New York, New Jersey, West Virginia, Pennsylvania and Mississippi have already passed legislation to pave the way for sports betting should the Supreme Court rule in favor of the activity. Federal law prohibits sports betting in all states except Nevada, Montana, Delaware and Oregon, which all offered sports betting before federal rules were enacted.
Las Vegas Sands is hoping to construct more hotel rooms in Macau, according to company executive Daniel Briggs. Sands China is planning to expand and rebrand its Sands Cotai Central property and expects to have more than 13,400 rooms in its portfolio by the end 2020.
Online rock casino Metal Casino has brought on rock stars Nita Strauss and Gary Holt as brand ambassadors, joining the likes of Ozzy Ozbourne, Scott Ian and Ryan Roxie. "There will be prizes to be won, guitars, meet-and-greets, concert tickets and more - if you're into metal and into games of chance, how could it get any better!" says Holt.
PartyCasinoNJ launched this week as an improvement to the company's previous online offering, PartyPoker Casino. The site offers around 250 games and is promoting its new commitment to superior customer service with welcome bonuses and daily deals.
Dragon Inc. is aiming to address the security and convenience problems of high-stakes international gaming with its own crypto-tokens that can be exchanged for Dragon Global Chips at partner casinos. Players can convert chips back into the company's tokens and exchange the tokens for local currency when they return home.
The Cambodian government is expected to pass new legislation aimed at attracting foreign investors to its gaming industry after its general elections, setting the tax rate for casino games at between 4% and 5%. The country boasts 65 licensed casinos and a booming VIP sector.
The Macau Association of Gaming and Entertainment Promoters has put a project to track credit extended to VIP gamers on hold for the foreseeable future. "There are still a lot of legal, technical issues to be resolved [over the database] ... we are trying to adjust to the Personal Data Protection Office's requirements," said Association President Kwok Chi Chung.
Hard Rock has signed a deal with BlueBat Games to launch a Greentube-powered, free-to-play social casino that lets players win points they can redeem for meals, merchandise and other prizes. The company will also debut a real-money online gaming offering through a partnership with Gaming Innovation Group in New Jersey.
The Pennsylvania Gaming Board is preparing to begin accepting online gaming license applications in mid-April. Licensees will pay $10 million for the right to offer online table games, slots and peer-to-peer gaming such as poker or $4 million for each after a 91-day waiting period.
Universal Entertainment is anticipating a profit surge this year after its settlement gains from Wynn Resorts. The settlement means that the company's annual profit estimate has risen close to 1,130% from its previous $1.83 billion forecast.