The Massachusetts Gaming Commission has granted permission for the Catch Institute to train students for casino jobs such as blackjack and poker dealer. Within the next two years, three new state casinos are expected to create more than 10,000 jobs.
SlotsMillion has created a 3D virtual reality casino for the Oculus Rift that borrows from design concepts from real-life casinos. "VR has the potential to dominate the future of digital casino gaming, and it might even emerge into something entirely distinct from traditional casinos," writes Alexandre Tomic, co-founder of Alea.
The Japanese government has begun holding public hearings regarding upcoming guidelines for the nation's future integrated resorts. Regulations are likely to be conservative, as two-thirds of respondents in a recent survey from Jiji say they would not approve of a resort in their area.
Tencent enjoyed a 39% boost in internet gaming revenue during the second quarter. The uptick, which earned the company $3.56 billion, is thanks in part to its popular "Honor of Kings" and "Contra Return" mobile games.
As tourism to Las Vegas continues to grow, Nevada should not be affected by other states permitting betting on sports, according to a study by the American Gaming Association. Other states and the federal government are considering the legalization of sports betting, which now is only offered legally in Nevada.
Gaming regulator Terry Johnson has asked the Nevada Gaming Commission to look into the implications of marijuana on the state's casinos. His request is particularly concerned with the commission creating policies that outline operator responsibilities toward patrons who are impaired.
Poker and sports betting could be banned, thanks to tighter government restrictions being considered on gaming at Japan's integrated resorts. If adopted, guidelines would permit blackjack, roulette, baccarat and sic bo but exclude poker and sports betting.
Bede Gaming has added Ezugi's live dealer casino games to its offerings. The live games are streamed from such locations as Cambodia and Malta.
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