Rockstar's Grand Theft Auto's casino -- The Diamond Casino & Resort -- likely will debut in August or September and will feature multiplayer, money-making table games and gaming facilities. "The casino will likely be a high-end social space where you can gamble -- what's unclear right now is what you'll be able to play there, how you'll spend to participate, and how it'll reward players," PC Gamer reports.
Akwesasne Mohawk Casino in Hogansburg, N.Y., is teaming up with The Stars Group to introduce retail sports betting to the northern part of the state. The casino's 5,200-square-foot luxury sports lounge will open in the fall.
A growing desire for gaming license revenue is driving the push for more mini-casinos in Pennsylvania -- even though its first one doesn't open until 2020. "The mini-casinos are unique to Pennsylvania, which authorized them in a 2017 law that dramatically expanded gambling opportunities in the state," Andrew Maykuth writes.
The Emerald Downs racetrack in Auburn, Wash., subbed in a field of dinosaurs for horses in a goofy, family-friendly promotion. The video of the race has exceeded a quarter-million shares on Facebook.
After more than a year of unsuccessful contract negotiations, about 93% of Unite Here Local 335's members have voted in favor of a strike at Isle Casino Racing Pompano Park in Florida, where 80 union employees were laid off after Eldorado purchased the property in 2017. "Employee frustration and dissatisfaction with the company's constant reductions to staff levels and amenities for guests led to Saturday's vote," the union said in a statement.
Mohegan Gaming & Entertainment and Greek conglomerate GEK Terna Group are teaming up on a bid for a long-term casino license in Greece. Their planned casino resort at Athens' former Hellinikon airport would have a hotel, sports and cultural areas, and convention space.
A growing number of sports betting operators are turning to European bookmaker Kambi Group for technology that calculates odds and assesses risk via offices in Stockholm, London and now Philadelphia, where it expects to have up to 60 employees. The company eschews a public presence, saying it wants customers instead "to know Parx or SugarHouse or Rivers or DraftKings or whomever we've partnered with in that jurisdiction," Kambi's Max Bichsel says.
Philippines offshore gaming operators' anticipated 5.2 million square feet of new office space by year's end likely will overtake call centers as Manila's top tenant, Leechiu Property Consultants reports. The gaming operators' aggressive expansion comes as the outsourcing industry is slowing down.
Despite Virginia's resistance to casino gaming, it recently allowed historical horse-race machines via Rosie's Gaming Emporiums in several locations. The 600 machines at Rosie's in the Colonial Downs Racetrack notched more than $58 million in wagers in May.
In response to the World Health Organization's recent labeling of gaming addiction as a health issue, panels of experts discussed the issue at two recent forums in South Korea. Gaming and media researchers dubbed the WHO decision as "a pathologization of an otherwise healthy culture," while a South Korean psychiatrist who served as a WHO consultant says health implications, not political ones, were the only considerations.