Legend has it that a ghost named Lucille resides in the Gilpin Hotel and Casino in Blackhawk, Colo., and a number of guests have reported paranormal sightings. The casino has even named one of its restaurants Lucille Malone in honor of the spirit.
The Macao government's new COVID-19 travel restrictions and potential regulations that may go into effect for the gaming industry have had a negative impact on share prices of US casinos with operations there. Among the stocks that took a dive were Wynn Resorts, Las Vegas Sands and MGM Resorts International.
Washington's first sportsbook has opened at Snoqualmie Casino and includes six sports gaming kiosks and four staffed counter windows, with onsite mobile wagering coming in a few weeks. Snoqualmie is one of nine tribes in the state that have been approved for legalized sports betting, with applications from seven other tribes pending approval.
The Koi Nation plans to build a $600 million casino-resort near Windsor, Calif., that would include 2,500 gaming machines, a 200-room hotel and six dining establishments and could employ up to 1,100 full-time workers. Pending a lengthy process of approvals by state and federal officials, the tribe would transform a 68-acre vineyard into Shiloh Resort & Casino within the next few years.
A fire caused significant damage at South Africa's Mmabatho Palms Hotel, Casino and Convention Resort, and the property will be closed for three months as a result. Officials are still investigating the cause of the fire, which resulted in minor injuries to guests but no fatalities.
Cybersecurity professionals are looking into a computer systems failure that caused a four-day closure of Ho-Chunk Gaming Wisconsin Dells casino in Baraboo, Wis. The Ho-Chunk Nation said it is still unknown whether the incident was caused by hacking or if any personal data of casino visitors was compromised.
Philippines gaming regulator PAGCOR attributes a significant increase in estimated income from gaming operations this year to a surge in online gaming. The regulator projects 2021 revenue to be $761 million, which would be 27% higher than last year.
A new sportsbook lounge at Four Winds New Buffalo casino-resort in New Buffalo, Mich., owned by the Pokagon Band of Potawatomi Indians, features 22 TV screens, as well as a sports bar, dining tables and multiple seating options. Online sports betting was legalized in Michigan at the beginning of the year.
The Spring Valley, Nev., Town Advisory Board has given the final go-ahead for Station Casinos' delayed resort project on land southwest of the Las Vegas Strip. The Durango Station resort complex will offer 99,000 square feet of gaming space, a 452-room hotel and outdoor dining space.
The NFL has reached agreements with BetMGM, FOX Bet, PointsBet and WynnBET to become Approved Sportsbook Operators for the 2021 football season. These agreements make all four operators eligible to purchase NFL in-game commercial units and other select NFL media inventory.