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8/3/2020

The Agua Caliente Band of Cahuilla Indians will open its third casino in the greater Palm Springs area with the Agua Caliente Cathedral City this fall. The 30,000-square-foot property will include 536 slot machines, eight table games, a sports bar, restaurant and 12,000-square-foot outdoor event center.

8/3/2020

Poker News says Scatter Slots Vegas, WSOP social poker and Slotmania are the fastest-paying online casinos. Alina Zahid offers a comprehensive look at how the site determined its rankings.

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Poker News Report
7/27/2020

A man used prosthetic face masks, other elements of disguise and dozens of counterfeit driver licenses to pass himself off as various Michigan and Kansas casino patrons, stealing nearly $100,000 in cash advances from VIP casino kiosks. On a single day in May 2019, the man withdrew $30,000 in 15 transactions within 30 minutes, and he was finally arrested in March at the Prairie Band Casino and Resort in Kansas.

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Fox News
7/27/2020

Young reality TV influencers in Britain are said to be using social media accounts to promote betting through various tipster sites, despite rules that prohibit anyone under 25 from advertising gaming products and despite many of their followers being underage. "This type of advertising is totally unacceptable and violates advertising regulations on content, including giving a false impression of financial success," a Betting and Gaming Council spokesperson says.

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Vice News
7/27/2020

Many gaming-addiction-assistance employees of the UK's National Health Service have shifted to other departments in need during the coronavirus, leaving a hole in the help net. Some patients seeking treatment were to the national Gamcare helpline and similar support services.

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BBC
7/27/2020

Token wagering, social casino spending and real-money gaming in video games -- which aren't regulated -- have been strongly linked to problem gaming in a study from the University of York. In social casinos, for example, "you can spend real money in them, and the only thing that stops them being regulated as proper gambling is that winnings cannot be converted into cash," study author David Zendle says.

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University of York
7/27/2020

DraftKings and back-end services provider Kambi Group will part ways on Sept. 30 as the sports betting operating shifts to the SBTech platform. "We appreciate the efforts (Kambi Group officials) have made, and will continue to make, in helping to ensure a smooth migration for us as we move on to our own platform," DraftKings' Paul Liberman says.

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Gambling News
7/27/2020

Oklahoma Gov. Kevin Stitt's dispute with the state's tribes over whether gaming compacts expired in December has led to several lawsuits, with the state incurring legal fees of more than $1.5 million. "In each instance, Gov. Stitt was sued by other parties and was forced to hire outside counsel because the Attorney General's office, which would normally represent the State in such a case, declined to represent the governor and the state in the tribal litigation in state and federal court," Baylee Lakey, the governor's communications director, said.

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Tulsa World (Okla.)
7/27/2020

MGM Resorts International's new safety plan is designed to make checking in and other hotel experiences seem as normal as possible for guests who prefer it that way. Many new contactless options are available, but employees can offer a more traditional experience, albeit with social distancing, as well.

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TravelPulse
7/20/2020

Many casinos in Nevada have reopened despite an employee's death, 123 visitors to the state recently testing positive for coronavirus and the White House deeming the state a "red zone" for the virus. "We've been completely overwhelmed with COVID-19 patients, and our hospital is running out of space," one Las Vegas emergency room doctor says.

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