The unfinished Fontainebleau Las Vegas property will become a casino resort called The Drew Las Vegas with around 4,000 rooms, retail, dining, convention and meeting space and other amenities. Construction will begin this year, and the new resort will open in 2020.
Caesars Entertainment will soon adopt a new policy in which it will check guests' hotel rooms once a day, regardless of "Do Not Disturb" signs. The operator is also considering giving employees panic buttons to use whenever they feel they could be in danger.
The D Las Vegas will be the first casino in downtown Las Vegas to welcome a mechanical horse racing game from Konami called "Fortune Cup." "'Fortune Cup' is our way of paying homage to the games that made us fall in love with Las Vegas in the first place," D Las Vegas CEO Derek Stevens said.
Grand Sierra Resort and Casino General Manager Shannon Keel is looking for more ways hourly employees can become involved in the community and in charitable events such as roadside cleanups in Reno, Nev. In addition, the casino is getting new carpeting, additional table games, more slots and devices at each table that help reduce cigarette odor.
Atari is planning to debut a cryptocurrency called the Atari Token, along with the retro-themed Pong Token, through a deal with Infinity Networks. The company has also partnered with Pariplay to operate casino platforms in which players can use either existing cryptocurrencies or real money to bet.
The Parisian Macau has topped 5 billion social media impressions since it opened its doors in September 2016, CEO Sheldon Adelson says. The owner, Sands China, also welcomed 25% more visitors to its Macau properties last year, logging 92 million visits.
New Jersey's Division of Gaming Enforcement is urging operators to apply for a sports betting license before the Supreme Court's ruling. "The Division of Gaming Enforcement recognizes it needs to be prepared to investigate and license businesses and individuals seeking to enter the New Jersey gaming market should the Supreme Court issue a favorable decision authorizing the state to legalize and regulate sports wagering," Division Director David Rebuck said.
Macau is expecting 1% to 3% more tourists during the weeklong Lunar New Year holiday compared with last year. The week saw 935,266 visitor arrivals in 2017, an increase of 9.9% from 2016.
A bill to make daily fantasy sports legal in Massachusetts was discussed during a Joint Committee on Economic Development and Emerging Technologies hearing this week. If passed, the proposal would require fantasy sports operators to register with the state's Gaming Commission, contribute 15% of their revenue and pay up to $100,000 in registration fees.
Relax Gaming will offer its games on LeoVegas' online casinos. The company first will roll out roulette and blackjack and distribute more games later in the year.
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