In a partnership with the Washington Nationals, BetMGM has rolled out a sports betting app that can be utilized within a two-block radius of the team's ballpark in the District of Columbia. In addition, a retail sportsbook will begin operations at the stadium sometime this year.
Grand Sierra Resort and Casino's newest security officer in the Reno, Nev., facility is a Knightscope K5 Autonomous Security Robot named "Jackbot." The robot, which is the first ASR to be used in a Northern Nevada casino, features a variety of cameras with a 360-degree field of view, thermal imaging and two-way communication ability.
The Menominee Casino Resort in Keshena, Wis., has been closed since last week due to a ransomware attack, and the FBI and local law enforcement are currently conducting an investigation. Gaming operations are believed to be the target of the attack, and it does not appear that any customer or company data was compromised, according to the tribal chairman.
Jenny Holaday has been named president of Encore Boston Harbor Resort & Casino in Everett, Mass., marking the first time a woman has been at the helm of a casino in the state. Holaday most recently served as Encore's executive vice president and has also worked as an executive at Mandalay Resort Group, Caesars Entertainment and Harrah's.
Some Canadian casinos, including Century Casino locations in Alberta, have opened their doors again after long-term pandemic shutdowns, with casinos in Saskatchewan and British Columbia set to reopen later this month or in July. Casinos still remain closed in several other provinces, such as Ontario, where it is expected to be at least six more weeks before they are permitted to resume operations.
A bill that is set to be signed by Louisiana Gov. John Bel Edwards will allow sports betting on live-action games at sportsbooks and kiosks and through mobile apps as soon as this fall. Twenty sportsbook licenses will be available first to the state's casinos and racetracks, with video poker venues and fantasy sports betting operators getting a chance to apply after Jan. 1 if any are remaining.
Nevada Gov. Steve Sisolak and local officials this week welcomed attendees from the World of Concrete trade show to Las Vegas' first in-person convention since the beginning of the pandemic. "We spent 15-plus months carefully working to balance the health and safety of the public with our economic vitality," Sisolak said.
A money-laundering investigation in Australia that initially focused on Crown Resorts in Melbourne has now grown to include Crown's Perth casino, as well as casino operators Star Entertainment Group and SkyCity Entertainment Group. The casinos are under scrutiny for such matters as potential breaches of customer due diligence laws and deficiencies in management of high-risk customers.
PokerStars will host the Summer Stacks Festival, an online poker tournament series, June 12-28 in Michigan, New Jersey and Pennsylvania. The series features 100 online events with low buy-ins, shorter turbo events and a two-day main event with a guaranteed prize pool of $100,000 each in Michigan and Pennsylvania and $50,000 in New Jersey.
The Three Affiliated Tribes in North Dakota, composed of the Mandan, Hidatsa and Arikara Nation, acquired a $12 million piece of land close to the Las Vegas Strip that has been largely vacant for the past year. Building a casino on the property is a "possibility," but other development ideas, such as a pay-for-use parking lot, are also under consideration, tribal chair Mark Fox said.
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