Nobu Hotel Caesars Palace in Las Vegas is in the process of renovating its 182 guest rooms and public spaces with Japanese-inspired decor. Caesars Entertainment has plans to open Nobu Hotels in Atlantic City in 2022 and New Orleans in 2024.
Guests at Marina Bay Sands and Resorts World Sentosa in Singapore must now be fully vaccinated against COVID-19 to enter their facilities, in accordance to a new policy enacted by the Ministry of Health. In addition, groups of more than two people will not be permitted to visit the casinos.
Mohegan Sun in Uncasville, Conn., is marking its 25th anniversary with special show and celebrations throughout the month. Since the casino first opened, the Mohegan Tribe has expanded with properties in locations including Nevada, Washington and Pennsylvania, with upcoming plans for venues in Greece and South Korea.
The Global Gaming Expo returned this year to an in-person format at the Venetian in Las Vegas, with attendees required to show proof of COVID-19 vaccination and follow other safety requirements. Among the topics discussed at the event, which concludes today, were cashless gaming, sports betting and smoke-free venues, with featured speakers including Nevada Gov. Steve Sisolak and Rep. Dina Titus, D-Nev., who both lauded the casino industry's strong comeback since the start of the pandemic.
Betfred Sports will open a sportsbook at Paragon Casino Resort in Marksville, La., in the casino's Draft Room restaurant and bar, with amenities to include full-service sports betting, a custom video wall and theater seating. Betfred Sports also operates sportsbooks in Colorado, Iowa and Pennsylvania.
Casinos in Nevada had another strong showing in August, bringing in $1.17 billion in house winnings and exceeding the pre-pandemic winnings in August 2019 by 22.3%. This is the sixth consecutive month the figure has been above $1 billion and the second-longest streak ever, with an analyst citing a recovery of leisure travel, availability of federal stimulus money and increasing gaming demand as reasons for the surge.
The Neon Museum in Las Vegas, which showcases a collection of casino and other iconic signage from the past, has begun offering guided tours in Spanish, to accommodate the area's large population of Hispanic and Latino residents and other Spanish-speaking visitors. "I don't know why we wouldn't be trying to get the wealth of information that we have with our wonderful collection, with all these perspectives we have at the museum, to as many people as possible," said tour guide Johann Rucker.
Online casino gaming has officially begun in the Netherlands, following the passage of the Act on Remote Gambling over two-and-a-half years ago. Ten companies have received iGaming licenses, including Holland Casino, GGPoker, Bet365 and FPO Netherlands, with more licenses to be awarded soon.
Horseshoe Casino in Baltimore is transforming its first level into a sports betting facility, in anticipation of the state's upcoming launch of sports wagering. The new space will include a Caesars Sportsbook, a redesigned area with table games and a Brew Brothers restaurant that can accommodate 250 people.
Catawba Two Kings Casino's pre-launch facility in King Mountain, N.C., is expanding with an additional 500 slot machines, which are set to be in place by year's end. The temporary modular facility initially opened in July with 14,700 square feet of gaming space and 500 slot machines.
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