Bettors in Nevada, as well as those at Resorts World Catskills in upstate New York, Pearl River in Mississippi and Q Casino in Iowa, were able to wager this week on NASCAR South Point 400 races. NASCAR in-race betting is expected speed up in February with the Daytona 500.
Blackstone Group is interested in buying and leasing back two casinos -- the MGM Grand Las Vegas and Bellagio -- from MGM Resorts International, though a deal hasn't been reached, sources say. The transaction would provide cash for expansion while retaining control of the properties.
"The Search for Innovation in Gaming" panel will be a highlight Wednesday at the CasinoBeats Summit in London. Playson, Play'n Go, LeoVegas, Casumo and Gamingtec will discuss innovative game development and online gaming.
Landing International was dealt a blow during its groundbreaking for a casino in the Philippines when President Rodrigo Duterte declared a moratorium on new gaming venues, resulting in the Nayong Pilipino Foundation canceling Landing's lease and possibly not returning the payment. To retain its provisional license from the Philippine Amusement and Gaming Corp. within a 180-day window and avoid losing additional money, Landing is seeking a new lease or land to buy.
Cherokee Nation Businesses has reopened the Cherokee Casino Fort Gibson in Oklahoma, several months after historic Arkansas River flooding required gaming equipment removal and venue repair. With the soft opening, Cherokee Nation hopes to "just let [traffic] kind of trickle back in and build itself back up," Cherokee Nation Businesses' Shawn Slaton says.
Sept. 30 is Greece's deadline for a decision on a casino developer. Hard Rock International and Mohegan Gaming and Entertainment are still in the running after Caesars Entertainment and Genting Malaysia dropped out. The winning developer for the former Hellenikon International Airport site near Athens will get a 30-year gaming license for providing 500 slot machines, 100 table games and convention facilities.
Caesars Entertainment, which has electric vehicle chargers at all its Nevada properties, teamed up with Tesla this summer on a solar-powered supercharging station with 24 V3 hookups on the Las Vegas Strip. MGM Resorts International's properties have a total 26 charging stations, while Wynn Las Vegas and Encore offer charging via valet services.
Despite receiving assessments, 130 online gaming companies in the Philippines have not paid taxes totaling $420 million. Finance Secretary Carlos Dominguez is asking the government's tax authority to shut down the sites until the taxes are paid.
New Jersey's 10 in-person sportsbooks and nine mobile and online sportsbooks have generated $2.2 billion in wagers from January to July and in 2018 provided almost $11.6 million of tax revenue. Sports betting also has shown a lucrative ripple effects for the state through indirect benefits, such as taxes on parking and food and beverages.
SugarHouse Casino in Philadelphia teamed with 1-800-GOT-JUNK over the weekend to accept electronics for recycling -- everything from TVs and computers to outdated or unwanted cables. "We want people to know we are more than just a casino -- we have a strong desire to give back to the community," SugarHouse Casino's Emily Dones says.
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