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1/22/2020

With Macao croupiers worried that Casino Chip Attribution Systems tables are making them sick, a local lawmaker is insisting that operators and regulators publish data proving the technology is safe. The CCAS tables track chips and record bets using radio-frequency identification signals, and complaints indicate the system generates a concerning amount of heat under the table that some employees believe is radiation.

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1/22/2020

Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe's national address this week heralded the promotion of forthcoming casino resorts, sparking shouted interruptions from lawmakers who oppose legalizing casinos. The country intends to allow three integrated resorts, but a recent bribery scandal related to the casinos has put a dent in public support.

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The Japan Times
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1/22/2020

The FireKeepers Hotel and Casino in Battle Creek, Mich., has been planning for sports betting for more than 15 months and will be ready to go soon now that the state has legalized it. The venue's Dacey's Taphouse is being transformed into Dacey's Sportsbook with betting windows, self-betting kiosks and several televisions, and a mobile app eventually will debut.

1/22/2020

Some Republican lawmakers in Arizona want tribes to settle water disputes with the state before negotiating over the amount of gaming revenue that will go to state and local governments. The tribes are opposed to the condition, noting that federal input about the water issues could end up hamstringing gaming compacts even if the state and tribes have agreed.

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Las Vegas Sun
1/21/2020

Money laundering, organized crime and more are among concerns involving Crown Resorts' suitability to continue as a casino operator, according to an inquiry that just got underway in Australia. A counsel suggested today that Crown Resorts may have violated its casino license by publicly announcing the sale of shares to Melco International before telling authorities.

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The Guardian (London)
1/21/2020

The Humboldt Hotel in Caracas, Venezuela, may move forward with a casino, but Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro says all wagers must use the country's 2-year-old, oil-backed cryptocurrency called petros. The digital currency has not gained as much traction as the president would like.

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1/21/2020

Recent British regulations trimming the maximum stake in high-speed slots and a plan to prevent wagerers from using credit cards to bet has left GVC -- owner of Ladbrokes, Bwin and others -- happy it has several online gaming options. Online revenue has helped the company cope with an 11% decline in retail sales.

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Reuters
1/21/2020

Pennsylvania casinos realized a record $3.4 billion in revenue in 2019, a 4.5% increase over 2018, and $84 million was from sports betting. Of the state's 12 casinos, Valley Forge scored the most total wagers in dollars and best revenue, followed by Rivers Philadelphia.

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1/17/2020

The Information Sharing and Analysis Center for travel and hospitality is merging with the ISAC for retail and hospitality to improve collaboration and communication on the evolving landscape of threats, vulnerabilities and remediation. The umbrella group will tackle the travel industry as well as casinos, retailers, restaurants, hotels, consumer products groups and more.

1/17/2020

House members are resurrecting the bipartisan Congressional Gaming Caucus, no doubt because the US gaming industry employs 2 million people and drives $261 billion into the economy each year. The caucus includes members from a variety of states, including some without much skin in the game yet, but politicians know the industry is a good place to go for votes as well as campaign contributions.

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