jamaica but more specifically to the workers of the tourism industry," he says.
Illinois Gaming Board Chairman Charles Schmadeke says "achieving and preserving" integrity in casino operations is vital to a successful expansion of gaming in the state. "Let us remember that the goal of this expansion was threefold: assisting economic development, promoting Illinois tourism, and increasing state and local government revenues," he says.
A lawmaker and a representative of the Guild Association of Operators, Manufacturers, and Importers of Electronic Gaming traded barbs after 70 shots were fired and five people were killed last week at a small gaming venue in Chile. Slot machines at non-casino locations are now allowed, but Sen. Alejandro Navarro says high-priced spins welcome trouble, while a guild spokesman says such logic suggests an assault at a bank means banks are dangerous and should be closed.
Gaming Innovation Group and SkyCity Malta have partnered to present an online casino brand in New Zealand. GiG will operate the site from Malta, providing a technical platform, gaming content, fully managed services, front-end development, compliance, marketing and more.
Parx Casino opened its 7,400-square-foot sportsbook last week in Philadelphia with room for 422 people and a 156-foot media wall that can show 36 simultaneous games. The 24/7 sportsbook offers nearly 200 seats, three VIP areas, 18 self-serve betting kiosks, six live-teller windows, and a bar and dining service.
Cherokee Nation Businesses and Legends unveiled its plans for a $225 million casino resort in Pope County, Ark. If approved, the project could have 50,000 square feet of gaming space with 32 table games and 1,200 slot machines, a sportsbook, high-end sports bar, 200-room luxury hotel with spa, conference and entertainment space, an outdoor water park and 100-spot RV park.
The US' top sports brand -- the NFL -- has finally joined other sports leagues in the sports-betting game by signing a multiyear deal with Sportradar as the official provider of NFL data to sports-betting operators. "It's a new day as far as the legalized sports-gambling landscape, [and] our view is ... when we actually go to market, we don't want to worry about being first, we want to be right," NFL Chief Operating Officer Hans Schroeder says.