More online casinos have optimized their games for mobile players, and more companies are likely to follow suit in the year ahead, James Smythe writes. Increased security measures and more widespread use of cryptocurrency such as bitcoin also are anticipated to change the world of online gaming.
Former construction workers who claim they were victims of human trafficking and forced labor in Saipan are suing Imperial Pacific. The company's casino project there has faced a series of delays, including one related to an FBI raid of a contractor's offices that uncovered a list of more than 150 undocumented workers.
Arena Racing Company's European Racing Channel debuted across Spanish sports betting joint venture Sportium's retail network. It will feature more than 45,000 greyhound and horse racing events on an annual basis.
Close to $2 billion has been wagered on sports in New Jersey during the nine months the activity has been legal, with online and mobile sports betting representing four times the amount of money wagered in person at racetracks or casinos. Nearly $750,000 in bets were placed on the Academy Awards, and gaming industry officials expect this month's college basketball championship tournament to exceed Super Bowl betting by volume.
Both Yonkers, N.Y., and the Business Council of Westchester are supporting Empire City Casino in its fight to win a casino license in New York. The operator is allowed to operate 5,200 video-lottery terminals and electronic table games, but local officials want to see it offer sports betting, games and Las Vegas-style slot machines.
Melco Resorts and Entertainment has committed to a multiyear plan to eliminate unnecessary plastic packaging and reduce single-use plastics. "As a leading integrated resort operator and responsible corporate citizen, it is our duty to take concrete action by helping resolve some of the key environmental threats facing communities around us, in Macau and beyond," Chairman and CEO Lawrence Ho says.
Polish premier football league Ekstraklasa plans to offer domestic betting rights for two seasons. Bookmakers in the country can submit bids for exclusive or nonexclusive rights with the expectation that contracts be signed by April 30.
A mixology class with Bound at the Cromwell beverage staff is a highlight of Vegas Curated, a new interactive series by Caesars Entertainment. The five educational experiences at three hotels, including Linq and Flamingo, reflect Caesars' recognition of broadening tourist interest beyond gaming and other traditional attractions.
Penn National Gaming has been approved for a $111 million mini casino in Caernarvon Township, Pa. Plans for the 86,000-square-foot facility include 30 table games, 750 slot machines, dining and an entertainment stage.
Mexico's TV Azteca has signed a five-year deal with the World Poker Tour as part of the latter's global expansion goals. The multimedia conglomerate will air 17 seasons of the World Poker Tour in Mexico and Latin America, and the poker brand will bring some of its major live poker tournaments to the Mexican market.
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