Ministers in Israel will consider a bill in the new year that would define poker as a game of skill and clarify the tax rate for the game. Poker players Ori Miller and Rafi Amit are in legal disputes with the government over the 50% tax it claims they must pay on their tournament winnings.
The Nevada Gaming Commission has delayed moving forward on new sexual harassment regulations until results from the Wynn Resorts investigation are revealed. The Nevada Gaming Control Board has proposed regulations that would require licensees to maintain written policies and procedures relating to preventing, reporting, investigating and responding to sexual harassment in the workplace.
Partypoker is returning to the Czech Republic after a nearly two-year absence, thanks to being awarded an online gaming license in the country. The Czech online poker room is expected to be run by Leon Tsoukernik of King's Casino in Rozvadov.
Saipan's Imperial Pacific casino hotel has halted its operations in the aftermath of Typhoon Yutu, which struck Oct. 25. The operator will address damage to the complex and wait until tourism has rebounded from the storm to open again.
HotelTonight CEO Sam Shank says successful boutique hotels have nostalgic appeal and offer guests a chance to show off on social media. "Hotels need to have things that are memorable and different," he said.
Construction is expected to start next year on an estimated two-year expansion of the Choctaw Casino & Resort in Durant, Okla., that will add casino floor space, a 1,000-room hotel, parking garage, retail space, restaurants and pools. Project costs weren't disclosed, but Tutor Perini Building Corp. has been tapped to lead design and build teams.
Twin River Casino and Tiverton Casino Hotel will host Rhode Island's first sports bets shortly after Thanksgiving. However, visitors to the state's two casinos will have to wait until next year to wager from mobile devices.
Ladbrokes is poised to close its on-course bookies in Ireland in response to the betting tax being raised to 2%. The company runs betting shops at eight racecourses.
Bet365 subsidiary Hillside will create a physical and online sportsbook for Resorts World Catskills when casinos are approved to offer sports wagering in New York. The del Lago, Tioga Downs and Rivers casinos already signed deals with sports betting partners.
Kentucky Downs is selling its assets, including 750 historical horse racing machines, to Kentucky Racing Acquisition. The machines have helped increase race betting at the facility from $20 million in 2010 to nearly $800 million so far this year.
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