Research firm Technavio predicts online gaming in the US could hit $4 billion in revenue by 2020. It ranked the US as the eighth-largest market in the world for online gaming.
The UK has charged two men with illegal gambling on the FIFA video game. Dylan Rigby and Craig Douglas allegedly advertised the illegal gambling via YouTube videos.
Sands China successfully marketed the opening of the Parisian Macao, according to a Buckingham Research Group analyst. "The awareness of the Parisian [Macao] among gamblers was high, with Sands having blanketed the region with social media impressions of the new property over the last couple months," analyst Christopher Jones said.
Developer Glenn Straub announced the Revel casino in Atlantic City will reopen as TEN next year. The TEN resort will include 130,000 square feet for gaming, as well as 13 restaurants and nearly 1,400 hotel rooms.
The Pennsylvania House of Representatives passed a bill to allow online poker in the state, but the state Senate may not get to it. The Senate will meet for only nine days before November elections.
City Councilman Kaleem Shabazz wrote a letter to the director of the Casino Reinvestment Development Authority in support of the reopening of the Revel in Atlantic City. Shabazz highlighted the economic boost the property could bring to the city.
A study by Juniper Research projects that online gamblers around the world will wager almost $1 trillion by 2021. For this year, wagering for global online gaming is predicted to hit $550 billion.
Sheldon Adelson, CEO of Las Vegas Sands, said poker is a game of chance rather than skill in a recent interview. "I don't know how skill can apply to somebody shuffling a deck of cards and randomly giving them out to you," he said.
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