The Illinois House adjourned Thursday night without voting on a bill to alter the steep tax requirements for a possible casino in Chicago, and its sponsor plans to reintroduce it next year. "While we are disappointed that a much-needed fix to the gaming bill won't be made during this compressed veto session, the Chicago casino is still very much in the sightline thanks to the progress we've made with our state partners," Chicago Mayor Lori Lightfoot says.
Allied Esports Entertainment, operator of Luxor's HyperX Esports Arena in Las Vegas, said this week the company is seeking "a more asset-light approach." About $22 billion in real estate investment trust transactions since 2012 have included at least 90 US casino properties, and coupled with last month's revelation of an MGM sale-leaseback of the Bellagio, Union Gaming analyst John DeCree notes that "it's definitely a trend in the market."
Slot machine profit-sharing arrangements with casinos in Macao are being sought by the manufacturers. The companies also have requested that Macao's gaming inspection agency approve new electronic gaming products more quickly.
Wednesday and Thursday marked the limited soft launch of Unibet's online casino and sports betting app in conjunction with Mohegan Sun Pocono in Pennsylvania, which should lead to round-the-clock availability soon. The platform is not yet available for iOS users.
Security robots that gather facial scans, license plates and other data offer low-cost surveillance designed to free up human security guards for emergencies. IDC analyst John Santagate says the machines are not designed to apprehend criminals or stop a crime, but their presence can serve as a deterrence.
A humanlike robotic baccarat dealer is ready to ship, says China-based LT Game, a subsidiary of Paradise Gaming. Powered by artificial intelligence and combined with a high-definition screen and music, the robot can "steadily and accurately deliver cards," the company says.
Online gaming keeps getting closer to an in-person experience with the help of virtual reality for blackjack, slots, roulette and sports betting, plus advances in accelerated processing units, 3D graphics and quad displays. Cryptocurrencies and blockchain also are taking hold.
MGM Macao was named as a "black spot" for alleged smoking violations in October, according to the Macau Health Bureau. City gaming floors saw more than 1,000 patrols from January through October, up 45.9% year over year.
The Poarch Band of Creek Indians hopes to nail down exclusive rights to all forms of gambling in Alabama, with the exception of a potential lottery. Meanwhile, one group is criticizing the tribe for not paying taxes on in-state casino profits while using those profits to invest in casinos outside Alabama.
The MGS Entertainment Show 2019 in Macao started Tuesday and continues through Thursday. International Game Technology displayed some games, while Sands China President Wilfred Wong Ying Wai spoke on the sidelines of the strength of mass market and discussed the soft opening of the Four Seasons Macao expansion.
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