A possible amendment to an anti-poker room bill in Oregon would require players to deal games themselves and prohibit rooms from charging cover fees. Under the proposed legislation, the state's nearly two dozen poker rooms would have to earn their money by selling food and drinks, since they are already not allowed to take any rake.
Several brokerages caution that Macau's VIP gaming growth could soon cool. "A slowdown in liquidity may be a strong leading indicator of a slowdown in VIP and high end premium mass [play in Macau]," according to Sanford C. Bernstein Ltd.
The owners of a project called Red Creek in Oklahoma are reportedly pursuing a gaming license in a city where previous casino plans in 2011 sparked lawsuits, protests and even the mayor's resignation. "The National Indian Gaming Commission twice now, on two different properties, they have spoken, as well as the Department of the Interior has spoken, that the Kialegees can't license gaming in Broken Arrow," opponent Jared Cawley said.
If Pennsylvania legislators pass the most recent gaming expansion bill, it will legalize online gaming, which would not directly affect Atlantic City but would give New Jersey the opportunity to draw up a pact to share players across state lines, Dustin Gouker reports. Video gaming terminals in places like taverns would also not likely affect New Jersey's gaming industry, because citizens already have access to casinos, he adds.
Imperial Pacific International plans to raise $5.9 million for its recently delayed resort in Saipan through convertible bonds. "The Directors consider that the issue of the Convertible Bonds is an appropriate means of raising additional capital for the Company since it will not have an immediate dilution effect on the shareholding of the existing Shareholders," the company said.
A referendum vote Oct. 28 will decide whether Kinmen County in Taiwan will welcome the casino industry. The Kinmen Anti-Casinos Alliance plans to take sue to prevent an official announcement of the poll, which would be the fourth referendum on allowing casinos on outlying islands, and an absence of national law on the issue has prevented forward movement.
About half of Gaming Laboratories International's regional work in Macau relates to online gaming compliance services, whereas almost all of its work in the area 10 years ago was for terrestrial games, according to GLI's Ian Hughes. The business has also worked with emerging internet gaming in Australia, Europe and the Americas.
A judge in Leon County, Fla., has ruled in favor of the Seminole tribe by determining that pre-reveal electronic games in bars, convenience stores and malls are subject to a ban on slot machines outside of approved areas. The decision reverses a former ruling identifying the Version 67 games as substantially different than traditional slot machines.
Banyan Tree Macau and St. Regis Macao are among hotels that have become known for butler service, with butlers who go above and beyond to take care of guests. At St. Regis, butlers are available 24 hours a day for tasks as small as bringing guests coffee or making dinner reservations.