Atlantic City visitor counts rose by more than 260,000 this summer compared with last year. Gaming revenue rose $54.8 million, and the casino industry hired close to 6,700 more people.
Mainland China saw an increase in lottery sales of 61.9% to $7.99 billion in July compared with the same month last year. The boost was aided by sports lottery sales, which rose 117.5%, thanks to the FIFA World Cup.
Online operator Casino GrandBay has signed a deal with Betsoft Gaming to offer several of Betsoft's titles. The Curacao-based company will roll out games from the popular Slots3 series as part of a promotion.
Colombia's gaming regulator, Coljuegos, has granted an online gaming license to Meridian Gaming, which will offer betting on sports events. Two more licensed websites could be up and running by year's end.
Melco International's Cyprus satellite casinos in Larnaca, Nicosia and Paphos will open later this year. A fourth facility in Ayia Napa will welcome guests in the spring.
The FanDuel sports book in New Jersey will distribute payouts to several gamblers who made bets based on large, mistakenly generated odds. Player Anthony Prince will receive $82,000 for his $110 sports bet related to the recent Denver Broncos-Oakland Raiders game, and 11 other players will receive money too.
PokerStars' new online virtual reality poker experience will allow players from around the world to play together in a virtual card room using avatars. The product is in beta testing and will operate in a free-to-play capacity on the HTC Vive, Oculus Rift and Steam platforms for the foreseeable future.
A study by Cornell University finds that guests miscalculate which hotel amenities will get the most use, focusing on in-room dining and spas when real demand is for lobby seating and concierge services. The data was gathered from 724 guests and 33 US properties.
The Vegas Golden Knights became the first NHL team to sign a deal with a sports book operator. The Knights have partnered with William Hill US to cross-promote each other and collaborate on watch parties for away games.
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