The Macau Association of Gaming and Entertainment Promoters has put a project to track credit extended to VIP gamers on hold for the foreseeable future. "There are still a lot of legal, technical issues to be resolved [over the database] ... we are trying to adjust to the Personal Data Protection Office's requirements," said Association President Kwok Chi Chung.
Hard Rock has signed a deal with BlueBat Games to launch a Greentube-powered, free-to-play social casino that lets players win points they can redeem for meals, merchandise and other prizes. The company will also debut a real-money online gaming offering through a partnership with Gaming Innovation Group in New Jersey.
The Pennsylvania Gaming Board is preparing to begin accepting online gaming license applications in mid-April. Licensees will pay $10 million for the right to offer online table games, slots and peer-to-peer gaming such as poker or $4 million for each after a 91-day waiting period.
Universal Entertainment is anticipating a profit surge this year after its settlement gains from Wynn Resorts. The settlement means that the company's annual profit estimate has risen close to 1,130% from its previous $1.83 billion forecast.
Louisiana Sen. Danny Martiny has introduced a bill to pave the way for public referendums concerning online gaming starting July 1. The decision to allow internet gaming, including tournaments, would be determined by referendums in each parish.
The social gaming market has grown thanks in part to help from popular companies like Slots TM, Jackpot City, Slotomania and DoubleDown Casino. Zynga is a big hit on Facebook and offers nonbetting titles like Farmville next to its gambling games such as its poker and Hit It Rich! slot offerings.
In addition to its recent acquisition of Sand Bethlehem, Wind Creek Hospitality operates three Alabama casinos, a few Caribbean gaming facilities, two track and poker rooms in Florida and a greyhound- and horse-racing track in Mobile. The company is owned by the Poarch Band of Creek Indians, and its home base Wind Creek Casino & Hotel in Alabama boasts an arcade, bowling alley, an upscale restaurant called Fire Steakhouse, more than 1,600 slot machines and 236 rooms and suites.
Pennsylvania has become a hotbed of gaming activity, with four casinos changing hands in the six months since the state passed a gaming expansion law. The state's casino market is now the second-largest in the nation after Nevada and brings in more than $3 billion each year.
In cooperation with the Hong Kong Poker Players' Association, the Asian Poker Tour will live-stream some of its events to viewers in mainland China and Hong Kong. The broadcasts in Chinese begin later this month with the Asian Poker Tour Championship Philippines 2018.
International Game Technology enjoyed revenue of $1.35 billion during the fourth quarter, an increase of 1.9% year-over-year. International revenue rose sharply, and the company shipped 10,860 of its gaming machines worldwide during the quarter.