A Feb. 7 Gaming Commission meeting that likely would have approved plans for a Spectacle Entertainment Hard Rock casino in Terre Haute, Ind., was canceled Friday after the revelation of allegations of federal campaign finance violations from 2015. Potentially illegal donations to the campaign of former state Sen. Brent Waltz allegedly originated with someone at Centaur Gaming, whose key executives later formed Spectacle.
Casinos in Macao could join the theme park operators, restaurants and retailers that are temporarily closing or trimming business hours to help limit the spread of the deadly coronavirus. The SARS outbreak in 2004 caused $40 billion in economic damage, and the coronavirus could be worse, analysts say.
Americans visited casinos an average of 2.5 times per year in 2019, outpacing their visits to theme parks and zoos. Live music events and national parks ranked higher than casinos, but libraries took the top spot, with the average adult stopping by about 10.5 times per year.
Czech lottery operator Sazka Group wants the European Union to investigate what it claims is an unfair taxing method on lotteries. Sazka says the recently instituted 35% lottery tax gives preferential treatment and more earning power to casinos and sports betting operations, which pay a 23% tax.
The 80-screen Betfred USA sportsbook opens Thursday at Grand Falls Casino and Golf Resort in Iowa. Two VIP areas, 22 lounging chairs, 10 recliners and full food and bar service are among the amenities.
An Indiana Senate committee has passed legislation that would allow off-duty police officers to carry guns in casinos as long as they haven't been drinking alcohol beforehand and don't drink in the casino. Currently, only officers on official business can have guns in casinos, but legislators are seeking ways to address potential mass shooting issues.
The Four Winds in South Bend, Ind., is a Class II casino because the Pokagon Band of Potawatomi Indians does not have a gaming compact with the state -- something it wants so it can provide table games and, especially, sports betting. Even if a gaming compact is agreed upon, the state Assembly, whose current session ends in March, still would have to approve it.
Long before Sunday's NFC Championship games were over, sportsbooks started preparing for Super Bowl wagers -- with business expected "to be eight times larger than any other event," BetMGM's Jason Scott says. Henry Bushnell details the process BetMGM and others went through to gear up for the big event.
The Gaming Standards Association is putting "International" in front of its name to better reflect its global role in advising the gaming industry on electronic gaming machine technology and digital infrastructure. The organization, which has offices in North America, Europe, Japan and Macao, will host an educational seminar in Tokyo on Tuesday.
Macao is tightening screenings of patrons, performers and staff as they enter casinos and asking casino employees to wear surgical masks in the wake of the region's first confirmed case of the new coronavirus that originated in Wuhan, China. More than 400 guest and staff entries feature portable devices to check each person for a high temperature.
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