Las Vegas Sands' $3.3 billion project to expand Marina Bay Sands, an integrated resort in Singapore, may not be completed in 2025 as expected, due to delays caused by the pandemic. The extensive project includes a hotel tower with a rooftop pool and restaurant, a live entertainment arena and meeting rooms.
Scientific Games and Rush Street Interactive have partnered to provide online casino games in West Virginia through Rush Street's BetRivers Casino. Some of the new games that will be included are 88 Fortunes, Chicken Fox and Bonanza Megaways.
Gannett, the publisher of USA Today, has made a five-year deal worth more than $100 million with sports betting provider Tipico USA Technology. As part of the agreement, Tipico will supply sports betting odds for the sports content, and Gannett will embed a button or icon for Tipico in its sports sections and collect a referral fee when new bettors use Tipico's platform.
More than 20 million people in the US expect to place a wager on the 2021 Tokyo Summer Olympics, with soccer and basketball among the most popular sports to bet on, according to a recent survey. Legalized sports betting was still in its infancy when the last Olympic games were held three years ago, but over 100 million Americans are now able to bet through sports betting platforms or in-person sportsbooks.
Online casino games are now authorized in Michigan, with the state's Gaming Control Board currently only allowing gaming company Evolution to host table games online. Gamers may play virtual roulette, blackjack and baccarat, with additional games and authorized providers expected in the future.
When smoking is banned, casino workers are happier, air quality is better and it doesn't result in long-term revenue loss, said tribal casino executives recently at the Indian Gaming Tradeshow and Convention in Las Vegas. Data indicates that guests who protest the most about having a smoke-free environment tend to be the lowest-rated players in a casino's loyalty program, noted one panelist.
Las Vegas was one of several locations around the globe that was honored with a mention on Time magazine's third annual World's Greatest Places list. "New casinos, new restaurants and an Elon Musk-developed tunnel system are among the exciting developments that are part and parcel of Las Vegas' post-pandemic rebound," the magazine wrote.
Casinos and racetracks in the UK were able to lift capacity limits and social distancing restrictions that had been in effect for over a year on Monday, otherwise known as "Freedom Day." The day came and went without much fanfare, as the country still has approximately 50,000 COVID-19 cases per day, largely caused by the Delta variant.
A bill to legalize sports betting will be debated today during a formal session of the Massachusetts House, with the proposed legislation permitting casinos, slots parlors, horse racing tracks and simulcast betting venues to apply for licenses. Up to three mobile sports betting platforms would also be authorized to seek licenses.
Las Vegas casinos such as Las Vegas Sands and the Westgate hotel-casino are reinstating mask requirements for all their employees, regardless of vaccination status, following new guidelines from the Southern Nevada Health District that include face coverings in crowded indoor public areas. The number of new COVID-19 cases and hospitalizations has been on the rise in Nevada.
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