Jared Isaacman, mission commander of the Inspiration4 all-civilian space flight, made the first-ever sports bet from space, using a proxy bettor at BetMGM's Sportsbook in the MGM Grand in Las Vegas. Wagers were made on two football games, including the Super Bowl, and any proceeds will be donated to St. Jude Children's Research Hospital.
All employees and guests at Crown Resorts' properties in Melbourne, Perth and Sydney must show proof of vaccination against COVID-19 before entering any of the facilities, as an uptick of cases has been reported in Australia. In addition, the company is offering incentives to workers who get vaccinated, such as gift cards and an additional sick day.
Caesars Entertainment has made a deal with Louisiana State University Athletics to become LSU's sportsbook and gaming partner, which will allow the company's sportsbook division to obtain broadcast and digital sponsorship rights visibility across all men's and women's sports teams. In addition, Caesars has naming rights to the Caesars Sportsbook Skyline Club at Tiger Stadium and will add signage at the stadium and other university venues.
Gun Lake Casino in Wayland, Mich., has completed the fourth phase of an expansion that increased the size of the facility to 229,000 square feet and it topped off the occasion with a ribbon-cutting ceremony. The casino's exterior was renovated and three new restaurants were added, along with a sports bar and lounge that will offer live entertainment.
Twenty-six people were injured at Seminole Classic Casino in Hollywood, Fla., after the rupture of an air system that is under investigation by officials. Some gaming property was damaged, but there was not an explosion or building collapse as some reports initially stated, according to a city spokesperson.
Legend has it that a ghost named Lucille resides in the Gilpin Hotel and Casino in Blackhawk, Colo., and a number of guests have reported paranormal sightings. The casino has even named one of its restaurants Lucille Malone in honor of the spirit.
The Macao government's new COVID-19 travel restrictions and potential regulations that may go into effect for the gaming industry have had a negative impact on share prices of US casinos with operations there. Among the stocks that took a dive were Wynn Resorts, Las Vegas Sands and MGM Resorts International.
Washington's first sportsbook has opened at Snoqualmie Casino and includes six sports gaming kiosks and four staffed counter windows, with onsite mobile wagering coming in a few weeks. Snoqualmie is one of nine tribes in the state that have been approved for legalized sports betting, with applications from seven other tribes pending approval.
The Koi Nation plans to build a $600 million casino-resort near Windsor, Calif., that would include 2,500 gaming machines, a 200-room hotel and six dining establishments and could employ up to 1,100 full-time workers. Pending a lengthy process of approvals by state and federal officials, the tribe would transform a 68-acre vineyard into Shiloh Resort & Casino within the next few years.
A fire caused significant damage at South Africa's Mmabatho Palms Hotel, Casino and Convention Resort, and the property will be closed for three months as a result. Officials are still investigating the cause of the fire, which resulted in minor injuries to guests but no fatalities.
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