Betting on jai-alai was legal in Florida until the 1990s, when a strike ended up shutting down the industry. But South Florida casinos are interested in resurrecting the sport and its pari-mutel betting because it requires less space than a race track and fewer expenses than those needed to house and care for horses, dogs and support personnel.
Guests at Encore Boston Harbor bet nearly $94 million on slot machines in the casino's first eight days in business, earning the casino $9.12 million in revenue to pair with $7.67 million from table games. That take yielded tax revenue of approximately $4.2 million for the state.
Today is the start of a three-day test for online gaming platforms in the Parx Casino and Penn National Hollywood Casino in Pennsylvania. Online casino gaming is only allowed in three other states: Delaware, Nevada and New Jersey.
New Jersey's gamers have flocked to sports betting, wagering more than $3 billion since such gaming was legalized last June.
A $2 billion complex called the Crystal Pavilion is set to rise next to the Wynn Palace casino resort in Macao with work to begin in 2021. Expected to open in 2024, the expansion will include two hotel towers, a theater, a museum, a performance space, interactive sculptures and gardens.
The Philippines is seeing an influx of online casino centers as a result of the popular, growing gaming sector. Online casino operators in the hubs can get a five-year gaming license as opposed to the typical three-year license.
A district court in Nepal reportedly is preventing two subsidiaries of Silver Heritage Group from selling or developing the Tiger Palace Resort, claiming that part of the resort is on land owned by the Nepalese government. Australia-listed Silver Heritage plans to fight the allegation.
The Seminole tribe's $720 million expansion of the Hard Rock Hotel & Casino Tampa in Florida will wrap up Oct. 3 with a new event center, new 562-key hotel and casino renovations.
Renewable energy is one way to stimulate economies, and some say solar and wind projects may become the "new casinos" for Native Americans. Such projects already are cropping up on tribal lands as revenue-generating alternatives to casinos and untaxed cigarettes.
Japan has kicked off efforts to regulate its developing casino industry by appointing two people to direct the creation of the new oversight body. The officials will seek five permanent committee members who must be approved by the parliament.
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