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2/20/2020

Guest details such as birthdates, home addresses and phone numbers for 10.7 million people who stayed at MGM Resorts hotels prior to 2017 were posted to a public hacking forum this week. Those ensnared include Twitter CEO Jack Dorsey, singer Justin Bieber and several government officials, but MGM says no financial data was stolen and that data security measures were enhanced after the breach was discovered last year.

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2/20/2020

Labor groups representing Macao casino workers have told the government that reopening casinos today is premature and that staff "are all coming back collectively when the virus risk is still there." The Macao government had required a temporary closure to help contain the coronavirus.

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GGRAsia (Macao)
2/20/2020

An increasingly crowded casino market in New England has led to disappointing revenue numbers at Springfield MGM in Massachusetts and to the Mashantucket Pequot Tribal Nation and the Mohegan Tribe slicing as much as one-third of their budget for a planned East Windsor, Conn., casino.

2/20/2020

After months of planning, DraftKings now is offering triple-double wagering. Players now can bet on whether NBA players will hit double figures in three key elements: points, rebounds and assists.

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Forbes
2/19/2020

The Maryland Senate has approved a bill that would no longer require voter approval for gaming expansion decisions, something voters added to the state constitution in 2008. If the House passes the measure, voters will weigh in in November.

2/19/2020

A cheating investigation into the Houston Astros has led to an increase in hits-by-pitch bets for sportsbooks PointsBet and William Hill.

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2/19/2020

Two cybersecurity firms say professional Chinese hackers have stolen company databases and source code since mid-2019 from several Southeast Asian online gaming sites, while other hacks may have targeted sites in Europe and the Middle East. These breaches reportedly did not involve the theft of money.

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ZDNet
2/19/2020

The Tohono O'odham Gaming Enterprise's $400 million Desert Diamond Casino West Valley in Arizona debuts tonight with at least 1,100 slot machines, 48 blackjack-style tables, 36 poker-style tables and 380 bingo seats. The 1.2 million-square-foot property can accommodate about 10,000 people and also offers restaurants and bars, with a convention center and resort planned for the future.

2/18/2020

An increase in revenue and decrease in players at Plainridge Park Casino in Massachusetts is prompting concerns about problem gaming. The University of Massachusetts is spending $3 million to study the effects of gaming at Plainridge, Encore Boston Harbor and MGM Springfield on the state's social conditions and economy.

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2/18/2020

An MGM Resorts International consortium is the only applicant thus far that has met the qualifications to develop an integrated casino in Osaka, Japan -- one of three the country is planning -- and thus is the lead bidder, the government says. Osaka expects to announce the winning bidder in June.

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Reuters