Flamingo Las Vegas is the oldest hotel still operating on the Strip and has been the model for many other casinos there, featuring in movies like "Viva Las Vegas" and the 1960s version of "Ocean's 11," journalist Kat Eschner writes. "The Flamingo featured a trapshooting range, nine-hole golf course, tennis, squash, badminton and handball courts, as well as extensive landscaping with imported Oriental date palm and Spanish cork trees," according to the Online Nevada Encyclopedia.
The Nevada Gaming Commission is standing firm on its anti-marijuana views as the state prepares for its first recreational sales on July 1. White House spokesman Sean Spicer suggested that President Donald Trump's administration would more strictly enforce the existing federal ban.
Germany has drawn up a new online interstate gaming treaty that would increase the cap on international operators from 20 to 40 next year. Meanwhile, the state of Schleswig-Holstein has expressed that it would rather create its own gaming act to legalize online casino and poker play.
Amaya is partnering with a local business in India to offer online gaming services in the country by year's end. The move should help the PokerStars owner offset losses caused by its exit from Australia.
Amaya's name change to The Stars Group and new headquarters in Toronto will come as the company searches for a replacement chief financial officer. In addition to these changes, online casino games and sports betting are making up a growing portion of the business' revenue as poker's influence falls.
The Mashpee Wampanoag in Massachusetts is waiting to see if the Interior Department will grant land-in-trust status to 151 acres in Taunton and 170 acres in Mashpee. The tribe's proposed First Light Resort and Casino on the Taunton land could see the start of construction this summer if the land issue is approved.
The Pennsylvania House and Senate are trying to hash out differences relating to video gaming terminals in locations such as bars as well as a tax rate and fee structure change to support online gaming. "Video gaming terminals is an issue that I think a lot of members of the Senate are not supportive of, and that has become a roadblock, quite frankly, to reaching a consensus," Senate Minority Leader Jay Costa said.
A bill to introduce a $61 entry fee for casinos in the Philippines could hurt the mass-market gaming sector, said Andrea Domingo of the Philippine Amusement and Gaming Corp. The measure is meant to curb gaming addiction and make sure citizens have the financial means to participate in betting activities, according to the draft bill.
New Jersey's online gaming market helped provide a 2.5% year-over-year boost to casino revenues in Atlantic City in May, according to the state's Division of Gaming Enforcement. The city's casinos raked in $208.3 million, while internet gaming revenues rose 27.3% from last year to hit more than $21 million.
The Isleta, Tesuque and Sandia Pueblos owe the state $40 million under an old revenue sharing agreement, New Mexico Gaming Control Board regulators said. The Pueblos hope a judge will rule that the free play credits given to players should not count toward their sharable revenue.
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